Essentials

Role Play

Psychic status

Generation 3

Summary

Copies the target's ability.

Damage Dealt

  • Bug 1
  • Dark 0
  • Dragon 1
  • Electric 1
  • Fairy 1
  • Fighting 2
  • Fire 1
  • Flying 1
  • Ghost 1
  • Grass 1
  • Ground 1
  • Ice 1
  • Normal 1
  • Poison 2
  • Psychic ½
  • Rock 1
  • Steel ½
  • Water 1

Stats

Power
— (no damage)
Accuracy
— (cannot miss)
PP
10, up to 16 with PP Up PP Up
Target
Selected Pokémon
Effect chance
n/a
Priority
0 (normal)

Machines

Generation 3
Not a TM
Generation 4
Not a TM
Generation 5
Not a TM
Generation 6
Not a TM

Effect

User's ability is replaced with the target's until the user leaves the field. Ignores accuracy and evasion modifiers.

If the target has Flower Gift, Forecast, Illusion, Imposter, Multitype, Stance Change, Trace, Wonder Guard, or Zen Mode, this move will fail.

This move cannot be copied by Mirror Move.

Meta

This reflects how the games treat moves and may be somewhat idealistic.

Flavor

Flavor Text

Generation 3
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.

Generation 4
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver

The user mimics the foe completely, copying the foe’s natural ability.

Generation 5
Black, White, Black 2, White 2

The user mimics the target completely, copying the target’s natural Ability.

Foreign Names

Spanish
Imitación
Italian
Giocodiruolo
Czech
Vžití do role
French
Imitation
German
Rollentausch
Japanese
なりきり (narikiri)

Contests

Generation 3 Contest

Type
Cute
Appeal
Jam
Flavor text
Makes the appeal as good as those before it.
Use after
None
Use before
None

Generation 4 Super Contest

Type
Cute
Appeal
Flavor text
Earn +3 if the Pokémon gets the lowest score.
Use after
None
Use before
None

Similar moves

No other moves have the same effect as Role Play.

