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For the similar group of non-event-exclusive Pokémon, see Legendary Pokémon.
Mythical Pokémon

Mythical Pokémon from Generations 1-8.

Mythical Pokémon (Japanese: 幻のポケモン, HepburnMaboroshi 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.

Generation I[]




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.

In the games, Mew is only ever mentioned in journals on Cinnabar Island, where it was stated that Mew had given birth to Mewtwo.

It was obtainable in the 20th Anniversary in February through a special code.

In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, if you have a copy of Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Let's Go, Eevee! a Female in Floaroma Town will give you a Mew.

If you have My Pokémon Ranch and Pokémon Diamond or Pearl, you can get a Mew by transferring 999 Pokémon + 1 egg from Pokémon Diamond or Pearl to My Pokémon Ranch.

Anime and Movie Appearances[]


Generation II[]




Celebi (Japanese: セレビィ, HepburnSerebyi) 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.

Movie Appearances
M04 Celebi: Voice of the Forest
M13 Zoroark: Master of Illusions

Generation III[]



Jirachi (Japanese: ジラーチ, HepburnJirāchi) 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.

The only ways to obtain a Jirachi are through:

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.

Anime Appearances
# Episode Title
791 Searching for a Wish!
Movie Appearances
M06 Jirachi Wish Maker


Deoxys (Japanese: デオキシス, HepburnDeokishisu) 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.

Deoxys was only obtainable in the Pokémon Emerald, Pokémon LeafGreen, and FireRed video games through an event in which you must have an Aurora Ticket to gain access to Birth Island.

Deoxys is obtainable normally in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which allows you to catch a level 80 Deoxys after capturing Rayquaza during a mandatory encounter at the end of the Delta Episode.

Anime Appearances
# Episode Title
445 Pokémon Ranger—Deoxys' Crisis! Part 1
446 Pokémon Ranger—Deoxys' Crisis! Part 2
578 Cheers on Castaways Isle!
Movie Appearances
M07 Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys

Generation IV[]




Phione, the Sea Drifter Pokémon, is only obtainable by breeding Manaphy or another Phione with a Ditto.

Anime and Movie Appearances[]


MS09: Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (main)




Manaphy is the Seafaring Pokémon. It can be obtained either as an egg from Pokémon Ranger or from events. It can breed with Ditto to reproduce a Phione, which is the only method of obtaining Phione.

Movie Appearances[]

MS09: Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (main)




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.

Darkrai is obtainable in Pokémon Legends: Arceus for anyone that also owns either one or both of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl.

Darkrai's counterpart is Cresselia which is a Legendary Pokémon.

Anime and Movie Appearances[]


MS10: The Rise of Darkrai (main)


Shaymin (Japanese: シェイミ, HepburnSheimi) 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.

Shaymin is obtainable in Pokémon Legends: Arceus for anyone also owning either or both of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Anime Appearances
# Episode Title
634 Keeping in Top Forme!
Movie Appearances
M11 MS011: Pokémon: Giratina & the Sky Warrior




Arceus (Japanese: アルセウス, HepburnAruseusu) 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.

Movie Appearances
M12 Arceus and the Jewel of Life
M18 Hoopa and the Clash of Ages

Generation V[]




Victini, the Victory Pokémon. Victini is considered a symbol of victory for too many people, specifically Trainers. In Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 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).

Movie Appearances[]

MS014: Victini & The Black Hero: Zekrom/Victini & The White Hero: Reshiram


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 now permanently available in The Crown Tundra DLC of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

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 Version 2 and Pokémon 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 Pokémon Y, from a move tutor in Mauville City in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and from a move tutor at the Hano Grand Resort in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.

It made a debut in Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice.



Meloetta (Aria and Pirouette Forme)

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.

Episode Appearances: BW084: An Epic Defense Force! up until BW099: Unova's Survival Crisis!




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)

Generation VI[]


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[]


Diancie, Princess of the Ore Country


MS017: Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction


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[]


MS018: Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages


0721Volcanion XY anime


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.

Movie Debut: MS019: Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

Generation VII[]




Magearna (Japanese: マギアナ, HepburnMagiana) 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.

Movie Debut: MS019: Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

Episode Appearances: SM116: The Secret Princess!




Marshadow (Japanese: マーシャドー, HepburnMaashadoo) is a Fighting/Ghost-type. Its Signature move is Spectral Thief and its accompanying Z-Move being Soul-Stealing 7 Star Strike.

Movie Debut: MS020: Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!

Episode Appearances: SM057: The Dex Can't Help It!




Zeraora (Japanese: ゼラオラ, HepburnZeraora) is an Electric-type. It was introduced in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and its signature move is Plasma Fists.

Movie Debut: MS021: Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us

Episode Appearances: SM100: Battling the Beast Within!

Meltan and Melmetal[]

Meltan (Japanese: メルタン, HepburnMerutan) 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.

Meltan can be found by opening the Mystery Box in Pokémon GO and can be transferred to Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee and Pokémon HOME.

Episode Appearances: SM109: A Grand Debut!

Melmetal (Japanese: メルメタル, HepburnMerumetaru) 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.

Melmetal is obtainable by transferring Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon HOME. After doing so, you'll have a mystery gift in Pokémon HOME with a level 100 Melmetal.

Episode Appearances: SM138: Final Rivals!

Generation VIII[]




Zarude (Japanese: ザルード, HepburnZaruudo) is a Dark/Grass-type Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation 8. It is known as the Rogue Monkey Pokémon.

Movie Debut: MS023: Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle

Generation IX[]


Pecharunt (Japanese: モモワロウ, HepburnMomowarou) is a Poison/Ghost-type Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation 9. It is known as the “Subjugation Pokémon”.





  • So far,
    • There are no Ice-type, Ground-type, or Dragon-type Mythical Pokémon, excluding the multiple forms of Arceus.
    • There are no Mythical Pokémon that have a Hidden Abilities.
    • There are no Mythical Pokémon that have genders.
    • Psychic-type has the most Mythical Pokémon, with 7.
  • 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.
  • Pecharunt is the only Poison-type Mythical Pokémon, not including Arceus with a Toxic plate.
    • It is also the only Mythical Pokemon in which its English name is different from its Japanese name.