Game mascot

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The mascot of a Pokémon game is the Pokémon that appears on the boxart—and often label—of that game.

Early on, the mascot of a game was not necessarily relevant plot-wise, and did not even have to be met to complete the game. Generation III (with the exception of the Generation I remakes) began the trend of the game mascot being mandatory to encounter in order to progress the plot, and more recent games even force the player to catch the mascot to continue. Game mascot Pokémon are often given increased catch rates and the ability to respawn if they are defeated in order to account for this. All core series games have Legendary Pokémon as mascots, except for games where the player starts in Kanto, which feature a starter Pokémon instead and Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which doesn't have a game mascot on its boxart.

In general, only core series games have mascots, as most side series and spin-off games display multiple Pokémon on their box covers and so none of them qualify as mascots. The only current exceptions to this are Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness and Detective Pikachu.

In most games, when pressing A or Start on the title screen the game mascot's cry will be heard.

Core series

Generation I

  Original games Upper game(s)
JP Red
 
Charizard
Green
 
Venusaur
Blue
 
Blastoise
Pikachu
 
Pikachu
Final form of a starter Pokémon Only starter Pokémon
INT Red
 
Charizard
Blue
 
Blastoise
Yellow
 
Pikachu
Final form of a starter Pokémon Only starter Pokémon


Generation II

Original games Upper game
Gold
 
Ho-Oh
Silver
 
Lugia
Crystal
 
Suicune
Tower duo Part of the Legendary beasts


Generation III

Original games Upper game
Ruby
 
Groudon
Sapphire
 
Kyogre
Emerald
 
Rayquaza
Super-ancient Pokémon
Remakes
FireRed
 
Charizard
LeafGreen
 
Venusaur
Final form of a starter Pokémon


Generation IV

Original games Upper game
Diamond
 
Dialga
Pearl
 
Palkia
Platinum
 
Giratina (Origin Forme)
Creation trio
Remakes
HeartGold
 
Ho-Oh
SoulSilver
 
Lugia
Tower duo


Generation V

Original games
Black
 
Reshiram
White
 
Zekrom
Two members of the Tao trio
Sequels
Black 2
 
Black Kyurem
White 2
 
White Kyurem
Formes of Kyurem, the third member of the Tao trio


Generation VI

Original games
X
 
Xerneas
Y
 
Yveltal
Two members of the aura trio
Remakes
Omega Ruby
 
Primal Groudon
Alpha Sapphire
 
Primal Kyogre
Primal forms of the rival members of the Super-ancient Pokémon


Generation VII

Original games Upper games
Sun
 
Solgaleo
Moon
 
Lunala
Ultra Sun
 
Dusk Mane
Necrozma
Ultra Moon
 
Dawn Wings
Necrozma
Light trio
Remakes
Let's Go, Pikachu!
 
Pikachu
Let's Go, Eevee!
 
Eevee
Partner Pokémon


Generation VIII

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Original games Expansion Pass
Sword
 
Zacian (Crowned Sword)
Shield
 
Zamazenta (Crowned Shield)
The Isle of Armor
 
Urshifu (Single Strike Style)
The Crown Tundra
 
Calyrex
Heroes of Galar The "secret armor" of the Master Dojo King of Bountiful Harvests
Remakes
Brilliant Diamond
 
Dialga
Shining Pearl
 
Palkia
Two members of the Creation trio

Side series

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

 
Shadow Lugia
Main Shadow Pokémon opponent

Spin-off games

Detective Pikachu

 
Detective Pikachu
Title character


See also


  This game-related article is part of Project Games, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon games.