Swords of Justice

The Swords of Justice (Japanese: 聖剣士(せいけんし) Sacred Swordsmen)[1] is a collective term to refer to the group consisting of three Legendary PokémonCobalion, Terrakion, Virizion — and later including the Mythical Pokémon Keldeo. The group resides in the Unova region.

The Swords of Justice in the anime
Artwork of Virizion, Terrakion, and Cobalion from a 2011 UNIQLO collaboration

Shared design

The Swords of Justice share a secondary type, Fighting; and the Ability Justified. A number of their moves refer to combat and swordplay, such as Swords Dance and Sacred Sword; the latter was the signature move of the Swords of Justice in Generation V.


The Swords of Justice are often referred to by fans as the Legendary musketeers, as they are loosely based on the titular group of main characters from the French novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.[2] Cobalion represents Athos, the oldest and de facto leader of the group; Terrakion represents Porthos, the strongest, heaviest and largest member of the group; Virizion represents Aramis, the vainest, most romantic member of the group;[2] and Keldeo may represent d'Artagnan, the latest and, by far, youngest addition to the group.


"Imagined" Sword of Justice from the Violet Book

The Swords of Justice have challenged humans according to the legend in order to protect other Pokémon from losing their homes to human expansion. According to legend, the three Swords of Justice distrust humans because of a war that endangered the Pokémon living in Unova.

The war between two human factions resulted in a forest fire in the Moor of Icirrus. The lives of many wild Pokémon that lived there were endangered because of it. Ensnared by the smoke, they could not escape and their demise seemed certain until three figures appeared.

Terrakion shaped the earth and created a passage by which to escape, Virizion used its speed to shield the Pokémon from sparks and embers, while their leader, Cobalion, ushered the Pokémon to safety. Despite their efforts, the forest eventually burned to the ground. However, amongst the ashes, the three came across a lone Pokémon known as Keldeo, who was separated from its parents. The trio adopted Keldeo into their group and taught it the knowledge and moves necessary in order to survive. Over time, Keldeo began to surpass its teachers before leaving the forest, though it is unknown why it left.

The trio proceeded to fight back the armies, overwhelming them with their combined might. Legends of them continue to be told today, and it has been said that if human conflict ever again threatened the safety of Pokémon, they would return to quell the fighting and preserve a climate of peace.

In Pokémon Violet, a sketch artist from the Area Zero expedition was inspired by the Paradox Pokémon within the Great Crater of Paldea and drew an imaginary Pokémon resembling the Swords of Justice (sans Keldeo), as well as, incidentlally, Iron Leaves, Iron Boulder, and Iron Crown. The Scarlet Book instead depicts a creature resembling the legendary beasts.

Virizion, Terrakion, and Cobalion are said to be related to the Paradox Pokémon, Iron Leaves, Iron Boulder, and Iron Crown, respectively. Conflicting accounts claim they're the Swords' descendants from the distant future or versions of them from parallel timelines.

Similar movesets

 Steel  Fighting 
 Rock  Fighting 
 Grass  Fighting 
 Water  Fighting 
1 - Secret Sword
Quick Attack Aqua Jet
Helping Hand
Work Up
7 Metal Claw Smack Down Magical Leaf Bubble Beam
14 Quick Guard
21 Double Kick
28 Retaliate
35 Metal Burst Rock Slide Giga Drain Aqua Tail
42 Take Down
49 Sacred Sword
56 Swords Dance
63 Iron Head Stone Edge Leaf Blade Hydro Pump
70 Close Combat
Moves in bold are STAB. Moves in italics do no damage.

Base stat comparison

Sp. Attack
Sp. Defense
Total 580 580 580 580

In the games

Pokémon Black and White

The player can encounter Cobalion in Mistralton Cave's Guidance Chamber, which requires the use of Surf. Encountering Cobalion will enable the player to encounter Terrakion in Victory Road's Trial Chamber and Virizion in Pinwheel Forest's Rumination Field. When gathered at the Moor of Icirrus, Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion will teach Keldeo its signature move, Secret Sword.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

The player can now encounter Cobalion at Route 13, Terrakion at Route 22 and Virizion at Route 11. When gathered, Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion will teach Keldeo its signature move, Secret Sword at Pledge Grove instead.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

The player can encounter Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion at the Pathless Plain while soaring in the sky as long as there are three Pokémon with 510 EVs in the player's party. Cobalion appears on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; Terrakion appears on Tuesday and Saturday; and Virizion appears on Monday and Thursday.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

The player can encounter Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion in the Ultra Space Wilds' Rocky World dimension by traveling through green warp holes in Ultra Warp Ride.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

The player can encounter Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion in the Crown Tundra after collecting 50 footprints of each Pokémon. Sonia will then pinpoint the location of the Pokémon, making Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion appear in Frigid Sea, Lakeside Cave and Giant's Bed, respectively.

After capturing Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion, the player can also encounter Keldeo. After interacting with a pair of footprints near a pot on an island in Ballimere Lake and making a curry with Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion in the party, Keldeo will appear on the island.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

The members of Swords of Justice are obtainable after completing the main story of The Indigo Disk. They can be encountered in Paldea after obtaining special snacks from Snacksworth. Additionally, the games introduce supposed descendants of Virizion, Terrakion, and Cobalion: the Paradox Pokémon Iron Leaves, Iron Boulder, and Iron Crown respectively. The player need to obtain Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion Treats from Snacksworth to encounter them. The trio can be found in Violet. The player of the opposite version can get the trio by participating in Blueberry Quests through the Union Circle online.

