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Copycat (Japanese: まねっこ Imitate) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation IV.
Generations IV and 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.
Copycat no longer receives increased priority if a Pokémon with the Ability Prankster uses a move with decreased priority.
| The user mimics the move used immediately before it. The move fails if no other move has been used yet.
|| Causes the user to unleash the same move as the last one used by the facing enemy. Some moves can't be copied.
In the anime
copying Leaf Blade
copying a Fire-type move
copying a Steel-type move
copying Air Cutter
| The user copies the opponent's last move and uses it.
|| First Used In
|| 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!
|| 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!
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In other generations
In other languages