Time travel

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Ash, Dawn, Brock, and Sheena traveling through time in the anime

Time travel is an infrequent theme in the Pokémon franchise and has been depicted in several canons, including the games, the anime, and various manga. In general, stories in which a character travels through time focus on the repercussions of traveling into the past or the future. Usually, the motivation for time traveling comes from the need or desire to change history. Characters who interfere with the timeline will generally notice an altered present upon their return.

Two notable Pokémon possess time travel abilities. These are the Mythical Celebi, which is known as the Time Travel Pokémon and has been shown to physically travel into different time periods, and the Legendary Dialga, the Temporal Pokémon that can travel at will through past and future and has the power to send humans and Pokémon to specific points in time.

In the games

In the core series

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  • In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Arceus sends the player back in time to the Hisui region at the start of the game. In addition, Ingo has also wound up in Hisui some time before the player's arrival through unclear means.
  • In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, it is revealed that Professor SadaS/Professor TuroV succeeded in creating a time machine that brings Pokémon from the distant pastS/futureV to the present-day Paldea, with one of those Pokémon being KoraidonS/MiraidonV. During the course of the games' final story arc, The Way Home, the player and their friends shut down the time machine at the behest of AI SadaS/TuroV before the Paradox Pokémon it has been automatically catching and bringing to the present can break out of Area Zero and overrun Paldea.
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In spin-off games

In the anime

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

The Masked Man desired Celebi's time-traveling ability to reunite himself with his two dead Pokémon. He wound up disappearing into the crack of time inside the Ilex Forest shrine, only being released from it years later.

Ruby & Sapphire chapter

Ruby's Celebi altered the events of the final battle, reviving Norman, Steven, and Courtney, who had died during the conflict.

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

Eusine used Bill's Time Capsule to send his Pikachu to the past, where it became friends with Gold. Later, when the appearance of the Black Tyranitar threatened to alter the future, Pikachu almost vanished.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Red and his Pokémon time traveled in The Ancient Pokémon Discovery!, Find the Legendary Pokémon!!, and PMDP27.

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