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Ditto (Pokémon)

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Ditto
メタモン Metamon
#132
132Ditto.png
Artwork from FR/LG
Type
Normal '
Category
Transform Pokémon
Ability
Limber
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#132
Johto
#092
Hoenn
#287
Regional Browser numbers
Height
1′00″
Imperial
0.3 m
Metric
Weight
8.8 lbs.
Imperial
4.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
Purple
Catch rate
35 (4.6%)
Body style
Body01.png
Footprint
 F132.png 
Gender ratio
Genderless
Breeding
Ditto group 1 cycles
(255 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 61 Battle Exp.: 611*

Ditto (Japanese: メタモン Metamon) is a Template:Type2 Pokémon.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

Ditto uses the move Transform to copy the opponent's moves, types, form, and non-HP stats. It is sought out for its ability to breed with any Pokémon other than the Pokémon in the No eggs group, including genderless ones.

Biology

Physiology

In its natural state, Ditto is a purplish gelatinous blob with vestigial facial features. However, it can take the form of anything.

Gender differences

Ditto is a genderless species.

Special abilities

Ditto is capable of Transforming in to an an exact replica of any other Pokémon (an ability that is also shared with Mew), or indeed any physical object. However, if Ditto tries to transform into something based on memory, it may get some of the details wrong. Ditto will also be unable to remain in a transformed state if it starts laughing. Frequently, a Ditto appears that can't transform its face. This fact is seen in the anime, as well as in Pokémon Snap (in which several Ditto are transformed into Bulbasaur), and Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (in which, during the Game Corner slot machine game, a Clefairy with a Ditto's face will occasionally appear instead of a real Clefairy). In rare cases it will lack the ability to increase or decrease in size, thus rather than creating exact duplicates, it will create (usually) miniature versions. Ditto can not mimic the strength of another Pokémon. Ditto's ability to breed with any non-legendary Pokémon is also useful for creating Pokémon eggs of the more rare Pokémon that it may be difficult to get a mate for, such as the starter Pokémon.

Behavior

Ditto's primary defense mechanism is its ability to rearrange its cellular structure. This permits it to transform into essentially any other physical object. When two Ditto meet in the wild, they will attempt to transform into each other. This tendency makes Ditto a unique Pokémon in battle, as it will adapt the form and abilities of its foe. Ditto is best able to transform into something if it has a model to work from. Although Ditto can transform via memory, it has a tendency to forget important details, particularly with its foe's face.

Habitat

Ditto live in very diverse habitats, the most common being caves and forested areas. However, Ditto are never far from civilization or people. There have even been sightings of Ditto in places such as the Pokémon Mansion.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

In the anime

Ditto first appeared in Ditto's Mysterious Mansion. Duplica and her Ditto used to perform for people, but the two hadn't had an audience since people saw that Ditto couldn't change its face. Ditto fixed that problem near the end of the episode, when captured by Team Rocket.

In Hello Pummelo, Drake of the Orange Islands owns a Ditto and uses it to fight Ash's Pikachu. After the battle with Drake's Ditto, Pikachu came out the victor.

Duplica found another Ditto sometime before Imitation Confrontation that she named Mini-Dit. This second Ditto could transform into an exact mirror image of anything, but it couldn't change its size.

Ditto was also owned by a member of Team Magma named Brodie, who debuted in Unfair Weather Friends. A Ditto suited Brodie well because he is a master of disguise.

In the manga

Ditto is one of the members on Blue's team in Pokémon Special. As a master of transformation, Blue uses Ditto extensively in her schemes, such as morphing over her face to disguise her appearance, camouflaging into its background for subterfuge, as well as forming a protective shield with Blue's umbrella.

Ditto is seen later used by Team Rocket, to lure Crystal and Eusine away from Suicune, and smother them when discovered. It was, however, defeated by Crystal's Hitmonchan.

Duplica and her Ditto are seen in The Electric Tale of Pikachu. Finding Ditto appealing, Misty decides to capture one of her own, but the plan is called off when Pikachu goes missing. Ditto also featured in a minicomic in which it transforms into Ash, harasses Misty and thereby getting Ash into a lot of pain.

Ditto is also featured in Pokémon Zensho under the ownership of Satoshi.

In the TCG

Main article: Ditto (TCG)

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Melee

A screenshot of Ditto in Melee.

Ditto was originally intended to be one of the Pokémon randomly released from a Poké Ball. It would have transformed into a copy of the user's character and aided them in battle. However, processing problems forced its removal before the game's release. Ditto can be still be unlocked through the debug menu (which is only accessible through the use of Action Replay), though it does not do anything other than give 7-8% damage to those who touch it.

