Legendary Pokemon Throughout the years, there has been much talk of Legendary Pokémon. Starting with just the 5 Legendary Pokémon in Generation 1, as of Generation VII there are 81 different Legendary Pokémon. Legendary Pokémon are typically rare and hard to get, usually being restricted to one or two of each species in each game they’re available in. Each Legendary Pokémon has an aspect of lore behind it that you can discover in the game.
Legendary Pokemon Before Generation IV, there were no Legendary Pokémon that could breed, before adding Manaphy and Phione. Before Generation III they couldn’t have gender, and before Generation VII there were no Legendary Pokémon that could evolve. They also started to get alternate forms in Generation III and Generation IV that allowed for even more variety and lore-building.
While many people group segments of Legendary Pokémon together, there are in fact three categories of Legendary Pokémon within the game. These help determine how and when a Legendary Pokémon is used and its appearance.
Legendary Pokémon are the main group of Legendary Pokémon. These Pokémon are typically the Pokémon that adorn the covers of the video games, as well as any counterparts. The first one to exist was Mewtwo but they soon became more entrenched into the lore of the games. These Pokémon are banned from Battle Tree, Battle Frontier and similar facilities, as well as the Rating Battles in Battle Spot. Several instances of the Video Game Championships and Online Competitions have allowed for the use of these Pokémon, typically with restrictions as to how many you can use. They have stats that range from 600 up to 720, and some even have Form Changes, Mega Evolutions or Primal Reversions.
Mythical Pokémon were originally known in common conversation as “Event Only Pokémon” for a reason. These Pokémon are so rare that they are typically only available through going to an event distribution and either receiving the Pokémon itself, or an item to go get the Pokémon within the wild. Due to the fact that these are typically only from events and have limited distributions, these Pokémon are banned from Battle Tree, Battle Frontier and similar facilities, as well as the Rating Battles in Battle Spot & the Video Game Championships . Several instances of Online Competitions have allowed for the use of these Pokémon. They have typically have base stats that sit around 600, and some even have Form Changes or Mega Evolutions causing stat increases.
The Generation 7 Pokémon games also introduced the first evolving Mythical Pokémon
Legendary Pokémon (Japanese: 伝説のポケモン Legendary Pokémon) are a group of incredibly rare and often very powerful Pokémon, generally featured prominently in the legends and myths of the Pokémon world.
Special Pokémon is a subcategory of the Legendary Pokémon that are restricted or banned from certain official tournaments, battle facilities, and link battle formats. Most Special Pokémon are Legendary game mascots.
Mythical Pokémon are a related but separate group of Pokémon, which are usually event-exclusive. In Western language media, Mythical Pokémon were considered to be Legendary Pokémon prior to Generation V; in Japanese and Korean media, the two groups have always been considered distinct.
No explicit criteria defines what makes a Pokémon a Legendary Pokémon. Instead, the only way to identify a Pokémon as belonging to this group is through statements from official media, such as the games or anime
Legendary Pokémon are usually encountered as interactable or roaming Pokémon. Starting in Platinum, Legendary Pokémon will reappear when the player defeats the Champion if the Pokémon fainted earlier.
The gender of most Legendary Pokémon is unknown (though there are ten notable exceptions: Latios, Latias, Heatran, Cresselia, Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus, Kubfu, Urshifu, and Enamorus). In the core series games, no Legendary Pokémon can breed or hatch from an Egg. With the exception of Type: Null, Cosmog, and Kubfu, and their respective evolutionary families, Legendary Pokémon cannot evolve, although many are able to change form and are part of a duo or trio.
Much like starter Pokémon appear at the beginning of each regional Pokédex and their generation’s portion of the National Pokédex, Legendary Pokémon typically appear just before the end, with Mythical Pokémon immediately after them.