Special Pokémon

Special Pokémon (Japanese: 特別なポケモン Special Pokémon) is a term referring to a group of Pokémon in the core series games and side games that are restricted or banned from certain official tournaments, battle facilities, and link battle formats. Most Special Pokémon are Legendary game mascots. While the concept exists in all generations, the term was not used until Generation IV.

Terminology

Whenever Special Pokémon are restricted or banned, Mythical Pokémon are also usually banned. While often only "special Pokémon" are mentioned to be banned when both Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon are, the description of the GS Cup indicates that Mythical Pokémon are not Special Pokémon.

The term "special Pokémon" is also used in a purely descriptive sense (as opposed to being used as a key term) in the Rotom Pokédex. Pokémon whose QR Codes cannot be viewed in the Rotom Pokédex (all Legendary and Mythical Pokémon, as well as the Ultra Beasts) are referred to as "special Pokémon". This usage is entirely distinct from the usage to describe Pokémon that are restricted from certain battles.

List

The following list only includes the Pokémon that are always considered to be Special Pokémon. Mythical Pokémon are considered to be special Pokémon in some, but not all, contexts.

# Pokémon Type
150   Mewtwo Psychic
249   Lugia Psychic Flying
250   Ho-Oh Fire Flying
382   Kyogre Water
383   Groudon Ground
384   Rayquaza Dragon Flying
483   Dialga Steel Dragon
484   Palkia Water Dragon
487   Giratina
Altered Forme
Ghost Dragon
487   Giratina
Origin Forme
Ghost Dragon
643   Reshiram Dragon Fire
644   Zekrom Dragon Electric
646   Kyurem
Normal Kyurem
Dragon Ice
646   Kyurem
Black Kyurem
Dragon Ice
646   Kyurem
White Kyurem
Dragon Ice
716   Xerneas Fairy
717   Yveltal Dark Flying
718   Zygarde Dragon Ground
789   Cosmog Psychic
790   Cosmoem Psychic
791   Solgaleo Psychic Steel
792   Lunala Psychic Ghost
800   Necrozma Psychic
800DM   Necrozma Psychic Steel
800DW   Necrozma Psychic Ghost
888   Zacian Fairy
888C   Zacian Fairy Steel
889   Zamazenta Fighting
889C   Zamazenta Fighting Steel
890   Eternatus Poison Dragon
898   Calyrex Psychic Grass
898I   Calyrex Psychic Ice
898S   Calyrex Psychic Ghost


Potential Special Pokémon

In Generation VII, it is unclear whether Greninja with Battle Bond is considered a Special Pokémon. Unlike Special Pokémon it is allowed in the Battle Tree, but like them it is banned from Battle Spot.

Usage restrictions

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Reason: Restrictions in Generation VII

Official tournaments

In Generation I, many official tournaments banned Mewtwo and Mew, the only existing Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon, respectively. As subsequent generations expanded both groups, the additional members were also banned from most official tournaments. However, some tournaments, such as the Mobile Cup 2001 and Pokémon Emerald Ultimate Frontier Brain Battle, only banned Mythical Pokémon and allowed Special Pokémon. Several online competitions specifically allow Special Pokémon, or Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon.

At the Pokémon Video Game Showdown 2008, Dragonite, Tyranitar, and all Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon were banned. In the 2009 Pokémon Video Game Championships, Tyranitar and all Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon were banned.

In the 2010 Pokémon Video Game Championships, a player could have up to 2 Special Pokémon on their team, but all Mythical Pokémon were banned.

In the Pokémon Video Game Championships from 2011 to 2015, all Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon were banned.

In the 2016 Pokémon Video Game Championships, a player could have up to 2 Special Pokémon on their team, but all Mythical Pokémon were banned.

Battle facilities

In Generation II, Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon can only enter the Battle Tower if the level chosen is 70 or higher (Eggs are not allowed to enter).

From Generation III onward, Eggs, Spiky-eared Pichu, Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon are banned from all battle facilities (except Trainer Tower and Trainer Hill). Additionally, in Generation IV, Rotom will revert to its normal form when entered in a battle facility.

Battle modes

Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon are banned from all cups in Pokémon Yellow's Colosseum 2, and all Stadium Cups except Prime Cup in Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Stadium 2.

In the Generation IV games' special rulesets in link battles, Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon are banned from the Fancy Cup and Light Cup (and the Little Cup implicitly). In the GS Cup, a player can only have up to 2 Special Pokémon on their team, but all Mythical Pokémon are banned.

In Generation VI, Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon cannot participate in Rating Battles in Battle Spot Random Matchup.

Global Trade System

In Generation VI on the Global Trade System, the player can choose to filter out people seeking special Pokémon. Doing so also filters out players seeking Mythical Pokémon.

In other languages

Language Title
  French Pokémon spécial
  German Besondere Pokémon
  Italian Pokémon speciale
  Korean 특별한 포켓몬 Teukbyeolhan Pokémon
  Spanish Pokémon especial



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