Multitype (Ability)

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Multitype マルチタイプ
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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
Changes the Pokémon's type to match the Plate or Z-Crystal it holds.
Generation IX
Changes the Pokémon's type to match the plate it holds.

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

Multitype changes the form and type of a Pokémon with this Ability depending on the Plate attached.

Gastro Acid, Worry Seed, and Simple Beam fail if the target has the Ability Multitype. Role Play, Skill Swap, Entrainment, and Doodle fail if either Pokémon has Multitype. Multitype cannot be copied by Trace, Power of Alchemy, or Receiver. Multitype cannot be replaced by Mummy or Lingering Aroma, suppressed by Core Enforcer or Neutralizing Gas, or traded by Wandering Spirit.

Generation IV

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).

Generations V and VI

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 no longer has an effect on items; instead, item-manipulating effects cannot affect Arceus if they would cause it to hold a Plate or take a Plate it already holds.

Generation VII

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

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 IX 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.
  • For Generation VII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VIII or later.
  • For Generation VIII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IX or later.

In other games

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.


Games Description
BSL じょうきょうに゚よって タイプが へんかする
MDGtI Unavailable
SMD Even when the Pokémon uses a move with a type different from its own, the move will do more damage as if it did match its type! It has the same effect on its teammates!

In the anime

Arceus M12 Multitype.png Arceus Spooky Multitype.png Arceus Flame Multitype.png None.png
Arceus Arceus (Spooky Plate) Arceus (Flame Plate)
The Pokémon changes its type depending on what Plate it held.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Arceus Arceus The non-white parts of Arceus's body glow white. It then changes its color freely to match that of the type it is changing 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
A wild Arceus The Arceus Chronicles (Part 4) None

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

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
Spain Flag.png Spanish Multitipo
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Çok Türlü
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Đa Hệ

Variations of the Ability Multitype
MultitypeRKS System

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