Groups of Legendary and Mythical Pokémon

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There are several groups of closely related Legendary or Mythical Pokémon. Depending on the number of Pokémon in these groups, they are often referred to by fans as Legendary duos, Legendary trios, or even Legendary quartets and Legendary quintets—or generically, Legendary groups.

Several groups of Legendary and Mythical Pokémon also have a close relationship with another Legendary or Mythical Pokémon who may be considered their leader or creator. There are also other Legendary and Mythical Pokémon that are closely associated with a Legendary group, but are not considered a leader or member of that group. Additionally, there are some Legendary Pokémon that are closely related but not officially or commonly recognized to be part of their own distinct group.

Members of groups of Legendary and Mythical Pokémon often, but not always, share a type, Ability, or base stat total.

Terminology

Legendary duo

From Generation VII onwards, "Legendary duo" has been officially used on the Pokémon.com website.

In particular, this term was used at one point referring to Primal Groudon and Lunala together, in the context of their use in Double Battles:

  • "Up next we have the winning restricted pairing from the 2019 Pokémon World Championships, Primal Groudon and Lunala. [...] Opponents will be better prepared for this pairing with the knowledge of how the team operates, meaning it’s only going to get more difficult for this Legendary duo to continue with its recent success."[1]

Another example:

Legendary trio

From Generation IV onwards, "Legendary trio" (originally as legendary trio in lowercase) has been officially used on the Pokémon.com website:

Other terms

Some terms have been used by fans but are not known to be officially used: "Legendary group", "Legendary leader", "Legendary quartet", and "Legendary quintet".

List of groups

Legendary duos

 
The eon duo in the anime

A Legendary duo is a pair of closely related Legendary and Mythical Pokémon, either representing teamwork or opposition.

In the games, Legendary duos are often found after the player enters the Hall of Fame but they usually are not as important to the main storyline as the trios are. Duos or their component parts are featured in several of the movies as keepers of peace.

Sometimes, pairs of Legendary Pokémon once only presented as duos are revealed to actually be Legendary trios in a subsequent game or games of the same generation. However, even within trios, the dynamic between two of the members is often very close to that of a duo: Kyogre and Groudon, Dialga and Palkia, Reshiram and Zekrom, Xerneas and Yveltal, and Solgaleo and Lunala are all examples of this.

Legendary duos
 
Mewtwo
 
Mew
Mew duo
 
Lugia
 
Ho-Oh
Tower duo
 
Latias
 
Latios
Eon duo
 
Cresselia
 
Darkrai
Lunar duo
 
Phione
 
Manaphy
Sea guardians
 
Zacian
 
Zamazenta
Legendary heroes
 
Koraidon
 
Miraidon
Paradox duo


Legendary trios

 
The Tao trio in the anime

A Legendary trio is a term used to describe a group of three closely-related Legendary Pokémon. Legendary trios can be subdivided into two tiers: normal trios and Special trios. Sublegendary trios, which are always the first Legendary Pokémon that appear in any Pokédex order, are allowed into the many Battle Towers and other battle facilities. They are also the only Pokémon with base stat totals of 580, besides the Swords of Justice. Special trios, whose name comes from the fact that all of them are Special Pokémon, are not allowed in the Battle Tower and are found closer to the end of the Pokédex in the generation of their release.

Before the introduction of new members to some Legendary groups, the Forces of Nature and legendary giants used to be Legendary trios. The Swords of Justice are also sometimes treated as a trio when Keldeo is excluded.

The term fell into official usage with the Shiny Legendary beasts' Wonder Cards.

Legendary trios
 
Articuno
 
Zapdos
 
Moltres
 
Galarian
Articuno
 
Galarian
Zapdos
 
Galarian
Moltres
Legendary birds
 
Raikou
 
Entei
 
Suicune
Legendary beasts
 
Kyogre
 
Groudon
 
Rayquaza
Super-ancient Pokémon
 
Uxie
 
Mesprit
 
Azelf
Lake guardians
 
Dialga
 
Palkia
 
Giratina
Pokémon of Myth
 
Reshiram
 
Zekrom
 
Kyurem
Tao trio
 
Xerneas
 
Yveltal
 
Zygarde
Aura trio
 
Solgaleo
 
Lunala
 
Necrozma
Light trio
 
Okidogi
 
Munkidori
 
Fezandipiti
Loyal Three


Legendary quartets

A Legendary quartet is a term used to describe a group of four closely related Legendary Pokémon. Legendary quartets are mainly sub-Legendary, Keldeo being the only exception. Legendary quartets are usually the first Legendary Pokémon that appear in any Pokédex order and are allowed into the many Battle Towers and other battle facilities. The only exception is Keldeo due to being a Mythical Pokémon. They tend not to have leading story roles and are mainly optional captures.

