Talk:Xerneas (Pokémon)

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Time to Create

I think we have enough to go ahead and kick off the two legendary Pokémon pages. (Other being Yveltal.) CycloneGU (talk) 15:13, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Because we don't know the types these Pokémon will have yet, we will be holding back the creation of their articles for now. Knowing the type of a Pokémon is basic information, but a relevant one when creating an article (mainly because of {{PokémonInfobox}}). Masatoshitalk 16:46, 9 January 2013 (UTC)
By that argument, why are the starter pages created, then? Their official types have yet to be released as well (though being starters, they are obvious), and I'm sure that the two legendaries will be Dragon types to some degree (they definitely LOOK like Dragons). If this is wrong, it can always be changed! CycloneGU (talk) 18:26, 9 January 2013 (UTC)
Citing them as dragons is far more speculative than the starters. There's nothing to suggest that other than what some may consider "tradition." For the starters, at least their primary types, are, with about 99% certainty, a given.GreatLiver (talk) 21:31, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

I see that "Unknown" has been used. In a situation such as this, I believe this is a valid compromise allowing the page to be created. The template, on the other hand, seems pointless; after all, editing of all five existing new Pokémon pages is locked, and those who can edit them probably don't need to read the template as they already exercise those guidelines. (And please do not intent this, I outdented intentionally.) CycloneGU (talk) 01:43, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

The template is there for people reading the page, not for people editing it. It's basically saying "we don't know much yet, don't expect full details and don't be surprised if the stuff on here changes suddenly." Werdnae (talk) 02:35, 10 January 2013 (UTC)


Before the pages get ready, can I make the redirect pages already? the ones with pokemon instead of Pokémon, e.g. Yveltal (pokemon) redirect to Yveltal (Pokémon).--Igor (talk) 16:03, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

I personally see barely any point in creating redirects to an inexistent article. It will create false positives shown in the search bar, misleading a lot of people. I suggest you to wait until we actually create the article. Masatoshitalk 16:46, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Appearance description?

Is it too early to write a appearance description? We already know enough to write it.

So far Xerneas has x like pupils or markings in its blue eyes. The antlers seem to be crystal-like and we know its basic coloration. Yamitora1 (talk) 21:33, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

I'd like to point out that it's very similar to the Shishigami, a Deer God and a forest-spirit appeared in Princess Mononoke. But, well, I don't know if it's something canonical in the Japanese folklore or it just appeared in that movie. Tano (talk) 16:07, 11 January 2013 (UTC)

Shouln't the physiology say:

  • Pokémon with an eight-horned set of antlers extending out from their head, four on each side

- unsigned comment from Pokeprof1 (talkcontribs)

Shaped Like the Letter "X"

It should be added that Xerneas' body is shaped like the letter "x", perhaps in the Trivia section. --Nintendo101 (talk) 22:56, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

I was looking for this but did not see it. However, it has an "X" glint in its eyes. CycloneGU (talk) 01:41, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

If Xerneas sprawled its front legs, it would look like an "x". Plus, it is blue like the "x" in the Pokemon X Version logo and the top of the segments in said x have wavy lines that make it resemble the antlers on Xerneas. Additionally, Yveltal looks like the letter "y" from underneath and is red like the "y" in the Pokemon Y Version logo. --Nintendo101 (talk) 01:59, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

  • The "X" glint in its eyes sound like something for the physiology section or something like that, though the "X" shape body or appearance might be more of a stretch than the "Y" shape is for Yveltal. ----NateVirus(Talk|Contributions) 21:54, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

Xerneas may in fact be based on a Chital, a type of deer, which is also known an the "Axis Deer", alluding to X and Y possibly being named after the X axis and Y axis of dimensions, as Generation VI are the first main-series games to be fully in 3D. - unsigned comment from Personman42 (talkcontribs)

I would agree with this, it's exactly the sort of wordplay that GAME FREAK love. Plus, according to the Wikipedia page, they live in forests and grassland, exactly the sort of place where Xerneas was seen in the trailer. - signed comment from GoldenCelebi (pedia talknews talkarchives talk) 15:55, 12 January 2013 (UTC)
It may be just a coincidence however. We are only sure that it's shaped after the letter X. I can see an affinity with the coordinates, but only whan we say that the X axis is on the ground, and the Y axis points to the sky (afterall those are 2 dimension, and the game is on 3DS, and the first 3D game). Then they took the only animal that could look like an X (or one of the few ones) and put it on the ground like the X axis. Onestly I don't think that the developers were aware of a deer called "axis deer" (wikipedia says "axis axis"). I also think that this legendary is shaped after a forest spirit, but we are discussing it in another section of this page. We should stop using this section, since it was discussing a trivia that has been added already. --Tano (talk) 16:17, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

