At the core of the multi-billion dollar Pokémon media franchise
of various electronic games
, ongoing anime
, several manga series
, collectible trading card games
, and other media are 493 distinctive fictional species classified as the titular Pokémon. Created by Satoshi Tajiri
is one of Nintendo
's flagship game franchises, which has sold over 143 million copies worldwide as of 2007
. These creatures and entities reside throughout various locations of the fictional Pokémon universe and can be caught by humans designated as Pokémon Trainers
often using devices called Poké Balls
. These trainers use Pokémon for a variety of purposes, such as being pets and loyal companions and/or being pitted against other trained Pokémon in competitive Pokémon battles. Pokémon are potentially powerful and magical creatures that can employ a variety of talents such as generating fire or heat
, martial arts
, and so on. Through age and experience many of these species undergo a metamorphosis and transform into similar but stronger specie in a process referred to as Pokémon evolution
This is a selected listing of twenty of the Pokémon species, arranged as they are in the main game series' National Pokédex.
, known as the Sharp Claw
Pokémon, takes on the appearance of a black, bipedal
, weasel-like warrior garbed in a red crown and a red collar. Weavile have three claws
on each paw, instead of two like its pre-evolved form, Sneasel
. A female Weavile has smaller ears than a male one. Weavile are known to travel and live in mating pairs and are very mischievous. They are also known to travel in larger groups as well of about four to five individuals, living in cold climates and hunting prey with impressive coordination. They convey messages to others by scratching odd symbols in ice or on the bark of trees. They made their first appearance in the 8th movie, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. Sneasel evolves into Weavile when levels in the night while holding the Razor Claw item.
, known as the Magnet Area
Pokémon, is the evolution of Magneton, and has an appearance similar to that of a UFO. Magneton evolves from exposure to a unique magnetic field, which can only be found inside Mt. Coronet in Pokémon Diamond
. This causes a mutation in the Magneton; one of the Magnemite that this Pokémon consists of has grown bigger than the other two; its pupil has dilated and turned red; and the screw on top appears to have been replaced by a yellow antenna upon evolution. The remaining Magnemite form the "shoulders" of Magnezone, and the screws on the top of their head have grown significantly larger. They also appear to have lost one magnet each. Magnezone has three horse-shoe magnets. Two are positioned in a fashion that resembles a pair of claws, and a third is positioned as a tail. Its body is surrounded by a thin metal rim. It is approximately three times heavier than Magneton. The body has a silver color like Magnezone's pre-evolved forms. "Magneton must level up in Mt. Coronet in order to evolve"
In Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness, a Magnezone serves as the police chief, taking away the outlaws the main character defeats.
, known as the Licking
Pokémon, is one of several Pokémon of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
that evolve from a Pokémon from a previous generation, Lickitung
. It does so when it knows the move Rollout and levels up, but only in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
. This fact makes it one of only four Pokémon (the others being Mamoswine
, and Yanmega
) that evolve from a previously obtainable Pokémon in a way that would have been possible in previous games: by learning a certain move.
Not much else can be discerned from Lickilicky's pre-evolved form, except it can learn Explosion, meaning that it is the only Pokémon (besides Smeargle
through its unique Sketch
move) that can learn Explosion and receive a Same Type Attack Bonus
from it as well. It has a bizarre, rather swirly protusion on its head resembling hair. Lickilicky also has thumb spikes, and a white bib-like pattern on its chest in front of the neck. This design may be based on old 60-70's diner mascots.
, known as the Drill
Pokémon, is the evolved form of Rhydon
, a Pokémon from Generation I
. It appears in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
. It stands completely upright, and its color has changed from gray to black with burnt orange plates, formed by a type of biological "fusion" with the Protector item, needed for Rhydon to evolve. Its second horn grew out from a Rhydon having the main horn pointed forward. The female's upper horn is smaller. In addition to its extra armor, it has developed an Ankylosaur
-like tail, and holes in the palms of its hands, which it uses to fire rocks at enemies, thus why it learns the move Rock Wrecker. According to the Pokédex, it sometimes accidentally fires Geodude
instead of rocks.
, known as the Vine
Pokémon, is the evolution of Tangela as of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
when Tangela learns the attack, Ancientpower
, paralleling Yanmega
's and Mamoswine
's evolutions. Tangrowth, like Tangela
, is mostly covered in thick, curly blue vines
. As with Tangela, its white eyes are visible beneath them. It has thick, black legs with rounded pink feet. It also has two long, viny arms with three fingers each. Females tend to have more red on the fingers. Tangrowth uses its arms to trip prey. It also doesn't mind if its arms get torn off by enemies, because they soon regrow. Tangrowth's vines also seem to have morphed together, whereas Tangela's vines are all completely separate.
