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Protean (Japanese: へんげんじざい Phantasmagoria) is an Ability introduced in the Generation VI games, Pokémon X and Y. It is only obtainable through a Pokémon's Hidden Ability.

Game info


Version(s) Description
X/Y Changes the Pokémon's type to the type of the move it's using.


In battle

Protean changes the type of the Pokémon to be the same as the move it is about to use, excluding the move Struggle. This will then always results in a STAB (same-type attack bonus) if the move causes damage. The type of the user will only change upon using a move of a new type or switching the Pokémon out of battle. If the latter occurs, when sent back into battle, it will regain its original typing.

Outside of battle

Protean has no effect outside of battle.

List of Pokémon

List of Pokémon
Sprite Pokémon Type Obtained
352.png Kecleon Normal Hidden
656.png Froakie Water Hidden
657.png Frogadier Water Hidden
658.png Greninja Water/Dark Hidden
This list is made for Generation VI and therefore may include abilities that were not introduced in previous generations.