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Color Change (Ability)

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Color Change へんしょく
Color Change
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Generation III
Changes type to foe's move.
Generation IV
Changes the Pokémon's type to the foe's move.
Generation V
Changes the Pokémon's type to the foe's move.
Generation VI
Currently unknown

Color Change (Japanese: へんしょく Color Change) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. It is the signature Ability of Kecleon.


In battle

Generation III to IV

After being hit by a damage-dealing move, a Pokémon with Color Change will change its type so that it is the same as that of the move that harmed it. If a Pokémon with Color Change has a substitute take the hit, its type will not change. It will change both types of a dual-type Pokémon that has gained this Ability. This Ability does not apply to Shadow. Color Change will activate after the first hit of a multi-strike move.

Generation V

Color Change now activates after the last hit of a multi-strike move. Inferno inflicts burn before the type is changed.

Outside of battle

Color Change has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Color Change

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Kecleon Kecleon Normal Normal Color Change None None
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

In the anime

None.png Invisible Kecleon.png Angela Kecleon Color Change.png None.png
Kecleon Kecleon changing
The user turns invisible to match its surroundings.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
352 Kecleon Kecleon's body turns invisible to blend in with its surroundings. The only thing visible after it changes is the red stripe on the center of its stomach.
Madison's Reddy The Kecleon Caper Debut
Alexa's Greeny The Kecleon Caper Debut
A wild Kecleon Pikachu's Pikaboo None
Harrison's Kecleon Playing With Fire! None
Unknown Trainer's Kecleon Now That's Flower Power! None
Angela's Kecleon From Cradle to Save None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 變色 Biàn​sè​
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Kleur verandering
France Flag.png French Déguisement
Germany Flag.png German Farbwechsel
Greece Flag.png Greek Αλλαγή Χρώματος
Italy Flag.png Italian Cambiacolore
South Korea Flag.png Korean 변색 Byeonsaek
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Troca de Cor
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cambio Color

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