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[[File:2018 Legendary Pokemon Distributions artwork.png|thumb|right|370px|Artwork depicting a variety of Legendary Pokémon]]
[[File:Entei Book.png|thumb|right|370px|An artist's interpretation of {{p|Entei}}, a Legendary Pokémon, in the anime]]
 
   
'''Legendary Pokémon''' (Japanese: '''伝説のポケモン''' ''Legendary Pokémon'') are a group of incredibly rare and often very powerful {{OBP|Pokémon|species}}, generally featured prominently in the legends and myths of the Pokémon world. There is also a group considered to be a subset of Legendary Pokémon, referred to as '''神話のポケモン''' ''mythical Pokémon'', which lacks an official English name and refers to the specific Pokémon which are spoken of as the creators of the [[Sinnoh]] region.
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'''Legendary Pokémon''' (Japanese: '''{{tt|伝説|でんせつ}}のポケモン''' ''Legendary Pokémon'') are a group of incredibly rare and often very powerful {{OBP|Pokémon|species}}, generally featured prominently in the legends and myths of the Pokémon world.
   
'''Mythical Pokémon''' (Japanese: '''幻のポケモン''' ''Illusory Pokémon'') are a related group of Pokémon seen so rarely that some question their very existence. This category consists solely of [[event Pokémon]] and {{p|Deoxys}}. No event-exclusive Mythical Pokémon is required to complete the Pokédex.
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[[Mythical Pokémon]] are a related but separate group of Pokémon, which are usually {{pkmn2|event}}-exclusive. Apart from Japanese or Korean media, Mythical Pokémon were considered to be Legendary Pokémon prior to [[Generation V]].
   
Prior to Generation V, the terms were considered to be the same in all but the Japanese releases.
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No explicit criteria defines what makes a Pokémon a Legendary Pokémon. Instead, the only way to identify a Pokémon as belonging to this group is through statements from official media, such as the {{pkmn|games}} or {{pkmn|anime}}.
   
==Characteristics of Legendary and Mythical Pokémon==
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==Characteristics of Legendary Pokémon==
==={{tt|Statistical average|Considering alternate forms as separate Pokémon, counting Arceus once only and without Phione}}===
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Aside from the high [[statistic]]s shared by most Legendary Pokémon, many can be obtained at most once per save file (excluding [[Event Pokémon|Pokémon events]]); in order to obtain multiple, a player would need to trade for one. Legendary Pokémon are usually encountered as interactable or [[roaming Pokémon]]. Starting in {{v2|Platinum}}, legendary Pokémon will reappear when the player defeats the {{pkmn|Champion}} if the Pokémon fainted earlier.
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Aside from the high [[stats]] shared by most Legendary Pokémon, many of them are only available once to the {{player}} in a given save file, and to obtain another legitimately, one must [[trade]] with another game. Similarly, Mythical Pokémon cannot be obtained at all through normal gameplay, and must be obtained through events or trades. (Mythical Pokémon also cannot be traded over the [[Global Terminal|Global Trade Station]] as of Generation VI.) The [[gender]] of most Legendary Pokémon is unknown (though there are seven notable exceptions in {{p|Latios}}, {{p|Latias}}, {{p|Heatran}}, {{p|Cresselia}}, {{p|Tornadus}}, {{p|Thundurus}}, and {{p|Landorus}}), and all Legendary and Mythical Pokémon except {{p|Manaphy}} are unable to breed in captivity, even with {{p|Ditto}} (and Manaphy only produces the unevolvable {{p|Phione}} when it breeds with Ditto).
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The [[gender]] of most Legendary Pokémon is unknown (though there are seven notable exceptions: {{p|Latios}}, {{p|Latias}}, {{p|Heatran}}, {{p|Cresselia}}, {{p|Tornadus}}, {{p|Thundurus}}, and {{p|Landorus}}). In the [[core series]] games, no Legendary Pokémon can [[Pokémon breeding|breed]] or hatch from an {{pkmn|Egg}}. With the exception of {{p|Type: Null}} and {{p|Cosmog}} and their respective evolutionary families, Legendary Pokémon cannot [[Evolution|evolve]], although many are able to [[List of Pokémon with form differences|change form]] and are part of a [[Legendary duo|duo]] or [[Legendary trio|trio]].
   
No Legendary or Mythical Pokémon is known to [[Evolution|evolve]], though many are part of a [[Legendary trio]] or [[Legendary duo]]. Much like [[starter Pokémon]] appear at the beginning of each [[regional Pokédex]] and their generation's portion of the [[National Pokédex]], Mythical Pokémon typically appear at the very end, and Legendary Pokémon immediately before them. There is one exception: {{p|Victini}}. Victini's [[Unova Pokédex]] number is #000, coming before the region's starter Pokémon in the Pokédex.<!--
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Much like [[starter Pokémon]] appear at the beginning of each [[regional Pokédex]] and their generation's portion of the [[National Pokédex]], Mythical Pokémon typically appear at the very end, and Legendary Pokémon immediately before them.
   
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===In the anime===
 
===In the anime===
Legendary and Mythical Pokémon typically make their anime debut in a {{pkmn|movie}}, rather than first appearing in a normal episode. Many are held in very high regard in all forms of canon, though their status varies between the games and anime. For example, their {{wp|deity|godlike}} status is expressed in both the anime and the games, though in the anime they are shown to be able to breed, whereas in the games they cannot (though some, such as {{p|Latias}}, are implied to be ''able'' to breed and simply choose not to do so), and in the anime most of them supposedly cannot be caught in Poké Balls, while in the games, they can. In the anime they are often only seen by special {{pkmn|Trainer}}s, usually the anime's main protagonist, [[Ash Ketchum]], and other people who have a special connection to them. [[Villainous teams]] and others with bad intentions often seek them out, due both to their rarity and their superior power.
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Legendary Pokémon typically make their anime debut in a {{pkmn|movie}}, rather than first appearing in a normal episode. Many are worshipped as {{wp|deity|gods}} by particular groups of people. In the anime, they are often only seen by special {{pkmn|Trainer}}s, usually [[Ash Ketchum]] and people who have a special connection to them. Ill-intentioned people often seek to possess them, due to their power and rarity.
   
Trainers using Legendary and Mythical Pokémon via [[Poké Ball]]s or even as a non-owned Pokémon is not unheard of. An example of this is the fact that {{FB|Factory Head|Noland}} befriended and fought official {{pkmn|battle}}s with an {{TP|Noland|Articuno}}. Likewise, {{FB|Pyramid King|Brandon}} in the anime owned the three {{TP|Brandon|legendary golems}} in Poké Balls and trained them. {{si|Tobias}} is another Trainer who has been shown to have a Legendary Pokémon in a Poké Ball, and is also the first Trainer shown to own a Mythical Pokémon, having a {{p|Darkrai}} and a {{p|Latios}}. Another Trainer in the [[Lily of the Valley Conference]] owned a {{p|Heatran}}. Finally, a [[Nurse Joy]] who visited the Pewter Gym under assignment of the [[Pokémon Inspection Agency|PIA]] kept a {{p|Latias}} in a Poké Ball.
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Trainers using Legendary and Mythical Pokémon that they have in [[Poké Ball]]s, or even as a non-owned Pokémon, are not unheard of. {{FB|Factory Head|Noland}} befriended and fought official {{pkmn|battle}}s with an {{TP|Noland|Articuno}}. Likewise, {{FB|Pyramid King|Brandon}} in the anime owned the three {{TP|Brandon|Legendary titans}} in Poké Balls and trained them. {{si|Tobias}} owned the Mythical Pokémon {{p|Darkrai}} and the Legendary Pokémon {{p|Latios}}. In the [[Lily of the Valley Conference]], another Trainer owned a {{p|Heatran}}. A [[Nurse Joy]] who visited the [[Pewter Gym]] under assignment of the [[Pokémon Inspection Agency|PIA]] kept a {{p|Latias}} in a Poké Ball. Finally, {{an|Gladion}} stole a {{p|Type: Null}}, which he managed to evolve into a {{p|Silvally}}.
   
There are some cases in which Legendary and Mythical Pokémon are implied to breed in the wild, as seen with {{p|Lugia}}, though they do not do so in the games. Some are neither immortal nor invincible, as seen by the death of {{OBP|Celebi|M04}}. The near death of {{mov|Giratina}} and {{OBP|Arceus|M12}} is also a debatable factor in the immortality of both groups of Pokémon. Only some, in fact, are often considered unique, these being {{p|Arceus}}, {{p|Dialga}}, {{p|Giratina}}, and {{p|Palkia}}, due to their roles in the creation of the Pokémon world and their respective regions. The other legendary Pokémon are simply just very rare and are not unique, but so uncommon that legends have been written about them (hence the term "legendary"). These legends can be heard spoken of in the anime or seen in the PokéDex. However, like real-world legends, these legends are commonly filled with exaggerations.
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In the anime, there are some cases in which Legendary Pokémon are implied to breed in the wild, as seen with {{p|Lugia}}, {{p|Latios}}, and {{p|Latias}}.
   
==List of Legendary and Mythical Pokémon==
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==List of Legendary Pokémon==
Of the {{numpkmn}} Pokémon species, 39 are considered to be Legendary ({{#expr: (39/{{numpkmn}}*100) round2}}%), and 12 (13 counting {{p|Phione}}) are considered to be Mythical ({{#expr: (12/{{numpkmn}}*100) round2}}%; {{#expr: (13/{{numpkmn}}*100) round2}}% counting Phione). Each [[generation]] has introduced at least one Legendary trio and one Legendary duo, with the notable exceptions of [[Generation V]], which introduced [[Swords of Justice|the first Legendary and Mythical quartet]] and no Legendary duo, and [[Generation VI]], which did not introduce a Legendary trio.
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Of the {{numpkmn}} Pokémon species, 49 are Legendary Pokémon ({{#expr: (49/{{numpkmn}}*100) round2}}%). Each released [[generation]] has introduced at least three Legendary Pokémon.
   
 
===Generation I===
 
===Generation I===
The Legendary and Mythical Pokémon introduced in [[Generation I]] can be broken into two groups: the [[Legendary birds]] and the Mew duo.
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Four Legendary Pokémon were introduced in [[Generation I]], with one trio and one standalone Legendary Pokémon.
   
 
====Legendary birds====
 
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The three Legendary birds, also known as the Winged Mirages, are the resident [[Legendary trio]] of the [[Kanto]] region. Each of them is based on a mythical bird, and each is associated with a [[Seasons|season]] (though none of the three is associated with autumn).
 
The three Legendary birds, also known as the Winged Mirages, are the resident [[Legendary trio]] of the [[Kanto]] region. Each of them is based on a mythical bird, and each is associated with a [[Seasons|season]] (though none of the three is associated with autumn).
   
In the games, all three are available in the Kanto region in all of its appearances except for [[Generation II]]. {{p|Articuno}} takes up residence in the [[Seafoam Islands]] in the south, {{p|Zapdos}} in the [[Kanto Power Plant|Power Plant]] (next to it in Generation IV) in the east, and {{p|Moltres}} in a variety of places, {{ka|Victory Road}}, [[Mt. Ember]], or [[Mt. Silver]], depending on the generation. In Generation IV, they are also found {{pkmn2|roaming}} [[Sinnoh]], but only in {{game|Platinum}}. They also appear in Generation VI {{pkmn2|roaming}} [[Kalos]] before heading to the [[Sea Spirit's Den]], where they can be battled and caught.
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In the games, all three are available in the Kanto region in all of its appearances except for [[Generation II]]. {{p|Articuno}} takes up residence in the [[Seafoam Islands]] in the south, {{p|Zapdos}} in the [[Kanto Power Plant|Power Plant]] (next to it in Generation IV) in the east, and {{p|Moltres}} in a variety of places, {{ka|Victory Road}}, [[Mt. Ember]], or [[Mt. Silver]], depending on the generation. In {{game|Platinum}}, they are also found {{pkmn2|roaming}} [[Sinnoh]]. One also appears in Generation VI {{pkmn2|roaming}} [[Kalos]] before heading to the [[Sea Spirit's Den]], where it can be battled and caught.
   
In the anime, the Legendary birds appear together in ''[[M02|The Power of One]]'', in which they rule over the islands surrounding [[Shamouti Island]]. If they are disturbed and begin to fight, only {{OBP|Lugia|M02}} can stop them, though it will fail without additional help from the Chosen One. Separately, Articuno appears in ''[[EP189|Freeze Frame]]'', ''[[AG135|Numero Uno Articuno]]'', and ''[[AG136|The Symbol Life]]'', while Zapdos appears in ''[[EP242|As Clear As Crystal]]'', ''[[M09|Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea]]'', and ''[[DP094|Doc Brock!]]'', and Moltres appears in ''[[EP074|All Fired Up!]]'' and ''[[SS018|The Search for the Legend]]''.
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In the anime, the Legendary birds appear together in ''[[M02|The Power of One]]'', in which they rule over the islands surrounding [[Shamouti Island]]. If they are disturbed and begin to fight, only {{OBP|Lugia|M02}} can stop them, though it will fail without additional help from the Chosen One. Separately, Articuno appears in ''[[EP189|Freeze Frame]]'', ''[[AG135|Numero Uno Articuno]]'', and ''[[AG136|The Symbol Life]]'', while Zapdos appears in ''[[EP242|As Clear As Crystal]]'', ''[[M09|Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea]]'', ''[[DP094|Doc Brock!]]'', and ''[[XY110|An Electrifying Rage!]]'', and Moltres appears in ''[[EP074|All Fired Up!]]'', ''[[SS018|The Search for the Legend]]'', and ''[[XY086|A Legendary Photo Op!]]''.
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====Mew duo====
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====Mewtwo====
[[File:Mewtwo and Mew.png|thumb|250px|left|{{p|Mewtwo}} and {{p|Mew}} in [[M01|the first movie]]]]
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[[File:150Mewtwo.png|thumb|250px|{{p|Mewtwo}}]]
The Mew duo, so named because of their similar genetic structure and Mewtwo's origin as an enhanced clone of Mew, are a pair of catlike Pokémon which are believed by many to be among the most rare and powerful Pokémon that exist. Mewtwo is Legendary, while Mew is Mythical.
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Mewtwo is a catlike Pokémon which is an enhanced clone of the [[Mythical Pokémon]] {{p|Mew}}. Mewtwo has two [[Mega Evolution]]s, which increase its [[base stat]] total to 780.
   
In the games, {{p|Mew}} is only mentioned in years-old journals found in the {{ka|Pokémon Mansion}} on [[Cinnabar Island]]. It was the first Mythical Pokémon. In {{game|Emerald}}, a wild Mew can be found on [[Faraway Island]], an event-exclusive area. This is the only time a Mew has been legitimately able to be caught in the wild.
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In the games, Mewtwo was too powerful for its creators and escaped from the {{ka|Pokémon Mansion}}, wrecking it in the process. Mewtwo then made its home in [[Cerulean Cave]], where all kinds of powerful Pokémon live.
   
Mew appears in the anime in both [[M01|the first movie]] and [[M08|the eighth movie]]. In the first, it appears to fight against Mewtwo, while in the second, its status as the Pokémon from which life began is explored.
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In the anime, {{OBP|Mewtwo|original series}} was featured prominently, appearing in several episodes of the [[original series]], [[M01|the first movie]], and [[Mewtwo Returns|the first special episode]]. In the anime, Mewtwo was created by a group of scientists funded by [[Team Rocket]] boss {{an|Giovanni}} to create an enhanced clone of {{p|Mew}} for his own use. Although Mewtwo is initially a very angry Pokémon, viewing all humans as evil due to the acts of the scientists and Giovanni, after [[Ash Ketchum]] sacrifices himself to stop the fighting between Mew and Mewtwo, Mewtwo's heart softens, and it learns that some humans do care about their, and all, Pokémon. Meeting up with Ash again, Mewtwo is further shown that, despite being a genetically-enhanced clone of Mew, he and the other clones are no different to normal Pokémon, and because it erased Ash and his friends' memory at the end of their first meeting, realizes that Ash himself truly does care for others, even if he doesn't know them.
   
In the games, {{p|Mewtwo}} is revealed to have been genetically modified from Mew in its Pokédex entries. Mewtwo was too powerful, however, and it escaped from the Pokémon Mansion, destroying it in the process. Mewtwo then made its home in [[Cerulean Cave]], where all kinds of powerful Pokémon live.
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In the anime, another {{OBP|Mewtwo|Best Wishes series}} appeared in ''[[M16|Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened]]'', who also appeared as Mega Mewtwo Y.
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In the anime, {{OBP|Mewtwo|original series}} was featured prominently, appearing in several episodes of the [[original series]], [[M01|the first movie]], and [[Mewtwo Returns|the first special episode]]. Mewtwo's origin is slightly different as well, with [[Team Rocket]] boss {{an|Giovanni}} funding a group of scientists to create an enhanced clone of {{p|Mew}} for his own use. Though Mewtwo is initially a very angry Pokémon, viewing all humans as evil due to the acts of the scientists and Giovanni, eventually, when [[Ash Ketchum]] sacrifices himself to stop the fighting between Mew and Mewtwo, Mewtwo's heart softens, and it learns that some humans do care about their, and all, Pokémon. Meeting up with Ash again, Mewtwo is further shown that, although it is a genetically-enhanced clone of Mew, he and the other clones are no different than normal Pokémon, and because it erased Ash and his friends' memory at the end of their first meeting, realizes that Ash himself truly does care for others, even if he doesn't know them.
 
