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Mutually exclusive Pokémon

There are several mutually exclusive Pokémon in the games. In some cases, there are multiple Pokémon potentially available in a single game, but the player must choose one of them or otherwise can't get them all in a single game. They include many trios of starter Pokémon, some Fossil Pokémon and in some cases Legendary Pokémon.

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In the core series

Generation I

Pokémon Red and Blue

Starter Pokémon

In Pokémon Red and Blue, the starter Pokémon are mutually exclusive. In Pokémon Yellow, all three are available without trading.

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Bulbasaur
004Charmander.png
Charmander
007Squirtle.png
Squirtle
Grass Poison Fire Water
Ivysaur Ivysaur Charmeleon Charmeleon Wartortle Wartortle
Grass Poison Fire Water
Venusaur Venusaur Charizard Charizard Blastoise Blastoise
Grass Poison Fire Flying Water

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan

In Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, the player chooses to receive either Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan from the master of the Fighting Dojo. The other is available via trades from other Generation I or II games. It's not possible to own the other Pokémon outside of trades due to the lack of breeding in this generation.

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Hitmonlee
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Hitmonchan
Fighting Fighting
Eeveelutions

There is a single Eevee available in Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow. It's not possible to own more than one Eeveelution outside of trades due to the lack of breeding in this generation.

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Vaporeon
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Jolteon
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Flareon
Water Electric Fire
Omanyte and Kabuto

The player chooses either the Helix Fossil or Dome Fossil at the Mt. Moon, from which Omanyte or Kabuto is revived, respectively. Pokémon from the other, not chosen fossil appears in Pokémon Zoo of Fuchsia City.

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Omanyte
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Kabuto
Rock Water Rock Water
Omastar Omastar Kabutops Kabutops
Rock Water Rock Water

Generation II

Starter Pokémon

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the only mutually exclusive Pokémon are the starter Pokémon.

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Chikorita
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Cyndaquil
158Totodile.png
Totodile
Grass Fire Water
Bayleef Bayleef Quilava Quilava Croconaw Croconaw
Grass Fire Water
Meganium Meganium Typhlosion Typhlosion Feraligatr Feraligatr
Grass Fire Water

Generation III

Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Starter Pokémon

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, the starter Pokémon are mutually exclusive.

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Treecko
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Torchic
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Mudkip
Grass Fire Water
Grovyle Grovyle Combusken Combusken Marshtomp Marshtomp
Grass Fire Fighting Water Ground
Sceptile Sceptile Blaziken Blaziken Swampert Swampert
Grass Fire Fighting Water Ground
Lileep and Anorith

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the player is only able to acquire either the Root Fossil or Claw Fossil at the Route 111, from which Lileep or Anorith is revived, respectively. In Pokémon Emerald, both fossils are available: the first fossil in the Mirage Tower, the second in the Desert Underpass.

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Lileep
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Anorith
Rock Grass Rock Bug
Cradily Cradily Armaldo Armaldo
Rock Grass Rock Bug

Pokémon Emerald

Johto starter Pokémon

If the player completes the Hoenn Pokédex in Pokémon Emerald, they may choose one of the three starter Pokémon from Johto as a prize given by Professor Birch.

Additionally, the three Johto starter Pokémon may be traded from Pokémon XD.

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Chikorita
155Cyndaquil.png
Cyndaquil
158Totodile.png
Totodile
Grass Fire Water
Bayleef Bayleef Quilava Quilava Croconaw Croconaw
Grass Fire Water
Meganium Meganium Typhlosion Typhlosion Feraligatr Feraligatr
Grass Fire Water
Eon duo

In Pokémon Emerald, a member of the Eon duo starts roaming Hoenn after the player enters the Hall of Fame, depending on the color of Pokémon that the player tells their Mom was on the TV at the start of the game. Red results in Latias roaming, while blue results in Latios roaming. The other Pokémon is available at the Southern Island if the player has the event-only Eon Ticket.

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Latias
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Latios
Dragon Psychic Dragon Psychic

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Starter Pokémon

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the starter Pokémon are mutually exclusive.

