Pokémon has 493 (as of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl) distinctive fictional species classified as the titular Pokémon. 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 super-powered creatures that can employ a variety of talents such as generating fire or heat, martial arts, telekinesis, and so on. Through age and experience many of these species undergo a metamorphosis and transform into a similar but stronger specie in a process referred to as Pokémon evolution.
This is a selected listing of thirteen of the Pokémon species, arranged as they are in the main game series' National Pokédex.
|Number: 481||Type: Psychic||Does not evolve|
Mesprit (エムリット Emuritto , Emrit in original Japanese language versions), known as the Emotion Pokémon, is a legendary Pokémon that is part of the Psychic-type Lake trio along with Uxie and Azelf. Mesprit's spirit often exits its body, leaving it on the bottom of Lake Verity. It has a small pink body about the size of Mew with two long tails, each with jewels in them, and is identical to Uxie and Azelf except for its head. It has a pink head with a jewel embedded in its forehead, has four long droops and yellow eyes. Mesprit is referred to as "The Being of Emotion," and is said to have taught humans the nobility of sorrow, pain and joy. It is said to fly over the land and have been the birth of emotions. If someone abuses Mesprit, that person will lose his or her emotions in three days' time. It is thought to have come from the same egg as Uxie and Azelf.
It sleeps at the base of Lake Verity, but once engaged in battle, it will rise from the water to fly around the Sinnoh region. Its stats and moveset make it the more balanced member of its trio. In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness, it guards a time gear in the Quicksand Cave's Underground Lake and is referred to as a female. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Spear Pillar stage the Lake Trio occasionally makes a cameo appearance during the fight; they do nothing, however. In the Pokémon Anime Dawn saw the projected soul of Mesprit near Lake Verity in the first episode of the Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl season.
|Number: 482||Type: Psychic||Does not evolve|
Azelf (アグノム Agunomu , Agnome in original Japanese language versions), known as the Willpower Pokémon, is a legendary Pokémon that is part of the Psychic-type Lake trio along with Uxie and Mesprit. It has a small light blue body about the size of Mew with two long tails, each with red jewels in them, and is identical to Uxie and Mesprit except for its head. It has a blue, almost cone-shaped head with a red jewel embedded in its forehead and also two blue dropping ears, as well as yellow eyes. Referred to as "The Being of Willpower", it controls people's motivations, making them either give up on an activity or attempt it repeatedly. If someone attempts to harm it, Azelf will drain the victim's will to live in five days and make him/her immobile for all eternity.
It is the offensive member of its trio. Its attack capabilities are counteracted by Uxie's defensive stats and moves. Residing and sleeping at the base of Lake Valor, it keeps the world in balance. It is believed to have come from the same egg as Uxie and Mesprit. In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness, it guards a time gear at Crystal Crossing. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, on the Spear Pillar Stage, the Lake Trio occasionally makes a cameo appearance during the fight; they do nothing, however. Azelf appeared in spirit form to Ash, much like Mesprit did to Dawn.
|Number: 483||Type: Steel/Dragon||Does not evolve|
Dialga (ディアルガ Diaruga ), known as the Temporal Pokémon, is described as an ancient deity of the Sinnoh region with the ability to control time. It is part of the Legendary Dragon trio, along with Palkia and Giratina. According to Sinnoh-region lore, it was created by Arceus, at which point time began to flow. It has a long neck, short tail and a thick set of legs with sharp, metal claws. It has many silver protrusions resembling spikes along the back of its neck, on its head, on its top rear, and on its chest. Lodged into the chest protrusions is a glowing blue, diamond-like jewel. Running along its body are shiny light blue stripes that fluctuate into diamond shapes. Dialga is said to be the flowing, changing heart of time, and time began when Dialga was born. Its signature move is "Roar of Time", a large beam of energy powerful enough to distort time. It is described as so powerful that Dialga must refrain from attacking on the next turn. It has a raspy roar.
