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Moltres(JP) is a species of Pokémon in the series of the same name. It is a dual-type Fire/Flying legendary Pokémon that made its first appearance in the first generation games Red and Blue. Moltres is a part of the Legendary birds along with Articuno and Zapdos. In Galar, Moltres is Dark and Flying.

Physiology and Behavior[]

Moltres is a large, avian Pokémon with golden plumage. It has a long, flowing head crest and a billowing tail, both made of reddish-orange and yellow flames. Additionally, its wings are also shrouded in fiery plumage. When using its the wings, they gain a dazzling red glow. It has a long, thin neck, a pointed, brown beak, and small, triangular eyes. Its thin, brown legs have feet that have three forward-facing toes and one backward-facing toe. It has short talons.

Moltres sheds embers with every flap of its wings, creating a brilliant flash of flames. By dipping itself into the magma of an active volcano, this Pokémon can heal itself. It migrates to the south with the coming of spring and is said to bring an early springtime to cold lands. There have been stories of Moltres using its wings to assist those lost in the mountains. Moltres is rarely seen.

Galarian Moltres[]

In Galar, Moltres has a similar build, but a drastically different color scheme. Its body is primarily black with scarlet highlights and bright blue eyes. Its scarlet beak is hooked at the tip and leads to markings that run down its front and behind its head. Its feet are also scarlet with black talons. Its wings, crest, and tail are mostly black, with the crest having an extra curl at the front and the tail being split in two, and all three of these features exude a magenta, flame-like energy that earns it the name of its Kantonian counterpart. Its body apparently feels lukewarm to the touch.

The sinister energy that blazes from within its body is so oppressive that most Pokémon can't even approach it. Galarian Moltres attacks by spreading its wings wide to unleash its energy in a powerful aura that attacks the minds of its foes, inflicting deep fatigue as it burns away their energy from within. The aura has the power to consume the spirit of its victims, reducing them to burned-out shadows of themselves. As seen in the anime, the only way to overcome the effects of its aura is to have a strong spirit. It is said to have a haughty personality and a calm demeanor. It is constantly migrating around the world but can be found in the Crown Tundra once every few decades congregating with the other birds at the Dyna Tree to eat its fruits.

Appearances[]

Main Pokémon games[]

Other Pokémon games[]

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team: Moltres resides on top of Mt. Blaze and challenges the player and partner when they trespass. After Moltres is defeated, it is convinced by the player's partner to allow them to pass through.

Super Smash Bros. series[]

In the original Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, in the Saffron City stage Moltres can be seen flying in the background every few minutes. It did not change gameplay.

In the rest of Super Smash Bros. series, Moltres comes out of a Pokéball, and will stay in place, then fly away. If anyone touches it, they will burn and get a ton of damage and knockback. Moltres is a trophy and Spirit in these games also.

Trophy descriptions[]

Melee

As tradition has it, the onset of spring heralds the return of this legendary Pokémon from its southern home. Its bright orange color and fiery aspect lends to its overwhelming appearance. Sky Attack, the strongest of flying moves, is a perfect fit for this burning phenom, but it obviously also excels at powerful Fire-type moves.

Brawl

A Flame Pokémon. It's one of the legendary bird Pokémon. When Moltres appears in a town, it is said that spring will come earlier there than in other towns. If Moltres is injured, it apparently returns to a volcano to heal its wings with magma. Moltres spreads its wide, flame-covered wings and attacks opponents with the exciting and highly damaging Sky Attack.

3DS/Wii U

This Fire/Flying-type Pokémon is one of three Legendary birds in the Kanto region. It will use Fly when called into a Smash Bros. battle, flapping its orange wings and sending fire out around it. Getting hit hurts and could launch you so far, you'd make Moltres jealous. That isn't a good thing...

In the anime[]

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Moltres in The Power of One

Moltres appeared in Pokémon the Movie 2000: The Power of One, alongside the other Legendary birds and Lugia.

Galarian Moltres appeared in episode 22 of Pokémon Horizons: The Series.

Origin and inspiration[]

Moltres seems to be based on the legends of firebirds such as the phoenix, the Slavic firebird, or the Bennu. It may also be based on the Vermilion Bird of the Chinese Four Symbols, which represents the element of fire and the direction of south. In addition, it may be based on a heron because of their similarities in body shape.

