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Mimikyu (ミミッキュ Mimikkyu) is a ghost/fairy-type Pokémon introduced in Generation VII.

Biology

Physiology

The "body" of Mimikyu has been designed to look like Pikachu. The overall structure of the disguise does resemble Pikachu, but the skin is a grayish-beige color instead of yellow. Its "tail" is made of wood and has a grayish-brown color. The disguise's "face" only consists of poorly drawn eyes, cheeks, and a swiggy mouth. Two holes appear in the body of the costume, which are the actual eyes of Mimikyu. Underneath the cloth appears to be a black shadowy mass, but it is unknown what it looks like in full. In actuality, Mimikyu is only approximately the size of its disguise’s torso, as there appears to be nothing inside of the rag's head.

Behavior

Apparently, about 20 years ago, it was said that Pikachu is more popular than it, so it dressed up like Pikachu in order to it become more popular among trainers.

In the case of one notable Mimikyu in the anime, it has been shown to harbor an immense, psychopathic hatred toward Pikachu. This may not be the case for all Mimikyu however, and it is likely that different Mimikyu have different attitudes toward Pikachu.

Characteristics

Mimikyu is said to be a cursed being, and those who have seen under its rag have all died painfully out of fright. In one instance in the anime, Meowth saw its true form after it removed its rag underwater, which caused his soul to leave his body temporarily, leaving him in a catatonic state. However, Mimikyu means no actual harm, and in fact only wants to make friends with humans. As such, it hides its true form under a costume representing what people loved the most; Pikachu, though when attacked, it will show one or both of its claws that hide underneath the cloth it wears and strike back.

Game data

Locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sun and Moon Thrifty Megamart Rare
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Thrifty Megamart Rare
Sword and Shield Bridge Field, Giant's Mirror

Max Raid Battles: Hammerlocke Hills, Rolling Fields

Common


Pokédex entries

  • Sun

    Disguised Form: Its actual appearance is unknown. A scholar who saw what was under its rag was overwhelmed by terror and died from the shock.
    Busted Form: After going to all the effort of disguising itself, its neck was broken. Whatever is inside is probably unharmed, but it's still feeling sad.

  • Moon

    Disguised Form: A lonely Pokémon, it conceals its terrifying appearance beneath an old rag so it can get closer to people and other Pokémon.
    Busted Form: If its neck is broken or its rag torn during an attack, it works through the night to patch it.

  • Ultra Sun

    Disguised Form: Although it’s a quiet, lonely Pokémon, if you try to look at what’s under its rag, it will become agitated and resist violently.
    Busted Form: It stands in front of a mirror, trying to fix its broken neck as if its life depended on it. It has a hard time getting it right, so it’s crying inside.

  • Ultra Moon

    Disguised Form: A gust of wind revealed what hides under this Pokémon’s rag to a passing Trainer, who went home and died painfully that very night.
    Busted Form: Sad that its true identity may be exposed, Mimikyu will mercilessly seek revenge on any opponent that breaks its neck.

  • Sword

    Disguised Form: It wears a rag fashioned into a Pikachu costume in an effort to look less scary. Unfortunately, the costume only makes it creepier.
    Busted Form: There will be no forgiveness for any who reveal that it was pretending to be Pikachu. It will bring the culprit down, even at the cost of its own life.

  • Shield

    Disguised Form: There was a scientist who peeked under Mimikyu's old rag in the name of research. The scientist died of a mysterious disease.
    Busted Form: Its disguise made from an old rag allowed it to avoid an attack, but the impact broke the neck of the disguise. Now everyone knows it's a Mimikyu.


Stats

Base Stats
HP
55
Atk
90
Def
80
Sp. Atk
50
Sp. Def
105
Speed
96
Total
476


Type effectiveness

Damage taken Types
×0
Type Dragon Type Fighting Type Normal
¼
None
½
Type Bug
×2
Type Ghost Type Steel
×4
None
Note: If a type is not listed, it means it does normal damage to the Pokémon.


Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
1 Wood Hammer Type Grass Physical 120 100% 15
1 Splash Type Normal Status —% 40
1 Astonish Type Ghost Physical 30 100% 15
1 Scratch Type Normal Physical 40 100% 35
1 Copycat Type Normal Status 100% 20
6 Shadow Sneak Type Ghost Physical 40 100% 15
12 Double Team Type Normal Status —% 15
18 Baby-Doll Eyes Type Fairy Status 100% 30
24 Mimic Type Normal Status 100% 10
30 Hone Claws Type Dark Status —% 15
36 Slash Type Normal Physical 70 100% 20
42 Shadow Claw Type Ghost Physical 70 100% 15
48 Charm Type Fairy Status 100% 20
54 Play Rough Type Fairy Physical 90 90% 10
60 Pain Split Type Normal Status —% 20
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Generation VII
Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
1 Astonish Type Ghost Physical 30 100% 15
1 Copycat Type Normal Status 100% 20
1 Scratch Type Normal Physical 40 100% 35
1 Splash Type Normal Status —% 40
1 Wood Hammer Type Grass Physical 120 100% 15
5 Double Team Type Normal Status —% 15
10 Baby-Doll Eyes Type Fairy Status 100% 30
14 Shadow Sneak Type Ghost Physical 40 100% 15
19 Mimic Type Normal Status 100% 10
23 Feint Attack Type Dark Physical 60 —% 20
28 Charm Type Fairy Status 100% 20
32 Slash Type Normal Physical 70 100% 20
37 Shadow Claw Type Ghost Physical 70 100% 15
41 Hone Claws Type Dark Status —% 15
46 Play Rough Type Fairy Physical 90 90% 10
50 Pain Split Type Normal Status —% 20
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

