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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.



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.


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
150 150 Mewtwo Psychic
249 249 Lugia Psychic Flying
250 250 Ho-Oh Fire Flying
382 382 Kyogre Water
383 383 Groudon Ground
384 384 Rayquaza Dragon Flying
483 483 Dialga Steel Dragon
484 484 Palkia Water Dragon
487 487 Giratina
Altered Forme
Ghost Dragon
487 487O Giratina
Origin Forme
Ghost Dragon
643 643 Reshiram Dragon Fire
644 644 Zekrom Dragon Electric
646 646 Kyurem
Normal Kyurem
Dragon Ice
646 646B Kyurem
Black Kyurem
Dragon Ice
646 646W Kyurem
White Kyurem
Dragon Ice
716 716 Xerneas Fairy
717 717 Yveltal Dark Flying
718 718 Zygarde Dragon Ground
789 789 Cosmog Psychic
790 790 Cosmoem Psychic
791 791 Solgaleo Psychic Steel
792 792 Lunala Psychic Ghost
800 800 Necrozma Psychic
800DM 800DM Necrozma Psychic Steel
800DW 800DW Necrozma Psychic Ghost
888 888 Zacian Fairy
888C 888C Zacian Fairy Steel
889 889 Zamazenta Fighting
889C 889C Zamazenta Fighting Steel
890 890 Eternatus Poison Dragon
898 898 Calyrex Psychic Grass
898I 898I Calyrex Psychic Ice
898S 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 can have up to 2 Special Pokémon on their team, but all Mythical Pokémon are 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
France Flag.png French Pokémon spécial
Germany Flag.png German Besondere Pokémon
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon speciale
South Korea Flag.png Korean 특별한 포켓몬 Teukbyeolhan Pokémon
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pokémon especial

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