Trace (Ability)

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

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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
Currently unknown
Generation VII
Currently unknown

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


In battle

Trace copies the Ability of the current opponent. Trace is able to copy Wonder Guard, but not Multitype or Illusion. If both the Pokémon and the opponent have Trace, it will do nothing. If used in a Double Battle, Trace will randomly copy either opponent's Ability.

If the target of Trace has an untraceable Ability, then Trace will activate when next exposed to a Pokémon that has a traceable Ability.

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
Porygon Porygon Normal Normal Trace Download Analytic
Porygon2 Porygon2 Normal Normal Trace Download Analytic
Ralts Ralts Psychic Psychic Synchronize Trace Telepathy
Kirlia Kirlia Psychic Psychic 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 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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