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Illusion (Ability)

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Illusion イリュージョン
Illusion
Flavor text
Generation V
Comes out disguised as the Pokémon in back.
Generation VI
Comes out disguised as the Pokémon in the party's last spot.

Illusion (Japanese: イリュージョン Illusion) is an Ability introduced in Generation V. It is the signature Ability of Zorua and Zoroark.

Effect

In battle

Generation V

Illusion will change the appearance of the Pokémon to that of the last Pokémon in the player's party. 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, nickname (or species name if none), Shininess (if any), gender, and form 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, type, 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 Illusion is negated or replaced. Indirect damage or loss of HP, such as through Substitute, Life Orb, weather conditions, status conditions, entry hazards, recoil, and so on, will not break Illusion.

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

Illusion cannot be Traced, copied with Role Play, or replaced with Entrainment or Skill Swap. If a Pokémon other than Zorua or Zoroark obtains this ability with Imposter or Transform, the Pokémon will not copy this ability.

Generation VI

Illusion can now mimic another Pokémon with Illusion of the same species, and disguises the Pokémon as the last conscious Pokémon in the party.

Outside of battle

Illusion has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, the Ability functions similar to the main series games for foe Pokémon. A Pokémon with this Ability can transform into another Pokémon that can be found on the same floor of a mystery dungeon. For partner Pokémon, this Ability becomes nonexistent.

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
A wild Zoroark The Island of Illusions! None
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.
Zorua (M13) Zoroark: Master of Illusions As a human, its tail is visible, and when the tail is pushed, pulled, or grabbed, Zorua instantly returns to its normal form. Also, its eyes don't glow light blue before it spins.
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


Trivia

  • If Entrainment is used on a Pokémon with Illusion to give the Ability Truant, the Pokémon will revert to its original form. However, when the Truant banner appears on turns when the Pokémon is loafing, the name remains as the Pokémon that the Illusion was made for.

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
South Korea Flag.png Korean 일루전 Illusion
Poland Flag.png Polish Iluzja
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Ilusão
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ilusión


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