Dialga is not obtainable in Pearl, in the same way that Palkia is not obtainable in Diamond. In Diamond, it is summoned by the defeated leader of Team Galactic, Cyrus, who hopes to have it create a new universe for him, at the Spear Pillar on top of Mt. Coronet. It is stopped by Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf, which nullify its power, and can be captured or defeated by the player. In Platinum it can be caught after finding the Adamant Orb and returning to the Spear Pillar. The Adamant Orb is used to amplify its Steel- and Dragon-type attacks when held by Dialga.
Dialga also appears in the Wii title Super Smash Bros. Brawl in the background of the Spear Pillar stage, along with Palkia and Cresselia. It will usually just stand in the background, but will occasionally attack the players and/or alter the flow of time.
It appears in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness in another form known as Primal Dialga, created when its home, Temporal Tower, is destroyed as part of Darkrai's evil plan to cause the planet's paralysis. Primal Dialga has lost almost all reason and seeks nothing but self-preservation.
Dialga appears in the tenth movie of the Pokémon anime along with Palkia. It fights with Palkia and Darkrai, nearly destroying Alamos Town. Dialga made another appearance in the eleventh movie on its return trip back to its own dimension. Dialga enters the Reverse World and is attacked by Giratina. Dialga appears once again in the twelfth movie, this time co-starring with both other members of its trio, and plays a significant role in Ash's new mission to calm Arceus after a misunderstanding related to its supposed betrayer, Damos.
In an interview, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl director Junichi Masuda noted Dialga's and Palkia's name as two of the most difficult to create, due to an effort to make them appealing to both Japanese and American audiences. During localization of the game, Spanish translators complained the name sounded too close to alga and that it gave them the impression of seaweed. Regardless, the name was left unchanged.
|Number: 484||Type: Water/Dragon||Does not evolve|
Palkia (パルキア Parukia ), known as the Spatial Pokémon, is a legendary Pokémon and part of the Legendary Dragon trio, along with Dialga and Giratina. It represents spatial matter whereas Dialga represents time and Giratina represents dimension. Palkia, like Dialga, has an appearance of a dinosaur. Palkia has wings on its back which can open up and purple stripes on its neck and tail. Palkia also has a pink pearl on each shoulder plate. In Sinnoh-region lore, it and Dialga are said to be created by Arceus, at which point time and space began to take form and matter began to take shape. According to Platinum, Palkia's breath keeps space and matter stabilized. Its signature move is "Spacial Rend", a slash of energy which tears through the enemies and has a high critical-hit ratio.
Palkia is not obtainable in Diamond, in the same way that Dialga is not obtainable in Pearl. In Pearl, it is summoned by the defeated leader of Team Galactic, Cyrus, who hopes to have it create a new universe for him, at the Spear Pillar on top of Mt. Coronet. It is stopped by Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf, which nullify its power, and can be captured or defeated by the player. In Platinum it can be caught after finding the Lustrous Orb and returning to the Spear Pillar. Palkia is faster than Dialga and Giratina but has slightly weaker defensive stats. Its special item is the Lustrous Orb, which amplifies Palkia's Water- and Dragon-type attacks when held by it.
Palkia also appears in the Wii title Super Smash Bros. Brawl in the background of the Spear Pillar stage, along with Dialga and Cresselia. Like Dialga, Palkia will occasionally attack the players or sometimes the stage itself. Palkia makes an appearance in tenth movie of the Pokémon anime along with Dialga and Darkrai, in which it fights with Dialga and nearly destroys Alamos Town. In Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior, it did not have a main role, but appeared in a flashback to its battle with Dialga from the previous movie. Finally, in the twelfth movie, Palkia, alongside Dialga and Giratina, attempts to stop their creator while Ash and friends travel back in time to fix the past.
