The Camouflage Mechanism behind the Pokémon Move Transform in Ditto

Naomi Lester


In the Pokémon game and anime series, the Pokémon Ditto and Mew have a unique move that allows them to assume the form of any other Pokémon they are faced with. The visual change is temporary, and results in a complete physical change to the physical appearance of the Ditto and Mew. Focusing only on Ditto, this article studies mimicry in plants and camouflage mechanisms in cephalopods in order to produce a potential mechanism for how Ditto can change visual forms to use the move Transform.


Game; Biology; Mimicry; Pokémon; Anime; Ditto

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