Baby Pokémon (Japanese: ベイビィポケモン baby Pokémon) are Pokémon at the lowest stage of Pokémon Evolution that cannot themselves breed. The concept was introduced in Generation II, along with breeding. Specifically, baby Pokémon can be classified by the following criteria:
- Must be obtainable by breeding.
- Must be the lowest form in a family chain and must be able to evolve at least once.
- Must belong to the Undiscovered Egg Group.
The only baby Pokémon introduced alongside their evolved form are Togepi, Riolu, and Toxel; the rest were introduced in generations after their evolved form was. Many baby Pokémon require maximized friendship to evolve.
In the games, most baby Pokémon are only obtainable through breeding. On occasion, non-player characters will give the player an Egg containing a baby Pokémon, and this Pokémon typically cannot be obtained by any other method except by breeding. Generation III introduced the first baby Pokémon able to be caught in the wild: Wynaut on Mirage Island. In Generation IV, many other baby Pokémon were also available in the wild.
From Generation III on, in order to breed most newly introduced baby Pokémon, the parent in their evolutionary line must hold a specific Incense before breeding, which provides a rationale for why those parent Pokémon could not produce these Eggs in previous generations. For example, Marill, who was introduced in Generation II, could not produce Azurill Eggs until the introduction of the Sea Incense in Generation III.
List of baby Pokémon
Introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver
Introduced in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
holding a Sea Incense
Water 1 and Fairy
Water 1 and Fairy
holding a Lax Incense
|Wobbuffet does not evolve|
| Level 15|
Introduced in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
Introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield
|Toxtricity does not evolve|
| Level 30|
Hardy, Brave, Adamant, Naughty, Docile, Impish,
Lax, Hasty, Jolly, Naive, Rash, Sassy, or Quirky
Low Key Form
|Toxtricity does not evolve|
| Level 30|
Lonely, Bold, Relaxed, Timid, Serious, Modest
Mild, Quiet, Bashful, Calm, Gentle, or Careful
In the anime
All baby Pokémon—except Toxel—have appeared in the anime so far, with some belonging to main characters. While most of them appear in the Pikachu shorts regularly, all have had major appearances in the anime. In some cases, other newborn Pokémon are called baby Pokémon as well.
Baby Pokémon usually have childish personalities, but some begin to show signs of maturity after gaining experience or evolving, such as when Brock's Bonsly gave up bottle-feeding. However, Paul's Elekid was shown to have inherited his harsh personality. This is not limited to owned Pokémon, as Where No Togepi Has Gone Before! portrays a wild Togepi with mischievous intentions.
An abandoned Tyrogue appeared in A Tyrogue Full of Trouble.
A Trainer named Satchel was trying to get his Magby to evolve for the Silver Conference in You're A Star, Larvitar and succeeded. It reappeared in Address Unown! where it was part of an Unown's dimension.
A Mime Jr. appeared under the ownership of Queen Ilene in Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. Also, in the same movie, a wild Bonsly appeared as it followed Ash and his friends on their quest to find Pikachu. After that, Bonsly stayed in the Tree of the Beginning with Mew.
A Smoochum appeared in Three Jynx and a Baby!, where she was protected by three Jynx, and later taken by Team Rocket who tried to turn her into a star. Smoochum evolved into another Jynx at the end.
Ash used a Mantyke for the second leg of the Pokémon Triathlon in One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!.
Several baby Pokémon, including Pichu, Cleffa, Wynaut, Smoochum, Igglybuff, and Azurill, appeared in The Brockster Is In!.
- Main article: Misty's Togepi
In Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon, Ash finds an Egg that hatches into a Togepi in Who Gets to Keep Togepi?. Since Misty is the first thing the Baby Pokémon sees, it believes she is its mother. Togepi was usually held in Misty arms. It later evolved in A Togepi Mirage. Afterwards, it was released to protect the other Togepi in Mirage Kingdom and the Togepi Paradise.
- Main article: Wynaut (anime)
- Main article: May's Munchlax
- Main article: Misty's Azurill
James's Mime Jr.
- Main article: James's Mime Jr.
- Main article: Brock's Bonsly
- Main article: Paul's Elekid
Paul owned an Elekid that he used to battle Ash's Pikachu in When Pokémon Worlds Collide! and Roark in Shapes of Things to Come. It evolved into Electabuzz in Smells Like Team Spirit, and evolved into Electivire off-screen, prior to Casting a Paul on Barry!.
- Main article: Nando's Budew
Budew made its first major appearance in Dawn of a New Era!. It was owned by a minstrel called Nando and used in battle against Dawn's Piplup and Ash's Pikachu. It evolved into Roselia in the second battle. It later evolved into Roserade prior to Coming Full-Festival Circle!.
- Main article: Brock's Happiny
Brock's Egg hatched into a Happiny in One Big Happiny Family!. Unusually, in contrast to Happiny's extremely low Attack stat in the games, she has amazing strength and can run with, pummel, and carry many heavy items and Pokémon for her size, such as having the ability to fling her Trainer into the air with ease and carrying Ash's Grotle around in Jumping Rocket Ship!. She evolved into a Chansey in The Brockster Is In!.
Aura Sphere Riolu
- Main article: Aura Sphere Riolu
Riolu was featured in both parts of Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu!. This Riolu had been trained to use Aura Sphere and was unnaturally strong. It was taken away from the lab by J's henchmen to exploit it, but Ash and his friends returned it to its kingdom with Kellyn's help. This Riolu developed a strong bond with Ash.