In the anime

The Swords of Justice in the anime
Main article: Swords of Justice (M15)

The Swords of Justice all made their anime debuts in Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice. Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion train their youngest member, Keldeo, but before the Colt Pokémon finishes its training, it decides to test its strength against Kyurem. The Boundary Pokémon proves to be too much for Keldeo, who flees from the battle, but is actively pursued by Kyurem, who wants to finish their match. Keldeo is then found by Ash and his friends, who help it to end the battle with Kyurem.

In the manga

Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Swords of Justice (Adventures)
Main article: Kelden

Virizion debuted in A Direct Attack and a Daunting Defense, where it attacks Black and White as they cross the Skyarrow Bridge, cutting up their clothing. After learning about the date of the Pokémon League's date being pushed up, Black decides to capture the Swords of Justice in a desperate attempt to convince Drayden to give him entry into the League without an eighth Gym Badge. His travels take him to Mistralton Cave, where he meets Shoko, a young girl who's friend, Trish, had gone into the cave to capture the Swords of Justice herself.

When they hear a cry of pain, Black and Shoko enter the cave to find that Trish had been defeated and captured by Terrakion and Virizion. Black manages to get Trish out of Terrakion and Virizion's grasp with the help of Bo. When Trish wakes up, she decides to battle and capture the two Pokémon again, but is interrupted by the third Pokémon, Cobalion. Cobalion's appearance startles Trish into dropping her torches, causing a fire to start inside of the cave. Using teamwork, Cobalion, Virizion and Terrakion put out the flames as well as capture Shoko and Trish's Pokémon so that they can be freed from their Trainers. Black tracks them using Musha's dream eating abilities, and he manages to free the girls' Pokémon after telling the three legends that Trish and Shoko truly love their Pokémon. Cobalion, Virizion and Terrakion then disappear into the distance, much to Black's disappointment since he never captured them.

Later, the Swords of Justice are seen communicating with each other through telepathy as they travel towards Pledge Grove to meet their apprentice, Keldeo. During their journey, the Shadow Triad catch sight of them and recognize them before planning to catch them, but Cobalion uses Metal Burst on the Shadow Triad before leading Terrakion and Virizion to safety. They meet Keldeo as promised, and teach it the move Sacred Sword, allowing it to leave a cut on the stone and complete its training. After Keldeo accomplishes this, Cobalion decides that all four of them would apprehend the Shadow Triad, as it knew that the Shadow Triad are up to no good and cannot be ignored.

They travel to the P2 Laboratory, where the Shadow Triad and the Striaton Gym Leaders, Cilan, Cress and Chili, are locked in combat. From the expressions on each sides' Pokémon, Keldeo determines the Striaton Gym Leaders to be the good side. Keldeo rushes in to defeat the Shadow Triad's Pokémon, but gets captured in the process. Fortunately, Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion come to the rescue by swinging their swords at both trios, defeating both sides before deciding to leave. Although defeated, the Shadow Triad refuse to back down and activate the P2 Lab's doors and have their secret weapon fire a laser at Keldeo. Keldeo is protected by its three mentors, who are frozen by the laser and proceed to sink into the waters below.

Two years later, Keldeo was encountered by Blake and Whitley during a run to fill the Pokédex with data. After having been lured out by Whitley's Foongy's Sweet Scent, Keldeo lashed out at the two and attacked them with its sword. Blake managed to dodge, but accidentally stepped too far and fell down a cliff. A while later, Keldeo agreed to join Blake's team, and is nicknamed Kelden.

Pokémon RéBURST

The Swords of Justice, excluding Keldeo, are captured by the organization Great Gavel and turned into Burst Hearts. Their Burst Hearts are then given to the three generals: Amu, Ganku and Rovy.


  • In Generation V, the Swords of Justice have their own battle transition, like the Tao trio and the Forces of Nature (the latter of which share their theme). The screen will pause, fade to black, and then a sword will slash through the screen as the glass breaks into pieces and the battle begins.
  • The Swords of Justice are the first quadruped Fighting-type Pokémon to be introduced in the series.
  • Each of the three Swords of Justice appear as the focus of a spin-off game that was published during Generation V.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 聖劍士 Singgimsih
Mandarin 聖劍士 / 圣剑士 Shèngjiànshì
  Danish Retfærdighedens Sværd
  Dutch Zwaarden der Gerechtigheid
  Finnish Oikeuden miekka
  French Lames de la Justice
  German Ritter der Redlichkeit
  Italian Solenni spadaccini
  Korean 성검사 Seonggeomsa
  Norwegian Rettferdighetens sverd
  Polish Miecze Sprawiedliwości
  Portuguese Espadas da Justiça
  Russian Мечей Справедливости Mechey Spravedlivosti
  Spanish Espadachines místicos
  Swedish Rättvisans Svärd
  Turkish Kılıcına Karşı

See also


  1. M15
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nintendo Dream Vol. 204, April 2011 (Shellspider's blog (Japanese), Translation by Dr. Lava)

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