Legendary Pokémon are a group of extremely rare and powerful Pokémon.
In the Japanese franchise, there are three distinct terms used to refer to those Pokémon which are collectively called legendary in English. One, 伝説のポケモン (densetsu no Pokémon, lit. Pokémon of legend), refers to those which are featured prominently in legends, such as Kyogre and Groudon. The second, 幻のポケモン (maboroshi no Pokémon, lit. Pokémon of illusions, translated as mirage Pokémon in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl), refers to those so rarely seen that some question their very existence, such as Mew and Lugia; an alternative definition restricts it only to Pokémon not available in normal gameplay. The third is 神話のポケモン (shinwa no Pokémon, lit. Pokémon of myth), which is a term applied to some of the legendary Pokémon of Sinnoh.
Characteristics of legendary Pokémon In the games, the player typically has only one chance to capture a legendary Pokémon, but the same species have appeared in more than one game. Their genders are usually unknown, with the exception of Latios, Latias, Heatran and Cresselia. With the exception of Phione and Manaphy, they will refuse to be bred by Trainers, and, for similar reasons, they are often banned from competitions. They are statistically some of the most powerful Pokémon in the game. They never evolve, and many are one third of a legendary trio or half of a legendary duo. They always are featured in the end of a regional Pokédex.
In the anime, legendary Pokémon are generally held in higher regard than they are in the games, nearing a god-like reverence. They appear only to special Trainers (usually the case of Ash Ketchum). Very few people have actually seen legendary Pokémon. Because of their rarity, they are sought after by trainers and collectors, especially by villainous teams like Team Rocket.
It has been predicted (and demonstrated) that the capture of certain legendary Pokémon can lead to great catastrophe, as they often hold a pivotal role in nature. But some speculate that if a Trainer were to "play by the rules," the results would not be as chaotic. Noland, for example, befriended and fought official battles with an Articuno and its power never exceeded him. It should be noted, however, that Noland is a very skilled Trainer.
As seen with Lugia, some breed in the wild; as seen with Celebi and Arceus, they are neither immortal nor invincible; and only very few (notably Mewtwo) are thought to be unique.
List of legendary Pokémon
There are 35 Pokémon considered to be legendary Pokémon, and there are several more with certain characteristics of legendary Pokémon. Every generation of Pokémon has featured at least one legendary trio and one legendary duo.
Generation I The legendary Pokémon of Generation I can be broken into two groups: the legendary birds and the Mew-based legendary Pokémon.
Legendary birds Zapdos, Articuno, and Moltres as shown in a promotional jumbo card There are three legendary birds, also referred to as winged mirages. The legendary birds are each based off a mythical bird.
As shown in the second movie, should the three birds be disturbed and turned against each other, they will fight over territory, and, left unabated, their battles will ultimately cause the end of the world. They represent nature's balance and are tied to Lugia. They are strongly linked to the elements ice, lightning and fire - forces that when combined are believed to yield both the origin of life and the cause of apocalyptic weather disasters. Some fans believe that this scenario applies only to the three birds found near Shamouti Island in the Orange Archipelago, and that this characteristic does not extend to their species.
In Pokémon Snap, it was shown that the legendary birds could breed, as the player could hatch them from eggs around Pokémon Island by introducing the eggs to their corresponding element. In Pokémon XD it's possible to snag all three birds, whom are all under the ownership of Greevil. Each of the birds can also be found roamingSinnoh in Pokémon Platinum, once the National Pokédex has been obtained.
