Mythical Pokémon (幻のポケモン, Maboroshi no Pokémon) or event-exclusive Pokémon, less commonly known as mirage Pokémon, are a special group of Pokémon that are rarely seen by anyone in the world of Pokémon. Some are so rarely seen that people are unsure if they really exist, spurring scientists to do research. Mythical Pokémon were once considered part of Legendary Pokémon outside of the Japanese media, until Generation V. In the spinoff Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Mythical Pokémon are referred to as rare Pokémon. Mythical Pokémon are rarely obtainable through non-event methods. For a comprehensive list of such instances, check the Trivia section of this page.
- 1 Generation I
- 2 Generation II
- 3 Generation III
- 4 Generation IV
- 5 Generation V
- 6 Generation VI
- 7 Generation VII
- 8 Generation VIII
- 9 Anime
- 10 Trivia
- 11 Gallery
Mew, also known as the "Ancestor of all Pokémon," is considered the rarest Pokémon of all. It is a kind and powerful being that in the movie Mewtwo Strikes Back saves Ash and all the other Trainers invited to New Island.
It was obtainable in the 20th Anniversary in February through a special code.
Anime and Movie Appearances
- The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (main)
- A Lean Mean Team Rocket Machine!
- Enter Pikachu!
- Dreams Are Made of These!
Celebi (セレビィ, Serebyi) has been referred to as "new Mew" although Celebi and Mew have no relationship with each other. Although mythical, Celebi is a legendary Pokémon who mainly resides at the Ilex Forest west of Azalea Town. This Pokémon was more of an event Pokémon, which means it could only be obtained through events. Celebi was, around the time of the release of the Generation II video games, called the rarest Pokémon due to the fact that it was only available for one event which was in Japan exclusive for Pokémon Crystal.
Now known, Celebi acts as a chain to unlock other events in different video games. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver after obtaining a Celebi through an event, it will let the player travel through time to show the past between Silver and Giovanni which contains the actual hate of Silver against Team Rocket and his tough attitude. In Pokémon Black and White, it can let you obtain Zorua if you transfer Celebi from HeartGold and SoulSilver through Pokémon Black and Pokémon White. Furthermore, it is also known to be the mysterious Pokémon hidden in the mysterious GS Ball.
Celebi also makes an appearance in Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. A shiny Celebi makes an appearance in Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness as a temporary part of the team during the storyline. A free Celebi was given to players who used Pokémon Bank before September 30, 2014. Another was given during the Pokémon 20th Anniversary giveaways during the month of March over Wi-Fi.
Celebi may still be obtained in the 3DS Virtual Console release of Pokémon Crystal.
|M04||Celebi: Voice of the Forest|
|M13||Zoroark: Master of Illusions|
Jirachi (ジラーチ, Jirāchi) is a mythical Pokémon illusion of Hoenn. It is known that it has the ability to grant any wish when it is awakened. This Pokémon sleeps for 1000 years and is then awake for a week. Jirachi is an extremely rare Pokémon to obtain in the Pokémon video game series. In the anime, Jirachi is befriended by Max and the rest of the gang.
It is known that the only ways to obtain a Jirachi are through:
- The Pokémon Colosseum Bonus Disc in the United States Of America and Pokémon Channel in Europe
- In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl a man will give you a Jirachi in Floaroma Town if you have a copy Pokémon Sword and Shield on your Switch
Furthermore, Jirachi is known as an event Pokémon and was also available throughout various events from 2003 until 2010, and was included with all other Generation 1-5 Mythical Pokémon in the 20th Anniversary giveaways.
|791||Searching for a Wish!|
|M06||Jirachi Wish Maker|
Deoxys (デオキシス, Deokishisu) is one of the two Pokémon Illusion of the Hoenn region. Because of its molecular structure, Deoxys can change forms. Deoxys has in total 4 forms which are: Normal, Attack, Defense, and Speed form.
|445||Pokémon Ranger! Deoxys Crisis! (Part 1)|
|446||Pokémon Ranger! Deoxys Crisis! (Part 2)|
|578||Cheers on Castaways Isle!|
|M07||Pokémon - Destiny Deoxys|
Anime and Movie Appearances
Darkrai, the Pitch-Black Pokémon. He represents the New Moon, which symbolizes fear, helplessness, and nightmares.
