Pokémon Family Species: Gen I (Bulbasaur To Parasect / Venonat To Cloyster / Gastly To Miltank / Magikarp To Mew) | Gen II | Gen III (Treecko To Sharpedo / Wailmer To Deoxys) | Gen IV | Gen V (Victini To Zoroark / Minccino To Genesect) | Gen VI (Chespin To Hawlucha / Dedenne To Volcanion) | Gen VII (Rowlet To Comfey / Oranguru To Melmetal / Ultra Beasts) | Gen VIII | Glitches
Pokémon Human Characters: Protagonists And Rivals (Kanto / Johto / Hoenn / Sinnoh / Unova / Kalos / Alola / Galar) | Professors | Gym Leaders (Kanto / Johto / Hoenn / Sinnoh / Unova / Kalos / Galar) | Trial Captains and Kahunas | Elite Four | Champions
Pokémon Villain Teams: Team Rocket / Team Aqua/Magma / Team Galactic / Team Plasma / Team Flare / Team Skull / Team Yell
Frontier Brains And Other Facility Heads | Trainer Classes | Other NPCs (Aether Foundation / Ultra Recon Squad / Macro Cosmos)
650: Chespin / Harimaron (ハリマロン harimaron)
651: Quilladin / Hariborg (ハリボーグ hariboogu)
652: Chesnaught / Brigarron (ブリガロン burigaron)
Kalos's Grass-type starter, Chespin is based on a hedgehog with a chestnut-like helmet. Its first evolution, Quilladin, looks even more like one, with its entire body becoming round and the shell incorporating more into its body. When it reaches its final evolution, it gains the Fighting type, its limbs grow out, its chestnut shell turns brown and grows huge spikes, and it assumes a much more threatening appearance. Alongside the other starters, Xerneas, and Yveltal, Chespin was one of the first Generation VI Pokémon revealed to the public.
- Badass Adorable: Chespin, unlike most Grass starters who struggle for moves at the start, gets great coverage moves such as Bite and Rollout early on, making it very useful early in the game.
- Badass Beard: Chesnaught has fluffy fur around its chin that resembles a beard.
- Badass Cape: The shell on Chesnaught's back evokes the image of a knight's cape.
- Bulletproof Vest: Their Hidden Ability is Bulletproof, which protects them from ball and bomb attacks.
- Carpet of Virility: Chesnaught has a nice fuzzy one on its chest despite being covered in armor.
- Cast from Hit Points: The entire line can learn Wood Hammer, which deals a lot of damage to the opponent at the cost of some recoil damage to the user.
- Confusion Fu: Chesnaught can learn a plethora of moves. The only types it can't use for moves are Fairy, Water, and Ice. This isn't including Hidden Power.
- Cool Helmet: Chesnaught has a shell on its head that matches the armor.
- Curious as a Monkey: It is noted that a lot of them tend to get in trouble often due to their curious nature.
- Cute Little Fangs: Play with Chesnaught in Pokémon-Amie and you'll see them. This notably contrasts with the rest of its line, which have rodent-like buck teeth. Still adorable, though.
- Defend Command:
- Their former Secret Art Spiky Shield protects the user from most moves, with the added bonus of damaging anybody who uses a contact move on them.
- They can be bred to have Quick Guard, which protects them and their allies from priority attacks in Double and Triple Battles.
- Elemental RockPaperScissors: While starter Pokémon have had the Water -> Fire -> Grass -> Water cycle from the very beginning, these three Gen VI starter Pokémon have an extra cycle within, going Dark (Greninja) -> Psychic (Delphox) -> Fighting (Chesnaught) -> Dark (Greninja).
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The "Fighter" of the starters. Chesnaught is based on a knight, and as knights are often associated with close-range combat, it is Fighting-typed. The other two top-level starter evolutions are similarly themed with respect to their respective subtypes Delphox is magician-themed, being Psychic-typed, while Greninja is ninja-themed, being Dark-typed.
- Gentle Giant: Chesnaught is known to be quite gentle and cares deeply about its allies, despite its intimidating appearance.
- Green Thumb: Grass-types based off of hedgehogs.
- Immune to Bullets: Their hidden ability Bulletproof gives them immunity to bomb- and ball-based moves (like Shadow Ball, Aura Sphere, Sludge Bomb, etc), as well as Bullet Seed.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Chesnaught's attack animation when using Spiky Shield depicts it holding up its arm as if using a shield.
- Meaningful Name: "Bōgu" is a kind of armor, fitting considering Quilladin's armor-like shell.
- Mighty Glacier: Chesnaught has high physical defense and high attack with middling speed.
- Perpetual Smiler: Chespin is always seen smiling and has a happy look in its artwork.
- The Pollyanna: Chespin always keep an optimistic outlook regardless of what happens, and they never worry about the small details. Its artwork shows it having a wide smile too.
- Prickly Porcupine: Its Japanese, German, and French names make reference to it being a hedgehog, but it's hard to tell just from looks alone. It becomes more notable when it can make the leaves on its body sharper.
- Recurring Element: The Kalos Grass Starter.
- Starter Mon: The Grass Starter of Kalos. It has a good enough movepool that it can handle itself even against some opponents that it has a defensive disadvantage against in the early game but it gets harder as the player progresses.
- Secret Art:
- Up until Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Spiky Shield, which protects Chesnaught from all forms of damage while also dealing damage to contact attackers.
- Up until Gen VII, it also had a Hidden Ability unique to it in Bulletproof, as described above.
- Like the rest of the Grass starters before it, Grass Pledge and Frenzy Plant is available to them.
- Stealth Pun: Chespin is literally a Hedge-hog.
- Super Strength: In X's Pokédex entry, a Chesnaught's tackle can flip a 50 TON TANK.
- Super Toughness: Chespin is covered in wood armor so thick that it can take a direct hit from a truck and not be fazed. Chesnaught can withstand a bomb going off by holding its arms over its face. This comes into play with its Hidden Ability of Bulletproof.
- Trap Master: They can be bred to have the move Spikes, a field effect which will damage opposing Pokémon as they switch in as long as they're not immune to Ground-type attacks.
- Turns Red: Like all Grass starters, Overgrow boosts the power of Grass-type moves when at low health.
653: Fennekin / Fokko (フォッコ fokko)
654: Braixen / Tairenar (テールナー teerunaa)
655: Delphox / Mahoxy (マフォクシー mafokushii)
Kalos's Fire-type starter, Fennekin is based on a Fennec fox cub. Unlike most of the previous fire starters (except Cyndaquil), its body is mostly yellow. When it evolves into Braixen, it becomes bipedal, its legs turn black, and a twig appears in its tail. When it evolves again into Delphox (gaining the Psychic type), its skirt grows larger and turns maroon, resembling a wizard's robe. It still keeps its twig in its sleeve and uses it as a wand. Alongside the other starters, Xerneas, and Yveltal, Fennekin was one of the first Generation VI Pokémon revealed to the public.
- Badass Longrobe: The fur skirt that it gains as Delphox is evocative of this.
- Balance Buff: Delphox can learn Dazzling Gleam from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire onwards, allowing it to inflict some sizable damage to Dark-types and Dragon-types.
- Bishounen Line: All three starters become more humanoid as they evolve, but Delphox probably fits this trope best for its more feminine features.
- Black Magician Girl: Male or female, it has psychic powers (especially as the mage mentioned below) and is sometimes hot-tempered.
- Breakout Character: In an unusual turn of events, especially for starter Pokémon, it's Braixen, the middle stage, who gets the most attention, being Serena's main Pokémon in the anime, and being a playable character in Pokkén Tournament instead of its evolution, Delphox.
- Character Name Limits: Delphox is the first Pokémon in National Dex order with more than five kana in its Japanese name.
- Cute Witch: Braixen evokes one with its twig sticking out of its tail, resembling a broomstick, and its Psychic Powers.
- Ditto Fighter: Delphox can learn Role Play in order to copy an opponent's ability.
- Elemental RockPaperScissors: While starter Pokémon have had the Water -> Fire -> Grass -> Water cycle from the very beginning, these three Gen VI starter Pokémon have an extra cycle within, going Dark (Greninja) -> Psychic (Delphox) -> Fighting (Chesnaught) -> Dark (Greninja).
- Fantastic Foxes: Fennec Fox flavored. Like Ninetales and Zoroark's line, they are also based on tales about foxes with magical abilities; however, they appear to draw more inspiration from the fabled Reynard from European folklore instead of the Japanese Kitsune.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The "Mage" of the starters. Delphox is based on several kinds of mystical/magical archetypes, such as wizards, oracles, and mages, and is Psychic-typed. The other two top-level starter evolutions are similarly themed with respect to their respective subtypes Greninja is ninja-themed, being Dark-typed, and Chesnaught is knight-themed, being Fighting-typed.
- Friction Burn: Braixen uses friction from the fur of its tail to ignite its stick to use fire attacks.
- Fur Is Clothing: Braixen's resembles a skirt, and Delphox's resembles a wizard's robe. Delphox's case is also very noticeable, as most other animalistic Pokémon that follow this trope aren't very obvious at first, while Delphox's "robe" is a vastly different color than its main fur.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: They can learn Foul Play through tutoring, a Dark-type attack that uses the opponent's Attack to calculate damage instead of the user's.
- Kitsune: It's modeled after a fennec fox, but its abilities are similar.
- Light 'em Up: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire gave Delphox the ability to learn Dazzling Gleam and Signal Beam, finally giving it a proper chance to stand against Dark-types.
- Magic Wand: Braixen wields the stick in its tail like one during battle, complete with a fiery spark animation when casting attacks. It carries over when it evolves into Delphox.
- Magical Girl: Braixen's effeminate appearance, particularly its frilly shoulder fur, skirt-like abdomen, and black legs that resemble stockings makes it seem like it's wearing an outfit typical of magical girls.
- Nothing Up My Sleeve: Delphox hides its stick/wand in the sleeve-like ruffs of fur on its arms when not in use.
- Oracle: Delphox's name references the Oracle of Delphi, and it can see into the future by staring into the flame at the tip of its wand.
- Playing with Fire: Fire-Type.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: It has the shallowest move pool of the three starters, cannot learn many TMs that could cover its weaknesses and/or make use of its great Special Attack like Energy Ball, and only has five known egg moves.note Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire remedied this a bit with move tutors.
- Precious Puppies: Fennekin's the size of a lapdog and has a particularly adorable bark.
- Psychic Powers: Despite being pure Fire-types, Fennekin and Braixen can learn Psybeam, Psychic, and Psyshock; Delphox is, meanwhile, part Psychic-type.
- Recurring Element: The Kalos Fire Starter.
- Retcon: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire allow it to learn Dazzling Gleam through TM, even though the TM was also available in X and Y.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Fennekin is an adorable little fox kit with big eyes and fluffy ears.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: Delphox's ears resemble a hat, and the "dress" it had as a Braixen has become a full fledged robe.
- Secret Art:
- Up until Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire when Mismagius also became able to learn it, Mystical Fire, which deals damage while lowering a foe's Special Attack.
- Being a Fire starter, it can learn both Fire Pledge and Blast Burn.
- Security Blanket: Braixen keeps its trademark stick wand in its tail whenever it isn't using it to attack, and has a tendency to lose its calm if it isn't there otherwise.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive guy to Charizard's (the other Fire-type starter available in X and Y) manly man; Delphox is a feminine-looking magician fox that uses its fire and psychic powers to act as an Oracle. Charizard is a Rated M for Manly Blood Knight Proud Warrior Race Guy who searches the land for worthy opponents. That said, they're both tilted towards being speedy Special Attackers.
- Starter Mon: The Fire Starter of Kalos. It's effective against opponents that it has a clear advantage over, but its surprisingly shallow movepool holds it back.
- Supernatural Is Purple: In lieu of red and yellow, the line's shiny forms have purple fur in varying shades. Fitting, given how they're based on mages and the like.
- Squishy Wizard: Delphox has the second-highest Special Attack of all the starters and decent Special Defense, but its Attack and Defense are just average.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Fennekin's are sticks, which doesn't make sense for a fox, but definitely for a fire. It stops eating branches once it evolves and uses one as a Magic Wand instead.
- Tsundere: In Pokémon-Amie, towards its trainer. It's so sweet and adorable when you play with it, but if you do something that upsets it, it'll perform the classic Tsundere gesture of folding its arms across its chest and turning away with a 'Humph!' expression.◊
- Turns Red: Like all Fire starters, Blaze boosts the power of Fire-type moves when at low health.
- Useless Useful Spell:
- Their Hidden Ability, Magician. Not only do they have to not hold an item to activate Magician (in which case It Only Works Once unless they can ditch their item somehow), Delphox already learns Switcheroo from the Move Relearner and Trick via move tutor. Trick and Switcheroo let you still hold an item, but allows for potential Combos like giving a Physical Attacker a Flame Orb to cripple them while stealing their item, or giving a Choice item to an opponent spamming Status Buffs or an attack with things immune to it (like Earthquake) so they're forced to switch out.
- The line are capable of learning a lot of physical TMs such as Power-Up Punch, which runs off and boosts their nigh-abysmal Attack, and most of their tutor moves are just as useless because they are also physical.
- Video Game Stealing: Magician allows them to steal a held item when they attack an enemy as long as they themselves aren't holding one.
- Weapon Twirling: Braixen often twirls its wand like a baton during attacks. It doesn't do this as much after evolving into Delphox.
656: Froakie / Keromatsu (ケロマツ keromatsu)
657: Frogadier / Gekogashira (ゲコガシラ gekogashira)
658: Greninja / Gekkouga (ゲッコウガ gekkouga)
Kalos's Water-type starter, Froakie is based on a frog. It has a cape that is made out of foam. While it seems absent-minded, it's really keeping a close eye on its surroundings. Its first evolution gives it a dark blue and more sleek appearance. Its second one (also a Dark-type) becomes a ninja, and is even darker and sleeker; it also has an Overly Long Tongue that it uses as a scarf, strangely. Alongside the other starters, Xerneas, and Yveltal, Froakie was one of the first Generation VI Pokémon revealed to the public. A very special Greninja is capable of transforming into a unique and powerful form known as "Ash-Greninja" (so named because it resembles Ash's design from the XY anime), courtesy of an ability known as Battle Bond. This ability activates when Greninja defeats an opponent in battle.
Greninja also joins Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Charizard, Lucario, and Mewtwo as a playable character in the Wii U and 3DS Super Smash Bros. games.
- Action Initiative: They can all learn Quick Attack, a 40 Power attack with +1 priority. As a Greninja, it can learn Shadow Sneak and Water Shuriken that can hit 2 to 5 times.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Water Shuriken is a pretty unique move, being a multi-hit priority attack, and is depicted as one of Greninja's coolest attacks in TCG art, the anime and Super Smash Bros.. In-game, it's often weaker than desirable, and Greninja is fast enough to not really care about the priority. Pokémon Sun and Moon rectify this by making it a Special move and an increase in power while Greninja is transformed into Ash-Greninja, and being guaranteed to hit three times to remove the luck-based aspect of the move.