ice. It can be found on Seafoam Islands in the Generation I games, their Generation IIIremakes, and in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. In addition to the one in the Orange Islands, a second one was seen in the Johto region in the episode Freeze Frame. A third one was seen in the Kanto region, with Noland in Numero Uno Articuno and The Symbol Life. Zapdos is the legendary bird of thunder. It can be found at the Power Plant in the Generation I games, their Generation III remakes, and just outside the Power Plant in HeartGold and SoulSilver. In addition to the one in the Orange Islands, a second one was seen in the Johto region in the episode As Clear As Crystal, and a third was seen in the credits of Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the sea, flying Jack Walker after he captured it with his Capture Styler. A fourth one that was spotted by Team Rocket in Sinnoh in Doc Brock!. Moltres is the legendary bird of fire. It can be found on Victory Road in the Generation I games, in the Sevii Islands in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, and in Silver Cave in HeartGold and SoulSilver. The spirit of Moltres represents the Indigo League and its flame came alive in the episode All Fired Up. It also appeared to Ritchie at Sevii Islands in the anime. Mew duo Mewtwo and Mew
Cerulean Cave in the Generation I games, their remakes, and HeartGold and SoulSilver. It was statistically the most powerful Pokémon until Generation II, when it was tied with a base stat total of 380 to Lugia and Ho-Oh. It is also one of the most intelligent, and can communicate freely with humans using telepathy. It is the main character of the first movie, and the Mewtwo Returns and The Birth of Mewtwo specials. After the events of Mewtwo Returns, it is portrayed as taking the cover of night and living amongst humans in big cities. Mew is the Psychic feline Pokémon of ancient legend. It is not obtainable by normal means in any game; however, a glitch allows the player to battle and capture Mew in Generation I. In Pokémon Emerald, a Nintendo event gave out the Old Sea Map that would take the player to Faraway Island, where Mew could be caught. In My Pokémon Ranch, it is possible to obtain a Mew after depositing 999 Pokémon onto your ranch. It is said to be able to live forever. The DNA of all Pokémon can be traced back to Mew, and thus it represents the origin of life. The bubbly Mew was first seen in the first movie, and later in the special Mewtwo Returns. Another is seen in the eighth movie. A mirage Mew was seen in The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon. Generation II Generation II featured the advent of three new groups of legendary Pokémon, consisting of a total of six.
- Mewtwo is a genetically altered, unique clone of Mew. It can be found in the
Legendary beasts Raikou, Entei, and Suicune in the Brass Tower basement The legendary beasts have variously been referred to as legendary dogs or cats, but beasts is the accepted neutral title. These speedy, powerful creatures were created by Ho-Oh after the burning of Brass Tower. Because they are unable to restrain their extreme power, they race headlong around the land. They can be found racing around the Johto region in the Generation II games and their remakes. One can also be found roaming Kanto, after the player gets the National Pokédex, in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, depending on the starter Pokémon the user chooses at the beginning of the game. In Pokémon Colosseum, it is possible to snag all three legendary beasts from Cipher admins.
Squirtle. Raikou was twice seen in the Johto region. It was briefly seen in the episode Houndoom's Special Delivery, and also in the The Legend of Thunder! special. Entei is the embodiment of volcanoes. According to legend, one is born every time a new volcano appears. It appears in Kanto in FireRed and LeafGreen if the player started off with Bulbasaur. An Entei was seen in the Johto region, in the episode Entei at Your Own Risk. A telepathic Entei was featured in the third movie, but it was only a manifestation of Molly Hale's imagination, created by the Unown. An Entei is formed from a statue in Fiore when Solana and Lunick reach the Jungle Relic. It comes to life when they complete the last challenge by mistake. Suicune is the embodiment of the North Wind. It is closely tied with Ho-Oh and the Unown. It is the Pokémon sought by Eusine in Pokémon Crystal and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, and is released upon the completion of the Burned Tower storyline in the Generation II games. It appears in Kanto in FireRed and LeafGreen if the player started off with Charmander. Ash encountered one at the beginning of the Johto story arc, in Don't Touch That 'Dile, again in For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll, and made a vital appearance in the fourth movie. Ash also encountered a Suicune in Sinnoh, near the Valley Windworks in Drifloon On the Wind!. Tower duo Lugia and Ho-Oh These two additional magnificient birds of legend are referred to as the tower duo due to the fact that before the burning of the Brass Tower, they each perched atop a tower. These powerful legendaries are thought to be closely related, although they are also polar opposites. Ho-Oh is based on the Chinese phoenix, or Fènghuáng凤凰 and Lugia on the Japanese sea-kami Ryūjin.
