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 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.

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 from a move tutor in the games.

Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Vulpix
Alolan Vulpix
#037 / Ice
Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales
#038 / Ice · Fairy
Psyduck
#054 / Water
Golduck
#055 / Water
Abra
#063 / Psychic
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Hypno
#097 / Psychic
Jynx
#124 / Ice · Psychic
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Cleffa
#173 / Fairy
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Smoochum
#238 / Ice · Psychic
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Spinda
#327 / Normal
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Shuppet
#353 / Ghost
Banette
#354 / Ghost
Absol
#359 / Dark
Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
Chimchar
#390 / Fire
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Chatot
#441 / Normal · Flying
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Abomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
Uxie
#480 / Psychic
Azelf
#482 / Psychic
Victini
#494 / Psychic · Fire
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Pansage
#511 / Grass
Pansear
#513 / Fire
Simisear
#514 / Fire
Panpour
#515 / Water
Audino
#531 / Normal
Yamask
#562 / Ghost
Pawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
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
Delphox
#655 / Fire · Psychic
Froakie
#656 / Water
Greninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Inkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Malamar
#687 / Dark · Psychic
Phantump
#708 / Ghost · Grass
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
Comfey
#764 / Fairy
Dhelmise
#781 / Ghost · Grass
Nihilego
#793 / Rock · Poison
Stakataka
#805 / Rock · Steel