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Role Play (move)

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Role Play
なりきり Change Appearance
Role Play V.png
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Type  Psychic
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation III
Category  Cute
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Makes the appeal as good as those before it.
Category  Cute
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if the Pokémon gets the lowest score.

Role Play (Japanese: なりきり Change Appearance) is a non-damaging Psychic-type move introduced in Generation III.

Effect

Role Play replaces the user's Ability with the target's Ability. Role Play cannot copy Zen Mode, Wonder Guard, Multitype, Imposter, Illusion or Stance Change.

Role Play is not affected by Protect, Detect, or Spiky Shield, but will fail if the target is protected by Crafty Shield.

Description

Games Description
RSEColo.XD Mimics the target and copies its special ability.
FRLG The user mimics the foe completely and copies the foe’s ability.
DPPtHGSS The user mimics the foe completely, copying the foe’s natural ability.
BWB2W2
XY
The user mimics the target completely, copying the target's natural Ability.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
064 Kadabra Kadabra Psychic Psychic 33 36 42 42
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime Psychic Fairy 40 41 43 43 43
234 Stantler Stantler Normal Normal   31 33 33 '
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr. Psychic Fairy   43 43 43
648 Meloetta Meloetta Normal Psychic     71 '
655 Delphox Delphox Fire Psychic       --
658 Greninja Greninja Water Dark       --
678 Meowstic Meowstic Psychic Psychic       43
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Type Father
II III IV V VI
096 Drowzee Drowzee Psychic Psychic KadabraMr. Mime KadabraMr. Mime KadabraMr. Mime KadabraMr. Mime
327 Spinda Spinda Normal Normal   KadabraMr. MimeStantler KadabraMr. MimeStantler KadabraMr. MimeStantlerDelphoxMeowstic
511 Pansage Pansage Grass Grass     Stantler StantlerDelphoxMeowstic
513 Pansear Pansear Fire Fire     Stantler StantlerDelphoxMeowstic
515 Panpour Panpour Water Water     Stantler StantlerDelphoxMeowstic
676 Furfrou Furfrou Normal Normal       StantlerDelphoxMeowstic
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Type Game
FRLG E XD DP Pt HGSS BW B2W2
035 Clefairy Clefairy Normal Normal
036 Clefable Clefable Normal Normal
037 Vulpix Vulpix Fire Fire
038 Ninetales Ninetales Fire Fire
039 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff Normal Normal
040 Wigglytuff Wigglytuff Normal Normal
054 Psyduck Psyduck Water Water
055 Golduck Golduck Water Water
056 Mankey Mankey Fighting Fighting
057 Primeape Primeape Fighting Fighting
063 Abra Abra Psychic Psychic
064 Kadabra Kadabra Psychic Psychic
065 Alakazam Alakazam Psychic Psychic
066 Machop Machop Fighting Fighting
067 Machoke Machoke Fighting Fighting
068 Machamp Machamp Fighting Fighting
094 Gengar Gengar Ghost Poison
096 Drowzee Drowzee Psychic Psychic
097 Hypno Hypno Psychic Psychic
106 Hitmonlee Hitmonlee Fighting Fighting
107 Hitmonchan Hitmonchan Fighting Fighting
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime Psychic Psychic
124 Jynx Jynx Ice Psychic
128 Tauros Tauros Normal Normal
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo Psychic Psychic
151 Mew Mew Psychic Psychic
173 Cleffa Cleffa Normal Normal
174 Igglybuff Igglybuff Normal Normal
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo Rock Rock
190 Aipom Aipom Normal Normal
228 Houndour Houndour Dark Fire
229 Houndoom Houndoom Dark Fire
234 Stantler Stantler Normal Normal
236 Tyrogue Tyrogue Fighting Fighting
237 Hitmontop Hitmontop Fighting Fighting
238 Smoochum Smoochum Ice Psychic
257 Blaziken Blaziken Fire Fighting
296 Makuhita Makuhita Fighting Fighting
297 Hariyama Hariyama Fighting Fighting
302 Sableye Sableye Dark Ghost
307 Meditite Meditite Fighting Psychic
308 Medicham Medicham Fighting Psychic
325 Spoink Spoink Psychic Psychic
326 Grumpig Grumpig Psychic Psychic
327 Spinda Spinda Normal Normal
331 Cacnea Cacnea Grass Grass
332 Cacturne Cacturne Grass Dark
352 Kecleon Kecleon Normal Normal
353 Shuppet Shuppet Ghost Ghost
354 Banette Banette Ghost Ghost
359 Absol Absol Dark Dark
380 Latias Latias Dragon Psychic
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Normal Forme
Psychic Psychic
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Attack Forme
Psychic Psychic
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Defense Forme
Psychic Psychic
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Speed Forme
Psychic Psychic
390 Chimchar Chimchar Fire Fire
391 Monferno Monferno Fire Fighting
392 Infernape Infernape Fire Fighting
424 Ambipom Ambipom Normal Normal
438 Bonsly Bonsly Rock Rock
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr. Psychic Psychic
441 Chatot Chatot Normal Flying
447 Riolu Riolu Fighting Fighting
448 Lucario Lucario Fighting Steel
453 Croagunk Croagunk Poison Fighting
454 Toxicroak Toxicroak Poison Fighting
459 Snover Snover Grass Ice
460 Abomasnow Abomasnow Grass Ice
480 Uxie Uxie Psychic Psychic
481 Mesprit Mesprit Psychic Psychic
482 Azelf Azelf Psychic Psychic
494 Victini Victini Psychic Fire
509 Purrloin Purrloin Dark Dark
510 Liepard Liepard Dark Dark
511 Pansage Pansage Grass Grass
512 Simisage Simisage Grass Grass
513 Pansear Pansear Fire Fire
514 Simisear Simisear Fire Fire
515 Panpour Panpour Water Water
516 Simipour Simipour Water Water
531 Audino Audino Normal Normal
549 Lilligant Lilligant Grass Grass
562 Yamask Yamask Ghost Ghost
563 Cofagrigus Cofagrigus Ghost Ghost
574 Gothita Gothita Psychic Psychic
575 Gothorita Gothorita Psychic Psychic
576 Gothitelle Gothitelle Psychic Psychic
577 Solosis Solosis Psychic Psychic
578 Duosion Duosion Psychic Psychic
579 Reuniclus Reuniclus Psychic Psychic
605 Elgyem Elgyem Psychic Psychic
606 Beheeyem Beheeyem Psychic Psychic
619 Mienfoo Mienfoo Fighting Fighting
620 Mienshao Mienshao Fighting Fighting
624 Pawniard Pawniard Dark Steel
625 Bisharp Bisharp Dark Steel
641 Tornadus Tornadus Flying Flying
642 Thundurus Thundurus Electric Flying
645 Landorus Landorus Ground Flying
648 Meloetta Meloetta Normal Psychic
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

Special move

Generation V

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
185 185 Sudowoodo Rock Dream World - Pleasant Forest
441 441 Chatot Normal Flying Dream World - Windswept Sky
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Role Play III.png Role Play IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 角色扮演 Jiǎo​sè​ Bànyǎn
France Flag.png French Imitation
Germany Flag.png German Rollentausch
Greece Flag.png Greek Υπόδυση
Italy Flag.png Italian Giocodiruolo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 역할 Yeokhal
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Jogo Teatral
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Gluma
Spain Flag.png Spanish Imitación


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