Legendary Pokémon are types of Pokémon species that appear in every Pokémon video game. They are rare Pokémon that are not only hard to catch, but can also be hard to find. Usually, the cover mascot for a Pokémon video game is a Legendary, however in the Generation 1 games and their remakes feature the final evolved form of a starter Pokémon on their box art.

Mythical Pokémon (Japanese: 幻のポケモン Illusory Pokémon), in the other hand, are a group of Pokémon seen so rarely in the Pokémon world that some question their very existence.

The Legendary Pokémon

As of Pokémon Sword and Shield, they are total of 92 Legendary Pokémon. (59 (Legendary) 22 (Mythical), 11 (Ultra Beasts)).

Kanto Region (First Generation)

Pokemon Name Description
Articuno.png Articuno One of the three Legendary Birds, Articuno can create blizzards by freezing moisture in the air. In Galar, Its feather-like blades are composed of psychic energy and can shear through thick iron sheets as if they were paper.
Zapdos.png Zapdos One of the three Legendary Birds, Zapdos is has the ability to control electricity. It usually lives in thunderclouds. The Pokémon gains power if it is stricken by lightning bolts. In Galar, One kick from its powerful legs will pulverize a dump truck. Supposedly, this Pokémon runs through the mountains at over 180 mph.
Moltres.png Moltres One of the three Legendary Birds, Moltres flaps its flaming wings, even the night sky will turn red. Every flap of its wings creates a dazzling flare of flames. In Galar, this Pokémon's sinister, flame-like aura will consume the spirit of any creature it hits. Victims become burned-out shadows of themselves.
Mewtwo.png Mewtwo Mewtwo is created by recombining Mew's genes. It's said to have the most savage heart among Pokémon. Capable for two Mega Evolutions. Playable in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Mew.png Mew Because Mew can use all kinds of moves, many scientists believe Mew to be the ancestor of Pokémon.

Johto Region (Second Generation)

Pokemon Name Description
Raikou.png Raikou One of the three Legendary beasts, Raikou is said to represent the lightning strike which ignited the fire that consumed the Brass Tower. It embodies the speed of lightning. The roars of this Pokémon send shock waves shuddering through the air and shake the ground as if lightning bolts had come crashing down.
Entei.png Entei One of the three Legendary beasts, Entei is said to represent the flames that burned the Brass Tower. Entei embodies the passion of magma. This Pokémon is thought to have been born in the eruption of a volcano. It sends up massive bursts of fire that utterly consume all that they touch.
Suicune.png Suicune One of the three Legendary beasts, Suicune is the mascot Legendary for Pokémon Crystal. It is said to represent the rains that quenched the flames of the burning Brass Tower. It travels across the world to purify polluted water. It moves together with the north wind. Suicune is pursued in the anime, manga, Pokémon Crystal, and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver by Eusine.
Lugia.png Lugia Lugia is the "guardian of the seas". Lugia is also the trio master of the Legendary birds. It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm. Lugia is the mascot of Pokémon Silver and SoulSilver.
Ho-Oh.png Ho-Oh Ho-Oh is the "guardian of the skies". Ho-Oh is also the trio master of the Legendary beasts. It now presumably flies through the world's skies in search of a Trainer with a pure heart. Ho-Oh is the mascot of Pokémon Gold and HeartGold. Ho-oh is the first Legendary Pokémon to appear in the anime, in case the first episode. It is also the first Generation II Pokémon to be revealed.
Celebi.png Celebi This Pokémon wanders across time. Grass and trees flourish in the forests in which it has appeared. When Celebi disappears deep in the forest, it is said to leave behind an egg it brought from the future.