, known as the Thunderbolt
Pokémon, is the evolution of Electabuzz that is first introduced in the last episode of Pokémon Battle Frontier. Electivire's back has a symbol that looks similar to a socket outlet
, similar to how a previous form of it, Elekid
, resembled a plug. It has red eyes and also seems to resemble the yeti
. The small red parts on the end of its pair of tails resemble red LEDs
. According to its Pokédex entry, it can shoot 20,000 volts of electricity out of its tails.
An Electivire owned by Gary Oak was first seen on the final episode of Pokémon: Battle Frontier. He used his Electivire, which he got in Sinnoh, to beat Ash Ketchum's Pikachu in a one-on-one battle. He later used it to help Ash protect a group of Shieldon from Hunter J.
, known as the Blast
Pokémon, is the evolution of Magmar
that is first introduced in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
. It has three sharp rows of claws on each hand that it can retract to transform its arms into powerful cannons, similar to mortars
. These cannons are capable of firing 2000 °C (3632 °F) fireballs and other moves it knows. Its body is large and round with striped yellow and red flame markings wrapping around it. Magmortar make their homes in the craters of volcanoes. Magmar evolves into Magmortar when traded while holding the Magmarizer item.
, known as the Jubilee
Pokémon, is the evolved form of Togetic
that is first introduced in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
. It resembles a moderately sized bird
covered with white down
. It has a crest
similar to its earlier forms Togepi
, with blue and red feathers
. Along its chest do spots resemble small red and blue triangles. Its overall shape resembles that of flying wing
aircraft. It is a symbol of peace. This Pokémon is said to not appear where arguments and disagreements occur. Therefore, according to the Pokédex, it has not been seen for quite some time. Togekiss evolves from Togetic when a Shiny Stone is used on it.
, known as the Ogre Darner
Pokémon, evolves from Yanma
from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
by learning the attack Ancient Power
and leveling up. In battle, it moves faster each turn with the ability Speed Boost
or increases the power of ineffective attacks with Tinted Lens
. It is one of the few evolving from the learned move Ancient Power (others are Mamoswine
), though there are other Pokémon who evolve from moves, but the moves differ between Pokémon. Ultrasonic waves coming from Yanmega's wings can cause lethal damage to a foe's internal organs. It is known as the largest Bug Pokémon. It also has the highest Special Attack stat of all Bug-type Pokémon. Yanmega resembles a giant dragonfly, as does its pre-evolution, Yanma. Both Yanma and Yanmega's names are derived from "Oniyanma", the largest of dragonfly species in Japan.
In the anime, Jessie owns a Yanmega. She captured it as a Yanma and gave it to Giovanni, but he rejected it and sent it back to her. She then trained it herself and evolved into Yanmega in the same episode.
, known as the Verdant
Pokémon, is one of the two evolutions of Eevee that is obtained from training it in a certain location, the other evolution being Glaceon. The location necessary to evolve Eevee into Leafeon is in Eterna Forest of the Sinnoh region. There is a moss covered rock in the forest, but it is possible to evolve anywhere in the forest. The body of a Leafeon is slender and limber, like a small fox. Its tail and ears are styled to resemble torn and tattered leaves. Besides the leaf-like ears and tails, there are a multitude of smaller leaves growing from their bodies; leaves grow out from the knee joint areas on the forelegs and hind legs, its chest, and its back. A larger, curled leaf grows from the middle of its forehead and is the same soft-green color of all the other leaves. Leafeon employs photosynthesis
on top of its animal capabilities. As a result, it is always surrounded by clean air.
, known as the Fresh Snow
Pokémon, is one of two evolutions of Eevee that is obtained from training it in a certain location, the other evolution being Leafeon. The location necessary to evolve Eevee into Glaceon is on route 217 in the Sinnoh region. There is an ice covered rock here, but it is also possible to level up anywhere in grass on route 217 to evolve. Being an ice-type, it prefers cold climates, and as a protective measure it freezes its fur completely. This freezing causes the hair to resemble "ice needles."
In the Anime, May's Eevee evolved into a Glaceon prior to her reappearance in the episode 544 'Restaurant Seven Stars! Tag Battle for a Full Course!' and Bianca got a same Eevee and now evolved into Glaceon nicknamed Iceshocker.
, known as the Fang Scorp
Pokémon, is the evolved form of Gligar. Gligar evolves into Gliscor when it is holding a Razor Fang and levels up at night. Gliscor appears to be a combination of a vampire and a more sinister form of Gligar
whose limbs are seemingly independent of its bat-like wings and a narrow waist. It has two fully developed pincers
for hands and has two barbs on its tail, as opposed to Gligar's one, giving its tail the resemblance of vampire's fangs. It is also one of the few Pokémon who can not learn STAB attacks through leveling-up, only through TMs.
