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Unown is a Psychic-type Pokémon introduced in Generation II.

Biology

Physiology

Unown is a flat, thin Pokémon shaped like an eye with appendages that make it resemble a letter of the latin alphabet or a punctuation mark. It is entirely black, except for its large white eye with a small, black pupil. Despite having an eye, they don't blink. They come in 28 different forms, 26 resembling each letter of the latin alphabet as well as a question mark and an exclamation point. The letter Unown have fully open eyes but the punctuation mark Unown have eyes that are only half-open, to mark the end of a sentence. Unown is said to resemble ancient writing and hieroglyphs. It is a mystery whether Unown predates or postdates written language, and therefore which one is based on the other.

Behavior

Unown rarely leave their home dimension. Together, a large amount of them can produce enough psychic power to reshape reality based on the dreams of whoever summoned them.

Evolution

Unown does not evolve.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Gold and Silver Inside Ruins of Alph Common
Crystal Inside Ruins of Alph Common
Ruby and Sapphire Trade None
FireRed and LeafGreen Inside Tanoby Chambers Common
Emerald Trade None
Diamond and Pearl Solaceon Ruins Common
Platinum Solaceon Ruins Always
HeartGold and SoulSilver Inside Ruins of Alph Common
Black and White Trade None
X and Y Transfer None
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mirage Cave (South of Route 107) Common


Side game locations

Locations
Game(s) Area(s)
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Unown Relic
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Aegis Cave


Pokédex entries

  • Gold

    Their shapes look like hieroglyphs on ancient tablets. It is said that the two are somehow related.

  • Silver

    Its flat, thin body is always stuck on walls. Its shape appears to have some meaning.

  • Crystal

    Because different types of Unown exist, it is said that they must have a variety of abilities.

  • Ruby

    This Pokémon is shaped like ancient writing. It is a mystery as to which came first, the ancient writings or the various Unown. Research into this topic is ongoing but nothing is known.

  • Sapphire

    This Pokémon is shaped like ancient writing. It is a mystery as to which came first, the ancient writings or the various Unown. Research into this topic is ongoing but nothing is known.

  • FireRed

    Its flat, thin body is always stuck on walls. Its shape appears to have some meaning.

  • LeafGreen

    Their shapes look like hieroglyphs on ancient tablets. It is said that the two are somehow related.

  • Emerald

    This Pokémon is shaped like ancient text characters. Although research is ongoing, it is a mystery as to which came first, the ancient writings or the various Unown.

  • Diamond

    Shaped like ancient writing, it is a huge mystery whether language or Unown came first.

  • Pearl

    They seem to communicate among each other telepathically. They are always found stuck on walls.

  • Platinum

    When alone, nothing happens. However, if there are two or more, an odd power is said to emerge.

  • HeartGold

    Their shapes look like hieroglyphs on ancient tablets. It is said that the two are somehow related.

  • SoulSilver

    Its flat, thin body is always stuck on walls. Its shape appears to have some meaning.

  • Black

    When alone, nothing happens. However, if there are two or more, an odd power is said to emerge.

  • White

    When alone, nothing happens. However, if there are two or more, an odd power is said to emerge.

  • Black 2

    When alone, nothing happens. However, if there are two or more, an odd power is said to emerge.

  • White 2

    When alone, nothing happens. However, if there are two or more, an odd power is said to emerge.

  • X

    Its flat, thin body is always stuck on walls. Its shape appears to have some meaning.

  • Y

    Shaped like ancient writing, it is a huge mystery whether language or Unown came first.

  • Omega Ruby

    This Pokémon is shaped like ancient writing. It is a mystery as to which came first, the ancient writings or the various Unown. Research into this topic is ongoing but nothing is known.

  • Alpha Sapphire

    This Pokémon is shaped like ancient writing. It is a mystery as to which came first, the ancient writings or the various Unown. Research into this topic is ongoing but nothing is known.


Stats

Unown's Stats
HP
48
Attack
72
Defense
48
Sp. Atk
72
Sp. Def
48
Speed
48
Total
336

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal 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 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special Type Clever 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.

LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal 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 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Type Smart 1
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 III
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Type Smart 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.

LevelingGeneration II
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal
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.
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal 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.

TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special Type Clever 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.
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal 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.

TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Type Smart 1
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 III
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Type Smart 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 II
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal
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

Unown learns no moves via breeding.


Tutoring

Unown does not learn any moves by Tutoring.

Sprites


Appearances

Anime

Trivia

  • The official artwork for Unown is always either an F or a G, as they are the initials of Game Freak.
  • Their home dimension was the battleground for Palkia and Dialga's fight; many of them can be seen fleeing from their fight in the beginning of the 10th movie.
  • The only move Unown can learn is Hidden Power.
  • In Super Smash Bros., Unown is one of the Pokémon that can be freed from Poké Balls. When this happens, the one that appeared from the ball summons a vast flock of Unown to fly across the battlefield, each one doing minor damage to any players they strike.
    • However, Unown is unable to learn Take Down in any form of main game.
  • Unown and Ditto are the only genderless Pokémon that are not Legendary or Mythical, can not evolve, and also can't be hatched from eggs.
  • In Pokémon Crystal, there is a rare chance that a wild Unown will flee.
  • In both Pokémon-Amie and Pokémon Refresh, none of the Unown forms like being pet on its eye.
  • In the Trading Card Game, each Unown form has a different meaning (please refer to the chart below).
  • Unown is the only Pokémon with a base stat total of 336.
  • The Unown that live on the Sevii Islands resemble Braille.
  • In the third movie, photographs of Unown resembling Greek and Cyrillic characters can be seen.
  • In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Darkness, and Sky, the wild Unown that can be found and recruited in Aegis Cave gives only 20-21 experience points when defeated. This is possibly to make it less likely that the player will level-up in Aegis Cave, seeing as he or she will be fighting a large number of them to collect the stones required to unlock the rooms and get through the dungeon and seeing as it is a mandatory dungeon in the story.
  • Unown never appears as the client of a job mission in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Darkness, and Sky. This is likely because the "Adventure Log" records the player's first encounter with Unown. As a result, it is impossible to unlock this achievement prior to unlocking Aegis Cave in the game.
  • Unown has 28 unique forms, making it the most forms until Generation VIII, when Alcremie was introduced with 63 unique forms.
Letter A B C D E F G
Meaning Anger Bear Chase Direct Engage Find Give
Letter H I J K L M N
Meaning Help Increase Join Keep Laugh Make Nuzzle
Letter O P Q R S T U
Meaning Observe Perform Quicken Reassure Search Tell Undo
Letter V W X Y Z ! ?
Meaning Vanish Want XXXXX Yield Zoom !!!!! ?????

Origin

Unown is based on the modern Latin alphabet and two punctuation marks. Their relative weakness may be due to the fact that individual letters and punctuation on their own have little to no meaning.

Etymology

Unown and Annōn come from the word "unknown." Some fans, in light of its weakness, have joked that it may also come from the fact that a player might want to "un-own," or get rid of, it. Annōn may also come from "anonymous."

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