Legendary quartets
 
Cobalion
 
Terrakion
 
Virizion
 
Keldeo
Swords of Justice
 
Tornadus
 
Thundurus
 
Landorus
 
Enamorus
Forces of Nature
 
Tapu Koko
 
Tapu Lele
 
Tapu Bulu
 
Tapu Fini
Guardian deities
 
Wo-Chien
 
Chien-Pao
 
Ting-Lu
 
Chi-Yu
Treasures of ruin


Legendary quintets

 
The legendary giants in the anime

A Legendary quintet is a term used to describe a group of five closely related Legendary Pokémon. So far, the only Legendary quintet is a Legendary trio that has received new members several generations after their debut.

Legendary quintets
 
Regirock
 
Regice
 
Registeel
 
Regieleki
 
Regidrago
Legendary giants


Other relationships

Legendary leaders

Some Legendary or Mythical Pokémon are known to oversee one or more groups of Legendary Pokémon. For Legendary trios, this Pokémon has often been referred to by fans as a trio master, though some Legendary trios with leaders have since expanded into larger groups.

The leader Pokémon and its corresponding group may be related in different ways. For example, Lugia is often considered the leader of the legendary birds; it is the only one who can quell their fighting when Lawrence III captures one of them in the second movie, The Power of One.

Sometimes a particular member of a group oversees the other members, serving as what some fans have called an internal master. For example, Rayquaza is the leader of the super-ancient Pokémon; it stopped the other two members' fighting in Pokémon Emerald. Another example is mentioned in the Generation V games; Landorus punishes Thundurus and Tornadus for causing storms as a result of their fighting.

In the games, these Pokémon often require that their subordinates be caught before being encountered.

Lugia and the legendary birds
 
Lugia and the legendary birds

In The Power of One, Lugia is the only one who can end the legendary birds' conflict and save the world, which was in chaos due to the never-ending territorial battle between the three birds.

Leader
 
Lugia
Group
 
Articuno
 
Zapdos
 
Moltres


Ho-Oh and the Legendary beasts
 
Ho-Oh and the Legendary beasts

150 years ago, the three beasts perished in a fire in the Brass Tower, but Ho-Oh appeared as the sun rose, granting the trio new life, now representing the three forces that transformed the now Burned Tower, the lightning, the fire, and the rain respectively.

Leader
 
Ho-Oh
Group
 
Raikou
 
Entei
 
Suicune


Regigigas and the legendary giants
 
Regigigas and three of the legendary giants

Regigigas will be awakened when the legendary giants are brought to its residence or the Giant's Bed. It is aso said that in the past, it built statues made of clay, ice, and magma. It has also created two additional ones made from both electric and dragon elemental energies. These statues turned out to be the five giants that were sealed hundreds of years ago just like their creator.

Leader
 
Regigigas
Group
 
Regirock
 
Regice
 
Registeel
 
Regieleki
 
Regidrago


Rayquaza of the super-ancient Pokémon
 
Rayquaza arriving to quell the battle between Kyogre and Groudon

Due to it ending Kyogre and Groudon's battles throughout the ages, Rayquaza is often seen as the leader amongst the super-ancient Pokémon, being powerful enough in its base form to overpower both of them, even in their Primal forms.

Leader
 
Rayquaza
Group
 
Kyogre
 
Groudon


Arceus, the Pokémon of Myth, and the lake guardians
 
Arceus and the Pokémon of Myth
 
Arceus and the lake guardians

According to legend, Arceus created all three members of the Pokémon of Myth after creating the universe, with Dialga and Palkia representing matter, and Giratina representing anti-matter. Arceus also created the lake guardians, which each represent different aspects of spirit. The lake guardians check balance with the Pokémon of Myth. Arceus, known as the Original One, was named Almighty Sinnoh by the Celestica people, before the Diamond and Pearl Clans had used the name to refer to Palkia and Dialga instead. Arceus was also shown to be capable of using the Pokémon of Myth's powers at will, manipulating time, space, and anti-matter, even including their signature moves, Roar of Time, Spacial Rend and Shadow Force, as seen in its boss fight.

Leader
 
Arceus
Groups
 
Dialga
 
Palkia
 
Giratina
 
Uxie
 
Mesprit
 
Azelf


Cobalion of the Swords of Justice
 
Cobalion and the other Swords of Justice members reciting their oath

Cobalion radiates the air of a leader since birth, allowing its glare to make even unruly Pokémon to obey it. In Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice, it is portrayed as the leader of the Swords of Justice, leading them with determination and a strong will.

