Some fans omit the need to have 1,250,000 experience at level 100 from their definition, although this has no effect on the Pokémon that are in the group.
List of pseudo-legendary Pokémon
There are eight Pokémon considered to be pseudo-legendary Pokémon. The following shows the pseudo-legendary Pokémon by the generation of their introduction, as well as their types, and the Pokémon they evolve from.
Being the first pseudo-legendary, Dragonite has straightforward and well-rounded stats. It has a traditionally high Attack and above average stats otherwise.
Tallest non-Mega-Evolved pseudo-legendary Pokémon, at 7'03" (2.2 m).
With a focus on power and durability, Tyranitar sacrifices Speed to have tremendous bulk and skill. It has the Sand Stream Ability to always conjure up a Sandstorm, which takes advantage of its Rock typing to further increase its high Special Defense.
Mega Tyranitar is the tallest pseudo-legendary Pokémon, at 8'02" (2.5 m).
Mega Tyranitar has the highest base Defense, with 150.
Lowest base Speed (when not Mega Evolved), with 61.
Due to having the same typing as Dragonite, Salamence differs itself by being entirely focused on attacking prowess. Its stats are high in Attack, Special Attack, and Speed, while comparatively low in both Defense stats.
Shortest pseudo-legendary Pokémon, at 4'11" (1.5 m).
Metagross has a large number of characteristics which are different from the other pseudo-legendary Pokémon. This is possibly due to how it does not appear to be based on an animal; rather, it is a robotic life form. In fact, it is the only pseudo-legendary Pokémon that cannot learn any Dragon-type moves.
Stats wise, like Tyranitar, Metagross focuses on power and durability, utilizing the most defensive type, Steel, to complement its very high attack, high defenses, and relatively low speed.
Only genderless pseudo-legendary Pokémon.
Only pseudo-legendary Pokémon whose first stage of evolution, Beldum, cannot be caught in the wild in its debut generation (one is received from Steven Stone instead).
Heaviest pseudo-legendary Pokémon, at 1212.5 lbs. (550.0 kg).
Highest base Defense, at 130.
Only pseudo-legendary Pokémon that does not share at least one type with another pseudo-legendary Pokémon.
Only pseudo-legendary Pokémon to not have a weakness to Fairy-type moves.
Only pseudo-legendary Pokémon whose English name is the same as its Japanese name.
Metagross and its pre-evolutions have a catch rate of 3 whereas all the other pseudo-legendary Pokémon families have a catch rate of 45.
Focusing on versatility, Garchomp has high speed, high HP, and high attack with a versatile selection of moves to use. It complements these attributes with its Ground typing, which is among the best offensive types in the game.
Hydreigon's stats give it a number of unique characteristics from the other pseudo-legendary Pokémon. It has the highest base Special Attack of all the pseudo-legendary Pokémon. Similarly, it is the only pseudo-legendary Pokémon that does not have a base stat over 125, but it is also the only pseudo-legendary Pokémon that does not have a base stat under 90.
Its well rounded stats mirror Dragonite with Hydreigon also having a high attacking stat (Special Attack in this case), and above average stats in other categories.
Only pseudo-legendary Pokémon with multiple elemental immunities (however its immunity to Ground is due to its Ability, Levitate).
Tyranitar is also used by Lance in Pokémon Stadium 2 (both Round 1 and 2), as well as by Blue, the Champion, but only in the second round of the Elite Four in FireRed and LeafGreen and in the Fighting Dojo in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
Garchomp is used by Cynthia, the Champion in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum; she also uses it in the Pokémon World Tournament in Black 2 and White 2. Lance uses one in rematches in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
Among Pokémon commonly mistaken for pseudo-legendary Pokémon are Slaking, Flygon, Aggron, Volcarona, and Haxorus. For one reason or another, these Pokémon do not fit the criteria of those above and so are not pseudo-legendary Pokémon.
The first stage of all pseudo-legendary Pokémon (that existed at the time) are available in the Johto Safari Zone.