Switcheroo (move)

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Move data

Type Dark
Category Status 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.

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 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 X & Y and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Persian
#053 / Normal
Level 1
Hypno
#097 / Psychic
Level 1
Linoone
#264 / Normal
Level 1
Delphox
#655 / Fire · Psychic
Level 1
Inkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Level 23
Malamar
#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.

Ekans
#023 / Poison
Dragon, Field
Arbok
#024 / Poison
Dragon, Field
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Field
Electrike
#309 / Electric
Field
Manectric
#310 / Electric
Field
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Grass, Human-Like
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Grass, Human-Like
Seviper
#336 / Poison
Dragon, Field
Corphish
#341 / Water
Water 1, Water 3
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Water 1, Water 3
Snorunt
#361 / Ice
Fairy, Mineral
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Fairy, Mineral
Buizel
#418 / Water
Field, Water 1
Floatzel
#419 / Water
Field, Water 1
Ambipom
#424 / Normal
Field
Buneary
#427 / Normal
Field, Human-Like
Lopunny
#428 / Normal
Field, Human-Like
Froslass
#478 / Ice · Ghost
Fairy, Mineral
Cottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Fairy, Grass
Whimsicott
#547 / Grass · Fairy
Fairy, Grass
Archen
#566 / Rock · Flying
Flying, Water 3
Archeops
#567 / Rock · Flying
Flying, Water 3
Binacle
#688 / Rock · Water
Water 3
Barbaracle
#689 / Rock · Water
Water 3
Klefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Mineral
Noibat
#714 / Flying · Dragon
Flying
Noivern
#715 / Flying · Dragon
Flying