Cresselia (Japanese: クレセリア Kureseria) is a Psychic-Type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation IV. Cresselia is Darkrai's rival.

Biology

Physiology

Cresselia has a series of horns near her head that resemble crescent moons. She has a yellow stripe that stretches from her face to the tail. The rest of her body is periwinkle. It has three pink "wings", two on the side of her body and one above it that is lighter in color. They connect to two paw-like protrusions on her chest.

Behavior

She is hostile to Darkrai.

Natural abilities

She can prevent nightmares and create sweet dreams. Those who sleep with her feather will dream.

Evolution

Cresselia does not evolve.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Diamond and Pearl Roaming Sinnoh One
Platinum Roaming Sinnoh One
HeartGold and SoulSilver Trade None
Black and White Trade None
Black 2 and White 2 Marvelous Bridge One
X and Y Trade None
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Crescent Isle One
Sun and Moon Trade None
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Ultra Space Wilds (Cliff World) One


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and Platinum

Cresselia first makes an appearance in D/P. After defeating the Champion, the player can go to Canalave City, and  Sailor Eldritch (who lets the player travel to Iron Island) has a problem. His son has fallen into a deep sleep, and plagued by nightmares. His only chance of waking up is getting the Lunar Wing, an item on Fullmoon Island. Once the player gets there, Cresselia appears and gives them the Lunar Wing. The player can come back to Fullmoon Island after this side-quest is complete, and Cresselia is there. Once the player interacts with her, she will fly away. Just like Mesprit, she becomes a roaming Pokémon.

Pokémon Black 2/White 2

Once the player reaches Lentimas Town, they can go east to Reversal Mountain, and go south to reach the Strange House. A ghost will lead them to the top room, and in the center of the room, they will find the Lunar Wing. Once the player defeats the Champion, they can go to Marvelous Bridge, and near the end of the bridge (if they are coming from Nimbasa City, near the beginning if they are coming from Black City or White Forest) and a text box will say that the Lunar Wing has started to shine, and giving them the option to hold it up. If they say yes, they will hear Cresselia's cry, and she will appear.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Rarely Crescent Isle will appear south of Ever Grande City. On the island is a mysterious ring that starts a battle with Cresselia.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

There's a chance that Cresselia can be found in Ultra Space (in Ultra Moon only) by going through a red portal.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Cresselia will be available for capture in Sword and Shield in the Crown Tundra DLC through the Dynamax Adventures feature.

Side games

Locations
Game(s) Area(s)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Sharpedo Bluff
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Hippowdon Temple (during mission)


Pokédex entries

  • Diamond

    Shiny particles are released from its wings like a veil. It is said to represent the crescent moon.

  • Pearl

    Shiny particles are released from its wings like a veil. It is said to represent the crescent moon.

  • Platinum

    On nights around the quarter moon, the aurora from its tail extends and undulates beautifully.

  • HeartGold

    Those who sleep holding Cresselia's feather are assured of joyful dreams. It is said to represent the crescent moon.

  • SoulSilver

    Those who sleep holding Cresselia's feather are assured of joyful dreams. It is said to represent the crescent moon.

  • Black

    On nights around the quarter moon, the aurora from its tail extends and undulates beautifully.

  • White

    On nights around the quarter moon, the aurora from its tail extends and undulates beautifully.

  • Black 2

    On nights around the quarter moon, the aurora from its tail extends and undulates beautifully.

  • White 2

    On nights around the quarter moon, the aurora from its tail extends and undulates beautifully.

  • X

    Shiny particles are released from its wings like a veil. It is said to represent the crescent moon.

  • Y

    Those who sleep holding Cresselia's feather are assured of joyful dreams. It is said to represent the crescent moon.

  • Omega Ruby

    Shiny particles are released from its wings like a veil. It is said to represent the crescent moon.

  • Alpha Sapphire

    Those who sleep holding Cresselia's feather are assured of joyful dreams. It is said to represent the crescent moon.


In Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Cresselia made an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as seen in the background of the stage Spear Pillar, Palkia and Dialga also appear there. To attack, she will release a lunar "boomerang" that flies around the stage, bringing damage to the players it hits.

