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
The Pokémon transforms itself into the Pokémon it's facing.
Generation VII
The Pokémon transforms itself into the Pokémon it's facing.

Imposter (Japanese: かわりもの Changer) is an Ability introduced in Generation V. It is the signature Ability of Ditto and is only available as a Hidden Ability.


In battle

As soon as the user comes into battle, it transforms into its opponent. Imposter copies the target's appearance, cry, moves (which all have 5 PP), Ability, stats (except HP), stat changes (but not stat multipliers such as with Choice Specs), weight, and Mega Evolution or form (regardless of held item). Imposter does not copy its opponent's IVs (for the purpose of Hidden Power), friendship or gender.

Imposter will not activate if the opponent is transformed, disguised with Illusion, or behind a substitute. Imposter only activates when the Pokémon with the Ability is sent out; if it fails to transform into an opponent, it will not activate unless the Pokémon with Imposter is withdrawn and sent out again.

In Double and Triple Battles, Imposter will copy the opponent in the position directly opposite it. If there is no opponent directly opposite to it, it will not transform.

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 or later 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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