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Copycat (move)

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Copycat
まねっこ Imitate
Copycat V.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation IV
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Receives voltage points if previous Pokémon reaches maximum voltage
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Steals the Voltage of the Pokémon that just went.

Copycat (Japanese: まねっこ Imitate) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation IV.

Effect

Generation IV to V

Copycat causes the user to use the last move that was used (even if the last move was by the user). A move called by Copycat in this way counts as the last move used.

Copycat will fail if the target did not make a move selection in the round before the use of Copycat, switches out during the round Copycat is used, or if the opponent's last move used was Copycat or Mirror Move. If either was used successfully, the move copied by that will be the most recent move used, and so that move will be copied by this use of Copycat.

Paralysis, confusion, recharging, and building up for a multi-turn move have no effect to the last move used. If Copycat is used against a target that was fully paralyzed or hurt itself right before its use, Copycat will still use the last move that the target used. If Copycat is used during the first turn of a multi-turn move, Copycat will use the move that the opponent used before that move (or fail if no move was previously made).

A Pokémon will be able to use a move that is Disabled if it is called via Copycat.

If used in a battle after switching out, the move that is copied is the last one used within that battle.

Generation VI

Same as before, except that now, Copycat will not receive increased priority if a Pokémon with the Ability Prankster uses a move with decreased priority.

Description

Games Description
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XY
The user mimics the move used immediately before it. The move fails if no other move has been used yet.
PMDTDS Causes the user to unleash the same move as the last one used by the facing enemy. Some moves can't be copied.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime Psychic Fairy 4 4 4
173 Cleffa Cleffa Fairy Fairy 13 13 13
174 Igglybuff Igglybuff Normal Fairy 17 17 17
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo Rock Rock -- -- --
238 Smoochum Smoochum Ice Psychic 38 41 41
300 Skitty Skitty Normal Normal 11 18 18 18
311 Plusle Plusle Electric Electric 24 24 24
312 Minun Minun Electric Electric 24 24 24
327 Spinda Spinda Normal Normal 10 10 10
438 Bonsly Bonsly Rock Rock -- -- --
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr. Psychic Fairy 4 4 4
440 Happiny Happiny Normal Normal 5 5 5
447 Riolu Riolu Fighting Fighting 29 29 19 19
481 Mesprit Mesprit Psychic Psychic 61 61 --, 61
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Type Father
II III IV V VI
298 Azurill Azurill Normal Fairy     SkittyPlusleMinun
427 Buneary Buneary Normal Normal   Mr. MimeSkittySpinda Mr. MimeSkittySpinda
501 Oshawott Oshawott Water Water   SkittySpinda SkittySpinda
509 Purrloin Purrloin Dark Dark     SkittySpinda
570 Zorua Zorua Dark Dark     SkittySpinda
669 Flabébé Flabébé Fairy Fairy     SkittyPlusleMinun
684 Swirlix Swirlix Fairy Fairy     SkittyPlusleMinun
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In the anime

Cameron Riolu Copycat Leaf Blade.png Cameron Riolu Copycat.png Cameron Lucario Copycat.png Cameron Riolu Copycat Air Cutter.png
Riolu;
copying Leaf Blade
Riolu;
copying a Fire-type move
Lucario;
copying a Steel-type move
Riolu;
copying Air Cutter
The user copies the opponent's last move and uses it.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
447 Riolu After the opponent has used a move, Riolu becomes surrounded in a waving aura of light. It then recalls how the opponent used the move, one of its eyes twinkles, and it uses the same move as the opponent just used. The color of the aura depends on which type of move Riolu is copying.
Cameron's Riolu Mission: Defeat Your Rival! Debut
448 Lucario When it sees its opponent about to use an attack, Lucario becomes surrounded in a waving aura of light. It then recalls how the opponent is using the move, and it uses the same move as the opponent is using. The color of the aura depends on which type of move Lucario is copying.
Cameron's Lucario A Unova League Evolution! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Copycat IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 仿造 Fǎngzào
France Flag.png French Photocopie
Germany Flag.png German Imitator
Greece Flag.png Greek Αντιγραφή
Italy Flag.png Italian Copione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 흉내쟁이 Hyungnaejaeng'i
Poland Flag.png Polish Imitacja
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Copiar
Spain Flag.png Spanish Copión


Variations of the move Mirror Move
Status Mirror MoveCopycat


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