Role Play (move)

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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 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 Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

KadabraKadabra
#064 / Psychic
Level 41
Mr. MimeMr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Level 43
StantlerStantler
#234 / Normal
Level 33
Mime Jr.Mime Jr.
#439 / Psychic · Fairy
Level 43
Meloetta (Aria Forme)Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
Level 71
DelphoxDelphox
#655 / Fire · Psychic
Level 1
GreninjaGreninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Level 1
Meowstic (Male)Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Level 43
Meowstic (Female)Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Level 43

Learnt by breeding

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

DrowzeeDrowzee
#096 / Psychic
Human-Like
HypnoHypno
#097 / Psychic
Human-Like
SpindaSpinda
#327 / Normal
Field, Human-Like
PansagePansage
#511 / Grass
Field
SimisageSimisage
#512 / Grass
Field
PansearPansear
#513 / Fire
Field
SimisearSimisear
#514 / Fire
Field
PanpourPanpour
#515 / Water
Field
SimipourSimipour
#516 / Water
Field
FurfrouFurfrou
#676 / Normal
Field

Learnt by move tutor

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

ClefairyClefairy
#035 / Fairy
ClefableClefable
#036 / Fairy
VulpixVulpix
#037 / Fire
NinetalesNinetales
#038 / Fire
JigglypuffJigglypuff
#039 / Normal · Fairy
WigglytuffWigglytuff
#040 / Normal · Fairy
PsyduckPsyduck
#054 / Water
GolduckGolduck
#055 / Water
MankeyMankey
#056 / Fighting
PrimeapePrimeape
#057 / Fighting
AbraAbra
#063 / Psychic
KadabraKadabra
#064 / Psychic
AlakazamAlakazam
#065 / Psychic
MachopMachop
#066 / Fighting
MachokeMachoke
#067 / Fighting
MachampMachamp
#068 / Fighting
GengarGengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
DrowzeeDrowzee
#096 / Psychic
HypnoHypno
#097 / Psychic
HitmonleeHitmonlee
#106 / Fighting
HitmonchanHitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Mr. MimeMr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
JynxJynx
#124 / Ice · Psychic
TaurosTauros
#128 / Normal
MewtwoMewtwo
#150 / Psychic
MewMew
#151 / Psychic
CleffaCleffa
#173 / Fairy
IgglybuffIgglybuff
#174 / Normal · Fairy
SudowoodoSudowoodo
#185 / Rock
AipomAipom
#190 / Normal
HoundourHoundour
#228 / Dark · Fire
HoundoomHoundoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
StantlerStantler
#234 / Normal
TyrogueTyrogue
#236 / Fighting
HitmontopHitmontop
#237 / Fighting
SmoochumSmoochum
#238 / Ice · Psychic
BlazikenBlaziken
#257 / Fire · Fighting
MakuhitaMakuhita
#296 / Fighting
HariyamaHariyama
#297 / Fighting
SableyeSableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
MedititeMeditite
#307 / Fighting · Psychic
MedichamMedicham
#308 / Fighting · Psychic
SpoinkSpoink
#325 / Psychic
GrumpigGrumpig
#326 / Psychic
SpindaSpinda
#327 / Normal
CacneaCacnea
#331 / Grass
CacturneCacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
KecleonKecleon
#352 / Normal
ShuppetShuppet
#353 / Ghost
BanetteBanette
#354 / Ghost
AbsolAbsol
#359 / Dark
LatiasLatias
#380 / Dragon · Psychic
Deoxys (Normal Forme)Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys (Attack Forme)Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys (Defense Forme)Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys (Speed Forme)Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
ChimcharChimchar
#390 / Fire
MonfernoMonferno
#391 / Fire · Fighting
InfernapeInfernape
#392 / Fire · Fighting
AmbipomAmbipom
#424 / Normal
BonslyBonsly
#438 / Rock
Mime Jr.Mime Jr.
#439 / Psychic · Fairy
ChatotChatot
#441 / Normal · Flying
RioluRiolu
#447 / Fighting
LucarioLucario
#448 / Fighting · Steel
CroagunkCroagunk
#453 / Poison · Fighting
ToxicroakToxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
SnoverSnover
#459 / Grass · Ice
AbomasnowAbomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
UxieUxie
#480 / Psychic
MespritMesprit
#481 / Psychic
AzelfAzelf
#482 / Psychic
VictiniVictini
#494 / Psychic · Fire
PurrloinPurrloin
#509 / Dark
LiepardLiepard
#510 / Dark
PansagePansage
#511 / Grass
SimisageSimisage
#512 / Grass
PansearPansear
#513 / Fire
SimisearSimisear
#514 / Fire
PanpourPanpour
#515 / Water
SimipourSimipour
#516 / Water
AudinoAudino
#531 / Normal
LilligantLilligant
#549 / Grass
YamaskYamask
#562 / Ghost
CofagrigusCofagrigus
#563 / Ghost
GothitaGothita
#574 / Psychic
GothoritaGothorita
#575 / Psychic
GothitelleGothitelle
#576 / Psychic
SolosisSolosis
#577 / Psychic
DuosionDuosion
#578 / Psychic
ReuniclusReuniclus
#579 / Psychic
ElgyemElgyem
#605 / Psychic
BeheeyemBeheeyem
#606 / Psychic
MienfooMienfoo
#619 / Fighting
MienshaoMienshao
#620 / Fighting
PawniardPawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
BisharpBisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Tornadus (Incarnate Forme)Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Thundurus (Incarnate Forme)Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Landorus (Incarnate Forme)Landorus
Incarnate Forme
#645 / Ground · Flying
Meloetta (Aria Forme)Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
DelphoxDelphox
#655 / Fire · Psychic
FroakieFroakie
#656 / Water
FrogadierFrogadier
#657 / Water
GreninjaGreninja
#658 / Water · Dark
FurfrouFurfrou
#676 / Normal
EspurrEspurr
#677 / Psychic
Meowstic (Male)Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic (Female)Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
InkayInkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
MalamarMalamar
#687 / Dark · Psychic
PhantumpPhantump
#708 / Ghost · Grass
TrevenantTrevenant
#709 / Ghost · Grass
Pumpkaboo (Average Size)Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Gourgeist (Average Size)Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Hoopa (Hoopa Confined)Hoopa
Hoopa Confined
#720 / Psychic · Ghost
Hoopa (Hoopa Unbound)Hoopa
Hoopa Unbound
#720 / Psychic · Dark