In an interview, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl director Junichi Masuda noted Dialga's and Palkia's name as two of the most difficult to create, due to an effort to make them appealing to both Japanese and American audiences.
|Number: 485||Type: Fire/Steel||Does not evolve|
Heatran (ヒードラン Hīdoran ), known as the Lava Dome Pokémon, is one of the legendary Pokémon that premieres in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Heatran has a large body made of magma, large intimidating jaws, and a silver helmet-like structure on the head. It has four legs, each locked by a steel bangle. Heatran lives inside Stark Mountain, a large volcano found in the Sinnoh region, burrowing into the mountains with its cross-shaped feet. It learns its signature move, "Magma Storm", at level 96. The ability Flash Fire causes it to become stronger when hit by a Fire-type move. Heatran has the highest Special Attack stat of all Fire Pokémon.
Despite being a legendary Pokémon, Heatran is not genderless, and it has an equal chance of being either male or female. Heatran is the only legendary without a set gender, in contrast to legends like Latios (male), Latias (female), and Cresselia (female). Despite this, Heatran does not breed in the Daycare just like the other legendaries, and only Manaphy and Phione are actually able to breed.
Heatran appears in the 2009 film Arceus and the Jewel of Life.
|Number: 486||Type: Normal||Does not evolve|
Regigigas (レジギガス Rejigigasu ), known as the Colossal Pokémon, is one of the legendary Pokémon that premiered in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Its name means king of the giants. It is similar to the three Regis - Regirock, Regice, and Registeel - in both name, body structure and the fact that all four Regis are weak to Fighting-type attacks. It will only appear in the game if the three Regis, after being transferred via Pal Park, are in the player's party while examining Regigigas's body. Regigigas sleeps in the Snowpoint Temple for thousands of years, so long that moss has grown over its body, and modern humans thought it was just a statue of the Pokémon. A enduring legend states that long ago Regigigas towed continents using ropes. Its signature move is called "Crush Grip", and behaves like the move Wring Out. The legend says that it had unbelievable strength, but seemingly since it has not used it in ages, it has trouble getting its act together at the beginning of a battle, evidenced by its ability, Slow Start. It has the third highest Attack stat of all Pokémon, after Deoxys's Attack Forme and Rampardos. In Platinum, Regigigas's level is reduced to 1, making it the lowest level non-glitch wild legendary Pokémon.
Regigigas was given away at Toys "R" Us stores across America on March 8–21. It was also distributed in the UK at different town fétés and celebrations. This is the only version of Regigigas that can be used to trigger the awakening of Regirock, Regice, and Registeel out of slumber in Pokémon Platinum in their respective caves.
It appeared in Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior and used its massive strength to stop a glacier from destroying everything. Platinum also states that it was made by an enormous fusion of rocks, ice and magma and made 3 lookalikes of itself afterwards.
It also appears in an episode of the anime, where it is forcefully awakened by Pokémon Hunter J, resulting in it going in a rampage.
|Number: 487||Type: Ghost/Dragon||Does not evolve|
Giratina (ギラティナ Giratina ), known as the Renegade Pokémon, is one of the legendary Pokémon that premiered in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Giratina represents the dimensions and inter-dimensional travel, because space and time, which lie under the control of Palkia and Dialga respectively, are dimensions in themselves. It is said to be a personification of dimension, and its home, the Distortion World, is a reverse dimension on the opposite of ours, acting as a balance, indicating that Giratina can do more than dimensional travel, but distort, destroy, or even create new dimensions, hence its signature move "Shadow Force". It may even be the reason that Dialga and Palkia can control dimensions of space and time because Giratina controls all dimensions and allows them to do so. Giratina is described in the Pokémon video games as a creature that lives in a world on the reverse side of the real world. This area is in a cemetery-like ruin in the depths of Turnback Cave, a place where the dimensional boundaries are said to be distorted, and dead Pokémon are able to enter the physical world. Giratina has a long, platinum-colored, segmented body with six legs, and has ghostly wings with red spikes. Giratina is featured prominently in the film Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior and in the game Pokémon Platinum where it has a new form called "Origin Forme" (オリジンフォルム Orijin Forumu ), which is similar to its Altered Forme (Another Forme in Japanese versions) except it has a slightly different head with a beak like mouth, long "streamers" with spikes instead of wings, and spikes in place of legs, becoming more serpentine. It has the appearance of a centipede or tapeworm.