As for its official status, Ditto only appears as a random trophy and as a cameo in the Tournament Mode menu. In Winner Out or Loser Out tournaments, holding down L and R and pressing A will give the player a random character and color. The usual character image will instead be taken by a picture of Ditto.

Trophy information

Every Ditto has the ability to copy a Pokémon's entire cell structure in an instant and become its exact replica. They're terrible at remembering techniques, but when they use Transform, they temporarily learn all of their foe's moves. If a Ditto starts to laugh, it weakens and can't hold its transformation.

Game data

NPC appearances

  • Pokémon Trozei!: Ditto serves as a "wild card", meaning it can Trozei with any Pokémon and must be used to get rid of Jammer Balls. One will appear when a Trozei is made with more Pokémon than necessary and multiple appear at the beginning of a new round in Endless and Forever mode to clear out the remaining Pokémon.
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ditto is found in many dungeons. In a complete twist from its previous appearance in Trozei, in this game it is quite useless. While Transform gives the user the appearance of a random Pokémon found on the current floor, it does not copy the opponent's moves or stats. In addition, it only has 1 PP, allowing only one use per dungeon without restoring items. After using Transform, Ditto's only options are to struggle or use the basic tackle attack exclusive to Mystery Dungeon.

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Capable of copying an enemy's genetic code to instantly transform itself into a duplicate of the enemy.
Blue
Yellow When it spots an enemy, its body transforms into an almost perfect copy of its opponent.
Stadium Capable of reorganizing its cells to transform into an exact duplicate of its enemy. It is usually a shapeless blob.
Generation II
Gold It can transform into anything. When it sleeps, it changes into a stone to avoid being attacked.
Silver Its transformation ability is perfect. However, if it is made to laugh, it can't maintain its disguise.
Crystal When it encounters another Ditto, it will move faster than normal to duplicate that opponent exactly.
Stadium 2 It can transform into anything. When it sleeps, it changes into a stone to avoid being attacked.
Generation III
Ruby Ditto rearranges its cell structure to transform itself into other shapes. However, if it tries to transform itself into something by relying on its memory, this Pokémon manages to get details wrong.
Sapphire Ditto rearranges its cell structure to transform itself into other shapes. However, if it tries to transform itself into something by relying on its memory, this Pokémon manages to get details wrong.
Emerald A Ditto rearranges its cell structure to transform itself. However, if it tries to change based on its memory, it will get details wrong.
FireRed It can freely recombine its own cellular structure to transform into other life-forms.
LeafGreen Capable of copying an opponent's genetic code to instantly transform itself into a duplicate of the enemy.
Generation IV
Diamond It has the ability to reconstitute its entire cellular structure to transform into whatever it sees.
Pearl It has the ability to reconstitute its entire cellular structure to transform into whatever it sees.
Platinum JP It has the ability to reconstitute its entire cellular structure to transform into whatever it sees.
HeartGold {{{heartgolddex}}}
SoulSilver {{{soulsilverdex}}}
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
Common Routes 13, 14, 15, 23, Cerulean Cave
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
Common Pokémon Mansion and Cerulean Cave
Generation II
Gold Silver
Common Routes 34 and 35
Crystal
Common Routes 34 and 35
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
Common Desert Underpass
FireRed LeafGreen
Uncommon Routes 13, 14, 15, Pokémon Mansion, Cerulean Cave
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Rare Route 218 (Poké Radar)
Platinum
Rare Trophy Garden
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Trade
Pal Park
Field
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Channel Bus Stop
Pokémon Snap Cave
Pokémon Trozei! Everywhere
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Red and Blue)
Frosty Forest (4F-9F)
Fiery Field (10F, 20F)
Buried Relic (16F-34F)
Wish Cave (53F-64F)
Joyous Tower (53F-64F)
Oddity Cave (B1-B15)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Time and Darkness)
Sky Stairway (1F-49F)

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 48
108 - 155 206 - 300
Attack: 48
47 - 110 90 - 214
Defense: 48
47 - 110 90 - 214
Sp.Atk: 48
47 - 110 90 - 214
Sp.Def: 48
47 - 110 90 - 214
Speed: 48
47 - 110 90 - 214
Total: 288   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 48.


Type effectiveness

These numbers are good only for a Ditto that has not Transformed. After that point, please see the type effectiveness for the species that it Transformed into.

