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With few exceptions, Mythical Pokémon cannot be obtained in the [[core series]] games in the course of normal gameplay. They can typically only be obtained by [[Mystery Gift]] (either directly, or using an [[event item]]). They are distributed to players via [[Mystery Gift]] on special occasions such as screenings of Pokémon movies, events in retail stores, online distributions, and the [[Pokémon 20th Anniversary]], or may be received via [[Spin-off Pokémon games|spin-off games]] that feature special connectivity.
 
The [[gender]] of every Mythical Pokémon is unknown. Almost all Mythical Pokémon cannot [[Evolution|evolve]], with the exception of {{p|Meltan}}, and most arecannot unable to be [[Undiscovered (Egg Group){{pkmn|breeding|bred]]breed}}, although {{p|Manaphy}} and {{p|Phione}} can be bred with {{p|Ditto}} to produce {{p|Phione}} {{pkmn|Egg}}s.
 
Much like [[starter Pokémon]] appear at the beginning of each [[regional Pokédex]] and their generation's portion of the [[National Pokédex]], Mythical Pokémon typically appear at the very end, and Legendary Pokémon immediately before them. The Mythical Pokémon {{p|Victini}} is the only exception, which appears at the start of the [[Unova Pokédex]] as #000, coming before the region's starter Pokémon in the Pokédex.
 
===In the anime===
Mythical Pokémon typically make their {{pkmn|anime}} debut in a {{pkmn|movie}}, rather than first appearing in a normal episode. Most are held in very high regard in all forms of canon, though their status varies between the {{pkmn|games}} and anime.
 
In the anime, they are often only seen by special {{pkmn|Trainer}}s, such as [[Ash Ketchum]] and people who have a special connection to them. Ill-intentioned people often seek to possess them, due to their power and rarity. {{si|Tobias}} is the first {{pkmn|Trainer}} seen to own a Mythical Pokémon in the anime, using the Mythical Pokémon {{p|Darkrai}} and the Legendary Pokémon {{p|Latios}} in the [[Lily of the Valley Conference]],. later,Another [[Diacharacter (Alola)to own a Mythical Pokémon was {{al|Dia]]}}, an inhabitant of the [[Ultra Ruin]], waswho seen to ownowns the Mythical Pokémon {{p|Zeraora}}. Ash owns a Mythical Pokémon, {{AP|Melmetal}}, which he {{pkmn2|caught}} as a [[Meltan]] in ''[[SM112|Got Meltan?]]'' after it befriended his {{AP|Rowlet}}.
 
==List of Mythical Pokémon==
Of the {{numpkmn}} Pokémon species, 1920 are Mythical Pokémon ({{#expr:(1820/{{numpkmn}}*100) round2}}%). Including Phione, there are 2021 Mythical Pokémon ({{#expr:(1921/{{numpkmn}}*100) round2}}%). Each [[generation]] has introduced at least one Mythical Pokémon.
 
===Generation I===
 
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]]. 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. 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 {{game|Red and Blue|s}}, making Mew a prominent character of the first generation, co-starring in the first animated movie, ''[[M01|Mewtwo Strikes Back]]''.
 
In {{game|Emerald}}, with the [[Old Sea Chart]] [[event item]], the player can travel to [[Faraway Island]], where they can encounter a wild Mew, after they complete a game of hide-and-seek with it. This is the only time Mew has appeared in the wild, excluding [[glitch]]es.
 
In {{g|Sun and Moon}}, it can use a unique [[Z-Crystal]] known as the [[Mewnium Z]], which allows it to perform the [[Z-Move]] [[Genesis Supernova]]. In Sun and Moon, the Mewnium Z was only available through a [[Pokémon Bank]] promotion, but it is available in {{g|Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon}} by showing a Mew to a man in the Tide Song Hotel in Heahea City.
Introduced in {{game|Gold and Silver|s}}, Celebi was the second Mythical Pokémon to be released. Created by [[Ken Sugimori]], it was dubbed the "New Mew" soon after being revealed because of its similar size and stats with Mew, as well as the status of being the last in the [[National Pokédex]] as of its generation and being unobtainable through normal gameplay. It first became available in Nintendo Space World 2000 in Japan, with numerous other events coming in the following years worldwide.
 