Hoenn Region (Third Generation)

Pokemon Name Description
Regirock.png Regirock One of the five Legendary titans, Regirock's body is composed entirely of rocks. Recently, a study made the startling discovery that the rocks were all unearthed from different locations. It was sealed away by people long ago. If this Pokémon's body is damaged in battle, it is said to seek out suitable rocks on its own to repair itself.
Regice.png Regice One of the five Legendary titans, Regice's body was made during an ice age. The deep-frozen body can't be melted, even by fire. This Pokémon controls frigid air of -328 degrees Fahrenheit.
Registeel.png Registeel One of the five Legendary titans, Registeel has a body that is harder than any kind of metal. Its body is apparently hollow. No one has any idea what this Pokémon eats.
Latias.png Latias One of the Eon duo, Latias is highly intelligent and capable of understanding human speech. It is covered with a glass-like down. The Pokémon enfolds its body with its down and refracts light to alter its appearance. Its body is covered with a down that can refract light in such a way that it becomes invisible. Capable for Mega Evolution.
Latios.png Latios One of the Eon duo, Latios has the ability to make others see an image of what it has seen or imagines in its head. This Pokémon is intelligent and understands human speech. A highly intelligent Pokémon. By folding back its wings in flight, it can overtake jet planes. Capable for Mega Evolution.
Kyogre.png Kyogre Kyogre is the mascot Legendary for Pokémon Sapphire and Alpha Sapphire. Kyogre is said to be the personification of the sea itself. Legends tell of its many clashes against Groudon, as each sought to gain the power of nature. Capable for Primal Reversion holding the Blue Orb.
Groudon.png Groudon Groudon is the mascot Legendary for Pokémon Ruby and Omega Ruby. Groudon is said to be the personification of the land itself. Legends tell of its many clashes against Kyogre, as each sought to gain the power of nature. Capable for Primal Reversion holding the Red Orb.
Rayquaza.png Rayquaza Rayquaza is the mascot Legendary for Pokémon Emerald. It lives in the ozone layer far above the clouds and cannot be seen from the ground. Rayquaza is said to have lived for hundreds of millions of years. Legends remain of how it put to rest the clash between Kyogre and Groudon. Capable for Mega Evolution, if it knows the move Dragon Ascent. Also played a major in the Delta Episode in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
Jirachi.png Jirachi Jirachi will awaken from its sleep of a thousand years if you sing to it in a voice of purity. It is said to make true any wish that people desire.
Deoxys.png Deoxys Deoxys emerged from a virus that came from space. It is highly intelligent and wields psychokinetic powers. This Pokémon shoots lasers from the crystalline organ on its chest.

Sinnoh Region (Fourth Generation)

Pokemon Name Description
Uxie.png Uxie One of the three Lake guardians, Uxie is known as the"Being of Knowledge". When it flew, people gained the ability to solve problems. It is said that its emergence gave humans the intelligence to improve their quality of life.
Mesprit.png Mesprit One of the three Lake guardians, Mesprit is known as the "Being of Emotions". When it flew, people learned the joy and sadness of living. It was the birth of emotions.
Azelf.png Azelf One of the three Lake guardians, Azelf is known as the "Being of Willpower". When it flew, people gained the determination to do things.
Dialga.png Dialga Dialga is the mascot Legendary for Pokémon Diamond and Brilliant Diamond. Dialga possesses the power to control time. It is said that time flows when Dialga's heart beats. It uses its power to travel at will through the past and future.
Palkia.png Palkia Palkia is the mascot Legendary for Pokémon Pearl and Shining Pearl who represents space. It is said that space becomes more stable with Palkia's every breath.
Heatran.png Heatran Heatran's body is made of rugged steel. However, it is partially melted in spots because of its own heat.
Regigigas.png Regigigas The creator of the Legendary titans. There is an enduring legend that states Regigigas towed continents with ropes.
Giratina-Altered.png Giratina Giratina is the mascot Legendary for Pokémon Platinum. It was banished for its violence. It silently gazed upon the old world from the Distortion World. Giratina represents antimatter.
Cresselia.png Cresselia Cresselia said to be able to give dreams and lies in Full Moon Island. On nights around the quarter moon, the aurora from its tail extends and undulates beautifully. Cresselia is based on the full moon and it is a member of the Lunar duo with Darkrai.
Phione.png Phione Phione can only be obtained by breeding Manaphy or another Phione with Ditto. Phione's status as a Legendary or Mythical Pokémon is often disputed, with contradiction occurring even between official sources. A Pokémon that lives in warm seas. It inflates the flotation sac on its head to drift and search for food.
Manaphy.png Manaphy Manaphy is notable for being the only legendary Pokémon able to be bred and hatch from an Egg. It is born with a wondrous power that lets it bond with any kind of Pokémon.
Darkrai.png Darkrai Darkrai lies on Newmoon Island, to protect itself, it afflicts those around it with nightmares. However, it means no harm. Darkrai is based on the new moon and it is a member of the Lunar duo with Cresselia.
Shaymin-Land.png Shaymin The flowers all over Shaymin's body burst into bloom if it is lovingly hugged and senses gratitude. The blooming of Gracidea flowers confers the power of flight upon it. Feelings of gratitude are the message it delivers.
Arceus.png Arceus Arceus is known as "The Original One", as it is said that it created Sinnoh, and possibly the entire Pokémon universe, along with the lake guardians and creation trio. It is the trio master of both the lake guardians and the creation trio. Arceus is featured prominently in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Arceus will change type when it is holding a Plate or type-specific Z-Crystal.