 
Mewtwo is known in the anime to travel around the world, traversing rooftops at night, and living its life free. It occasionally appears in anime openings, sometimes with Mew, and sometimes alone.
 
 
Mewtwo received two [[Mega Evolution]]s in [[Generation VI]], which increase its base stat total to 780, currently higher than any other Pokémon. Mega Mewtwo Y was featured in ''[[M16|Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened]]''.
 
   
 
===Generation II===
 
===Generation II===
More Legendary and Mythical Pokémon were introduced in [[Generation II]], adding five more Legendary Pokémon for a running total of 9, as well as the second Mythical Pokémon. The Legendary and Mythical Pokémon introduced in this generation down can be separated into three groups.
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More Legendary Pokémon were introduced in [[Generation II]], adding five more Legendary Pokémon for a running total of 9. The Legendary Pokémon introduced in this generation down can be separated into a trio and a duo.
   
 
====Legendary beasts====
 
====Legendary beasts====
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In the games, more than one of each exists, with only the trio that roams Johto after being discovered in Brass Tower's basement during [[Generation II]] and [[Generation IV]] being that of the legend. Each was captured and changed into a [[Shadow Pokémon]] by [[Cipher]] in {{g|Colosseum}}, while one of the three, depending on the player's [[starter Pokémon]] choice, roams Kanto in {{game|FireRed and LeafGreen|s}}, {{p|Entei}} for {{p|Bulbasaur}}, {{p|Raikou}} for {{p|Squirtle}}, and {{p|Suicune}} for {{p|Charmander}}.
 
In the games, more than one of each exists, with only the trio that roams Johto after being discovered in Brass Tower's basement during [[Generation II]] and [[Generation IV]] being that of the legend. Each was captured and changed into a [[Shadow Pokémon]] by [[Cipher]] in {{g|Colosseum}}, while one of the three, depending on the player's [[starter Pokémon]] choice, roams Kanto in {{game|FireRed and LeafGreen|s}}, {{p|Entei}} for {{p|Bulbasaur}}, {{p|Raikou}} for {{p|Squirtle}}, and {{p|Suicune}} for {{p|Charmander}}.
   
In the anime, the Legendary beasts did not appear together until [[M13|the thirteenth movie]], despite being introduced in Generation II. It appears that an initial plan for the three Johto-era {{pkmn|movie}}s was to have each feature one of the Legendary beasts in a central role, with {{OBP|Entei|M03}} taking a central role in ''[[M03|Spell of the Unown: Entei]]'' and {{OBP|Suicune|M04}} taking the stage in ''[[M04|Celebi: Voice of the Forest]]''. This did not pan out, however, possibly due to the canning of Johto's {{p|Celebi}} plotline, and Raikou was relegated to a role in ''[[The Legend of Thunder!]]'', featuring anime characters based on {{ga|Ethan}} and {{ga|Kris}}, rather than [[M05|the fifth movie]], which focused on Legendary Pokémon from the then-upcoming [[Generation III]] instead.
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In the anime, the Legendary beasts did not appear together until [[M13|the thirteenth movie]], despite being introduced in Generation II. It appears that an initial plan for the three Johto-era {{pkmn|movie}}s was to have each feature one of the Legendary beasts in a central role, with {{OBP|Entei|M03}} taking a central role in ''[[M03|Spell of the Unown: Entei]]'' and {{OBP|Suicune|M04}} taking the stage in ''[[M04|Celebi: The Voice of the Forest]]''. This did not pan out, however, possibly due to the canning of Johto's {{p|Celebi}} plotline, and Raikou was relegated to a role in ''[[The Legend of Thunder!]]'', featuring anime characters based on {{ga|Ethan}} and {{ga|Kris}}, rather than [[M05|the fifth movie]], which focused on Legendary Pokémon from the then-upcoming [[Generation III]] instead.
   
 
Each of the beasts made an episodic appearance, as well, with Entei appearing in ''[[EP259|Entei at Your Own Risk]]'', Raikou briefly appearing in ''[[EP180|Houndoom's Special Delivery]]'', and Suicune having the most prominence (as in the games) through its appearance in ''[[EP117|Don't Touch That 'dile]]'', ''[[EP227|For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!]]'', and ''[[DP028|Drifloon On the Wind!]]''.
 
Each of the beasts made an episodic appearance, as well, with Entei appearing in ''[[EP259|Entei at Your Own Risk]]'', Raikou briefly appearing in ''[[EP180|Houndoom's Special Delivery]]'', and Suicune having the most prominence (as in the games) through its appearance in ''[[EP117|Don't Touch That 'dile]]'', ''[[EP227|For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!]]'', and ''[[DP028|Drifloon On the Wind!]]''.
   
 
====Tower duo====
 
====Tower duo====
[[File:Lugia and ho-oh.jpg|200px|thumb|left|{{p|Lugia}} and {{p|Ho-Oh}}]]
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{{main|Tower duo}}
The first [[version mascot]]s that were also Legendary Pokémon, {{p|Lugia}} and {{p|Ho-Oh}} are a pair of Legendary birds which formerly resided in [[Ecruteak City]] atop tall towers, leading to their designation. However, when the [[Burned Tower|Brass Tower]], the home of Lugia, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground, they both flew away, Lugia resolving to make its new home in the [[Whirl Islands]] and Ho-Oh to search the world for a pure-hearted Trainer. The two are thought to be as closely related as they are polar opposites, being based on the eastern legends of the {{wp|Fènghuáng}} and {{wp|Ryūjin}}.
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[[File:Lugia and ho-oh.jpg|200px|thumb|{{p|Lugia}} and {{p|Ho-Oh}}]]
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The first [[game mascot]]s that were also Legendary Pokémon, {{p|Lugia}} and {{p|Ho-Oh}} are a pair of Legendary birds which formerly resided in [[Ecruteak City]] atop tall towers, leading to their designation. However, when the [[Burned Tower|Brass Tower]], the home of Lugia, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground, they both flew away, Lugia resolving to make its new home in the [[Whirl Islands]] and Ho-Oh to search the world for a pure-hearted Trainer. The two are thought to be as closely related as they are polar opposites, being based on the eastern legends of the {{wp|Fènghuáng}} and {{wp|Ryūjin}}.
   
In the games, Lugia does not play a central role in the Generation II storyline, instead being mentioned only as having lived in Ecruteak City before the Brass Tower burned. It is found in the Whirl Islands in the Generation II games and their {{game|HeartGold and SoulSilver|s|remakes}} if the player holds a {{key|IV|Silver Wing}}. It reaches prominence in the storyline of {{g|XD: Gale of Darkness}}, in which [[Shadow Lugia|one]] is corrupted by [[Cipher]] to become the ultimate [[Shadow Pokémon]], unable to be purified. It is also available on [[Navel Rock]] in Generation III, as an event-exclusive Legendary Pokémon.
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In the games, Lugia does not play a central role in the Generation II storyline, instead being mentioned only as having lived in Ecruteak City before the Brass Tower burned. It is found in the Whirl Islands in the Generation II games and their {{game|HeartGold and SoulSilver|s|remakes}} if the player holds a [[Silver Wing]]. It reaches prominence in the storyline of {{g|XD: Gale of Darkness}}, in which [[Shadow Lugia|one]] is corrupted by [[Cipher]] to become the ultimate [[Shadow Pokémon]], unable to be purified. It is also available on [[Navel Rock]] in Generation III, as an event-exclusive Legendary Pokémon.
   
In the anime, Lugia is featured in a central role in ''[[M02|The Power of One]]'', in which it is revealed that {{Ash}} is the Chosen One who must help it to quell the fighting of the [[Legendary birds]]. Another pair of them appeared when Ash and his friends traveled to the Whirl Islands in Johto. Likewise, in ''[[M05|Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias]]'', {{OBP|Latios|M05}} was stated have a father. This implies that at least some Legendary Pokémon can breed in the anime, unlike in the games.
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In the anime, Lugia is featured in a central role in ''[[M02|The Power of One]]'', in which it is revealed that {{Ash}} is the Chosen One who must help it to quell the fighting of the [[Legendary birds]]. Another pair of them appeared when Ash and his friends travelled to the Whirl Islands in Johto. Likewise, in ''[[M05|Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias]]'', {{OBP|Latios|M05}} was stated to have a father. This implies that some Legendary Pokémon can breed in the wild. Lugia appeared again in ''[[M21|The Power of Us]]''.
   
Ho-Oh has a much greater focus during Generation II, being named as the creator of the Legendary beasts. It can be found, if the player has a {{key|IV|Rainbow Wing}}, atop the [[Bell Tower]] in the Generation II games and their remakes. It makes an appearance in {{g|Colosseum}}, as well, as a reward for purifying all Shadow Pokémon and clearing [[Mt. Battle]]'s 100-battle challenge, and on [[Navel Rock]] like Lugia.
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Ho-Oh has a much greater focus during Generation II, being named as the creator of the Legendary beasts. It can be found, if the player has a [[Rainbow Wing]], atop the [[Bell Tower]] in the Generation II games and their remakes. It makes an appearance in {{g|Colosseum}}, as well, as a reward for purifying all Shadow Pokémon and clearing [[Mt. Battle]]'s 100-battle challenge, and on [[Navel Rock]] like Lugia.
   
In the anime, {{an|Ho-Oh}} is notably the first Legendary Pokémon that appeared (outside of the [[Aim to Be a Pokémon Master|opening animation]], at least), flying over a rainbow as [[Ash Ketchum]] started his journey, at the end of ''[[EP001|Pokémon - I Choose You!]]''. Ash has subsequently seen it several times over the course of his journey, but has never come face-to-face with it.
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In the anime, {{an|Ho-Oh}} is notably the first Legendary Pokémon that appeared (outside of the [[Aim to Be a Pokémon Master|opening animation]], at least), flying over a rainbow as [[Ash Ketchum]] started his journey, at the end of ''[[EP001|Pokémon - I Choose You!]]''. Ash has subsequently seen it several times over the course of his journey, but has never come face-to-face with it. Ho-Oh featured in ''[[M20|I Choose You!]]'' in a prominent role.
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====Celebi====
 
[[File:Celebi Shrine.png|thumb|right|100px|{{p|Celebi}} on its [[Ilex Forest shrine|shrine]] in [[Ilex Forest]]]]
 
Although it has no relation to Mew that has been revealed, {{p|Celebi}} was dubbed the "New Mew" when it was introduced in Generation II because of their similar size and stats, as well as the status of being the last in the [[National Pokédex]] as of its generation and being unobtainable through normal gameplay. Unlike Mew, however, it was not believed to be the ancestor of all Pokémon, but merely the guardian of forests, traveling through time to make sure of their purity. Celebi was the second Mythical Pokémon to be released.
 
 
In the games, Celebi is available only by event, either directly (via [[Trade|trading]] or [[Mystery Gift]]), or, in {{game|Crystal}}, through an event involving the [[GS Ball]]. This made it the first Mythical Pokémon that was able to be captured from the wild in the games after using an event-only item, something which would continue forward up until Generation V. Celebi also makes an appearance in {{g|Colosseum}} and {{g|XD: Gale of Darkness}}, but it is unobtainable.
 
 
In the anime, Celebi takes a central role in ''[[M04|Celebi: Voice of the Forest]]'' and ''[[AG155|The Green Guardian]]''. In the movie, [[Celebi (M04)|one]] accidentally brings [[Sam]] to the future when attempting to escape from a poacher, and is later captured in a [[Iron-Masked Marauder|Team Rocket member]]'s [[Dark Ball]]s to be used to destroy the forest and rule the world. In the episode, another is attempting to heal after putting out a forest fire, and needs the help of Pokémon Ranger [[Solana]], as well as the anime's protagonists, to do so. A {{OBP|Celebi|M13}} also played an important role in ''[[M13|Zoroark: Master of Illusions]]'', in which [[Grings Kodai]] wanted to use the "ripple of time" created by Celebi's time travels to allow himself to get visions of the future.
 
   
 
===Generation III===
 
===Generation III===
Many more Legendary and Mythical Pokémon were added to the roster in [[Generation III]], with the nine new Legendary Pokémon bringing the total to 18, and the third Mythical Pokémon being released. At this point in the series, Legendary Pokémon began to have a greater role in the storyline of the games, with the plot of the [[villainous teams]] introduced in this generation and the next involving the reawakening of ancient Legendary Pokémon for the team's own use. Mythical Pokémon, however, remained unrelated to the games' storylines.
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Many more Legendary Pokémon were added to the roster in [[Generation III]], with the eight new Legendary Pokémon bringing the total to 17. At this point in the series, Legendary Pokémon began to have a greater role in the storyline of the core series games, with the [[villainous teams]] plotting to reawaken the ancient Legendary Pokémon for their own use.
   
Many of the stories regarding the legendaries were slightly changed, or given a new perspective in the [[Remakes]] of Generation III, [[Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]. Also 5 of them received new forms.
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Many of the stories regarding the legendaries were slightly changed, or given a new perspective in the [[remakes]] of the first Generation III core series games, [[Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]. Five of them also received new forms.
   
====Legendary golems====
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====Legendary titans====
{{main|Legendary golems}}
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[[File:Regis.png|thumb|left|{{p|Regice}}, {{p|Registeel}}, and {{p|Regirock}}]]
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[[File:Legendary titans.png|thumb|right|250px|{{p|Regice}}, {{p|Registeel}}, and {{p|Regirock}}]]
 
This third trio of Legendary Pokémon, based on the {{wp|golem}}s of Hebrew legend, is featured minimally in [[Hoenn]] legend. This Legendary trio, as well as its [[trio master|master]], {{p|Regigigas}}, is commonly considered to have the most complicated method of in-game availability, with puzzles made of [[braille]] in the Hoenn region being the keys to unlocking their mystery.
 
This third trio of Legendary Pokémon, based on the {{wp|golem}}s of Hebrew legend, is featured minimally in [[Hoenn]] legend. This Legendary trio, as well as its [[trio master|master]], {{p|Regigigas}}, is commonly considered to have the most complicated method of in-game availability, with puzzles made of [[braille]] in the Hoenn region being the keys to unlocking their mystery.
   
As complex as the method in which they are obtained is the legend of the golems, which is told in {{game2|Ruby|Sapphire|Emerald}} and finally completed in {{game2|Diamond|Pearl|Platinum}}. Long ago, an ancient Pokémon, {{p|Regigigas}}, was said to have moved the continents into their present positions by pulling them with ropes. After it was finished, it created in its image three Pokémon: {{p|Regirock}}, from clay, {{p|Regice}}, from ice, and {{p|Registeel}}, from magma. Ancient people, seeing that the Pokémon was so powerful, sealed it away in the [[Snowpoint Temple]], while those it had created were separated from it and taken to the Hoenn region, sealed in three chambers, and left in the hopes that one day, someone would unlock the chambers and be able to tame the three so as to tame Regigigas. They are available in the [[Desert Ruins]], [[Island Cave]], and [[Ancient Tomb]] in Hoenn; as well as the [[Rock Peak Ruins]], [[Iceberg Ruins]], [[Iron Ruins]] in [[Sinnoh]] with an event {{p|Regigigas}}; and the [[Underground Ruins]] in [[Unova]].
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As complex as the method in which they are obtained is the legend of the titans, which is told in {{game2|Ruby|Sapphire|Emerald}} and finally completed in {{game2|Diamond|Pearl|Platinum}}. Long ago, an ancient Pokémon, {{p|Regigigas}}, was said to have moved the continents into their present positions by pulling them with ropes. After it was finished, it created in its image three Pokémon: {{p|Regirock}}, from clay, {{p|Regice}}, from ice, and {{p|Registeel}}, from magma. Ancient people, seeing that the Pokémon was so powerful, sealed it away in the [[Snowpoint Temple]], while those it had created were separated from it and taken to the Hoenn region, sealed in three chambers, and left in the hopes that one day, someone would unlock the chambers and be able to tame the three so as to tame Regigigas. They are available in the [[Desert Ruins]], [[Island Cave]], and [[Ancient Tomb]] in Hoenn; as well as the [[Rock Peak Ruins]], [[Iceberg Ruins]], [[Iron Ruins]] in [[Sinnoh]] with an event {{p|Regigigas}}; and the [[Underground Ruins]] in [[Unova]].
 
In the anime, the [[Legendary golems (M08)|three Legendary golems]] starred together guarding the [[Tree of Beginning]] in ''[[M08|Lucario and the Mystery of Mew]]'', as well as members of {{FB|Pyramid King|Brandon}}'s team in the Battle Frontier saga.
 
   
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In the anime, the [[Legendary titans (M08)|three Legendary titans]] starred together guarding the [[Tree of Beginning]] in ''[[M08|Lucario and the Mystery of Mew]]'', as well as members of {{FB|Pyramid King|Brandon}}'s team in the Battle Frontier saga.
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====Eon duo====
 
====Eon duo====
 
{{main|Eon duo}}
 
{{main|Eon duo}}
[[File:Latias Latios.png|thumb|220px|right|{{p|Latias}} and {{p|Latios}}]]
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[[File:Latias Latios.png|thumb|250px|{{p|Latias}} and {{p|Latios}}]]
Another of Hoenn's minor Legendary Pokémon, {{p|Latias}} and {{p|Latios}} do not have a distinct legend behind them. Nonetheless, they are incredibly rare, with only one of the two available in normal gameplay and the other available through an event.
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While {{p|Latias}} and {{p|Latios}} do not have a distinct legend behind them, they are incredibly rare, with only one of the two available in normal gameplay and the other available through an event.
   
