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Mimic (Japanese: ものまね Mimic) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. It was TM31 in Generation I. In Generation II, it was the signature move of Sudowoodo.
Mimic allows the user to select one of the target's moves to copy, as well as the move's maximum PP. The user will retain the copied attack in Mimic's place until it faints or is switched out, or the battle ends. Mimic can't copy Struggle because it is not a normally selectable move. Mimic also cannot create duplicate moves.
If Mimic copies a partial trapping move, and if the target switches out when its PP is 0 and before its duration is over, the current PP of the move will roll over to 63 and full PP Ups will be applied to it. Mimic will retain the move's current PP if the user switches out, and full PP Ups will be applied to any moves that Mimic subsequently copies.
In-game, Mimic allows the user to see the target's moveset and select the move to copy, except in link battles.
In Pokémon Stadium, Mimic will not copy a move's maximum PP.
Mimic copies the target's last move; the mimicked move has 5 PP. It fails to mimic the moves Sketch, Struggle, and Metronome, however, or any move the user already knows.
In Pokémon XD and Pokémon Colosseum, Mimic cannot copy Shadow moves.
In Generation IV and on, Chatter is unable to be copied through Mimic.
In early copies of the Japanese Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, a glitch exists. To trigger the glitch, a Pokémon must use Mimic to copy and use Transform, then faint. If the Mimic-using Pokémon's owner wins the battle, all moves gained from the use of Transform are retained after the battle.
The mimicked move now has the max PP as opposed to 5. Mimic still fails to mimic Sketch, Struggle, Metronome and Chatter.
If Mimic is known by a Bonsly or a Mime Jr. when they level up, they will evolve into a Sudowoodo or a Mr. Mime, respectively.
|| A move for learning one of the opponent's moves, for use during that battle only.
|| Copies a move used by the foe.
|| Copies a move used by the foe during one battle.
|| The user copies the move last used by the foe for the rest of the battle.
|| Copies a move used by the target during one battle.
|| Makes the user deploy the same move as the one last used by the foe facing it. Some moves cannot be mimicked.
|| The user copies the move last used by the foe. The move can be used for the rest of the battle.
| The user copies the target's last move. The move can be used during battle until the Pokémon is switched out.
| All Pokémon that can learn TMs can learn Mimic.
|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
In the manga
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
In the Phantom Thief Pokémon 7 manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In other generations
In other languages