- Main article: Cameron's Riolu
- Main article: Korrina's Riolu
- Main article: Lusamine's Cleffa
- Main article: Pichu (anime)
- Main article: Ash's Riolu
Ash's Riolu hatched from an Egg he received from Nurse Joy in Caring for a Mystery!. It ran away after hatching wanting to fight many wild Pokémon, but eventually properly bonded with Ash and joined his team.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
All baby Pokémon—except Toxel—have appeared in Pokémon Adventures so far, with some belonging to main characters. Gold is known for being able to draw out the largest potential of a baby Pokémon, having the title of "Hatcher".
Cleffa and Igglybuff first appeared in Gligar Glide, escaping from the Daycare Center near Goldenrod City. Their first major appearance was in Irked Igglybuff and Curmudgeonly Cleffa, under the ownership of Whitney.
Smoochum first appeared in Gligar Glide, escaping from the Daycare Center near Goldenrod City. Its first major appearance was in Slugging It Out With Slugma, with one belonging to Crystal with the nickname Chumee.
Wynaut first made a cameo as one of the many Trainer-owned Pokémon who were transported to stop Ho-Oh and Lugia's rampage in The Last Battle XIII. In With a Spoink in Your Step II, many wild Wynaut made an appearance on Mirage Island, where Ruby and Sapphire trained for the upcoming battle against Maxie and Archie.
Budew first appeared in Passing by Probopass and Maneuvering around Magnezone under the ownership of a Trainer.
Chingling first appeared in Passing by Probopass and Maneuvering around Magnezone. A Chingling belonging to the Advanced level Grunt of Team Galactic appeared in Stunning Staravia & Stinky Skuntank I. It has an unusually threatening face, and powerful sound abilities to match.
Bonsly first appeared in Deprogramming Porygon-Z.
Mime Jr. first appeared in All About Arceus VI under the ownership of Ken.
Happiny first appeared in Passing by Probopass and Maneuvering around Magnezone.
In Vexing Vespiquen & Unmanageable Mothim II, Diamond helps protect an Egg containing Riolu from two Galactic-hired thugs, and after they are defeated, it hatches and is shown to interact with its evolved form. It decided to stay with Riley.
A Mantyke first appeared in Leaping Past Lopunny under the ownership of a Trainer.
- Main article: Togebo
Gold was given an Egg created by Jasmine's Togetic from Professor Elm that later hatched into a Togepi named Togebo in Gligar Glide. Due to his abilities as a hatcher, Togebo was born with Gold's trouble-making habits. He evolved into Togetic and again into Togekiss in All About Arceus VIII.
- Main article: Pibu
Pichu first appeared in The Last Battle XII, hatching from an Egg held by Gold. Due to not knowing his species name, Yellow gave him a named inspired by the names of his parents, Pika and Chuchu. Due to his abilities as a hatcher, Pibu inherited most of Gold's personality, as well as a similar tuft of hair.
- Main article: Lax (Adventures)
Diamond owns a Munchlax named Lax which, like him, has a very gluttonous nature, prone to eating dozens of people's worth of snacks out the get-go. Despite being a baby Pokémon with little training, he showed considerable stamina and durability. He first appeared in Stagestruck Starly.
In the TCG
Baby Pokémon in the Trading Card Game used to be its own evolutionary stage during Generation II, which also counted as Basic Pokémon and stated they could evolve into their respective Pokémon. Despite their low Hit Points, Baby Pokémon required the opponent to flip a coin to suceed attacking as long it was in the active position. In Generation III and most of Generation IV, they were simplified into Basic Pokémon with the Baby Evolution Poké-Power, which allowed them to evolve into their respective Pokémon and heal its damage counters in the process.
In the HeartGold & SoulSilver era, these Pokémon could no longer evolve but had the Sweet Sleeping Face Poké-Body, an effect slightly similar to the original coin flip protection. Baby Pokémon returned in the Sun & Moon Tag Team era still unable to evolve, featuring Abilities that were activated by flipping a coin and ended the player's turn regardless of the outcome. A Tag Team card featuring some Baby Pokémon got released as well.
Togepi, Riolu and Toxel, which got introduced in the same generation as their evolutions, are always counted as regular Basic Pokémon which can evolve normally.
- Out of nineteen baby Pokémon, seven of them evolve into Pokémon belonging to the Fairy Egg Group and seven others evolve into Pokémon that belong to the Human-Like Egg Group.
- All baby Pokémon that were introduced in Generation II and evolve by friendship can evolve further using Evolution stones.
- Most baby Pokémon can learn Uproar via Move Tutor, while their evolved forms cannot.
- May, James, and Brock got their baby Pokémon (Munchlax, Mime Jr., and Bonsly respectively) following the pattern of premiering in a movie and then being captured by one of the main characters. In all cases, the premiered Pokémon is not the same character as the one caught, just the same species. In some cases, this may be a result of the writers deciding a Pokémon works well with the group after they are shown together. Munchlax came after Destiny Deoxys and Mime Jr. and Bonsly came after Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. All of these Pokémon were introduced in Generation IV.
- In Pokémon X and Y, baby Pokémon caught in the wild are guaranteed to have three random IVs of 31 due to their inclusion in the Undiscovered Egg Group.
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