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In {{g|Colosseum}}, Celebi appears if the player uses a [[Time Flute]] at the [[Relic Stone]], descending from above and then flying around a [[Shadow Pokémon]] to instantly [[purification|purify]] it. In the Japanese version, the player can obtain Celebi after purifying all 64 Shadow Pokémon in the game.
 
It starred in the fourth Pokémon movie, ''[[M04|Celebi: The Voice of the Forest]]'',. andA appearedCelebi againalso withhad a central role in ''[[M13|Zoroark: Master of Illusions]]''.
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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.
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====Deoxys====
[[File:Ranger 3 Deoxys mission art.png|thumb|240px|left|{{p|Deoxys}} surrounded by {{OBP|Pokémon Ranger|Ranger series}}s]]
While Deoxys originally had little impact on the story of [[Generation III]], {{pkmn|Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire}} introduced the [[Delta Episode]], a mission following the {{player}}'s first completion of the [[Hoenn League]] in which the player must stop a meteor from hitting the planet by destroying it with a befriended {{p|Rayquaza}}, revealing a Deoxys within. This marked the first time a Mythical Pokémon was available in-game without the need to attend an event or use a download code.
 
Contrary to its classification in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, [http://www.pokemoncenter.com/info/Pokemon_Characters PokémonCenter.com] as well as the [[Scholastic]] book, ''[[Official Guide to Legendary and Mythical Pokémon]]'', notably callscall Deoxys a Legendary Pokémon rather than a Mythical Pokémon, creating some confusion over its official designation.
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{{p|Darkrai}} is a {{type|Dark}} Mythical 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 is heavily connected with the status condition of {{status|Sleepsleep}} [[status condition]], as reflected by its [[signature Ability]], {{a|Bad Dreams}}, and its [[signature move]] {{m|Dark Void}}. It is also capablelearns ofrelated learningmoves, thesuch moveas {{m|Nightmare}} to inflict additional damage to sleeping opponents. In addition, fromFrom [[Generation VII]] onwardsonward, Darkrai is the only Pokémon able to use Dark Void, sofails that means it can't beif used by any other Pokémon even if copied by {{m|Sketch}} or {{m|Mimic}}).
 
Darkrai has appeared with an antagonistic role in [[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness]] and [[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky]], specifically as an enemy of the Legendary Pokémon {{p|Cresselia}}. In {{game|Diamond and Pearl|s}}, and {{game|Platinum}}, the player must also cure {{tc|Sailor}} [[Eldritch]]'s son of a nightmare using a [[Lunar Wing]] from Cresselia. The two Pokémon's relationship is further cemented in the anime episode ''[[DP104|Sleepless in Pre-Battle!]]'', in which Cresselia is revealed to actively drive Darkrai away from [[Canalave City]]. Collectively, the two Pokémon are known by a fan designator, the {{DL|Legendary duo|lunar duo}}.
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 {{game|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]].
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====Shaymin====
[[File:Shaymin Gracideas.png|thumb|240px|{{p|Shaymin}} in a field of [[Gracidea]] flowers]]
It is the only Mythical Pokémon with the ability to [[Mega Evolution|Mega Evolve]], which allows it to transform into Mega Diancie.
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====Hoopa====
[[File:M18 Hoopa distribution artwork.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Obtaining {{p|Hoopa}} on a [[New Nintendo 3DS]] via [[Mystery Gift]]]]
{{p|Hoopa}} is a Mythical Pokémon that has two Formes. Hoopa Confined, the Mischief Pokémon, is a {{2t|Psychic|Ghost}}-type Pokémon, while Hoopa Unbound, the Djinn Pokémon, is a {{2t|Psychic|Dark}}-type Pokémon. It is said to be able to be able to use its gold rings to warp space in order to take things it likes and carry them away into alternate dimensions. It is also said to have carried away an entire castle in an attempt to steal all of its treasure according to some legends. Using an item known as a [[Prison Bottle]], Hoopa Confined can transform into Hoopa Unbound and remain so for three days, after which it transforms back to Hoopa Confined. It will also transform back if deposited in the PC. Hoopa Unbound was first introduced in {{g|Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire}}. In addition, Hoopa Unbound is the only Pokémon able to use {{m|Hyperspace Fury}}, sofails thatif meansused itby can'tany bePokémon usedother bythan otherHoopa PokémonUnbound, evensuch as if copiedused by {{m|Sketch}}Hoopa or {{m|Mimic}})Confined.
 