Unova Region (Fifth Generation)

Pokemon Name Description
Victini.png Victini This Pokémon brings victory. It is said that Trainers with Victini always win, regardless of the type of encounter.
Cobalion.png Cobalion One of the Swords of Justice and the group's leader. Cobalion battled against humans to protect Pokémon. Its personality is calm and composed. It has a body and heart of steel. Its glare is sufficient to make even an unruly Pokémon obey it. Cobalion is inspired by Athos from the novel The Three Musketeers.
Terrakion.png Terrakion One of the Swords of Justice. Terrakion came to the defense of Pokémon that had lost their homes in a war among humans. Terrakion is inspired by Porthos from the novel The Three Musketeers.
Virizion.png Virizion One of the Swords of Justice. Legends say Virizion confounded opponents with its swift movements. Virizion is inspired by Aramis from the novel The Three Musketeers.
Tornadus.png Tornadus One of the Forces of Nature. Tornadus expels massive energy from its tail, causing severe storms. Its power is great enough to blow houses away. It zooms through the sky at 200 mph.
Thundurus.png Thundurus One of the Forces of Nature. Thundurus can shoot thunderbolts from its tail. It is known to be disliked and feared by people and farmers for its destructive rampages which include fierce thunderstorms. It tends to cause forest fires whatever it flies around shooting lightning.
Reshiram.png Reshiram One of the Tao trio and the mascot for Pokémon Black. Reshiram can scorch the world with fire. It helps those who want to build a world of truth.
Zekrom.png Zekrom One of the Tao trio and the mascot for Pokémon White. Zekrom can scorch the world with lightning. It assists those who want to build an ideal world.
Landorus.png Landorus One of the Forces of Nature serving as their trio master. Lands visited by Landorus grant such bountiful crops that it has been hailed as "The Guardian of the Fields." From the forces of lightning and wind, it creates energy to give nutrients to the soil and make the land abundant.
Kyurem.png Kyurem One of the Tao trio and the mascot Legendary of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 capable for fusing with Reshiram and Zekrom to become White Kyurem or Black Kyurem. Kyurem generates a powerful, freezing energy inside itself, but its body became frozen when the energy leaked out. It waits for a hero to fill in the missing parts of its body with truth or ideals.
Keldeo.png Keldeo One of the Swords of Justice. When Keldeo is resolute, its body fills with power and it becomes swifter. Its jumps are then too fast to follow. Keldeo is inspired by d'Artagnan from the novel The Three Musketeers.
MeloettaAria.png Meloetta The melodies sung by Meloetta have the power to make Pokémon that hear them happy or sad. Its melodies are sung with a special vocalization method that can control the feelings of those who hear it. Many famous songs have been inspired by the melodies that Meloetta plays.
Genesect.png Genesect Genesect existed 300 million years ago. Team Plasma altered it and attached a cannon to its back.

