Role Play (move)

Move data

Type Psychic
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 3

Effects

Role Play copies the opponent's ability, replacing its own with that of the target's.

Role Play does not work on Pokemon with Wonder Guard or Multitype.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Psychium Z and uses its Z-Power, Role Play turns into Z-Role Play and raises Speed one stage, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Mimics the target and copies its special ability.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen The user mimics the foe completely and copies the foe’s ability.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
The user mimics the foe completely, copying the foe’s natural ability.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user mimics the target completely, copying the target’s natural Ability.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user mimics the target completely, copying the target’s natural Ability.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The user mimics the target completely, copying the target’s natural Ability.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Role Play at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Kadabra
#064 / Psychic
Level 41
Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Level 43
Stantler
#234 / Normal
Level 33
Mime Jr.
#439 / Psychic · Fairy
Level 43
Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
Level 71
Delphox
#655 / Fire · Psychic
Level 1
Greninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Level 1
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Level 43
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Level 43
Marshadow
#802 / Fighting · Ghost
Level 30

Learnt by breeding

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

Learnt by move tutor

These Pokémon can learn Role Play by the various move tutors in the games.

Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Vulpix
Alolan Vulpix
#037 / Ice
Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales
#038 / Ice · Fairy
Jynx
#124 / Ice · Psychic
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Absol
#359 / Dark
Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Landorus
Incarnate Forme
#645 / Ground · Flying
Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Inkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Hoopa
Hoopa Confined
#720 / Psychic · Ghost
Hoopa
Hoopa Unbound
#720 / Psychic · Dark
Oricorio
Baile Style
#741 / Fire · Flying