By TM/HM

Generation VII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TM01 Work Up Type Normal Status —% 90
TM06 Toxic Type Poison Status 90% 10
TM08 Bulk Up Type Fighting Status —% 20
TM10 Hidden Power Type Normal Special 60 100% 15
TM12 Taunt Type Dark Status 10% 20
TM15 Hyper Beam Type Normal Special 150 90% 5
TM16 Light Screen Type Psychic Status —% 30
TM17 Protect Type Normal Status —% 10
TM20 Safeguard Type Normal Status —% 25
TM21 Frustration Type Normal Physical 100% 20
TM24 Thunderbolt Type Electric Special 90 100% 15
TM25 Thunder Type Electric Special 110 70% 10
TM27 Return Type Normal Physical 100% 20
TM28 Leech Life Type Bug Physical 80 100% 10
TM29 Psychic Type Psychic Special 90 100% 10
TM30 Shadow Ball Type Ghost Special 80 100% 15
TM32 Double Team Type Normal Status —% 15
TM42 Facade Type Normal Physical 70 100% 20
TM44 Rest Type Psychic Status —% 10
TM45 Attract Type Normal Status 100% 15
TM46 Thief Type Dark Physical 60 100% 25
TM48 Round Type Normal Physical 60 100% 15
TM57 Charge Beam Type Electric Special 50 90% 10
TM61 Will-O-Wisp Type Fire Status 85% 15
TM63 Embargo Type Dark Status 100% 15
TM65 Shadow Claw Type Ghost Physical 70 100% 15
TM66 Payback Type Dark Physical 50 100% 10
TM73 Thunder Wave Type Electric Status 90% 20
TM75 Swords Dance Type Normal Status —% 20
TM77 Psych Up Type Normal Status 100% 10
TM81 X-Scissor Type Bug Physical 80 100% 15
TM83 Infestation Type Bug Special 20 100% 20
TM87 Swagger Type Normal Status 85% 15
TM88 Sleep Talk Type Normal Status —% 10
TM90 Substitute Type Normal Status —% 10
TM92 Trick Room Type Psychic Status 100% 5
TM97 Dark Pulse Type Dark Special 80 100% 15
TM99 Dazzling Gleam Type Fairy Special 80 100% 10
TM100 Confide Type Normal Status —% 20
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

Generation VII
Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
Curse Type Ghost Status —% 10
Parent Candidates: Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Shuppet, Banette, Duskull, Dusclops, Dusknoir, Spiritomb, Yamask, Cofagrigus, Litwick, Lampent, Phantump, Trevenant
Destiny Bond Type Ghost Status —% 5
Parent Candidates: Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Koffing, Weezing, Wobbuffet, Yamask, Cofagrigus, Phantump, Trevenant
Grudge Type Ghost Status 100% 5
Parent Candidates: Misdreavus, Shuppet, Banette Yamask, Cofagrigus
Nightmare Type Ghost Status 100% 15
Parent Candidates: Gastly, Haunter, Gengar
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via TM.


By tutoring

Generation VII
Games Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
USUM After You Type Normal Status —% 15
USUM Covet Type Normal Physical 60 100% 25
USUM Drain Punch Type Fighting Physical 75 100% 10
USUM Giga Drain Type Grass Special 75 100% 10
USUM Last Resort Type Normal Physical 140 100% 5
USUM Magic Room Type Psychic Status —% 10
USUM Pain Split Type Normal Status —% 20
USUM Snatch Type Dark Status —% 10
USUM Snore Type Normal Special 50 100% 15
USUM Spite Type Normal Status 100% 10
USUM Telekinesis Type Psychic Status —% 10
USUM Trick Type Psychic Status 100% 10
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Sprites


Appearances

Anime

Main article: Jessie's Mimikyu
  • Jessie's Mimikyu.
  • A Shiny Mimikyu in the anime.

Jessie caught a Mimikyu briefly after Team Rocket arrived to Alola. It has a horribly strong hatred toward Ash's Pikachu and will do anything to destroy him.

Trivia

  • In the anime, Meowth has witnessed the true form of Mimikyu, showing it to be an amorphous darkness with a pair of glowing yellow eyes. Both times Meowth 'died' temporarily but was later revived.
  • The quote in which "20 years ago, Mimikyu got jealous of Pikachu and created its costume" may be a reference to when Pokémon Sun and Moon were released 20 years from Pokémon Red and Green's release.
  • Mimikyu is the only ghost/fairy-type Pokémon.
  • Totem Mimikyu is the only Totem Pokémon that is not exclusive to Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon.
  • According to official pieces of merchandise, Mimikyu's head does not count as part of the body and only its lower body counts as the height.
  • In Super Smash Bros., Mimikyu is one of the Pokémon that can be freed from Poké Balls. During this time, it uses the move Let's Snuggle Forever.
  • Mimikyu is one of the collectable spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Origin

Mimikyu is based on a badly-made Pikachu doll. It may also be based on ghost costumes made from a white sheet with eye-holes. Its true form is based on legends about darkness clouds that make people vanish or die. It could also be based off of the Bugul Noz, a kind and gentle fairy that was lonely due to its ugly state.

Etymology

Mimikyu's name may be based on the words "mimic you" and meikyuu (mystery). It may also be based on the Japanese onomatopoeia for squeaking (kyukyu).

Names in other languages

  • English: Mimikyu
  • Japanese: : ミミッキュ Mimikkyu
  • Chinese: 謎擬Q
  • French: Mimiqui

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