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Illusion (Ability)

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Illusion イリュージョン
Flavor text
Generation V
Comes out disguised as the Pokémon in back.
Generation VI
Currently unknown

Illusion (Japanese: イリュージョン Illusion) is an Ability introduced in Generation V. Only two Pokémon have this Ability, both from the same evolutionary line.


In battle

Illusion will change the appearance of the Pokémon to a different species. This is dependent on the last Pokémon in the player's party, meaning that Illusion will not activate if the last Pokémon in the player's party is unable to battle or is of the same species. Illusion will replicate the type of Poké Ball, species name, Shininess (if any), and gender of the Pokémon it is masquerading as; however, it does not replicate the level of the masqueraded Pokémon. The effect is only aesthetic: it does not affect the Pokémon's stats, typing, moves, etc.

Illusion is broken—causing the user to appear as their true species—when the user is damaged directly by an attack or when changed to Mummy via Mummy. As such, it is not broken by secondary effects such as the HP loss caused by Substitute, Life Orb, weather conditions, status ailments, entry hazards, recoil, etc.

A Pokémon with Illusion can masquerade as another Pokémon with Illusion, provided that they are different species.

Outside of battle

Illusion has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Illusion

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Zorua Zorua Dark Dark Illusion None None
Zoroark Zoroark Dark Dark Illusion 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

Zoroark Illusion.png Zorua Illusion.png Zorua Illusion finish.png Luke Zorua Illusion.png
Zoroark Zorua Transformed Luke's Zorua
The user can either change its shape into a human or Pokémon, or it creates illusions for everyone to see.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
571 Zoroark Zoroark's eyes glow light blue and its outlines start to glow pink. Then, a magenta wave of energy appears by its face and moves down to its feet. As the wave moves down, its body changes its shape into the opponent, or Zoroark's eyes glow red and it causes the opponent to see illusions of its choosing.
Zoroark (M13) Zoroark: Master of Illusions Debut
570 Zorua Zorua's eyes glow light blue and it jumps up high into the air, spinning its body while in the air. As it spins, its body starts to glow pink and it changes its shape into the opponent. As a human, its tail is sometimes visible, and when the tail is pushed, pulled, or grabbed, Zorua instantly returns to its normal form. Sometimes, its eyes don't glow light blue before it spins.
Zorua (M13) Zoroark: Master of Illusions None
Luke's Zorua Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 幻覺 Huàn​​jué​
Finland Flag.png Finnish Illuusio
France Flag.png French Illusion
Germany Flag.png German Trugbild
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Ilusi
Italy Flag.png Italian Illusione
Poland Flag.png Polish Iluzja
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Ilusão
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ilusión

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