Center of attention
Center of attention (Japanese: ちゅうもくのまと center of attention) is a volatile status which forces opponents to target their moves on the affected Pokémon.
If a Pokémon is the center of attention, its opponents are forced to target the center of attention rather than their intended target for the rest of the turn, if it is a valid target for those moves; allies are unaffected. If a move cannot target the center of attention, it will be used on its intended target.
The center of attention draws Electric- and Water-type moves even if a Pokémon with Lightning Rod or Storm Drain is on the field. If another Pokémon on the same team is already the center of attention, the first user takes priority; if the first user is outside of range or stops being the center of attention, the attack will be drawn to the next center of attention.
A Pokémon will be the center of attention when using any of the following moves.
From Generation VI onward, Grass-type Pokémon, Pokémon with Overcoat, and Pokémon holding Safety Goggles will not have their moves drawn to a Pokémon that becomes the center of attention due to Rage Powder.
Snipe Shot will ignore these effects and hit its original target.
In the spin-off games
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series
In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, the Decoy status condition is equivalent to the center of attention. A Pokémon with the Decoy status will be preferentially attacked by allies and enemies. This status disappears if a new decoy appears. The decoy is still able to move in any direction, but CPU-controlled decoys move randomly.
In the manga
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