- Barrier Change Boss: Their hidden ability Protean allows them to change their type to a move right before they attack. With Hidden Power, it can potentially change into any type except Fairy.
- Bilingual Bonus: Greninja's name is a combination of "ninja" and "grenouille", the French word for frog (the actual animal, not the derogatory term for a French person). Ironically, its French name ("Amphinobi") doesn't contain any distinctly French rootsnote , even though "Greninja" does and isn't distinctly English-sounding itself.note
- Boring, but Practical: They can learn every Gen VI HM except Fly, making them excellent choices for navigating both Kalos and Hoenn.
- Breakout Character: The most iconic starter of its generation, due to being Ash's main in the anime and its appearance in Smash Bros. just like Charizard in Gen I, and to a lesser extent Blaziken in Gen III. It even has an 'Ash-Greninja' special forme that made it to Sun and Moon. Greninja is fact so popular that it won the 20th anniversary general election, beating out Pikachu and Arceus.
- Bubble Gun: They can learn Bubble, but not Bubble Beam.
- Caltrops: Greninja can learn Spikes by taking it to the Move Relearner. The family can also get Toxic Spikes as an egg move.
- Canon Immigrant: Ash-Greninja was first introduced in the Pokémon anime during the X, Y, and Z saga, where it was a main focus. Much of the mystery surrounding it was that it was a form that's similar to Mega Evolution, but the exact mechanics were unknown. This form was later introduced into the main games themselves and the Greninja is greatly implied to actually be the very same Greninja from the anime.
- Celibate Hero: Unlike others of his species, Ash-Greninja is unable to breed.
- Combat Pragmatist: Greninja gains a secondary Dark typing. The line is also known for picking up and throwing rocks at foes, as evidenced by Smack Down and Fling.
- Confusion Fu:
- Their hidden ability, Protean, lets them change their type to the attack they use. This effectively makes them get STAB on everything. Add in Hidden Power and it gets even more confusing on just what it can change intonote . They can also learn Water, Ice, Psychic, Dark, Bug, Flying, Ghost, Grass, Ground, and Rock moves. Defending against Greninja becomes very difficult because it's hard to know if it doesn't have a super-effective move, and hitting it for super-effective damage is nigh-impossible unless one's Pokémon carries a move that's super effective against its own weakness.
- Factor in Ash-Greninja and now facing a Greninja is a guessing game between one that can potentially become 17 types or one that has access a Super Mode.
- Difficult, but Awesome: In order to activate its Battle Bond ability so it can transform into Ash Greninja, Greninja must land the finishing blow on an opponent, which an opposing trainer will most certainly try to avoid. But once it transforms into Ash-Greninja, it's pretty difficult to stop the wrath of Ash-Greninja.
- Disc-One Nuke:
- Ash's Greninja is this for the entirety of the Sun & Moon special demo. Most Pokémon you encounter are either lower-leveled or are unevolved (mid-stage top) and they don't resist his Night Slash, which is a powerful STAB attack. The only fairly strong Pokémon (that also happens to resist Dark-Type attacks) is Hakamo-o, but it can be easily two-shotted by the super-effective Aerial Ace. During the Totem Hakamo-o battle as well as against every new trainer that can be fought after the main event, there are two Pokémon in the opposing team, guaranteeing that Greninja will always transform into Ash-Greninja.
- Averted in the actual Sun & Moon game. While Ash-Greninja can be received early on in the game, he won't really obey you until you have cleared the second Grand Trial due to him being Level 36, which is unfortunately only one level higher than the level cap of the first Grand Trial's completion.
- Elemental RockPaperScissors: While starter Pokémon have had the Water -> Fire -> Grass -> Water cycle from the very beginning, these three Gen VI starter Pokémon have an extra cycle within, which goes Dark (Greninja) -> Psychic (Delphox) -> Fighting (Chesnaught) -> Dark (Greninja).
- Eyes Always Shut: When out of battle in Pokémon Amie, they mostly keep their eyes shut.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The "Thief" of the starters; Greninja is ninja-themed, and, having Dark as its subtype, uses a lot of sneaky tactics as a result. The other two top-level starter evolutions are similarly themed with respect to their respective subtypes Chesnaught is knight-themed, being Fighting-typed, while Delphox is magician-themed, being Psychic-typed.
- Fragile Speedster: Greninja is the fastest of all fully-evolved starters and the fastest Water-type Pokémon, but it doesn't take hits very well. Upon transforming to Ash-Greninja, it becomes slightly faster, but it's still just as frail as usual.
- Frog Men: Greninja is a fairly humanoid frog Pokémon.
- Frog Ninja: The line wears their ninja influences on its sleeve with their high speed, but Greninja is the most ninja-like of them with its tongue mimicing a scarf and fashioning throwing stars out of water with its signature move Water Shuriken.
- Fuuma Shuriken: As Ash-Greninja, it carries a large Water Shuriken on its back and it is significantly stronger than the regular, small Water Shuriken.
- Glass Cannon: Continuing in fall in line with its Ninja/Thief theme, Greninja is very fast and also very fragile, but unlike a usual thief, Greninja actually hits hard. Particularly and especially if it has its Protean ability. This is taken even further as Ash-Greninja, gaining a huge boost to both its Attack and Special Attack stat when Battle Bond activates, but both its Defense and Sp.Defense aren't altered at all.
- Hand Seals: Fitting with its Ninja theme, Greninja uses these when performing a special move. Ash-Greninja does a hand seal as its idle animation in battle.
- Hot Blooded Sideburns: Ash-Greninja has black markings and protrusions on both sides of its face that resemble sideburns. Since this form comes into being during the heat of an intense battle, this addition to Greninja's design is appropriate.
- In a Single Bound: It is mentioned that Froakie can jump as high as a three story building, while Frogadier jumps all over the place to confuse its opponents. They even learn the move Bounce. In Super Smash Bros., Greninja has the second-highest jump of all the characters, only beaten by Falco.
- Informed Ability: Downplayed, but it is explicitly said that Ash-Greninja's legs become so strong after transforming that its speed makes it impossible for your eyes to keep up. While it does become a bit faster, the actual speed boost is rather insignificant in comparison to its offensive boosts.
- Irony: Due to gaining the Dark-type upon evolving, giving it a weakness against Bug-type attacks, Greninja is a frog that's weak against insects.
- Making a Splash: Water-type.
- Ninja: This is the line's theme. It becomes more prominent with each evolution. With Greninja, it's in the name as well. The line also can learn multiple ninja moves, like Smokescreen, Haze, Substitute, Mat Block, Spikes, Night Slash, and Water Shuriken.
- Ninja Log: Greninja can learn Substitute by level-up.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: It appears like it is being absent-minded, but Froakie is actually very observant and keeps an eye on its surroundings, implying it is being invoked.
- Overly Long Tongue: Greninja uses its long tongue as a scarf. Like real-world frogs, Greninja can still use it to grab things that are out of reach.
- Psychic Powers: Greninja can learn Extrasensory by level-up.
- Recurring Element: The Kalos Water Starter, and the second one in a row to be based on a type of Japanese warrior.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Averted. Greninja's shiny form is pitch-black with a bright red tongue, but of course it's only an "Evil-type" in Japanese (not an evil Pokémon).
- Rule of Three: Ash-Greninja's Water Shuriken will always hit three times no matter what.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: Has one made of bubbles as Frogadier. As Greninja, it uses its own tongue.
- Secret Art:
- Until Pokémon Sun and Moon, Mat Block, which acts like Protect and Detect for the Pokémon on the user's side, but has no extra priority, will not protect against status-inflicting moves, and only works on the first turn Greninja is in battle (like Fake Out).
- Up until Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Water Shuriken, a priority move that hits 2 to 5 times in a row.
- As Water-type starters, they have access to Water Pledge and Hydro Cannon.
- Simple, yet Awesome:
- Greninja's Hidden Ability Protean allows it to change its type to whatever attack it uses. Simple enough, but this also allows Greninja to have universal STAB on all of it moves, meaning that with its movepool, there are very few Pokémon it can't hit super effectively.
- As Ash-Greninja, Water Shuriken goes from Awesome, but Impractical to this, being strong enough to actually be a reliable priority attack, and being guaranteed to hit three times.
- Starter Mon: The Water Starter of Kalos. Greninja does extremely well against most important battles due to its speed, attacking stats, and its wide move pool.
- Super Mode: First seen in the Pokémon anime and made available in the special demo for Pokémon Sun and Moon, Ash-Greninja is a special form which occurs when Greninja defeats an opponent in battle. Its power is similar to Mega Evolution, but it's the result of a unique ability called Battle Bond rather than a Mega Stone. The stat increase of this transformation is even slightly higher than Mega Evolution, jumping from a base stat total of 530 to 640!
- Super Strength: It is said to be able to clear a three-story building with a single jump under normal circumstances. Ash-Greninja is also noted to possess extraordinarily strong legs, which give it increased power and speed. In the anime, even before it mastered the form, Ash-Greninja actually shattered the ground when it kicked off into a run, and shattered a wall by sending a Sceptile flying into it. It also dropped a Mega Sceptile and Mega Charizard X to the ground with an axe kick, and even overpowered Mega Charizard X's Thunderpunch by smashing its Water Shuriken into it.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Like the Oshawott line last generation, it starts with a fairly dorky- and confused-looking first stage and then gets a sleeker evolution based on a Japanese warrior.
- Three-Point Landing: The evolutionary line has what appears to be this as their standard pose. Averted with Ash-Greninja, which crouches as its default pose.
- Trap Master: Greninja can learn Spikes and the entire evolution line can be bred to know Toxic Spikes.
- Turns Red: Like all Water starters, Torrent boosts the power of Water-type moves when at low health.
- Up to Eleven: Every Mega Evolution increases a Pokémon's overall stats by 100. When Greninja transform to Ash-Greninja, its overall stats is increased by 110 instead.
659: Bunnelby / Horubee (ホルビー horubii)
660: Diggersby / Horudo (ホルード horuudo)
This Pokémon appears to fulfill Kalos's "small Normal-type mammal" niche, in this case a rabbit. It uses its spade-like ears to dig around. When it evolves, its ears become muscular fists and it becomes a Normal/Ground type. It's often used in help with construction.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Not only do their brown patches on their fur look like dirt stains, but Bunnelby has a small brown ruff that invokes its head poking out of a hole in the ground. Diggersby's furry mid-section invokes it being buried up to its chest.
- Big Fun: Diggersby certainly looks the part; look at that grin!
- Boring, but Practical: Diggersby makes an excellent HM mule by learning Cut, Rock Smash, Strength, and Surf. Plus it has Pickup.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: Bunnelby is pretty "daaaw" worthy. Diggersby, not so much unless one is into Ugly Cute characters.
- Com Mons: At this point, players can make an entire team of early-game mammals. However, in contrast to its fellow mammals, the mechanics of the Kalos region's sectors render them suprisingly scarce.
- Disc-One Nuke: One of the Bunnelby line's two normal abilities is Pickup, which means an automatic 10% chance of them picking up something useful, like a Poké Ball, Potion, Full Heal, or Escape Rope after every battle ending with the player victorious. Higher-level Bunnelby or Diggersby with this ability can pick up things like Ultra Balls, Max Revives, Full Restores, Rare Candies, and Leftovers. This makes the entire Bunnelby line useful even as non-battlers, as they will spend their time in the player's party occasionally picking up items that the player will more than often find to be of great use.
- Dishing Out Dirt: It's the "Burrowing Pokémon" that digs with its ears, and is based on a tunneling animal. It gains a Ground type when it evolves into Diggersby.
- Expy: Diggersby looks just like the mountainmen of the recurring Hiker trainer class.
- Eyes Always Shut: Diggersby's eyes are always shut, lending to its lazy, carefree nature.
- Gonk: Diggersby isn't as cute as Bunnelby, or Lopunny for that matter.
- Hyperactive Metabolism: Its Cheek Pouch ability can restore some of its HP whenever it uses a Berry in battle.
- Item Caddy: Can have the Pickup ability.
- Killer Rabbit: Almost literally, since it's a rabbit with access to Huge Power as an ability.
- Lethal Joke Character: Diggersby may be a goofy-looking early-game mammal with relatively low overall stats. However, it is one of the few Pokémon to gain Huge Power (as a hidden ability), allowing it to hit as hard as some Legendary Pokémon can.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Their ears are fully prehensile and resemble an extra pair of hands.
- Mundane Utility: Their bulldozing and weight-lifting abilities make Diggersby quite valuable in construction.
- Non-Elemental: Normal-type.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Bunnelby and Diggersby are both quite small, but if they're lucky enough to have their hidden ability Huge Power, then dear god, they are going to pack a punch.
- Recurring Element:
- The new small mammal in line with Rattata, Sentret, Bidoof, etc.
- It is the closest successor to the Bidoof line. Both families are Gonk-looking, make excellent HM mules, gain unique type combinations upon evolution (Normal/Water for Bibarel, Normal/Ground for Diggersby), and both have hidden abilities that make them Lethal Joke Characters.
- It's the second rabbit to have Huge Power as an ability, the other being Azumarill.
- Stout Strength: Despite that giant mid-section, Diggersby is powerful enough to pulverize bedrock and heft objects weighing a metric ton. They can also back up the reputation with the Huge Power ability.
- Super Strength: Their Hidden Ability is Huge Power, which doubles their current Attack stat. Those Earthquakes are going to hit real hard.
- Tunnel King: Bunnelby and Diggersby live in underground tunnels, and are extremely efficient diggers.
661: Fletchling / Yayakoma (ヤヤコマ yayakoma)
662: Fletchinder / Hinoyakoma (ヒノヤコマ hinoyakoma)
663: Talonflame / Fiarrow (ファイアロー faiaroo)
Fletchling is a Pokémon based on a Japanese Robin. It's popular due to its beautiful song and friendly nature, but it's quite ferocious in battle. When it evolves, it gains the Fire-type and looks like a male cardinal. On its next evolution, it becomes a falcon, decorated with flame patterns. Its speed is very high, and for some of the evolutionary line, certain moves will go out faster than just about anything else.
- Action Initiative: Its Hidden Ability, Gale Wings, gives priority to Flying-type moves. It also learns Quick Attack naturally. With Gale Wings, Talonflame's Brave Bird becomes the strongest priority attack in the game, but only on its first use starting from Generation VII, as the recoil disables Gale Wings.
- Arrows on Fire: Fletchling's name, Talonflame's typing and Japanese name, and the ability to learn fire moves suggest that the line was based off this idea.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Talonflame. It's up there with "Skulkraken" (Gyarados's beta name).
- Blow You Away: Flying-type, like most birds.
- Boss Battle: Elite Four Malva's most powerful Mon.
- Cast from Hit Points: Can naturally learn Brave Bird and Flare Blitz.
- Character Name Limits: Fletchinder's name is 11 letters long, in case you hadn't already noticed that the 10-character limit from the first five generations has expanded to 12.
