Role Play (move)

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Role Play
なりきり Change Appearance
Role Play V.png
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Type  Psychic
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not 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 III
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Makes the appeal as good as those before it.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if the Pokémon gets the lowest score.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Shows off the Pokémon's appeal about as well as the move used just before it.

Role Play (Japanese: なりきり Change Appearance) is a non-damaging Psychic-type move introduced in Generation III.

Effect

Role Play replaces the user's Ability with the target's Ability.

Role Play bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, unless the target is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly. It is not affected by Protect, Detect, or Spiky Shield, but will fail if the target is protected by Crafty Shield.

Generation III to IV

151Mew.png This move effect may be in need of research.
Reason: Check whether a Pokémon with the Ability Wonder Guard can use Role Play in Generation III (requires Mimic)
You can discuss this on the talk page.

If both Pokémon have the same Ability, Role Play will succeed, but Abilities such as Intimidate that activate when they are gained will not activate at this time.

Role Play fails if the target's Ability is Wonder Guard or Multitype.

Generation V onward

151Mew.png This move effect may be in need of research.
Reason: Check Imposter in Generation V, Power Construct
You can discuss this on the talk page.

Role Play now displays the Ability the user had before using Role Play.

If both Pokémon have the same Ability, Role Play will fail.

Role Play fails if the target's Ability is Trace, Wonder Guard, Forecast, Flower Gift, Multitype, Illusion, Zen Mode, Imposter, Stance Change, Power of Alchemy, Receiver, Schooling, Comatose, Shields Down, Disguise, RKS System, or Battle Bond.

Role Play fails if the user's Ability is Disguise or Battle Bond.

If powered up by a Psychium Z into Z-Role Play, the user's Speed stat is raised by one stage.

