Reshiram is a white, bipedal Pokémon with draconic, avian, and mammalian traits. A long, voluminous wispy mane streams out from the upper side of the snout and outwards from its head. The top of this mane is adorned with two protrusions, which resemble ears. Reshiram's face is fringed with spiky features, and it has a small, pointed extension below the chin. Its eyes have blue irises and black pupils. There are two pairs of pointed teeth visible when its mouth is open, one in the upper jaw and one in the lower.
Reshiram has a long and slender neck, with a fluffy, collar-like protrusion jutting out of two gray, glass-like neckbands. Its arms begin slender and arm-like but then flare out into a more wing-like appearance, sporting four claws that resemble hands on the leading edge. There are plates at the back of Reshiram's "hands", that sport a similar color to its neck rings. Reshiram has a feathered or furry feature on its chest, with the lower portion protruding outwards to a point. Long feather-like protrusions jut out of its thighs. On its feet are large gray claws, three at the front and one positioned at the back, resembling high heels. Reshiram's tail is a mass of plume and ribbon-like extensions, surrounded by two large bands, similar to the ones around its neck. When its emotions surge, it enters Overdrive mode and its tail lights up with a fiery glow.
Reshiram has a jet engine-like tail, which it uses to accelerate itself when flying at high speeds. It can send flames from its tail into the air to incinerate everything around it. By flaring its tail, Reshiram is capable of moving the world's atmosphere and changing the weather. This tail generator is also activated when influenced by either Fusion Bolt or Bolt Strike, which in turn powers up Reshiram's own Fusion Flare or Blue Flare, its signature moves. In Unova mythology, Reshiram sided with the older brother who sought the truth. As a result, it firmly believes in truth. According to one myth, Reshiram is said to burn down kingdoms of people who ignore truth due to being consumed by greed.
Reshiram is the only known Pokémon capable of learning the move Blue Flare by leveling up.
Reshiram and WhiteKyurem are the only known Pokémon capable of learning the move Fusion Flare by leveling up.
Reshiram appears on the Unova Pokémon League stage. When it appears, it starts a fire on the stage, damaging fighters.
Reshiram trophy in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
Reshiram also appears as a trophy exclusive to the 3DS version.
By setting its torch-like tail ablaze, this Pokémon can heat the atmosphere and change the weather. In fact, legend has it that Reshiram's flames are capable of incinerating the world itself, so perhaps the world's continued safety is a sign of its goodwill. Reshiram is said to help those who seek to build a world of truth.
Reshiram was first revealed simultaneously alongside Zekrom on both the official English and Japanese Pokémon websites on May 28, 2010. This makes them the first two Pokémon simultaneously revealed worldwide.
Reshiram appears in Pokémon Battle Chess BW Version. Alongside Zekrom, the player must lose a specific number of pieces (four in Reshiram's case) to use it, and it takes four spaces on the board.
The initial design drafts for what would become Reshiram and its counterpart Zekrom were done by Keiko Moritsugu, while their final designs were created by Ken Sugimori.
According to Moritsugu, Zekrom's final design is mostly similar to her draft, while Reshiram's final design ended up being significantly different from her draft.
Reshiram and its counterpart Zekrom are based on the concept of yin and yang in Taoism, directly referenced by Reshiram's Japanese category name: はくようポケモン White Yang Pokémon. Reshiram's design was made to be light, airy, graceful, and feminine, to contrast Zekrom's tough and masculine design. Its feminine design also contrasts the traditionally masculine characterization of yang in Taoism. In both versions of the fourteenth movie, however, it speaks with a distinctly male voice. Its tail, the center point of its design, is based on an electric turbine.
Reshiram in its Light Stone form may take inspiration from the Jewish concepts of Urim and Thummim (possibly translated as “light and perfection”). In pop culture, they are commonly depicted as a white and black stone. Its association with truth would align with the idea of light.
Appearance-wise, it resembles a wyvern with characteristics of other animals, such as birds, pterosaurs, and canines. The crest on its head and its feathers resemble smoke trails, as well as white fire, which can burn up to temperatures of 1,500 °C (2,730 °F). The mythology about how Zekrom and Reshiram came about, regarding two brothers infighting, also bears some similarities to Romulus and Remus or Cain and Abel. There is also some resemblance to the Zoroastrian belief of two equally powerful deities, one representing light and truth, and the other representing lies and darkness. In this case, Reshiram can resemble Ahura Mazda, due to its light and winged appearance, and the fact that it sided with truth, but also the fact that it is a Fire-type Pokémon, and Ahura Mazda was associated with fire. It may also draw from folkloric depictions of dragons, in that its appearance may be inspired by the white dragon of England, and its association with fire may also be a reference to how dragons are associated with fire in Western folklore.
Reshiram is derived from 白 shiro (white). Ken Sugimori has also stated that Re was used because it was a softer sound than Zekrom's Ze, as Reshiram is a less physically powerful character.