Stats

Cresselia's Stats
HP
120
Attack
70
Defense
120
Sp. Atk
75
Sp. Def
130
Speed
85
Total
600

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Lunar Dance —% 10 Psychic Status
1 Psycho Shift 100% 10 Psychic Status
1 Psycho Cut 70 100% 20 Psychic Physical
1 Moonlight —% 5 Fairy Status
1 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic Special
1 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
11 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
20 Mist —% 30 Ice Status
29 Aurora Beam 65 100% 20 Ice Special
38 Future Sight 120 100% 10 Psychic Special
47 Slash 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
57 Moonlight —% 5 Fairy Status
66 Psycho Cut 70 100% 20 Psychic Physical
75 Psycho Shift 100% 10 Psychic Status
84 Lunar Dance —% 10 Psychic Status
93 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special
99 Moonblast 95 100% 15 Fairy Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Lunar Dance —% 10 Psychic Status Beautiful 7 0 ♥
1 Psycho Shift 100% 10 Psychic Status Clever 2 0 ♥
1 Psycho Cut 70 100% 20 Psychic Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
1 Moonlight —% 5 Fairy Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
1 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic Special Clever 4 0 ♥
1 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 1 0 ♥
11 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status Beautiful 2 0 ♥
20 Mist —% 30 Ice Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
29 Aurora Beam 65 100% 20 Ice Special Beautiful 2 3 ♥
38 Future Sight 120 100% 10 Psychic Special Clever 2 0 ♥
47 Slash 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
57 Moonlight —% 5 Fairy Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
66 Psycho Cut 70 100% 20 Psychic Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
75 Psycho Shift 100% 10 Psychic Status Clever 2 0 ♥
84 Lunar Dance —% 10 Psychic Status Beautiful 7 0 ♥
93 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special Clever 4 0 ♥
99 Moonblast 95 100% 15 Fairy Special Beautiful 1 4 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic Special
1 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
11 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
20 Mist —% 30 Ice Status
29 Aurora Beam 65 100% 20 Ice Special
38 Future Sight 100 100% 10 Psychic Special
47 Slash 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
57 Moonlight —% 5 Normal Status
66 Psycho Cut 70 100% 20 Psychic Physical
75 Psycho Shift 90% 10 Psychic Status
84 Lunar Dance —% 10 Psychic Status
93 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
1 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic Special Smart 3
1 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 2
11 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status Beauty 2
20 Mist —% 30 Ice Status Beauty 2
29 Aurora Beam 65 100% 20 Ice Special Beauty 2
38 Future Sight 80 90% 15 Psychic Special Smart 2
47 Slash 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cool 3
57 Moonlight —% 5 Normal Status Beauty 0
66 Psycho Cut 70 100% 20 Psychic Physical Cool 2
75 Psycho Shift 90% 10 Psychic Status Cool 0
84 Lunar Dance —% 10 Psychic Status Beauty 0
93 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special Smart 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM03 Psyshock 80 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM13 Ice Beam 90 100% 10 Ice Special
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM53 Energy Ball 90 100% 10 Grass Special
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM73 Thunder Wave 90% 20 Electric Status
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM92 Trick Room —% 5 Psychic Status
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM03 Psyshock 80 100% 10 Psychic Special Beautiful 1 4 ♥
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status Clever 1 0 ♥
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special Clever 3 0 ♥
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM13 Ice Beam 90 100% 10 Ice Special Beautiful 1 4 ♥
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 4 4 ♥
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 3 ♥
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special Cool 3 0 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 4 0 ♥
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special Clever 4 0 ♥
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special Clever 4 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 1 0 ♥
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status Clever 2 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM53 Energy Ball 90 100% 10 Grass Special Beautiful 4 0 ♥
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Tough 4 4 ♥
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Beautiful 3 0 ♥
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Cool 1 3 ♥
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status Clever 2 0 ♥
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Clever 2 0 ♥
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special Cute 1 0 ♥
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM92 Trick Room —% 5 Psychic Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM94 Secret PowerORAS 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Clever 1 0 ♥
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM03 Psyshock 80 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM13 Ice Beam 95 100% 10 Ice Special
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM19 Telekinesis —% 15 Psychic Status
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM53 Energy Ball 80 100% 10 Grass Special
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM92 Trick Room —% 5 Psychic Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status Smart 0
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Status Smart 2
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Smart 1
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Beauty 2
TM13 Ice Beam 95 100% 10 Ice Special Beauty 2
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 2
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status Beauty 2
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 0
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Tough 2
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status Beauty 2
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special Cool 1
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special Smart 2
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special Smart 2
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 2
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status Smart 2
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Smart 2
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 0
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
TM48 Skill Swap —% 10 Psychic Status Smart 0
TM53 Energy Ball 80 100% 10 Grass Special Beauty 2
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special Beauty 2
TM58 Endure —% 10 Normal Status Tough 2
TM67 Recycle —% 10 Normal Status Smart 0
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Beauty 2
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Beauty 2
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Cool 2
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status Smart 0
TM78 Captivate 100% 20 Normal Status Beauty 2
TM82 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 3
TM83 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Cool 2
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Smart 1
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special Smart 2
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Smart 1
TM92 Trick Room —% 5 Psychic Status Cute 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Breeding

Cresselia learns no moves via breeding.


Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Ally Switch USUM —% 15 Psychic Status
Gravity USUM —% 5 Psychic Status
Helping Hand USUM —% 20 Normal Status
Icy Wind USUM 55 95% 15 Ice Special
Magic Coat USUM —% 15 Psychic Status
Magic Room USUM —% 10 Psychic Status
Recycle USUM —% 10 Normal Status
Signal Beam USUM 75 100% 15 Bug Special
Skill Swap USUM —% 10 Psychic Status
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Telekinesis USUM —% 15 Psychic Status
Trick USUM 100% 10 Psychic Status
Zen Headbutt USUM 80 90% 15 Psychic Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Gravity ORAS —% 5 Psychic Status Clever 2 0 ♥
Helping Hand ORAS —% 20 Normal Status Clever 4 0 ♥
Icy Wind ORAS 55 95% 15 Ice Special Beautiful 4 0 ♥
Magic Coat ORAS —% 15 Psychic Status Beautiful 2 0 ♥
Magic Room ORAS —% 10 Psychic Status Clever 3 0 ♥
Recycle ORAS —% 10 Normal Status Clever 1 0 ♥
Signal Beam ORAS 75 100% 15 Bug Special Beautiful 3 0 ♥
Skill Swap ORAS —% 10 Psychic Status Clever 1 0 ♥
Snore ORAS 50 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 4 0 ♥
Trick ORAS 100% 10 Psychic Status Clever 2 1 ♥
Zen Headbutt ORAS 80 90% 15 Psychic Physical Clever 4 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Gravity B2W2 —% 5 Psychic Status
Helping Hand B2W2 —% 20 Normal Status
Icy Wind B2W2 55 95% 15 Ice Special
Magic Coat B2W2 —% 15 Psychic Status
Magic Room B2W2 —% 10 Psychic Status
Recycle B2W2 —% 10 Normal Status
Signal Beam B2W2 75 100% 15 Bug Special
Skill Swap B2W2 —% 10 Psychic Status
Sleep Talk B2W2 —% 10 Normal Status
Snore B2W2 40 100% 15 Normal Special
Trick B2W2 100% 10 Psychic Status
Zen Headbutt B2W2 80 90% 15 Psychic Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation IV
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
Fury Cutter HGSSPt 10 95% 20 Bug Physical Cool 2
Gravity HGSS —% 5 Psychic Status Beauty 2
Helping Hand HGSSPt —% 20 Normal Status Smart 1
Icy Wind HGSSPt 55 95% 15 Ice Special Beauty 2
Magic Coat HGSS —% 15 Psychic Status Beauty 2
Mud-Slap HGSSPt 20 100% 10 Ground Special Cute 3
Signal Beam HGSSPt 75 100% 15 Bug Special Beauty 2
Snore HGSSPt 40 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 3
Swift HGSSPt 60 —% 20 Normal Special Cool 2
Trick HGSSPt 100% 10 Psychic Status Smart 0
Zen Headbutt HGSSPt 80 90% 15 Psychic Physical Beauty 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites


Appearances

Anime

Cresselia (anime)

Trivia

  • Cresselia is exclusively female, as opposed to her counterpart Darkrai being genderless.
  • Prior to Generation VI, its body style was considered to be Shape 14.

Origin

Cresselia could be based on the constellation Cygnus, which represents a swan. As it's associated with light and has a rivalry with Darkrai, it may also reference Cygnus X-1, a celestial object consisting of a black hole that pulls in material from a nearby supergiant star and in doing so emits X-rays. Its wings may be based on aurorae, planetary rings, or electron orbits, and it has a crescent moon motif. It may also be based on the Sarimanok, a legendary bird with multicolored wings that is a symbol of good luck.

Name origin

"Cresselia" is derived from "crescent".

Gallery

See also

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