Pokémon

Ruby, Sapphire
Emerald
Colosseum
XD
FireRed, LeafGreen Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Pokémon Type Ability Gender Egg Group HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd Total
Level up: Learned when a Pokémon reaches a certain level.
33 33 36 42 42 Kadabra Psychic Synchronize
Inner Focus
Magic Guard
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 40 35 30 120 70 105 400
43 43 43 Mime Jr. Psychic Fairy Soundproof
Filter
Technician
½ male, ½ female Undiscovered 20 25 45 70 90 60 310
41 40 43 43 43 Mr. Mime Psychic Fairy Soundproof
Filter
Technician
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 40 45 65 100 120 90 460
31 33 33 33 Stantler Normal Intimidate
Frisk
Sap Sipper
½ male, ½ female Field 73 95 62 85 65 85 465
71 71 Aria Meloetta Normal Psychic Serene Grace genderless Undiscovered 100 77 77 128 128 90 600
71 71 Meloetta Pirouette Meloetta Normal Fighting Serene Grace genderless Undiscovered 100 128 90 77 77 128 600
Delphox Fire Psychic Blaze
Magician
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field 75 69 72 114 100 104 534
Greninja Water Dark Torrent
Protean
⅞ male, ⅛ female Water 1 72 95 67 103 71 122 530
43 Male Meowstic Psychic Keen Eye
Infiltrator
Prankster
½ male, ½ female Field 74 48 76 83 81 104 466
43 Meowstic Female Meowstic Psychic Keen Eye
Infiltrator
Competitive
½ male, ½ female Field 74 48 76 83 81 104 466
Ruby, Sapphire
Emerald
FireRed, LeafGreen Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Pokémon Type Ability Gender Egg Group HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd Total
Egg: Appears on a newly-hatched Pokémon, if the father had the same move.
• • • • • Drowzee Psychic Insomnia
Forewarn
Inner Focus
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 60 48 45 43 90 42 328
• • • Spinda Normal Own Tempo
Tangled Feet
Contrary
½ male, ½ female Field
Human-Like
60 60 60 60 60 60 360
• • Pansage Grass Gluttony
Overgrow
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field 50 53 48 53 48 64 316
• • Pansear Fire Gluttony
Blaze
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field 50 53 48 53 48 64 316
• • Panpour Water Gluttony
Torrent
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field 50 53 48 53 48 64 316
• Furfrou Normal Fur Coat ½ male, ½ female Field 75 80 60 65 90 102 472
Emerald
XD
FireRed, LeafGreen Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Pokémon Type Ability Gender Egg Group HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd Total
Tutor: Can be taught at any time by an NPC.
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Cleffa Fairy Cute Charm
Magic Guard
Friend Guard
¼ male, ¾ female Undiscovered 50 25 28 45 55 15 218
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Clefairy Fairy Cute Charm
Magic Guard
Friend Guard
¼ male, ¾ female Fairy 70 45 48 60 65 35 323
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Clefable Fairy Cute Charm
Magic Guard
Unaware
¼ male, ¾ female Fairy 95 70 73 95 90 60 483
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Vulpix Fire Flash Fire
Drought
¼ male, ¾ female Field 38 41 40 50 65 65 299
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Ninetales Fire Flash Fire
Drought
¼ male, ¾ female Field 73 76 75 81 100 100 505
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Igglybuff Normal Fairy Cute Charm
Competitive
Friend Guard
¼ male, ¾ female Undiscovered 90 30 15 40 20 15 210
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Jigglypuff Normal Fairy Cute Charm
Competitive
Friend Guard
¼ male, ¾ female Fairy 115 45 20 45 25 20 270
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Wigglytuff Normal Fairy Cute Charm
Competitive
Frisk
¼ male, ¾ female Fairy 140 70 45 85 50 45 435
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Psyduck Water Damp
Cloud Nine
Swift Swim
½ male, ½ female Water 1
Field
50 52 48 65 50 55 320
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Golduck Water Damp
Cloud Nine
Swift Swim
½ male, ½ female Water 1
Field
80 82 78 95 80 85 500
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Mankey Fighting Vital Spirit
Anger Point
Defiant
½ male, ½ female Field 40 80 35 35 45 70 305
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Primeape Fighting Vital Spirit
Anger Point
Defiant
½ male, ½ female Field 65 105 60 60 70 95 455
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Abra Psychic Synchronize
Inner Focus
Magic Guard
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 25 20 15 105 55 90 310
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Kadabra Psychic Synchronize
Inner Focus
Magic Guard
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 40 35 30 120 70 105 400
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Alakazam Psychic Synchronize
Inner Focus
Magic Guard
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 55 50 45 135 95 120 500
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Machop Fighting Guts
No Guard
Steadfast
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 70 80 50 35 35 35 305
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Machoke Fighting Guts
No Guard
Steadfast
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 80 100 70 50 60 45 405
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Machamp Fighting Guts
No Guard
Steadfast
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 90 130 80 65 85 55 505
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Gengar Ghost Poison Levitate ½ male, ½ female Amorphous 60 65 60 130 75 110 500
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Drowzee Psychic Insomnia
Forewarn
Inner Focus
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 60 48 45 43 90 42 328
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Hypno Psychic Insomnia
Forewarn
Inner Focus
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 85 73 70 73 115 67 483
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Tyrogue Fighting Guts
Steadfast
Vital Spirit
always male Undiscovered 35 35 35 35 35 35 210
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Hitmonlee Fighting Limber
Reckless
Unburden
always male Human-Like 50 120 53 35 110 87 455
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Hitmonchan Fighting Keen Eye
Iron Fist
Inner Focus
