Role Play (move)

Move data

Type Psychic
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 10  (max. 16)
Makes contact? No
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 Pokémon 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 Pokémon.

Other languages

English Role Play
Japanese なりきり (Narikiri)
German Rollentausch
French Imitation
Italian Giocodiruolo
Spanish Imitación

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.
Sword​/​Shield The user mimics the target completely, copying the target’s Ability.

Learnt by level up

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

Kadabra
#064 / Psychic
Level 40
Alakazam
#065 / Psychic
Level 40
Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Level 16
Mr. Mime
Galarian Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Ice
Level 1
Mime Jr.
#439 / Psychic · Fairy
Level 16
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Level 29
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Level 29
Marshadow
#802 / Fighting · Ghost
Level 9
Mr. Rime
#866 / Psychic · Ice
Level 1