Lake guardians

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The lake guardians[1][2] (Japanese: (みずうみ)神々(かみがみ) lake gods), also referred to as the Pokémon of the lakes, the lake Pokémon, and the Lake trio,[3] are a trio of Legendary Pokémon consisting of Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf. A blog by Junichi Masuda referred to them as the UMA combo (Japanese: UMAコンビ UMA Combination),[4] which some Japanese fans reference with the name UMA Trio (Japanese: UMAトリオ UMA Trio). The group resides in the Sinnoh region.

Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Shared design

All three are Psychic-type and have the Ability Levitate. Starting in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, they share a signature move, Mystical Power.


The lake guardians represent knowledge, emotion, and willpower, respectively. They are based on the Imperial Regalia of Japan: the Yata no Kagami (wisdom), Yasakani no Magatama (benevolence), and Kusanagi (valor). Additionally, they may draw inspiration from Cherubim, Seraphim, and Thrones—the three highest ranking angel classes in Christianity—characterized by knowledge, love, and valiance, respectively.

Parts of their names come from fantasy creatures: pixies, sprites, and elves, respectively. The other parts of their names come from either the acronym UMA (Unidentified Mysterious Animal; wasei-eigo for cryptid) or personal pronouns: you (Uxie), me (Mesprit), and us (Azelf).


According to legend, when Arceus created the universe, it created Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf, and gave them the ability to calm and control Dialga and Palkia whenever they were enraged. According to one of Azelf's Pokédex entries, all three of them were born from the same Egg.

As mentioned in their respective Pokédex entries, the lake guardians taught humans the ability to feel emotions, knowledge, and willpower. The lake guardians are said to reside in three lakes in Sinnoh; Lake Acuity, Lake Verity, and Lake Valor. As mentioned in "A Horrific Myth", the lake guardians are known to drive humans away from them by either erasing their memories, losing emotions within three days, or losing willpower.

Similar movesets

The following are the lake guardians' level-up movesets from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

1 Confusion
7 Swift
14 Endure Protect Detect
21 Psybeam
28 Imprison
35 Extrasensory
42 Amnesia Charm Nasty Plot
49 Psychic
56 Yawn Flatter Uproar
63 Future Sight
70 Flail Copycat Last Resort
77 Memento Healing Wish Explosion
84 Mystical Power
Moves in bold are STAB. Moves in italics do no damage.

Base stat comparison

Sp. Atk
Sp. Def
Total 580 580 580

In the games

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl

The lake guardians each live in the cavern at the center of one of Sinnoh's three commonly known lakes: Uxie resides in Acuity Cavern of Lake Acuity, Mesprit resides in Verity Cavern of Lake Verity, and Azelf resides in Valor Cavern of Lake Valor. A secret fourth lake exists, but instead houses Turnback Cave, which contains a portal to the Distortion World and is thus often visited by Giratina.

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, as well as the remakes Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Team Galactic attempts to capture all three of the lake guardians. Saturn goes to Lake Valor, where Team Galactic drains the lake by blowing it up with a Galactic Bomb. This is the lake the player must go to first. Despite losing to the player, Team Galactic still successfully captures Azelf. Over at Lake Verity, Mars is leading the operation and easily holding off Professor Rowan and Lucas/Dawn. While the player again manages to defeat Mars, Team Galactic still successfully captures Mesprit. Finally, at Lake Acuity, by the time the player arrives, Jupiter has just defeated Barry and successfully captured Uxie.

When the player later storms Team Galactic HQ, it is discovered that Cyrus used the lake guardians to create the Red Chain so that he could control Dialga and/or Palkia. In Platinum, Cyrus then duplicates this Red Chain with his technology to create a second one, as he intends to control both Dialga and Palkia.

In Diamond, Pearl, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl, the lake guardians come to the Spear Pillar when Cyrus summons DialgaDBD or PalkiaPSP and destroy the Red Chain he is using to control it, as their combined power is equal to that of one of the members of the Pokémon of Myth. This prevents Cyrus from creating his new world without spirit. After doing so, they return to their lakes.