Leader
 
Cobalion
Group
 
Terrakion
 
Virizion
 
Keldeo


Landorus of the Forces of Nature
 
Landorus leading Tornadus and Thundurus

Landorus punished Thundurus and Tornadus for bringing mass destruction with their thunder and wind storms. As such, it is sometimes viewed as the leader of the three. It cannot be battled until both of the latter are brought to the Abundant Shrine, and it can bring out Enamorus when all three are together.

Leader
 
Landorus
Group
 
Tornadus
 
Thundurus
 
Enamorus


Zygarde of the Aura trio
 
Xerneas forces itself and Yveltal to slumber so Zygarde stops its rampage

Being the protector of the ecosystem, Zygarde keeps watch on the planet and on Xerneas and Yveltal so that the equilibrium of the planet and the cycle of life and death are kept in check. In its Complete Forme, it is said to exceed Xerneas and Yveltal in power, even capable of replacing their Abilities, Fairy Aura and Dark Aura respectively using its own, Aura Break. In Pokémon Adventures, when Zygarde awakens to stop Xerneas and Yveltal from using their powers, the only way to stop it is having the two Legendary Pokémon return to their slumber.

Leader
 
Zygarde
Group
 
Xerneas
 
Yveltal


Pecharunt and the Loyal Three
 
The Loyal Three shadowed by Pecharunt

Pecharunt had tamed and bound the the Loyal Three with Binding Mochi and toxic chains, chaining them to its will with its toxins. This granted them their wishes for strength, intelligence, and beauty. Hundreds of years ago, Pecharunt led them to Oni Mountain's Dreaded Den to fight Ogerpon and its companion and steal their masks to please an old couple that Pecharunt lived with.[5]

Leader
 
Pecharunt
Group
 
Okidogi
 
Munkidori
 
Fezandipiti


Legendary Pokémon associated with a group of Legendary Pokémon

On several occasions, certain Legendary or Mythical Pokémon have shared a history or close relationship with a group of Legendary Pokémon, often playing a pivotal role in their stories. However, these Legendary Pokémon are not considered members of the main group.

Kyurem and the Swords of Justice
 
Kyurem attacking Keldeo

In Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice, according to Keldeo, to become a member of the Swords of Justice, one must defeat Kyurem.

Adversary
 
Kyurem
Challengers
 
Cobalion
 
Terrakion
 
Virizion
 
Keldeo


Meloetta and the Forces of Nature
 
Meloetta and the Abyssal Ruins

In the anime, Meloetta, as the former guardian of the Abyssal Ruins, guarded the Reveal Glass, a looking glass used to control the three Forces of Nature. When Meloetta's voice is in sync with the Reveal Glass, it is also capable of taking control of the trio by itself.

Controller
 
Meloetta
Controlled
 
Landorus
 
Tornadus
 
Thundurus


Cosmog, Solgaleo, Lunala, and the guardian deities
 
The guardian deities watching over Cosmog

According to the Light of Alola, SolgaleoSUS/LunalaMUM had entered Alola and initiated a fight with the guardian deities, resulting in a loss for the tapu. Solgaleo/Lunala had offered the tapu the Tapunium Z in acknowledgement. The four tapu were given the duty of watching over the Pokémon's child, Cosmog, until they evolve and return to Ultra Space to repeat the endless cycle, making the Legendaries' relation a symbiotic relationship.

Visitors
   
Cosmog, Solgaleo, and Lunala
Guardians
 
Tapu Koko
 
Tapu Lele
 
Tapu Bulu
 
Tapu Fini


Necrozma and the guardian deities
 
Necrozma battling Tapu Koko

According to the Malie Library, Necrozma had taken the form of Dusk ManeUS/Dawn WingsUM Necrozma and taken away Alola's and either Solgaleo'sUS or Lunala'sUM light. This pillager of light had fought against a young kid along with the guardian deities using Z-Power and Sparkling Stones defeating Necrozma. This resulted in Alola's tradition of the island challenge. As the pillager's goal is to steal Alola's light, shrouding it in darkness and the goal of the guardians is to protect it, this makes them eternal enemies along with the Ultra Beasts.