- Com Mons: You'll run into plenty of Fletchling in the first few areas. However, Talonflame turns out very good, one of the best of its kind it's up there with Staraptor and Stoutland in terms of late-game ability.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Learns Steel Wing naturally, which is notable since the move is only available to most Pokémon via TM.
- Fragile Speedster: Extremely fast — Talonflame is the fastest Fire-type Pokémon, which is fitting for a Pokémon based closely on the peregrine falcon — and all of its Flying-type moves have +1 priority when paired with its Secret Art, but it doesn't have much raw attacking or defensive power.
- Informed Ability: Despite its Y Pokédex entry stating that Talonflame finishes off prey with a colossal kick, it doesn't learn any kicking move.
- Killer Rabbit: While Fletchling is adorable and its Pokédex entry in Y states the beauty of its lilting voice, it's merciless to intruders that dare to enter its territory.
- Magikarp Power: For a long time, the line learns very few moves of its types — you're stuck with Peck and Ember until level 39. Aerial Ace and Fly by TM and HM help, but it's when you get to the move relearner that you can learn Flare Blitz, and you can relearn Brave Bird or wait until much later for it. Even if you leave Brave Bird out, you'll still be at the point where Talonflame finally gets Acrobatics as well, so you'll be doing a lot more damage thanks to your newly-gained high-powered moves.
- Mundane Utility: It's easy to find, has the Flame Body Ability when it evolves (early), and can learn Fly, making it the best egg hatcher there isnote .
- Nerf: In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Gale Wings was changed so that it only works when Talonflame's HP is full.
- Noble Bird of Prey: Peregrine falcon which hunts other bird Pokémon.
- Non-Elemental: Fletchling is part Normal-type. When it evolves to Fletchinder, it changes its Normal-type to Fire-type.
- Playing with Fire: Fletchinder and Talonflame are part Fire-type and learn several Fire-type moves. Fletchling can learn a few Fire moves as well; pre-release, it was shown using Flame Charge, which clued nearly everyone in that its evolved forms would be Fire-type.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: Talonflame has a shallow offensive movepool, only getting its STAB attacks, Normal attacks, U-turn, Steel Wing, and Solar Beam.
- Recurring Element: This gen's small bird following the line of Pidgey and the rest.
- Secret Art: The sole user of the ability Gale Wings.
- Useless Useful Spell: A frail Pokémon like Fletchling isn't going to get any mileage out of a defense-based ability like Big Pecks after the early-game (where NPCs tend to spam Defense-lowering moves). It's downplayed for Fletchinder and Talonflame — they also have low defensive stats for their ability Flame Body to kick in without taking lethal damage, but Flame Body can activate on a lethal blow (making it a potential last-breath "screw you") and their availability early on in the game and their ability to fly make them great for hatching eggs quickly.
- Weak, but Skilled: None of Talonflame's stats except for Speed are very high, but Gale Wings makes it difficult for its opponents to get the jump on it.
- Wreathed in Flames: Fletchinder and Talonflame can have Flame Body, which burns foes that use contact moves on it. They're also capable of learning Flame Charge, and Talonflame can pick up Flare Blitz for extra punch.
664: Scatterburg / Kofukimushi (コフキムシ kofukimushi)
665: Spewpa / Kofuurai (コフーライ kofuurai)
666: Vivillon / Viviyon (ビビヨン bibiyon)
A three-stage insect line, decorated with pixel patterns. Scatterbug isn't much to write home about, being a little grey caterpillar. When it evolves, it gains a white fluffy protective coat while waiting to evolve again. Vivillon is a butterfly-like Pokémon sporting pixelated wings; the color and patterns vary depending on what part of the world it originated from.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Bug-type. Scatterbug's family are actually the only completely new Bug-types in Generation VI.
- Bilingual Bonus: Vivillon's name is derived from "vivid" and "papillon" (French for butterfly).
- Blow You Away: Vivillon, a Bug/Flying-type. Look out for its Hurricane.
- Boss Battle: Vivillon is Viola's ace, the first leader of Kalos.
- Captain Geographic:
- The colors of Vivillon's wings are dependent on where the trainer is in real-life via their 3DS' location settings. For instance Sandstorm pattern for players in Arabia, Polar pattern for players in Canada, a southwestern American High Plains pattern for California, and so on. Here are all the patterns, and where the designs change.◊
- The Poké Ball pattern Vivillon averts this, as it is handed out at events. The Fancy pattern was distributed worldwide during the summer of 2014 to celebrate 100 million trades on the GTS.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: One could easily brush off Vivillon as another Crutch Character, but it gets a nice amount of moves to keep itself useful. For instance, like Galvantula, it can augment a high-power move (Hurricane in this case) with Compound Eyes and has a move to screw over any mons that would invoke Kill It with Fire with Powder.
- Failure Is the Only Option: People with certain Patterns on the GTS have a sickeningly high chance to ask for Mythical Pokémon, which are incapable of being traded over, in effortless hopes to complete the Dex this way.
- Glass Cannon: Vivillon has low defenses as expected of a mon of its type, but surprisingly good speed and Special Attack for an early bug. Keep one with Compound Eyes around long enough, and it'll learn Hurricane, which has 110 Power with 91% (normally a scant 70%) accuracy. It's no Volcarona, but it's not entirely bad either.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: Vivillon's Powder move blows up a foe that attempts to use an otherwise super-effective Fire move against it.
- Just for Pun: Vivillon is #666 in the Pokédex and there are 18 patterns in game (6+6+6), though the release of the 19th and 20th pattern screwed it up.
- Last Lousy Point:
- Trying to get all 18 regular Vivillon patterns? Good luck, as several of the patterns are only obtained by Vivillon from very specific regions (the Ocean pattern is only found by players in Hawaii, for example). There are a lot of Vivillon on the GTS, and even then it'll be hard to find the one you're after, provided you get past the people wanting Olympus Mons in return or event lengendaries, which can never be traded over the GTS, and see if you can still find the Pattern you want.
- Good luck getting a Poké Ball Pattern Vivillon, as that kind is only given at Nintendo events. There's also a 20th Pattern of Vivillon, the Fancy Pattern, that was distributed worldwide for 100 million GTS trades during July 2014.
- Then there's shiny Vivillon. While the regular ones are obtainable via GTS, this one generally isn't because people ask for Mythical Pokémon.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Spewpa naturally learns Protect.
- Number of the Beast: Vivillon's National Dex Number, though it's most likely unrelated.
- Palette Swap: Vivillon can come in different wing patterns; this is purely aesthetic and only shows where the mon was generated from (based on real life, with each region getting a pattern).
- Recurring Element: An early bug stand-in for the original Caterpie line. Although Caterpie can also be found alongside it.
- Secret Art: Before Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Vivillon was the only Pokémon to learn Powder, a priority move which coats the foe in powder that explodes and wastes their turn if they attempt to use a fire move.
667: Litleo / Shishiko (シシコ shishiko)
668: Pyroar / Kaenjishi (カエンジシ kaenjishi)
A Fire/Normal lion cub Pokémon. They are hot-blooded and love starting fights. As they mature, they start living alone. Depending on gender, it evolves into either a large lion with a fiery mane or a lioness with long, fiery hair.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Male Pyroar have yellow streaks as part of their mane. The design forms a kanji that resembles both "fire" (火) and "big"* (大).
- Combos: In double battles, Pyroar can use Entrainment to give its partner (such as Garchomp) Moxie, allowing a potential sweep with a multi-target move.
- Cute Kitten: Litleo — fiery lion cubs!
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Litleo's Japanese name is literally "lion cub". Pyroar's Japanese name literally means "Flame Lion".
- Fiery Lion: Fire/Normal-type Pokémon resembling lions with flame-colored manes, with the male's mane even being shaped like the sun with the yellow pattern being similar in shape to the Daimonji, a bonfire lit during the Japanese festival Gozan no Okuribi in the shape of the symbol 大 (meaning great or large). A Pyroar serves as one of the main Pokemon of Lysandre, the Big Bad of Pokémon X and Y, who is associated with fire and heat.
- Fiery Redhead: Both members of the line have red manes. Litleo is Hot-Blooded, and Pyroar is a ferocious lion. And they have literal fire powers.
- Flaming Hair: Litleo's little mane heats up in battle. It's hazardous to pet in Pokémon-Amie.
- Glass Cannon: Pyroar has high Special Attack as well as Speed, but it's pretty frail.
- Hot-Blooded: Described as having this sort of personality, appropriate for a Fire-type.
- Kill Streak: Its Hidden Ability is Moxie, which raises Attack if it knocks out a Pokémon.
- King of Beasts: Pyroar. It's known as the "Royal Pokémon".
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Learns several moves based on its loud voice, including Hyper Voice, Echoed Voice, Round, and Noble Roar.
- Mama Bear: Female Pyroar protect the cubs of their pride.
- Non-Elemental: Normal-type.
- Not Completely Useless: In Doubles, a Moxie Pyroar can use Entrainment on its partner, preferably a fast physical sweeper with Earthquake/Rock Slide, allowing its partner to let loose a Total Party Kill.
- Secret Art: Noble Roar for the line at least until Pokémon Sun and Moon, which lowers both the Attack and Special Attack of a foe by one stage.
- Shown Their Work: This line has a skewed gender ratio in favor of females. In real life, a pride of lions may have one to (uncommonly) two males, compared to 6-8 females.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Male Pyroar have a mane akin to male lions, while females have long hair reminiscent of Pidgeot's crest.
- Useless Useful Spell:
- Its standard abilities are fairly situational. Rivalry boosts Pyroar's offensive stats if its opponent has the same gender as Pyroar, but the effect is reversed if the opponent has the different gender as Pyroar. Unnerve simply prevents the opponent from consuming its berry. Meanwhile, its hidden ability, Moxie, is useless on it, as its Attack is too low for boosting it to be worthwhile.
- Outside of the usual Fire-type, Normal-type, and Dark-type moves, Pyroar can learn Wild Charge and Bulldoze, as well as Iron Tail and Bounce through tutoring, but it can't take advantage of these physical moves very well due to its low attack.
669: Flabébé / Flabebe (フラベベ furabebe)
670: Floette (フラエッテ furaette)
671: Florges (フラージェス furaajesu)
For some people, when they hear the word "fairy," they think of diminutive, pixie-like critters (some based on small humans or magical animals). This is one such fairy: a Fairy-type Pokémon that lives in flowers. When they're born, they immediately find a flower and live there their whole life. Floette is a bit larger, to the point that they use their old flower as a weapon. A Shiny Stone evolves them into Florges, which pretty much is a flower. Along with Sylveon, they are one in a handful of Pokémon that is the new Fairy type.
One particular Floette was the Pokémon of the ancient King of Kalos. When she died in a war, he built a machine to grant her eternal life. In his grief, the king then transformed the machine into the ultimate weapon to end the war at the cost of thousands of lives, both human and Pokémon. After finding out what her trainer had done, she left him. The ancient king still wanders Kalos in search of her.
- Bag of Sharing: Their Hidden Ability, Symbiosis, allows them to share their item with allies if theirs is used up.
- Born from Plants: Inverted. they are born from flowers, but that they live on, and turn into, a flower as they evolve, and possibly die. They are born from eggs like every other breedable Pokemon, and they start from hatching, already with a flower. Flabebe's sprite contains a large flower that they cling to. Flabébé's Y and Alpha Sapphire Pokedex entries states: "When it finds a flower it likes, it dwells on that flower its whole life long. It floats in the wind's embrace with an untroubled heart.", while the last sentence of the X and Omega Ruby entries is: "The flower Flabébé holds is most likely part of its body." As a Florges, it seems to become fused with its flower.
- Combat Medic: Florges has above average Special Attack, letting them hit back while healing.
- Com Mons: Flabébé is available on a few routes, and is in multiple flowers and grass patches.
- Crippling Overspecialization: The line effectively has no ability in Single Battles, since both of their abilities* only affect ally Pokémon on the field.
- Dummied Out: AZ's Floette, deemed the Eternal Flower Floette by the games, has different stats from other Floette, closer to Florges' but with a more offensive orientation, and she wields the powerful Fairy-type attack Light of Ruin. However, said Floette cannot be encountered in the games, and remains unreleased via events.
- Friend to All Living Things: To plants. Their ability Flower Veil protects ally Grass-type Pokémon from stat reductions. They also have Symbiosis as a Hidden Ability, which lets an ally Pokémon use their items.
- Green Thumb: They draw energy from their flower to attack, the line also learns many Grass-type moves, and they have an Ability that only aids Grass-type Pokémon. Bizarrely, the line itself does not have the Grass typing.
- Improbable Weapon User: Flabébé and Floette draw power from the flower they carry around.
- Lilliputians: Flabébé is as tall as Joltik and weighs as much as Gastly, making it the smallest Pokémon ever. Floette isn't much bigger.
- Long-Lived: Florges' Ultra Moon Dex entry states that they can have a lifespan spanning several hundred years, and presumably their earlier forms can live around that long as well, though AZ's Floette is old even for their kind at over 3,000 years.
- The Medic: Can learn Wish and Aromatherapy to heal allies, and both of their abilities focus on helping their teammates. Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire also adds a plethora of support moves via Move Tutor.
- Missing Secret: AZ's Floette apparently has its own unique stats, model, and movepool but it hasn't been made available at all. It even has its own Pokédex entry in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon despite it still being unavailable.
- Not Completely Useless: Put Florges alongside Trevenant in a Double/Triple Battle, then have Trevenant use Forest's Curse on Florges to give her the Grass-type. Now Florges can reap the effects of its own Flower Veil, no longer able to suffer stat reductions and gaining STAB on her several Grass-type moves due to the type change.
- One-Gender Race: They're always female.
- Our Fairies Are Different: Fairy-types with a flower motif. They happen to be one of the very first Fairy-types the player encounters in X and Y.
- Palette Swap: Depending on the location where they were found, Flabébé have differently-colored flowers. They come in white, red, yellow, orange, or blue.
- Pintsized Powerhouse:
- Florges is 3'07 in height, huge compared to their earlier stages but tiny compared to other fully-evolved Pokémon. That being said, their special defense is the same as Ho-Oh and Lugia, and still packs noticeable special attack.
- Eternal Flower Floette is the same size as a regular Floette, but her special attack is comparable to Hydreigon's, and Light of Ruin is even stronger than said Hydreigon's Draco Meteor. Its base stat total is just a single point lower then Florges's.
- Plant Person: Upon evolution, Florges merges with the flower it holds and pretty much resembles a living flower. Oddly, they're not Grass-types.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: All they get for offensive options are STAB, Normal-type, and Grass-type attacks. And Psychic. note Basically, they don't like Steel-types very much.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: As one of the most recognizable Fairy types. Flabébé is so tiny! Floette, too.
- Secret Art:
- The Eternal Flower Floette is the only Pokémon to get Light of Ruin, the strongest Fairy-type move in the game (beating out Magearna's Fleur Cannon by ten points) which heavily damages the target, but inflicts recoil equal to half the damage dealt.