In Platinum, the lake guardians come to the Spear Pillar to attempt to balance out the power of Dialga and Palkia; however, the three lake guardians combined can only balance out one of the two, so they are overpowered. As a result, Giratina is angered by the imbalance and is forced to merge the Distortion World with the real world at the Spear Pillar to prevent them from being destroyed. Cyrus, followed by the lake guardians, enter the Distortion World. Inside the Distortion World, the lake guardians assist the player with the Strength puzzle, then return to their lakes.

The three lake guardians are obtainable after the defeat of Team Galactic at Mt. Coronet. They each return to their lakes, and Uxie and Azelf can be caught in the caverns of their lakes; however, when encountering Mesprit in its cave, it flies off and roams the region.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

After beating the Champion, the player can encounter Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf at the Cave of Being, causing them to fly off to various places in Unova, where the player may then battle them. Uxie heads to Nacrene City and is encountered outside of the Nacrene Museum, Mesprit heads to the top of Celestial Tower, and Azelf heads to Route 23 and is found in part of the Strength puzzle; all three are initially invisible. They are encountered at level 65.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

The lake guardians can be captured at Nameless Cavern, which can only be accessed by soaring in the sky while there are three or more Pokémon with maximum friendship in the party. Only one member appears at a time, depending on the time of day. Mesprit appears from 4:00 am – 7:59 pm, Uxie from 8:00 pm – 8:59 pm, and Azelf from 9:00 pm – 3:59 am.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

The lake guardians can be captured at the Water World dimension in the Ultra Space Wilds by using Ultra Warp Ride by reaching blue warp holes.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

In The Crown Tundra DLC, the lake guardians can be caught during Dynamax Adventures at Max Lair.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

After being banished from Jubilife Village, the player seeks out the lake guardians at Cogita's advice in order to create the Red Chain, which is inferred to be able to close the space-time rift above Mount Coronet. The three Legendary Pokémon issue trials to the player, the passing of which grants them materials: Uxie's Claw, Mesprit's Plume, and Azelf's Fang. Once all three materials have been obtained, the player goes to the Shrouded Ruins, where the lake guardians appear and use them to forge the Red Chain.

After the credits, the player visits the three lakes again in their pursuit of Arceus's Plates. Once the player has caught all three lake guardians, they are rewarded with the Draco Plate.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

The three are also found in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky. They are found in three different lakes and are in charge of protecting three Time Gears.

In the anime

Main article: Lake guardians (anime)
The lake guardians in the anime

All three first appeared in forms similar to souls, floating above their respective lakes, to Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl's main characters. Mesprit appeared to Dawn during the start of her journey in Following a Maiden's Voyage!, Azelf appeared to Ash during the Wallace Cup in Pruning a Passel of Pals!, and Uxie appeared to Brock while he was looking for a Berry in Uncrushing Defeat!. Due to these encounters, all three established a connection to the human they each met.

They appeared in their physical forms for the first time in The Needs of the Three!, wherein, after being hired by Team Galactic, J was able to capture all three of them. Team Galactic was then able to control them using red gems. With their power, Cyrus was able to summon Dialga and Palkia during the next episode.

When the gems were broken by Pikachu, Piplup, and Croagunk, the three were set free from Team Galactic's control. They then helped Ash and his friends stop the effects of summoning Dialga and Palkia.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Lake guardians (Adventures)
The lake guardians in Pokémon Adventures

Similar to the anime, the lake guardians all have a connection to the three Sinnoh Pokédex holders Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.

The lake guardians in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

The lake guardians were captured by Team Galactic to create the Red Chain so that they can control the Legendary Dialga. They were eventually freed sometime during the battle between Hareta's Empoleon and Cyrus's Dialga. They helped stop Dialga by breaking the Red Chain.

The lake guardians in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blazing Exploration Team

The lake guardians appeared in BET2.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

The lake guardians appeared in PMDP13.


In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 湖之眾神 Hú-zhī Zhòngshén
  European French Gardiens des lacs
  German Hüter der Seen
  Italian Guardiani del lago*
Guardiani dei laghi*
  Norwegian Innsjøvokterene
  Polish Strażnicy Jezior
  Brazilian Portuguese Guardiões do lago
  European Spanish Guardianes del lago
  Vietnamese 3 Pokémon của hồ nước


See also

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