What Are Legendary Pokémon?

Legendary Pokémon are powerful, rare Pokémon that do not evolve. They cannot be caught in the wild, but are obtained through trade, bonus challenges or by defeating them in Raid battles. 

Legendary Pokémon are sometimes confused with Mythical Pokémon. Like Legendary, Mythical Pokémon do not evolve, but unlike Legendary, they can only be obtained at special events or by using unique online codes. 

In the video games Legendary Pokémon are highly sought after and there is often only one of each type. In the Trading Card Game they often feature strongly in their Generation Expansion Series. They are highly collectible and can fetch a good price.

Each Generation and Pokémon type has a small number of Legendary Pokémon. There are currently 65 including different forms. They are listed below in order of introduction.

The Three Legendary Birds – Articuno, Moltres and Zapados

Articuno Zapdos Moltres

Name – Articuno
Generation – I
Pokedex Number – 144
Type – Ice, Flying
Location – Kanto Region

Name – Moltres
Generation – I
Pokedex Number – 146
Type – Fire, Flying
Location – Kanto Region

Name – Zapdos
Generation – I
Pokedex Number – 145
Type – Electric, Flying
Location – Kanto Region

 

Mewtwo

Name – Mewtwo
Generation I
Pokedex Number – 150
Type – Psychic
Location – Kanto Region
Forms – Normal, Armoured, Mega X, Mega Y

 

The Three Legendary Beasts – Raikou, Entei and Suicune

Raikou, Entei and Suicune

Name – Raikou
Generation II
Pokedex Number – 243
Type – Electric
Location – Johto Region

Name – Entei
Generation II
Pokedex Number – 244
Type – Fire
Location – Johto Region

Name – Suicune
Generation II
Pokedex Number – 245
Type – Water
Location – Johto Region

 

The Tower Duo – Lugia and Ho-Oh

Lugia and Ho-Oh Tower Duo

Name – Lugia
Generation II
Pokedex Number – 249
Type – Psychic, Flying
Location – Johto Region

Name – Ho-Oh
Generation II
Pokedex Number – 250
Type – Fire, Flying
Location – Johto Region

 

The Legendary Titans – Regirock, Regice and Registeel

Regirock Regice Registeel

Name – Regirock
Generation III
Pokedex Number – 377
Type – Rock
Location – Hoenn Region

Name – Regice
Generation III
Pokedex Number – 378
Type – Ice
Location – Hoenn Region

Name – Registeel
Generation III
Pokedex Number – 379
Type – Steel
Location – Hoenn Region

 

Eon Duo – Latias and Latios

Latias and Latios

Name – Latias
Generation III
Pokedex Number – 380
Type – Dragon, Psychic
Location – Hoenn Region

Name – Latios
Generation III
Pokedex Number – 381
Type – Dragon, Psychic
Location – Hoenn Region

 

The Weather Trio – Kyogre, Groudon and Rayquaza

Kyogre Groudon Rayquaza

Name – Kyogre
Generation III
Pokedex Number – 382
Type – Water
Location – Hoenn Region

Name – Groudon
Generation III
Pokedex Number – 383
Type – Ground
Location – Hoenn Region

Name – Rayquaza
Generation III
Pokedex Number – 384
Type – Dragon, Flying
Location – Hoenn Region

 

Lake Guardians – Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf

Uxie Mesprit Azelf

Name – Uxie
Generation IV
Pokedex Number – 480
Type – Psychic
Location – Sinnoh Region

Name – Mesprit
Generation IV
Pokedex Number – 481
Type – Psychic
Location – Sinnoh Region

Name – Azelf
Generation IV
Pokedex Number – 482
Type – Psychic
Location – Sinnoh Region

 

The Creation Trio – Dialga, Palkia and Giratina

Dialga Palkia and Giratina

Name – Dialga
Generation IV
Pokedex Number – 483
Type – Dragon, Steel
Location – Sinnoh Region

Name – Palkia
Generation IV
Pokedex Number – 484
Type – Dragon, Water
Location – Sinnoh Region

Name – Giratina
Generation IV
Pokedex Number – 487
Type – Dragon, Ghost
Forms – Origin and Altered
Location – Sinnoh Region

 