- The family's two possible abilities (Flower Veil and Symbiosis) used to be exclusive to them until Generation VII.
- Squishy Wizard: Florges has above average Special Attack and their Special Defense stat is the same as Ho-Oh and Lugia, but they have average HP and below average Defense.
- This Is Unforgivable!: According to its Ultra Moon Pokédex entry, Floette never forgives anyone who messes up a flower bed.
- Unique Enemy: You'll never get a Floette that looks like AZ's... legitimately, at least.
- Useless Useful Spell: Neither of this line's Abilities are bad, per se, but they're designed for Doubles and Triples support and have no effect in Singles whatsoever. Ironically, they debuted in a game where Double battles are extremely rare and Triple battles are impossible to find outside of restaurants and Battle Maison, and they were removed entirely from Sun and Moon onwards.
672: Skiddo / Meecle (メェークル meeekuru)
673: Gogoat (ゴーゴート googooto)
Grass-typed goat Pokémon with shrubbery growing on them. They both make excellent mounts. They are guided by their rider's grip on their horns, through which they can also read feelings.
- Boss Battle: Ramos' signature Mon, being the fourth leader of Kalos.
- Confusion Fu: Has a surprisingly large move-pool for a straight Grass type, learning Bulldoze, Earthquake, Rock Slide, Brick Break, Wild Charge, Milk Drink, and Horn Leech, the latter two notable in having been the Secret Art of a single Pokémon previously, to name a few.
- Cool Bike: Their horns resemble bicycle or motorcycle handlebars, to fit with their riding theme.
- Crutch Character: Gogoat has all around solid, but not spectacular stats and a really large movepool. The fact that it can be caught so early makes it designed for a lot of newer players.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Gogoat was one of the first Gen VI Pokémon to make a proper appearance in the anime. It appears as Alexa's Pokémon, alongside Helioptile. Meanwhile, Skiddo appeared in the screenshot◊ for Lumiose City as an "off-hand" cameo. Some people speculated that they were bushes, until finally being confirmed as Gogoat's pre-evolution.
- The Empath: They can sense the feelings of people touching their horns.
- Energy Absorption: With Sap Sipper, they can nullify Grass-type attacks and boost their Attack.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Gogoat is a goat that goes!
- Green Thumb: Grass-type.
- Heal Thyself: Can learn the healing moves Synthesis and Milk Drink, the latter previously exclusive to Miltank. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, it can learn Grassy Terrain as an egg move, which under its effects heals a bit of HP each turn to both sides of the field.
- Leitmotif: A theme plays when the PC is riding a Skiddo. Another version of the theme plays when the PC is riding Gogoat in Lumiose City.
- Life Drain: Can learn Horn Leech, previously exclusive to Sawsbuck, as well as Leech Seed (level up) and Giga Drain (move tutor).
- Magic Knight: Despite looking the part of a physical attacker, having a natural moveset consisting entirely of physical attacks and an ability that boosts the aforementioned stat, its Special Attack is only 3 points behind its physical Attack, allowing it to dish out pain from either side with equal ease.
- Making a Splash: Uniquely for a Grass-type (excluding the part-Water Ludicolo line), it can learn Surf.
- Mighty Glacier: Great HP and Offenses, but is slow. Which is odd, since a lot of emphasis is placed on how they're ridden and the sheer speed of the Skiddo on Route 12's ranch. Maybe they just have poor reflexes and/or acceleration.
- Planimal: The mixture of a goat and a grass pelt fur that covers its back.
- Power-Up Mount: The user can ride around on them. Skiddo can jump over small ledges on Route 12 and Gogoat is used primarily for transport in Lumiose City.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Skiddo certainly fits the bill, especially the sleeping ones in Lumiose City that have been abandoned by their trainer and are patiently awaiting the trainer's return, in much the same vein as Hachikō.
- Secret Art: The Grass Pelt Ability is exclusive to this line.
- Shown Their Work:
- Skiddo is said to be one of the first Pokémon that befriended humans. In real life, goats were one of the earliest animals to be domesticated.
- Gogoat are able to learn Milk Drink regardless of their gender. Male goats are actually capable of lactating in real life.
- Super Toughness: Their Hidden Ability is Grass Pelt, giving them a boost to Defense when fighting on grass (such as if you're in a grassy area in the overworld, or the move Grassy Terrain is in effect). Ironically, it couldn't learn Grassy Terrain itself until Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, forcing it to rely on its allies to make use of Grass Pelt.
674: Pancham / Yancham (ヤンチャム yanchamu)
675: Pangoro / Goronda (ゴロンダ goronda)
Fighting-type panda Pokémon. Pancham is the unevolved form, depicted with a leaf sticking out of its mouth. It tries to be intimidating but is rarely successful. When you have Pancham and a Dark-type Pokémon in your party, it evolves into an aggressive brawler with a wild temperament, gaining the Dark-type.
- Action Initiative: Pangoro can learn Bullet Punch as of Sun and Moon, which strikes first.
- Badass Adorable: Pancham is, essentially, a baby panda and also a capable Fighting-type Pokémon. They struggle to hold onto their thuggish facade when they are pleased and end up breaking into adorable grinning, especially in Pokémon-Amie.
- Bears Are Bad News: Pancham's Japanese name comes from "yancha", which means "naughty". It evolves into the "Daunting Pokémon" and gains a Dark typing, but this ends up being something of a subversion since it turns out to have a good personality.
- The Berserker: According to its Pokédex entry, it charges into battles uncaring about any hits it might take.
- Black Eyes of Evil: The black eyes both represent the black eye patches pandas exhibit as well as the "dark eyes" used to portray a typical gangster or delinquent in an anime or manga.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Pangoro is characterized as such: It has a wild and aggressive temperament, but won't stand for others bullying the weak.
- Bully Hunter: Pangoro isn't exactly a nice guy itself, but it despises bullying and will oppose anyone that does so.
- Childish Tooth Gap: All Pancham are shown to have an adorable gap in their front teeth.
- Coat Cape: The fur on Pangoro's back looks like a loose-hanging coat.
- Combat Clairvoyance: Pangoro is able to predict the moves of its opponents using the leaf in its mouth.
- Combat Pragmatist: Pangoro gains a Dark type. Their Parting Shot is a rather dirty tactic where they use a threat to lower the foe's offensive ability before exiting and letting a friend take their place.
- Confusion Fu: Pangoro is capable of learning damaging moves from 17 out of 18 types, with Fairy being the sole exception.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Pangoro is described as cantankerous and violent, but has a kind heart and doesn't allow anyone to bully the weak.
- Face of a Thug: Pangoro definitely has the look. The Pokédex states that Pancham are prone to putting this kind of expression up, only to fail.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Pancham's Dex entry describes it as trying to look intimidating to other Pokémon, but it has a habit of smiling.
- Japanese Delinquents: With the Oral Fixation, Coat Cape, and Bully Hunter tendencies, they're quite clearly based on banchō.
- Mighty Glacier: Like the other bears, it hits quite hard (especially with Iron Fist) but it won't outrun much. Unlike its cousins, however, it has no way of working around its poor Speed (as Ursaring does with its Quick Feet Ability, and Beartic does with Swift Swim/Slush Rush and Aqua Jet). It doesn't even have access to moves like Sucker Punch or Mach Punch, despite its typing, although Generation VII at least gave it Bullet Punch.
- Mundane Utility: Like Haxorus, Pangoro gets Mold Breaker and Earthquake, allowing it to take out hordes of Geodude and Graveler in Kalos Victory Road with one hit.
- Not Completely Useless: Scrappy is normally unnecessary since they have Dark STAB to deal with Ghost-types, but it lets them hit Sableye and Spiritomb harder since they are neutral to Dark and become weak to Fighting attacks (since they are Dark-types themselves). Pancham and Pangoro are also the only Scrappy-bearing Pokémon that can learn False SwipeNote , making them perfect for catching Ghost-types.
- Oral Fixation: Pancham has a leaf in its mouth. Pangoro, sticking to its bancho look, now has a twig with leaf that it uses to sense the movements of its opponents. In the anime, Pangoro apparently become distraught should their bamboo shoot be destroyed somehow and they're very picky when it comes to the right one.
- Panda-ing to the Audience: The Pancham line is panda-themed. Normal coloration resembles a giant panda, while the shiny palette is light brown, looking like a Qinling or red panda.
- Perpetual Frowner: In contrast to Pancham, Pangoro never smiles and always looks serious. In Pokémon-amie, its "affection" animation is to chew on the twig in its mouth and look up, as if trying not to smile. Playing "Making Faces" sometimes leads to it making a hilarious grin, though.
- Recurring Element: A teddy bear-like creature that becomes an intimidating full-grown bear like Teddiursa and Cubchoo.
- Required Party Member: A Dark type must be in the party for Pancham to evolve into Pangoro at at least level 32.
- Scary Teeth: Pangoro's teeth are very sharp and jagged.
- The Rival: Pangoro in the Galar region often duel with Obstagoon.
- Secret Art: Pancham and Pangoro are the only Pokémon who have access to Parting Shot at least until Pokémon Sun and Moon, a move that cuts the target's Attack and Special Attack before switching the user out. They're also the only Pokémon with access to Arm Thrust, a move that hits two to five times, that made it into Pokémon Sword and Shield.
- Smug Smiler: Pancham always has a condescending smile on its lips. Allegedly though, it's all just a front to look tough.
- Stout Strength: Pangoro has quite the gut, and certainly manages to deliver in strength.
- Switch-Out Move: The line's signature move is Parting Shot, which cuts the target's Attack and Special Attack before switching the user out.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Pancham needs a bad influence around (that is, you need a Dark-type in your party) to become Pangoro.
- Tsundere: Pangoro likes to act tough in Pokémon-amie. Even its "affection" reaction is it trying to look tough while twitching its ears as a sign of enjoyment.
676: Furfrou / Trimmien (トリミアン torimian)
A Normal-type poodle Pokémon. Players have the option of changing its hairstyle and dying its fur different colors. This Pokémon is held in high esteem in Kalos, and apparently has been since ancient times.
- Action Initiative: Naturally learns Sucker Punch, a +1 priority Dark-type attack that only works if the target is going to use an attack as well. Additionally, Furfrou can learn Baby-Doll Eyes, a +1 priority status move that reduces the target's Attack.
- Armored But Frail: Furfrou's ability Fur Coat halves physical attack damage taken. This patches up its otherwise mediocre base 60 defense stat, however, its base HP is still just 75.
- Bilingual Bonus: If you talk to the NPC ones in the game, their dialogue consists of them saying "Ouaf!", the French onomatopoeia for a dog's "Woof!".
- Crutch Character: Furfrou has an effective base stat total of 532, which is significantly higher than anything that will be available as early as you get it. As you proceed in the game, its offenses fall to below average territory, but it can still fulfill a support role with Thunder Wave and U-Turn.
- Dog Stereotype: A French standard poodle that can be customized and colored.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appeared in the second Pokémon Direct. It appeared within only a single frame in that instance, which is really hard to catch. It also appeared in the Pokémon XY anime teaser when Ash comes out of the plane. At first it can be confused as an Absol, but in the episode itself it is confirmed as a Furfrou.
- Important Haircut: According to the Pokédex, Furfrou who have been groomed are faster, but the ability Fur Coat will remain regardless.
- Meaningful Name: Furfrou's Japanese name can be romanized as Trimmien, which fits its gimmick.
- Mister Muffykins: Averted. It's a standard poodle, not a toy poodle. One NPC is shown to treat his Furfrou like a Mister Muffykins, and the Furfrou clearly hates it.
- Nice Hat: Its Dandy, Matron, and Debutante cuts sport one, ostensibly made of its own head fur. These are, surprisingly, not gender locked.
- Non-Elemental: A Normal type.
- Ojou Ringlets: Its La Reine cut adds very large drill hair cuts to its ears. How fitting, because La Reine is French for "the queen".
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Can learn the move Baby-Doll Eyes, which goes first and lowers the foe's attack.
- Quirky Bard: Of its most notable features, its biggest selling point is the ability to be customized. Fortunately, similar to Sawsbuck, Furfrou's customizability gimmick is entirely separate from its battling strategy. While it has an exclusive Ability in Fur Coat, said Ability actually provides a straightforward and useful effect, in stark contrast to many of the other Quirky Bards populating the series, like Plusle, Minun, Castform, and Kecleon, whose Ability slots were wasted on their respective gimmicks.
- Secret Art: The only user of the Fur Coat Ability, at least until Pokémon Sun and Moon, when Alola Persian also got Fur Coat.
- Stone Wall: Furfrou's offensive stats are nothing special, but its Fur Coat-boosted Defense makes it fairly hard to bring down, and its Special Defense and HP aren't too shabby.
- Super Toughness: Has the Ability Fur Coat, which reduces all damage from physical moves by half (this even includes the moves Psyshock, Psystrike, and Secret Sword). It also gets Cotton Guard, cranking it up even further.
- Truth in Television: One might wonder why a coat of fur would reduce physical damage; after all, it's not like it's armor or anything. The truth is that many hunting and guard dogs are actually bred to have very long fur because it does indeed protect them from wild animals. Notably, anything that tries to bite such a dog gets a mouthful of fur for its troubles.
677: Espurr / Nyasper (ニャスパー nyasupaa)
678: Meowstic / Nyaonix (ニャオニクス nyaonikusu)
Psychic-type cat Pokémon that use their ears to hold off their psychic powers. Espurr is an almost creepy-looking ragged grey kitten with staring purple eyes. When it evolves into Meowstic, it exhibits the strangest case of Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism yet — not only do the genders look different, but it also learns different movesets. Females are mostly white and are meant to be attackers, while males are mostly dark blue and meant to be supporters.
- Action Initiative: Male Meowstic get Prankster as a hidden ability, adding priority to status moves. Both male and female variants learn Fake Out and Sucker Punch naturally as well.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Able to have Infiltrator as an ability, which bypasses Safeguard, Reflect, Light Screen, and Substitute.
- Berserk Button: It's not a good idea to touch their ears in Pokémon-Amie.
- Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: When Espurr evolves into Meowstic, not only do both genders have drastically different appearances, but both have different movepools (males have more status moves while females have more attacking moves). They even get different hidden abilities which compliment their preferred play styles.
- Boss Battle: Female Meowstic is the seventh gym boss of Kalos, as Olympia's ace.
- Combat and Support: Female Meowstic learn offensive moves via level-up while males primarily learn support moves.
- Confusion Fu: Psychic, Psyshock, Disarming Voice, Charge Beam, Signal Beam, Shadow Ball... and that's just Female Meowstic's normal level-up pool.
- Creepy Child: Espurr is a semi-anthropomorphic kitten with devastatingly deadly powers that it has to constantly fight to keep under control, resulting in it always wearing a blank, perpetually staring expression.
- Cute Kitten: Espurr is a bipedal kitten; it's quite cute, but its Thousand-Yard Stare and disheveled appearance can be unnerving.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Espurr's overworld model was visible in one of the commercials.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: The things inside Meowstic's ears resemble eyes, especially in the female form. This is the source of their psychic powers, hence why their ears are usually closed. The truth is even creepier: they're apparently auxiliary brains.
