Rotom has a body of plasma and is shaped like a lightning rod. There is a whitish blue aura of electricity around it that forms lightning bolt-shaped appendages. It has teeth, and its unique, blue eyes have a dividing line across them. As seen in the anime, Rotom will often pull pranks on unsuspecting people. Also seen in the anime, Rotom has the ability to time travel.
Rotom and the appliances
Rotom has the ability to enter and control appliances. Starting in Platinum, it also has five extra forms, each based on a household appliance, which can be accessed by possessing specific appliances. The possessed appliances are based on a microwave oven (Heat Rotom), washing machine (Wash Rotom), refrigerator (Frost Rotom), electric fan (Fan Rotom), and a lawnmower (Mow Rotom). When Rotom changes form, its eyes and electric aura change colors and its aura appendages take on different shapes: red with oven mitts as Heat Rotom, blue with clothespins as Wash Rotom, purple with lightning bolts as Frost Rotom, yellow with air curls as Fan Rotom, and green with a ripped strip as Mow Rotom.
A Rotom inhabiting Ash's Pokédex debuted in Loading the Dex!. As a Pokédex, Rotom has access to data about many different Pokémon species, but it often hurts itself and others by trying to see a Pokémon do a certain action after reading its information.
A Rotom appeared in The Dex Can't Help It!, where it took the form of a Wash Rotom. An accident caused by Ash's Pikachu resulted in Rotom being ejected from the washing machine and getting swapped with Rotom Pokédex. Eventually, the Rotom were swapped back to their original places.
In Pokémon Adventures, Rotom is a rare and mysterious Pokémon. It first appeared in Robust Rotom at the Old Chateau where it caused havoc for Diamond and Pearl until Diamond understood that it only wanted to return in its plasma television and led it there. During the subsequent fight against Charon and Giratina, Rotom initially joined the battle transforming into its five forms, then left the fighting to the other legendary Pokémon only to strike at the very last, destroying Charon's device that allowed him to control every Pokémon and thus putting an end to his evil plans. After that, Rotom decided to stay with Diamond.
A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Rotom can be tutored the move in that game
A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Rotom cannot be tutored the move in that game
Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Rotom
Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or alternate form of Rotom
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When Rotom changes into an appliance form, it learns a new move in the same way that other Pokémon may learn new moves upon evolving; Rotom cannot change into an appliance form if it does not learn the move. Even if Rotom forgets the special move associated with its current form, it will remain in its current form. If Rotom would change from one appliance form to another and still knows the special move of its current form, the old special move is automatically forgotten and Rotom learns the new one. If Rotom changes to its normal form, it forgets the special move of the form it was in (if it still knows it); if the only move that Rotom knows right before reverting to its normal form is the form's special move, then that move will be replaced with Thunder Shock.
When Rotom is encountered in the Old Chateau in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, the music is the same as Legendary encounters, although it is not classified as one. Rotom is, to date, the only non-Legendary Pokémon to do this.
Rotom is the only Pokémon to have its type changed to a type that was not newly introduced.
No other Pokémon has the same typecombination as Rotom's base form, Heat Rotom, Frost Rotom, or Mow Rotom.
Despite becoming part Flying-type, Fan Rotom retains the Ability Levitate, being the only Flying-type Pokémon with this Ability. As its Flying type already makes it immune to Ground-type moves, its Ability is effectively useless under normal conditions.
In Inverse Battles, Fan Rotom is still protected from Ground moves due to Levitate, making it the only Flying-type Pokémon to not be affected by Ground-type moves in these battles.
All of Rotom's appliance forms except Mow Rotom are tied for or have the fewest weaknesses of all Pokémon of their secondary types.
All of Rotom's appliance forms are the lightest Pokémon of their secondary types.
Rotom is motor backwards; this may refer to the fact that motors make many appliances function, while Rotom makes them fail.
In Pokémon Platinum, an old notebook in Rotom's Room describes how a person discovered and named the first known Rotom. It appeared out of a lawn mower's motor, and the person named it Rotom due to this origin.