Giratina is infamous as an extremely durable wall, with astronomical defensive statistics. Its Origin Forme trades its defenses for improved offenses, but it is limited to the Griseous Orb as a hold item. Its signature move is "Shadow Force", in which it vanishes and unexpectedly attacks with powerful energy or force, which may represent how Giratina has control of dimensions and dimensional travel.
It is the only Ghost-type legendary Pokémon to date, with the exception of Arceus holding the Spooky Plate. It is also the only Pokémon to have weaknesses to both of its own types. Giratina's Altered Forme looks like a basilisk; it has a mandible-like mouth, a crown on the head, red eyes, large, spiked wings, six legs with gold claws and bands, a serpentine tail, and a Mothra-like cry. In Platinum, Giratina is found in the Distortion World instead of Turnback Cave as part of the plot and the Pokédex states that it was banished for its violent nature. It is able to see into the real world through mirrors and reflective objects because they represent alternate dimensions.
Giratina has two formes- Altered and Origin- because it uses its Altered form to adapt to the normal world's gravity. Its Origin forme is for the Reverse World, which has very weak gravity.
|Number: 488||Type: Psychic||Does not evolve|
Cresselia (クレセリア Kureseria ), known as the Lunar Pokémon, is one of the legendary Pokémon that premieres in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. She is exclusively a female Pokémon but is unable to breed. She has an ornament on her head that resembles a crescent moon, and has three rings on her torso that look similar to the rings of Saturn. Light particles are given off by her veil-like feathers when she flies and on nights around the quarter moon, the aurora from her tail extends and undulates beautifully. Cresselia is a symbol of the moon, and she has the power to repel nightmares caused by Darkrai. It is said that she chases Darkrai every night. When this Pokémon is near, sleeping people and Pokémon nearby experience wonderful dreams. She can also heal psychological scars. The Pokémon is encountered on Fullmoon Island after a sailor takes the player to the island, in hopes of obtaining the Lunar Wing to save his son from a nightmare induced by Darkrai. When encountered, she flies to different locations in Sinnoh. As a roaming legendary, she is encountered at Level 50. Her signature move is "Lunar Dance", which causes Cresselia to faint but fully heals the next Pokémon the player sends out. She has extraordinary hitpoints and defensive stats. Cresselia makes her anime appearance in Season 11: Sleepless in Pre-Battle, in which she sends a wild Darkrai away and stops it giving the villagers nightmares.
Cresselia appears in the Wii title Super Smash Bros. Brawl in the background of the Spear Pillar stage, along with Dialga and Palkia. However, Cresselia only appears rarely, and will attack the stage when she does so. She is a protagonist in the post story of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness, where she helps the player and partner battle Darkrai and save the planet once again.
|Number: 489||Type: Water||Does not evolve|
It is currently the only Pokémon that cannot evolve into the Pokémon from which it is bred, and it is the only Pokémon able to be bred from a legendary. Phione itself can breed with Ditto, but it will only produce other Phione and not a Manaphy. Because of Phione's relation to Manaphy, there is evidence on both sides of the issue of Phione's status (or lack thereof) as a legendary Pokémon. As it is the offspring of a legendary, and is banned from the Sinnoh Battle Tower, many people think it is a legendary. However, its lacklustre stats and ability to breed more of itself lent evidence to the idea that Phione was not a legendary. Its legendary status was eventually confirmed making it the weakest legendary Pokémon in terms of Base Stat Totals. Many things that Manaphy has two of, Phione only has one of (Phione has one antenna, only one gem on its stomach, and has one "eyelash" coming from each eye, while Manaphy has two of these).
