Latias is a bird-like, dragon Pokémon. It has an aerodynamic body and glass-like down feathers. The lower half of its body is red with jet-plane wings and fin-like feet. It has a blue triangular marking on its chest. It has white and red arms that can be tucked into its body. The upper-half of its body is white. It has triangular ears and a red face with a white pentagon in the middle. Latias is a female only species; Latios is the male counterpart.
Latias ruffles its feathers and cry loudly when there is hostility toward it. Its downy feathers can enfold its body and refract light, which allows it to become invisible or alter its appearance. It can also use its down to use its signature move, Mist Ball. It is highly intelligent and can understand human speech. It is capable using telepathy to communicate with others. In the fifth movie, Latias had the ability "Sight Sharing", which allowed Latias and people around it to see exactly what Latios was seeing. It normally does not make contact with humans or other Pokémon, and disappears when an enemy is nearby. It forms herds with several members, and is usually found near water.
A Latias appeared in SS025 under the ownership of Nurse Joy. It was used against Forrest's Rhyperior in a battle to prove Forrest's capabilities as a potential Gym Leader, where Latias proved victorious.
Latias, along with Latios, was befriended by Emerald and took the young Trainer to the Battle Frontier. It has appeared as a human a few times as the saga continued by using its ability to reflect light.
After Latias appears from its Poké Ball, it will fly off the stage. It and Latios will then alternately zoom onto the stage with Steel Wing damaging any opponent that collides with them. It may also cause movement of items as well.
Latias appears with her counterpart, Latios.
"Eon Pokémon. There are only female Latias and only male Latios. If they sense the presence of a human or an enemy, they will generally use the light-bending trait of their down coats to make themselves invisible. They use telepathy to speak with companions. They travel in herds, but even so, are rarely seen. They're a combination of Dragon- and Psychic-types."
Latias returns as a Poké Ball Pokémon. It uses Steel Wing to quickly fly across the stage several times to damage targets.
Latias once again shares a trophy with its counterpart.
NA: Latias and Latios are Eon Pokémon. Both are Dragon/Psychic-type Pokémon. The red Latias is female, while the blue Latios is male. By folding in their arms, they can fly faster than fighter jets. They combine speed and teamwork when they cross paths to attack fighters with Steel Wing.
PAL: Latias and Latios are Eon Pokémon. Both are Dragon- and Psychic-types. The red Latias is female, while the blue Latios is male. Be folding their arms in, they become super aerodynamic and can fly faster then fighter jets. They combine speed and teamwork when they cross paths to attack fighters with Steel Wing.
In Pokémon Emerald, the roaming Pokémon is chosen in a sequence immediately after the credits where, after hearing a television report, the player is asked the color of the Pokémon in it. If red is selected, Latias roams Hoenn and Latios is found at the island. If blue is selected, Latias is found at the island and Latios roams Hoenn.
Latias appears to be a cross between a jet plane and a dragon. It and Latios may also draw inspiration from the philosophy of yin and yang. They may also be based upon the aeons in Gnosticism, being that certain aeons are immaterial beings of concepts existing in pairs of males and females emanated from God and one another; also, their species is "Eon." Latios and Latias are also based on birds, and due to Latias's shared origin with Blaziken, they could be based on junglefowl.
Latias may derive from latere (Latin for "to lie hidden"). As as a suffix may have been added to make it sound more feminine, opposite the more masculine-sounding os in Latios.
In other languages
From latere (Latin for "to lie hidden") and As as a suffix for feminine.