Special Pokémon

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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.

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 most, 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
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
800   Necrozma
Dusk Mane
Psychic Steel
800   Necrozma
Dawn Wings
Psychic Ghost
888   Zacian
Fairy
889   Zamazenta
Fighting
890   Eternatus
Poison Dragon
898   Calyrex
Psychic Grass
898   Calyrex
Ice Rider
Psychic Ice
898   Calyrex
Shadow Rider
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 the Battle Spot.

Usage restrictions

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Reason: Restrictions in Generation VII and VIII

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.

In the Pokémon Video Game Championships from 2017 to 2018, all Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon were banned. This also included Ash Greninja.

In the 2019 Pokémon Video Game Championships, a player could have up to 2 Special Pokémon on their team, but all Mythical Pokémon and Ash Greninja 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 most 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.

In Generation VIII, Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon can enter the Battle Tower without restriction but are banned from Restricted Sparring.

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

From Generation VI onward 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
Chinese Cantonese 特殊的寶可夢 Dahksyùh-dīk Pokémon
Mandarin 特殊的寶可夢 / 特殊的宝可梦 Tèshū-de Pokémon
  French Pokémon spécial
  German Besondere Pokémon
  Italian Pokémon speciale
  Korean 특별한 포켓몬 Teukbyeolhan Pokémon
  Spanish Pokémon especial



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