Kalos Region (Sixth Generation)

Pokemon Name Description
Xerneas.png Xerneas The mascot Legendary of Pokémon X, legends say Xerneas can share eternal life. It slept for a thousand years in the form of a tree before its revival. It is a member of the Aura trio with Yveltal and Zygarde.
Yveltal.png Yveltal The mascot Legendary of Pokémon Y, when its life comes to an end, Yveltal absorbs the life energy of every living thing and turns into a cocoon once more. It is a member of the Aura trio with Xerneas and Zygarde.
Zygarde.png Zygarde The third Legendary of the Aura trio, Zygarde appears and reveals its secret power when the Kalos region's ecosystem falls into disarray. In its 10% Forme, it runs across the land at speeds greater than 60 mph. In its Complete Forme, It has enough power to overwhelm even Xerneas or Yveltal and it uses force to neutralize those who harm the ecosystem.
Diancie.png Diancie A sudden transformation of Carbink, its pink, glimmering body is said to be the loveliest sight in the whole world and capable for Mega Evolution.
Hoopa.png Hoopa Hoopa is said to be able to seize anything it desires with its six rings and six huge arms. With its powers sealed, it is transformed into a much smaller form.
Volcanion.png Volcanion It lets out billows of steam and disappears into the dense fog. Volcanion said to live in mountains where humans do not tread.

Alola Region (Seventh Generation)

Pokemon Name Description
Type Null.png Type: Null Due to the danger that this synthetic Pokémon may go on a rampage, Type: Null wears a control mask to restrain its power.
Silvally.png Silvally Silavlly's trust in its partner is what awakens it. This Pokémon is capable of changing its type, a flexibility that is well displayed in battle.
Tapu Koko.png Tapu Koko This guardian deity of Melemele Island. Tapu Koko is brimming with curiosity. It summons thunderclouds and stores their lightning inside its body.
Tapu Lele.png Tapu Lele This guardian deity of Akala Island. Tapu Lele heals the wounds of people and Pokémon by sprinkling them with its sparkling scales.
Tapu Bulu.png Tapu Bulu The guardian deity of Ula'ula Island. Tapu Bulu is a powerful but, lazy Pokémon with command over the growth of plants as well as incredible strength. It seizes its energy from the growing vegetation.
Tapu Fini.png Tapu Fini The guardian deity of Poni Island. People say Tapu Fini can create pure water that will wash away any uncleanness. The dense fog it creates brings the downfall and destruction of its confused enemies. Ocean currents are the source of its energy.
Cosmog.png Cosmog In ages past, Cosmog was called the child of the stars. It's said to be a Pokémon from another world, but no specific details are known
Cosmoem.png Cosmoem Cosmoem is the evolution of Cosmog. Motionless as if dead, its body is faintly warm to the touch. In the distant past, it was called the cocoon of the stars.
Solgaleo.png Solgaleo The mascot Legendary of Pokémon Sun, Solgaleo was known by the name “the beast that devours the sun”, this Pokémon has intense light it radiates from the surface of its body can make the darkest of nights light up like midday.
Lunala.png Lunala The mascot Legendary of Pokémon Moon, Lunala was known by the name “the beast that calls the moon”, this Pokémon devours light, drawing the moonless dark veil of night over the brightness of day.
Nihilego.png Nihilego It appeared in this world from an Ultra Wormhole. Nihilego appears to be a parasite that lives by feeding on people and Pokémon. Known as UB-01 Symbiont.
Buzzwole.png Buzzwole This Ultra Beast known as UB-02 Absorbption appeared from another world. Buzzwole shows off its body, but whether that display is a boast or a threat remains unclear and witnesses saw it pulverize a dump truck with a single punch.
Pheromosa.png Pheromosa Pheromosa is one of the dangerous Ultra Beasts known as UB-02 Beauty, it has been spotted running across the land at terrific speeds.
Xurkitree.png Xurkitree One of the mysterious life-forms known as Ultra Beasts known as UB-03 Lightning. Xurkitree raided a power plant, so people think it energizes itself with electricity. Astonishing electric shocks emanate from its entire body, according to witnesses.
Celesteela.png Celesteela Celesteela is a one kind of Ultra Beast known as UB-04 Blaster. Witnesses have seen it burn down a forest by expelling gas from its two arms.
Kartana.png Kartana Kartana was observed cutting down a gigantic steel tower with one stroke of its blade. Known as UB-04 Blade.
Guzzlord.png Guzzlord A dangerous Ultra Beast known as UB-05 Glutton, Guzzlord appears to be eating constantly, but for some reason its droppings have never been found. It has gobbled mountains and swallowed whole buildings, according to reports.
Necrozma.png Necrozma Necrozma is the reminiscent of the Ultra Beasts who is the mascot Legendary of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon nicknamed "The Blinding One", it is capable for fusing with Solgaleo and Lunala to become Dusk Mane Necrozma or Dawn Wings Necrozma. Once it absorbs enough light, Necrozma can undergo a process called Ultra Burst to reclaim its true form: Ultra Necrozma.
Magearna.png Magearna Magearna is an artificial Pokémon, constructed more than 500 years ago, can understand human speech but cannot itself speak. Magearna is the first Generation VII Pokémon to be revealed and appeared in the anime.
Marshadow.png Marshadow Marshadow slips into the shadows of others and mimics their powers and movements. As it improves, it becomes stronger than those it's imitating.
Poipole.png Poipole Poipole is well enough liked to be chosen as a first partner in its own world. Known as UB Adhesive.
Naganadel.png Naganadel Naganadel stores hundreds of liters of poisonous liquid inside its body. It is one of the organisms known as UBs known as UB Stinger.
Stakataka.png Stakataka Known as UB Assembly, when stone walls started moving and attacking, Stakataka’s true identity was this mysterious life-form, which brings to mind an Ultra Beast.
Blacephalon.png Blacephalon Blacephalon slithers toward people. Then, without warning, it triggers the explosion of its own head. It's apparently one kind of Ultra Beast known as UB Burst,
Zeraora.png Zeraora Zeraora electrifies its claws and tears its opponents apart with them. Even if they dodge its attack, they’ll be electrocuted by the flying sparks. It approaches its enemies at the speed of lightning, then tears them limb from limb with its sharp claws.
Meltan.png Meltan Meltan melts particles of iron and other metals found in the subsoil, so it can absorb them into its body of molten steel.
Melmetal.png Melmetal Revered long ago for its capacity to create iron from nothing, for some reason Melmetal has come back to life after 3,000 years. Capable for Gigantamaxing.