- Raikou is the embodiment of thunder. It appears in Kanto in FireRed and LeafGreen if the player started off with
Whirl Islands in the Generation II games and their remakes. In Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald, Lugia is found beneath Navel Rock. A Shadow Lugia, codename "XD001", resides in the Orre region in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, and causes havoc. It is under the ownership of Greevil and is snaggable. Lugia protects and controls the balance of nature. Lugia is the guardian of the legendary birds and is the only creature that can pacify their territorial fighting. One was seen in the second movie. Two more, a parent and a child, were seen near Silver Rock Isle at the beginning of the Whirl Cup arc of the anime. In the second movie, Lawrence III mistook Lugia for the Beast of the Sea, which is actually a chaotic underwater current caused when the legendary birds are disturbed. Lugia is notable for its ability to swim, fly and be on land. Ho-Oh is the Guardian of the Skies. This Pokémon is represented by the sun, the sky, rainbows, the color gold, and awakening. It is said to glow in seven colors and see into the future. It resides at the top of the Tin Tower in the Generation II games and their remakes. In Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald, Ho-Oh is found atop Navel Rock. Ho-Oh is often seen at the beginning of a new journey, which happened to Ash three times. The spirit of Ho-Oh represents the Johto League. Ho-Oh is the guardian of the legendary beasts, and it is especially close to Suicune. Ho-Oh is obtainable in Pokémon Colosseum by completing Mt. Battle and snagging all the Shadow Pokémon. Celebi Celebi on its shrine in Ilex Forest Although it has no relation to Mew, Celebi was dubbed the "New Mew" because of its similar size, shape, stats, and National Pokédex number. Because of this, it is commonly listed with Mew (and later Jirachi, Phione, Manaphy, and Shaymin) in lists of legendary Pokémon.
- Lugia is the Guardian of the Sea. It is represented by the moon, the sea, storms, the color silver, blue and white, and slumber. Lugia can be found in the
Shadow Pokémon and is connected to the Relic Stone. Celebi can be summoned by a time flute at the relic stone in Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD. Celebi can also heal plants and forests, as seen in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. It is the star of the fourth movie and was obtainable in the Japanese version of Pokémon Crystal via the now-discontinued Pokémon Mobile System service. On the Japanese Bonus Disk for Pokémon Colosseum, Celebi was a direct download to Generation III cartridges. During Pokémon 10th Anniversary: Journey Across America, Celebi was downloadable on US Generation III cartridges. Celebi, when obtainable, is found in Ilex Forest by bringing the GS Ball to the Ilex Forest shrine. Generation III The Generation III games feature a total of 10 new legendaries.
- Celebi is a forest guardian Pokémon that can travel through time. Celebi also has the power to purify
Legendary golems (From left to right) Regice, Registeel, and Regirock The legendary golem-like Regis were featured in the eighth movie as the protectors of the Tree of Beginning, but the true story of their history remains a mystery. They have a strong connection to the fourth Regi and their keeper, Regigigas.
Eon duo Latias and Latios Latias and Latios (sometimes referred to, collectively, as Lati@s) are twin Dragons (one female, one male, respectively) featured in the fifth movie. Special abilities they share include: Sight Sharing, an act where one twin can portray what he/she is seeing to the other twin and taking the shape of humans. According to legend, they guard the water city of Alto Mare, and are revered as gods. They have a strong connection with the Soul Dew.
Pokémon Sapphire. She changes routes whenever the player does, and is considered as rare as the legendary beasts in Generation II. She can also be obtained in Ruby by using the Eon Ticket obtained from Nintendo Power. In Pokémon Emerald, when the player's mom asks about a TV program after the Elite Four, she appears as in Sapphire if the player chooses Red, and as in Ruby if the player chooses Blue. Latios, the male twin, is found in the wild after defeating the Elite Four in Pokémon Ruby. He is considered as rare as the legendary beasts in Generation II due to the similar route-changing activities that he shares with them and Latias. He can also be obtained in Pokémon Sapphire by using the Eon Ticket obtained from Nintendo Power. In Pokémon Emerald, when the player's mom asks about a TV program after the Elite Four, he appears as in Ruby if the player chooses Blue, and as in Sapphire if the player chooses Red. Weather trio A depiction of the cataclysmic battle between Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza Also known as the Elemental trio, the weather-related legendary Pokémon represent the balance of nature and play a major role in the storyline of the Hoenn-based Generation III games. It is said that, early in time, Groudon raised lands and expanded continents as Kyogre expanded the seas. These Pokémon took to a deep sleep after a cataclysmic battle, soothed by Rayquaza. All feature a unique pattern of lines around their bodies.