Invader
 
Necrozma
Guardians
 
Tapu Koko
 
Tapu Lele
 
Tapu Bulu
 
Tapu Fini


Eternatus and the legendary heroes
 
Confrontation between Eternamax Eternatus and the legendary heroes

Eternatus created the Darkest Day by absorbing Galar's energy, resulting in the emergence of the Dynamax phenomenon. The legendary heroes wields the power to fight Dynamaxed Pokémon using their signature moves, and save the region by defeating Eternamax Eternatus. The dragon's goal is to take over Galar with its Darkest Day and the goal of the wolves is to protect it, thus their opposing relationship.

Invader
 
Eternatus
Guardians
 
Zacian
 
Zamazenta


Ogerpon and the Loyal Three
 
Battle between Ogerpon and the Loyal Three

After the Loyal Three gained strength from their toxic chains, they stole Ogerpon's masks, but became mistakenly recognized as heroes of Kitakami, and Ogerpon was seen as a villainous ogre. The trio held a strong grudge against Ogerpon after it slayed them, and Ogerpon appeared to fear and hate them for everything they'd done to it.

Avenger
 
Ogerpon
Attackers
 
Okidogi
 
Munkidori
 
Fezandipiti


Undefined relationships

Some Legendary Pokémon are closely related but are not officially or commonly recognized as part of a distinct group with each other.

Ho-Oh and Marshadow
 
Marshadow observing the Rainbow Wing

In I Choose You!, acts as a guide from the shadows who leads those chosen by Ho-Oh to be the Rainbow Hero. According to Bonji, if the Rainbow Wing touches the heart of evil and loses its color, Marshadow is responsible for sealing the Rainbow Wing away.

Hero's challenger Hero's guide
 
Ho-Oh
 
Marshadow


Deoxys and Rayquaza
 
Encounter between Deoxys and Mega Rayquaza

Deoxys is bitter enemies with Rayquaza, with the two often clashing with each other, as depicted in the movie Destiny Deoxys and the games Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Guardian Visitor
 
Rayquaza
 
Deoxys


Arceus, Type: Null, and Silvally

After being deemed a failure upon its creation at Aether Paradise, Type: Full's head was sealed with a helmet, and the Pokémon was renamed to Type: Null. Type: Null's evolution, Silvally and its Ability, RKS System, are based on Arceus and its Ability, Multitype, for the purpose of being an "Anti-UB Fighting life-form", named "beast killer". The ring around the collar of Type: Null's helmet resembles the golden wheel around Arceus' body.

The original
 
Arceus
Imitations
 
Type: Null
 
Silvally


Calyrex, Glastrier, and Spectrier
 
Calyrex fused with Glastrier and Spectrier in art for the TCG

Calyrex, as an ancient king of Galar, can ride on Glastrier or Spectrier with the Reins of Unity, making them its steeds. Calyrex lost most of its power and could only regain its ability to ride its steeds by regaining people's faith in its existence.

The king
 
Calyrex
The king's steeds
 
Glastrier
 
Spectrier


Ogerpon and Pecharunt
 
Ogerpon defeating Pecharunt

Long ago, Pecharunt reached Kitakami with its retainers, Okidogi, Munkidori, and Fezandipiti. The four planned to steal a brilliant set of masks that belonged to a human man and Ogerpon as requested by Pecharunt's caretakers. After a struggle, they succeeded in stealing three of the masks, but left Ogerpon's companion seriously injured. When Ogerpon discovered what happened, it went after the four thieves, slaying the three retainers and defeating Pecharunt, leaving it unconscious for years. Hundreds of years later, Ogerpon still holds a grudge against Pecharunt.

Avenger Attacker
 
Ogerpon
 
Pecharunt


Trivia

  • Heatran and Terapagos are the only Legendary Pokémon to not be closely associated with another Legendary or Mythical Pokémon.
Legendary duos
Legendary trios
  • Some of the Legendary trios have unique distinctions:
    • The lake guardians are the only trio:
      • Whose members are all exactly the same type; however, many other trios share types within the group.
      • Whose members are incapable of learning any HMs.
      • With a base stat total of 580 to not have a base friendship of 35; in fact, they have the highest base friendship of all Legendary Pokémon, at 140, tying for the highest base friendship of all Pokémon with Lopunny and the evolutionary families of Chansey and Clefairy.
    • The legendary birds are the only Legendary trio to have regional forms.
    • The light trio is the only Legendary trio to have an evolutionary line for two of its members.
    • The Pokémon of Myth and the lake guardians are the only Legendary trios to share a Legendary leader, that being the Mythical Pokémon Arceus.
Groups of four or more Legendary Pokémon
Legendary leaders
  • There has yet to be a Legendary leader of a Legendary duo.
  • Arceus and Pecharunt are the only Legendary leaders that are Mythical Pokémon.
    • Arceus is the only one who is related to more than one Legendary trio.

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