001Bulbasaur.png
Bulbasaur
004Charmander.png
Charmander
007Squirtle.png
Squirtle
Grass Poison Fire Water
Ivysaur Ivysaur Charmeleon Charmeleon Wartortle Wartortle
Grass Poison Fire Water
Venusaur Venusaur Charizard Charizard Blastoise Blastoise
Grass Poison Fire Flying Water
Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the player chooses to receive either Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan from the master of the Fighting Dojo. The other Pokémon is available via breeding.

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Hitmonlee
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Hitmonchan
Fighting Fighting
Omanyte and Kabuto

The player chooses either the Helix Fossil or Dome Fossil at the Mt. Moon, from which Omanyte or Kabuto is revived, respectively. Pokémon from the other, not chosen fossil appears in Pokémon Zoo of Fuchsia City.

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Omanyte
140Kabuto.png
Kabuto
Rock Water Rock Water
Omastar Omastar Kabutops Kabutops
Rock Water Rock Water
Legendary beasts

One of the three Legendary beasts starts roaming Kanto after the player defeats Team Rocket in the Rocket Warehouse on Five Island and delivers the Sapphire to Celio. The Legendary beast depends on the type weakness of the player's chosen starter Pokémon: Raikou for Squirtle, Entei for Bulbasaur, or Suicune for Charmander.

Additionally, the three Legendary beasts may be traded from Pokémon Colosseum.

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Raikou
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Entei
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Suicune
Electric Fire Water

Pokémon XD

Johto starter Pokémon
Main article: Earth Ribbon and the Johto starters

In Mt. Battle, if all 100 Trainers are defeated with the same party during a single, continuous challenge, the player is offered one of the three Johto starter Pokémon. They are unique in that they each have one Egg Move and the Hyper Beam of their type. The other two moves are standard. All three Pokémon can be acquired by successfully completing the Mt. Battle challenge three times, but each one can only be obtained once.

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Chikorita
155Cyndaquil.png
Cyndaquil
158Totodile.png
Totodile
Grass Fire Water
Bayleef Bayleef Quilava Quilava Croconaw Croconaw
Grass Fire Water
Meganium Meganium Typhlosion Typhlosion Feraligatr Feraligatr
Grass Fire Water

Generation IV

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

Starter Pokémon

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the starter Pokémon are mutually exclusive.

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Turtwig
390Chimchar.png
Chimchar
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Piplup
Grass Fire Water
Grotle Grotle Monferno Monferno Prinplup Prinplup
Grass Fire Fighting Water
Torterra Torterra Infernape Infernape Empoleon Empoleon
Grass Ground Fire Fighting Water Steel

Pokémon Platinum

Cranidos and Shieldon

In Pokémon Platinum, if the player's ID is an odd number, the Skull Fossil is available; if the ID is an even number, the Armor Fossil is available. Cranidos and Shieldon are resurrected from these fossils, respectively.

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Cranidos
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Shieldon
Rock Rock Steel
Rampardos Rampardos Bastiodon Bastiodon
Rock Rock Steel

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Starter Pokémon

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the starter Pokémon are mutually exclusive.

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Chikorita
155Cyndaquil.png
Cyndaquil
158Totodile.png
Totodile
Grass Fire Water
Bayleef Bayleef Quilava Quilava Croconaw Croconaw
Grass Fire Water
Meganium Meganium Typhlosion Typhlosion Feraligatr Feraligatr
Grass Fire Water
Kanto starter Pokémon

One of the Kanto starter Pokémon is given by Professor Oak after the player defeats Red.

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Bulbasaur
004Charmander.png
Charmander
007Squirtle.png
Squirtle
Grass Poison Fire Water
Ivysaur Ivysaur Charmeleon Charmeleon Wartortle Wartortle
Grass Poison Fire Water
Venusaur Venusaur Charizard Charizard Blastoise Blastoise
Grass Poison Fire Flying Water
Hoenn starter Pokémon

One of the Hoenn starter Pokémon is given by Steven Stone after the player defeats Red.

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Treecko
255Torchic.png
Torchic
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Mudkip
Grass Fire Water
Grovyle Grovyle Combusken Combusken Marshtomp Marshtomp
Grass Fire Fighting Water Ground
Sceptile Sceptile Blaziken Blaziken Swampert Swampert
Grass Fire Fighting Water Ground
Sinjoh Ruins

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the player is able to receive an Egg with a level 1 Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina in the Sinjoh Ruins event. This place is only accessible if the player has an Arceus from Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.