In the games, it can be found through an event in which the player receives a member-card to the mysterious inn in Canalave City, which is usually locked. On entry, the player is greeted by a man who says "Greetings [Name], we have a reservation for you. Right this way." and he puts you to sleep on the bed there. The player then appears in a dream in which you are on New Moon Island next to Full Moon Island. Here you will encounter Darkrai. When you interact with it, you'll battle it and you can catch it. After you catch or defeat it, you wake up and the man from the inn is gone. When you walk out, go to the Pokémon Center, and if you caught Darkrai in the dream, it should be on your PC. It was also given away during the 20th Anniversary Mythical giveaways, in which it was obtainable through a serial code during the month of May.
Anime and Movie Appearances
- DP104: Sleepless in Pre-Battle! (main)
- DP183: League Unleashed!
- DP184: Casting a Paul on Barry!
- DP188: Battling a Thaw in Relations!
- DP189: The Semi-Final Frontier! (main)
- XY098: Dream a Little Dream from Me!
MS10: The Rise of Darkrai (main)
Shaymin (シェイミ, Sheimi) In the Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum series, Shaymin was originally obtainable through an event which is Oak's Letter, where Shaymin can be caught at Seabreak Path in the Flower Paradise on Route 224 after giving thanks to someone or something else. In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Shaymin cannot change into its new forme called Sky Forme, due to the Gracidea Flower not being obtainable in the two video games. Only in Pokémon Platinum and games after is it possible for Shaymin to enter its Sky Forme. It was given away during the month of July during the Pokémon 20th Anniversary giveaways.
|634||Keeping in Top Forme!|
|M11||MS011: Pokémon - Giratina and the Sky Warrior|
Arceus (アルセウス, Aruseusu) is a Normal type Alpha Pokémon known as the creator of the Sinnoh and supposedly also the creator of the entire Pokémon world. Arceus is also known as the creator of the lake guardians; Uxie, Azelf, and Mesprit. Also, Arceus is said to have created the Crown Dragon Trio; Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. Therefore, Arceus is the only Legendary Trio Leader of multiple trios. Arceus has the power to recreate any of these Pokémon if anything were to happen to the original ones.
Arceus' signature move is Judgment, and it is the only non-dragon type Pokémon (other than Smeargle with sketch) to be able to learn Draco Meteor, although it must be holding a Draco Plate to do so. It is known that Arceus is the 5th most powerful Pokémon of them all (competitively) and the first Pokémon that has a variety of types due to the plates it holds. The birth of Arceus was when it hatched from an egg out of a portal and it has prospered from then.
Arceus is an event Pokémon by obtaining the Azure Flute. Arceus can be encountered at the Hall of Origin during an event. To encounter Arceus during an event, one must go to Spear Pillar at the top of Mt. Coronet. Once there, the Azure Flute will play, causing stairs to appear. By taking these stairs, one can enter the Hall of Origin. Arceus appears at level 80. Once Arceus is captured or defeated, one cannot visit the Hall of Origin again. It was distributed through a serial code given away during the month of August for the Pokémon 20th Anniversary giveaways.
|M12||Arceus and the Jewel of Life|
|!M18||MS018: Pokémon The Movie - Hoopa and the Clash of Ages|
Victini, the Victory Pokémon. Victini is considered a symbol of victory for too many people, specifically Trainers. In Black 2 and White 2, the Liberty Garden has become a museum of sorts, and many of its visitors know about Victini and Team Plasma's attempt at misusing it. Victini's escape from them has provided a real paradigm shift to most of the Unova region. It is that a Rich man protected Victini from Team Plasma, who wanted to capture and use the Pokémon. This showed that there are people who protect Pokémon and those who mistreat them.