Galar Region (Eighth Generation)

Pokemon Name Description
Zacian The mascot Legendary of Pokémon Sword, Zacian wields a sword to strike to fell even Gigantamax Pokémon.
Zamazenta The mascot Legendary of Pokémon Shield, Zamazenta can shrug off impressive blows, including the attacks of Dynamax Pokémon.
Eternatus Eternatus was inside a meteorite that fell 20,000 years ago. There seems to be a connection between this Pokémon and the Dynamax phenomenon.
Kubfu.png Kubfu Kubfu trains hard to perfect its moves. The moves it masters will determine which form it takes when it evolves.
Urishifu Single Strike.webp Urshifu Inhabiting the mountains of a distant region, Urshifu races across sheer cliffs, training its legs and refining its moves. Capable for Gigantamaxing.
Zarude.png Zarude Within dense forests, Zarude lives in a pack with others of its kind. It's incredibly aggressive, and the other Pokémon of the forest fear it.
Regieleki.png Regieleki One of the five Legendary titans, this Pokémon is a cluster of electrical energy. It's said that removing the rings on Regieleki's body will unleash the Pokémon's latent power.
Regidrago.png Regidrago One of the five Legendary titans, its body is composed of crystallized dragon energy. Regidrago is said to have the powers of every dragon Pokémon.
Glastrier.png Glastrier Glastrier has tremendous physical strength, and the mask of ice covering its face is 100 times harder than diamond.
Spectrier.png Spectrier It probes its surroundings with all its senses save one—it doesn't use its sense of sight. Spectrier's kicks are said to separate soul from body.
Calyrex.png Calyrex Calyrex is known in legend as a king that ruled over Galar in ancient times. It has the power to cause hearts to mend and plants to spring forth. Capable for fusing with Glastier and Spectier to become Ice Rider or Shadow Rider Calyrex.