Hoopa appeared in ''[[M18|Hoopa and the Clash of Ages]]'' in both its Confined and Unbound forms.
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====Volcanion====
[[File:Volcanion movie artwork.png|thumb|200px|{{p|Volcanion}}]]
 
====Magearna====
[[File:Magearna801Magearna.png|thumb|left|200px|{{p|Magearna}}]]
{{p|Magearna}} is a {{2t|Steel|Fairy}}-type Mythical Pokémon. It was made by humans 500 years ago. Its body is entirely metallic and contains tricky machinery and a secret hidden inside. Its core, known as a Soul-Heart, is its true body.
 
Marshadow appeared in ''[[M20|I Choose You!]]'' where it acted as a guide to Ash and his friends.
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====Zeraora====
[[File:807Zeraora.png|thumb|left|200px|{{p|Zeraora}}]]
Zeraora appeared in ''[[M21|The Power of Us]]''.
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====Meltan and Melmetal====
[[File:Melmetal and Meltan.png|thumb|right|200px|{{p|Meltan}} and {{p|Melmetal}}]]
{{p|Meltan}} is a {{type|Steel}} Mythical Pokémon introduced in [[Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!]]. It first appeared in [[Pokémon GO]] on September 21, 2018, by way of large numbers of {{p|Ditto}} disguised as Meltan. Meltan's identity was revealed on September 25, 2018. On October 24, 2018, it was revealed that Meltan can [[evolution|evolve]] into another Steel-type Mythical Pokémon, {{p|Melmetal}}.
 
Meltan is known be curious and expressive. It is instinctively drawn to metal that it could absorb, as well as other Meltan, in order to combine and form Melmetal. Melmetal was worshiped in ancient times for creating metal.
 
A group of {{DL|Recurring wild Pokémon in the anime|Meltan}} first appeared in ''[[SM106|Evolving Research!]]''. In ''[[SM112|Got Meltan?]]'', one of them was {{pkmn2|caught}} by {{Ash}}. In [[SM138]], Ash's Meltan evolved into {{AP|Melmetal}} by combining with the other Meltan.
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==Trivia==
* If {{p|Phione}} is not considered a Mythical Pokémon:, {{p|Manaphy}} is the only Mythical Pokémon that can breed; as such, it is also the only Mythical Pokémon that is not a member of the {{egg3|Undiscovered}}.
** {{p|Manaphy}} is the only Mythical Pokémon that can breed; as such, it is also the only Mythical Pokémon that is not a member of the {{egg3|Undiscovered}}.
** {{p|Meloetta}} is the only Mythical Pokémon that has appeared in the {{pkmn|anime}} to not have a starring role in a {{pkmn|movie}}.
* {{p|Meltan}} is the only Mythical Pokémon that is capable of [[evolution]].
* {{p|Diancie}} is the only Mythical Pokémon that is capable of [[Mega Evolution]].
* Despite the first Mythical Pokémon, Mew, being added to the original games right before release, the concept of "illusory monsters" (Mythical Monsters) already existed in [[Satoshi Tajiri]]'s pitch for [[Capsule Monsters]]. They were said to be hard to encounter, hard to catch or be impossible to catch if the player missed their chance. For example, there would be a "Green Dragon" that could only be found rarely in a specific area of a dungeon, and it would have taken around two hours to find and catch.<ref name="ref1">[http://www.glitterberri.com/pokemon-red-blue/early-concept-art/2/ GlitterBerri's Game Translations » Early Concept Art]</ref>
* There are no Mythical Pokémon with [[Ability#Hidden Abilities|Hidden Abilities]].
 
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