In-game information[]

Pokédex entries[]

Title Entry
First Pokémon generation
Pokémon Red and Blue Known as the legendary bird of fire. Every flap of its wings creates a dazzling flash of flames.
Pokémon Yellow A legendary bird Pokémon. As it flaps its blazing wings, even the night sky will turn red.
Pokémon Stadium A legendary bird Pokémon known as the "fire bird." Every time it flaps, its wings flare and burn brightly.
Second Pokémon generation
Pokémon Gold This legendary Pokémon scatters embers with every flap of its wings. It is a thrilling sight to behold.
Pokémon Silver This legendary bird Pokémon is said to bring early spring to the wintry lands it visits.
Pokémon Crystal Legendary bird Pokémon. It is said to migrate from the south along with the spring.
Third Pokémon generation
Pokémon Ruby Moltres is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control fire. If this Pokémon is injured, it is said to dip its body in the molten magma of a volcano to burn and heal itself.
Pokémon Sapphire Moltres is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control fire. If this Pokémon is injured, it is said to dip its body in the molten magma of a volcano to burn and heal itself.
Pokémon Emerald Moltres is a legendary bird Pokémon that can control fire. If injured, it is said to dip its body in the molten magma of a volcano to burn and heal itself.
Pokémon FireRed One of the legendary bird Pokémon. Those who see it are overwhelmed by its orange wings that seem to be on fire.
Pokémon LeafGreen It is said to be the legendary bird Pokémon of fire. Every flap of its wings creates a dazzling flare of flames.
Fourth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Diamond One of the legendary bird Pokémon. It is said that spring will soon arrive if Moltres shows itself.
Pokémon Pearl One of the legendary bird Pokémon. It is said that spring will soon arrive if Moltres shows itself.
Pokémon Platinum One of the legendary bird Pokémon. It is said that its appearance indicates the coming of spring.
Pokémon HeartGold This legendary Pokémon scatters embers with every flap of its wings. It is a thrilling sight to behold.
Pokémon SoulSilver This legendary bird Pokémon is said to bring early spring to the wintry lands it visits.
Fifth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Black One of the legendary bird Pokémon. It is said that its appearance indicates the coming of spring.
Pokémon White One of the legendary bird Pokémon. It is said that its appearance indicates the coming of spring.
Pokémon Black 2 One of the legendary bird Pokémon. It is said that its appearance indicates the coming of spring.
Pokémon White 2 One of the legendary bird Pokémon. It is said that its appearance indicates the coming of spring.
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X It is said to be the legendary bird Pokémon of fire. Every flap of its wings creates a dazzling flare of flames.
Pokémon Y One of the legendary bird Pokémon. It is said that its appearance indicates the coming of spring.
Pokémon Omega Ruby Moltres is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control fire. If this Pokémon is injured, it is said to dip its body in the molten magma of a volcano to burn and heal itself.
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Moltres is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control fire. If this Pokémon is injured, it is said to dip its body in the molten magma of a volcano to burn and heal itself.
Seventh Pokémon generation
Pokémon Let's Go
Pikachu
A legendary bird Pokémon. As it flaps its flaming wings, even the night sky will turn red.
Pokémon Let's Go
Eevee
A legendary bird Pokémon. As it flaps its flaming wings, even the night sky will turn red.
Eighth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Sword It's one of the legendary bird Pokémon. When Moltres flaps its flaming wings, they glimmer with a dazzling red glow.
Pokémon Shield There are stories of this Pokémon using its radiant, flame-cloaked wings to light up paths for those lost in the mountains.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond One of the legendary bird Pokémon. It is said that its appearance indicates the coming of spring.
Pokémon Shining Pearl One of the legendary bird Pokémon. It is said that its appearance indicates the coming of spring.


Game locations[]

Title Location(s)
First Pokémon generation
Pokémon Red and Blue
Victory Road (Only one)
Pokémon Yellow
Victory Road (Only one)
Third Pokémon generation
Pokémon Ruby
Trade
Pokémon FireRed
Mt. Ember (Only one)
Pokémon LeafGreen
Mt. Ember (Only one)
Fourth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Platinum
Roaming Sinnoh (Only one)
Pokémon HeartGold
Mt. Silver (Only one)
Pokémon SoulSilver
Mt. Silver (Only one)
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X
Sea Spirit's DenAfter 11 roaming encounters (Only one) (if the player chose Froakie)
Pokémon Y
Sea Spirit's DenAfter 11 roaming encounters (Only one) (if the player chose Froakie)
Ninth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Scarlet
Asado Desert
Pokémon Violet
Asado Desert


Base Stats[]

Base Stats
HP 90
Attack 100
Defense 90
Sp. Attack 125
Sp. Defense 85
Speed 90
Total 580

Galarian[]

Base Stats
HP 90
Attack 85
Defense 90
Sp. Attack 100
Sp. Defense 125
Speed 90
Total 580

Moveset[]

Main article: Moltres/moveset

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Trivia[]

  • Moltres is the only member of the Legendary birds (along with its trio master, Lugia) to reappear as a Poké Ball Pokémon past Melee.
  • Moltres is one of four legendary Poké Ball Pokémon to appear in every installment since Melee, the other three being Entei, Suicune, and Lugia. This also makes Moltres the only Legendary Pokémon to appear in every Smash game.
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