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Center of attention (Japanese: ちゅうもくのまと center of attention) is a volatile battle 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 (even if the move originally targeted an ally, unless it is a move that cannot target an opponent such as Acupressure or Helping Hand). If a move cannot target the center of attention, it will be used on its intended target. Even if a Pokémon becomes the center of attention, its allies will not be forced to target it.
In Triple Battles, the center of attention will draw the attacks of all opponents in the field, but it can only draw attacks from non-adjacent opponents if they use a move which is able to strike non-adjacent targets.
The center of attention cannot draw moves with a charging turn like Sky Drop or Solar Beam, even if they are executed in one turn due to Power Herb.
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.
If the center of attention faints, switches out, or is taken into the air by Sky Drop, it no longer draws moves.
A Pokémon can become the center of attention by using Follow Me or Rage Powder, or by being affected by Spotlight.
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.
Pokémon with the Propeller Tail or Stalwart Abilities will ignore these effects and hit their original target.
In 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.
The Decoy status is caused by Decoy Orb, SubstituteRBTDS, Follow MeRBTDS, Rage Powder, and IlluminateSMD.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
drawing attention to itself