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Mimic glitch (Japanese Diamond/Pearl)

Please note that this glitch only exists in the Japanese versions of the game, or is otherwise a glitch from a Pokémon game which was only released in Japan.

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    The Mimic glitch is a glitch in Japanese versions of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl that allows the player to have a Pokémon with Mimic copy the entire moveset of another Pokémon.

    It was fixed in the localizations and later games[citation needed], but another glitch called the Rage glitch allows the player to copy a moveset in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.


  • Prepare a Ditto and Pokémon with Mimic in the first and second positions of the party.
  • Enter a double battle on Route 209 with Ty and Sue, using the Vs. Seeker to enable a battle with them, if necessary.
  • When the battle starts, have Ditto transform into the opponent.
  • Have the Pokémon with Mimic successfully mimic the user's Transform (requires Transform to be the target's last move).
  • Switch the Ditto into a Pokémon of your choice, then have the Pokémon that mimicked Transform transform into it.
  • Have the Pokémon that originally knew Mimic faint, then end the battle.


    It may be a good idea to have the Pokémon of your choice be a Smeargle, because it can learn many moves legitimately through Sketch.

    See also

  • Category:Glitches that allow Pokémon with unobtainable moves

  • Youtube video by Tox Bliss.
  • Youtube video by T0nu.