always male Human-Like 50 105 79 35 110 76 455
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Hitmontop Fighting Intimidate
Technician
Steadfast
always male Human-Like 50 95 95 35 110 70 455
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Mime Jr. Psychic Fairy Soundproof
Filter
Technician
½ male, ½ female Undiscovered 20 25 45 70 90 60 310
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Mr. Mime Psychic Fairy Soundproof
Filter
Technician
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 40 45 65 100 120 90 460
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Smoochum Ice Psychic Oblivious
Forewarn
Hydration
always female Undiscovered 45 30 15 85 65 65 305
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Jynx Ice Psychic Oblivious
Forewarn
Dry Skin
always female Human-Like 65 50 35 115 95 95 455
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Tauros Normal Intimidate
Anger Point
Sheer Force
always male Field 75 100 95 40 70 110 490
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Mewtwo Psychic Pressure
Unnerve
genderless Undiscovered 106 110 90 154 90 130 680
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Mew Psychic Synchronize genderless Undiscovered 100 100 100 100 100 100 600
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Bonsly Rock Sturdy
Rock Head
Rattled
½ male, ½ female Undiscovered 50 80 95 10 45 10 290
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Sudowoodo Rock Sturdy
Rock Head
Rattled
½ male, ½ female Mineral 70 100 115 30 65 30 410
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Aipom Normal Run Away
Pickup
Skill Link
½ male, ½ female Field 55 70 55 40 55 85 360
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Ambipom Normal Technician
Pickup
Skill Link
½ male, ½ female Field 75 100 66 60 66 115 482
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Houndour Dark Fire Early Bird
Flash Fire
Unnerve
½ male, ½ female Field 45 60 30 80 50 65 330
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Houndoom Dark Fire Early Bird
Flash Fire
Unnerve
½ male, ½ female Field 75 90 50 110 80 95 500
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Stantler Normal Intimidate
Frisk
Sap Sipper
½ male, ½ female Field 73 95 62 85 65 85 465
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Blaziken Fire Fighting Blaze
Speed Boost
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field 80 120 70 110 70 80 530
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Makuhita Fighting Thick Fat
Guts
Sheer Force
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 72 60 30 20 30 25 237
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Hariyama Fighting Thick Fat
Guts
Sheer Force
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 144 120 60 40 60 50 474
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Sableye Dark Ghost Keen Eye
Stall
Prankster
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 50 75 75 65 65 50 380
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Meditite Fighting Psychic Pure Power
Telepathy
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 30 40 55 40 55 60 280
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Medicham Fighting Psychic Pure Power
Telepathy
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 60 60 75 60 75 80 410
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Spoink Psychic Thick Fat
Own Tempo
Gluttony
½ male, ½ female Field 60 25 35 70 80 60 330
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Grumpig Psychic Thick Fat
Own Tempo
Gluttony
½ male, ½ female Field 80 45 65 90 110 80 470
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Spinda Normal Own Tempo
Tangled Feet
Contrary
½ male, ½ female Field
Human-Like
60 60 60 60 60 60 360
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Cacnea Grass Sand Veil
Water Absorb
½ male, ½ female Grass
Human-Like
50 85 40 85 40 35 335
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Cacturne Grass Dark Sand Veil
Water Absorb
½ male, ½ female Grass
Human-Like
70 115 60 115 60 55 475
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Kecleon Normal Color Change
Protean
½ male, ½ female Field 60 90 70 60 120 40 440
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Shuppet Ghost Insomnia
Frisk
Cursed Body
½ male, ½ female Amorphous 44 75 35 63 33 45 295
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Banette Ghost Insomnia
Frisk
Cursed Body
½ male, ½ female Amorphous 64 115 65 83 63 65 455
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Absol Dark Pressure
Super Luck
Justified
½ male, ½ female Field 65 130 60 75 60 75 465
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Latias Dragon Psychic Levitate always female Undiscovered 80 80 90 110 130 110 600
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Normal Deoxys Psychic Pressure genderless Undiscovered 50 150 50 150 50 150 600
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Deoxys Attack Deoxys Psychic Pressure genderless Undiscovered 50 180 20 180 20 150 600
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Deoxys Defense Deoxys Psychic Pressure genderless Undiscovered 50 70 160 70 160 90 600
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Deoxys Speed Deoxys Psychic Pressure genderless Undiscovered 50 95 90 95 90 180 600
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Chimchar Fire Blaze
Iron Fist
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field
Human-Like
44 58 44 58 44 61 309
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Monferno Fire Fighting Blaze
Iron Fist
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field
Human-Like
64 78 52 78 52 81 405
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Infernape Fire Fighting Blaze
Iron Fist
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field
Human-Like
76 104 71 104 71 108 534
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Chatot Normal Flying Keen Eye
Tangled Feet
Big Pecks
½ male, ½ female Flying 76 65 45 92 42 91 411
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Riolu Fighting Steadfast
Inner Focus
Prankster
⅞ male, ⅛ female Undiscovered 40 70 40 35 40 60 285
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Lucario Fighting Steel Steadfast
Inner Focus
Justified
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field