Since it is the product of a bred Manaphy, they share many traits. It is the same shade of blue, it has the same large eyes, only blue, and has "eyelash" markings similar to Manaphy. It has a large knob-shaped bump on its head from which extends a long, ribbon-like antenna, somewhat resembling a sailor's cap, though in fact it is a flotation device. Instead of feet, it has a small point and Instead of two jewels, it has a single red gem in the middle of its tiny body. It has two large fins in proportion to its body, which it uses to navigate through the oceans that it lives in. While Manaphy is said to live in cold seas, where the Sea Temple is hidden, it is said Phione live in warm seas.
|Number: 490||Type: Water||Does not evolve|
Manaphy (マナフィ Manafi ), known as the Seafaring Pokémon, made its debut in the 9th Pokémon anime film, Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, and is thought to be the "Prince of the Sea" Pokémon alluded to in the title of the Japanese movie. It was the sixth Pokémon of the fourth generation to be revealed by CoroCoro magazine. It was revealed alongside the silhouettes of three other Pokémon: Mantyke, Buizel, and Chatot.
Manaphy is a blue blob-like Pokémon. It has two long antennae extending from atop its head. At the end of these antennae are round objects. Manaphy can use its antennae to use its signature move, "Heart Swap", and switch people's energy. It also has jewel-like markings on its stomachs one large red gem and a very small yellow gem below it. It is said to live in cold waters, and migrate miles away from its home only to return. Manaphy can mimic human language as the Manaphy in Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea was able to say certain words and sentences. Its ability, Hydration, heals any status ailments it had sustained when it rains.
Manaphy is only obtainable through a Nintendo Event, or by completing Pokémon Ranger and defeating the special Manaphy mission, which will only become available after the player inputs a password. This password has been revealed by Nintendo on numerous occasions. It can also be obtained from Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia.
|Number: 491||Type: Dark||Does not evolve|
Darkrai (ダークライ Dākurai ), known as the Pitch-Black Pokémon, is a legendary Pokémon resembling a dark, sinister ghost, such as the Grim Reaper. Darkrai is a living nightmare, or a manifestation of many nightmares. The top of its body is connected to the lower half by a tiny waist, giving it an hourglass-shaped figure. It has a red spiky growth around its neck and long white hair flows from its head, obscuring one of its blue eyes. Its club-shaped arms have three claws each, with parts of them appearing tattered. Its shoulders also have long tatters and it appears to be wearing a old ripped cloak or dress. It is able to extend stilt-like extensions to use as "legs". Darkrai possesses the power to lure people and Pokémon into deep sleeps and show them frightening nightmares. Darkrai resides on Newmoon Island (a mirror-image of Fullmoon island in which Cresselia resides), and on nights of the new moon, when it is active, it shows horrible nightmares to both humans and Pokémon. Platinum states that despite all this, it means no harm and is loyal to the ones it trusts. It apparently resides on Newmoon Island because it does not wish to harm anyone.
Darkrai was released on July 19, 2007 in Japan with the movie Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai, and it was released in the United States in Toys R' Us stores shortly after the showing of the English dub, The Rise of Darkrai. In the anime, it was featured in the movie Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai, in which it stops Palkia and Dialga from destroying Alamos Town. His dark voice was provided by Scott Williams in the film. This Darkrai in particular seems to have power to match Dialga and Palkia, though it may just refer to this one and not the whole species.
It is the only Dark-type legendary Pokémon to date, unless Arceus is holding the Dread Plate. Its signature move, "Dark Void", attempts to put all opponents to sleep. Its ability, Bad Dreams, slowly damages sleeping opponents every turn, and Platinum states this to be a defense mechanism. Because of its excellent offenses, speed, and its signature move, Darkrai is not permitted in standard battling. The Member's Card item from a Nintendo Event is required to capture Darkrai. In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness, it is revealed to be the main antagonist and is the one who tried to bend the fabric of space/time through the use of controlling Dialga and Palkia. It even disguised itself as its opposite, Cresselia, to aid in achieving its goal.
|Number: 492||Type: Grass (Land Forme) Grass/Flying (Sky Forme)||Does not evolve|
Shaymin (シェイミ Sheimi ), known as the Gratitude Pokémon, is a hedgehog-like Pokémon that premiered in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Its fur is pure white and instead of quills, Shaymin has green grass growing on its back along with pink flowers growing on the sides of its head, giving it an even more flower-like appearance. Its cry is similar to birdsong. Shaymin resides in the Flower Paradise, a flower-filled field untouched by humans. Shaymin is found at level 30. In order to go unnoticed by intruders or attackers, it utilizes its own form of camouflage, rolling up into a ball resembling a flower in a patch of grass. By doing so, it blends in with the surrounding flowers, going undetected even if the attacker is beside it. Shaymin also has the power to decompose the toxins in the air and turn the land into flower fields in an instant. It is rumored to have turned the desolate area of Floaroma Town into a fertile field.