 
Latios and Latias take on counterpart availability in {{game2|Ruby|Sapphire|Emerald}} as well as {{game|HeartGold and SoulSilver|s}}, with Latios being a [[roaming Pokémon]] in Ruby and SoulSilver, and Latias doing the same in Sapphire and HeartGold. In Emerald, after the player has defeated the Elite Four, their mother will ask if the Pokémon mentioned on TV was red or blue, and depending on that, one of the two will be roaming Hoenn. The other member of the duo will be found on [[Southern Island]], accessible by [[Eon Ticket]], in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, and in [[Pewter City]], through the [[Enigma Stone]] event, in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
 
Latios and Latias take on counterpart availability in {{game2|Ruby|Sapphire|Emerald}} as well as {{game|HeartGold and SoulSilver|s}}, with Latios being a [[roaming Pokémon]] in Ruby and SoulSilver, and Latias doing the same in Sapphire and HeartGold. In Emerald, after the player has defeated the Elite Four, their mother will ask if the Pokémon mentioned on TV was red or blue, and depending on that, one of the two will be roaming Hoenn. The other member of the duo will be found on [[Southern Island]], accessible by [[Eon Ticket]], in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, and in [[Pewter City]], through the [[Enigma Stone]] event, in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
   
[[File:Mega Latias ORAS Trailer.png|250px|thumb|right|Mega {{p|Latios}} and Mega {{p|Latias}}]]
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In Generation VI, Latias and Latios gained the ability to [[Mega Evolution|Mega Evolve]]. In {{g|Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire}}, the Eon duo plays a much larger role in the main game's plot. They sense the grave danger Hoenn is about to face from the actions of Team Magma{{sup/6|OR}}/Aqua{{sup/6|AS}}, and while the {{player}} is talking to {{Steven}} on the east side of {{rt|118|Hoenn}}, {{p|Latias}}{{sup/6|OR}}/{{p|Latios}}{{sup/6|AS}} appears before the two, asking for their help. The player and Steven ride the Eon Pokémon to protect its counterpart from {{FB|Magma Admin|Courtney}}{{sup/6|OR}}/{{FB|Aqua Admin|Matt}}{{sup/6|AS}} and their subordinate. After the fight {{p|Latios}}{{sup/6|OR}}/{{p|Latias}}{{sup/6|AS}} joins the player's party, holding its respective [[Mega Stone]]. Noticing the Mega Stone, Steven also gives the player a [[Key Stone|Mega Bracelet]]. After defeating Groudon{{sup/6|OR}}/Kyogre{{sup/6|AS}}, the player receives an item called the [[Eon Flute]] from Steven, highlighting the special bond between the two. The items enables the player to summon the Eon Pokémon and use it to [[soaring in the sky|soar]] through the skies of Hoenn.
In Generation VI, Latias and Latios gained [[Mega Evolution]]s. In {{g|Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire}}, the Eon duo plays a much larger role in the main game's plot. They sense the grave danger Hoenn is about to face from the actions of Team Magma/Aqua, and while the {{player}} is talking to {{Steven}} on the east side of {{rt|118|Hoenn}}, {{p|Latias}}{{sup/6|OR}}/{{p|Latios}}{{sup/6|AS}} appears before the two, asking for their help. The player and Steven ride the Eon Pokémon to protect its counterpart from {{FB|Magma Admin|Courtney}}{{sup/6|OR}}/{{FB|Aqua Admin|Matt}}{{sup/6|AS}} and her/his subordinate. After the fight {{p|Latios}}{{sup/6|OR}}/{{p|Latias}}{{sup/6|AS}} joins the player's party, holding its respective [[Mega Stone]]. Noticing the Mega Stone, Steven also gives the player a [[Key Stone|Mega Bracelet]]. After defeating Groudon/Kyogre, the player receives an item called the {{DL|List of key items in Generation VI|Eon Flute}} from Steven, highlighting the special bond between the two. The items enables the player to summon the Eon Pokémon and use it to [[soaring in the sky|soar]] through the skies of Hoenn.
 
   
In the anime, Latios and Latias were the stars of ''[[M05|Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias]]'', in which the two guarded the legendary city of [[Alto Mare]]. With a strong connection to the [[Soul Dew]], the two were responsible for protecting it from {{mov|Annie}} and [[Oakley]], who wished to steal it. In the main series, {{si|Tobias}} used a Latios against Ash, as his second Pokémon in the first semi-final battle of the [[Lily of the Valley Conference]]. A [[Nurse Joy]] had a Latias when testing the Pewter Gym in [[SS025]].
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In the anime, Latios and Latias were the stars of ''[[M05|Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias]]'', in which the two guarded the city of [[Alto Mare]]. With a strong connection to the [[Soul Dew]], the two were responsible for protecting it from {{OBP|Annie|M05}} and [[Oakley]], who wished to steal it. In the main series, {{si|Tobias}} used a Latios against Ash, as his second Pokémon in the first semi-final battle of the [[Lily of the Valley Conference]]. A [[Nurse Joy]] had a Latias when testing the Pewter Gym in [[SS025]]. Both Latios and Latias appeared in ''[[M18|Hoopa and the Clash of Ages]]''; in this film, both of them were capable of Mega Evolution.
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====Weather trio====
 
====Weather trio====
 
{{main|Weather trio}}
 
{{main|Weather trio}}
[[File:Weather trio.png|250px|thumb|right|A depiction of the cataclysmic battle between {{p|Groudon}}, {{p|Kyogre}}, and {{p|Rayquaza}}]]
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[[File:Weather trio.png|250px|thumb|A depiction of the cataclysmic battle between {{p|Groudon}}, {{p|Kyogre}}, and {{p|Rayquaza}}]]
This trio of super-ancient Pokémon, known as the weather trio due to their [[weather conditions|weather-related]] [[Ability|Abilities]], serve as the [[version mascot]]s of {{3v|Ruby|Sapphire|Emerald}}, and are the first Legendary trio to all be version mascots. The trio represents the three major components of the Earth: the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, and the atmosphere. Said to have shaped the land and sea, {{p|Groudon}} and {{p|Kyogre}} are among the most powerful Legendary Pokémon, while {{p|Rayquaza}} prevents the two from quarreling.
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This trio of super-ancient Pokémon, known as the weather trio due to their [[weather]]-related [[Ability|Abilities]], serve as the [[game mascot]]s of {{3v|Ruby|Sapphire|Emerald}}, and are the first Legendary trio to all be game mascots. The trio represents the three major components of the Earth: the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, and the atmosphere. Said to have expanded the land and sea, {{p|Groudon}} and {{p|Kyogre}} are among the most powerful Legendary Pokémon, while {{p|Rayquaza}} prevents the two from quarreling.
   
 
During the course of {{game|Ruby and Sapphire|s}}, [[Team Magma]] or [[Team Aqua]], depending on the version, seeks out Groudon or Kyogre respectively, with the intention of awakening them to make more homes for Pokémon of the land or sea. Eventually, the plan goes wrong, and the player is forced to defeat or capture the Legendary Pokémon to stop a global disaster. In {{game|Emerald}}, instead, both teams are on the loose, intending to awaken their respective Legendary Pokémon, and only by interference from the player and {{p|Rayquaza}} does the fight end up resolved.
 
During the course of {{game|Ruby and Sapphire|s}}, [[Team Magma]] or [[Team Aqua]], depending on the version, seeks out Groudon or Kyogre respectively, with the intention of awakening them to make more homes for Pokémon of the land or sea. Eventually, the plan goes wrong, and the player is forced to defeat or capture the Legendary Pokémon to stop a global disaster. In {{game|Emerald}}, instead, both teams are on the loose, intending to awaken their respective Legendary Pokémon, and only by interference from the player and {{p|Rayquaza}} does the fight end up resolved.
   
The three members of the trio received new forms in {{g|Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire}}. Rayquaza is now able to Mega Evolve, and Groudon and Kyogre can undergo [[Primal Reversion]] while holding their respective Orb. Primal Reversion is considered the opposite of Mega Evolution. The latter is the outcome of the connection between Pokémon and human, and the former is derived solely from the Pokémon itself. While Groudon{{sup/6|OR}}/Kyogre{{sup/6|AS}} are again sought by Team Magma{{sup/6|OR}}/Aqua{{sup/6|AS}}, Rayquaza is the target of a mysterious girl named [[Zinnia]] during the post game plot called Delta Episode.
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The three members of the trio received new forms in {{g|Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire}}. Rayquaza is now able to Mega Evolve, and Groudon and Kyogre can undergo [[Primal Reversion]] while holding their respective Orb. Primal Reversion is considered the opposite of Mega Evolution. The latter is the outcome of the connection between Pokémon and human, and the former is derived solely from the Pokémon itself. While Groudon{{sup/6|OR}}/Kyogre{{sup/6|AS}} are again sought by Team Magma{{sup/6|OR}}/Aqua{{sup/6|AS}}, Rayquaza is the target of a mysterious girl named [[Zinnia]] during the post game plot called Delta Episode.
   
In the game, their history is revealed: Thousands of years ago, during the primal age, the world was overflowing with natural energy. Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre fought over that energy in endless furious clashes. In the face of Primal Groudon and Kyogre's great power, people could do nothing. But Rayquaza intervened, and its power overwhelmed that of the two Primal Pokémon, and peace returned to the world. A thousand years later, a meteoroid hit the earth, causing cracks in the ground that unleashed natural energy, causing Groudon and Kyogre to re-battle each other. Humans had a collective memory of how Rayquaza saved their race long ago, and that wish combined with the power of the Meteorite allowed Rayqauza to Mega Evolve for the first time and calm the two from quarreling.
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In the game, their history is revealed: thousands of years ago, during the primal age, the world was overflowing with natural energy. Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre fought over that energy in endless furious clashes. In the face of Primal Groudon and Kyogre's great power, people could do nothing. However, Rayquaza intervened, and its power overwhelmed that of the two Primal Pokémon, and peace returned to the world. A thousand years later, a meteoroid hit the earth, causing cracks in the ground that unleashed natural energy, causing Groudon and Kyogre to re-battle each other. Humans had a collective memory of how Rayquaza saved their race long ago, and that wish combined with the power of the Meteorite allowed Rayquaza to Mega Evolve for the first time and calm the two from quarreling.
   
In the anime, Groudon and Kyogre appeared in the two-part episode consisting of ''[[AG097|Gaining Groudon]]'' and ''[[AG098|The Scuffle of Legends]]''. In these episodes, Team Magma and Team Aqua finally succeed in awakening the two, as in the games, though their conflict is resolved very quickly. Rayquaza appeared in ''[[M07|Destiny Deoxys]]'', where it fought against the pair of {{OBP|Deoxys|M07}}.
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In the anime, Groudon and Kyogre appeared in the two-part episode consisting of ''[[AG097|Gaining Groudon]]'' and ''[[AG098|The Scuffle of Legends]]''. In these episodes, Team Magma and Team Aqua finally succeed in awakening the two, as in the games, though their conflict is resolved very quickly. Rayquaza appeared in ''[[M07|Destiny Deoxys]]'', where it fought against the pair of {{OBP|Deoxys|M07}}. The weather trio all made a starring appearance in their Primal/Mega Forms in ''[[M18|Hoopa and the Clash of Ages]]'', engaging in a violent clash with many other legendaries.
 
====Jirachi====
 
[[File:385Jirachi AG anime.png|thumb|left|{{p|Jirachi}} in the anime]]
 
The third Mythical Pokémon to be released and the first introduced in Generation III, {{p|Jirachi}} is known to grant wishes written on the tags on its head each time it awakens: once every millennium.
 
 
In the games, Jirachi has never had a concrete location tied to it, and it cannot be captured from the wild legitimately. However, several direct transfers have been present in the history of the franchise, most notably in the form of a [[Pokémon Colosseum Bonus Disc|bonus disc]] released as a preview of {{g|Colosseum}} which fixes the [[Berry glitch]] present in {{game|Ruby and Sapphire|s}}.
 
 
Jirachi starred in ''[[M06|Jirachi: Wish Maker]]'', in which it befriended [[Max]] as the group attempted to keep it away from [[Butler]], a former [[Team Magma]] operative. Jirachi made its TV debut in ''[[BW132|Searching for a Wish!]]'', during the [[Decolore Islands]] saga, when one emerged after a slumber of 1,000 years.
 
 
====Deoxys====
 
[[File:386Deoxys formes.png|thumb|right|{{p|Deoxys}} in its four Formes: Attack, Normal, Defense, Speed]]
 
A virus from space which mutated when shot by a laser, {{p|Deoxys}} was the first Legendary Pokémon known to [[Form differences|change form]], taking different forms on in each of the [[Generation III]] games - Normal Forme in {{game|Ruby and Sapphire|s}}, Attack Forme in {{game3|FireRed and LeafGreen|Pokémon FireRed|s}}, Defense Forme in {{game3|FireRed and LeafGreen|Pokémon LeafGreen|s}}, and Speed Forme in {{game|Emerald}}, and being able to change them at will starting from [[Generation IV]] games with special meteorites found in [[Veilstone City]] in [[Sinnoh]], {{rt|3|Kanto}} in [[Kanto]], [[Nacrene City]] in [[Unova]], [[Ambrette Town]] in [[Kalos]], and [[Fallarbor Town]] in [[Hoenn]]. Deoxys was also the second Mythical Pokémon introduced in Hoenn, although it eventually became a Legendary Pokémon.
 
 
In the games, Deoxys was originally only available on [[Birth Island]] when the {{DL|Event item|AuroraTicket}} is downloaded to FireRed, LeafGreen, or Emerald, though as with all Mythical Pokémon, it has also been available through direct download via [[Mystery Gift]]. As of {{g|Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire}}, however, Deoxys is now available without an event.
 
 
Deoxys featured heavily in the seventh Pokémon movie, ''[[M07|Destiny Deoxys]]'', in which its Attack and Defense Formes were first revealed. One of the two {{OBP|Deoxys|M07}} featured befriends a boy named [[Tory Lund]], who fears Pokémon otherwise and does not realize what Deoxys is, while the other seeks out the first, concerned for its safety. Another Deoxys featured in ''[[AG171|Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys Crisis!]]'', in which Deoxys's Speed Forme debuted in the anime.
 
 
Deoxys was the first and currently the only Mythical Pokémon to become normally available without the use of events in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
 
   
 
===Generation IV===
 
===Generation IV===
Nine more Legendary Pokémon and four Mythical Pokémon (five counting Phione) were added in [[Generation IV]], the most of any generation so far, bringing the total to 6 Mythical Pokémon (7 counting Phione). Many of the Legendary Pokémon of this generation have little connection to the plot of the games, instead being minor, post-League sidequests for the player to go on. Three of the newly introduced Legendary Pokémon and three of the new Mythical Pokémon (four counting Phione) are not in Sinnoh's regional Pokédex, appearing only in the National Pokédex.
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Nine more Legendary Pokémon were introduced in [[Generation IV]], bringing the total to 26 Legendary Pokémon. Many of the Legendary Pokémon of this generation have little connection to the plot of the games, instead being minor, post-[[Hall of Fame]] sidequests for the player to go on. Three of the newly introduced Legendary Pokémon (four prior to the {{game|Platinum}} expansion of the Pokédex) are not in the Sinnoh [[regional Pokédex]], appearing only in the [[National Pokédex]].
 
Prior to Generation IV, 680 had been the limit on any Pokémon's [[Base stats|base stat]] total: this limit was set by {{p|Mewtwo}} in [[Generation I]] and was only matched—never surpassed—in Generation II and Generation III. In Generation IV, however, the most powerful of all Pokémon in terms of base stats is no longer Mewtwo or any of its equals, but {{p|Arceus}}, the supposed creator of the Pokémon universe.
 
   
 
====Lake guardians====
 
====Lake guardians====
 
{{main|Lake guardians}}
 
{{main|Lake guardians}}
[[File:Mesprit Azelf Uxie anime.png|thumb|205px|right|{{p|Azelf}}, {{p|Mesprit}}, and {{p|Uxie}} in the anime]]
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[[File:Lake guardians anime.png|thumb|205px|right|{{p|Azelf}}, {{p|Mesprit}}, and {{p|Uxie}} in the anime]]
The lake guardians, [[Sinnoh]]'s native Legendary trio, represent the spirit of all consciousness, with {{p|Uxie}} embodying knowledge, {{p|Mesprit}} embodying emotion, and {{p|Azelf}} embodying willpower. According to legend, having been created by {{p|Arceus|the Original One}}, the trio have the power to tame the powerful dragons it also created.
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The lake guardians, [[Sinnoh]]'s resident Legendary trio, represent the spirit of all consciousness, with {{p|Uxie}} embodying knowledge, {{p|Mesprit}} embodying emotion, and {{p|Azelf}} embodying willpower. According to legend, having been created by {{p|Arceus|the Original One}}, the trio have the power to tame the powerful dragons it also created.
   
 
In the games, Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf are found in the caverns of [[Lake Acuity]], [[Lake Verity]], and [[Lake Valor]], though Mesprit will roam Sinnoh after the player has encountered it, rather than battle immediately as the other two will. The trio are captured by [[Team Galactic]]'s {{tc|Commander}}s, [[Jupiter]], [[Mars]], and [[Saturn]], and subjected to the experiments of [[Charon]] to draw out the [[Red Chain]] from the gems in their bodies. [[Cyrus]] summons {{p|Dialga}} and {{p|Palkia}}, and alone, the lake guardians' power is not enough to stop them. {{p|Giratina}} interferes and draws Cyrus into the Distortion World, where the lake guardians assist the player in navigation through Giratina's lair.
 