Human-Like
70 110 70 115 70 90 525
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Croagunk Poison Fighting Anticipation
Dry Skin
Poison Touch
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 48 61 40 61 40 50 300
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Toxicroak Poison Fighting Anticipation
Dry Skin
Poison Touch
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 83 106 65 86 65 85 490
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Snover Grass Ice Snow Warning
Soundproof
½ male, ½ female Monster
Grass
60 62 50 62 60 40 334
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Abomasnow Grass Ice Snow Warning
Soundproof
½ male, ½ female Monster
Grass
90 92 75 92 85 60 494
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Uxie Psychic Levitate genderless Undiscovered 75 75 130 75 130 95 580
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Mesprit Psychic Levitate genderless Undiscovered 80 105 105 105 105 80 580
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Azelf Psychic Levitate genderless Undiscovered 75 125 70 125 70 115 580
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Victini Psychic Fire Victory Star genderless Undiscovered 100 100 100 100 100 100 600
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Purrloin Dark Limber
Unburden
Prankster
½ male, ½ female Field 41 50 37 50 37 66 281
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Liepard Dark Limber
Unburden
Prankster
½ male, ½ female Field 64 88 50 88 50 106 446
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Pansage Grass Gluttony
Overgrow
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field 50 53 48 53 48 64 316
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Simisage Grass Gluttony
Overgrow
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field 75 98 63 98 63 101 498
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Pansear Fire Gluttony
Blaze
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field 50 53 48 53 48 64 316
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Simisear Fire Gluttony
Blaze
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field 75 98 63 98 63 101 498
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Panpour Water Gluttony
Torrent
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field 50 53 48 53 48 64 316
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Simipour Water Gluttony
Torrent
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field 75 98 63 98 63 101 498
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Audino Normal Healer
Regenerator
Klutz
½ male, ½ female Fairy 103 60 86 60 86 50 445
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Lilligant Grass Chlorophyll
Own Tempo
Leaf Guard
always female Grass 70 60 75 110 75 90 480
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Yamask Ghost Mummy ½ male, ½ female Mineral
Amorphous
38 30 85 55 65 30 303
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Cofagrigus Ghost Mummy ½ male, ½ female Mineral
Amorphous
58 50 145 95 105 30 483
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Gothita Psychic Frisk
Competitive
Shadow Tag
¼ male, ¾ female Human-Like 45 30 50 55 65 45 290
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Gothorita Psychic Frisk
Competitive
Shadow Tag
¼ male, ¾ female Human-Like 60 45 70 75 85 55 390
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Gothitelle Psychic Frisk
Competitive
Shadow Tag
¼ male, ¾ female Human-Like 70 55 95 95 110 65 490
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Solosis Psychic Overcoat
Magic Guard
Regenerator
½ male, ½ female Amorphous 45 30 40 105 50 20 290
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Duosion Psychic Overcoat
Magic Guard
Regenerator
½ male, ½ female Amorphous 65 40 50 125 60 30 370
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Reuniclus Psychic Overcoat
Magic Guard
Regenerator
½ male, ½ female Amorphous 110 65 75 125 85 30 490
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Elgyem Psychic Telepathy
Synchronize
Analytic
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 55 55 55 85 55 30 335
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Beheeyem Psychic Telepathy
Synchronize
Analytic
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 75 75 75 125 95 40 485
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Mienfoo Fighting Inner Focus
Regenerator
Reckless
½ male, ½ female Field
Human-Like
45 85 50 55 50 65 350
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Mienshao Fighting Inner Focus
Regenerator
Reckless
½ male, ½ female Field
Human-Like
65 125 60 95 60 105 510
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Pawniard Dark Steel Defiant
Inner Focus
Pressure
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 45 85 70 40 40 60 340
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Bisharp Dark Steel Defiant
Inner Focus
Pressure
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 65 125 100 60 70 70 490
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Incarnate Tornadus Flying Prankster
Defiant
always male Undiscovered 79 115 70 125 80 111 580
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Tornadus Therian Tornadus Flying Regenerator always male Undiscovered 79 100 80 110 90 121 580
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Incarnate Thundurus Electric Flying Prankster
Defiant
always male Undiscovered 79 115 70 125 80 111 580
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Thundurus Therian Thundurus Electric Flying Volt Absorb always male Undiscovered 79 105 70 145 80 101 580
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Incarnate Landorus Ground Flying Sand Force
Sheer Force
always male Undiscovered 89 125 90 115 80 101 600
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Landorus Therian Landorus Ground Flying Intimidate always male Undiscovered 89 145 90 105 80 91 600
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Aria Meloetta Normal Psychic Serene Grace genderless Undiscovered 100 77 77 128 128 90 600
XD HeartGold, SoulSilver Black 2, White 2 Meloetta Pirouette Meloetta Normal Fighting Serene Grace genderless Undiscovered 100 128 90 77 77 128 600

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