Shaymin is featured in the movie Giratina and the Sky Warrior. It is able to talk telepathically and Shaymin is able to change into Sky Forme, which appears in Pokémon Platinum; in this form, it appears more as a canine than it does a hedgehog, and has large wing-like ears. Its signature move is "Seed Flare", which is a shockwave from Shaymin's body. Shaymin's Sky Forme is currently considered an Uber Pokémon on most competitive battling games due to its high speed and Special Attack, combined with the fact that Seed Flare drops Special Defense stat. Its abilities are Natural Cure, which heals status ailments upon switching out, for the Land Forme, and Serene Grace, which increases the chances of added effects happening, for the Sky Forme.
|Number: 493||Type: Normal. Arceus can change its type when holding an elemental plate.||Does not evolve|
Arceus (アルセウス Aruseusu ), known as the Alpha Pokémon, "The Original One" or the 'God Of Pokémon' by fans, is a legendary Pokémon, who premiered with the fourth generation but did not officially appear in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (however, it has been indirectly mentioned a couple of times). It has a white colored body, gray underside, a long mane, gold hooves, green eyes with red pupils, and has a large, golden wheel around its abdomen, connected by spikes filled with gems. It is said in the Canalave Library in a book called "The Original Story" that Arceus was born from an egg in a vortex of pure chaos. However, Arceus's creation is described as occurring when "the original one breathed first". After it was born, it created three beings from itself, one of time (Dialga), one of space (Palkia), and one of dimension (Giratina) then three more beings (Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit). The first three created matter and the next three created spirit, while Arceus went to eternal sleep. This story can also be told from the various plates the player encounters in the story. In the Pokédex, Arceus is also described or said to have shaped the universe, and that it was born before the universe even existed. including these and other aspects, therefore it represents the cosmos. In the games, Arceus lives in the Hall of Origin above Mount Coronet, which is only accessible via the Azure Flute. Although it has been mentioned that Arceus shaped the world with its 1000 arms, it is not shown to have any arms at all.
Arceus has the Multitype ability, which allows the player to change Arceus's type to any of the other sixteen types by having it hold various elemental plates found throughout the game. Oddly, there is a sprite for a "??? Type" Arceus, but no plate for it, possibly to prevent crashes from hacking. Arceus's signature move, "Judgment", works hand in hand with the elemental plates, and has the appearance of colourful streaks of light energy shooting through space like meteors. It is one of the most dramatic attacks in the Pokémon anime. Arceus also has the highest base stat of any Pokémon with a total of 720, each stat having a value of 120. Despite this, it cannot learn every move, something that Mew can do, leading to debates as to which one was the first Pokémon. Officially, details on Arceus were revealed in Japan in the most recent issue of CoroCoro. Arceus was available in North America from November 7 to November 15, 2009 at Toys R Us stores via a downloadable Mystery Gift. Prior to this, the only way for players to capture Arceus was through cheats or glitches such as using a Gameshark or an Action Replay DS or by using an event item called the Azure Flute at Spear Pillar. Australian fans could also obtain Arceus via Mystery Gift through a Nintendo Event running from November 5 to November 16.
On February 14, 2009, Arceus was officially revealed to the world and appeared in the twelfth Pokémon movie, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, in which it was supposedly betrayed by Damos, and thus views humans with contempt and vows to inflict judgement on them. Its seiyū is Akihiro Miwa and his English voice actor is Tom Wayland.
GamesRadar described Arceus as "being the Abra and Omanyte of all Pokémon".