Imposter (Ability)

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Imposter かわりもの
Flavor text
Generation V
It transforms itself into the Pokémon it is facing.
Generation VI
Currently unknown

Imposter (Japanese: かわりもの Eccentric) is an Ability introduced in Generation V. It is the signature ability of Ditto, albeit only available through Dream World.


In battle

As soon as the user comes into battle, it Transforms into its opponent, copying the opponent's stats exactly, with the exception of HP. Imposter copies all stat changes on the target originating from moves and abilities such as Swords Dance and Intimidate, but not from items such as Choice Specs. Imposter will not Transform the user if the opponent is an Illusion or behind a Substitute. In double battles Imposter will affect the opponent in the position directly opposite to it.

Imposter does not copy its opponent's IVs but it does copy all EVs except for HP.

Outside of battle

Imposter has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Imposter

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Ditto Ditto Normal Normal Limber None Imposter
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 other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Imposteur
Germany Flag.png German Doppelgänger
Italy Flag.png Italian Sosia
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Impostor
Spain Flag.png Spanish Impostor

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