All information is unknown

That's an overstatement. We know their names, for example... --Abcboy (talk) 22:58, 9 January 2013 (UTC)


Shouldn't it be noted that Xerneas and Xatu are the only Pokémon that begin with "x"? Mesuxelf 13:48, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

No. Yanma and Yanmega got mentioned because they were of the same evolution line.--ForceFire 13:49, 10 January 2013 (UTC)
What about Yamask? Mesuxelf 21:49, 10 January 2013 (UTC)
It's preferable to avoid trivia that could become untrue at the drop of a hat, e.g. with the release of a new generation. If you have too much volatile trivia, then it's hard to track it all down and update it when it becomes untrue. Besides, it's hardly notable. yeyjordan 00:58, 11 January 2013 (UTC)
What I meant was, if they are of the same evolution line, then it'll be notable. But since they are two Pokémon of entirely different species makes it unnotable. And while we do tend to avoid these sort of trivia, however, if the trivia still stands to today (such as Xatu being the only X-lettered mon until recently), then it becomes notable.--ForceFire 04:05, 11 January 2013 (UTC)

It doesn't really count when Xerneas and Yveltal have the same names in both versions. --NemesisSP (talk) 22:03, 15, July 2013 (UTC)

Official Art

To use in place of screenshot, the official Sugimori art. Official Art Zond (talk) 12:55, 11 January 2013 (UTC)

That's the one cleaned by They also have Yveltal. The trivia should be fixed too, since Xerneas and Yveltal are confirmed to be also the Japanese names. Tano (talk) 14:47, 11 January 2013
Actually it doesn't, because th Japanese names means Katakana names, which have been unknown until today. Caciulacdlac (talk) 15:01, 11 January 2013 (UTC)
It's still the same name worldwide, not just the ENGLISH name. It was revealed on west official sites (both American and European), but it's not the English name, also French, German (and it was also revealed in those 2 countries at the same time) and Japanese. Also the pronunciation we have is Japanese (Xerneas is pronunced Zurneas). Tano (talk) 15:15, 11 January 2013
Xerneas's official Japanese name is "ゼルネアス" because it is used in the games, manga, TCG and so on. Either way, the trivia doesn't need fixing since it doesn't imply that the Japanese and English names are different.--Den Zen 15:35, 11 January 2013 (UTC)
Still, it's not just English, but also France, Spanish, German and Italian. It was announced at the same time on multiple sites all over the world. The fact that it's the same name doens't mean that it's the English name (also because it's just the romanized Japanese name). Tano (talk) 15:46, 11 January 2013 provided another even cleaner official pic, removing a shadow that was on the page. Tano (talk) 16:47, 11 January 2013
There was an error in the previous file. A small horn was left out (it's pretty hard to see in the scan, but it's there). This is a fixed version --Tano (talk) 20:51, 12 January 2013 (UTC)
Here. AdynizWanna talk? 18:35, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
That one has white matte all around. —Tano (talk) 21:16, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

Name Origin

How about "cervus" (from Latin, as French "cerf" is derived from it, like "cervo" in Italian or "ciervo" in Spanish) and Aeneas? Aeneas was a hero, opposed to "evil" from Yveltal. Tano (talk) 15:15, 11 January 2013 Xerneas -> Cer-neas -> Cervos + Aeneas. Tano (talk) 16:52, 11 January 2013

Imperial height and weight

Why haven't those metric height and weight been changed into imperial versions yet? It should be pretty easy to change them. --FinnishPokéFan92 (talk) 15:40, 11 January 2013 (UTC)

Probably waiting for official approximations. --Tano (talk) 17:10, 11 January 2013 (UTC)
3.0 m has been converted to 9'10" in all previous usages, so I've added that; however, I've left the others since they have not been used before. --SnorlaxMonster 16:22, 11 January 2013 (UTC)
Using my Computer's calculator, Xerneas weighs 474lb (Rounded to the nearest tenth!) --KirbyRider (talk) 21:42, 11 January 2013 (UTC)

Design origin

It's possible that the legendaries are based on the 3 germ layers. Here's a picture that explains it. Flintlock (talk) 08:19, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

