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Switcheroo (move)

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すりかえ Secret Switch
Switcheroo V.png
Type  Dark
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation IV
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Steals the Voltage of the Pokémon that just went.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  1
Badly startles Pokémon that used a move of the same type.

Switcheroo (Japanese: すりかえ Secret Switch) is a non-damaging Dark-type move introduced in Generation IV.


Generation IV

The user switches held items with the target. It fails if neither has a held item, if either Pokémon is holding a Griseous Orb or Mail, if the target has a Substitute, or if either Pokémon has Sticky Hold. It also fails if either Pokémon has Multitype and either of the swapped items is a Plate.

Generation V

Switcheroo will now succeed with a Griseous Orb as long as neither the user nor the target is Giratina.

Switcheroo cannot exchange a Drive if the user or the target is a Genesect.

Generation VI

Switcheroo fails if the user or the target is holding a Mega Stone or a colored orb that can Mega Evolve them or cause them to undergo Primal Reversion, respectively.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

Switcheroo fails if either Pokémon is not holding an item.


Games Description
DPPtHGSS The user trades held items with the foe faster than the eye can follow.
The user trades held items with the target faster than the eye can follow.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
053 Persian Persian Normal Normal 1 1 1
097 Hypno Hypno Psychic Psychic 1 1 1
264 Linoone Linoone Normal Normal 1 1 1
312 Minun Minun Electric Electric     13
655 Delphox Delphox Fire Psychic     1
686 Inkay Inkay Dark Psychic     23
687 Malamar Malamar Dark Psychic     23
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
023 Ekans Ekans Poison Poison   PersianLinoone PersianLinoone PersianLinooneDelphox
190 Aipom Aipom Normal Normal no PersianLinoone PersianLinooneDelphox
309 Electrike Electrike Electric Electric   PersianLinoone PersianLinoone PersianLinooneDelphox
331 Cacnea Cacnea Grass Grass no Hypno Hypno
336 Seviper Seviper Poison Poison   PersianLinoone PersianLinoone PersianLinooneDelphox
341 Corphish Corphish Water Water no no InkayMalamar
361 Snorunt Snorunt* Ice Ice no no Cottonee
418 Buizel Buizel Water Water no PersianLinoone PersianLinooneDelphoxInkayMalamar
427 Buneary Buneary Normal Normal PersianHypnoLinoone PersianHypnoLinoone PersianHypnoLinooneDelphox
546 Cottonee Cottonee* Grass Fairy no Cacnea Cacnea
566 Archen Archen* Rock Flying no no Corphish
688 Binacle Binacle* Rock Water no no Corphish
707 Klefki Klefki* Steel Fairy no no Snorunt
714 Noibat Noibat* Flying Dragon no no Archen
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 manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Switcheroo IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
XY ORAS 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 掉包 Diàobāo
France Flag.png French Passe-Passe
Germany Flag.png German Wechseldich
Greece Flag.png Greek Υποχθόνια Αλλαγή
Italy Flag.png Italian Rapidscambio
South Korea Flag.png Korean 바꿔치기 Bakkweochigi
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Troca Secreta
Spain Flag.png Spanish Trapicheo

Variations of the move Trick
Status TrickSwitcheroo

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