Trace (Ability)

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Trace redirects here. For the anime character who sometimes goes by this nickname, see Tracey Sketchit.

Trace トレース
Trace
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.
Generation VII
When it enters a battle, the Pokémon copies an opposing Pokémon's Ability.

Trace (Japanese: トレース Trace) is an Ability introduced in Generation III.

Effect

In battle

Trace changes into the Ability of a random adjacent opponent.

Trace can copy Wonder Guard. Trace can be swapped by Skill Swap.

Generation III

When a Pokémon with Trace enters battle, it copies a random opponent's Ability (replacing itself). It can copy any Ability, but if it copies Trace, it will not activate again.

Trace can be copied by Role Play.

Generation IV

While a Pokémon with Trace is in battle, if at any time an opponent has an Ability that can be copied by Trace, Trace will activate and replace itself with that Ability. Trace can only activate once while a Pokémon is on the field; even if the Pokémon gains Trace again (e.g. via Skill Swap) after activating it the first time, Trace cannot activate until after it is switched out.

In a Double Battle with only one opponent remaining, if a Pokémon with Trace is sent into battle to replace a fainted Pokémon, Trace has a 50% chance to select the non-present opponent and not activate. Once a Pokémon takes its turn (uses a move, switches out, etc.), Trace will activate and copy the Ability of the opponent that is present.

Trace cannot copy Trace, Forecast, or Multitype.

Trace can be copied by Role Play.

Generation V

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When a Pokémon with Trace enters battle, it copies a random adjacent opponent's Ability (replacing itself). If no opponents have Abilities that can be copied by Trace when the Pokémon with Trace enters battle, Trace cannot be activated until it enters battle again.

Trace cannot copy Trace, Forecast, Flower Gift, Multitype, Illusion, or Zen Mode.

Trace cannot be copied by Role Play. Entrainment will fail if used by a Pokémon with Trace.

Generation VI onward

While a Pokémon with Trace is in battle, if at any time an adjacent opponent has an Ability that can be copied by Trace, Trace will activate and replace itself with that Ability. After activating Trace, if a Pokémon gains Trace again (e.g. via Skill Swap), Trace will activate at the first opportunity.

Trace cannot copy Trace, Forecast, Flower Gift, Multitype, Illusion, Zen Mode, Imposter, Stance Change, Power of Alchemy, Receiver, Schooling, Comatose, Shields Down, Disguise, RKS System, Battle Bond or Power Construct.

Trace cannot be copied by Role Play, Power of Alchemy, or Receiver. Entrainment will fail if used by a Pokémon with Trace.

Outside of battle

Trace has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

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 VII games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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The user changes the opponent's Ability.
Pokémon Method
User First Chapter Used In Notes
282 Gardevoir Gardevoir changes the opponent's Ability.
Diantha's Gardevoir X & Y chapter Debut

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 複製 Fūkjai *
追蹤 Jēuijūng *
Mandarin 複製 / 复制 Fùzhì *
追蹤 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
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Kopyalama
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Theo dấu


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