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Protean (Ability)

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Protean へんげんじざい
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Generation VI
Changes the Pokémon's type to the type of the move it's using.

Protean (Japanese: へんげんじざい Protean) is an Ability introduced in Generation VI. Four Pokémon can have this Ability. This Ability is exclusively obtained as a Hidden Ability.


In battle

Immediately before using any move (except Struggle), a Pokémon with Protean as its Ability will change its type to be the same as the move it is using. Protean always causes the user to become a single-type Pokémon.

If the move used is Hidden Power, the user's type changes to the actual type of Hidden Power the user possesses. If the move Camouflage is used, the user's type first changes to Normal, and then converts to whatever type Camouflage would have otherwise changed it into. Because Protean activates prior to executing a move, the user will receive same-type attack bonus on every move it uses regardless of the move's type (except Struggle) and will always hit with the move Toxic.

If the execution is interrupted entirely (such as by the effect of infatuation or confusion), Protean will not activate. Protean will activate if the move misses or is blocked by moves such as Protect.

The user's new type remains in effect until changed again, or the user is switched out; negating or replacing the Ability does not change the user back to their original type.

Outside of battle

It is unknown if Protean has an effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Protean

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Kecleon Kecleon Normal Normal Color Change None Protean
Froakie Froakie Water Water Torrent None Protean
Frogadier Frogadier Water Water Torrent None Protean
Greninja Greninja Water Dark Torrent None Protean
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.


  • Since Hidden Power cannot be a Fairy-type move and neither Kecleon nor Greninja's evolution line can obtain a Fairy-type move, no Pokémon that normally has Protean can use it to become Fairy-type.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Protéen
Germany Flag.png German Wandlungskunst
Italy Flag.png Italian Mutatipo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 변환자재 Byeonhwan Jajae
Spain Flag.png Spanish Mutatipo

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