Switcheroo (move)

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Move data

Type Dark
Category Status
Power
Accuracy 100
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 4

Effects

Switcheroo switches held items with the target. It does not require both Pokémon to be holding an item, in which case the item is simply given to the target or received from it.

Switching items with wild Pokémon is permanent (received items are kept, given items are lost). All held items in Trainer battles and wi-fi/linked battles (including Battle Tower/Subway/Maison) are returned to their respective owners at the end of a battle.

Pokemon with the ability Sticky Hold cannot have their held item removed. The Griseous Orb cannot be removed from Giratina; Type Plates cannot be removed from Arceus; Drives cannot be removed from Genesect; and Mega Stones cannot be removed from their respective Pokémon.

Changes

In Generation 4, switching items with a Trainer's Pokémon is also permanent, but Switcheroo will fail if used by a wild Pokémon or a Trainer's Pokémon.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Darkinium Z and uses its Z-Power, Switcheroo turns into Z-Switcheroo and raises Speed two stages, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user trades held items with the foe faster than the eye can follow.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user trades held items with the target faster than the eye can follow.
X/Y
O.Ruby/A.Sapphire
The user trades held items with the target faster than the eye can follow.
Sun/Moon The user trades held items with the target faster than the eye can follow.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Switcheroo at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

PersianPersian
#053 / Normal
Level 1
HypnoHypno
#097 / Psychic
Level 1
LinooneLinoone
#264 / Normal
Level 1
MinunMinun
#312 / Electric
Level 13
DelphoxDelphox
#655 / Fire · Psychic
Level 1
InkayInkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Level 23
MalamarMalamar
#687 / Dark · Psychic
Level 23

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Switcheroo as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

EkansEkans
#023 / Poison
Dragon, Field
ArbokArbok
#024 / Poison
Dragon, Field
AipomAipom
#190 / Normal
Field
ElectrikeElectrike
#309 / Electric
Field
ManectricManectric
#310 / Electric
Field
CacneaCacnea
#331 / Grass
Grass, Human-Like
CacturneCacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Grass, Human-Like
SeviperSeviper
#336 / Poison
Dragon, Field
CorphishCorphish
#341 / Water
Water 1, Water 3
CrawdauntCrawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Water 1, Water 3
SnoruntSnorunt
#361 / Ice
Fairy, Mineral
GlalieGlalie
#362 / Ice
Fairy, Mineral
BuizelBuizel
#418 / Water
Field, Water 1
FloatzelFloatzel
#419 / Water
Field, Water 1
AmbipomAmbipom
#424 / Normal
Field
BunearyBuneary
#427 / Normal
Field, Human-Like
LopunnyLopunny
#428 / Normal
Field, Human-Like
FroslassFroslass
#478 / Ice · Ghost
Fairy, Mineral
CottoneeCottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Fairy, Grass
WhimsicottWhimsicott
#547 / Grass · Fairy
Fairy, Grass
ArchenArchen
#566 / Rock · Flying
Flying, Water 3
ArcheopsArcheops
#567 / Rock · Flying
Flying, Water 3
BinacleBinacle
#688 / Rock · Water
Water 3
BarbaracleBarbaracle
#689 / Rock · Water
Water 3
KlefkiKlefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Mineral
NoibatNoibat
#714 / Flying · Dragon
Flying
NoivernNoivern
#715 / Flying · Dragon
Flying