In the games, Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf are found in the caverns of [[Lake Acuity]], [[Lake Verity]], and [[Lake Valor]], though Mesprit will roam Sinnoh after the player has encountered it, rather than battle immediately as the other two will. The trio are captured by [[Team Galactic]]'s {{tc|Commander}}s, [[Jupiter]], [[Mars]], and [[Saturn]], and subjected to the experiments of [[Charon]] to draw out the [[Red Chain]] from the gems in their bodies. [[Cyrus]] summons {{p|Dialga}} and {{p|Palkia}}, and alone, the lake guardians' power is not enough to stop them. {{p|Giratina}} interferes and draws Cyrus into the Distortion World, where the lake guardians assist the player in navigation through Giratina's lair.
   
 
In the anime, the lake guardians appeared, first in spirit form, in ''[[DP001|Following a Maiden's Voyage!]]'', ''[[DP078|Pruning a Passel of Pals]]'', and ''[[DP133|Uncrushing Defeat!]]'', to {{an|Dawn}}, {{Ash}}, and {{an|Brock}}. They were captured by [[J]], who had been hired by [[Team Galactic]], in ''[[DP151|The Needs of the Three!]]'', and were freed by Ash, Dawn, and Brock to stop the power of Dialga and Palkia in ''[[DP152|The Battle Finale of Legend!]]''.
 
In the anime, the lake guardians appeared, first in spirit form, in ''[[DP001|Following a Maiden's Voyage!]]'', ''[[DP078|Pruning a Passel of Pals]]'', and ''[[DP133|Uncrushing Defeat!]]'', to {{an|Dawn}}, {{Ash}}, and {{an|Brock}}. They were captured by [[J]], who had been hired by [[Team Galactic]], in ''[[DP151|The Needs of the Three!]]'', and were freed by Ash, Dawn, and Brock to stop the power of Dialga and Palkia in ''[[DP152|The Battle Finale of Legend!]]''.
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====Creation trio====
 
====Creation trio====
 
{{main|Creation trio}}
 
{{main|Creation trio}}
[[File:Dialga-Palkia-Giratina.png|180px|thumb|right|{{p|Dialga}}, {{p|Palkia}}, and {{p|Giratina}} artwork from {{game|Platinum}}]]
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[[File:Dialga-Palkia-Giratina.png|200px|thumb|left|{{p|Dialga}}, {{p|Palkia}}, and {{p|Giratina}} artwork from {{game|Platinum}}]]
The Legendary creators of the Pokémon universe, the creation trio consisting of {{p|Dialga}} of time, {{p|Palkia}} of space, and {{p|Giratina}} of antimatter, are, like the weather trio before them, the mascots of [[Sinnoh]]'s trio of games, {{game2|Diamond|Pearl|Platinum}}.
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The Legendary creators of the Pokémon universe, the creation trio consists of {{p|Dialga}} of time, {{p|Palkia}} of space, and {{p|Giratina}} of antimatter. Like the weather trio before them, they each serve as the mascots of [[Sinnoh]]'s trio of games, {{game2|Diamond|Pearl|Platinum}}.
   
 
In the games, Dialga and Palkia are sought by [[Cyrus]] to destroy and then remake the universe without spirit, a feature he hates about humanity. In Diamond and Pearl, Dialga or Palkia can be caught at [[Spear Pillar]], while Giratina may be obtained after the Pokémon League has been conquered. In Platinum, however, Giratina interferes with Cyrus's planned destruction of the universe, and may be captured in its home, the [[Distortion World]], while Dialga and Palkia cannot be found until the Elite Four have been defeated.
 
In the games, Dialga and Palkia are sought by [[Cyrus]] to destroy and then remake the universe without spirit, a feature he hates about humanity. In Diamond and Pearl, Dialga or Palkia can be caught at [[Spear Pillar]], while Giratina may be obtained after the Pokémon League has been conquered. In Platinum, however, Giratina interferes with Cyrus's planned destruction of the universe, and may be captured in its home, the [[Distortion World]], while Dialga and Palkia cannot be found until the Elite Four have been defeated.
   
In the anime, {{mov|Dialga}} and {{mov|Palkia}} appeared together, fighting, in ''[[M10|The Rise of Darkrai]]'', while Dialga and {{mov|Giratina}} appeared in ''[[M11|Giratina and the Sky Warrior]]''. The three appeared together, finally, in ''[[M12|Arceus and the Jewel of Life]]''. Dialga and Palkia were also summoned at the Spear Pillar and chained by Cyrus in ''[[DP152|The Battle Finale of Legend!]]'', but were freed when he escaped into another universe and the Red Chain was shattered by Ash, Dawn, Brock, and their Pokémon.
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In the anime, {{mov|Dialga}} and {{mov|Palkia}} appeared together, fighting in ''[[M10|The Rise of Darkrai]]'', while Dialga and {{mov|Giratina}} appeared in ''[[M11|Giratina and the Sky Warrior]]''. The three appeared together in ''[[M12|Arceus and the Jewel of Life]]'' and ''[[M18|Hoopa and the Clash of Ages]]''. Dialga and Palkia were also summoned at the Spear Pillar and chained by Cyrus in ''[[DP152|The Battle Finale of Legend!]]'', but were freed when he escaped into another universe and the Red Chain was shattered by Ash, Dawn, Brock, and their Pokémon.
   
====Lunar duo====
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In {{game2|Diamond|Pearl|Platinum}} only, Dialga and Palkia were referenced as "mythical Pokémon" (Japanese: 神話のポケモン ''mythical Pokémon''); however, this pre-dates the term [[Mythical Pokémon]] (Japanese: 幻のポケモン ''Illusory Pokémon'') and has a different Japanese name.
[[File:Cresselia and Darkrai DP4 artwork.png|thumb|175px|left|{{p|Cresselia}} and {{p|Darkrai}}]]
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{{p|Cresselia}}, a Legendary Pokémon, and {{p|Darkrai}}, a Mythical Pokémon, represent two phases of the moon with opposite connotations: Darkrai represents the {{wp|new moon}}, the cause of the darkest nights and bringer of nightmares, while Cresselia represents the {{wp|full moon}}, a sign of hope and good dreams.
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====Cresselia====
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[[File:488Cresselia.png|thumb|175px|Artwork of {{p|Cresselia}} from Diamond and Pearl]]
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{{p|Cresselia}} is a {{type|Psychic}} Pokémon who represents the {{wp|crescent moon}}, a sign of hope and good dreams.
   
In the games, Cresselia can be found on [[Fullmoon Island]] as part of a post-League quest to rid {{tc|Sailor}} [[Eldritch]]'s son of a nightmare. She will flee immediately, roaming Sinnoh and leaving behind a [[Lunar Wing]], which will heal the boy. In [[Pokémon Black and White Versions 2|Pokémon Black 2 and White 2]], Cresselia can be found on [[Marvelous Bridge]] after obtaining the Lunar Wing in the [[Strange House]]. Darkrai is found on [[Newmoon Island]], accessible only with a [[Member Card]], and can only be obtained through an event.
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In the games, Cresselia can be found on [[Fullmoon Island]] as part of a post-League quest to rid {{tc|Sailor}} [[Eldritch]]'s son of a nightmare. She will flee immediately, roaming Sinnoh and leaving behind a [[Lunar Wing]], which will heal the boy. In [[Pokémon Black and White Versions 2|Pokémon Black 2 and White 2]], Cresselia can be found on [[Marvelous Bridge]] after obtaining the Lunar Wing in the [[Strange House]].
 
The lunar duo made their debuts separately, with a {{OBP|Darkrai|M10}} appearing in ''[[M10|The Rise of Darkrai]]'', attempting to stop Dialga and Palkia's fight from destroying its home, [[Alamos Town]], and protecting [[Alice]], its friend. Cresselia first appeared in ''[[DP104|Sleepless in Pre-Battle!]]'', in which she fought briefly against a Darkrai.
 
 
====Sea guardians====
 
[[File:Manaphyphione.png|thumb|right|{{p|Manaphy}} and {{p|Phione}}]]
 
The sea guardian Pokémon are a Mythical duo that, somewhat like Mewtwo and Mew, is comprised of a parent and child. {{p|Manaphy}}, a Mythical Pokémon that makes its home in colder seas south of the known regions, bears {{p|Phione}} when bred in captivity in the known regions.
 
 
In the games, Manaphy can only be found through an event: either it may be transferred in its Egg from one of the {{ga|Pokémon Ranger|Ranger}} games after activating an event in those games, or can be directly received via various Mystery Gift events. Like Jirachi, it cannot be legitimately found in the wild. Phione must be bred from a Manaphy and a {{p|Ditto}}.
 
 
In the anime, Manaphy debuted in ''[[M09|Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea]]'', in which, like in the games, it first appeared as an Egg, and befriended {{an|May}}, who it regarded as its mother. It was the only Pokémon able to find the mysterious Temple of the Sea, [[Samiya]], and was regarded as the Prince of the Sea. For this, it was sought by [[the Phantom]], a pirate who wished to take the jewels of the Sea Crown deep in Samiya. Phione debuted under different circumstances, being found in [[Chocovine Town]] in ''[[DP113|Hold the Phione!]]'', in which they were revered as bringers of good luck.
 
 
Phione's status as a Mythical Pokémon is disputed, with several pieces of evidence and even official statements often contradicting each other. Further information can be found [[Phione#Mythical status|here]].
 
   
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Cresselia made her debut appearance in the anime in ''[[DP104|Sleepless in Pre-Battle!]]'', in which she fought briefly against a {{p|Darkrai}}.
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====Heatran====
 
====Heatran====
[[File:Heatran anime.png|thumb|right|{{p|Heatran}} in the anime]]
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[[File:Ranger 3 Heatran mission art.png|thumb|left|250px|{{p|Heatran}} causing an eruption]]
{{p|Heatran}} is the embodiment of the planet's boiling {{wp|core}}, appearing in [[Stark Mountain]] in [[Sinnoh]] and [[Reversal Mountain]] in [[Unova]], where it was said to have been born at the same time as Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina created Sinnoh at the [[Spear Pillar]] and created the [[Battle Zone]]. Heatran is the only Legendary Pokémon with a variable gender.
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{{p|Heatran}} is the embodiment of the planet's boiling {{wp|core}}, appearing in [[Stark Mountain]] in [[Sinnoh]], [[Reversal Mountain]] in [[Unova]], and [[Scorched Slab]]{{sup/6|ORAS}} in [[Hoenn]], where it was said to have been born at the same time as Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina created Sinnoh at the [[Spear Pillar]] and created the [[Battle Zone]]. Heatran is the only Legendary Pokémon with a variable gender.
   
 
Heatran first appeared in the anime in ''[[M12|Arceus and the Jewel of Life]]'', under the control of [[Marcus]], and later appeared in ''[[DP169|Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue!]]'' as part of a Pokémon Ranger rescue mission.
 
Heatran first appeared in the anime in ''[[M12|Arceus and the Jewel of Life]]'', under the control of [[Marcus]], and later appeared in ''[[DP169|Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue!]]'' as part of a Pokémon Ranger rescue mission.
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====Regigigas====
 
====Regigigas====
[[File:Regigigas anime.png|thumb|left|{{p|Regigigas}} in the anime]]
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[[File:Regigigas anime.png|thumb|250px|{{p|Regigigas}} in the anime]]
{{p|Regigigas}} is the master of the [[Legendary golems]], having created them in ancient times and was said to have moved the continents in place, pulling them by rope.
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{{p|Regigigas}} is the master of the [[Legendary titans]], having created them in ancient times and was said to have moved the continents in place, pulling them by rope.
   
In the games, Regigigas is found at the [[Snowpoint Temple]]{{sup/4|DPPt}}, [[Twist Mountain]]{{sup/5|B2W2}}, and [[Island Cave]]{{sup/6|ORAS}}, though it will not awaken unless all three of the Legendary golems are in the player's party.
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In the games, Regigigas is found at the [[Snowpoint Temple]]{{sup/4|DPPt}}, [[Twist Mountain]]{{sup/5|B2W2}}, and [[Island Cave]]{{sup/6|ORAS}}, though it will not awaken unless all three of the Legendary titans are in the player's party.
   
 
Regigigas appeared in the anime in ''[[M11|Giratina and the Sky Warrior]]'', in which it attempted to stop a glacier from destroying [[Ten'i Village]]. Another appeared in ''[[DP129|Pillars of Friendship!]]'', in which it was hunted by [[J]] and defended by {{FB|Pyramid King|Brandon}}.
 
Regigigas appeared in the anime in ''[[M11|Giratina and the Sky Warrior]]'', in which it attempted to stop a glacier from destroying [[Ten'i Village]]. Another appeared in ''[[DP129|Pillars of Friendship!]]'', in which it was hunted by [[J]] and defended by {{FB|Pyramid King|Brandon}}.
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====Shaymin====
 
[[File:Seabreak path.png|thumb|right|{{p|Shaymin}} running down [[Seabreak Path]]]]
 
{{p|Shaymin}} is a Mythical Pokémon that has the ability to purify areas instantly and bring plant life in abundance. Unlike previous Mythical Pokémon with its straight-100 base stats, however, Shaymin has the ability to change forms, between Land Forme and Sky Forme.
 
 
In the games, like Darkrai, Shaymin is catchable in the wild after an event item has been obtained: this time [[Oak's Letter]], which requests the player's help on {{rt|224|Sinnoh}}. After giving thanks to someone or something, Shaymin will appear, and will be available to be caught at the end of the [[Seabreak Path]] that appears, in the [[Flower Paradise]].
 
 
Shaymin has a central role in ''[[M11|Giratina and the Sky Warrior]]'', when it, as well as its Sky Forme, were officially revealed. It also has a major role in ''[[DP168|Keeping In Top Forme!]]'' involving [[Marley]].
 
 
====Arceus====
 
[[File:Arceus ruins art.png|thumb|left|{{p|Arceus}} creates a Pokémon Egg for {{ga|Ethan}} and {{ga|Lyra}}]]
 
The final Pokémon of Generation IV, {{p|Arceus}} is, according to legend, the creator of the Pokémon universe. Born of an Egg in the chaos at the beginning, Arceus's powers were awakened immediately, and from itself it made time and space, matter and antimatter, and set {{p|Dialga}}, {{p|Palkia}}, and {{p|Giratina}} to guard them. It created spirit as well, setting {{p|Uxie}} in charge of knowledge, {{p|Mesprit}} in charge of emotion, and {{p|Azelf}} in charge of willpower, before falling into an eternal slumber. Arceus has the highest base stat total of any Mythical Pokémon.
 
 
Arceus can be awoken from its sleep using an [[Azure Flute]] at the [[Spear Pillar]], which will open a staircase to its home, the [[Hall of Origin]], where it can be captured. Despite being coded into {{game2|Diamond|Pearl|Platinum}}, the Azure Flute was never released, so it is not possible to go to the Hall of Origin.
 
 
In the anime, {{OBP|Arceus|M12}} starred in ''[[M12|Arceus and the Jewel of Life]]'', in which it set out to destroy [[Michina Town]] and its people for their betrayal in ancient times. After changing history with the help of Dialga, Ash and his friends revealed to Arceus the true nature of human beings, and it left Michina Town in peace.
 
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===Generation V===
 
===Generation V===
Nine additional Legendary Pokémon and four Mythical Pokémon were added in [[Generation V]], totaling 36 Legendary Pokémon and ten Mythical (11, counting [[Generation IV]]'s Phione). {{p|Reshiram}} and {{p|Zekrom}} played a large role in the storyline of Black and White, with the respective mascot Pokémon being a necessary and unavoidable capture to progress to the endgame. The rest of the Pokémon mattered little to the narrative progression.
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Nine additional Legendary Pokémon were introduced in [[Generation V]], totaling 35 Legendary Pokémon. {{p|Reshiram}} and {{p|Zekrom}} played a large role in the storyline of {{game|Black and White|s}}, with the respective mascot Pokémon being a necessary and unavoidable capture to progress to the end of the game.
 
====Victini====
 
[[File:Victini-Liberty Garden Island.png|thumb|160px|{{ga|Hilda}}, {{p|Victini}}, and {{ga|Hilbert}}]]
 
{{p|Victini}} is found at the beginning of [[List of Pokémon by Unova Pokédex number|Unova's Pokédex]], being #000. Much like {{p|Mew}}, {{p|Celebi}}, {{p|Jirachi}}, {{p|Manaphy}} and {{p|Shaymin}} before it, each of its base stats are 100. It is the first [[Generation V]] Mythical Pokémon revealed and allowed to be obtained. Victini is considered the embodiment of victory. It is said that a Trainer with a Victini will win anything no matter what.
 
 
In Pokémon Black and White, if the player possesses the [[Liberty Ticket]], the player can take a boat to [[Liberty Garden]], where Team Plasma is attempting to obtain Victini for the energy it radiates. It is later revealed that Victini was sealed in the basement of the lighthouse by a wealthy person in order to protect it from people with bad intentions.
 
 
Victini is a star of [[M14|''White—Victini and Zekrom'' and ''Black—Victini and Reshiram'']].
 
