Origin mark

The Galar symbol, a type of origin mark, highlighted on a Mimikyu's status screen in Pokémon HOME

An origin mark (Japanese: 出身マーク origin mark), previously known as an origin marking (Japanese: 出身地マーク place of origin mark) in Pokémon Bank, is an icon displayed on the summary screen of Pokémon from Generation VI onward that indicates the game it originated in. A Pokémon can only have one origin mark.

Pokémon that are caught, hatched, received as gifts, or otherwise first obtained in certain games will have an origin mark corresponding to that game. Specifically, Generation I, II, VI, VII, and VIII games have corresponding origin marks. Pokémon from Generation III, IV, and V games do not have origin marks. A bred Pokémon's origin mark always matches the game in which it was bred, regardless of its parents' origin marks. Shedinja produced by the evolution of a Nincada will retain the Nincada's origin mark, regardless of the game it was evolved in.

On the summary screen, the origin mark is usually placed near the markings.

Types of origin marks

Blue pentagon

The blue pentagon[1][2] (Japanese: 五角形のマーク blue pentagon mark[3]) is an origin mark that Pokémon first obtained in the Generation VI core series games have, namely Pokémon X and Y and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Prior to the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, having a blue pentagon was referred to as being Kalos native.[4] While the blue pentagon is blue in the Generation VI games and Pokémon Bank (hence its name), it is black in the Generation VII and VIII games and Pokémon HOME.

All of the first 721 Pokémon can have the blue pentagon, as all of them can be obtained in or were distributed as event Pokémon to the Generation VI games. In addition, Mr. Rime, Kleavor, Wyrdeer, and Ursaluna can have the blue pentagon, due to Mime Jr., Scyther, Stantler, and Ursaring being able to have it, for a total of 725 Pokémon able to have this origin mark.

Black clover

The black clover[5] (also known as the Alola symbol[6]) is an origin mark that Pokémon obtained in the Nintendo 3DS Generation VII games have, namely Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

801 of the first 807 Pokémon can have the black clover, as only that many Pokémon can be obtained in or were distributed as event Pokémon to the Generation VII games. Unown, Deoxys, Keldeo, Genesect, Diancie, and Volcanion cannot have the black clover. In addition, Mr. Rime, Kleavor, Wyrdeer, and Ursaluna can have the black clover, due to Mime Jr., Scyther, Stantler, and Ursaring being able to have it, for a total of 805 Pokémon able to have this origin mark.

Game Boy mark

The Game Boy mark (official name unknown) is an origin mark that Pokémon transferred from the Generation I and II Virtual Console games to Pokémon Bank via Poké Transporter have. It is a stylized Game Boy.

Only the first 251 Pokémon, as well as the 21 evolutions of these Pokémon introduced in later generations (that do not exclusively evolve from regional forms), can have this origin mark, for a total of 272 Pokémon able to have it.

Pokémon GO mark

The GO mark (official name unknown) is an origin mark that Pokémon transferred from Pokémon GO have (whether transferred via GO Park or GO Transporter). While it is in the programming of the Nintendo 3DS Generation VII games, it was not used until Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. It is a stylized G.

All Pokémon that can be obtained in Pokémon GO (except for Spinda), as well as their cross-generational evolutions, can have this origin mark.

Let's Go mark

The Let's Go mark (official name unknown) is an origin mark that Pokémon obtained in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! have when transferred to Pokémon HOME. It is a silhouette of a head with a pair of large, animalistic ears, vaguely resembling the heads of both Pikachu and Eevee.

Only the first 151 Pokémon, as well as the 22 cross-generational evolutions of Generation I Pokémon (that do not exclusively evolve from regional forms), can have this origin mark, for a total of 173 Pokémon able to have it. As Meltan and Melmetal must be transferred from Pokémon GO in order to be obtained in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, they cannot have this origin mark.

Galar symbol

The Galar symbol[7] is an origin mark that Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword and Shield and the majority of Pokémon obtainable from Pokémon HOME have. Additionally, Pokémon from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends: Arceus will have this origin mark if transferred to Sword and Shield (but will regain their proper origin marks if moved back into Pokémon HOME). It is a small, black Galar League logo.

All 584 Pokémon in the Galar, Isle of Armor, and Crown Tundra Pokédexes can have the Galar symbol. In addition, 77 more Pokémon not in the aforementioned Pokédexes can also have this mark (including Magearna, Zeraora, and Melmetal, all of which have only been available with the Galar symbol as Mystery Gifts in Pokémon HOME, as well as Kleavor, which can have this mark due to Scyther being able to have it), for a total of 661 Pokémon able to have the Galar symbol. Of the 664 Pokémon in Sword and Shield, only four of them (namely Jirachi, Victini, Diancie, and Meltan) cannot have the mark (though Jirachi can appear with it if transferred from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl to Sword and Shield).

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl mark

The Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl mark (official name unknown) is an origin mark that Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and certain Pokémon obtainable from Pokémon HOME have. It is in the shape of a triangle augmented with a circle at each of its three vertices, representing the Sinnoh region and its three lakes. Any Pokémon with this origin mark transferred to Pokémon Sword and Shield will be displayed with the Galar symbol instead, but will regain its proper origin mark if moved back into Pokémon HOME.