If the player has an Arceus from the Hall of Origin (which is not legitimately obtainable) and another Arceus from other event distributions, it's possible to receive 2 Eggs with Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina. It's not possible to receive 2 Eggs with the same Pokémon species in this way.

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Dialga
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Palkia
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Giratina
Steel Dragon Water Dragon Ghost Dragon

Generation V

Pokémon Black, Black 2, White, and White 2

Starter Pokémon

In Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, the starter Pokémon are mutually exclusive.

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Snivy
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Tepig
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Oshawott
Grass Fire Water
Servine Servine Pignite Pignite Dewott Dewott
Grass Fire Fighting Water
Serperior Serperior Emboar Emboar Samurott Samurott
Grass Fire Fighting Water
Tirtouga and Archen

In Pokémon Black and White, the player chooses either Cover Fossil or the Plume Fossil at the Relic Castle, from which Tirtouga or Archen is revived, respectively; the other Fossil is unavailable outside of trades.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the player chooses between these Fossils in Nacrene City, and both Fossils are also available in the Join Avenue.

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Tirtouga
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Archen
Water Rock Rock Flying
Carracosta Carracosta Archeops Archeops
Water Rock Rock Flying

Generation VI

Pokémon X and Y

Starter Pokémon

In Pokémon X and Y, the starter Pokémon are mutually exclusive.

Additionally, Shauna trades the unevolved form of her starter Pokémon (the starter whose type is weak against the player's starter) for any Pokémon chosen by the player, after the player becomes the Champion.

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Chespin
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Fennekin
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Froakie
Grass Fire Water
Quilladin Quilladin Braixen Braixen Frogadier Frogadier
Grass Fire Water
Chesnaught Chesnaught Delphox Delphox Greninja Greninja
Grass Fighting Fire Psychic Water Dark
Kanto Starter Pokémon

In Pokémon X and Y, one of the Kanto starter Pokémon is given by Professor Sycamore in Lumiose City.

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Bulbasaur
004Charmander.png
Charmander
007Squirtle.png
Squirtle
Grass Poison Fire Water
Ivysaur Ivysaur Charmeleon Charmeleon Wartortle Wartortle
Grass Poison Fire Water
Venusaur Venusaur Charizard Charizard Blastoise Blastoise
Grass Poison Fire Flying Water
Venusaur Mega
Venusaur
Charizard Mega
Charizard X
Charizard Mega
Charizard Y
Blastoise Mega
Blastoise
Grass Poison Fire Dragon Fire Flying Water
Tyrunt and Amaura

In Pokémon X and Y, the player chooses either the Jaw Fossil or Sail Fossil at the Glittering Cave, from which Tyrunt or Amaura is revived, respectively.

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Tyrunt
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Amaura
Rock Dragon Rock Ice
Tyrantrum Tyrantrum Aurorus Aurorus
Rock Dragon Rock Ice
Legendary birds

In Pokémon X and Y, one of the Legendary birds is found at the Sea Spirit's Den, depending on the Kalos starter Pokémon that was chosen by the player.

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Articuno
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Zapdos
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Moltres
Ice Flying Electric Flying Fire Flying

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Starter Pokémon

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the starter Pokémon are mutually exclusive.

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Treecko
255Torchic.png
Torchic
258Mudkip.png
Mudkip
Grass Fire Water
Grovyle Grovyle Combusken Combusken Marshtomp Marshtomp
Grass Fire Fighting Water Ground
Sceptile Sceptile Blaziken Blaziken Swampert Swampert
Grass Fire Fighting Water Ground
Sceptile Mega
Sceptile
Blaziken Mega
Blaziken
Swampert Mega
Swampert
Grass Dragon Fire Fighting Water Ground
Lileep and Anorith

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the player chooses either the Root Fossil or Claw Fossil at the Route 111, from which Lileep or Anorith is revived, respectively.

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Lileep
347Anorith.png
Anorith
Rock Grass Rock Bug
Cradily Cradily Armaldo Armaldo
Rock Grass Rock Bug
Johto starter Pokémon

After the player enters the Hall of Fame in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, they choose a Johto starter Pokémon given by Professor Birch.

