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'''Mythical Pokémon''' (Japanese: '''幻のポケモン''' ''Illusory Pokémon'') are a group of {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} seen so rarely in the [[Pokémon world]] that some question their very existence. This category mostly consists of [[event Pokémon]], with the exception of Deoxys. Mythical Pokémon were considered to be [[Legendary Pokémon]] prior to Generation V in non-Japanese media, but are now considered a separate, related group of Pokémon.
 
==Overview==
Mythical Pokémon are regarded as among the rarest in [[Pokémon World]] mythology. Some are seemingly unknown to most people, while others are thought of as stuff of legends. They typically receive minimum exposure during normal gameplay, usually being revealed to players months or years after the debut of their respective [[generation]]. Upon being revealed, they are celebrated across the numerous media, often starring in [[movies]] and being featured prominently in [[merchandise]]. They are [[distribution|distributed]] to players in special occasions such as screenings of Pokémon movies, events in retail stores, online distributions, or [[spin-off games]] that feature special connectivity. No Mythical Pokémon is required to complete the [[Pokédex]].
 
==List of Mythical Pokémon==
===Generation I===
[[File:151Mew RG.png|thumb|230px|right|Artwork of Mew from {{pkmn|Red and Green}}.]]
===={{p|Mew}}====
'''Mew''' (Japanese: '''ミュウ''' ''Mew'') is a Psychic-type Pokémon known as the New Species Pokémon. It is believed to contain the genetic codes of all Pokémon in its DNA. Initially thought to be extinct, a [[Pokémon Mansion|scientific team]] has reported sightings of it in [[Guyana]]. [[Mewtwo]] was created after a series of experiments based on Mew, and is thus considered to be part of a [[legendary duo]] with it.
 
Designed by [[Shigeki Morimoto]], it was initially unavailable and unknown to players, before being revealed by [[Satoshi Tajiri]] in the spring of 1996 in an issue of [[CoroCoro Comic]]. Initially, a lottery was held to distribute the Pokémon experimentally to a limited number of players, and a [[Mew (Wizards Promo 47)|promotional card]] was included in the January issue of CoroCoro Comic. Supposed [[Easter_egg#Truck|methods]] of obtaining Mew, passed on through word-of-mouth, contributed to the success of the Pokémon series. Its success was mirrored in the west with the eventual release of {{pkmn|Red and Blue}}, making Mew a prominent character of the first generation, co-starring in the first animated movie, [[M01|''Mewtwo Strikes Back'']].
 
===Generation II===
[[File:251Celebi GS.png|thumb|160px|left|Artwork of {{p|Celebi}} from {{pkmn|Gold and Silver}}.]]
===={{p|Celebi}}====
'''Celebi''' (Japanese: '''セレビィ''' ''Celebi'') is a Psychic and Grass-type Pokémon known as the Time Travel Pokémon. It is referred to as the guardian of forests, protecting and nourishing them as it travels through time.
 
It starred in the fourth Pokémon movie, [[M04|''Celebi: Voice of the Forest'']], and appeared again with a central role in [[M13|''Zoroark: Master of Illusions'']].
 
===Generation III===
[[File:385Jirachi.png|thumb|175px|right|Artwork of {{p|Jirachi}} from {{pkmn|Ruby and Sapphire}}.]]
===={{p|Jirachi}}====
'''Jirachi''' (Japanese: '''ジラーチ''' ''Jirachi'') is a Steel and Psychic-type Pokémon known as the Wish Pokémon. It is said to able to grant any wishes written on the tags on its head once awake. It only wakes up for seven days once every thousand years. If in danger, it will fight without waking up.
 
Jirachi is heavily connected to the real-world Japanese festival of {{wp|Tanabata}}, with several [[List of Tanabata event Pokémon|distributions]] occurring in celebration of the event.
 
===={{p|Deoxys}}====
[[File:386Deoxys.png|thumb|190px|left|Artwork of {{p|Deoxys}} in its Normal Forme from {{pkmn|Ruby and Sapphire}}.]]
'''Deoxys''' (Japanese: '''デオキシス''' ''Deoxys'') is a Psychic-type Pokémon known as the DNA Pokémon. It mutated from a space virus when exposed to a laser beam. It is able to change its form, altering its appearance and traits. The crystal on its chests acts as its brain, as well as a defense mechanism.
Contrary to its classification in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, [http://www.pokemoncenter.com/info/Pokemon_Characters PokémonCenter.com] notably calls Deoxys a Legendary Pokémon rather than a Mythical Pokémon, creating some confusion over its official designation.
 