It was available through several events, the latest of which, ended August 24, 2016, in which it was given away for Pokémon's 20th Anniversary giveaways during the month of August over Wi-Fi. The events for Japan in 2010, Australia, Europe, and North America in 2011 would give you the Liberty Pass which enables traveling to Liberty Garden while all the other will allow you to receive Victini directly through Wi-Fi. Victini was originally designed for Generation IV but was held back. Victini is the only legitimate Pokémon with the Pokédex number of #000 (Unova Pokédex number, not the national number).
Originally obtainable from an in-life event where a player would go to a store such as GameStop or EB Games during the summer of 2012, it has recently been obtainable over Wi-Fi during the month of October for the Pokémon 20th Anniversary giveaways.
Keldeo is the fourth member of the Swords of Justice, alongside Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion. When Keldeo knows it's signature move Secret Sword, Keldeo will transform into its Resolute Forme in Pokémon Black and White Version 2 and all games after. It can learn this move at the Moor of Icirrus when the other three Swords of Justice are in the party in Pokémon Black and White, at Pledge Grove behind Alder's house in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, from a move tutor in Snowbelle City in Pokémon X and Y, from a move tutor in Mauville City in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and from a move tutor at the Hano Grand Resort in Pokémon Pokémon Sun and Moon.
It made a debut in Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice.
Meloetta is a Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation V. When it uses the move Relic Song, it changes its form to its Pirouette Forme.
In the past, it used to sing and dance with people, but as the world filled with sorrow and darkness, it lost its melody and with it, its red shoes.
If you take it to the cafe in Castelia City, a guitarist will teach Meloetta the move Relic Song. When it learns the move, it will return to its former self, changing into its Pirouette Forme. The same goes for the Tutor in Snowbelle City in X and Y, the man in Mauville City in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and the Hano Grand Resort in Sun and Moon.
Genesect is an ancient Mythical Pokémon modified by a Scientist from Team Plasma. The scientist modified the fossil of the Pokémon to impress N, but N hates the idea of modifying a Pokémon and believes a fossil Pokémon belongs in the time it came from.
Movie Appearance: MS016: Pokémon The Movie - Genesect and the Legend Awakened
Episode Appearance: BW121: Meowth, Colress, And Team Rivalry! (memory)
Diancie is a Mythical Pokémon from Kalos which is capable of Mega Evolving using Diancite into Mega Diancie. It is the result of a naturally-occurring mutation of Carbink and possesses the ability to create jewels between its hands.
Anime and Movie Appearances
Hoopa is a Mythical Pokémon from Kalos. It has two forms: Hoopa Confined, which is smaller, less destructive and Psychic/Ghost-type, and Hoopa Unbound, which is larger, has six arms, and is Psychic/Dark-type. Both types, beyond having different typings, also have different stats, though its ability remains the same throughout. A player can change their Hoopa from Confined to Unbound by using the Prison Bottle on it and will revert to its Confined form after three days have passed or if they place it in the PC.
Each form has its own signature move. Hoopa Confined can learn Hyperspace Hole, while Hoopa Unbound can learn Hyperspace Fury. It should be noted that, even if Hoopa Confined knows Hyperspace Fury, it cannot use it until it becomes Hoopa Unbound once more. There is no limitation on Hoopa Unbound using Hyperspace Hole.
Anime and Movie Appearances
Volcanion is a Mythical Pokémon which is the only Pokémon that is Fire/Water-type. Its signature move is Steam Eruption. Its true power can blow mountains apart, as demonstrated with the Flying Fortress in Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.
Magearna (マギアナ, Magiana) is an Artificial Mythical Pokémon that was created by humans 500 years ago as a gift for the daughter of an ancient king. Its body is merely a shell, its true self being its Soul Heart. Its signature move is a Fairy-type move known as Fleur Cannon.
It is obtained via scanning a special QR Code in Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Once scanned, you have to go to Hau'oli City's Shopping Mall and take to the man at the Antiques of the Ages shop to receive Magearna.