Should wait for "Z" to confirm that. My personal opionion? Unlikely. I still find it hard to believe they have something to do with X and Y chromosomes. As fas as we know, their design comes from the 2 letters X and Y (well, that's obvious), that's the only solid information. I can only see an analogy with the coordinate system: the Y axis points to the sky (so Yveltal is able to fly), while the X axis is on the ground. However that's probably a trivia or start point for a typing concept, not sure if it matters for the design origin. Personally I find it very similar to the Shishigami, a Deer God and a forest-spirit appeared in Princess Mononoke. But, well, I don't know if it's something canonical in the Japanese folklore or it just appeared in that movie. --Tano (talk) 14:58, 12 January 2013 (UTC)
It may be too early to guess. I think that when their typings and the third monster is revealed their motif will be a lot more obvious. If this observation is correct then Xerneas would most likely be psychic to match the concept of neurons, Yveltal would most likely be fighting to match the concept of muscle tissue and the "Z Pokemon" may be poison which is the closest thing I can think of to match digestive system organs. There is no reason why they couldn't be derived from the 3 coordinates and the 3 germ layers. It's hard to dispute the fact that they do really resemble neurons and muscle tissues. It's just a matter of deciding if it was intentional. The Japanese Logo does have a picture of DNA, so a biology theme seems likely, but it is all just speculation based on observations right now. Even the X and Y thing, which I've seen disputed for similar reasons.

The comparison to the Shishigami is really interesting though. I'm trying to find more information to see if it was based on Japanese folklore. It wouldn't be the first time a Pokemon was based on a creature from Studio Ghibli (Snorlax and Garbador), but I can't tell if it's just a coincidence or not.Flintlock (talk) 01:36, 13 January 2013 (UTC)

I think that the origin of Generation VI in general was heavily based on Norse Mythology, in particular, Yggdrasil (The Tree Of Life). Xerneas is most likely based off of the four stags that feed off the low hanging branches of Yggdrasil named Dainn, Dvalinn, Duneyrr and Durapror. Each stag has a different color/element as seen in the antlers of Xerneas. PlatypusVenom (talk) 06:06, 17 January 2013 (UTC)

If so, there will probably be a Nidhoggr-based Legendary as well. In fact, I believe a serpent-like Legendary would confirm the theory. --KingStarscream (talk) 15:04, 1 April 2013 (UTC)
And a serpent could shape it's body into the letter Z, just like Yveltal is shaped like a Y and Xerneas is (kind of) shaped like an X. Yggdrasil as the design origin for the legendaries seems quite possible. I find myself almost hoping that it's true, because it seems to fit so perfectly. --Alex726(TALK) 02:10, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

I think another design inspiration for Xerneas was the prehistoric deer Eucladoceros. In fact I think it fits Xerneas better than the Ghibli character does. Nekno (talk)

What about the Buddhist story about the 8bitlives


Wrote up a backbone for the Physiology section: << Xerneas is a large deer-like Pokémon with majestic cream colored horns on the top of its head, adorned with 24 glowing crystal-like gems and branches of many different rainbow colors, from red to purple. The upper side of its body, from shoulders to head, is blue in coloration, while the lower part is black. Its chin and the sides of his head are blue, while the upper part is cream as the bigger horns, except for a small blue colored section just above the eyes. It has light blue eyes with X-shaped pupil, wich have a cream colored markings that curve up, connecting to the main horns. The nose has a darker shade of cream compared to the top of the head. In addition to those cream colored horns there 2 smaller blue horns to the side of the jaw and another pair of even smaller blue horns just above the eyes. Its limbs are slender and shaped like blades, surrounded by a cream colored stripe which goes from the outermost part of the blade itself to the knees. It has 3 colored dots on his back, yellow, red and purple, just before a short pointed tail. >>

Feel free to use in the article, edit, or contribute. --Tano (talk) 15:52, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

Spots on back

About this: "...the rest of their body is black with small, multicolored spots on their back..."

The spots on its back are reflections only. If they were actual markings, they would of had black outlines, which they don't. Could someone with permission edit that out? Angela-Samshi (talk) 23:02, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Official pronunciations

Has anyone else noticed that on the X and Y page, under the the Xerneas and Yvetal images, they have the names and pronunciations? Xerneas's is ZURR-nee-us. i mention this as i know there has been controversy over pronunciations before. i also know that the infobox has a pronunciation section. perhaps somebody could add this? _Volcronaperson_ 21:13, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

It'll be inconsistent in that Xerneas and Yveltal would be the only Pokémon with the pronunciation box while everything else doesn't. Also, adding the pronunciation box would make people add them on the other Pokémon pages as well. I think it's better to leave them out to avoid someone getting the wrong idea that we're allowing pronunciation on the infobox.--ForceFire 01:52, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

Possible Megaloceros/Irish Elk?

