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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
The Pokémon's type becomes the type of the move used on it.

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

Effect

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 moves, and being hit by Weather Ball powered by Shadow Sky changes the Pokémon with this ability to a Normal-type. Color Change will activate after the first hit of a multi-strike move. Using Future Sight will turn a Pokémon with Color Change into a Psychic type immediately, even though the move does not deal damage on the first turn.

Status ailments are inflicted before Color Change activates.

Generation V

Color Change now activates after the last hit of a multi-strike move.

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 Protean
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 Harrison Kecleon Color Change.png Angela Kecleon Color Change.png None.png
Harrison's Kecleon Angela's Kecleon
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


Trivia

  • Color Change shares its Japanese name with a Pokémon Power which has a similar effect.
  • Color Change was the first Ability demonstrated in the anime.

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
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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