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Baby Pokémon

Baby Pokémon (Japanese: ベイビィポケモン baby Pokémon) are Pokémon at the lowest stage of Pokémon Evolution that cannot themselves breed. The concept was introduced in Generation II, along with breeding. Specifically, baby Pokémon can be classified by the following criteria:

  • Must be obtainable by breeding.
  • Must be the lowest form in a family chain and must be able to evolve at least once.
  • Must belong to the Undiscovered Egg Group.

The only baby Pokémon introduced alongside their evolutions are Togepi and Riolu; the rest were introduced in generations after their evolutions were. To achieve evolution, many require maximized friendship.

In the games, most baby Pokémon are only obtainable through breeding. On occasion, non-player characters will give the player an Egg containing a baby Pokémon, and this Pokémon typically cannot be obtained by any other method except by breeding. Generation III introduced the first baby Pokémon able to be caught in the wild: Wynaut on Mirage Island. In Generation IV, many other baby Pokémon were also available in the wild.

From Generation III on, in order to breed most newly introduced baby Pokémon, the parent in their evolutionary line must hold a specific Incense before breeding, which provides a rationale for why those parent Pokémon could not produce these Eggs in previous generations. For example, Marill, who was introduced in Generation II, could not produce Azurill Eggs until the introduction of the Sea Incense in Generation III.

In Pokémon X and Y, baby Pokémon caught in the wild are guaranteed to have three random IVs of 31 due to their inclusion in the Undiscovered Egg Group.

List of baby Pokémon

Baby Basic Evolution
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Pichu
 Electric 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
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Pikachu
 Electric 
Egg Groups:
Field and Fairy

Thunder Stone
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Raichu
 Electric 
Egg Groups:
Field and Fairy
Friendship
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Cleffa
 Fairy 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
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Clefairy
 Fairy 
Egg Group:
Fairy

Moon Stone
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Clefable
 Fairy 
Egg Group:
Fairy
Friendship
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Igglybuff
 Normal  Fairy 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
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Jigglypuff
 Normal  Fairy 
Egg Group:
Fairy

Moon Stone
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Wigglytuff
 Normal  Fairy 
Egg Group:
Fairy
Friendship
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Togepi
 Fairy 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
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Togetic
 Fairy  Flying 
Egg Groups:
Flying and Fairy

Shiny Stone
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Togekiss
 Fairy  Flying 
Egg Groups:
Flying and Fairy
Friendship
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Tyrogue
 Fighting 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
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Hitmonlee
 Fighting 
Egg Group:
Human-Like
Hitmonlee does not evolve
Level 20
Attack > Defense

Breed
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Hitmonchan
 Fighting 
Egg Group:
Human-Like
Hitmonchan does not evolve
Level 20
Attack < Defense

Breed
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Hitmontop
 Fighting 
Egg Group:
Human-Like
Hitmontop does not evolve
Level 20
Attack = Defense
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Smoochum
 Ice  Psychic 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
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Jynx
 Ice  Psychic 
Egg Group:
Human-Like
Jynx does not evolve
Level 30
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Elekid
 Electric 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
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Electabuzz
 Electric 
Egg Group:
Human-Like

Trade
holding an Electirizer
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Electivire
 Electric 
Egg Group:
Human-Like
Level 30
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Magby
 Fire 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
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Magmar
 Fire 
Egg Group:
Human-Like

Trade
holding a Magmarizer
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Magmortar
 Fire 
Egg Group:
Human-Like
Level 30
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Azurill
 Normal  Fairy 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Sea Incense
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Marill
 Water  Fairy 
Egg Groups:
Water 1 and Fairy

Level 18
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Azumarill
 Water  Fairy 
Egg Groups:
Water 1 and Fairy
Friendship
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Wynaut
 Psychic 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Lax Incense
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Wobbuffet
 Psychic 
Egg Group:
Amorphous
Wobbuffet does not evolve
Level 15
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Budew
 Grass  Poison 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Rose Incense
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Roselia
 Grass  Poison 
Egg Groups:
Fairy and Grass