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Chikorita
155Cyndaquil.png
Cyndaquil
158Totodile.png
Totodile
Grass Fire Water
Bayleef Bayleef Quilava Quilava Croconaw Croconaw
Grass Fire Water
Meganium Meganium Typhlosion Typhlosion Feraligatr Feraligatr
Grass Fire Water
Unova starter Pokémon

After the player clears the Delta Episode in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, they choose an Unova starter Pokémon given by Professor Birch.

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Snivy
498Tepig.png
Tepig
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Oshawott
Grass Fire Water
Servine Servine Pignite Pignite Dewott Dewott
Grass Fire Fighting Water
Serperior Serperior Emboar Emboar Samurott Samurott
Grass Fire Fighting Water
Sinnoh starter Pokémon

After the player clears the Hall of Fame for the second time in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, they choose a Sinnoh starter Pokémon given by Professor Birch.

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Turtwig
390Chimchar.png
Chimchar
393Piplup.png
Piplup
Grass Fire Water
Grotle Grotle Monferno Monferno Prinplup Prinplup
Grass Fire Fighting Water
Torterra Torterra Infernape Infernape Empoleon Empoleon
Grass Ground Fire Fighting Water Steel

Generation VII

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

Starter Pokémon

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the only mutually exclusive Pokémon are the starter Pokémon.

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Rowlet
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Litten
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Popplio
Grass Flying Fire Water
Dartrix Dartrix Torracat Torracat Brionne Brionne
Grass Flying Fire Water
Decidueye Decidueye Incineroar Incineroar Primarina Primarina
Grass Ghost Fire Dark Water Fairy

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan

In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the player chooses to receive either Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan from the master of the Fighting Dojo. Additionally, both Pokémon can be found in the Victory Road.

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Hitmonlee
107Hitmonchan.png
Hitmonchan
Fighting Fighting
Omanyte and Kabuto

The player chooses either the Helix Fossil or Dome Fossil at the Mt. Moon, from which Omanyte or Kabuto is revived, respectively. Additionally, both Fossils are available at the Cerulean Cave.

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Omanyte
140Kabuto.png
Kabuto
Rock Water Rock Water
Omastar Omastar Kabutops Kabutops
Rock Water Rock Water

Generation VIII

Starter Pokémon

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, the starter Pokémon are mutually exclusive.

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Grookey
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Scorbunny
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Sobble
Grass Fire Water
Thwackey Thwackey Raboot Raboot Drizzile Drizzile
Grass Fire Water
Rillaboom Rillaboom Cinderace Cinderace Inteleon Inteleon
Grass Fire Water
Kanto Starter Pokémon
Main article: Mobile Version Kanto Starters

When the player starts the mobile version of Pokémon HOME for the first time, they will be given their choice of Kanto Starter Pokémon from Grand Oak. While it is not mentioned by Grand Oak, the starters have their Hidden Abilities. They may be freely transferred to Pokémon Sword and Shield.

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Bulbasaur
004Charmander.png
Charmander
007Squirtle.png
Squirtle
Grass Poison Fire Water
Ivysaur Ivysaur Charmeleon Charmeleon Wartortle Wartortle
Grass Poison Fire Water
Venusaur Venusaur Charizard Charizard Blastoise Blastoise
Grass Poison Fire Flying Water
Urshifu

In The Isle of Armor, the player must choose either the Tower of Darkness or the Tower of Waters to evolve Kubfu into one of Urshifu's two forms. Upon choosing to enter one tower, the other one becomes permanently locked to the player. If a player wants to obtain Urshifu of the other form, it must be first be evolved from Kubfu by another player that selected the opposite tower.

Kubfu Kubfu Kubfu Kubfu
Fighting Fighting
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Urshifu
Single Strike Style
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Urshifu
Rapid Strike Style
Fighting Dark Fighting Water

In spin-off games

Pokémon Ranger

Plusle and Minun

In Pokémon Ranger, the Partner Pokémon is either Plusle and Minun, depending on the player's gender. These two Pokémon are not available anywhere else.

  • The male player is Lunick, and his Partner Pokémon is Minun
  • The female player is Solana, and her Partner Pokémon is Plusle

The player character not chosen appears on the game as a friendly NPC, with their respective Partner Pokémon.

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Plusle
312Minun.png
Minun
Electric Electric

See also