Illusion (Ability)

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Illusion イリュージョン
Flavor text
Generation V
Comes out disguised as the Pokémon in back.
Generation VI
Comes out disguised as the Pokémon in the party's last spot.
Generation VII
Comes out disguised as the Pokémon in the party's last spot.

Illusion (Japanese: イリュージョン Illusion) is an Ability introduced in Generation V. It is the signature Ability of Zorua and Zoroark.


In battle

Generation V

Illusion will change the appearance of the Pokémon to that of the last Pokémon in the player's party. Illusion will not disguise the Pokémon if the last Pokémon in the player's party is fainted or is of the same species. Illusion will replicate the type of Poké Ball, nickname (or species name if none), Shininess (if any), gender, and form of the Pokémon it is masquerading as; however, it does not replicate the level of the masqueraded Pokémon. If an Egg is in the last position, the Pokémon that is in the Egg will be shown. The effect is only aesthetic: effects like the move Attract still use the Pokémon's actual gender.

The illusion wears off when the Pokémon with this Ability is directly damaged by a damaging move or when Illusion is negated or replaced, causing the Pokémon with this Ability to appear as its true self. Indirect damage or loss of HP (such as through Substitute, Life Orb, weather, status conditions, entry hazards, recoil, and so on) will not break Illusion. If the Pokémon with Illusion is hit by a multi-strike move, the illusion will be broken after the first hit.

A Pokémon with Illusion can disguise itself as another Pokémon with Illusion, provided that they are different species.

Role Play fails if the target has the Ability Illusion. Skill Swap fails if either Pokémon has Illusion. Illusion cannot be copied by Trace. If a Pokémon obtains this Ability with Imposter or Transform, it will not disguise itself.

In Pokémon Black and White, if the player visits Lostlorn Forest with a GameStop Entei, Raikou, and/or Suicune in their party, they can encounter a Zoroark, which enters the battle already disguised as the Legendary beast that has a type advantage over the beast closest to the first slot in the player's party (Entei in case of Raikou).

Generation VI

Illusion can now disguise itself as another Pokémon with Illusion of the same species.

Illusion now disguises the Pokémon as the last conscious Pokémon in the party.

Generation VII

On the user interface, an opponent's Pokémon disguised by Illusion will appear to be the same type as the species it is disguised as (even if it is affected by a move such as Soak).

If a Pokémon with Illusion uses a Z-Move, the illusion wears off immediately before using the Z-Move.

Illusion cannot be copied by Power of Alchemy or Receiver.

If a Pokémon with Illusion successfully calls for help in an SOS Battle, it will disguise itself as the summoned ally.

Outside of battle

Illusion has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, the Ability functions similar to the main series games for foe Pokémon. A Pokémon with this Ability can transform into another Pokémon that can be found on the same floor of a Mystery Dungeon. For partner Pokémon, this Ability becomes nonexistent.

In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, leader and partner Pokémon with this Ability transform into Kecleon.

Pokémon with Illusion

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Zorua Zorua Dark Dark Illusion None None
Zoroark Zoroark Dark Dark Illusion 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

Zoroark Illusion.png Zorua Illusion.png Zorua Illusion finish.png Luke Zorua Illusion.png
Zoroark Zorua Transformed Luke's Zorua
The Pokémon can either change its shape into a human or Pokémon, or it creates illusions for everyone to see.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
571 Zoroark Zoroark's eyes glow light blue and its outlines start to glow pink. Then, a magenta wave of energy appears by its face and moves down to its feet. As the wave moves down, its body changes its shape into the opponent, or Zoroark's eyes glow red and it causes the opponent to see illusions of its choosing.
Zoroark (M13) Zoroark: Master of Illusions Debut
A wild Zoroark The Island of Illusions! None
570 Zorua Zorua jumps up high into the air and spins its body while in the air. As it spins, its body starts to glow pink and it changes its shape into the opponent. Sometimes, Zorua's eyes glow light blue before it transforms.
Zorua (M13) Zoroark: Master of Illusions As a human, its tail is visible, and when the tail is touched, Zorua returns to its normal form.
Luke's Zorua Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga


  • In Generation V, if Entrainment is used on a Pokémon with Illusion while it is disguised as another Pokémon, when its Ability activates the banner will state that the Ability belongs to the Pokémon that was used as the disguise. If the Pokémon's Ability is changed again, these messages will correctly state the Pokémon who the Ability belongs to when it activates.
  • Although this Ability is forbidden in Pokéstar Studios, Brycen uses a Zoroark with this Ability in one of the Brycen-Man movies.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 幻覺 Waahngok
Mandarin 幻覺 / 幻觉 Huàn​​jué​
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Illusie
Finland Flag.png Finnish Illuusio
France Flag.png French Illusion
Germany Flag.png German Trugbild
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Ilusi
Italy Flag.png Italian Illusione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 일루전 Illusion
Poland Flag.png Polish Iluzja
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Ilusão
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ilusión
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Ảo ảnh

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