Multitype (Ability)

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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
Currently unknown
Generation VII
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.


Generation IV

Multitype changes the type of the 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.

This Ability cannot be transferred with Skill Swap or copied with Trace or Role Play. If any Pokémon other than Arceus has this Ability, it does not work. Multitype cannot be suppressed by Gastro Acid or changed by Worry Seed.

When a Pokémon Transforms into Arceus, it becomes Arceus's Normal form. If it is holding a Plate, it will Transform first into Arceus's current form and will then change type and appearance to the type corresponding to that Plate.

Generation V

A Pokémon with Multitype cannot be affected by type changing moves, such as Soak. Multitype cannot turn into Mummy.

Multitype no longer prevents the effects of Knock Off, Trick, Switcheroo, Thief or Covet if the target is not holding a Plate.

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.

In the anime

None.png Arceus Spooky Multitype.png Arceus Flame Multitype.png None.png
Arceus (Spooky Plate) Arceus (Flame Plate)
The user 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 the games, Arceus must be holding a Plate in order to make use of Multitype. However, in the anime and Pokémon Adventures, it has its own unique set of Plates which allow it to activate its Ability at will, making it almost indestructible.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 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

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