In the Anime, Paul is seen catching a Gliscor, which was the leader of a group of Gligars. Ash's Gligar eventually evolves into Gliscor.
, known as the Twin Tusk
Pokémon, resembles a large pig. Mamoswine's name is derived from the word Mammoth, meaning Gigantic, also referring to it being wooly like a Mammoth, and Pig. It however is not a Wooly Mammoth as Pigs and Elephants are not of the same family and its name is referring to its size. The tusks are much larger than those of Piloswine
and seem to be shifted downward. The tusks of the male are larger than those of the female. The tusks are made from solid ice
instead of dentin
like most teeth are. Mamoswine were common around the Ice Age but their numbers dwindled as the climate warmed up. It is the evolution of Piloswine from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
onwards. It evolves when Piloswine is leveled up while knowing the move Ancient Power. In order to teach it this move, the player must dig up a Heart Scale in the underground, give it to the Move Maniac in Pastoria City and request Ancient Power from the list of past learned moves. However, Ancient Power is also an egg move for Swinub.
, known as the Virtual
Pokémon, is the evolution of Porygon2
from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
onwards. It is evolved when traded with an item called the Dubious Disc. Porygon-Z's appearance is similar to that of Porygon
, which were supposedly earlier designs by Silph Co.
The programming added to create Porygon-Z was intended to allow it to surpass all other Pokémon, but as a result, Porygon-Z began to exhibit odd behaviors and the data used to program it became glitched giving it its odd appearance.
Porygon's evolutionary line is notable for being the only evolutionary line that contains two evolutions triggered through trading. Porygon-Z is notable for having the highest Special Attack, one of two statistics that influence the power of an attack, among non-legendary Pokémon. It shares this title with another Pokémon, Alakazam.
However after the notorious episode of Pokemon causing seizures to many Japanese viewers (Dennō Senshi Porygon), Porygon-Z has never appeared in the Pokemon anime.
, known as the Blade
Pokémon, is a human-like Pokémon that seems to
be the masculine counterpart to Gardevoir
. This Pokémon can only be a male. The crest on its head is
reminiscent of the helmet of a hoplite
. Sharp, green, spear-like
blades extend from Gallade's elbows, which Gallade uses skillfully and
powerfully in battle. These blades can be retracted into Gallade's
elbows when not in combat, possibly so that it does not somehow manage
to hurt those it is close to.
As its evolutionary line and Gardevoir resemble elegant female dancers,
Gallade may be a dancer as well. If true, Gallade may be based partly
on a traditional Brazilian dance called Maculelê
which involves dancing through expressive and athletic motions and a
form of sword play.
Gallade are valiant and noble fighters, adept at both melee combat and
swordplay. They are noble in the sense that they follow strict codes of
manners and conduct in and outside of battles. This sense of honor can
be compared to that of a samurai's or knight's. Their
behavior is quite similar, in that a Gallade, as well as a Gardevoir,
will protect its trainer, even if doing so could end its life.
Their names are based on the word "gallant" and "blade", which represents them in
, known as the Compass
Pokémon, is one of several Pokémon from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
that evolves from a Pokémon that was released in a previous generation. Probopass evolves from a Nosepass
that has leveled up on Mt. Coronet. Probopass resembles the Groucho Marx
comical glasses in some aspects, with small round eyes, in contrast to Nosepass's perpetually closed ones. It also bears a small resemblance to the Nintendo
. Its nose is much bigger in proportion to its body and has a bushy "moustache." The "moustache" appears to be iron filings caught by a magnet. It has three small objects on its sides and back that look like Nosepass; they are called "mini-noses" by the in-game Pokédex
, known as the Gripper
Pokémon, is the evolution of Dusclops, obtained by trading a Dusclops that is holding a Reaper Cloth. It appears only in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Dusknoir's body is mostly black, with two almond shaped eye-like markings and a yellow horizontal zigzag line on this Pokémon's torso which can open like a mouth (creating the illusion of a face). Dusknoir has now developed arms. Two yellow bands are near its wrists and its grey hands are similar to Dusclops
'. Dusknoir has a grey, cylinder-shaped head with another yellow band near the top and a single black eye with a yellow iris and a red pupil. Dusknoir has a yellow antenna on top of its head in which allows this Pokémon to receive transmissions from the spirit world, from where it receives commands to take people there, the commands can be received by Giratina, the God of (Death
). In addition, it may have ties to the Grim Reaper, as the player needs a Reaper Cloth in order for it to evolve as well as it being a Gripper Pokemon, a possible portmanteau of "Grim" and "Reaper" altered to fit Dusknoir's grabbing persona. Dusknoir has a ghostly tail instead of feet like Dusclops, resembling the stereotypical depiction of a genie. Its name can be translated as "black dusk", "noir" meaning "black
" in French
Dusknoir appears in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness as the main villain of the game. He is a tyrant from the future world and deceives everyone into trusting him and outing Grovyle as a villain, but in fact, he is an agent of Primal Dialga.