   
 
====Swords of Justice====
 
====Swords of Justice====
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[[File:Swords of Justice M15.png|thumb|250px|The Swords of Justice]]
 
{{main|Swords of Justice}}
 
{{main|Swords of Justice}}
[[File:Swords of Justice.png|thumb|left|200px|The Swords of Justice]]
 
 
{{p|Cobalion}}, {{p|Terrakion}}, and {{p|Virizion}} are a trio of Legendary Pokémon based on the titular characters of the 1844 French novel ''{{wp|The Three Musketeers}}'', and partially on hooved mammals such as deer, antelopes, oxen, goats, and horses. According to legend, they protect Pokémon from having their habitats destroyed by humans and have been known to have attacked human castles during the Middle Ages. Like the Three Musketeers, they are considered a trio but have a fourth, younger member in the form of {{p|Keldeo}}, a Mythical Pokémon, whom the other three rescued and raised after its home was destroyed by fire. All four of them can use their horns like swords, and learn their former [[signature move]], {{m|Sacred Sword}}, at level 42 (43 for {{p|Keldeo}}, most likely to refer to it becoming part of the group later).
 
{{p|Cobalion}}, {{p|Terrakion}}, and {{p|Virizion}} are a trio of Legendary Pokémon based on the titular characters of the 1844 French novel ''{{wp|The Three Musketeers}}'', and partially on hooved mammals such as deer, antelopes, oxen, goats, and horses. According to legend, they protect Pokémon from having their habitats destroyed by humans and have been known to have attacked human castles during the Middle Ages. Like the Three Musketeers, they are considered a trio but have a fourth, younger member in the form of {{p|Keldeo}}, a Mythical Pokémon, whom the other three rescued and raised after its home was destroyed by fire. All four of them can use their horns like swords, and learn their former [[signature move]], {{m|Sacred Sword}}, at level 42 (43 for {{p|Keldeo}}, most likely to refer to it becoming part of the group later).
   
They made their anime debut together, in the fifteenth Pokémon film ''[[M15|Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice]]'', where Keldeo was responsible for the freezing of the other three during a battle against {{OBP|Kyurem|M15}}, and sought help from {{Ash}} and {{ashfr|his friends}}. In the movie, Cobalion acts as the leader of the {{OBP|Swords of Justice|M15}}, protecting Pokémon and humans alike through the world.
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They made their anime debut together, in the fifteenth Pokémon film ''[[M15|Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice]]'', where Keldeo was responsible for the freezing of the other three during a battle against {{OBP|Kyurem|M15}}, and sought help from {{Ash}} and {{ashfr}}. In the movie, Cobalion acts as the leader of the {{OBP|Swords of Justice|M15}}, protecting Pokémon and humans alike through the world.
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====Forces of Nature====
 
====Forces of Nature====
[[File:Kami trio Myth.png|thumb|Right|200px|The [[Forces of Nature]] in the anime]]
 
 
{{main|Forces of Nature}}
 
{{main|Forces of Nature}}
{{p|Tornadus}}, {{p|Thundurus}}, and {{p|Landorus}} are a trio of Pokémon based on Japanese deities: {{wp|Fūjin}}, god of wind, {{wp|Raijin}}, god of thunder and lightning, and {{wp|Inari Ōkami|Inari}}, a fertility god. Together the three represent the heavens and the nourishing effect the sky has upon the earth. According to a folktale retold by children at the [[Abundant Shrine]], Landorus punished Tornadus and Thundurus for destroying the land with gales and thunderstorms, and a shrine was built in honor of him. In [[Pokémon Black and White Versions 2|Pokémon Black 2 and White 2]] they receive a new Forme, the Therian Forme, with their old Forme known as the Incarnate Forme; the Formes can be switched between with the [[Reveal Glass]].
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[[File:Forces of Nature myth.png|thumb|200px|left|The [[Forces of Nature]] in the anime]]{{p|Tornadus}}, {{p|Thundurus}}, and {{p|Landorus}} are a trio of Pokémon based on {{wp|kami}}: {{wp|Fūjin}}, god of wind, {{wp|Raijin}}, god of thunder and lightning, and {{wp|Inari Ōkami|Inari}}, a fertility deity. Together the three represent the heavens and the nourishing effect the sky has upon the earth. According to a folktale retold by children at the [[Abundant Shrine]], Landorus punished Tornadus and Thundurus for destroying the land with gales and thunderstorms, and a shrine was built in honor of him. In [[Pokémon Black and White Versions 2|Pokémon Black 2 and White 2]] they receive a new Forme, the Therian Forme, with their old Forme known as the Incarnate Forme; the Formes can be switched between with the [[Reveal Glass]].
   
In the anime, the Forces of Nature were sought by [[Team Rocket]] in Unova from ''[[BW056|The Lonely Deino!]]'' until they were able to awaken them on [[Milos Island]] in ''[[BW059|Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1]]'' and ''[[BW060|Part 2]]''. Tornadus and Thundurus fought on the island, while Ash and his friends awakened Landorus to put a stop to the fight (they all appeared in Incarnate Forme during these episodes). They debuted in Therian Forme in ''[[BW097|Unova's Survival Crisis!]]'', when Team Rocket once again attempted to capture them as the final goal of "Operation Tempest". Together, they are said to have the power to control nature, which can be harnessed by one who possesses both {{an|Meloetta}} and the Reveal Glass.
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In the anime, the Forces of Nature were sought by [[Team Rocket]] in Unova from ''[[BW056|The Lonely Deino!]]'' until they were able to awaken them on [[Milos Island]] in ''[[BW059|Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1]]'' and ''[[BW060|Part 2]]''. Tornadus and Thundurus fought on the island, while Ash and his friends awakened Landorus to put a stop to the fight (they all appeared in Incarnate Forme during these episodes). They debuted in Therian Forme in ''[[BW097|Unova's Survival Crisis!]]'', when Team Rocket once again attempted to capture them as the final goal of Operation Tempest. Together, they are said to have the power to control nature, which can be harnessed by one who possesses both {{an|Meloetta}} and the Reveal Glass.
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====Tao trio====
 
====Tao trio====
 
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[[File:Tao trio.png|thumb|left|200px|{{p|Reshiram}} and {{p|Zekrom}} confronting {{p|Kyurem}}]]
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[[File:Tao trio.png|thumb|200px|{{p|Reshiram}} and {{p|Zekrom}} confronting {{p|Kyurem}}]]
{{p|Zekrom}} and {{p|Reshiram}} represent balance through the aspects of {{wp|Tao|Yin and Yang}}, respectively. Originally, they were a single dragon that helped found the Unova region's nation, but fighting between the [[Heroes of Truth and Ideals|two brothers]] who founded the nation split them into two halves. Despite this, the two Pokémon do not willingly fight each other.
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{{p|Zekrom}} and {{p|Reshiram}} represent balance through the aspects of {{wp|Tao|Yin and Yang}}, respectively. Originally, they were a single dragon that helped found the Unova region's nation, but fighting between the [[Heroes of Truth and Ideals|two brothers]] who founded the nation split them into two halves. Despite this, the two Pokémon do not willingly fight each other.
   
In the games, [[Team Plasma]] hunt either Reshiram or Zekrom in {{game|Black and White|s}} in order to use them to liberate all Pokémon from their owners. [[N]] captures one of them and defeats [[Alder]]. The other dragon emerges from the [[Dragon Stone]] the player possesses, and the player must capture it and use it to defeat N. After his defeat, N rides off on his dragon to a far-off region. In [[Pokémon Black and White Versions 2|Pokémon Black 2 and White 2]], which take place two years later, [[Ghetsis]] revives Team Plasma and captures Kyurem in order to freeze and take control of the Unova region. N confronts him with Zekrom/Reshiram, but Ghetsis seizes the opportunity to fuse the Tao dragon with Kyurem using the [[DNA Splicers]] to create Black Kyurem/White Kyurem. The player defeats Kyurem and Ghetsis, restoring balance to the region.
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In the games, [[Team Plasma]] hunt either Reshiram or Zekrom in {{game|Black and White|s}} in order to use them to liberate all Pokémon from their owners. [[N]] captures one of them and defeats [[Alder]]. The other dragon emerges from the [[Dragon Stones|Dragon Stone]] the player possesses, and the player must capture it and use it to defeat N. After his defeat, N rides off on his dragon to a far-off region. In [[Pokémon Black and White Versions 2|Pokémon Black 2 and White 2]], which take place two years later, [[Ghetsis]] revives Team Plasma and captures Kyurem in order to freeze and take control of the Unova region. N confronts him with Zekrom{{sup/5|B2}}/Reshiram{{sup/5|W2}}, but Ghetsis seizes the opportunity to fuse the Tao dragon with Kyurem using the [[DNA Splicers]] to create Black Kyurem{{sup/5|B2}}/White Kyurem{{sup/5|W2}}. The player defeats Kyurem and Ghetsis, restoring balance to the region.
   
Reshiram and Zekrom are the stars of [[M14|''Pokémon The Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom'' and ''Pokémon The Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram'']] along with Victini. Zekrom debuted in ''[[BW001|In The Shadow of Zekrom!]]'' causing [[Ash's Pikachu]]'s electric crisis, and appeared in numerous flashbacks and fantasies afterwards. Reshiram also debuted in a cameo at the beginning of ''[[BW001|In The Shadow of Zekrom!]]'' and had a large role in the "Episode N" arc, as [[Team Plasma]]'s target, appearing in ''[[BW122|What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!]]''.
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Reshiram and Zekrom are the stars of [[M14|''Pokémon The Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom'' and ''Pokémon The Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram'']] along with Victini. Zekrom debuted in ''[[BW001|In The Shadow of Zekrom!]]'' causing [[Ash's Pikachu]]'s electric crisis, and appeared in numerous flashbacks and fantasies afterwards. Reshiram also debuted in a cameo at the beginning of ''[[BW001|In The Shadow of Zekrom!]]'' and had a large role in the "Episode N" arc, as [[Team Plasma]]'s target, appearing in ''[[BW122|What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!]]''. Reshiram and Zekrom make a cameo appearance in ''[[M18|Hoopa and the Clash of Ages]]''.
   
{{p|Kyurem}} is related to Reshiram and Zekrom and represents {{wp|Wuji (philosophy)|wuji}}, which is the absence of yin and yang. Using the {{key|V|DNA Splicers}}, Kyurem can be fused with Reshiram or Zekrom into White Kyurem or Black Kyurem, respectively; with the same item, the fusion can be undone.
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{{p|Kyurem}} is related to Reshiram and Zekrom and represents {{wp|Wuji (philosophy)|wuji}}, which is the absence of yin and yang. Using the [[DNA Splicers]], Kyurem can be fused with Reshiram or Zekrom into White Kyurem or Black Kyurem, respectively; with the same item, the fusion can be undone.
   
Kyurem is the star of ''[[M15|Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice]]'' along with Keldeo, where it seems as a ferocious Pokémon, and can change forms without the DNA Splicers.
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Kyurem is the star of ''[[M15|Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice]]'' along with Keldeo, where it seems as a ferocious Pokémon, and can change forms without the DNA Splicers. It is also capable of this when it appears in ''[[M18|Hoopa and the Clash of Ages]]''.
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====Meloetta====
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===Generation VI===
[[File:Meloetta formes.png|thumb|right|180px|{{p|Meloetta}}'s two formes]]
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Three additional Legendary Pokémon were introduced in [[Generation VI]], totaling 38 Legendary Pokémon. This is the first generation to introduce fewer Legendary Pokémon than the generation before it.
{{p|Meloetta}}, the third Mythical Pokémon of Generation V, represents music (Aria Forme) and dance (Pirouette Forme). Legend says that it once sang and danced joyfully. However, when sorrow darkened the world, it lost the melody and its red shoes. Using {{m|Relic Song}} changes its form.
 
   
Meloetta made its anime debut in [[PK23]]. It made its TV debut in ''[[BW082|An Epic Defense Force!]]'' (in Aria Forme) and ''[[BW087|Expedition to Onix Island!]]'' (in Pirouette Forme).
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====Aura trio====
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[[File:Xerneas artwork.png|thumb|200px|{{p|Xerneas}}|left]]
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[[File:Yveltal artwork.png|thumb|200px|{{p|Yveltal}}|left]]
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[[File:718Zygarde.png|thumb|200px|{{p|Zygarde|Zygarde 50% Forme}}]]
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The Legendary [[game mascot]]s of [[Pokémon X and Y]] are {{p|Xerneas}} and {{p|Yveltal}}, and they form the [[aura trio]] along with {{p|Zygarde}}. Xerneas and Yveltal represent life and destruction, respectively, while Zygarde is said to monitor the balance of the ecosystem and reveal its power when the ecosystem is disrupted. Xerneas has the power to share eternal life, while Yveltal absorbs the life force of everything around it. Xerneas sleeps in the form of a tree, while Yveltal sleeps in the form of a cocoon. Xerneas and Yveltal have the Abilities {{a|Fairy Aura}} and {{a|Dark Aura}}, respectively, while Zygarde's {{a|Aura Break}} reverses the effects of these Abilities.
   
====Genesect====
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Xerneas has {{DL|List of Pokémon with form differences|Xerneas|two Formes}}, appearing in Active Mode in battle and Neutral Mode otherwise. Yveltal has no form differences. Zygarde appeared only as Zygarde 50% Forme in Pokémon X and Y, but had {{DL|List of Pokémon with form differences|Zygarde|two other Formes}} and two further components introduced in the anime and in [[Pokémon Sun and Moon]]. Zygarde's other Formes are Zygarde 10% Forme, a dog-like Forme that includes 10% of Zygarde's full power, and Zygarde Complete Forme, whose power is said to exceed that of Xerneas and Yveltal. Its further components are Zygarde Cells, tiny cell-like creatures that make up Zygarde's body, and Zygarde Cores, cell-like creatures said to be its mind.
[[File:Genesect anime.png|thumb|left|200px|{{p|Genesect}} in the anime]]
 
{{p|Genesect}} is an ancient insect Pokémon who was feared as the strongest of hunters more than 300 million years ago. Team Plasma revived it from a [[Fossil]] and altered it with cybernetic upgrades in an attempt to create the strongest Pokémon in existence. It uses special [[Drive]]s to make variations to its signature move, {{m|Techno Blast}}. It is the final Mythical Pokémon of Generation V.
 
   
Genesect had its anime debut in a group called the [[Genesect Army]] that had escaped from Team Plasma's [[P2 Laboratory]]. They were first seen in {{an|N}} visions in ''[[BW110|The Name's N!]]'', and later on starred in the sixteenth Pokémon movie ''[[M16|Genesect and the Legend Awakened]]'', in which they battled Mewtwo in [[New Tork City]].
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In [[Pokémon X and Y]], [[Lysandre]] captures Xerneas or Yveltal to use their power in the [[ultimate weapon]] to create a "beautiful world" in his image. Either Xerneas or Yveltal are captured by the player at the [[Team Flare Secret HQ]] upon awakening from their dormant forms. Zygarde 50% Forme can be found in [[Terminus Cave]] after the player enters the Hall of Fame.
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===Generation VI===
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In the anime, Xerneas and Yveltal starred in the movie ''[[M17|Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction]]'', along with Diancie, where Xerneas and Yveltal are shown to be residents of the [[Allearth Forest]]. Xerneas made a minor appearance in ''[[XY041|Foggy Pokémon Orienteering!]]'', being responsible for causing Ash and his friends to get lost in fog during the orienteering activity.
An additional three Legendary Pokémon and three Mythical Pokémon were added in [[Generation VI]], totaling 39 Legendary Pokémon and 13 Mythical (14 when including [[Generation IV]]'s Phione).
 
   
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In the anime, Zygarde debuted in ''[[SS035|Mega Evolution Special IV]]'' in its 50% Forme alongside a Zygarde Core. A Zygarde Core has traveled alongside Ash and his friends, nicknamed [[Squishy]] by Bonnie, since the beginning of the {{DL|List of XY series episodes|XY&Z|''XYZ'' arc}}, and another Zygarde Core referred to as [[Z2]] was captured by [[Team Flare]]. Both of these Cores have appeared in all three Formes of Zygarde.
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[[File:Xerneas artwork.png|thumb|200px|{{p|Xerneas}}|left]]
 
[[File:Yveltal artwork.png|thumb|200px|{{p|Yveltal}}]]
 
The Legendary [[version mascot]]s of [[Pokémon X and Y]] are {{p|Xerneas}} and {{p|Yveltal}}. Xerneas, the Life Pokémon, is a tall, navy-blue deer-like Pokémon with white antlers with rainbow-colored lights, and is a {{t|Fairy}} type. Yveltal, the Destruction Pokémon, is a black and red bird-like Pokémon with black horns, and is a {{2t|Dark|Flying}} type.
 
   
In the games, [[Lysandre]] captures Xerneas or Yveltal to use their power in the [[ultimate weapon]] to create a "beautiful world" in his image. Either Xerneas or Yveltal are captured by the player at the [[Team Flare Secret HQ]] upon awakening from their dormant forms.
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===Generation VII===
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[[Generation VII]] introduced eleven Legendary Pokémon, totaling 49 Legendary Pokémon. Six of these Pokémon are part of [[Pokémon Evolution|evolutionary chains]].
   
