Mimic (move)

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Mimic
ものまね Mimic
Mimic VIII.png
Mimic VIII 2.png
Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  %
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Makes the appeal as good as the one before it.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  0  
Steals the Voltage of the Pokémon that just went.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Shows off the Pokémon's appeal about as well as the move used just before it.

Mimic (Japanese: ものまね Mimic) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. It was TM31 in Generation I. In Generation II, it was the signature move of Sudowoodo.

Effect

151Mew.png This move effect may be in need of research.
Reason: Can Mimic copy Transform in Generation III? What moves that call other moves can mimic copy?
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Generation I

In battles against a non-player character or wild Pokémon, Mimic allows the user to see the target's moveset and select one of its moves to copy. However, in link battles as well as the Japanese and English Pokémon Stadium games, Mimic does not display the target's moveset; it copies one of the target's moves at random.

The user will retain the copied attack in Mimic's place until it faints or is switched out, or the battle ends. Unlike in later generations, Mimic can copy all selectable moves, including the opponent's Mimic, Transform, and Metronome, as well as any move that the user already knows. However, Mimic can't copy Struggle because it is not a normally selectable move.

The copied move will use Mimic's PP (therefore, Mimic itself loses PP whenever a move copied by Mimic is used). Alternatively, if a Pokémon uses Mimic as a result of Mirror Move or Metronome, then the copied move will use the PP of the move that called it. If the player uses any PP-healing items, they will heal up to Mimic's (or Mirror Move's, or Metronome's) maximum PP.

In the list of moves, the maximum PP displayed is taken from the copied move, even though this value is not used in battle. If Mimic (as well as Mirror Move or Metronome) has its PP increased by any PP Ups, this unused maximum PP displayed is affected by the PP Ups. For instance, if Mimic copies Tackle, the move and PP can be displayed as "Tackle 9/35" (where "35" is Tackle's maximum PP, with no PP Ups), or possibly "Tackle 9/56" (if three PP Ups have been used on Mimic). However, the true maximum PP usable in battle is Mimic's PP as displayed in the summary screen, not the maximum PP displayed in the list of moves. This is fixed in the Pokémon Stadium series.

If a Pokémon uses Transform and copies a Pokémon with Mimic (which will have 5 PP, like all moves copied by Transform), and then uses Mimic to copy a Pokémon's move, that copied move will use the PP available from Transform, instead of the Pokémon's own PP.

If a Pokémon that used Mimic levels up in battle and learns a new move, Mimic's effect is reverted. The move copied by Mimic is lost, and Mimic will be usable again.[citation needed]

If Mimic copies a partial trapping move, and if the target switches out when its PP is 0 and before its duration is over, the current PP of the move will roll over to 63 and full PP Ups will be applied to it. This increased PP value can be used normally (and, as usual, other moves copied by Mimic will also use this PP value), and the user will retain the full PP Ups indefinitely. However, if the move's PP is healed (for instance, by using a PP-healing item or a Pokémon Center), then it will return to its legitimate maximum value (with full PP Ups).

Mimic has an accuracy of 100.

Generation II

Mimic copies the target's last move; the mimicked move has 5 PP. It fails to copy the moves Sketch, Transform, Struggle, Metronome, or any move the user already knows.

Generations III-IV

Mimic now bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, unless the opponent is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly. It copies Me First, not the move called by Me First. It fails to copy Shadow moves and Chatter.

Mimic can be used to copy Transform in Generation IV, which could cause a glitch in early copies of the Japanese Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. To trigger the glitch, a Pokémon must use Mimic to copy and use Transform, then faint. If the Mimic-using Pokémon's owner wins the battle, all moves gained from the use of Transform are retained after the battle.

Generations V-VI

The mimicked move now has the max PP as opposed to 5. Mimic is no longer able to copy Transform. If a Rayquaza mimics Dragon Ascent, it still will not be able to Mega Evolve.

Generation VII onwards

Mimic fails to copy Z-Moves.

If powered up by a Normalium Z into Z-Mimic, the user's accuracy is raised by one stage.