===Generation IV===
====[[Legendary Duo#Manaphy_and_Phione|Sea Guardians]]====
[[File:Manaphyphione.png|thumb|225px|right|Artwork of {{p|Manaphy}} and {{p|Phione}} from {{pkmn|Diamond and Pearl}}.]]
'''[[Phione]]''' ([[List of Japanese Pokémon names|Japanese:]] '''フィオネ''' ''Phione'') is a {{type|Water}} Pokémon known as the Sea Drifter Pokémon, and '''[[Manaphy]]''' ([[List of Japanese Pokémon names|Japanese]]: '''マナフィ''' ''Manaphy'') is a {{type|Water}} Pokémon known as the Seafaring Pokémon. Phione live in warm seas, using the inflation sac on their heads to search for food and to drift in packs, always returning to the place of their birth. Manaphy are born on cold seafloors, also swimming great distances to return to their birthplace, and are born with a wondrous power to bond with any kind of Pokémon. Together, these two Pokémon species make up a Mythical duo of a parent and child.
Manaphy was first made available to those who pre-ordered tickets for [[M09|''Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea'']] in Japan. Any who pre-ordered tickets received a voucher which could be redeemed from June 17 to August 31, 2006 to access [[Pokémon Ranger|Pokémon Ranger's]] [[Ranger Net]] mission, "Recover the Precious Egg!". Once completed, a Manaphy egg could be transferred to {{pkmn|Diamond and Pearl}} and hatched. This mission was later made available to other areas of the world, and Manaphy has since been released through distribution as most other Mythical Pokémon.
 
====[[Darkrai]]====
[[File:491Darkrai.png|thumb|175px|left|Artwork of {{p|Darkrai}} from {{pkmn|Diamond and Pearl}}.]]
'''Darkrai''' ([[List of Japanese Pokémon names|Japanese]]: '''ダークライ''' ''Darkrai'') is a {{type|Dark}} Pokémon known as the Pitch-Black Pokémon. It chases people and Pokémon away from its territory by causing them to experience deep, nightmarish slumbers. However, it is merely protecting itself, and means no harm. It is particularly active on moonless nights.
Darkrai was officially revealed February 2007, and was first made available to those who owned Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and watched [[M10|''Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai'']] in Japan from release to September 9, 2007. Other distributions were made available afterwards. Notably, in {{pkmn|Platinum}}, an event gave the [[Member Card]] to players over [[Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection]], activating an in-game event which allowed for capture of Darkrai on [[Newmoon Island]].
 
====[[Shaymin]]====
[[File:492Shaymin-Land.png|thumb|150px|right|Artwork of {{p|Shaymin from {{pkmn|Diamond and Pearl}}.]]
'''Shaymin''' ([[List of Japanese Pokémon names|Japanese]]: '''シェイミ''' ''Shaymin'') is a {{type|Grass}} Pokémon known as the Gratitude Pokémon. Shaymin live in flower patches and avoid detection by curling up to look like a flowering plant. Shaymin are able to dissolve toxins in the air to transform ruined land into a lush field of flowers. When sensing gratitude, the flowers all over its body burst into bloom.
Shaymin was officially revealed in February 2008 as a star of [[M11|''Giratina and the Sky Warrior'']], and in early June 2008, its Sky Forme was revealed. Shaymin was first made available to owners of Pokémon {{pkmn|Diamond and Pearl}} during the theatrical showing of the movie in Japan from July 19 to September 30, 2008. Other distributions were later made available, but a notable distribution occurred for North American and PAL players from September 28 to November 8, 2009 through distribution of the [[List of key items in Generation IV|key item]] [[Oak's Letter]]. This item allowed players to access [[Seabreak Path]] and capture a Shaymin in [[Flower Paradise]].
 
====[[Arceus]]====
[[File:493Arceus.png|thumb|200px|left|Artwork of [[Arceus]] from {{pkmn|Platinum}}.]]
 
Arceus was officially revealed on February 14, 2009, and first made available to players on July 18 of that year, the day when [[M12|''Arceus and the Jewel of Life'']] premiered in Japan. Arceus was revealed to international audiences on August 3, 2009.
 
==In other languages==
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