In the anime, Xerneas is sought after by Diancie during the events of ''[[M17|Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction]]'' in hopes that its Fairy Aura can grant {{an|Diancie}} the power it needs to be able to create a Heart Diamond. Yveltal is awakened from its cocoon form by a group of thieves fighting in the crater it resides in, and proceeds to destroy the thieves, Team Rocket, and ultimately, the [[Allearth Forest]]. However, Xerneas then appears, and uses its Fairy Aura to becalm Yveltal, and the latter then flies away. Xerneas then restores all life in the Allearth Forest before going to sleep in the form of a tree. It is revealed by Dace that Yveltal had destroyed the Allearth Forest years before the events of the movie, and Xerneas had undid the damage it had done. The Allearth Forest was said to have been forbidden due to Yveltal's presence afterwards.
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====Type: Null and Silvally====
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[[File:772Type Null.png|thumb|left|200px|{{p|Type: Null}}]]
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[[File:773Silvally.png|thumb|200px|{{p|Silvally}}]]
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{{p|Type: Null}} and its evolution {{p|Silvally}} are man-made Pokémon created by the [[Aether Foundation]] for [[Faba]]'s "Beast Killer" project, which aimed to create a Pokémon with similarity to {{p|Arceus}} through data collected from [[Sinnoh]]'s [[Canalave Library]].
   
It is currently unconfirmed as to whether or not {{p|Zygarde}} belongs to this group.
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Although the project was deemed a failure and the resulting three models of Type: Null were put into cryogenic stasis, [[Gladion]] managed to evolve the stolen Type: Null that became his partner. He named the evolution Silvally.
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====Zygarde====
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In the anime, Type: Null debuted in ''[[SM037|Rising from the Ruins!]]'' under the nickname "Silvally" and owned by {{an|Gladion}}. It later evolved into Silvally in ''[[SM049|Mission: Total Recall!]]''.
[[File:718Zygarde.png|thumb|200px|{{p|Zygarde}}|left]]{{p|Zygarde}}, the Order Pokémon, is a tall black and green, serpent-like Pokémon with green and white hexagonal scales, and is a {{2t|Dragon|Ground}} type. It has the Ability {{a|Aura Break}}, which reverses the effects of Xerneas and Yveltal's Abilities. It is said to monitor the balance of the ecosystem and reveal its power when the ecosystem is disrupted.
 
   
In the games, Zygarde can be caught at [[Terminus Cave]] after the player defeats the [[Elite Four]]. It has not yet been featured in the anime.
 
 
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====Guardian deities====
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[[File:Guardian deities anime.png|thumb|200px|The Guardian Deities in the anime]]
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The guardian deities are {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} who protect the islands where they live. Each of the four main islands in Alola has a guardian deity: {{p|Tapu Koko}} on [[Melemele Island]], {{p|Tapu Lele}} on [[Akala Island]], {{p|Tapu Bulu}} on [[Ula'ula Island]], and {{p|Tapu Fini}} on [[Poni Island]]. The [[Island Kahuna]]s are each chosen by their island's guardian deity.
   
====Diancie====
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In the anime, Tapu Koko first appeared in ''[[SM001|Alola to New Adventure!]]'' and gave Ash a [[Z-Ring]]. Tapu Lele debuted in ''[[SM020|Partner Promises!]]'', in which it healed Ash. Tapu Bulu and Tapu Fini both debuted in ''[[SM044|A Dream Encounter!]]'', in which all four tapu sensed [[Nebby]]'s birth. All four later appeared in ''[[SM051|Family Determination!]]'' and ''[[SM052|Revealing the Stuff of Legend!]]'', in which they helped Nebby evolve into {{p|Solgaleo}}.
[[File:719Diancie.png|thumb|200px|{{p|Diancie}}]]
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{{p|Diancie}}, the Jewel Pokémon, is the first Mythical Pokémon introduced in [[Generation VI]]. It is a {{2t|Rock|Fairy}} type, and can create diamonds to protect itself.
 
   
Diancie appeared in ''[[M17|Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction]]'', where it is the princess of the [[Diamond Domain]]. It is given the objective to create a new Heart Diamond for the domain, as the current one is faltering, and seeks Xerneas and its Fairy Aura to gain the power to do so. It is sought after by multiple thieves who desire its diamonds, and ultimately gains the power to make a Heart Diamond in an attempt to protect its friends from Yveltal. It appears with three [[Carbink servants]] and an elder Carbink named Dace.
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====Cosmog and Cosmoem====
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[[File:789Cosmog.png|thumb|left|200px|{{p|Cosmog}}]]
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[[File:790Cosmoem.png|thumb|200px|{{p|Cosmoem}}]]
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{{p|Cosmog}} and {{p|Cosmoem}} are {{type|Psychic}} Legendary Pokémon introduced in [[Pokémon Sun and Moon]], they are the pre-evolutions of {{p|Solgaleo}} and {{p|Lunala}}. Cosmog has a major role in the game as a Pokémon being studied by the [[Aether Foundation]]. [[Lillie]], the daughter of Aether Foundation's president, [[Lusamine]], spirits Cosmog away and nicknames it [[Nebby]], hiding it in her bag as she tries to learn more about it by visiting the [[guardian deities]]. Over the course of the game, Nebby evolves into Cosmoem and eventually the [[version mascot]] of the game: the {{2t|Psychic|Steel}}-type Solgaleo in Pokémon Sun and the {{2t|Psychic|Ghost}}-type Lunala in Pokémon Moon. Another Cosmog can be obtained by the player in the post-game.
   
It has the ability to Mega Evolve into Mega Diancie.
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In the anime, both Solgaleo and Lunala debuted in ''[[SM044|A Dream Encounter]]'', in which they emerged from an [[Ultra Wormhole]] at [[Altar of the Sunne]] to create a Cosmog, which Ash found and cared for. {{an|Lillie}} named this Cosmog [[Nebby]]. It evolved into Cosmoem in ''[[SM050|Faba's Revenge!]]'' and then into Solgaleo in ''[[SM052|Revealing the Stuff of Legend!]]''.
 
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====Hoopa====
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====Light trio====
[[File:720Hoopa.png|thumb|left|200px|{{p|Hoopa}}]]
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{{main|Light trio}}
{{p|Hoopa}} is the second Mythical Pokémon introduced in [[Generation VI]]. It has two formes. Hoopa Confined, the Mischief Pokémon, is a {{2t|Psychic|Ghost}} type, whilst Hoopa Unbound, the Djinn Pokémon, is a {{2t|Psychic|Dark}} type. It is said to be able to be able to warp space in order to take things it likes and carry them away into alternate dimensions. It is also said to have carried away an entire castle in an attempt to steal all of its treasure according to some legends.
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[[File:Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Necrozma Solgaleo Lunala artwork.png|thumb|200px|Light trio]]
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The Light trio is a group consisting of {{p|Solgaleo}}, {{p|Lunala}}, and {{p|Necrozma}} who resemble the [[Ultra Beast]]s and has given light to the Alola region when it was first created. According to legends, Solgaleo and Lunala appeared from an [[Ultra Wormhole]], the ancient kings of Alola bowing down to them and worshiped them. The Guardian Deities battled them and lost, gifting them the [[Tapunium Z]] after their defeat.
   
It is set to appear in ''[[M18|Hoopa and the Clash of Ages]]''.
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Necrozma was believed to have come from an [[Ultra Space|alternate dimension]] long ago. It has a major role in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, where as the "Blinding One", it once shared light across [[Alola]] and Ultra Space before an unknown injury caused Necrozma to lose its true form. This resulted in Necrozma becoming extremely vicious and constantly in pain, which made it steal light from other worlds or the Solgaleo and Lunala in order to sustain itself and regain the form it once had.
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====Volcanion====
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Solgaleo and Lunala have form like-transformations known as [[List of Pokémon with form differences#Solgaleo and Lunala|Radiant Sun phase and Full Moon phase]] respectively when using their powers. Necrozma has three additional forms introduced in [[Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon]]. It transforms into the first two, called Dusk Mane Necrozma and Dawn Wings Necrozma, when it has absorbed Solgaleo and Lunala, respectively. Either of these two forms can further transform into the third, Ultra Necrozma, after absorbing enough light to restore its true form.
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{{p|Volcanion}}, the Steam Pokémon, is the third and final Mythical Pokémon introduced in [[Generation VI]]. It is a {{2t|Fire|Water}} type Pokémon that uses steam from arms on its back to disappear in fog and blow away mountains. It lives in mountains uninhabited by humans.
 
   
It is currently unavailable in the [[Pokémon games]] and has not been officially revealed, and thus has not yet been featured in the anime.
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In the anime, Solgaleo and Lunala both debuted in ''[[SM044|A Dream Encounter!]]'', where the pair emerged from two [[Ultra Wormhole]] at [[Altar of the Sunne]] to create a {{p|Cosmog}}, which it then gave to the [[guardian deities]] to be placed in a location when it will be found by {{Ash}}. Ultra Necrozma debuted in ''[[SM074|Tough Guy Trials!]]'' in a book mentioned by [[Acerola]], which revealed how Ultra Necrozma, Solgaleo, and Lunala brought light to [[Alola]] and how Ultra Necrozma earned the title of the "Blinding One".
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===Generation VIII===
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[[File:Zacian.png|thumb|left|200px|{{p|Zacian}}]]
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[[File:Zamazenta.png|thumb|200px|{{p|Zamazenta}}]]
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{{p|Zacian}} and {{p|Zamazenta}} are Legendary Pokémon introduced in [[Pokemon Sword and Shield]]. Little info is known about them other than their names and appearance.
 
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* Though {{p|Unown}} is not considered to be a Legendary Pokémon, in ''[[M03|Spell of the Unown: Entei]]'', it is shown in [[Molly Hale]]'s book about Legendary Pokémon, its power (in large numbers, at least) appears to match that of Legendary Pokémon, and it is explicitly referred to as a Legendary Pokémon.
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* Generation I is the only generation in which all of its Legendary and Mythical Pokémon have appeared in a movie. Mewtwo appeared in both ''[[M01|Mewtwo Strikes Back]]'' and ''[[M16|Genesect and The Legend Awakened]]'', Mew appeared in both ''Mewtwo Strikes Back'' and in ''[[M08|Lucario and the Mystery of Mew]]'', while the birds appeared in ''[[M02|The Power of One]]''.
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** Ho-Oh is the only Generation II Legendary Pokémon which hasn't appeared in a movie, only appearing in anime appearances, opening sequences, and in a cameo in ''Lucario and the Mystery of Mew'', only to be Mew in disguise.
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* Though {{p|Unown}} is not considered to be a Legendary Pokémon, in ''[[M03|Spell of the Unown: Entei]]'', it is shown in [[Molly Hale]]'s book about Legendary Pokémon, its power (in large numbers, at least) appears to match that of Legendary Pokémon, and within the canon of the movie it is specifically referred to as a Legendary Pokémon.
** Groudon is the only Generation III Legendary which hasn't appeared in a movie, only appearing in the opening sequences of ''[[M10|The Rise of Darkrai]]'', ''[[M12|Arceus and the Jewel of Life]]'' and ''[[M13|Zoroark: Master of Illusions]]''. There was a fake Groudon in ''[[M06|Jirachi: Wish Maker]]''. However, the real Groudon has appeared with its counterpart, Kyogre, in ''[[AG097|Gaining Groudon]]'' and ''[[AG098|The Scuffle of Legends]]''.
 
** Generation IV is the generation with the greatest amount of Legendary and Mythical Pokémon that have not appeared in a movie: the [[lake guardians]], {{p|Phione}} (though its Mythical status is disputed), and {{p|Cresselia}}. This group is notable for not even appearing via cameos in the movies, except for Cresselia, who appeared in the opening of ''[[M10|Giratina and the Sky Warrior]]''. All five have their own debut episodes in the anime, however.
 
**The [[Forces of Nature]] and {{p|Meloetta}} are the only Generation V Legendary and Mythical Pokémon to not appear in a movie. The Forces of Nature appear in ''[[BW059|Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1]]'', ''[[BW060|Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 2]]'', and ''[[BW097|Unova's Survival Crisis!]]''. Meloetta appears from ''[[BW082|An Epic Defense Force!]]'' to ''[[BW097|Unova's Survival Crisis!]]'' and in the [[Pikachu short]]s [[PK23]] and ''[[PK24|Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade]]''.
 
* Each generation has introduced at least one {{type|Flying}} Legendary or Mythical Pokémon, though the only Flying-type Legendary Pokémon in Generation IV, {{p|Shaymin}}, is only Flying-type in its Sky Forme, which was not introduced until Pokémon Platinum.
 
* {{p|Manaphy}} is the only Mythical Pokémon that can breed, and also not a member of the {{egg3|Undiscovered}}.
 
 
* {{p|Heatran}} is the only Legendary Pokémon that can be either gender.
 
* {{p|Heatran}} is the only Legendary Pokémon that can be either gender.
* According to interviews with [[Junichi Masuda]] in 2009, Legendary Pokémon are the most difficult to design names for because Game Freak strives to make sure that the names of Legendary Pokémon are universal across the different translations, so extra work must be put into their names to make sure that they work universally in all languages and don't conflict with anything else. This is consistent with the relatively small number of Legendary Pokémon who have had their names changed significantly outside of Japan (currently nine: the [[Legendary birds]], the [[lake guardians]], and the [[Forces of Nature]]).
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* According to interviews with [[Junichi Masuda]] in 2009, Legendary Pokémon are the most difficult to design names for because Game Freak strives to make sure that the names of Legendary Pokémon are universal across the different translations, so extra work must be put into their names to make sure that they work universally in all languages and don't conflict with anything else. This is consistent with the relatively small number of Legendary Pokémon that have had their names changed significantly outside of Japan (currently 16: the [[Legendary birds]], the [[lake guardians]], the [[Forces of Nature]], {{p|Silvally}}, the [[guardian deities]], and in [[Pokémon in Greater China|Chinese]] only, the [[Mew duo]]).
* Other than {{p|Arceus}} holding a {{DL|Plate|Toxic Plate}}, there are no {{type|Poison}} Legendary Pokémon, making it the only type not to include any Legendary Pokémon.
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* Each member of the [[Legendary beasts]] and the [[Tao trio]] has its own remix of each trio's designated battle theme:
* Only {{p|Deoxys}}, {{p|Giratina}}, {{p|Arceus}}, {{p|Lugia}}, {{p|Ho-Oh}}, and fused {{p|Kyurem}} have a battle theme that is shared with no other. {{p|Mew}} has its own battle theme; however, it is a remixed version of the normal [[Kanto]] wild battle theme.
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** In {{2v2|HeartGold|SoulSilver}}, Suicune's theme uses bells, Entei's theme uses an electric guitar, and Raikou's theme is synthesized.
** Each member of the [[Legendary beasts]] and the [[Tao trio]] has its own remix of each trio's designated battle theme:
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** Reshiram's theme employs a burning fire effect, Zekrom's theme employs a crackling thunder effect, and normal Kyurem's theme features an extra slapped bass part playing in the background.
*** In {{2v2|HeartGold|SoulSilver}}, Suicune's theme uses bells, Entei's theme uses an electric guitar, and Raikou's theme is synthesized.
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* The Legendary birds are the Legendary Pokémon that have been available in the wild in the greatest number of core series games, each being able to be caught in fifteen core series games ([[Pokémon Red and Green Versions|Pokémon Red, Green]], [[Pokémon Blue Version (Japanese)|Blue]], {{v2|Yellow}}, [[Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions|FireRed, LeafGreen]], {{v2|Platinum}}, [[Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions|HeartGold, SoulSilver]], [[Pokémon X and Y Versions|X, Y]], [[Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon|Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon]], [[Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!|Let's Go, Pikachu!, and Let's Go, Eevee!]]).
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* {{p|Type: Null}}, {{p|Cosmog}}, and {{p|Cosmoem}} are the only Legendary Pokémon that evolve. Incidentally, all three were introduced in Generation VII.
* The Legendary birds of Kanto are the most available wild Legendary Pokémon, able to be caught in eleven main series games each ([[Pokémon Red and Green Versions|Pokémon Red, Green]], [[Pokémon Blue Version (Japanese)|Blue]], {{v2|Yellow}}, [[Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions|FireRed, LeafGreen]], {{v2|Platinum}}, {{2v2|HeartGold|SoulSilver}} and [[Pokémon X and Y]]). The least available wild Legendary Pokémon are {{p|Celebi}} and {{p|Mew}}, which only appear in the wild in one game apiece; each encounter requires an [[event item]] to activate it. {{p|Shaymin}} and {{p|Darkrai}} may also count, as the event items for the two, though existent in the games' coding, were not released to players of {{2v2|Diamond|Pearl}}, with the Mystery Gift events only available for players of {{v2|Platinum}}.
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* Genderless Legendary Pokémon who appear in the anime are usually given a voice that is either identifiably male or female, if able to [[Talking Pokémon|converse with humans]]. One exception is {{OBP|Arceus|M12}} in the original Japanese, who was voiced by Akihiro Miwa (a female impersonator) in order to give it an androgynous-sounding voice.
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==In other languages==
* While the first Mythical Pokémon, Mew, was added to the original games right before release, the concept of "{{tt|illusory|Same term translated as 'mythical' by TPCi}} monsters" already existed in [[Satoshi Tajiri]]'s pitch for [[Capsule Monsters]]. Some of them were said not to be catchable, and some not even encounterable. As an example, there would be a "Green Dragon" that could only be found rarely in a specific area of a dungeon, and it would have taken around 2 hours to find and catch.<ref name="ref1">[http://www.glitterberri.com/pokemon-red-blue/early-concept-art/2/ GlitterBerri's Game Translations » Early Concept Art]</ref>
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* [[Deoxys_(Pokémon)|Deoxys]] is the only Mythical Pokémon to become Legendary, having been event-exclusive prior to [[Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire|Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]].
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** Because Mythical Pokémon and Legendary Pokémon were not considered to be distinct terms in the translated versions prior to Generation V, Deoxys actually switched from Legendary to Mythical at the start of Generation V, meaning that it was only Mythical for one Generation (although it was an Illusory Pokémon in the Japanese versions since its introduction).
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Artwork depicting a variety of Legendary Pokémon

Legendary Pokémon (Japanese: 伝説のポケモン Legendary Pokémon) are a group of incredibly rare and often very powerful Pokémon, generally featured prominently in the legends and myths of the Pokémon world.