Shiny Stone
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Roserade
 Grass  Poison 
Egg Groups:
Fairy and Grass
Friendship
(day)
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Chingling
 Psychic 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Pure Incense
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Chimecho
 Psychic 
Egg Group:
Amorphous
Chimecho does not evolve
Friendship
(night)
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Bonsly
 Rock 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Rock Incense
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Sudowoodo
 Rock 
Egg Group:
Mineral
Sudowoodo does not evolve
Level up
knowing Mimic
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Mime Jr.
 Psychic  Fairy 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding an Odd Incense
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Mr. Mime
 Psychic  Fairy 
Egg Group:
Human-Like
Mr. Mime does not evolve
Level up
knowing Mimic
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Happiny
 Normal 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Luck Incense
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Chansey
 Normal 
Egg Group:
Fairy

Friendship
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Blissey
 Normal 
Egg Group:
Fairy
Level up
holding an Oval Stone (day)
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Munchlax
 Normal 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Full Incense
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Snorlax
 Normal 
Egg Group:
Monster
Snorlax does not evolve
Friendship
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Riolu
 Fighting 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
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Lucario
 Fighting  Steel 
Egg Groups:
Field and Human-Like
Lucario does not evolve
Friendship
(day)
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Mantyke
 Water  Flying 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Wave Incense
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Mantine
 Water  Flying 
Egg Group:
Water 1
Mantine does not evolve
Level up
with Remoraid in party

In the anime

Several baby Pokémon and a Teddiursa in The Brockster Is In!

All baby Pokémon have appeared in the anime so far, with some belonging to main characters. While most of them appear in the Pikachu shorts regularly, all have had major appearances in the anime. In some cases, other newborn Pokémon are called baby Pokémon as well.

Baby Pokémon usually have childish personalities, but some begin to show signs of maturity after gaining experience or evolving, such as when Brock's Bonsly gave up bottle-feeding. However, Paul's Elekid was shown to have inherited his harsh personality. This is not limited to owned Pokémon, as Where No Togepi Has Gone Before! portrays a wild Togepi with mischievous intentions.

Pichu first appeared in The Apple Corp stealing apples from Charmaine's apple orchard.

In Wish Upon a Star Shape, a Cleffa fell from a spaceship that belonged to the kleptomaniac Clefairy from Clefairy Tales.

Igglybuff twins belonging to Brittany appeared in Same Old Song and Dance practicing for a concert.

An abandoned Tyrogue appeared in A Tyrogue Full of Trouble.

In The Screen Actor's Guilt, Brad Van Darn owned a Smoochum. His agent is afraid that Brad's image as an action star would be ruined if this was made public.

A Trainer named Satchel was trying to get his Magby to evolve for the Silver Conference in You're A Star, Larvitar and succeeded. It reappeared in Address Unown! where it was part of an Unown's dimension.

Three Chingling appeared in The Bells Are Singing! under Francesca's ownership.

Ash used a Mantyke for the second leg of the Pokémon Triathlon in One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!.

Several baby Pokémon including Pichu, Cleffa, Wynaut, Smoochum, Igglybuff and Azurill appeared in The Brockster Is In!.

Misty's Togepi

Main article: Misty's Togepi

In Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon, Ash finds an Egg that hatches into a Togepi in Who Gets to Keep Togepi?. Since Misty is the first thing the Baby Pokémon sees, it believes she is its mother. It later evolved in A Togepi Mirage.

Paul's Elekid

Main article: Paul's Elekid

Paul owned an Elekid that he used to battle Ash's Pikachu in When Pokémon Worlds Collide! and Roark in Shapes of Things to Come. It evolved into Electabuzz in Smells Like Team Spirit, and evolved into Electivire off-screen, prior to Casting a Paul on Barry!.

Misty's Azurill

Main article: Misty's Azurill

Misty was seen with an Azurill in The Scheme Team, it was hatched from the egg that Tracey's Marill produced.

Recurring Wynaut

Main article: Wynaut (anime)

Wynaut first appeared during the Blackthorn City arc (Fangs for Nothin' - Why? Wynaut!), but Jessie's Wobbuffet, Ash's Bayleef and Ash's Noctowl were the only ones to see it.

Nando's Budew

Main article: Nando's Budew

Budew made its first major appearance in Dawn of a New Era!. It was owned by a minstrel called Nando and used in battle against Dawn's Piplup and Ash's Pikachu. It evolved into Roselia in the second battle. It later evolved into Roserade prior to Coming Full-Festival Circle!.

