Cloning

This article is about the process of genetic duplication. For the glitch, see cloning glitches.

Cloning is a process that creates a genetic duplicate of a being that is or was alive.

In the anime

 
The Mewtwo Balls

Cloning has appeared a few times in the anime. Its most prominent appearance is in Mewtwo Strikes Back.

In The Uncut Story of Mewtwo's Origin, Dr. Fuji creates an enhanced clone of Mew as requested by Giovanni in exchange for funding his primary project, a (failed) attempt to clone his dead daughter Amber, and three test clones of the Kanto starter Pokémon.

In Mewtwo Strikes Back, Mewtwo itself makes clones (Japanese: コピーポケモン Copy Pokémon) of various Pokémon belonging to the Trainers who have come to New Island. Mewtwo captures the target Pokémon in special Poké Balls called "Mewtwo Balls"—even those currently in their Poké Balls can be caught by these—then sends these Balls through a special cloning machine. All of Mewtwo's clones appear to have been created fully-grown, unlike Fuji's clones. All cloned Pokémon—excluding Mewtwo—appear identical to a normal Pokémon of their species, though a few of the clones have multiple black horizontal marks on their bodies.

Mewtwo's clones reappeared in Mewtwo Returns.

Cloning also plays a role in Genesect and the Legend Awakened, in which another Mewtwo was cloned from Mew's DNA by an unknown group.

Cloned Pokémon seen in the anime

 
Mewtwo
 
Bulbasaurtwo
 
Charmandertwo
 
Squirtletwo
 
Pikachutwo
 
Venusaurtwo
 
Charizardtwo
 
Blastoisetwo
 
Meowthtwo
 
Psyduck
 
Vulpix
 
Gyarados
 
Seadra
 
Nidoqueen
 
Golduck
 
Tentacruel
 
Vaporeon
 
Pidgeot
 
Scyther
 
Hitmonlee
 
Sandslash
 
Dewgong
 
Rhyhorn
 
Wigglytuff
 
Vileplume
 
Ninetales
 
Rapidash

In the games

In Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, Clone Pokémon were made available, in celebration of Pokémon Day and the release of Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution on Netflix, from February 25 to March 2, 2020. While the starters were found in Raid Battles, Pikachu appeared as a photobomb encounter. When caught, Venusaur would know the move Frenzy Plant, Charizard will know Blast Burn, and Blastoise will know Hydro Cannon. Clone Pokémon also cannot Mega Evolve.

       
Clone Venusaur Clone Charizard Clone Blastoise Clone Pikachu

Trivia

 
Baby clone Nidoqueen and Rhyhorn
Bulbanews has an article related to this subject:
  • In an interview with @Gamer magazine, Junichi Masuda and Ken Sugimori revealed that there was originally going to be a Pokémon based on Dolly, the first cloned sheep, but was deemed "too controversial."
  • In the anime, cloned Pokémon appear to be fertile, even those that would normally not be. Baby Rhyhorn and Nidoqueen (not Nidoran♀) are seen in Mewtwo Returns.


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