Mythical Pokémon are a related but separate group of Pokémon, which are usually event-exclusive. Apart from Japanese or Korean media, Mythical Pokémon were considered to be Legendary Pokémon prior to Generation V.

No explicit criteria defines what makes a Pokémon a Legendary Pokémon. Instead, the only way to identify a Pokémon as belonging to this group is through statements from official media, such as the games or anime.

Contents

Characteristics of Legendary Pokémon

Aside from the high statistics shared by most Legendary Pokémon, many can be obtained at most once per save file (excluding Pokémon events); in order to obtain multiple, a player would need to trade for one. Legendary Pokémon are usually encountered as interactable or roaming Pokémon. Starting in Platinum, legendary Pokémon will reappear when the player defeats the Champion if the Pokémon fainted earlier.

The gender of most Legendary Pokémon is unknown (though there are seven notable exceptions: Latios, Latias, Heatran, Cresselia, Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus). In the core series games, no Legendary Pokémon can breed or hatch from an Egg. With the exception of Type: Null and Cosmog and their respective evolutionary families, Legendary Pokémon cannot evolve, although many are able to change form and are part of a duo or trio.

Much like starter Pokémon appear at the beginning of each regional Pokédex and their generation's portion of the National Pokédex, Mythical Pokémon typically appear at the very end, and Legendary Pokémon immediately before them.

Statistical average

Stat
HP: 97.10
Attack: 112.73
Defense: 100.85
Sp.Atk: 115.76
Sp.Def: 105.46
Speed: 94.69
Total: 626.59


In the anime

Legendary Pokémon typically make their anime debut in a movie, rather than first appearing in a normal episode. Many are worshipped as gods by particular groups of people. In the anime, they are often only seen by special Trainers, usually Ash Ketchum and people who have a special connection to them. Ill-intentioned people often seek to possess them, due to their power and rarity.

Trainers using Legendary and Mythical Pokémon that they have in Poké Balls, or even as a non-owned Pokémon, are not unheard of. Noland befriended and fought official battles with an Articuno. Likewise, Brandon in the anime owned the three Legendary titans in Poké Balls and trained them. Tobias owned the Mythical Pokémon Darkrai and the Legendary Pokémon Latios. In the Lily of the Valley Conference, another Trainer owned a Heatran. A Nurse Joy who visited the Pewter Gym under assignment of the PIA kept a Latias in a Poké Ball. Finally, Gladion stole a Type: Null, which he managed to evolve into a Silvally.

In the anime, there are some cases in which Legendary Pokémon are implied to breed in the wild, as seen with Lugia, Latios, and Latias.

List of Legendary Pokémon

Of the 829 Pokémon species, 49 are Legendary Pokémon (5.91%). Each released generation has introduced at least three Legendary Pokémon.

Generation I

Four Legendary Pokémon were introduced in Generation I, with one trio and one standalone Legendary Pokémon.

Legendary birds

Main article: Legendary birds

The three Legendary birds, also known as the Winged Mirages, are the resident Legendary trio of the Kanto region. Each of them is based on a mythical bird, and each is associated with a season (though none of the three is associated with autumn).

In the games, all three are available in the Kanto region in all of its appearances except for Generation II. Articuno takes up residence in the Seafoam Islands in the south, Zapdos in the Power Plant (next to it in Generation IV) in the east, and Moltres in a variety of places, Victory Road, Mt. Ember, or Mt. Silver, depending on the generation. In Pokémon Platinum, they are also found roaming Sinnoh. One also appears in Generation VI roaming Kalos before heading to the Sea Spirit's Den, where it can be battled and caught.

In the anime, the Legendary birds appear together in The Power of One, in which they rule over the islands surrounding Shamouti Island. If they are disturbed and begin to fight, only Lugia can stop them, though it will fail without additional help from the Chosen One. Separately, Articuno appears in Freeze Frame, Numero Uno Articuno, and The Symbol Life, while Zapdos appears in As Clear As Crystal, Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, Doc Brock!, and An Electrifying Rage!, and Moltres appears in All Fired Up!, The Search for the Legend, and A Legendary Photo Op!.

Mewtwo

Mewtwo is a catlike Pokémon which is an enhanced clone of the Mythical Pokémon Mew. Mewtwo has two Mega Evolutions, which increase its base stat total to 780.

In the games, Mewtwo was too powerful for its creators and escaped from the Pokémon Mansion, wrecking it in the process. Mewtwo then made its home in Cerulean Cave, where all kinds of powerful Pokémon live.

In the anime, Mewtwo was featured prominently, appearing in several episodes of the original series, the first movie, and the first special episode. In the anime, Mewtwo was created by a group of scientists funded by Team Rocket boss Giovanni to create an enhanced clone of Mew for his own use. Although Mewtwo is initially a very angry Pokémon, viewing all humans as evil due to the acts of the scientists and Giovanni, after Ash Ketchum sacrifices himself to stop the fighting between Mew and Mewtwo, Mewtwo's heart softens, and it learns that some humans do care about their, and all, Pokémon. Meeting up with Ash again, Mewtwo is further shown that, despite being a genetically-enhanced clone of Mew, he and the other clones are no different to normal Pokémon, and because it erased Ash and his friends' memory at the end of their first meeting, realizes that Ash himself truly does care for others, even if he doesn't know them.

In the anime, another Mewtwo appeared in Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened, who also appeared as Mega Mewtwo Y.

Generation II

More Legendary Pokémon were introduced in Generation II, adding five more Legendary Pokémon for a running total of 9. The Legendary Pokémon introduced in this generation down can be separated into a trio and a duo.

Legendary beasts

Main article: Legendary beasts
Eusine and Lyra discover Raikou, Entei, and Suicune in the basement of the Burned Tower

Like the Legendary birds of the previous generation, a second trio of similar types was introduced in the neighboring Johto region. These Legendary beasts, so named because their features are based on many different creatures, both real and mythical, as well as mythological deities, were trapped in the Brass Tower when it was struck by lightning and burned to the ground, resulting in their death. The trio was revived by the power of Ho-Oh and now roam across the land because of their great power. It is unknown whether the three were already a Suicune, Raikou, and Entei when they died, or whether they were simply three non-Legendary Pokémon, and Ho-Oh reincarnated them as the first Legendary beasts. In the case of the latter, it is possible that these three would be the original three beasts, who created multiple descendants. For example, a new Entei is said to be born whenever a new volcano is formed.

In the games, more than one of each exists, with only the trio that roams Johto after being discovered in Brass Tower's basement during Generation II and Generation IV being that of the legend. Each was captured and changed into a Shadow Pokémon by Cipher in Pokémon Colosseum, while one of the three, depending on the player's starter Pokémon choice, roams Kanto in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Entei for Bulbasaur, Raikou for Squirtle, and Suicune for Charmander.

In the anime, the Legendary beasts did not appear together until the thirteenth movie, despite being introduced in Generation II. It appears that an initial plan for the three Johto-era movies was to have each feature one of the Legendary beasts in a central role, with Entei taking a central role in Spell of the Unown: Entei and Suicune taking the stage in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest. This did not pan out, however, possibly due to the canning of Johto's Celebi plotline, and Raikou was relegated to a role in The Legend of Thunder!, featuring anime characters based on Ethan and Kris, rather than the fifth movie, which focused on Legendary Pokémon from the then-upcoming Generation III instead.

Each of the beasts made an episodic appearance, as well, with Entei appearing in Entei at Your Own Risk, Raikou briefly appearing in Houndoom's Special Delivery, and Suicune having the most prominence (as in the games) through its appearance in Don't Touch That 'dile, For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!, and Drifloon On the Wind!.

Tower duo

Main article: Tower duo

The first game mascots that were also Legendary Pokémon, Lugia and Ho-Oh are a pair of Legendary birds which formerly resided in Ecruteak City atop tall towers, leading to their designation. However, when the Brass Tower, the home of Lugia, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground, they both flew away, Lugia resolving to make its new home in the Whirl Islands and Ho-Oh to search the world for a pure-hearted Trainer. The two are thought to be as closely related as they are polar opposites, being based on the eastern legends of the Fènghuáng and Ryūjin.

In the games, Lugia does not play a central role in the Generation II storyline, instead being mentioned only as having lived in Ecruteak City before the Brass Tower burned. It is found in the Whirl Islands in the Generation II games and their remakes if the player holds a Silver Wing. It reaches prominence in the storyline of Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, in which one is corrupted by Cipher to become the ultimate Shadow Pokémon, unable to be purified. It is also available on Navel Rock in Generation III, as an event-exclusive Legendary Pokémon.

In the anime, Lugia is featured in a central role in The Power of One, in which it is revealed that Ash is the Chosen One who must help it to quell the fighting of the Legendary birds. Another pair of them appeared when Ash and his friends travelled to the Whirl Islands in Johto. Likewise, in Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias, Latios was stated to have a father. This implies that some Legendary Pokémon can breed in the wild. Lugia appeared again in The Power of Us.

Ho-Oh has a much greater focus during Generation II, being named as the creator of the Legendary beasts. It can be found, if the player has a Rainbow Wing, atop the Bell Tower in the Generation II games and their remakes. It makes an appearance in Pokémon Colosseum, as well, as a reward for purifying all Shadow Pokémon and clearing Mt. Battle's 100-battle challenge, and on Navel Rock like Lugia.

In the anime, Ho-Oh is notably the first Legendary Pokémon that appeared (outside of the opening animation, at least), flying over a rainbow as Ash Ketchum started his journey, at the end of Pokémon - I Choose You!. Ash has subsequently seen it several times over the course of his journey, but has never come face-to-face with it. Ho-Oh featured in I Choose You! in a prominent role.

Generation III

Many more Legendary Pokémon were added to the roster in Generation III, with the eight new Legendary Pokémon bringing the total to 17. At this point in the series, Legendary Pokémon began to have a greater role in the storyline of the core series games, with the villainous teams plotting to reawaken the ancient Legendary Pokémon for their own use.

Many of the stories regarding the legendaries were slightly changed, or given a new perspective in the remakes of the first Generation III core series games, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Five of them also received new forms.

Legendary titans

Main article: Legendary titans

This third trio of Legendary Pokémon, based on the golems of Hebrew legend, is featured minimally in Hoenn legend. This Legendary trio, as well as its master, Regigigas, is commonly considered to have the most complicated method of in-game availability, with puzzles made of braille in the Hoenn region being the keys to unlocking their mystery.

As complex as the method in which they are obtained is the legend of the titans, which is told in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and finally completed in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. Long ago, an ancient Pokémon, Regigigas, was said to have moved the continents into their present positions by pulling them with ropes. After it was finished, it created in its image three Pokémon: Regirock, from clay, Regice, from ice, and Registeel, from magma. Ancient people, seeing that the Pokémon was so powerful, sealed it away in the Snowpoint Temple, while those it had created were separated from it and taken to the Hoenn region, sealed in three chambers, and left in the hopes that one day, someone would unlock the chambers and be able to tame the three so as to tame Regigigas. They are available in the Desert Ruins, Island Cave, and Ancient Tomb in Hoenn; as well as the Rock Peak Ruins, Iceberg Ruins, Iron Ruins in Sinnoh with an event Regigigas; and the Underground Ruins in Unova.

In the anime, the three Legendary titans starred together guarding the Tree of Beginning in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, as well as members of Brandon's team in the Battle Frontier saga.

Eon duo

Main article: Eon duo

While Latias and Latios do not have a distinct legend behind them, they are incredibly rare, with only one of the two available in normal gameplay and the other available through an event.

Latios and Latias take on counterpart availability in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald as well as Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, with Latios being a roaming Pokémon in Ruby and SoulSilver, and Latias doing the same in Sapphire and HeartGold. In Emerald, after the player has defeated the Elite Four, their mother will ask if the Pokémon mentioned on TV was red or blue, and depending on that, one of the two will be roaming Hoenn. The other member of the duo will be found on Southern Island, accessible by Eon Ticket, in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, and in Pewter City, through the Enigma Stone event, in HeartGold and SoulSilver.

In Generation VI, Latias and Latios gained the ability to Mega Evolve. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Eon duo plays a much larger role in the main game's plot. They sense the grave danger Hoenn is about to face from the actions of Team MagmaOR/AquaAS, and while the player is talking to Steven on the east side of Route 118, LatiasOR/LatiosAS appears before the two, asking for their help. The player and Steven ride the Eon Pokémon to protect its counterpart from CourtneyOR/MattAS and their subordinate. After the fight LatiosOR/LatiasAS joins the player's party, holding its respective Mega Stone. Noticing the Mega Stone, Steven also gives the player a Mega Bracelet. After defeating GroudonOR/KyogreAS, the player receives an item called the Eon Flute from Steven, highlighting the special bond between the two. The items enables the player to summon the Eon Pokémon and use it to soar through the skies of Hoenn.

In the anime, Latios and Latias were the stars of Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias, in which the two guarded the city of Alto Mare. With a strong connection to the Soul Dew, the two were responsible for protecting it from Annie and Oakley, who wished to steal it. In the main series, Tobias used a Latios against Ash, as his second Pokémon in the first semi-final battle of the Lily of the Valley Conference. A Nurse Joy had a Latias when testing the Pewter Gym in SS025. Both Latios and Latias appeared in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages; in this film, both of them were capable of Mega Evolution.

Weather trio

Main article: Weather trio
A depiction of the cataclysmic battle between Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza

This trio of super-ancient Pokémon, known as the weather trio due to their weather-related Abilities, serve as the game mascots of Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Versions, and are the first Legendary trio to all be game mascots. The trio represents the three major components of the Earth: the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, and the atmosphere. Said to have expanded the land and sea, Groudon and Kyogre are among the most powerful Legendary Pokémon, while Rayquaza prevents the two from quarreling.

During the course of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Team Magma or Team Aqua, depending on the version, seeks out Groudon or Kyogre respectively, with the intention of awakening them to make more homes for Pokémon of the land or sea. Eventually, the plan goes wrong, and the player is forced to defeat or capture the Legendary Pokémon to stop a global disaster. In Pokémon Emerald, instead, both teams are on the loose, intending to awaken their respective Legendary Pokémon, and only by interference from the player and Rayquaza does the fight end up resolved.

The three members of the trio received new forms in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Rayquaza is now able to Mega Evolve, and Groudon and Kyogre can undergo Primal Reversion while holding their respective Orb. Primal Reversion is considered the opposite of Mega Evolution. The latter is the outcome of the connection between Pokémon and human, and the former is derived solely from the Pokémon itself. While GroudonOR/KyogreAS are again sought by Team MagmaOR/AquaAS, Rayquaza is the target of a mysterious girl named Zinnia during the post game plot called Delta Episode.

In the game, their history is revealed: thousands of years ago, during the primal age, the world was overflowing with natural energy. Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre fought over that energy in endless furious clashes. In the face of Primal Groudon and Kyogre's great power, people could do nothing. However, Rayquaza intervened, and its power overwhelmed that of the two Primal Pokémon, and peace returned to the world. A thousand years later, a meteoroid hit the earth, causing cracks in the ground that unleashed natural energy, causing Groudon and Kyogre to re-battle each other. Humans had a collective memory of how Rayquaza saved their race long ago, and that wish combined with the power of the Meteorite allowed Rayquaza to Mega Evolve for the first time and calm the two from quarreling.

In the anime, Groudon and Kyogre appeared in the two-part episode consisting of Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends. In these episodes, Team Magma and Team Aqua finally succeed in awakening the two, as in the games, though their conflict is resolved very quickly. Rayquaza appeared in Destiny Deoxys, where it fought against the pair of Deoxys. The weather trio all made a starring appearance in their Primal/Mega Forms in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, engaging in a violent clash with many other legendaries.

Generation IV

Nine more Legendary Pokémon were introduced in Generation IV, bringing the total to 26 Legendary Pokémon. Many of the Legendary Pokémon of this generation have little connection to the plot of the games, instead being minor, post-Hall of Fame sidequests for the player to go on. Three of the newly introduced Legendary Pokémon (four prior to the Pokémon Platinum expansion of the Pokédex) are not in the Sinnoh regional Pokédex, appearing only in the National Pokédex.

Lake guardians

Main article: Lake guardians
Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie in the anime

The lake guardians, Sinnoh's resident Legendary trio, represent the spirit of all consciousness, with Uxie embodying knowledge, Mesprit embodying emotion, and Azelf embodying willpower. According to legend, having been created by the Original One, the trio have the power to tame the powerful dragons it also created.

In the games, Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf are found in the caverns of Lake Acuity, Lake Verity, and Lake Valor, though Mesprit will roam Sinnoh after the player has encountered it, rather than battle immediately as the other two will. The trio are captured by Team Galactic's Commanders, Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn, and subjected to the experiments of Charon to draw out the Red Chain from the gems in their bodies. Cyrus summons Dialga and Palkia, and alone, the lake guardians' power is not enough to stop them. Giratina interferes and draws Cyrus into the Distortion World, where the lake guardians assist the player in navigation through Giratina's lair.

