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Trace (Ability)

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Reason: when randomly copying in Triple Battle, can it copy non-adjacent Pokémon?.

Trace トレース
Flavor text
Generation III
Copies special ability.
Generation IV
The Pokémon copies the foe's ability.
Generation V
The Pokémon copies a foe's Ability.
Generation VI
The Pokémon copies an opposing Pokémon's Ability.

Trace (Japanese: トレース Trace) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Six Pokémon can have this Ability.


In battle

Trace copies the Ability of the current opponent. Trace cannot copy Trace, Multitype, Illusion, Flower Gift, Imposter, or Stance Change; however, Trace can copy Wonder Guard. In a Double Battle, Trace will randomly copy either opponent's Ability.

If all opponents have Abilities that cannot be traced, then Trace will activate when next exposed to a Pokémon that has a traceable Ability.

In Generation VI, during Horde Encounters, Trace will copy the ability of a random Pokémon.

Outside of battle

Trace has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

Trace is only activated when the Pokémon is attacked, and one Ability chosen at random is copied.

Pokémon with Trace

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Alakazam Alakazam
Mega Alakazam
Psychic Psychic Trace None None
Porygon Porygon Normal Normal Trace Download Analytic
Porygon2 Porygon2 Normal Normal Trace Download Analytic
Ralts Ralts Psychic Fairy Synchronize Trace Telepathy
Kirlia Kirlia Psychic Fairy Synchronize Trace Telepathy
Gardevoir Gardevoir Psychic Fairy Synchronize Trace Telepathy
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.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 追踪 Zhuīzōng
France Flag.png French Calque
Germany Flag.png German Fährte
Italy Flag.png Italian Traccia
South Korea Flag.png Korean 트레이스 Trace
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Traçar
Spain Flag.png Spanish Rastro

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