491 of the first 493 Pokémon can have this origin mark. Celebi and Deoxys cannot have this origin mark. In addition, Sylveon, Mr. Rime, Wyrdeer, Kleavor, and Ursaluna can also have this mark, due to Eevee, Mime Jr., Stantler, Scyther, and Ursaring being able to have it, for a total of 496 Pokémon able to have this origin mark.

Legends: Arceus mark

The Legends: Arceus mark (official name unknown) is an origin mark that Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Legends: Arceus and certain Pokémon obtainable from Pokémon HOME have. It resembles the cross-like wheel attached to Arceus. Any Pokémon with this origin mark transferred to Pokémon Sword and Shield will be displayed with the Galar symbol instead, but will regain its proper origin mark if moved back into Pokémon HOME.

All 242 Pokémon in the Hisui Pokédex can have this origin mark. Mr. Rime can also have this origin mark due to Mime Jr. being able to have it, for a total of 243 Pokémon able to have this origin mark.

No origin mark

Pokémon obtained in the Generation III, IV, and V games do not have any origin mark. Although Pokémon obtained in the Generation I and II games and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! do not display an origin mark in said games, they gain one if transferred to Pokémon Bank or Pokémon HOME.

A total of 654 Pokémon can lack an origin mark, consisting of the first 649 Pokémon in addition to Sylveon, Mr. Rime, Wyrdeer, Kleavor, and Ursaluna.

Function

In official live tournaments in Generations VI, VII, and VIII, as well as in the Battle Spot in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, only Pokémon with a particular origin mark can be used:

  • For Generation VI official live tournaments and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire's Battle Spot, only Pokémon with the blue pentagon can be used.
  • For Generation VII official live tournaments, only Pokémon with the black clover can be used.
  • For Generation VIII official live tournaments, only Pokémon with the Galar symbol or the battle-ready symbol can be used.

In Pokémon Bank's list mode, it is possible to filter Pokémon by their origin mark, although it is not possible to filter for Pokémon that have none. Pokémon HOME also features this functionality with the addition of filtering for Pokémon with no origin mark.

In Pokémon X and Y, if the player has owned a species of Pokémon, but only a Pokémon that does not have a blue pentagon, it will be marked in the Pokédex differently. The player will receive a crown on the Pokédex screen for each of the Kalos Pokédexes if the Pokédex is completed using only Pokémon that have a blue pentagon. The player will receive a different diploma for a Pokédex completed using Pokémon without a blue pentagon, though it is still possible to obtain a crown and get the normal diploma if the Pokédex is later completed using only Pokémon with a blue pentagon.

In Pokémon Sun and Moon, if the player talks to Morimoto while they have a Pokémon with the Game Boy mark in their party, he will comment that it takes him back, then state trivia about the development of the Generation I core series games. In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, this feature returns, and Morimoto will also detail the development of the Generation II core series games if shown a Pokémon from the Virtual Console releases of the Generation II games.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 來源標記 Lòihyùhn Bīugei (HOME)
來源地標記 Lòihyùhndeih Bīugei (Bank)
Mandarin 來源標記 / 来源标记 Láiyuán Biāojì *
來源地標記 Láiyuándì Biāojì *
  French Origine (HOME)
Marque régionale (Bank)
  German Herkunftssymbol (HOME)
Symbol der Region (Bank)
  Italian Simbolo della regione
  Korean 출신지 마크 Chulsinji Mark
  Spanish Símbolo regional


Blue pentagon

Language Title
  French Pentagone bleu[8][9]
  German Blaues Fünfeck[10]
  Italian Pentagono blu[11]
  Spanish Pentágono azul[12]

Black clover

Language Title
  French Symbole en forme de croix[5]
Marque d'Alola[13]
  German Schwarzes Plus[5]
Alola-Symbol[14]
  Italian Fiore nero[5]
Simbolo di Alola[15]
  Spanish Símbolo negro en forma de cruz[5]
Símbolo de Alola[16]

Galar symbol

Language Title
  French Marque de Galar[17]
Symbole noir de Galar[18]
  German Galar-Symbol[19]
Schwarzes Galar-Symbol[20]
  Italian Simbolo di Galar[21]
Simbolo nero di Galar[22]
  Spanish Símbolo de Galar[23]
Símbolo negro de Galar[24]

See also

References

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  2. New Video Game Competition Format Announcement! | Pokemon.com (archived)
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  12. ¡Anuncio sobre el nuevo formato de competición de videojuegos! | Pokemon.es (archived) (Spanish)
  13. Combattez dès maintenant en suivant les règles des Championnats de Jeu Vidéo Pokémon 2017 ! | www.pokemon.fr (French)
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  15. Lotta seguendo le regole della stagione 2017 dei campionati di videogiochi Pokémon | www.pokemon.it (Italian)
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  18. Règles, formats et guide des sanctions des Championnats du Jeu Vidéo (French)
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  21. Linee guide sui formati dei campionati di videogiochi Pokémon (VG) 2020 | www.pokemon.it (Italian)
  22. Linee guida su formati, regole e penalità per i videogiochi (Italian)
  23. Información para los jugadores de los Campeonatos de Videojuegos Pokémon 2020 | Pokemon.es (Spanish)
  24. Reglamento, formato y normativa de penalizaciones en videojuegos (Spanish)


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