I've noticed that Xerneas bears a lot more than just a passing resemblance to the largest species of deer to walk the planet, Megaloceros giganteus: better known as the Irish Elk.

Should this be noted in the origin section? I find it noteworthy that the Name Origin mentions Celtic influences, so this might not be too far of a jump in logic- The Megaloceros is referenced in Germanic and Celtic legend as the Shelch or Segh. In addition, Xerneas has a set of antllers that are ridiculously huge. It would be easy to pass it off as any cervid with large antlers, save for the fact that it is much larger than any currently living species(Save for the moose, which matched the Megaloceros in body size), so it isn't unreasonable to make a connection between the two.

Considering the current article states "Xerneas is based on some kind of cervid.", perhaps it would be for the better least a mention that Xerneas' design resembles the Megaloceros. Kamineigh (talk) 06:21, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Korean name for Xerneas

Until the page gets unlocked... here's Xerneas's Korean name: 제르네아스 Jereu'neaseu (Though, really, it's just "Xerneas") -- Nick15 (talk) 03:00, 12 June 2013 (UTC)


Xerneas appears to be loosely based on the Mesopotamian god Shala. First of all, its basic shape and horns are slightly similar to a bull (although a deer is more likely). Also, its coloring is somewhat similar to electric blue, while Shala is the god of rain and thunder. Lastly, and most accurately, Shala's weapon is the lightning fork, to which Xerneas' forked horns and slight curves may be a reference. It should also be noted that Shala is the wife of Ishkur, on whom Yveltal may be based (see my comment on Yveltal's talk page). EpicDeino (talk) 21:47, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

First Legendary Fairy-type Pokémon

Since Xerneas was confirmed as being a Fairy-type, can someone post on the Trivia section that Xerneas is the first legendary Fairy-type Pokémon? --PKMNAdventurer (talk) 02:26, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

What if they change the type of an older legendary? Jo the Marten ಠ_ಠ 02:59, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
I'm not so sure about that, but I believe that since they made a new Fairy-type, they have to make a new Plate for Arceus so it can become a Fairy-type when held. Can someone at least mention in the Trivia section that Xerneas was the first Fairy-type legendary to be revealed? --PKMNAdventurer (talk) 03:51, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
We don't include "first such-and-such type legendary" trivia on any other page. See, for example, Darkrai, Suicune, Celebi, Regirock, Groudon and Giratina. "Only Bug-type legendary" is present on Genesect, but by precedent that'll be removed when another comes around, not changed to "first". Pumpkinking0192 (talk) 19:50, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

What I just found out

Can someone please add the fact that it is battled while in the possession of an NPC (it is still unknown if it happens in X or in Y), as clearly seen here (notice the 3 pokéballs notice next to Xerneas). In case the answer is "yes", then pleas don't forget to add the same thing to Yveltal's page. TheOriginalOne 18:52, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

That's not necessarily footage from within the game storyline; it's probably just a screenshot of a link battle. Pumpkinking0192 (talk) 19:40, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Xerneas is genderless.

If you look carefully, you notice that in the battle, Xerneas has no gender symbol (as well as Yveltal). Marked +-+-+ (talk) 21:42, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

Signature Move in question

According to ZephyrSonic on YouTube, Xerneas' signature move in English is called "Geomancy", check out the video here:

The Seeker (talk) 12:45, 23 July 2013 (UTC)The Seeker

We've known about Geomancy for some time now, thanks to CoroCoro (I believe). It'll be on the article when we have all the data to create a learnset section. Patience. Pumpkinking0192 (talk) 17:11, 23 July 2013 (UTC)


the trivia isn't true any more because of pyroar 0danmaster0 (talk) 15:54, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

Which version has Xerneas inside? X or Y?

"Xerneas is the version mascot of Pokémon X."

