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05/17/2011 / Muzy

Legends of the Pokémon World

Legendary Pokemon. You’re bound to have met them if you have played a Pokemon game before, as you are usually required to battle and catch them to advance. But what makes a Legendary Pokemon so…legendary? And do some Legendary Pokemon have connections with others? I’m here to tell you all what you need about these mysterious creatures that inhabit the Pokemon World!

Characteristics

There are certain characteristics that Legendary Pokemon possess to qualify as “Legendary.” The first and foremost characteristic that Legendary Pokemon have is that you can only obtain them once in your save file. Once you have caught a Legendary Pokemon on your game, you cannot obtain that Pokemon again, unless you trade from another game. This makes Legendary Pokemon extremely rare.

The next characteristic that Legendary Pokemon usually exhibit is the fact that they have unusually high base stats. In fact, they are so high that most Legendary Pokemon are banned from most competitive play. Of course, not all Legendary Pokemon are deemed “Uber,” but, as seen in the link above, a good majority are indeed considered too “broken” for competitive play.

There are three final characteristics that Legendary Pokemon have. The first of the three is that Legendary Pokemon do not evolve or breed. There is one exception to this, but I’ll discuss this later on. The next characteristic is that Legendary Pokemon usually are genderless, although there are 7 notable exceptions to this. These exceptions are Latios, Latias, Heatran, Cresselia, Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus. Finally, Legendary Pokemon are placed at the end of each regional Pokedex. Once again, there is one exception, Victini. Victini is placed at the beginning of the Unova Dex, because it is available early on in the game. These 5 characteristics make up a Legendary Pokemon.

List of Legendary Pokemon

While some Legendary Pokemon have no relation with any other Legendary Pokemon, most Legendary Pokemon are tied together with one or two other Legendary Pokemon, and in one case, 3 others! These groups are known as Legendary Duos, Legendary Trios, and Legendary Quartets respectively. These groups have many things similar to each other. They usually have similar appearances, share at least one type, and have similar typings.

Members of each Legendary Duo are either extremely similar to each other (Mew/Mewtwo, Latios/Latias), or polar opposites of each other (Ho-Oh/Lugia, Cresselia/Darkrai). Legendary Trios, and the Legendary Quartet, are very similar to each other. The Trio or Quartet usually has a Trio/Quartet had a Trio/Quartet Master. These Masters oversee their trios in someway or the other.

Here’s a list of all the Legendary Pokemon:

Legendary Birds

The Legendary Birds consist of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. They are the very first Legendary Trio, and set a sort of a standard for future trios. They share the same secondary type, Flying, the same ability, Pressure, and the same base stat total, 580. Each member is based on a mythical bird, and is based on a season. The Legendary Birds’ Master is Lugia, who quelled the Trio’s fighting in Pokemon: The Movie 2000.

Mew Duo

The Mew Duo consists of Mew and Mewtwo. They are related through cloning, as Mewtwo is a clone of Mew, hence the “two.” Mew is the very first event-only Legendary, the first of many. Mew and Mewtwo share their typing of Psychic, and both have the ability Pressure. Mew is talked about in journals found in the Pokémon Mansion on Cinnabar Island. Mew gave birth to Mewtwo, instead of laying an egg like other Pokemon. Mewtwo was said to be too powerful, destroying the entire mansion, and decided to make its home in Cerulean Cave, home to many powerful Pokemon.

Legendary Beasts

The Legendary Beasts consist of Raikou, Entei, and Suicune. They all have canine and feline characteristics, share the base stat total of 580, and the ability Pressure. These three Pokemon were trapped in a fire caused by lightning at the Brass Tower, and perished thereof. Ho-Oh, their Master, then revived them, and they became what they are in their current forms. It is speculated that Raikou, Entei, and Suicune were originally Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon respectively before they perished. They now roam the lands of Johto due to their immense power.

Tower Duo

The Tower Duo consists of Ho-Oh and Lugia. They both are massive bird-like Pokemon. They were the first Legendary Pokemon to be a version mascot, which later became a tradition that Legendary Pokemon would be the game version’s mascot. These two Pokemon used to reside in the Brass and Tin (Later renamed Bell) Towers, but once Brass Tower burned down, Ho-Oh and Lugia fled. Lugia went on to reside deep down in the Whirl Islands, while Ho-Oh roams the skies, waiting to meet a pure-hearted Trainer. They share a BST of 680, the ability Pressure, and the secondary type Flying.

[to be continued]

Sources: All the information here was found in the following Bulbapedia pages:
http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Legendary_pokemon
http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Legendary_duo
http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Legendary_trio
http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Trio_master

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