, known as the Snow Land
Pokémon, appears to be based on the Yuki-onna
, a Japanese snow spirit, hence being a Ghost-type. It bears a humanoid
appearance (unlike Snorunt
). Its main body color is white with a red stripe around the waist and two red fins on her back (designed to resemble a kimono obi
). Froslass's arms are attached to its head as opposed to its torso, and each has a three-fingered hand and a blue fin on the wrist (representing the sleeves of a kimono). The head is round except for a bump on the back and has a purple lower jaw. Two small blue "horns" made of ice are on Froslass's head, along with a purple diamond-shaped crater in the center of its forehead. Froslass doesn't have any feet, so it floats in the air like its counter-part, Glalie
. Its torso appears to be hollow, as it is stated in the Pokédex's entry for Froslass.
It attacks prey and unsuspecting victims in icy snowstorms, where its Snow Cloak ability allows it to go unseen (yuki-onna are said to have skin so pale that they can actually blend into their snow-covered surroundings). To render its foes and victims helpless, it blows an icy wind that can reach as low as -60˚F. Its head has a slight resemblance to Celebi's.
A Froslass appears in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, as a dangerous and obsessive Pokémon, who is attracted to the famous explorer Scizor, who doesn't exactly return those affections. As a result, she kidnaps him and freezes him in ice. But when the player and partner intervene, Frosslass is stopped.
, known as the Plasma
Pokémon, is a small, plasma-like Pokémon. It has been known to enter electrical devices and wreak havoc; in fact, the only available Rotom in Pokémon Diamond
resides in a possessed
television in a haunted château
. Rotom is both Electric- and Ghost-type, making it immune to Fighting- and Normal-type attacks, and its Levitate ability
makes it immune to Ground-type attacks, making it the only electric Pokémon aside from Zapdos
to have an immunity to Ground-type attacks. When a wild Rotom is encountered in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
, the music that plays is the "Legendary Theme;" however, and despite being genderless, Rotom is able to breed
, and is not considered to be a legendary Pokémon
Pokémon Platinum introduces five new forms of Rotom, accessible by using the Secret Key item to unlock a hidden room within the Galactic Headquarters in Eterna City: Frost Rotom, Wash Rotom, Cut Rotom, Spin Rotom, and Heat Rotom. Each form's appearance corresponds to a household appliance (a refrigerator, a washing machine, a lawn mower, a desk fan, and an oven, respectively), and is able to learn an elemental attack exclusive to itself, which is lost upon conversion to another form, despite that each form retains the Electric/Ghost-type.
, known as the Knowledge
Pokémon, has a yellow and round head with a jewel (probably a ruby), embedded in its forehead, and in its Sugimori art it appears to be sleeping, or closing its eyes in deep thought. Uxie's name comes from the word pixie
, a small mythical creature, and "you", U being short for it. The other members of the Psychic-type, Mew
like Lake Trio, Mesprit
, represent "me" and "us", respectively. It is also a possibility that these three Pokémon are inspired from a trio of Arabian goddesses, Al-Lat (Azelf), Manat (Mesprit), and Al-Uzza (Uxie). This is further supported by their moniker as Mirage Pokémon (as mirages are something associated with the Arabian desert), and that the three appear to be wearing jeweled turbans, which are associated with Arabic royalty. Uxie's eyelids are also yellow, although they are obviously not part of the top of the head where the other yellow is. Uxie also resembles a religious monk
. Its head resembles a human brain
, since it is the Knowledge Pokémon. Like Mesprit
, its partners in the legendary trio, it has two tails with jewels embedded in them, and the only major difference between them is their heads and their faces. It is also believed that the mystic trio was all hatched from the same egg.
Uxie is referred to as "The Being of Knowledge". It is said that the wisdom that enriches the lives of humans was brought with the birth of Uxie. Similar to the legend of the basilisk where the basilisk could cause death by a single glance, Uxie can cause a complete mindwipe by a single glance of its open eyes; hence, its eyes are always closed, even when it is in battle. The easiest way to catch the others [Mesprit & Azelf] is to catch Uxie first.
Uxie is also seen in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon (Explorers of Time/Darkness) as a legendary Pokemon that protects the Time Gear at Fogbound Lake.