Other effects

Two Pokémon can evolve when they know Mimic: Bonsly into Sudowoodo and Mime Jr. into Mr. Mime.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 A move for learning one of the opponent's moves, for use during that battle only.
GSC Copies a move used by the foe.
RSE Copies a move used by the foe during one battle.
FRLG The user copies the move last used by the foe for the rest of the battle.
Colo.XD Copies a move used by the target during one battle.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user copies the move last used by the foe. The move can be used for the rest of the battle.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwSh
The user copies the target's last move. The move can be used during battle until the Pokémon is switched out.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
039 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff
NormalIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Fairy Fairy 39 41 45 45XY
37ORAS
38SMUSUM
24PE
28
040 Wigglytuff Wigglytuff
NormalIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Fairy Fairy 1
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 18 18BW
15B2W2
15 15SMUSUM
16PE
32
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
Galarian Form
IceIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 1
151 Mew Mew
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 1PE
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 1 1 17 17BW
15B2W2
15 15 16
438 Bonsly Bonsly
RockIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 17 17BW
33B2W2
15 15 16
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr.
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 18 18BW
15B2W2
15 15 32
441 Chatot Chatot
NormalIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying 29 33 33 33
778 Mimikyu Mimikyu
GhostIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 19 24
866 Mr. Rime Mr. Rime
IceIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine
I
TM31
II
--
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
VII
--
VIII
--
Every Pokémon can learn this move by TM except the ones listed below and only if marked with ✘.
010 Caterpie Caterpie
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
011 Metapod Metapod
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
013 Weedle Weedle
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
014 Kakuna Kakuna
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
129 Magikarp Magikarp
WaterIC Big.png Water 2 Dragon
132 Ditto Ditto
NormalIC Big.png Ditto Ditto
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII VIII
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like
173 Cleffa Cleffa
FairyIC Big.png Fairy Fairy
209 Snubbull Snubbull
FairyIC Big.png Field Fairy
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr.
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like
676 Furfrou Furfrou
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Game
FRLG E XD
All Pokémon can learn this move by Move Tutor except the ones listed below only if marked with ✘.
010 Caterpie Caterpie
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
011 Metapod Metapod
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
013 Weedle Weedle
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
014 Kakuna Kakuna
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
129 Magikarp Magikarp
WaterIC Big.png Water 2 Dragon
132 Ditto Ditto
NormalIC Big.png Ditto Ditto
201 Unown Unown
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
202 Wobbuffet Wobbuffet
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
235 Smeargle Smeargle
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
265 Wurmple Wurmple
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
266 Silcoon Silcoon
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
268 Cascoon Cascoon
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
360 Wynaut Wynaut
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
374 Beldum Beldum
SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By event

Generation II

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
174 Igglybuff Igglybuff
NormalIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered New York City Pokémon Center
190 Aipom Aipom
NormalIC Big.png Field Field New York City Pokémon Center
202 Wobbuffet Wobbuffet
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous New York City Pokémon Center
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Mimic is a move with 17PP and 100% accuracy. The user targets enemy in front of it, copying the last move they used. Mimic cannot copy itself, Encore, Sketch or a move that calls other moves (except Sleep Talk and Snatch). This move is affected by Taunt.

In Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, the move can now copy Nature Power and Metronome. It can also copy Me First.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Makes the user deploy the same move as the one last used by the foe facing it. Some moves cannot be mimicked.
MDTDS Causes the user to unleash the same move as the one last used by the enemy it is facing. Some moves can't be mimicked.
BSL 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 ものまねできないわざも ある
MDGtI IconKanji2MD.pngUNUSED
SMD It mimics an enemy's last move.*
You counter the enemy by mimicking the enemy's last move.*


In the anime

Sudowoodo Mimic Flamethrower.png Katie Walrein Mimic.png James Mime Jr Mimic Pin Missile.png Brock Bonsly Mimic.png
Sudowoodo;
using Flamethrower
Walrein Mime Jr.;
using Pin Missile
Bonsly
The user copies the foe's latest move used.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo instantly copies the last move used by the opponent. Sometimes, the branches on its head will glow gold.
A wild Sudowoodo Type Casting Debut
Brock's Sudowoodo Leave It to Brocko! None
365 Walrein Walrein flashes purple and it copies and learns the last move used by the opponent until the end of the battle.
Katie's Walrein A Judgment Brawl None
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr. instantly copies the last move used by the opponent. Sometimes the ball on its head glows white.
James's Mime Jr. Spontaneous Combusken! None
438 Bonsly The three green orbs on Bonsly's head glow gold and it copies the last move used by the opponent.
Brock's Bonsly A Staravia is Born! None


In the manga

The Electric Tale of Pikachu


Phantom Thief Pokémon 7


Pokémon Adventures


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • In Generation III, the status screen erroneously states that the move has 100% accuracy, even though it ignores accuracy and evasion checks.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 模仿 Mòuhfóng
Mandarin 模仿 Mófǎng
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Nápodoba
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Immitatie
Finland Flag.png Finnish Matkinta
France Flag.png French Copie
Germany Flag.png German Mimikry
Greece Flag.png Greek Μίμιση Mímisi
Israel Flag.png Hebrew חיקוי Khikuy
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Meniru
Italy Flag.png Italian Mimica
South Korea Flag.png Korean 흉내내기 Hyungnaenaegi
Poland Flag.png Polish Naśladowanie*
Atak Naśladowczy*
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Mímica
Romania Flag.png Romanian Mimic
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Imitiranje
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Mímica
Simulador (AG129)
Spain Flag.png Spain Mimético
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Härma
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Bắt Chước



Generation I TMs
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Generation I HMs
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