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Multitype マルチタイプ
Flavor text
Generation IV
Changes type to match the held Plate.
Generation V
Changes type to match the held Plate.
Generation VI
Changes the Pokémon's type to match the Plate it holds.
Generation VII
Changes the Pokémon's type to match the Plate or Z-Crystal it holds.
Generation VIII
Currently unknown

Multitype (Japanese: マルチタイプ Multitype) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. It is the signature Ability of Arceus.


In battle

Generation IV

Multitype changes the form and type of a Pokémon with this Ability depending on the Plate attached. The item-removing effects of Thief, Covet, Trick, Switcheroo, and Knock Off will not work on a Pokémon with Multitype, regardless of what item it is holding.

When a Pokémon transforms into Arceus, it becomes the same form and type as the target Arceus. If the transformed Pokémon is holding a Plate that is different from the target's held Plate, it then immediately changes to the form and type corresponding to that Plate; if it is not holding a Plate, it immediately changes to Normal Arceus (unless it transformed into Normal Arceus).

Role Play, Gastro Acid, and Worry Seed fail if the target has the Ability Multitype. Skill Swap fails if either Pokémon has Multitype. Multitype cannot be copied by Trace.

Generation V-VI

A Pokémon with Multitype cannot be affected by type changing moves, such as Soak; however, it can be affected by Forest's Curse and Trick-or-Treat. A Pokémon with Multitype is unaffected by Entrainment and Simple Beam. Multitype cannot turn into Mummy.

If a Pokémon transforms into Arceus, the Pokémon will now be in the same form as the target Arceus, regardless of its own held item.

Multitype will now only prevent the effects of Knock Off, Trick, Switcheroo, Thief or Covet if the Pokémon with Multitype is specifically holding a Plate.

Simple Beam and Entrainment fail if the target has the Ability Multitype. Multitype cannot be replaced by Mummy.

Generation VII

Multitype will also change Arceus's type and form if it holds a type-specific Z-Crystal.

Multitype cannot be copied by Power of Alchemy or Receiver. Multitype cannot be suppressed by Core Enforcer.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Super Mystery Dungeon, a Pokémon with Multitype and all of its teammates' moves deal additional damage as if they had the same-type attack bonus. Type-effectiveness for the moves still apply normally.

Outside of battle

Multitype has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Multitype

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Arceus Arceus Normal Normal Multitype None None
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 or later.

In the anime

None.png Arceus Spooky Multitype.png Arceus Flame Multitype.png None.png
Arceus (Spooky Plate) Arceus (Flame Plate)
The Pokémon changes its type depending on what Plate it held.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
493 Arceus The non-white parts of Arceus's body glow white. It then changes its color freely to match the type of the type it is forming into. A yellow ripple then forms throughout its body when it wants to change back to normal and its body goes back to its original colors.
Arceus (M12) Arceus and the Jewel of Life Debut

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 多屬性 Dō-Suhksing
多元系 Dōyùhn-Haih *
Mandarin 多屬性 / 多属性 Duō-Shǔxìng *
多元系 Duōyuán-xì *
France Flag.png French Multitype
Germany Flag.png German Variabilität
Italy Flag.png Italian Multitipo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 멀티타입 Multi-Type
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Multitipo
Spain Flag.png Spanish Multitipo
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Çok Türlü

Variations of the Ability Multitype
MultitypeRKS System

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