- Fragile Speedster: They're decently fast, know a couple of situational priority moves and male Meowstic have Prankster as their Hidden Ability, but taking hits isn't their forte.
- Gold and White Are Divine: Both Shiny Meowstic have this color scheme.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Subverted. Guys Support, Girls Shoot.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Female Meowstic get Competitive instead of Prankster, making it a bad idea to debuff them lest The Gloves Come Off.
- Informed Ability: Like many, many Pokémon whose Pokédex entries and base stats don't match up, Meowstic is said to have strong enough psychic power to demolish a 10-ton truck, but its Special Attack is unimpressive.
- Masculine Lines, Feminine Curves: The Male Meowstic's ears, tail, and collar are made up of angular shapes while the female's has more curved shapes.
- More Deadly Than the Male: Female Meowstic are offensively optimized, while the males are buffers. This is something of an Informed Ability, as Male and Female Meowstic have identical stat spreads, and get the same moves from TMs and breeding (and many of the useful attacks females get are available via TM anyway), so it's not at all difficult to make an offensive male Meowstic or a female supporter. However, males and females get different Hidden Abilities which do provide distinct advantages to their stated battle styles, and there are a few gems in the natural movepools of both variants. The anime actually brings attention to this, with a male Meowstic whose trainer was a hot-head who only used attacking moves while the female Meowstic's trainer taught it moves like Protect.
- Multiple-Tailed Beast: Meowstic has two tails, probably to make it resemble a nekomata.
- Pale Females, Dark Males: The male Meowstic has a dark blue color scheme with white details, while the inverse is true for the female Meowstic.
- Power Incontinence: Espurr's psychic powers are strong enough to blast everything in a 300-foot radius. It has no control over this power, but it keeps its ears folded to prevent it from leaking out.
- Power Limiter: Their folded ears act like one, to keep in check their ridiculously powerful psychic powers. Espurr's species name is the "Restraint Pokémon", and Meowstic's is the "Constraint Pokémon".
- Psychic Powers: Psychic-types.
- Recurring Element: Psychic-type nekomata cats, one of which has an "ESP" pun in its name.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: They're tiny, humanoid felines that seem designed to look like adorable fraternal twins, along with fluffy tails, ruffs, and shiny eyes.
- The Stoic: They tend not to show their emotions, though in Pokémon-Amie, they'll become more expressive as their affection for you grows higher. And they'll still get angry if you touch their ears. While it's expected for cats, their powers are what are really keeping them so guarded.
- Support Party Member: Male Meowstic, with Prankster as a Hidden Ability to give priority to its variety of support moves.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: Espurr's default expression (unless you're in Pokémon-Amie).
- The Trickster: The male Meowstic is characterized as this in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, expressing a love for mischief and playing pranks.
- Tsundere: Meowstic seems to give off this vibe a little: they are usually The Stoic, but occasionally show what is akin to shyness in Pokémon-Amie, such as looking away from you when you make them happy. Like Braixen, the female Meowstic also does the arm-cross when angered.
- When She Smiles:
- Youkai: Meowstic, like Espeon, is based on a nekomata.
679: Honedge / Hitotsuki (ヒトツキ hitotsuki)
680: Doublade / Nidangill (ニダンギル nidangiru)
681: Aegislash / Gillguard (ギルガルド girugarudo)
A sheathed sword with an ornately-decorated sheath and blue tassel attached to the hilt. It may look like a powerful weapon, but pick it up and you'll quickly learn that this is no ordinary sword. It's a Steel/Ghost type, giving it many resistances. The sword itself resembles a Chinese jian, with a blue tassel serving as an arm. During battle, this sword Pokémon will unsheathe itself. Its evolved form consists of two swords, and their scabbards fuse into a coat-of-arms, while its eyes and tassels turn a vivid fuchsia. For the next evolution, the sword turns gold and its scabbard gains a shield, which allows it to alternate between defensive and high offensive playstyles. Notably, Honedge was the first Pokémon to have its French name (Monorpale) revealed before any of its other foreign names, at a French anime convention.
- Achilles' Heel: King's Shield is a protection move that harshly reduces an opposing Pokémons Attack stat if they made direct contact with it. However, unlike most protection moves, King's Shield doesn't block any status move, leaving Aegislash wide open to them.
- Action Initiative: Naturally learn the Ghost-type priority attack Shadow Sneak, which allows them to strike before the opponent.
- Always Accurate Attack: Honedge and Doublade have No Guard, which makes all of the moves they launch and receive never miss.
- Animate Inanimate Object: The line consists of possessed swords.
- Artifact of Death: Honedge drains the life energy of those who carelessly hold it. Zigzagged with Aegislash. While it can detect people with leadership qualities, it may help said leaders manipulate the masses.
- Audible Sharpness: The cries of the entire line sound like this, though Aegislash's sounds a little rusty.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: In spades, particularly the final form.
- Aegislash features the shield of Athena in its name (Aegis).
- Honedge's German name is Gramocles. That's two legendary weapons there: the Sword of Damocles, and Gram. The German name of Doublade keeps the Damocles reference under Duokles. Aegislash in German is called Durengard, which features Durendal (otherwise known as Durandal), the sword of the paladin Roland.
- Aegislash's French name is Exagide, which has the French names of Excalibur and Aegis.
- The Japanese name of Aegislash has Gilgamesh and guard.
- Beehive Barrier: King's Shield shows it throwing up one of these.
- Berserk Button: Honedge does not like having its tassels petted in Pokémon-Amie, as you can see from the reaction, as well as Aegislash being touched on the hilt.
- BFS: Aegislash is 170cm/5'7" and weighs in at 53kg/116.8 pounds.
- Bishōnen Line: Downplayed. Honedge and Doublade are non-anthropomorphic (sets of) possessed swords. Aegislash evokes the image of a humanoid warrior with its upright posture and functional arms that it uses to wield its shield.
- Black Swords Are Better: Aegislash's shiny coloring is black and red.
- Blessed with Suck: Honedge and Doublade have No Guard, which makes all attacks it uses and those used on it 100% accurate. Problem is, the majority of the moves they learn have 100% base accuracy, which makes it pointless for them.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: Aegislash, which is typically gold-colored.
- Boss Battle: Aegislash, as Elite Four Wikstrom's ace.
- Confusion Fu:
- Move-set wise, it can learn Steel, Ghost, Dark, Normal, Fighting, Flying, Rock, and Bug attacks. Aegislash also has 150/150 attacking stats, letting it hit hard on either spectrum.
- In practice, its ability and King's Shield make it very hard to predict what it's going to do each turn. Knowing an opposing Aegislash has King's Shield forces you to be wary of it for fear of a sharp Attack loss, and it has low Speed normally ensuring the second hit, but also has Shadow Sneak for priority. In short, Aegislash forces a war of I Know You Know I Know mindgames for both its user and the opponent, with the former having to be very unpredictable to use it properly.
- Cool Sword: Honedge is a living sword. Its evolved forms, Doublade is two living swords, and Aegislash is a living sword wielding a shield. Naturally, they can learn many sword-based moves such as Sacred Sword and Swords Dance.
- Creepily Long Arms: Aegislash. Its "arms" are attached to the base of its hilt and as long as its blade.
- Cyclops: Although Honedge and Doublade's two parts appear to have another two "eyes" when sheathed. Aegislash plays this straight.
- Defend Command:
- Aegislash's Secret Art, the move King's Shield. It's similar to Protect, blocking damage from most sources while lowering the Attack of any Pokémon that tries to use a move that made contact. Using the move also changes Aegislash from its offensive Blade Forme into its defensive Shield Forme.
- It can be bred Wide Guard, handy in Doubles where said move negates one of its biggest weaknesses (Earthquake) and can be used in succession without fail.
- Disc-One Nuke:
- In Pokémon X and Y you can find Honedge in Route 6 way before the second Gym. The type combination of Steel and Ghost is not damaged easily by much until later in the game (and even then it has a ton of resistances to abuse), has pretty high stats at the point you get it, and starts off knowing the attack-boosting move Swords Dance and the increasingly lethal Fury Cutter so it can eventually cut through any opponent if given some time.
- The Dividual: Doublade. The two swords will communicate with each other telepathically to carry out complicated attacks together.
- Dual Wielding: Doublade consists of two swords, meaning it's dual wielding itself.
- Empathic Weapon: Pokémon that are also swords. It's not a good idea to actually try using it as a weapon, as Honedge and Doublade will try to suck out your soul if you hold them.
- Equippable Ally: Subverted; Honedge's trainer may count as its ally, but if he or she were to try and use it like a sword, it would suck his or her life energy instead. Aegislash, on the other hand, is more benevolent and can detect the qualities of a king, but is too Arceus-damned big for a human to wield like a sword.
- Evil Weapon: Aegislash is said to have helped kings control their kingdoms with less-than-good methods.
- Evolving Weapon: Rather literally, since it's a Pokémon.
- Extra Eyes: It normally has only one eye, but when sheathed, the blade engravings seen through the holes in its hilt give it the appearance of two more eyes (and teeth).
- Extra-ore-dinary: As expected by Pokémon that resemble swords, they are all Steel-types.
- Faceless Eye: Their eyes are just tacked onto the side of the blade, though Honedge looks like it has a face when sheathed due to the design.
- Flying Weapon: Animated swords that attack without a wielder. Despite floating, they are not eligible for Sky Battles, and can be hit with Ground-type moves.
- Glass Cannon: Aegislash in Sword Forme has very high Attack and Special Attack comparable to Olympus Mons, but it will fold to any moderate hits due to its low defenses. In fact, Aegislash's Sword Forme boasts the single highest Special Attack of all non-Legendary and non-Mega-Evolved Pokémon in the game period before Gen VIInote , with an utterly monstrous 150note .
- Hungry Weapon: Honedge will try to steal the souls of anyone trying to wield it like and actual sword.
- Kryptonite Is Everywhere: In-game, there are multiple Pokémon that carry Dark, Ground, Fire, and Ghost attacks.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Aegislash's two sheaths have merged into a shield, just as its two swords from Doublade merged into a big sword. Its King's Shield move protects it from damage as well as lowering the attack of a foe, but it doesn't block Standard Status Effects or other non-attacking moves like Taunt. Furthermore, its defense is greatly increased in its shield form.
- Magic Knight: Aegislash's Sword Forme has excellent attacking stats on both the physical and special sides.
- Mighty Glacier:
- Honedge and Doublade have good Attack and extremely high Defensenote , but weak Special Defense. Both of them are slow, but they can naturally learn Shadow Sneak to bypass this.
- Aegislash can make very good use of its lack of speed, as Stance Change only works when it moves, meaning it'll switch from the Stone Wall mode to the Glass Cannon mode after the opponent already attacked, and then switch back at the beginning of the next turn since King's Shield is a priority move.
- Multiform Balance: Aegislash's signature ability, Stance Change, changes its form depending on whether it's attacking or defending. The forms are polar opposites of each other in attacking and defensive stats. Both have low speed, however.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Aegislash. If its owner has "the qualities of a king," it will do whatever they want. This includes acts of villainy.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Aegislash's Korean name is Kill-guard.
- Nerf: As of Pokémon Sword and Shield Aegislash receives a nerf to its base stats, losing 10 in both its Attack and Special Attack in Blade Forme and 10 in both Defense and Special Defense in Shield Forme. This makes Aegislash the first Pokémon to have its base stats nerfed, barring the Special split in Generation II. In addition, its signature move King's Shield is only half as effective in reducing the attacker's Attack stat.
- No Biological Sex: Strangely enough, averted. Unlike most Pokémon that are based on inanimate objects, they can be male or female.
- Not Completely Useless:
- The one attack they can abuse No Guard with is Fury Cutter, which had its Power doubled to 40 while retaining its old "get stronger until it misses" effect. Doublade probably has better things to do than throw around a non-STAB Bug attack, but lower-leveled Honedge can reliably turn into wrecking balls.
- No Guard is useful against in-game opponents that spam Double Team or Sand Attack.
- Numerical Theme Naming: Honedge, Doublade. Japanese similarly uses Hitotsuki* , Nidangill* . The French names also follow a similar concept with Monorpale and Dimoclès, but with an additional theme. Aside from the numerical prefix (mono- and di-), part of the names also refer to a fictional sword (Vorpal Sword and Sword of Damocles).
- Only the Chosen May Wield: Aegislash acts like Excalibur in that it chooses who is its trainer based on how worthy they are. It doesn't care how their trainer uses them, however.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: This one is a sword possessed by an ancient spirit.
- Purple Is Powerful: Aegislash's tassels are purple, and has the same offensive stats as Rayquaza.
- Real Men Wear Pink: All three of them may have feminine colors (teal, pink, and purple), but they're still badass.
- Recurring Element: This Gen's multiplying metal object like Magnemite, Beldum, and Klink. Like the Magnemite line, only the first evolution actually multiplies the objects; the final evolution is more of a transmogrification.
- Required Secondary Powers: "Stance Change" is Aegislash's ability which allows it to turn into a Glass Cannon while attacking, and a Mighty Glacier when defending, and will always be active no matter what. As a result, this has the secondary effect of making Aegislash's ability one of the very few that cannot be copied, suppressed, or changed (making it immune to moves such as Skill Swap, Gastro Acid, and Worry Seed, as well as to abilities such as Trace or Mummy).
- Reverse Arm-Fold: Shield Forme Aegislash seems to be doing this with its tassels.
- Secret Art: Aegislash has King's Shield, which acts like Protect with the added effect of harshly lowering a foe's attack should they use a contact move, but cannot block Status moves and non-damaging moves like Taunt. It also has a unique ability, Stance Change, which can't be removed, replaced, or copied, and will not work for a Pokémon who copies it via Transform or Impostor.
- To a lesser extent, there's also the move Sacred Sword, as it's otherwise exclusive to the Swords of Justice, the Oshawott line* , and Kartana.
- Skill Gate Character: King's Shield's secondary effect makes it easy to abuse against the AI and less skilled human opponents, but being predictable with it can backfire against smarter adversaries since it doesn't block Standard Status Effects and can potentially let a Glass Cannon come in for free and threaten Aegislash back.
- Soul Power: Ghost-Type.
- Stance System: Aegislash is probably the best example in the series, as it can freely switch between two Formes with very different stat distributions. When attacking, it goes into its Glass Cannon Blade Forme, and when using King's Shield, it turns back into its Stone Wall Shield Forme. Its ability is even called Stance Change.
- Stone Wall: When in Shield Forme, Aegislash has very good defenses and an amazing defensive typing, but terrible attacking stats. Not that the latter point matters, as Aegislash automatically goes into Blade Forme when it attacks.
- Supernatural Is Purple: Aegislash's tassels are a purple color.
- Sword Beam: Aegislash has a fairly barren Special movepool, but with an absolutely monstrous Special Attack in its Attack Forme, it can make very good use of the few Special moves it has, such as Shadow Ball and Flash Cannon.
