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Paradox Pokémon (Japanese: パラドックスポケモン, HepburnParadox Pokémon) are a group of Pokémon introduced in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. They are Pokemon that have been transformed by the power the Tera crystals in Area Zero to resemble ancient or futuristic versions of themselves, and are created by an automated "time machine" in the deepest part of Area Zero, the Great Crater of Paldea.

They are all genderless, unable to breed or evolve, and do not follow the standard naming conventions with the exception of Koraidon and Miraidon. They do not have corresponding TM Materials and do not drop any when defeated, and they are also categorized in the Pokédex as "Paradox Pokémon".

They can be divided further into two groups: Ancient Pokémon and Future Pokémon. The first are found in Scarlet and are prehistoric "ancestors" of certain contemporary Pokémon, while the second are found in Violet and are futuristic robotic "descendants" of present-day Pokémon. The Ancient Pokémon come with the unique Ability Protosynthesis while the Future Pokémon come with the Ability Quark Drive. This increases their highest stat when in harsh sunlight (ancient Pokémon), on Electric Terrain (future Pokémon) or when Booster Energy is used (if no corresponding weather).

These Pokémon have different typings compared to their present counterparts. They are categorized in their own group separate from both normal and Legendary Pokémon, similar to Ultra Beasts.

List of Paradox Pokémon[]

Ancient Pokémon[]

Future Pokémon[]


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  • Roaring Moon and Iron Valiant are the first Paradox Pokémon to be based on Mega Evolved Pokémon.
  • Iron Thorns, Iron Jugulis, and Roaring Moon are all based on Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon. Ironically, this means their base stats are lower than their modern day counterparts.
  • Walking Wake and Iron Leaves are the first Paradox Pokémon to be based on Legendary Pokémon. They are also the only event-exclusive Paradox Pokémon.
  • Prior to the DLC, it is impossible to obtain a Paradox Pokémon (other than Koraidon and Miraidon) in the same game their modern counterpart is available in.
  • Miraidon and Koraidon have Paradox names as stated in their Dex entries, Iron Serpent and Winged King, respectfully.
  • Black Fog has numerous similarities to the Paradox Pokémon, being that it is a more aggressive, different looking, ancient version of an existing Pokémon, and is exclusively known by a two-word nickname.
  • Great Tusk and Iron Valiant are the first and second Paradox Pokémon to have a unique type combination, with Great Tusk as the first Ground/Fighting type Pokémon and Iron Valiant as the first Fairy/Fighting type Pokémon.
  • Cyclizar, Donphan and Volcarona are the only Pokemon with 2 Paradox counterparts, coincidentally one of these has the Fighting type.
  • Despite the fact that most of the Future Paradox Pokemon have Iron in their English and French names, only Iron Treads and Iron Crown have the Steel type.
  • All of the Ancient Paradox Pokemon are bigger than their modern day counterparts while the Future ones (sans Miraidon) are smaller.
    • With the exception of Sandy Shocks, all the Ancient Paradox Pokemon are heavier than their modern day counterparts.
    • This mirrors the facts that real-life prehistoric animals are larger than present-day relatives and today's electronics are sleeker and more compact than those in the past decades.
  • With the exception of Koraidon and Miraidon, all ancient Pokémon share a unique howl-like sound frequency in their cries while all future Pokémon cries share a unique electronic, mechanical noise
  • Type: Null is the only Pokémon with different names in English, Spanish, and Italian that isn't a Paradox Pokémon.