- Latias, the female twin, is found in the wild after defeating the Elite Four in
They are based on the behemoth, leviathan, and ziz of Hebrew legend.
Cave of Origin in Pokémon Sapphire, and Marine Cave in Pokémon Emerald. It is the object of Team Aqua's reverence. It was seen in the ninth movie. Groudon is the beast who has the power to expand the land by scattering rain clouds and making water evaporate with light and heat. It is found in the Cave of Origin in Pokémon Ruby, and Terra Cave in Pokémon Emerald. It is the object of Team Magma's reverence. It was seen in the sixth movie. Rayquaza is the legendary dragon found in the Sky Pillar in the Generation III games. It is the protector of the skies. It was seen in the seventh movie. Outer space Pokémon Though the two aren't considered a duo, they are occassionally grouped together duo to the fact that they both are related and come from outer space, are next to each other in both the National Dex as well as the Hoenn Dex, are both event Pokémon and both have a base stat total of 600.
- Kyogre is the beast who has the power to expand the sea by bringing forth constant rain. It is found in the
Pokémon Colosseum's bonus disk in North America and available within Pokémon Channel in the UK, Europe and Australia (PAL Encoded Regions). It is likened to Mew, Celebi, Phione, Manaphy and Shaymin. Jirachi is the star of the sixth movie. ///Deoxys is a Pokémon with strange alien and virus-like characteristics. It changes its form depending on the game version in which it is found. The Aurora Ticket used to obtain Deoxys has been given out in North America at the New York Pokémon Center and 2004's Pokémon Rocks America events. Two different Deoxys were featured in the seventh movie, while a third was featured in Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys Crisis!. Generation IV The Generation IV games feature a total of 14 legendary Pokémon, the most of any generation.
- Jirachi is the legendary wish-granting Pokémon who was available from
Lake guardians Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf together Also known as the Pixie, Spirit or Lake trio, these Fairy-like creatures that each dwell in a trio of three lakes. Believed to have been birthed from Arceus, each represents a different aspect of the human mind. They were created to give "spirit" to the world.
Uxie is located in the Acuity Cavern, Mesprit will roam Sinnoh after the first encounter in the Verity Cavern, and Azelf is found in the Valor Cavern. In Pokémon Platinum Version, Cyrus takes each of their jewels to create the Red Chain which he uses to capture Dialga and Palkia in his plot to recreate the world without spirit.
Legendary dragons Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina artwork from Pokémon Platinum The three Pokémon Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, known as the Dragon Trio are the mascots for Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum versions, respectively, and have the ability to warp the fabric of reality. Birthed from Arceus to create matter, they battle for all of eternity in a different dimension. Dialga and Palkia were featured in the tenth movie, and Giratina was featured in the eleventh movie. All three had their final encounter in the twelfth movie.
Depending on the game version, Team Galactic will try to gain control of one using the power of the lake trio. Their goal is to use their power to destroy the universe and rebuild it with Cyrus as a god.
- Dialga controls time.
- Palkia controls space and dimensions.
- /Giratina controls antimatter, the antithesis to the material world created by Dialga and Palkia together.
