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Copycat (Japanese: まねっこ Imitate) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation IV.
Copycat causes the user to use the last move that was used in the battle (even if the last move was by the user). If no move has been made, Copycat fails. If the copied move's target is not the user, an appropriate target is randomly chosen.
The last-used move is updated whenever any Pokémon attempts to use a move.
- If a move successfully executes (generally, if the text "<Pokémon> used <move>!" is shown), that move becomes the last-used move. This is regardless of the move's result—whether it hit or missed or its effect was successful or failed (such as a Light Screen that fails because the previous Light Screen has not expired).
- Some moves that require multiple turns to execute do not count as valid moves in all of their turns. If Copycat executes after a turn when a move was not considered valid, Copycat will fail.
- Charging moves: the initial turn does not count as a valid move.
- Recharging moves: the recharge turn does not count as a valid move.
- Bide: the final turn does not count as a valid move.
- If any move calls another, the calling move is counted as the last move used instead of the called move.
- However, this only applies to the turn when the calling move was selected to be used. If a called move requires multiple turns to execute in full (such as Bide, Dig, or Thrash), it may validly become the last-used move in subsequent turns.
- If a Pokémon tries to use a move but is prevented by a status condition or effect (such as sleep, paralysis, or flinching), the last-used move becomes invalid and Copycat will fail if it executes next.
Generation V to VI
If any move successfully calls another, the called move now counts as the last move used instead of the calling move.
The last move used is now unaffected if a Pokémon tries to use a move but is prevented by a status condition or effect. In other words, the last-used move remains what it was before the Pokémon's turn.
Charging moves, recharging moves, and Bide no longer have invalid turns that will cause Copycat to fail. Instead, charging moves and Bide can be copied on any turn, while recharging moves are ignored on their recharge turn (the last move used remains whatever it was before the recharge message appeared).
If powered up by a Normalium Z into Z-Copycat, the user's accuracy rises one stage. Additionally, the copied move will become its corresponding Z-Move. If the copied move is a status move, it will not receive its Z-Power effect.
|| This move effect may be in need of research. |
Reason: Check list in Generation V and VI (probably similar to Assist, but some, such as Dig, are definitely different)
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Copycat will fail if any of the following moves are the last move.
| The user mimics the move used immediately before it. The move fails if no other move has been used yet.
In other games
|| Causes the user to unleash the same move as the last one used by the facing enemy. Some moves can't be copied.
|| しょうめんの てきポケモンが さいごに くりだしたわざと おなじ わざをくりだす いくつか まねっこできないわざも ある
|| You counter the enemy by mimicking the enemy's last move.
In the anime
copying Leaf Blade
copying a Fire-type move
copying a Steel-type move
copying Air Cutter
| The user copies the opponent's last move and uses it.
|| First Used In
|| After the opponent has used a move, Riolu becomes surrounded in a waving aura of light. It then recalls how the opponent used the move, one of its eyes twinkles, and it uses the same move the opponent just used. The color of the aura depends on which type of move Riolu is copying.
| Cameron's Riolu
|| Mission: Defeat Your Rival!
|| When it sees its opponent about to use an attack, Lucario becomes surrounded in a waving aura of light. It then recalls how the opponent is using the move, and it uses the same move the opponent is using. The color of the aura depends on which type of move Lucario is copying.
| Cameron's Lucario
|| A Unova League Evolution!
|| When Sudowoodo sees its opponent about to use a move, it uses the same move the opponent is using.
| Callahan's Sudowoodo
|| The Power of Us
|| Incorrectly referred to as Mimic in the English dub
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In other generations
Core series games
Spin-off series games
In other languages