- Taking You with Me: They can have Destiny Bond bred onto them via a Yamask/Cofagrigus.
- Technicolor Blade: Aegislash is a gold-and-silver blade. Somewhat justified as it's meant to be a royal sword. Shiny Honedge and Doublade are red in color.
- They Call Him "Sword": Of course, the theme is reflected in its names as well.
- Too Dumb to Live: Any trainer who tries to use Honedge like an actual sword will have their life energy drained.
- Useless Useful Spell: It can learn Power Trick naturally, which switches its Attack and Defense. This means Aegislash has sky-high Attack in Shield Forme when it cannot attack, and sky-high Defense with pathetic Attack in Blade Forme when it tries to go on the offensive. Doublade has some more utility for it with 110/150 Attack and Defense and no Stance Change to work around.
- Unorthodox Sheathing: It uses its tassel to unsheathe itself and hold the sheath in battle.
- Use Your Head: Despite lacking anything resembling a proper head, they learn Iron Head and Head Smash. They most likely utilize these techniques with their hiltnote , which seems to be made of metal, or the tip of their blade, in which case... yikes.
- Was Once a Man: Honedge's Sword Pokedex entry states that its soul once belonged to a person, and that the sword that said soul is inhabiting is the sword that was used to kill them.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Read Too Dumb to Live again.
682: Spritzee / Shushupu (シュシュプ shushupu)
683: Aromatisse / Frefuwan (フレフワン furefuwan)
A strange Fairy-type critter that looks like a little pink bird. Known as the Perfumed Pokémon, it uses its scent to mesmerize its opponents. It later evolves into Aromatisse, which looks rather like a flamingo and a can-can dancer that can either give off a pleasant fragrance or an odor so foul that it can turn battles in its favor. They are exclusive to the Y version.
- Foil: To Swirlix, being strange version-exclusive Fairy-types that are themed around senses, support the party in some fashion with their ability, and evolve by trading while holding certain items.
- Life Drain: It learns Draining Kiss, a Fairy-type version of Mega/Giga Drain.
- Meaningful Name: Spritzee's name contains "spritz", which refers to spraying of liquids (or in this case, perfume). It also contains the German word "Spritze", which means syringe.
- The Medic: Has the ability Healernote and knows the move Aromatherapynote . Fitting, because part of Spritzee's design is based on plague doctors.
- Mighty Glacier: Great HP, Special Attack, and good Special Defense, but is as slow as Musharna. Its Defense is also below-average.
- Mundane Utility: Spritzee's Y Pokédex entry states that instead of using perfume, royal ladies would carry around a Spritzee to waft a preferred fragrance.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A plague doctor bird combined with a perfume bottle squeeze bulb that turns into a flamingo mixed with a can-can dancer.
- Our Fairies Are Different: Fairy-type.
- Plague Doctor: Their faces resemble the masks plague doctors wore in the past.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: They aren't actively malicious, but if they want to, they can concoct a painfully overpowering aroma to hinder adversaries while buffing themselves and their teammates with many more. Many trainers are even noted to struggle just being around them, as even the smell they give off while passive is rather potent.
- Secret Art: In Gen. VI, they were the only users of the Aroma Veil Ability and the Aromatic Mist move (which raises its allies' Special Defense).
- Sensory Abuse: Uses the sense of smell variety to gain an edge in battle. Unfortunately, this occurs passively as well, and some trainers might have trouble being with it.
- Socialization Bonus: Needs to be traded while holding a Sachet in order to evolve.
- Waddling Head: Like Swirlix, Spritzee is mostly a head on tiptoes with wings.
684: Swirlix / Peroppafu (ペロッパフ peroppafu)
685: Slurpuff / Peroream (ペロリーム peroriimu)
A strange Fairy-type critter that looks like a big ball of cotton candy, or possibly a poodle. Its entire body has been rendered sticky and sweet like candy due to the fact that it's all it eats. It later evolves into a critter that looks a lot like an anthropomorphic cupcake. They are exclusive to the X version.
- Acrofatic: With Unburden as their Hidden Ability, a flabby build, and an appetite for all things sugar, a Slurpuff will become this if said ability is allowed to kick in.
- Anthropomorphic Food: A cotton candy poodle Pokémon* that evolves into a creature that looks a bit like a puppy combined with a cupcake/whipped cream/some other sort of dessert (called the Meringue Pokémon).
- Awesome, but Impractical: They can combine Belly Drum and Unburden to to max their Attack and double their Speed in one turn, but their low base stats mean that they're not impossible to out-speed or take a hit from (especially since they have exactly 3 physical moves to use). Topping this all off, they don't resist most priority attacks, so any attempt to Total Party Kill can easily be rendered moot by a random Quick Attack or Aqua Jet.
- Depending on the Artist: Swirlix's feet are clearly visible on its in-game model, but they are absent in the anime and official artwork.
- Foil: To Spritzee. Both are strange version-exclusive Fairy-types that are themed around senses, support the party in some fashion with their ability, and evolve by trading while holding certain items.
- Green Thumb: Naturally learns Aromatherapy, Cotton Spore, Cotton Guard, and Energy Ball.
- Informed Ability: Despite what its dex entry in Pokémon X says about it using sticky threads to entangle opponents, it never learns String Shot, though it does get Cotton Spore, which does the same thing, and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon added Sticky Web as an egg move, which, while closer to what the dex entry states, it does not affect its current opponent.
- The Insomniac: Its ability prevents allies from falling asleep. Depending on the situation, this is either very good or very bad.
- Jiggle Physics: Slurpuff's flab jiggles a lot every time it moves.
- Life Drain: It learns Draining Kiss, a Fairy-type version of Mega/Giga Drain, and can be tutored Drain Punch.
- Making a Splash: Like Bunnelby and Helioptile, they can learn Surf without being Water-types or aquatic. What makes this odd is that they're based off of something that dissolves in water.
- Mascot: Slurpuff is apparently the main mascot of Malasada shops in Alola... Despite the fact that they aren't native there.
- Master of None: Slurpuff has pretty balanced stats, but none of them are very high.
- Mundane Utility: Chefs use Slurpuff's ridiculously powerful sense of smell to aid in their cooking.
- The Nose Knows: Slurpuff's sense of smell is a hundred million times more sensitive than a human's, letting it detect even the faintest of scents.
- Precious Puppies: Even when fully evolved, it still has all of the cuteness of a puppy.
- Our Fairies Are Different: Fairy-type, and very different it's literally made of sugary stuff.
- Secret Art: The Sweet Veil ability is exclusive to them.
- Socialization Bonus: Needs to be traded while holding a Whipped Dream in order to evolve.
- Stealth Pun: It's based on cotton candy and is a Fairy-type. In Australia (and old American) slang, cotton candy is/was referred to as "fairy floss."
- Sticky Situation: According to its Pokédex entry in Pokémon X:"To entangle its opponents in battle, it extrudes white threads as sweet and as sticky as cotton candy."
- Sweet Tooth: It only eats sweets, which makes its body sticky like candy.
- Waddling Head: They can't be seen in Swirlix's official art, but it does have feet. Slurpuff's feet are more visible than its pre-evolution.
686: Inkay / Maaiika (マーイーカ maaiika)
687: Malamar / Calamanero (カラマネロ karamanero)
A line of Dark/Psychic bioluminescent vampire squid Pokémon. Inkay can switch its lights on and off like strobe lights to mentally drain its opponents, while Malamar has powerful hypnotic powers with which to manipulate them. They appear to do things in a topsy-turvy way, considering the line's signature move and one of their abilities; Inkay even turns upside-down when it evolves.
- Adaptational Villainy: The anime ascends Malamar from already malicious Pokémon to outright independent super villains. Zigzagged since it also demonstrated that benevolent Malamar exist. There are no villainous Inkay in the anime besides Team Rocket's (which expectedly isn't all that evil).
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Literally. Malamar's Japanese name Calamanero is similar to "cara maneiro", which is Portuguese for "awesome dude".
- Bioluminescence Is Cool: The spots on their bodies can glow, which they can use to manipulate their opponents.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Inkay, when it isn't being cowardly.
- Combat Pragmatist: Dark-typed, and their battle strategy consists of doing things backwards and using the lights on their bodies to brainwash, confuse, and manipulate others.
- Confusion Fu: Besides Dark and Psychic moves, they naturally learn Flying and Fighting moves in addition to Fire, Poison, Electric, and Rock-types via TMs. Oddly enough, despite being squids, the only Water-type move they can learn is Rain Dance via TM.
- Cthulhumanoid: Malamar is a family-friendly version, with a humanoid shape, tentacle arms, and tentacle hair. Not to mention its Psychic-type as well, and a powerful mind-manipulator.
- Dark Is Evil: One of the few Pokémon that is outright mentioned as sinister and manipulative.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Though this apparently doesn't apply to all of them, as noted with the above examples of James's Inkay and the benevolent Malamar. In the games, a Malamar is also used by Galar's Dark-type Gym Leader Piers, who's a pretty decent guy.
- Flying Seafood Special: Inkay floats in its animation and is found in tall grass rather than water.
- Guide Dang It!: The way to evolve Inkay. Once you see the message that it leveled up to at least 30, physically turn the 3DS you're holding upside down and then continue the messages.
- Hoist by His Own Petard:
- Malamar specializes in this. Its Contrary Ability causes any attempt to lower its own stats (notably, effects like Intimidate, moves like Crunch and Shadow Ball, and the new Sticky Web entry hazard) to increase them instead, it naturally learns Foul Play, an attack that uses the target's Attack stat, naturally learns Pluck to use any Berry the target might be carrying, and, of course, its Secret Art Topsy-Turvy, which takes any Status Buffs its target has used and turns them against it. Unfortunately, Contrary can backfire on it: If you use the moves Swagger or Flatter on it, Contrary will lower the appropriate stat and leave Inkay/Malamar confused on top of it.
- It can be bred to have Power Split, allowing it to leech off the power of opponents with higher offensive stats by averaging its own okay-but-nothing-special strength with them.
- Interface Screw: Inverted. In order to evolve Inkay, you have to turn your 3DS upside down when it hits Level 30.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Malamar's stats are all-around average, with Attack being the highest.
- Light Is Not Good: Especially when said light is used for brainwashing.
- Lovecraft Lite: It's a Dark/Psychic-type with tentacles. Not to mention that Malamar looks like Cthulhu's would-be lover, has strong mind-control powers, and has an arsenal of capabilities (Topsy-Turvy, Contrary) created to render all established rules of the universe null and void. It couldn't be more of a reference to H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu if you brought H.P. Lovecraft back from the dead and asked him to create it.
- Making a Splash: Subverted. They are inspired by vampire squids and are in the Water 1note and Water 2note Egg Groups, yet are not Water-types. They can't even learn any Water attacks outside of Rain Dance.
- Mind Manipulation: Malamar is said to be able to do this. Inkay to a lesser extent. To quote Malamar's X entry:"It wields the most compelling hypnotic powers of any Pokémon, and it forces others to do whatever it wants."
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Malamar ("mal," one of many prefixes meaning "bad").
- Nonindicative Name: In the West at least. There's nothing in the games to imply that Inkay can produce ink. It can't even learn the ideal Octozooka attack, that spits ink at the opponent. This doesn't seem to have gone unheard in the East, since the anime has actually shown Inkay spitting ink as a defense mechanism.
- Psychic Powers: Psychic-types.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Inkay. It even lacks the malicious or sneaky look that most Dark-types have. Then again, this could be part of its ability to drain an opponent's will to fight.
- Secret Art: Topsy-Turvy, a move that reverses stat buffs into stat de-buffs (and vice versa).
- Squishy Wizard: By type match-ups alone, Inkay and Malamar have absolutely no resistances, but do have an immunity and two weaknesses (to Bug and Fairy).
- Supernatural Floating Hair: Malamar's upside-down body plan makes its tentacles resemble this with its humanoid appearance and Psychic typing.
- Tentacle Rope: Both naturally learn Constrict.
- Tentacled Terror: Malamar are malicious-looking Dark/Psychic humanoid squids (based on vampire squids) that are the Pokemon's equivalent of Mind Flayers. They can hypnotize others into doing their bidding, and it doesn't help that they are used by trainers for nefarious purposes. Its pre-evolved form Inkay is more timid and less overtly malicious, but it's still a Dark-type.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: When evolving. Inkay is rather cowardly and tries to evade enemies, whereas Malamar is malicious and uses its lights to hypnotize and lure foes in before killing them.
- Truth in Television: Cuttlefish (the animal Inkay and Malamar are based on) really do use hypnosis and flashing lights to brainwash their prey into submission.
- Unfortunate Name: Malamar sounds very similar to Mallomar, a dark chocolate and marshmallow cookie sold in America. However, it shouldn't deter from the fact that Malamar is an H.P. Lovecraft fan's dream come true.
- Weak, but Skilled: Malamar's stats are quite mediocre all around, but its fighting style involves things like combining Contrary with Superpower to boost its stats at the same time it attacks, turning the stat boosts of an opponent into debuffs in a single turn, turnings the debuffs of a partner into boosts... So it carries its weight.
- Who's on First?: Inkay's Japanese name can mean "Oh, all right." Similarly, part of the English and Korean names is "Okay".
688: Binacle / Kametete (カメテテ kametete)
689: Barbaracle / Gamenodes (ガメノデス gamenodesu)
A Rock/Water creature consisting of a rock with two barnacles attached to it, that are topped with spikes that make the barnacles resemble hands. If the barnacles don't get along, one of them will simply move to a different rock. When it evolves, it turns into a humanoid monstrosity made of more rocks and barnacles.
- Boss Battle: Barbaracle is Siebold's strongest Mon.
- Confusion Fu: Barbaracle has a crazy wide movepool; the only types it doesn't get a move for (barring Hidden Power, which it doesn't have the stats to use) are Fire, Electric, Psychic, Fairy, or Steel. It can also put some force behind them with Tough Claws and its high Attack.
- Critical Hit Class: Can have the Sniper Ability, which boosts the power of Critical Hits by 50%. It naturally learns Slash, Stone Edge, Night Slash, and Cross Chop, and can be taught Shadow Claw, all of which work best with the Ability.
- Cyclops: Four of Barbarcle's barnacles have only one eye.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Primary Rock-type.
- Eyeless Face: The barnacles that form Barbaracle's feet don't have eyes at all which makes sense, since they're going to be on the ground most of the time.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Barbaracle has eyes on its hands. Justified in that each limb is a separate creature.
- Gonk: Binacle has a rather ugly nonstandard facial design. Barbaracle isn't much of a looker either.
- Leader Forms the Head: "Barbaracle's legs and hands have minds of their own, and they will move independently. But they usually follow the head's orders."
- Making a Splash: Secondary water type.
- Meaningful Name: The reason why the barnacles look like hands is because, in Japanese, the word for barnacle is "turtle's hand."