Xerneas is obtainable in X? I want to know. This new Fairy type is exciting. Thanks all.--4h8s (talk) 02:55, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

I would think that if it is the version mascot of X, it would be obtainable in X. However, as far as I know, nothing has surfaced that confirms it is obtainable in X. --NOBODY (talk) 14:05, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

Possible design origin for Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygarde

This is my two cents here, but from what me and a friend discussed a week or so ago, Xerneas is essentially Yggdrasil (Especially if you look at it's cocoon form), the Norse Tree. Yveltal is Ragnarok, a Norse Doomsday Event relating to Yggdrasil. Lastly, Zygarde is Nidhogg, one of the Wyrms that resides underneath Yggdrasil. Any opinions on this matter? Shiramu Kuromu (talk) 18:53, 24 October 2013 (UTC)

Possible Hindu origin

Xerneas is called the Life Pokémon while Yveltal is the Destruction Pokémon. There are two Hindu deities who have these attributes; Vishnu is the sustainer of life and love, while Shiva is the destroyer. These two deities have connection to each other, called Harihara, the combination deity of the two. The connection between the Pokémon and the deities is not too far-fetched. Anybody have any ideas? Արիանո 16:02, 27 October 2013 (UTC)

I completely agree with you on how Xerneas and Yvetal are based on Hindu mythology. And Zygarde seems to match up with Brahma as the preserver of life as it monitors the ecosystem.--Teamg9 (talk) 12:23, 9 November 2013 (UTC)
I can't make heads or tails of the Hindu mythology relating to this all. But adding it as a possible origin is something I would support. Yamitora1 (talk) 04:36, 19 November 2013 (UTC)
Ok this is interesting, Vishnu rests on the Ananta, the immortal infinite snake. in Norse mythology, the Midgard Serpent bites its own tail, and forms an infinity symbol. Zygarde us a snake, and its already suspected to have possible basis on the Midgard Serpent. Also Ananta was saved by Brahma I still can't fully understand this all but there might be something to a hindu influence. Yamitora1 (talk) 05:05, 19 November 2013 (UTC)
Xerneas is also affiliated with the color Blue, just as Vishnu and his most famous Avatars, Rama and Krishna are.--MithrandirOlorin888 12:37, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Tree Form

Think we should add a pic of its Tree/sleeping form?--BigBadBatter (talk) 05:42, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

Shiny trivia

Because Xerneas has its Shiny form, Pokémon X and Y are programmed that Xerneas cannot be Shiny, and it shares this trait with Yveltal and Zygarde. Is this piece of trivia notable? --Cinday123 (Talk) 23:53, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

It also shares this trait with Victini, Zekrom, Reshiram, and any other Pokemon that is unable to be legitimately obtained shiny. It's not notable. --It's Funktastic~!話してください 23:55, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
So can we remove pieces of trivia about programmed not to be Shiny on Victini, Reshiram, and Zekrom pages? --Cinday123 (Talk) 00:01, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Can one legimately acquire one without 3 perfect IVs?

For example, could Xerneas ever learn Hidden Power Fighting? Bbbbbbbbba (talk) 04:04, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

I don't know about Hidden Power but no, no legit Xerneas will ever have less than three 31s, due to being in the Undiscovered Egg Group. glikglak 05:27, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Ceryneian hind

Should it be mentioned that it has similarities to a Ceryneian hind? Both are deer with golden antlers.Little Freezachu/Freeze 00:04, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

It can't learn Oblivion Wing...Can it?

On the Pokemon Legendary Page, it says that the Xerneas for Pokemon Moon in the May distribution has the moves: LINK: LEVEL: 60 ABILITY: Fairy Aura MOVES: Oblivion Wing Horn Leech Night Slash Moon Blast Jonny Kabuto (talk) 17:30, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

It's probably an error, they likely meant to put Geomancy. Interesting but I doubt the actual distributed Xerneas will have Oblivion Wing. --Celadonkey 20:48, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

Hiding Neutral Mode from infobox

Outside of the sprite that was ripped from game, there exists no official artwork of Xerneas' Neutral Mode form in any capacity. The Neutral form has no effect on gameplay, and in my opinion would not be relevant at all to an average user browsing this site. Magearna, which is in the exact same predicament as Xerneas, does not have its alternate form displayed in its infobox (despite being more worthy of it, with its Original Color form having its own unique dex entries). To a lesser extent, the same could also be said of other Pokemon with form differences, such as Pumpkaboo, Arceus, and Furfrou.

For the sake of having a consistent template across the site (and because it currently looks pretty ridiculous), I've removed Xerneas' Neutral Mode from the infobox at the top of the page. The description in the Biology section should more than suffice, and until official artwork comes along, the Neutral sprite should stay confined to the sprite section. --ImNotGoodAtPasswords (talk) 07:59, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Pokemon Masters EX

Xerneas, and Yveltal for that matter, are now both officially released in Pokemon Masters EX under the ownership of Professor Sycamore and Lysandre respectively. Shouldn't they be added to the page under 'Side-Game'?

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