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None

Learnset

By leveling up

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By TM/HM

None.

By breeding

None.

By tutoring

None.

TCG-only moves

Side game data

Template:Side game

Evolution

Template:Evobox/0

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 132.png Spr 1y 132.png Spr 1g 132.png Spr b g1 132.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 132.png Spr 2s 132.png Spr 2c 132.gif Spr b 2g 132.png
Spr 2g 132 s.png Spr 2s 132 s.png Spr 2c 132 s.gif Spr b 2g 132 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 132.png Spr 3e 132.png Spr 3r 132.png Spr b 3r 132.png
Spr 3r 132 s.png Spr 3e 132 s.png Spr 3r 132 s.png Spr b 3r 132 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 132.png Spr 4d 132.png Spr 4h 132.png Spr b 4d 132.png
Spr 4d 132 s.png Spr 4d 132 s.png Spr 4h 132 s.png Spr b 4d 132 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 132.png Spr 5b 132.png Spr b 5b 132.png
Spr 5b 132 s.png Spr 5b 132 s.png Spr b 5b 132 s.png
Ditto For other sprites and images, please see Ditto images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Ditto is the only Pokémon to date with a catch rate of 35.
  • Ditto and Manaphy are the only Pokémon that are both able to breed yet unobtainable through breeding.
  • Ditto is one of the few Generation I non-legendary Pokémon that have no evolutionary relatives, along with Farfetch'd, Kangaskhan, Pinsir, Tauros, Aerodactyl, and Lapras.
  • In Pokémon Snap, Ditto take the form of Bulbasaur towards the end of the game. The player can cause them to return to their Ditto form by hitting them with an object. When the player takes their picture, Professor Oak treats the photo as that of a real Bulbasaur, although Ditto has the same eyes when it is transformed as when it is not. This trait is shared by a Ditto in the anime, although it was understood in the anime that this was not normal.
  • It is one of the few Pokémon that has the same sprite on Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen and Emerald.
  • Ditto's Generation III sprites, its appearance in Melee and anime appearances show a pink color, contrasting the purple hue displayed elsewhere.

Glitches

Ditto has been closely associated with several Pokémon glitches. When an 'M is captured in the Red and Blue versions, the trainer will still be in battle and an invisible Ditto will be where 'M once was. Additionally, Ditto is a necessary Pokémon for carrying out Method #3 of the Mew Glitch, a glitch capable of allowing the player to run into any Pokémon or any glitch Pokémon ([1]). Furthermore, if a glitch involving a Ditto's Transform is performed, it will learn the Template:M2.

In Generation II by exploiting the factors determining a shiny Pokémon one can get a shiny Ditto by transfering the Red Gyarados to Generation I and making a wild Ditto copy its IV and transferring it to Generation II.

In Generation IV, more glitches involving Ditto's transformation have been discovered. In the original Japanese Diamond and Pearl, a Ditto using Transform during a battle can duplicate the Pokémon's held item as well as its species, allowing rare items to be duplicated. Additionally, another glitch allows it to Transform and then keep the moveset of the Pokémon it became permanently, allowing it to pass down previously impossible egg move combinations to any Pokémon in a large-scale version of Smeargle's ability to do this with any Ground Group Pokémon by way of Sketch.

The Transform Paradox

If Ditto (or another Pokémon with only Transform) faces another Pokémon with Transform in a Trainer battle where neither Trainer has any items and no Pokémon besides the Pokémon with Transform, the battle will never end. This is because when Transform is used, the Pokémon will turn into its opponent, resulting in a Transform moveset of, again, only Transform. Since every time Transform is used, it gives the Pokémon using it the target's moveset with 5 PP each, Transform will continue to Transform into itself, restoring the PP every time it is used. Due to this, one will never reach a point where it can only use Struggle, unlike what is the case with Wynaut and Wobbuffet. This is likely why no Trainers have Ditto in the Generation IV games, except in the Battle Tower, where one can always retire.

Origin

Ditto strongly resembles an amoeba, a single-celled organism with no definate shape. This may emphasize its ability to alter its cellular compostion. This could also explain why Ditto is unavailable through breeding, since single-celled organisms reproduce differently from multi-cellular plants and animals.It may also be based on an undifferentiated cell, a cell in the body that can change into any other cell by sampling it. It also can be based on a blob.

Name origin

A ditto is a substitute for repeating what was previously written or said. Ditto's Japanese name is a combination of metamorph, monster, and possibly transformation.

In other languages

Related articles

External links

Notes


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