Description

Games Description
RSEColo.XD Mimics the target and copies its special ability.
FRLG The user mimics the foe completely and copies the foe's ability.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user mimics the foe completely, copying the foe's natural ability.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SM
The user mimics the target completely, copying the target's natural Ability.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
064 Kadabra Kadabra
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 33 36 42 42XY
41ORAS
41
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 41RSE
40FRLG
43 43 43 43
234 Stantler Stantler
NormalIC Big.png Field Field 31FRLG 33 33 33 33
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr.
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 43 43 43 43
648 Meloetta Meloetta
NormalIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 71 71 71
655 Delphox Delphox
FireIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Field Field 1 1
658 Greninja Greninja
WaterIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 1 1 1
678 Meowstic Meowstic
Male
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 43 43
678 Meowstic Meowstic
Female
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 43 43
802 Marshadow Marshadow
FightingIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 30
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
096 Drowzee Drowzee
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
327 Spinda Spinda
NormalIC Big.png Field Human-Like
511 Pansage Pansage
GrassIC Big.png Field Field
513 Pansear Pansear
FireIC Big.png Field Field
515 Panpour Panpour
WaterIC Big.png Field Field
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 DP Pt HGSS BW B2W2 XY ORAS SM USUM
035 Clefairy Clefairy
FairyIC Big.png Fairy Fairy
036 Clefable Clefable
FairyIC Big.png Fairy Fairy
037 Vulpix Vulpix
FireIC Big.png Field Field
037 Vulpix Vulpix
Alola Form
IceIC Big.png Field Field
038 Ninetales Ninetales
FireIC Big.png Field Field
038 Ninetales Ninetales
Alola Form
IceIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Field Field
039 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff
NormalIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Fairy Fairy
040 Wigglytuff Wigglytuff
NormalIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Fairy Fairy
054 Psyduck Psyduck
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field
055 Golduck Golduck
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field
056 Mankey Mankey
FightingIC Big.png Field Field
057 Primeape Primeape
FightingIC Big.png Field Field
063 Abra Abra
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
064 Kadabra Kadabra
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
065 Alakazam Alakazam
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
066 Machop Machop
FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
067 Machoke Machoke
FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
068 Machamp Machamp
FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
094 Gengar Gengar
GhostIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
096 Drowzee Drowzee
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
097 Hypno Hypno
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
106 Hitmonlee Hitmonlee
FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
107 Hitmonchan Hitmonchan
FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like
124 Jynx Jynx
IceIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like
128 Tauros Tauros
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
151 Mew Mew
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
173 Cleffa Cleffa
FairyIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
174 Igglybuff Igglybuff
NormalIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
190 Aipom Aipom
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
228 Houndour Houndour
DarkIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Field Field
229 Houndoom Houndoom
DarkIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Field Field
234 Stantler Stantler
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
236 Tyrogue Tyrogue
FightingIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
237 Hitmontop Hitmontop
FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
238 Smoochum Smoochum
IceIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
257 Blaziken Blaziken
FireIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Field Field
296 Makuhita Makuhita
FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
297 Hariyama Hariyama
FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
302 Sableye Sableye
DarkIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like
307 Meditite Meditite
FightingIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like
308 Medicham Medicham
FightingIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like
325 Spoink Spoink
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field
326 Grumpig Grumpig
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field
327 Spinda Spinda
NormalIC Big.png Field Human-Like
331 Cacnea Cacnea
GrassIC Big.png Grass Human-Like
332 Cacturne Cacturne
GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Grass Human-Like
352 Kecleon Kecleon
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
353 Shuppet Shuppet
GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
354 Banette Banette
GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
359 Absol Absol
DarkIC Big.png Field Field
380 Latias Latias
DragonIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Normal Forme
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Attack Forme
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Defense Forme
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Speed Forme
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
390 Chimchar Chimchar
FireIC Big.png Field Human-Like
391 Monferno Monferno
FireIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Field Human-Like
392 Infernape Infernape
FireIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Field Human-Like
424 Ambipom Ambipom
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
438 Bonsly Bonsly
RockIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr.
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
441 Chatot Chatot
NormalIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying
447 Riolu Riolu
FightingIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
448 Lucario Lucario
FightingIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Field Human-Like
453 Croagunk Croagunk
PoisonIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like
454 Toxicroak Toxicroak
PoisonIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like
459 Snover Snover
GrassIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Monster Grass
460 Abomasnow Abomasnow
GrassIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Monster Grass
480 Uxie Uxie
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
481 Mesprit Mesprit
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
482 Azelf Azelf
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
494 Victini Victini
PsychicIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
509 Purrloin Purrloin
DarkIC Big.png Field Field
510 Liepard Liepard
DarkIC Big.png Field Field
511 Pansage Pansage
GrassIC Big.png Field Field
512 Simisage Simisage
GrassIC Big.png Field Field
513 Pansear Pansear
FireIC Big.png Field Field
514 Simisear Simisear
FireIC Big.png Field Field
515 Panpour Panpour
WaterIC Big.png Field Field
516 Simipour Simipour
WaterIC Big.png Field Field
531 Audino Audino
NormalIC Big.png Fairy Fairy
549 Lilligant Lilligant
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass
562 Yamask Yamask
GhostIC Big.png Mineral Amorphous
563 Cofagrigus Cofagrigus
GhostIC Big.png Mineral Amorphous
574 Gothita Gothita
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
575 Gothorita Gothorita
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
576 Gothitelle Gothitelle
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
577 Solosis Solosis
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
578 Duosion Duosion
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
579 Reuniclus Reuniclus
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
605 Elgyem Elgyem
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
606 Beheeyem Beheeyem
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
619 Mienfoo Mienfoo
FightingIC Big.png Field Human-Like
620 Mienshao Mienshao
FightingIC Big.png Field Human-Like
624 Pawniard Pawniard
DarkIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like
625 Bisharp Bisharp
DarkIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like
641 Tornadus Tornadus
FlyingIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
642 Thundurus Thundurus
ElectricIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
645 Landorus Landorus
GroundIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
648 Meloetta Meloetta
NormalIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
655 Delphox Delphox
FireIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Field Field
656 Froakie Froakie
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 1
657 Frogadier Frogadier
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 1
658 Greninja Greninja
WaterIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 1
676 Furfrou Furfrou
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
677 Espurr Espurr
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field
678 Meowstic Meowstic
Male
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field
678 Meowstic Meowstic
Female
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field
686 Inkay Inkay
DarkIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 2
687 Malamar Malamar
DarkIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 2
708 Phantump Phantump
GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Grass Amorphous
709 Trevenant Trevenant
GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Grass Amorphous
710 Pumpkaboo Pumpkaboo
GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
711 Gourgeist Gourgeist
GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
720 Hoopa Hoopa
Confined
PsychicIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
720 Hoopa Hoopa
Unbound
PsychicIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
741 Oricorio Oricorio
FireIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying
759 Stufful Stufful
NormalIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Field Field
760 Bewear Bewear
NormalIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Field Field
764 Comfey Comfey
FairyIC Big.png Grass Grass
769 Sandygast Sandygast
GhostIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
770 Palossand Palossand
GhostIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
777 Togedemaru Togedemaru
ElectricIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Field Fairy
781 Dhelmise Dhelmise
GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
793 Nihilego Nihilego
RockIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
802 Marshadow Marshadow
FightingIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
805 Stakataka Stakataka
RockIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral Dream World - Pleasant Forest
441 Chatot Chatot
NormalIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying Dream World - Windswept Sky
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

Description

Games Description
MDRB Copies the target's Special Ability. The user regains its own Special Ability when it leaves the floor.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Core series games

Role Play III.png Role Play IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

Spin-off series games

Role Play Colo.png Role Play XD.png Role Play PBR.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Role Play PMD RB.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

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 扮演 Baahnyín *
角色扮演 Goksīk Baahnyín *
Mandarin 扮演 Bànyǎn *
角色扮演 Jiǎosè Bànyǎn *
France Flag.png French Imitation
Germany Flag.png German Rollentausch
Greece Flag.png Greek Υπόδυση
Italy Flag.png Italian Giocodiruolo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 역할 Yeokhal
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Jogo Teatral
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Gluma
Spain Flag.png Spanish Imitación
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Nhập Vai


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