In the anime, the lake guardians appeared, first in spirit form, in Following a Maiden's Voyage!, Pruning a Passel of Pals, and Uncrushing Defeat!, to Dawn, Ash, and Brock. They were captured by J, who had been hired by Team Galactic, in The Needs of the Three!, and were freed by Ash, Dawn, and Brock to stop the power of Dialga and Palkia in The Battle Finale of Legend!.

Creation trio

Main article: Creation trio

The Legendary creators of the Pokémon universe, the creation trio consists of Dialga of time, Palkia of space, and Giratina of antimatter. Like the weather trio before them, they each serve as the mascots of Sinnoh's trio of games, Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.

In the games, Dialga and Palkia are sought by Cyrus to destroy and then remake the universe without spirit, a feature he hates about humanity. In Diamond and Pearl, Dialga or Palkia can be caught at Spear Pillar, while Giratina may be obtained after the Pokémon League has been conquered. In Platinum, however, Giratina interferes with Cyrus's planned destruction of the universe, and may be captured in its home, the Distortion World, while Dialga and Palkia cannot be found until the Elite Four have been defeated.

In the anime, Dialga and Palkia appeared together, fighting in The Rise of Darkrai, while Dialga and Giratina appeared in Giratina and the Sky Warrior. The three appeared together in Arceus and the Jewel of Life and Hoopa and the Clash of Ages. Dialga and Palkia were also summoned at the Spear Pillar and chained by Cyrus in The Battle Finale of Legend!, but were freed when he escaped into another universe and the Red Chain was shattered by Ash, Dawn, Brock, and their Pokémon.

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum only, Dialga and Palkia were referenced as "mythical Pokémon" (Japanese: 神話のポケモン mythical Pokémon); however, this pre-dates the term Mythical Pokémon (Japanese: 幻のポケモン Illusory Pokémon) and has a different Japanese name.

Cresselia

Artwork of Cresselia from Diamond and Pearl

Cresselia is a Psychic-type Pokémon who represents the crescent moon, a sign of hope and good dreams.

In the games, Cresselia can be found on Fullmoon Island as part of a post-League quest to rid Sailor Eldritch's son of a nightmare. She will flee immediately, roaming Sinnoh and leaving behind a Lunar Wing, which will heal the boy. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Cresselia can be found on Marvelous Bridge after obtaining the Lunar Wing in the Strange House.

Cresselia made her debut appearance in the anime in Sleepless in Pre-Battle!, in which she fought briefly against a Darkrai.

Heatran

Heatran causing an eruption

Heatran is the embodiment of the planet's boiling core, appearing in Stark Mountain in Sinnoh, Reversal Mountain in Unova, and Scorched SlabORAS in Hoenn, where it was said to have been born at the same time as Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina created Sinnoh at the Spear Pillar and created the Battle Zone. Heatran is the only Legendary Pokémon with a variable gender.

Heatran first appeared in the anime in Arceus and the Jewel of Life, under the control of Marcus, and later appeared in Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue! as part of a Pokémon Ranger rescue mission.

Regigigas

Regigigas in the anime

Regigigas is the master of the Legendary titans, having created them in ancient times and was said to have moved the continents in place, pulling them by rope.

In the games, Regigigas is found at the Snowpoint TempleDPPt, Twist MountainB2W2, and Island CaveORAS, though it will not awaken unless all three of the Legendary titans are in the player's party.

Regigigas appeared in the anime in Giratina and the Sky Warrior, in which it attempted to stop a glacier from destroying Ten'i Village. Another appeared in Pillars of Friendship!, in which it was hunted by J and defended by Brandon.

Generation V

Nine additional Legendary Pokémon were introduced in Generation V, totaling 35 Legendary Pokémon. Reshiram and Zekrom played a large role in the storyline of Pokémon Black and White, with the respective mascot Pokémon being a necessary and unavoidable capture to progress to the end of the game.

Swords of Justice

The Swords of Justice
Main article: Swords of Justice

Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion are a trio of Legendary Pokémon based on the titular characters of the 1844 French novel The Three Musketeers, and partially on hooved mammals such as deer, antelopes, oxen, goats, and horses. According to legend, they protect Pokémon from having their habitats destroyed by humans and have been known to have attacked human castles during the Middle Ages. Like the Three Musketeers, they are considered a trio but have a fourth, younger member in the form of Keldeo, a Mythical Pokémon, whom the other three rescued and raised after its home was destroyed by fire. All four of them can use their horns like swords, and learn their former signature move, Sacred Sword, at level 42 (43 for Keldeo, most likely to refer to it becoming part of the group later).

They made their anime debut together, in the fifteenth Pokémon film Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice, where Keldeo was responsible for the freezing of the other three during a battle against Kyurem, and sought help from Ash and his friends. In the movie, Cobalion acts as the leader of the Swords of Justice, protecting Pokémon and humans alike through the world.

Forces of Nature

Main article: Forces of Nature
The Forces of Nature in the anime
Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus are a trio of Pokémon based on kami: Fūjin, god of wind, Raijin, god of thunder and lightning, and Inari, a fertility deity. Together the three represent the heavens and the nourishing effect the sky has upon the earth. According to a folktale retold by children at the Abundant Shrine, Landorus punished Tornadus and Thundurus for destroying the land with gales and thunderstorms, and a shrine was built in honor of him. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 they receive a new Forme, the Therian Forme, with their old Forme known as the Incarnate Forme; the Formes can be switched between with the Reveal Glass.

In the anime, the Forces of Nature were sought by Team Rocket in Unova from The Lonely Deino! until they were able to awaken them on Milos Island in Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1 and Part 2. Tornadus and Thundurus fought on the island, while Ash and his friends awakened Landorus to put a stop to the fight (they all appeared in Incarnate Forme during these episodes). They debuted in Therian Forme in Unova's Survival Crisis!, when Team Rocket once again attempted to capture them as the final goal of Operation Tempest. Together, they are said to have the power to control nature, which can be harnessed by one who possesses both Meloetta and the Reveal Glass.

Tao trio

Main article: Tao trio
Reshiram and Zekrom confronting Kyurem

Zekrom and Reshiram represent balance through the aspects of Yin and Yang, respectively. Originally, they were a single dragon that helped found the Unova region's nation, but fighting between the two brothers who founded the nation split them into two halves. Despite this, the two Pokémon do not willingly fight each other.

In the games, Team Plasma hunt either Reshiram or Zekrom in Pokémon Black and White in order to use them to liberate all Pokémon from their owners. N captures one of them and defeats Alder. The other dragon emerges from the Dragon Stone the player possesses, and the player must capture it and use it to defeat N. After his defeat, N rides off on his dragon to a far-off region. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, which take place two years later, Ghetsis revives Team Plasma and captures Kyurem in order to freeze and take control of the Unova region. N confronts him with ZekromB2/ReshiramW2, but Ghetsis seizes the opportunity to fuse the Tao dragon with Kyurem using the DNA Splicers to create Black KyuremB2/White KyuremW2. The player defeats Kyurem and Ghetsis, restoring balance to the region.

Reshiram and Zekrom are the stars of Pokémon The Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom and Pokémon The Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram along with Victini. Zekrom debuted in In The Shadow of Zekrom! causing Ash's Pikachu's electric crisis, and appeared in numerous flashbacks and fantasies afterwards. Reshiram also debuted in a cameo at the beginning of In The Shadow of Zekrom! and had a large role in the "Episode N" arc, as Team Plasma's target, appearing in What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!. Reshiram and Zekrom make a cameo appearance in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages.

Kyurem is related to Reshiram and Zekrom and represents wuji, which is the absence of yin and yang. Using the DNA Splicers, Kyurem can be fused with Reshiram or Zekrom into White Kyurem or Black Kyurem, respectively; with the same item, the fusion can be undone.

Kyurem is the star of Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice along with Keldeo, where it seems as a ferocious Pokémon, and can change forms without the DNA Splicers. It is also capable of this when it appears in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages.

Generation VI

Three additional Legendary Pokémon were introduced in Generation VI, totaling 38 Legendary Pokémon. This is the first generation to introduce fewer Legendary Pokémon than the generation before it.

Aura trio

Main article: Aura trio

The Legendary game mascots of Pokémon X and Y are Xerneas and Yveltal, and they form the aura trio along with Zygarde. Xerneas and Yveltal represent life and destruction, respectively, while Zygarde is said to monitor the balance of the ecosystem and reveal its power when the ecosystem is disrupted. Xerneas has the power to share eternal life, while Yveltal absorbs the life force of everything around it. Xerneas sleeps in the form of a tree, while Yveltal sleeps in the form of a cocoon. Xerneas and Yveltal have the Abilities Fairy Aura and Dark Aura, respectively, while Zygarde's Aura Break reverses the effects of these Abilities.

Xerneas has two Formes, appearing in Active Mode in battle and Neutral Mode otherwise. Yveltal has no form differences. Zygarde appeared only as Zygarde 50% Forme in Pokémon X and Y, but had two other Formes and two further components introduced in the anime and in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Zygarde's other Formes are Zygarde 10% Forme, a dog-like Forme that includes 10% of Zygarde's full power, and Zygarde Complete Forme, whose power is said to exceed that of Xerneas and Yveltal. Its further components are Zygarde Cells, tiny cell-like creatures that make up Zygarde's body, and Zygarde Cores, cell-like creatures said to be its mind.

In Pokémon X and Y, Lysandre captures Xerneas or Yveltal to use their power in the ultimate weapon to create a "beautiful world" in his image. Either Xerneas or Yveltal are captured by the player at the Team Flare Secret HQ upon awakening from their dormant forms. Zygarde 50% Forme can be found in Terminus Cave after the player enters the Hall of Fame.

In the anime, Xerneas and Yveltal starred in the movie Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, along with Diancie, where Xerneas and Yveltal are shown to be residents of the Allearth Forest. Xerneas made a minor appearance in Foggy Pokémon Orienteering!, being responsible for causing Ash and his friends to get lost in fog during the orienteering activity.

In the anime, Zygarde debuted in Mega Evolution Special IV in its 50% Forme alongside a Zygarde Core. A Zygarde Core has traveled alongside Ash and his friends, nicknamed Squishy by Bonnie, since the beginning of the XYZ arc, and another Zygarde Core referred to as Z2 was captured by Team Flare. Both of these Cores have appeared in all three Formes of Zygarde.

Generation VII

Generation VII introduced eleven Legendary Pokémon, totaling 49 Legendary Pokémon. Six of these Pokémon are part of evolutionary chains.

Type: Null and Silvally

Type: Null and its evolution Silvally are man-made Pokémon created by the Aether Foundation for Faba's "Beast Killer" project, which aimed to create a Pokémon with similarity to Arceus through data collected from Sinnoh's Canalave Library.

Although the project was deemed a failure and the resulting three models of Type: Null were put into cryogenic stasis, Gladion managed to evolve the stolen Type: Null that became his partner. He named the evolution Silvally.

In the anime, Type: Null debuted in Rising from the Ruins! under the nickname "Silvally" and owned by Gladion. It later evolved into Silvally in Mission: Total Recall!.


Guardian deities

Main article: Guardian deities
The Guardian Deities in the anime

The guardian deities are Pokémon who protect the islands where they live. Each of the four main islands in Alola has a guardian deity: Tapu Koko on Melemele Island, Tapu Lele on Akala Island, Tapu Bulu on Ula'ula Island, and Tapu Fini on Poni Island. The Island Kahunas are each chosen by their island's guardian deity.

In the anime, Tapu Koko first appeared in Alola to New Adventure! and gave Ash a Z-Ring. Tapu Lele debuted in Partner Promises!, in which it healed Ash. Tapu Bulu and Tapu Fini both debuted in A Dream Encounter!, in which all four tapu sensed Nebby's birth. All four later appeared in Family Determination! and Revealing the Stuff of Legend!, in which they helped Nebby evolve into Solgaleo.

Cosmog and Cosmoem

Cosmog and Cosmoem are Psychic-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon, they are the pre-evolutions of Solgaleo and Lunala. Cosmog has a major role in the game as a Pokémon being studied by the Aether Foundation. Lillie, the daughter of Aether Foundation's president, Lusamine, spirits Cosmog away and nicknames it Nebby, hiding it in her bag as she tries to learn more about it by visiting the guardian deities. Over the course of the game, Nebby evolves into Cosmoem and eventually the version mascot of the game: the Psychic/Steel-type Solgaleo in Pokémon Sun and the Psychic/Ghost-type Lunala in Pokémon Moon. Another Cosmog can be obtained by the player in the post-game.

In the anime, both Solgaleo and Lunala debuted in A Dream Encounter, in which they emerged from an Ultra Wormhole at Altar of the Sunne to create a Cosmog, which Ash found and cared for. Lillie named this Cosmog Nebby. It evolved into Cosmoem in Faba's Revenge! and then into Solgaleo in Revealing the Stuff of Legend!.

Light trio

Main article: Light trio
Light trio

The Light trio is a group consisting of Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma who resemble the Ultra Beasts and has given light to the Alola region when it was first created. According to legends, Solgaleo and Lunala appeared from an Ultra Wormhole, the ancient kings of Alola bowing down to them and worshiped them. The Guardian Deities battled them and lost, gifting them the Tapunium Z after their defeat.

Necrozma was believed to have come from an alternate dimension long ago. It has a major role in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, where as the "Blinding One", it once shared light across Alola and Ultra Space before an unknown injury caused Necrozma to lose its true form. This resulted in Necrozma becoming extremely vicious and constantly in pain, which made it steal light from other worlds or the Solgaleo and Lunala in order to sustain itself and regain the form it once had.

Solgaleo and Lunala have form like-transformations known as Radiant Sun phase and Full Moon phase respectively when using their powers. Necrozma has three additional forms introduced in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. It transforms into the first two, called Dusk Mane Necrozma and Dawn Wings Necrozma, when it has absorbed Solgaleo and Lunala, respectively. Either of these two forms can further transform into the third, Ultra Necrozma, after absorbing enough light to restore its true form.

In the anime, Solgaleo and Lunala both debuted in A Dream Encounter!, where the pair emerged from two Ultra Wormhole at Altar of the Sunne to create a Cosmog, which it then gave to the guardian deities to be placed in a location when it will be found by Ash. Ultra Necrozma debuted in Tough Guy Trials! in a book mentioned by Acerola, which revealed how Ultra Necrozma, Solgaleo, and Lunala brought light to Alola and how Ultra Necrozma earned the title of the "Blinding One".

Generation VIII

Zacian and Zamazenta are Legendary Pokémon introduced in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Little info is known about them other than their names and appearance.

Trivia

  • Though Unown is not considered to be a Legendary Pokémon, in Spell of the Unown: Entei, it is shown in Molly Hale's book about Legendary Pokémon, its power (in large numbers, at least) appears to match that of Legendary Pokémon, and within the canon of the movie it is specifically referred to as a Legendary Pokémon.
  • Heatran is the only Legendary Pokémon that can be either gender.
  • According to interviews with Junichi Masuda in 2009, Legendary Pokémon are the most difficult to design names for because Game Freak strives to make sure that the names of Legendary Pokémon are universal across the different translations, so extra work must be put into their names to make sure that they work universally in all languages and don't conflict with anything else. This is consistent with the relatively small number of Legendary Pokémon that have had their names changed significantly outside of Japan (currently 16: the Legendary birds, the lake guardians, the Forces of Nature, Silvally, the guardian deities, and in Chinese only, the Mew duo).
  • Each member of the Legendary beasts and the Tao trio has its own remix of each trio's designated battle theme:
    • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Suicune's theme uses bells, Entei's theme uses an electric guitar, and Raikou's theme is synthesized.
    • Reshiram's theme employs a burning fire effect, Zekrom's theme employs a crackling thunder effect, and normal Kyurem's theme features an extra slapped bass part playing in the background.
  • The Legendary birds are the Legendary Pokémon that have been available in the wild in the greatest number of core series games, each being able to be caught in fifteen core series games (Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, LeafGreen, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver, X, Y, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon, Let's Go, Pikachu!, and Let's Go, Eevee!).
  • Type: Null, Cosmog, and Cosmoem are the only Legendary Pokémon that evolve. Incidentally, all three were introduced in Generation VII.

In other languages

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傳說寶可夢 Chyùhnsyut Pokémon *
傳說中的小精靈 Chyùhnsyut-jūng dīk Síujīnglìhng *
傳說中的寵物小精靈 Chyùhnsyut-jūng dīk Chúngmaht-Síujīnglìhng *
傳說小精靈 Chyùhnsyut Síujīnglìhng *
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傳說的寵物小精靈 Chyùhnsyut-dīk Chúngmaht-Síujīnglìhng *
傳說寵物精靈 Chyùhnsyut Chúngmaht-Jīnglìhng *
Mandarin 傳說的寶可夢 / 传说的宝可梦 Chuánshuō-de Pokémon *
傳說中的寶可夢 Chuánshuō-zhōng de Pokémon *
传说中的精灵宝可梦 Chuánshuō-zhōng de Jīnglíng Pokémon *
傳說中的神奇寶貝 Chuánshuō-zhōng de Shénqíbǎobèi *
傳說的神奇寶貝 Chuánshuō-de Shénqíbǎobèi *
傳說神奇寶貝 Chuánshuō Shénqíbǎobèi *
傳說中神奇寶貝 Chuánshuō-zhōng Shénqíbǎobèi *
令人遐想的小精灵 Lìngrén Xiáxiǎng-de Xiǎojīnglíng *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Legendární Pokémon
Denmark Flag.png Danish Legendarisk Pokémon
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See also