- Mighty Glacier: Barbaracle has high attack (further boosted by Tough Claws) and Defense, but middling speed.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Binacle grows more barnacles when it evolves into Barbaracle; four of them become arms while two become legs.
- Multiple Head Case:
- Subverted with Binacle. According to its X entries, each barnacle can detach itself from the rock and move to another one.
- Barbaracle's hands and legs could technically be those.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Its non-English names all reference it as "death barnacle" or "pain barnacle". Barbaracle's name comes from "barbarian".
- Organ Autonomy: Barbaracle's limbs, due to each of them being a separate creature attached to the same rock "torso".
- Our Monsters Are Weird: Barbaracle's head is a hand. That's just the start of what's strange about it.
- Shown Their Work: Barbaracle has high attack and can have the ability Tough Claws to increase contact move damage or Sniper to increases Critical Hit damage. Real life barnacles are razor-sharp and can cause deep cuts. This is also reflected in it learning the move Razor Shell.
- Status Buff: Can use Shell Smash to boost its Speed and offenses at the cost of its defenses, or Rock Polish to improve its Speed.
- Video Game Stealing: Its Hidden Ability is Pickpocket, which steals the opponent's item if hit with a contact move. Unlike the other users of this ability, Barbaracle can afford to take a hit.
- Wolverine Claws: Barbaracle. Its ability Tough Claws also increases the damage of its contact moves.
- The Worm That Walks: Barbaracle is made up of multiple barnacles.
690: Skrelp / Kuzumo (クズモー kuzumoo)
691: Dragalge / Dramidoro (ドラミドロ doramidoro)
This weedy seadragon may resemble rotten kelp, but woe betide the fish who approaches it, as it will poison and kill them. When it evolves into a leafy seadragon, it becomes much more territorial, attacking ships that trespass the water it resides in. They are exclusive to Y, Omega Ruby, and Ultra Moon.
- Acid Attack: According to the Pokédex, Dragalge can spit acid powerful enough to dissolve the hull of a tanker. In-game, any acid-based attacks Dragalge learns still do diddili-squat against Steel-types.
- Casting a Shadow: Can be taught Shadow Ball through TM.
- Combat Pragmatist: Naturally learns Feint Attack.
- Dragons Are Demonic: Dragalge is a Poison/Dragon type who will sink any ships entering its territory with their acidic poison.
- Foil: To Clauncher, being version-exclusive aquatic Pokémon that have specially-oriented Mighty Glacier stat distributions.
- An Ice Person: Can learn Hail, Haze, and Icy Wind, with the latter being useful for overcoming their slow speed.
- In a Single Bound: They can be tutored Bounce, oddly enough.
- Informed Ability: Despite Dragalge's poison being supposedly able to eat through the metal hull of a ship, its Poison-type attacks are still No Selled by Steel types.
- Ki Manipulation: Dragalge can learn Focus Blast, which can help it overcome Steel-types who resists its STAB attacks.
- Magikarp Power: Skrelp has a decent but underwhelming typing, a bleh movepool, takes forever to level up, evolves at level 48, and has balanced yet poor stats. When it evolves, it gains a wicked typing and becomes much more durable and hard-hitting.
- Making a Splash: Skrelp's secondary Water type. Though Dragalge is not a Water type, it can learn plenty of Water-type moves.
- Mighty Glacier: It has great Special Defense and good Special Attack and Defense, but it is slow and somewhat lacking in Physical Attack. Dragalge's hidden ability, Adaptability, makes its Poison and Dragon attacks deal more damage than normal those Draco Meteors and Sludge Bombs/Waves are going to be painful.note
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Dragalge gets its body shape and color scheme from the weedy seadragon, but its appendages more closely resemble those of the leafy seadragon.
- Odd Friendship: Dragalge's Ultra Sun Dex entry mentions that for some reason it gets along really well with Dhelmise.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Dragalge drops the secondary water type for a Dragon type. Makes sense, as it is based off the leafy sea dragon. Notably, Dragalge is one of only three Dragon types in the games that are neither a Legendary nor a Mega Evolution to not have a weakness to Fairy attacks.note
- Poison Is Corrosive: Apparently, Dragalge's poison is strong enough to eat away at tanker hulls.
- Poisonous Person: Primarily Poison-type (the only completely new Poison types in Generation VI, in fact). They can also have Poison Point, which poisons foes that make contact with them, or Poison Touch, which poisons those they use contact moves on.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: There is a reason why you had better pray that you don't accidentally pilot seacrafts into their territory.
- Sea Monster: "Tales are told of ships that wander into seas where Dragalge live, never to return."
- Seahorses Are Dragons: Much like the Horsea family. The Skrelp family is also strongly associated with dragons. Skrelp even becomes a Dragon-type upon evolving.
- Seahorse Steed: Skrelp's a bit small to be one, but anything's possible with Surf. Dragalge is much larger, but it has a rather slim body frame.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Leafy and weedy seadragons are common fixtures in aquariums, but almost never show up in media.
- Shock and Awe: Both can learn Thunderbolt and Shock Wave, and Dragalge can learn Thunder through TM.
- Status Buff: Learns Acid Armor through breeding. On the opposite end, it can also learn Haze and Venom Drench, the former resetting all stat boosts/drops back to normal and the latter dropping the Attack, Special Attack, and Speed of a poisoned target by 1 stage each.
- Tail Slap: Naturally learns Dragon Tail, Aqua Tail, and Poison Tail, and can also be tutored Iron Tail. In fact, Dragalge's main physical attack animation shows it delivering a surprisingly hasty swing of its tail.
- Trap Master: Can be bred to know Toxic Spikes.
- Useless Useful Spell: Poison Touch is a nice ability, giving an extra chance for contact moves to inflict Poison. However, Dragalge's stats and movepool favor special, non-contact moves.
692: Clauncher / Udeppou (ウデッポウ udeppou)
693: Clawitzer / Bloster (ブロスター burosutaa)
A sharp-shooting pistol shrimp with one oversized claw. It uses that claw to attack its prey and defend itself. When it evolves, the claw grows to gargantuan proportions, allowing it to fire powerful shots and act as a propulsion system. They are exclusive to X.
- Arm Cannon: Given that it's a pistol shrimp, it's a given that its big pincer is this.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Clawitzer (claw + Howitzer, a BFG)
- BFG: Clawitzer's pincer cannon is more than twice the size of its body. There's a reason its ability is called Mega Launcher.
- Boring, but Practical: Though it only has five moves to work with, Clawitzer's massive Special Attack combined with the power boost from its ability makes the moves boosted by Mega Launcher very powerful. With the four attacking moves, it has decent type coverage, and in double and triple battles, it can use Heal Pulse to recover 75% of a partner's HP.
- Combat Medic: Clawitzer gets Heal Pulse, which restores the target's HP upon use. Since Heal Pulse is a pulse-based move, it actually gets boosted by Mega Launcher, healing for 75% instead of the normal 50%. Unfortunately, Clawitzer doesn't benefit from the healing itself.
- Foil: To Skrelp, as both Pokémon can be found in the opposite version of the game as of Generation VI and VII.
- Giant Enemy Crab: It's rather large compared to real-life pistol shrimps, especially its claw.
- Healing Shiv: Clawitzer can learn Heal Pulse (though you'll need to take it to the Move Relearner). Interestingly, Mega Launcher actually increases the healing effectiveness of the move (from 50% of max HP to 75%).
- Kamehame Hadoken: Their entire gimmick; Clawitzer's ability Mega Launcher powers up aura and pulse-type moves; namely Aura Sphere, Water Pulse, Dragon Pulse, Dark Pulse, and Heal Pulse.
- Making a Splash: Water-types based off of the pistol shrimp.
- Meaningful Name: Clawitzer is a portmanteau of "claw" and "howitzer".
- Mighty Glacier: Clawitzer has very high Special Attack and good defensive stats, but is on the slow side.
- Monster Suit: That big jagged thing with feelers isn't Clawitzer. The sky blue pipsqueak waving it around is.
- Mundane Utility: Clawitzer can use its huge claw as a propulsion system to get around quickly.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: Mega Launcher only works with five moves, and since Clawitzer's stats are designed to work with Mega Launcher, it gets limited use out of other moves.
- Power Pincers: While they only have one pincer (since their other arm is just a claw), the singular pincer they have more than makes up for it.
- Recoil Boost: Clawitzer's main mode of transportation is firing backwards. Hence, it can learn Aqua Jet.
- Right Hand of Doom: A very notable feature of the line is the enormous right claw.
- Secret Art: Like the other crustacean-based Pokémon, they learn Crabhammer.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Good luck finding other pistol shrimps in media.
- Useless Useful Spell: It can naturally learn Swords Dance and some other physical attacks (like the aforementioned Crabhammer). Too bad it makes use of its Special Attack stat more in conjunction with its ability. Clawitzer's physical movepool also isn't as colorful as its Special movepool.
694: Helioptile / Erikiteru (エリキテル erikiteru)
695: Heliolisk / Elezard (エレザード erezaado)
An Electric/Normal-type frilled lizard. It can charge its electric powers by basking in the sun, and this gives it enough energy that it usually doesn't need to eat normal food. Helioptile resembles a lizard mixed with a puppy, while Heliolisk has a more dinosaur-like appearance.
- Badass Adorable: Helioptile is the latter, Heliolisk the former (also with the latter).
- Boss Battle: Heliolisk is the most powerful Mon of Clemont, the fifth gym leader of Kalos.
- Cast from Hit Points: Its Hidden Ability Solar Power increases its Special Attack while in the sun, but it also loses some health each turn.
- Confusion Fu: It has a surprisingly diverse movepool, including: Dark Pulse, Focus Blast, Bulldoze, Grass Knot, its normal electric and normal-type moves, and Surf. Interestingly, despite being the Solar Pokémon, it couldn't learn Solar Beam or Sunny Day until the generation 8 games. Additionally, its three abilities all do different things depending on the type of weather, variably giving it a power boost, affording it healing every turn, or increasing evasion, and further making it difficult to anticipate what it's going to do when it gets sent out.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Helioptile can learn the Ground moves Mud-Slap and Bulldoze via level up or TM as well in the case of Bulldoze.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Was one of the first Gen VI Pokémon to make a proper appearance in the anime. Helioptile appeared as Alexa's Pokémon, alongside Gogoat and Noivern near the end of the gen 5 portion of the anime.
- Glass Cannon: Heliolisk has good speed, good special attack, and decent special defense, but its other stats are lackluster.
- Happy Dance: Heliolisk does one when happy in Pokémon-Amie.
- Life Drain: Learns a new move called "Parabolic Charge" that works like an Electric-typed Giga Drain. It's also the only draining move capable of targeting everyone around the user, meaning it'll likely heal a lot of health and help quell the negative aspects of being a Glass Cannon.
- Lovable Lizard: Helioptile is a timid and cute frilled lizard. It evolves into Heliolisk, which has been shown to have playful mannerisms in Pokemon Amie and the anime.
- Making a Splash: Both of them can learn Surf. They likely able to learn this due to Heliolisk being partly based off of the basilisk; a lizard that is capable of running on water, which also explains its high speed.
- Non-Elemental: It has Normal as its secondary type, which, in the many years the Pokémon franchise has been around, is a first (or second, if one applies to National 'Dex order).
- Our Dragons Are Different: They're not Dragon-types, but they belong in the Dragon Egg Group.
- Power of the Sun: It uses sunlight to build up electric charge, and its Hidden Ability is Solar Power. Helioptile also requires a Sun Stone to evolve. The frills of Heliolisk fan out in a shape similar that of how the sun is depicted in art. Despite this, it couldn't learn Solar Beam until the generation 8 games gave it access. It's a bit of a different story once Dry Skin gets involved, however.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Helioptile looks like a lizard mixed with a puppy.
- Secret Art: Electrify, which turns the target's next move into an Electric-type move.
- Shock and Awe: Electric-type.
- Signature Move: They're most heavily associated with Parabolic Charge.
- Useless Useful Spell: Electrify makes the target's next move an Electric-type move, but Heliolisk has far better things to do with its time than that, since it cannot take advantage of it in any way it has no Abilities that let it benefit from being hit with Electric attacks, nor does it have the stats or movepool to utilize Electrify as a form of Damage Reduction to stall the opponent to death. It has a bit more utility in team battles, where, when partnered with an ally with Lightningrod or Volt Absorb, it can play some neat tricks, but it's still a very gimmicky move that isn't very useful.
- Weather of War: Notable for being the most weather-versatile Pokémon, since each of its abilities and Hidden Ability can work in different weather conditions.
696: Tyrunt / Chigoras (チゴラス chigorasu)
697: Tyrantrum / Gachigoras (ガチゴラス gachigorasu)
This T.rex Pokémon lived millions of years ago. While the young Tyrunt is known to be temperamental and bratty, Tyrantrum is so powerful that nothing could stand up to its powerful jaw, and so it lived like a king. These are the first fossil Pokémon to possess the fabled Dragon type quite fitting, considering Tyrantrum's king-like nature and how dragonlike T. rex was in real life. Unlike Tyranitar and Groudon, which are highly stylized dinosaurs with no definite species basis, these guys are pretty clearly the real deal as far as T. rex goes.
- Adipose Rex: Tyrantrum is quite beefy, and is both kingly and a literal "rex".
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Its two "ridges" as Tyrunt becomes crown-like as it evolves into Tyrantrum.
- Badass Adorable: Tyrunt looks like something straight out of The Land Before Time.
- Badass Beard: Gains one when it evolves.
- The Berserker: A favored playstyle, as Tyrantrum has an utterly monstrous Attack stat and two abilities that heavily benefit from it. It also learns Thrash as it levels up, which causes it to lose control for several turns.
- The Caligula: Highly implied. Tyrantrum certainly had to have gotten its classification of the "Despot" Pokemon from somewhere.
- Cast from Hit Points: Learns Head Smash. With their Hidden Ability Rock Head, the recoil is removed.
- The Charmer: The Tyrunt line can learn Charm; although an odd fit at first glance, the Japanese name for Charm is "Spoiled Pout"; fitting, as Tyrunt is a Royal Brat.
- Closest Thing We Got: Its 'dex entry in Ultra Sun mentions that complete restoration via fossils is impossible, as it allegedly had feathers once.
- Cool Crown: The orange ridge on Tyrantrum is designed to be like one.
- Crown-Shaped Head: Tyrantrum has five scales on its forehead that form a fan-like crown.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Its secondary type is Dragon. Makes sense, considering the Japanese word for "dinosaur" directly translates to "Terrifying Dragon".
- Dishing Out Dirt: It's a Rock type and it can learn Ground attacks like Earthquake, especially through level up.
- Dual Boss: With Amaura during Grant's gym battle.
- Ermine Cape: Tyrantrum's light underbelly has lines in contrast to the rest of its orange body, all matching up to its shoulders and back with its feathery mane. It gives the royal coat-like look.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Finally, Pokémon has a real Tyrannosaurus rex-based species.