Lunar duo Darkrai in Newmoon Island Based on the crescent and newmoon, these two Pokémon seem to be complementary of one another. Cresselia can cure the permanent nightmares that Darkrai causes people to suffer.
roamingSinnoh after it is first encountered on Fullmoon Island. In Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia she is a guardian of one of the moon tears. Darkrai can induce sleep and control dreams. It is active during nights with no moon, and can cause its victims to thrash about with terrible nightmares. It can be found on Newmoon Island if the player has a Member's Card. A Darkrai was featured in the tenth movie, along with one of each of the legendary dragons (except Giratina), while a second made its anime debut in Sleepless in Pre-Battle!. It has a connection with the dark crystal in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. Sea guardian Pokémon
- Cresselia resembles the crescent moon. It seems to bring peaceful dreams and is able to heal emotional scars. It can be found
Ditto, and is the only legendary to be obtained in such a manner. Until recently, its status was heavily debated; however, Pokémon.com revealed that Phione is, in fact, a legendary. Manaphy is referred to as the "Prince of the Sea." It must be hatched from an egg, which can, according to the two Ranger games, only be done in warm regions, and has the power to swap the hearts of people and Pokémon, putting them into different bodies. It was featured in the ninth movie, where it had the ability to locate the temple of the sea. Other legendary Pokémon
- Phione is the result of breeding Manaphy (or another Phione) with
Stark Mountain. It was born from the flames of a volcano when Dialga, Palkia and their relatives first created the universe. The lava and magma pooled together to become the first living Heatran, and later, Stark Mountain, its home. In Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, it is a guardian of a prince tear. It is also the first legendary Pokémon that can be either male or female. A Heatran appeared in the twelfth movie. Regigigas is the Normal-type Regi that can be found only when the three other Regis are reunited. It is said that it moved the continents into place by pulling them with rope. A Regigigas was awakened in the eleventh movie from its shrine. In Pokémon Platinum it is stated that it had shaped itself from an iceberg, rocks, and magma. Shaymin running down Seabreak Path Arceus
- Heatran is a dual-type Fire/Steel Pokémon that can be found in
Azure Flute at the peak of Mt. Coronet. Arceus appears in the twelfth movie. Other Pokémon of myth
- Arceus is the creation Pokémon said to have been born from an egg in the nothingness of space in a vortex of chaos. It created matter (time and space) and spirit (knowledge, emotion and will) before falling into eternal slumber. It can be awoken by playing the
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. It also is the counterpart to Arcanine. Arcanine's species classification is Legendary. The fierceness and destructive nature of Gyarados is described in the Pokédex as a thing of legend as is the seemingly complementary beauty and calming ability of Milotic. The pseudo-legendary Pokémon Dragonite, Tyranitar, Salamence, Metagross and Garchomp are usually placed within the end section of a regional Pokédex together with other legendaries (with the exception of Garchomp), and are rare and powerful. Unown are a mysterious species of Pokémon based on the Latin alphabet. Professor Oak referred to them as legendary, probably because they were featured heavily in ancient myths and legends and because they can display large amounts of otherworldly power in swarms. Also, like legendaries, they cannot breed. In the anime, they appear to live in the same dimension as Dialga and Palkia. Togepi and its evolutions are incredibly rare and bring joy wherever they go. In A Togepi Mirage! Togepi is referred to as a savior. The presence of Absol is a fabled warning of impending disaster. It also was featured as a protagonist in Jirachi: Wish Maker. Spiritomb was formed by 108 spirits and is bound to a fissure in an Odd Keystone because of misdeeds 500 years ago. It also has a unique method of capture (in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and Pokémon Platinum, being only attainable after the player had gone underground 32 times and using the Odd Keystone on the Hallowed Tower. Lucario and its master Sir Aaron were forever revered because of their help pacifying an ancient battle, as seen in the eighth movie. In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, a Lucario was regarded as a legendary Rescue Team Leader in the distant past, and "Lucario Rank" is the highest attainable team rank in the game. In Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia he is the only non-legendary guardian of a prince tear. Also, in the opening of the Diamond and Pearl theme song, Lucario appears beside Dialga and Palkia. Riolu, Lucario's pre-evolution was only obtainable as a gift egg Pokémon up to Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. When facing Rotom, the music is the same as when facing a legendary Pokémon. It, along with the legendary Giratina and Shaymin, has also received new forms in Platinum. Rotom is sometimes considered to be a semi-legendary.
- Like Arcanine, Ninetales is occasionally considered a legendary Pokémon due to it being elusive, incredibly long-lived, and possessing the ability to cast powerful curses against anyone that touches its tails. This is specifically mentioned in