Magearna has an alternative form called Original Color Magearna, where it has the appearance of when it was given to the king's daughter 500 years ago, the difference between the forms is purely aesthetic, the only way to obtain it is by completing your Pokédex in Pokémon HOME.
Episode Appearances: SM116: The Secret Princess!
Movie Debut: MS020: Pokémon The Movie - I Choose You!
Episode Appearances: SM057: The Dex Can't Help It!
Movie Debut: MS021: Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us
Episode Appearances: SM100: Battling the Beast Within!
Meltan and Melmetal
Meltan (メルタン, Merutan) is a Steel-type introduced in Pokémon GO during the Chikorita Community Day, where a lot of Ditto spawned transformed into this Pokémon, which was later discovered by Professor Oak and Professor Willow to be Meltan. Meltan is described as an ancient Pokémon which its body is made from liquid metal, and its shape is very fluid. It can use its liquid arms and legs to corrode metal and absorb it into its own body. Meltan can evolve into Melmetal, making it the first Mythical Pokémon with the ability to evolve.
Episode Appearances: SM109: A Grand Debut!
Melmetal (メルメタル, Merumetaru) is the evolution of Meltan, a Mythical Pokémon revered in the ancient times due to its power to create metal, it was recently rediscovered after 3.000 years. When Meltan evolves into Melmetal, it grows vastly stronger than before. Its body hardens as a result of its Evolution, and it becomes incredibly sturdy. The bulk of its body is made of liquid metal. Its arms in particular are very flexible, and they can whip forward to deliver devastating punches. Melmetal is capable of Gigantamaxing using the Dynamax Band.
Episode Appearances: SM138: Final Rivals!
Zarude (ザルード, Zaruudo) is a Dark/Grass-type Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation 8. It is known as the
Rogue Monkey Pokémon.
Movie Debut: MS023
- Mallow took in a wild Shaymin until it was time for it to take flight.
- Lillie discovered a Magearna that her long lost father found and bought for her but couldn't get it to reactivate. However, Lillie's strong desire to see her father again and the love she has for him reactivated Magearna. She then took it with her to find him alongside the rest of her family.
- So far,
- Deoxys, Shaymin, Keldeo, Meloetta and Hoopa are the only Mythical Pokémon that can change into a different form.
- Diancie is the only Mythical Pokémon that is capable of Mega Evolution.
- Mew and Marshadow are the only Mythical Pokémon to have an exclusive Z-Move.
- Meltan is currently the only Mythical Pokémon that is capable of evolution.
- Melmetal is the only Mythical Pokémon that is capable of Gigantamax.
- Generation IV and Generation VII are tied for having the most Mythical Pokémon with 5 each.
- Generation VIII is the only generation that introduced no new Mythical Pokémon at the time of its debut.
- Zeraora is the only Mythical Pokémon that does not share a type with another Mythical Pokémon, excluding the multiple forms of Arceus.
- All Mythical Pokémon that are available for the long term in the main series of games via unquestionable, legitimate methods, as of March, 2022 are as follows (All can be transferred to Pokémon HOME):
- Celebi, in the 3DS Virtual Console release of Pokémon Crystal. Obtained after becoming Champion, getting the GS Ball, letting Kurt examine it for a day, and finally taking it to the shrine in Ilex Forest.
- Jirachi, in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. Obtained via the bonus disc for Pokémon Colosseum on the Gamecube. (Requires a Gamecube, the bonus disc, a Game Boy Advance Link Cable, and Pokémon Ruby or Sapphire)
- Manaphy (and Phione, assuming you have a Ditto), in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Platinum and HeartGold and SoulSilver. Obtained by having Pokémon Ranger and using an old code to get the Manaphy Egg in Pokémon Ranger. You can then send it to any Generation IV game. Does not work with the Wii U version of Pokémon Ranger.
- Mew, in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Obtained from My Pokémon Ranch and transferring 999 Pokémon + 1 egg to My Pokémon Ranch. You can then get a Mew and transfer it to Pokémon Diamond or Pearl.