- Feathered Dragons: Much to the delight of paleonuts everywhere; essentially a Tyrannosaurus rex with an impressive "mane" of feathers around its neck, as well as a sort of feathery pseudo beard on its chin. In Ultra Sun's 'dex entry for it, it's claimed that Tyrantrum may have had more extensive plumage back in its home time period.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: Can learn all 3 elemental fang moves via breeding.
- Fossil Revival: In order to get a Tyrunt you need to revive it from a Jaw Fossil.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Being the Despot Pokémon, a seldom-seen female Tyrantrum qualifies as this.
- High Collar of Doom: Tyrantrum has one.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: There's no word on why the T. rex Pokémon is a Dragon-type while this hasn't been the norm for other dinosaur Pokémon aside from Haxorus (not even Aerodactyl). It just is.
- King Koopa Copy: Tyrantrum is a big, beefy king of reptiles with a mouth full of sharp teeth. It bears a passing resemblance to Bowser, the trope progenitor, since a Tyrannosaurus is one of the many creatures in his Mix-and-Match Critter makeup.
- Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Their typing (Rock/Dragon) grants them a total of six different weaknesses.
- Last Chance Hit Point: Tyrunt's Hidden Ability is Sturdy.
- Man Bites Man: The Strong Jaw ability. It boosts the power of all biting moves by a whopping fifty percent.
- Mighty Glacier: A number of good Pokémon can easily outspeed Tyrantrum, but it has decent Defense stats to make up for this. Which is to say nothing about its Attack; a good hit from this will take down nearly anything in one shot and both of its Abilities can power up its physical moves (Strong Jaw and Reckless, its hidden one). This can be added to by breeding it with Curse, boosting its Attack and Defense at the cost of losing what little Speed it has. God help you if you're staring one down and there's a Trick Room active...
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Tyrantrum has the title of "Despot Pokémon". Its name also counts.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: They're tyrannosaurs and dragons at the same time, and Tyrantrum has elements of a medieval king.
- One-Hit KO: Naturally learns Horn Drill.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Quite different, in that this one's a T. rex. Tyrantrum also somewhat resembles a Chinese dragon due to its beard, eyes and red-and-gold coloration.
- Poisonous Person: Can be bred with Poison Fang. Handy for dealing with those pesky Fairies.
- The Power of the Sun: Evolves at level 39 during the Day.
- Rated M for Manly: Tyrantrum is a huge, vicious T. rex with More Teeth than the Osmond Family and a Badass Beard, not to mention that female Tyrunt and Tyrantrum are rarely seen with a 12.5% chance of appearance in fossil resurrection or breeding.
- Recurring Element: Part of this gen's fossil duo with the Amaura line.
- Requisite Royal Regalia: Tyrantrum's design incorporates various objects associated with royalty.
- Royal Brat: Tyrunt is the "Royal Heir Pokémon", and is known to be selfish and throw fits when it doesn't get its way. Tyrantrum is unlikely to be any better, given how its name combines "tyrant" (a ruthless, totalitarian leader) with "tantrum" (what bratty, ill-behaved kids throw when their parents or any kind of adult figure tries to discipline them/refuses to give them what they want).
- Shown Their Work:
- It's one of the few examples of a feathered tyrannosaurid in fiction. In fact, Tyrantrum's Ultra Sun dex entry even relates how it's possible that the feathery covering was originally extensive (referring to how at least some large tyrannosauroids had extensive feathery coverings, though others seemed to have had scales covering at least parts of their bodies) and the more scaly look of the restored animals is because complete restoration is impossible.
- A lot of emphasis is put on Tyrantrum's powerful bite. In real life, Tyrannosaurus rex holds the record for the strongest bite force of any land animal, extinct or extantnote .
- The crests or ridges of Tyrunt and Tyrantrum are clearly based off of the keratinous rugosities tyrannosaurids most likely had in real life, in contrast to most portrayals of Tyrannosaurus, which give it a head that's smoothed over on the top.
- Status Buff: It is possible to breed Dragon Dance on a Tyrunt. Not only will this jack up its offense power, but it will be much faster. It can also learn Rock Polish via TM, which will increase its speed even more than Dragon Dance does, without boosting its attack stat.
- Stock Dinosaurs: At long last, Pokemon has a proper T. rex-based monster.
- Trap Master: When you first revive it, Stealth Rock will be in its moveset.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: The Tyrunt line is very clearly modeled after the T. rex.
- Use Your Head: Tyrantrum can learn the dreaded Head Smash.
698: Amaura / Amarus (アマルス amarusu)
699: Aurorus / Amaruruga (アマルルガ amaruruga)
These sauropods lived long ago in the frozen northlands. Unthreatened by predators and calm in nature, they were right at home. Their sails on their head evoke the image of the polar auroras, which become larger when they evolve. Most reptilians aren't usually associated with cold, but these are, and it shows in their Rock/Ice-typing and an ability to power up certain moves to be Ice-type. Today they're extinct, but trainers can find fossil remnants to give to scientists so they can revive the majestic creature. It's a powerful fighter, but its typing gives it major problems.
- Awesome, but Impractical: The combination of Rock and Ice lets them hit a lot of Pokémon for super effective damage...at the cost of having one of the worst defensive pairings (Steel and Fighting moves can smash it with a whopping 4x damage, and Water, Grass, Ground, and Rock can hit almost as hard with only 2x damage).
- Counter Attack: Amaura can learn Mirror Coat as an egg move, countering any Special Attack move that hits it.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Rock-types and can learn Ground moves.
- Dual Boss: With Tyrunt during Grant's gym battle.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: An Amargasaurus. Hence the Sail Fossil and the flaps on its head.
- Expressive Hair: Their sails light up in different colors depending on their mood red when attacking or angry (in Pokémon-Amie), green when happy (in Amie), and blue when they faint (possibly when they're upset in general).
- Foil: As the other set of fossil Pokémon, they are this to the Tyrantrum Line. Both species evolve at mutually exclusive periods (Daytime for Tyrunt, Night for Amaura), Amaura and Aurorus seem kinder and gentler than Tyrunt and Tyrantrum, their specialties are on opposite ends of the attack stat spectrum, and while Tyrantrum is based on one of the most popular dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex, Aurorus is based on the obscure Amargasaurus. Aurorus' Ice-type moves also counter Tyrantrum's Dragon type, but Tyranturm's Rock-type moves can just as easily defeat an Aurorus. It's visual, too, as Tyrantrum represents toughness and power, while Aurorus represents majestic beauty.
- Fossil Revival: In order to get an Amaura you need to revive it from a Sail Fossil.
- Gentle Giant: Aurorus lives up to the gentle reputation of sauropods. Justified as it doesn't have any natural predators and therefore has no need to be aggressive, which also may have been the case for the largest sauropods in real life.
- An Ice Person: Not only Ice-types, but their ability Refrigerate turns all Normal-type moves into Ice-type, and powers them up.
- Kaleidoscope Hair: Their head sails can change color.
- Kryptonite Is Everywhere: They have 6 weaknesses (Fighting, Steel, Ground, Water, Grass, and Rock, with the first two being double weaknesses), all of which are common during the story mode.
- Lunacy: Evolves at level 39, but only at night.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: They can learn Hyper Voice via move tutor. With Refrigerate, it's almost a Blizzard with base 100% accuracy.
- Meaningful Name: "Aurorus" contains "aurora", a light display commonly seen in the night skies of polar regions (hence its sail colors, Ice-typing, and the whole evolving-only-at-night deal).
- Mercury's Wings: Amaura's sails on its head resemble wings.
- Mighty Glacier: Ice puns aside, the Amaura line has high HP and Special Attack, and boasts some impressive defenses.
- Power Crystal: Both of them have tetrahedral crystals on their sides, which emit extremely cold air. They're hazardous to pet in Pokémon-Amie, as they'll freeze your hand. However, they can't learn Power Gem for some reason.
- Reality Ensues: Their fossils can be found in Alola in Ultra Sun and Moon. However, as pointed out by its Ultra Moon dex entry, even though they can be brought back to life, a dinosaur adapted to cold climates isn't expected to survive for very long in a tropical environment like Alola.
- Recurring Element: Part of this gen's fossil duo with the Tyrunt line.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Both of them look like they came from a Lauren Faust adaptation of The Land Before Time.
- Scissors Cuts Rock: They naturally learn Freeze-Dry through level up. Freeze-Dry is a special Ice-Type move inverts the type matchup against Water, and deals super-effective damage on Water-Types. Even though these Pokemon are weak to Water-type moves, one should think twice switching Water-types in against them.
- Secret Art: Their ability, Refrigerate, although other lines have abilities that do the same thing for other types, and Mega Glalie also has Refrigerate as of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Freeze-Dry was introduced in Generation VI as an exclusive move to Aurorus, though other Pokémon can learn it as an egg move, with Aurorus being the main breeder for it.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Amargasaurus rarely shows up even in documentaries about dinosaurs.
- Shock and Awe: Learns Thunder Wave naturally, can use the TMs for several Electric attacks (only missing out on Volt Switch), and can be bred to have Discharge and Magnet Rise.
- Shown Their Work:
- Aurorus has the proper foot configuration of a sauropod, having a single large claw on the forefoot, and three on the hindfoot.
- The fact the Amaura lineup live in cold climates is also a reference to polar dinosaurs (though Amargasaurus is not one of them), as well as dinosaurs being warm-blooded.
- Auroras are produced when the magnetosphere is battered by solar winds, which explains this line's high affinity with Electric moves.
- Stock Dinosaurs: Subverted. Rather than being based on well-known sauropods like Apatosaurus or Brachiosaurus, it is instead designed after Amargasaurus.
- Useless Useful Spell: Refrigerate can be this, as Aurorus doesn't have many Special Normal-type moves to use with it, just Round, Echoed Voice, and Hyper Beam. However, in on-line matches and in battle facilities, it can use Nature Power as a loophole. Nature Power becomes the Normal Tri Attack in these locations, giving Aurorus the equivalent of a 100% accuracy Blizzard with a chance for Burn, Paralysis, or Freezing. Thankfully, Aurorus got Hyper Voice by Move Tutor in Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire.
- Weather Manipulation: Its Hidden Ability is Snow Warning, which causes the weather to passively change to Hail when brought on the field.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer...: The line's only special Rock-type move is Ancient Power, which only has a measly 5 PP (and doesn't even have good Power). However, if you're lucky enough to get the universal stat boost, then prepare to start curb-stomping opponents.
701: Hawlucha / Luchabull (ルチャブル ruchaburu)
A Fighting/Flying luchador hawk Pokémon. Despite being small, it moves at blinding speed to take its opponents down. With this Pokémon, the Flying-type has now been paired with every other type, including itself and the new Fairy-type, thanks to a retcon.
- Bird People: Hawlucha looks more like a person in a bird-themed wrestling costume rather than an actual bird. The fact that it's in the Human-like egg group rather than the Flying egg group drives the point further.
- Blow You Away: Flying-type. With Hawlucha's introduction (and the Togepi line's type change), Flying became the first type that has been paired with every other at least once. A bit of a subversion that it keeps itself firmly on the ground, and in some media, it is depicted as unable to fly and instead jumps really high and uses its wings to glide. Indeed, while it can learn the Fly HM, it is interpreted more like it performs a leap and land attack.
- Boring, but Practical: Can be used as an in-game HM Slave, as it learns the HMs Cut, Fly, and Strength and the TM Rock Smash.
- Boss Battle: Korrina's strongest Mon (during her gym battle, anyway).
- Crutch Character: Available prior to the third gym in X/Y and just after the first trial in US/UM (or even before it via in-game trade) with stats on par with the likes of Alakazam and Gengar, allowing it to remain useful for much of the game.
- Death from Above: Their preferred way of attacking foes. The animation for its Secret Art, Flying Press, has it do this to the opponent.
- Face: Hawlucha's main colors evoke the standard Face design of a luchador.
- Feather Fingers: It's a bird with hands on its wings.
- Funny Animal Anatomy: It has a beak-like nose, with a human-like mouth underneath and pronounced pectoral and bicep muscles in the anime.
- Glass Cannon: Hawlucha with Unburden can output ridiculous damage with Acrobatics and Hi Jump Kick while outspeeding almost all other Pokémon, even those with a Choice Scarf.
- Heal Thyself: Naturally learns Roost.
- Heroic Build: Not the most aerodynamic of designs, but Hawlucha sports one.
- Heel: Its shiny colors (red body, black arms, purple wings, green head-feathers) fit the standard Heel design. In fact, when the shiny form of Hawlucha appeared in the anime, it was given the nickname of "Dark Hawlucha" and played a villain character in a theater troupe.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Leaning towards Fragile Speedster as its speed is noticeably its best stat, but it doesn't really have any poor stats.
- Kryptonite Is Everywhere: As badass as Hawlucha is, its typing leaves itself wide open for Fairy, Electric, Ice, Psychic, and even its own second type (Flying) to defeat it. On the plus side, Ground-types don't do anything against it, and Rock-types (which have long been the secret to taking down Flying-types especially Bug/Flying, Fire/Flying, and Ice/Flying) only deal normal damage against it.
- Large Ham: In Pokémon-Amie, it shows its happiness by waving in a sweeping, grandiose way as though it's greeting an audience. It is based on a Mexican wrestler, after all.
- Masked Luchador: Its facial design looks like a Mexican wrestler's mask, and it strikes wrestling poses when attacking.
- Secret Art: Flying Press, which is pretty much a wrestling move. It's a Fighting-type move that deals both Fighting and Flying type damage. The only other Pokémon that can learn it is Pikachu Libre, who's also a Masked Luchador.
- Super Strength: Comes with the territory as a Fighting-type. However, while its skill is usually more emphasized than its raw power, the anime shows that even before being caught, Ash's Hawlucha had enough raw physical strength that it could evenly clash with and hold back a Machamp fighting at full power, despite their massive difference in size. It also inflicted so much damage on a trainer's Slaking that even after using Slack Off to recover, the damage it accrued caused its leg to give out and lead to its defeat.
- Useless Useful Spell: While Flying Press sounds cool, being the first dual-typed attack, in practice it's not very useful. There's only a small handful of Pokémon in the entire series that are weak to both Flying and Fighting, compared to many more that are weak to one type and resist the other, including damn near every single Rock, Bug, and Steel-type. Thus its dual-typing is more a hindrance than a boon, causing Flying Press to have inferior type coverage against enemies that would be weak to normal Fighting or Flying attacks, which Hawlucha can learn plenty of. The result is that Flying Press is more a novelty than a viable move.
- Weak, but Skilled: Its X Pokédex entry, at least, describes it as this; it's small, but its skill enables it to stand up to bigger fighters like Machamp and Hariyama. The aforementioned Flying Press exemplifies this. As a Fighting-type move, it would be the most likely choice for Hawlucha to use in a brawl, especially if it sees said brawl as a fighting competition. Due to also doing Flying-type damage, it's super-effective on Fighting types, as an example of Hawlucha using its technical skill to gain the advantage against better fighters without having to rely on any dirty tricks (i.e. non-Fighting moves).