With the recent release of the new console sequel to the Pokémon franchise, Pokemon Sun and Moon, this topic is definitely due for discussion. In this article, we will be talking about the Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon. Perhaps some of you might be familiar with this term, or maybe not, either way, Pseudo-legendary Pokémon is apparently a fan term that refers to any Pokémon that has a 3 stage evolution line, 1,250,000 experience at level 100, and a base stat total of exactly 600.
It was revealed that ‘pseudo’ in pseudo-legendary meant false. Literally meaning false legendary Pokémon. Pokémon that earned this term are apparently more powerful compared to the other non-Legendary Pokémon thanks to their high stats. So that concludes the summary of Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon. Now, it’s time to look at the Top 8 Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon that exist in the world of Pokémon!
- Generation: 6
- Pokédex #: 706
Starting off the list, we have the first Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon from the 6th Generation Pokémon. First introduced in the Pokémon X & Y of the Pokémon franchise, this gooey-like dragon type Pokémon starts its evolution line from Goomy, then evolve into Sliggoo, and finally, evolves into a Goodra.
Goodra is considered to be a unique Dragon-type Pseudo-Legendary type, as it only able to evolve if certain conditions are met. What conditions, you ask? From its previous form, Sliggoo only evolves into Goodra if the weather is raining at that time. This was seen in an episode where Ash’s Sliggoo was able to evolve into Goodra by using the move Rain Dance.
In terms of appearance, Goodra can be summarized in one word: slimy. Or ‘Goo-ey’. Overall, Goodra is considered to be a very unique Pokémon, as it is the only Dragon-type Pokémon that is able to learn the move Power-Whip, a powerful Grass-type move.
- Generation: 1
- Pokédex #: 149
Moving on to number 7 of the list, we bring you back to the 1st Generation of the Pokémon franchise. Dragonite. For all those who followed the Pokémon series from the very beginning, you’d be familiar with this memorable Pokémon. During the early episodes of the series, this Pokémon was showcased so well that many believed it to be a legendary Pokémon in of itself. This can be seen in the episode where Ash met Bill at the Lighthouse for the first time.
This 1st Generation Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon starts its evolution line from Dratini, then evolving into a Dragonair, and finally to Dragonite. As far as this the popularity of this Pokémon goes, you can see its numerous appearance on the later Pokémon franchises, proving that even though it’s a Pokémon from the 1st Generation, but its legacy continues on. Thus, earning its spot on this list.
- Generation: 5
- Pokédex #: 635
Next, we have Hydreigon on the list. This dual Dark and Dragon-type Pokémon from the 5th Generation of the Pokémon franchise starts its evolution line from Deino as its base Pokémon, which evolves into a Zweilous, and finally into a Hydreigon. Hydreigon does have quite an intimidating look, as it has a distinct three-headed, dark colored dragon-like appearance with thin wings which does suit its element, being the Dark-type Pokémon.
Hydreigon is also considered to be one of the few Pokémon that has three heads, other than Dodrio, Combee, Exeggutor, Magneton, and Dugtrio. Thus this grants Hydreigon the exclusive ability to learn the move Tri-Attack. This Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon has also made its appearance in the 14th Pokémon Movie, titled Victini and the Black Hero: Zekrom.
- Generation: 7
- Pokédex #: 784
Taking the number 5 spot is the newly introduced Pokémon, Kommo-o! Chances are, this might be the first time you’ve ever seen this Pokémon, that’s because this is the first Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon ever introduced in the 7th Generation of Pokémon franchise. For those who played Pokémon Sun and Moon, you’d probably be more familiar with this cool Pokémon.
To start off, Kommo-o evolves from its base Pokémon Jangmo-o, and its second evolution stage Hakamo-o. Kommo-o wields the dual Dragon and Fighting type, making the first ever Pokémon to have such a combination type. What’s cooler from this Pokémon is the fact that Kommo-o is able to its powerful signature move Clanging Scales during its evolution. This move deals heavy damage but at the cost of reducing the user's Defense stats afterward.
- Generation: 2
- Pokédex #: 248
In the number 4 spot on the list, we’ll take a moment to revisit the Pokémon from the 2nd Generation of the Pokémon franchise that is Tyranitar. This awesome massive dual-type Rock and Dark Pokémon is the next Pseudo-Legendary on the list. Starting as Larvitar as its base Pokémon, it evolves into a Pupitar before reaching its final evolution line Tyranitar.
Although this rock-solid Pokémon was introduced in the 2nd Generation, it wasn’t until the 6th Generation that Tyranitar was able to Mega-Evolve into Mega Tyranitar using the Tyranitarite. This incredible Pokémon is considered to be versatile as well, despite being a Rock-type Pokémon, Tyranitar was able to learn to HM move Surf, which is a Water-type move.
- Generation: 4
- Pokédex #: 445
Entering the top 3 of the list, we have Garchomp from the 4th Generation of the Pokémon franchise. Just like the previous entry on the list, it wasn’t until the 6th Generation of the Pokémon franchise that Garchomp gained its Mega Evolution into Mega Garchomp using the Garchompite.
The Pseudo-Legendary Garchomp started from its base evolution from Gible, then evolving to Gabite, and then to its final evolution state Garchomp. Although it’s considered to be a Mach Pokémon and described as Pokémon that is able to fly at very high speed that matches a jet plane in the Pokédex, ironically this Pokémon isn’t able to learn the HM Move Fly and any other Flying-type moves except only Aerial Ace, which can be taught through TM.
- Generation: 3
- Pokédex #: 376
Next to take the number 2 spot of the Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon list is the Dual Steel and Psychic type Pokémon, Metagross. First introduced in the 3rd Generation of the Pokémon franchise, Metagross has an evolution line starting from its base Pokémon Beldum, which evolves into a Metang, before reaching the end of the evolution line, Metagross. It’s fairly easy to recognize this Pokémon as it has a distinctive “X” steel plate on its face with four metallic legs that kind of resembles a spider.
Metagross is also considered to be one of the few Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon that has a Mega Evolution. Using the Metagrossite, it can evolve into Mega Metagross. This peculiar Pokémon is also able to learn the move, Meteor Mash, a move that can only be learned by both Metagross and Clefairy alone.
- Generation: 3
- Pokédex #: 373
And taking the number 1 spot by storm is none other than the Pseudo-Legendary introduced in the 3rd Generation of Pokémon franchise that is Salamence! Starting off with its appearance, it already looks really badass, with its dragon-like appearance, this Pokémon stands on all-fours, not forgetting its signature wide red wings on its back. The dual Dragon-Flying type Pokémon Salamence starts its evolution line from the small Bagon, which evolves into a shell-like cocoon Pokémon Shelgon, before evolving for the final time into Salamence.
Salamence’s Mega Evolution state was also introduced in the 6th Generation of the Pokémon franchise, using Salamencite, it's able to Mega-Evolve into Mega Salamence. In its Mega-Evolved state, its appearance altered a bit, its wings from the previous state melded together forming a single crescent-like wing.
That’s all for the Top 8 Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon! Although there is only a handful of Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon in the entire Pokémon franchise, we can only hope that Game Freak comes up with more exciting new Pokémon, who knows, there might be one day when new Pseudo-Legendries are introduced. We’ll just have to wait for their move.
What’s your favorite Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon on the list? Or maybe you might have an idea for Game Freak for a new Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon, be sure to leave them down in the comment box below! Who knows, your idea might turn into a real Pokémon someday!