Brock's Bonsly

Main article: Brock's Bonsly

In From Cradle to Save, Brock captured a Bonsly and took care of him. He evolved into Sudowoodo in Leave it To Brocko!.

James's Mime Jr.

Main article: James's Mime Jr.

James obtained a Mime Jr. from his "Nanny and Pop-Pop" in Sweet Baby James.

Brock's Happiny

Main article: Brock's Happiny

Brock's Egg hatched into a Happiny in One Big Happiny Family!. Unusually, in contrast to Happiny's extremely low Attack stat in the games, she has amazing strength and can run with, pummel, and carry many heavy items and Pokémon for its size, such as having the ability to fling her Trainer into the air with ease and carrying Ash's Grotle around in Jumping Rocket Ship!. She evolved into a Chansey in The Brockster Is In!.

May's Munchlax

Main article: May's Munchlax

May captured a Munchlax in Berry, Berry Interesting and has used it in several Contests. It is her only Pokémon that likes her cooking.

Aura Sphere Riolu

Main article: Aura Sphere Riolu

Riolu was featured in both parts of Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu!. This Riolu had been trained to use Aura Sphere and was unnaturally strong. It was taken away from the lab by J's henchmen to exploit it, but Ash and his friends returned it to its kingdom with Kellyn's help. This Riolu developed a strong bond with Ash.

Cameron's Riolu

Main article: Cameron's Riolu

Cameron's Riolu first appeared with its Trainer in Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!. It evolved into Lucario in Cameron's Secret Weapon!.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Baby Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. All of these cards (minus Pokémon Collector) have the Poké-Body "Sweet Sleeping Face".

Baby Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Cleffa Colorless HeartGold & SoulSilver Rare 17/123 HeartGold Collection Rare Holo 049/070
Pichu Lightning HeartGold & SoulSilver Rare 28/123 SoulSilver Collection Rare Holo 031/070
Smoochum Psychic HeartGold & SoulSilver Rare 30/123 HeartGold Collection Rare Holo 037/070
Tyrogue Fighting HeartGold & SoulSilver Rare 33/123 SoulSilver Collection Rare 048/070
Igglybuff Colorless HeartGold & SoulSilver Uncommon 44/123 SoulSilver Collection Uncommon 050/070
Pokémon Collector Su HeartGold & SoulSilver Uncommon 97/123 SoulSilver Collection Uncommon 068/070
Elekid Lightning Triumphant Rare 21/102 Clash at the Summit Rare 028/080
Magby Fire Triumphant Common 41/102 Clash at the Summit Rare 012/080
Cleffa Colorless Call of Legends Rare 24/95      
Tyrogue Fighting Call of Legends Rare 36/95      
Magby Fire Call of Legends Uncommon 46/95      
Mime Jr. Psychic Call of Legends Uncommon 47/95 Lost Link Uncommon 016/040
 

Trivia

Three baby Pokémon interacting with each other.
  • Out of eighteen baby Pokémon, seven of them evolve into Pokémon belonging to the Fairy Egg Group and six others evolve into Pokémon that belong to the Human-Like Egg Group.
  • Of all post-Generation II baby Pokémon, only Azurill and Munchlax evolve by friendship alone (not requiring a certain time of day). In the anime, these two baby Pokémon are owned by two of Ash Ketchum's previous traveling companions, Misty and May.
  • All baby Pokémon that were introduced in Generation II that evolve by friendship can evolve further using evolutionary stones.
  • Tyrogue is the only baby Pokémon with a branched evolution.
  • Riolu is the only baby Pokémon introduced after Generation II that can be bred without requiring one of its parents to be holding an incense.
  • Most baby Pokémon can learn Uproar via Move Tutor, while their evolved forms cannot.
  • May, James, and Brock got their baby Pokémon (Munchlax, Mime Jr., and Bonsly respectively) following the pattern of premiering in a movie and then being captured by one of the main characters. In all cases, the premiered Pokémon is not the same character as the one caught, just the same species. In some cases, this may be a result of the writers deciding a Pokémon works well with the group after they are shown together. Munchlax came after Destiny Deoxys and Mime Jr. and Bonsly came after Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

See also