- Deoxys, in the remake of the Generation III games, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Obtained during a mandatory encounter at the end of the Delta Episode after becoming Champion.
- Magearna, in Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Obtained after becoming Champion, scanning the necessary QR code and retrieving it from the Antiques of Ages shop in the Hau'oli City Mall.
- Keldeo, in The Crown Tundra DLC of Pokémon Sword and Shield. Obtained after getting the other 3 Swords of Justice and taking them to an island in the water of Ballimere Lake. After taking them there, you must make some curry, and Keldeo will appear.
- Mew, Jirachi, and Arceus, in the Generation IV remake games, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Obtained by having save data on the same Nintendo Switch from Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! or Let's go, Eevee! for Mew and save data from Pokémon Sword or Shield for Jirachi. If either (or both) of those conditions are met, you must speak to the old couple in Floaroma Town to obtain the respective Pokémon. Arceus is catched with the Azure Flute, which is obtanied by having a finished save data from Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The Azure Flute will appear in you room at Twinleaf Town.
- Darkrai and Shaymin are available as bonuses in Pokémon Legends: Arceus for players who also own Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and/or Shining Pearl (For Darkrai) and Pokémon Sword and/or Shield (For Shaymin).
- Arceus, Manaphy, and Phione are available in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
- Meltan and Melmetal, in the mobile phone game, Pokémon GO (Both are transferable to the main series games via Pokémon HOME). Obtained by connecting your Pokémon GO and Pokémon Home, transferring any Pokémon to Pokémon HOME from Pokémon GO and using the mystery box you'll be able to get after that. You will get a free mystery gift in Pokémon HOME with a Melmetal. For Meltan, you'll need to catch one and transfer it manually from the mystery box you got.
- All Mythical Pokémon that are available for the long term in the main series of games via more questionable methods such as glitches and DNS servers allowing expired event Pokémon to still be obtained, as of Jan, 2022 are as follows:
- Mew, in Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow. This Mew is easily obtained with a well known glitch. If you wish to transfer it to Pokémon HOME, you will be required to do multiple glitches that are much harder and/or time-consuming, and must be playing on the 3DS Virtual Console release.
- Shaymin, Darkrai, and Arceus, in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. These 3 are all obtainable through a glitch known as Tweaking and are not obtainable with this method in any other Generation IV Pokémon game. They may not be transferable to Pokémon HOME (Needs confirmation).
- (Two) Arceus, (Five) Darkrai, Deoxys, Celebi, Jirachi, (Three) Shaymin, and (Four) Manaphy in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. These are all Mythical Pokémon obtainable through the DNS method for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl only, among other non-Mythical event Pokémon. One Arceus, Darkrai and Shaymin are gotten through their respective event items, instead of directly as a gift like the others. They are all transferable to Pokémon HOME (Aside from the event item Pokémon - needs confirmation).
- (Two) Arceus, Darkrai, Shaymin, Celebi, and Jirachi in Pokémon Platinum. These are all Mythical Pokémon obtainable through the DNS method for Pokémon Platinum only, among other non-Mythical event Pokémon. One Arceus, the Darkrai and the Shaymin are gotten through their respective event items, instead of directly as a gift like the others. They are all transferable to Pokémon HOME (Aside from the event item Pokémon - needs confirmation).
- Jirachi, Celebi, and Mew in Pokémon HearGold and SoulSilver. These are all Mythical Pokémon obtainable through the DNS method for Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver only, among other non-Mythical event Pokémon. They are all transferable to Pokémon HOME.
- (Two) Victini, Meloetta, Darkrai, and Keldeo in Pokémon Black and White. These are all Mythical Pokémon obtainable through the DNS method for Pokémon Black and White only, among other non-Mythical event Pokémon. One Victini is gotten through their event item, instead of directly as a gift like the other. They are all transferable to Pokémon HOME.
- Genesect, Meloetta, Deoxys, and Keldeo in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. These are all Mythical Pokémon obtainable through the DNS method for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 only, among other non-Mythical event Pokémon. They are all transferable to Pokémon HOME.