Heatran

Heatran

Name – Heatran
Generation IV
Pokedex Number – 485
Type – Fire, Steel
Location – Sinnoh Region

 

Regigagas

Regigagas

Name – Regigagas
Generation IV
Pokedex Number – 486
Type – Normal
Location – Sinnoh Region

 

Cresselia

Cresselia

Name – Cresselia
Generation IV
Pokedex Number – 488
Type – Psychic
Location – Sinnoh Region

 

Swords of Justice – Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion

Cobalion Terrakion Virizion

Name – Cobalion
Generation V
Pokedex Number – 638
Type – Fighting, Steel
Location – Unova Region

Name – Terrakion
Generation V
Pokedex Number – 639
Type – Fighting, Rock
Location – Unova Region

Name – Virizion
Generation V
Pokedex Number – 640
Type – Fighting, Grass
Location – Unova Region

 

Forces of Nature – Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus

Tornadus Thundurus Landorus

Name – Tornadus
Generation V
Pokedex Number – 641
Type – Flying
Location – Unova Region

Name – Thundurus
Generation V
Pokedex Number – 642
Type – Electric, Flying
Location – Unova Region

Name – Landorus
Generation V
Pokedex Number – 645
Type – Ground, Flying
Location – Unova Region

 

Tao Trio – Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem

Reshiram Zekrom Kyurem

Name – Reshiram
Generation V
Pokedex Number – 643
Type – Dragon, Fire
Location – Unova Region

Name – Zekrom
Generation V
Pokedex Number – 644
Type – Dragon, Electric
Location – Unova Region

Name – Kyurem
Generation V
Pokedex Number – 646
Type – Dragon, Ice
Location – Unova Region

 

Aura Trio – Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde

Xerneas Yveltal Zygarde

Name – Xerneas
Generation VI
Pokedex Number – 716
Type – Fairy
Location – Kalos Region

Name – Yveltal
Generation VI
Pokedex Number – 717
Type – Dark, Flying
Location – Kalos Region

Name – Zygarde
Generation VI
Pokedex Number – 718
Type – Dragon, Ground
Location – Kalos Region

 

Type: Null and Silvally

Type Null and Silvally

Name – Type: Null
Generation VII
Pokedex Number – 772
Type – Normal – Synthetic
Location – Galar Region

Name – Silvally
Generation VII
Pokedex Number – 773
Type – Normal – Synthetic
Location – Galar Region

 

Guardian Deities – Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu and Tapu Fini

Tapu Koko Tapu Lele Tapu Vulu Tapu Fini

Name – Tapu Koko
Generation VII
Pokedex Number – 785
Type – Electric, Fairy
Location – Alola Region

Name – Tapu Lele
Generation VII
Pokedex Number – 786
Type – Psychic, Fairy
Location – Alola Region

Name – Tapu Bulu
Generation VII
Pokedex Number – 787
Type – Grass, Fairy
Location – Alola Region

Name – Tapu Fini
Generation VII
Pokedex Number – 788
Type – Water, Fairy
Location – Alola Region

 

Cosmog and Cosmoem

Cosmog and Cosmoem

Name – Cosmog
Generation VII
Pokedex Number – 789
Type – Psychic
Location – Alola Region

Name – Cosmoem
Generation VII
Pokedex Number – 790
Type – Psychic
Location – Alola Region

 

The Light Trio – Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma

Solgaleo, Lunala and Necrozma

Name – Solgaleo
Generation VII
Pokedex Number – 791
Type – Psychic, Steel
Location – Alola Region

Name – Lunala
Generation VII
Pokedex Number – 792
Type – Psychic, Ghost
Location – Alola Region

Name – Necrozma
Generation VII
Pokedex Number – 800
Type – Psychic
Location – Alola Region

 

Zacian and Zamazenta

Zacian and Zamazenta

Name – Zacian
Generation VIII
Pokedex Number – 888
Type – Fairy
Location – Galar Region

Name – Zamazenta
Generation VIII
Pokedex Number – 889
Type – Fighting
Location – Galar Region

 

Eternatus

Eternatus

Name – Eternatus
Generation VIII
Pokedex Number – 890
Type – Poison Dragon
Location – Galar Region

 

Kubfu and Urshifu

Kubfu and Urshifu

Name – Kubfu
Generation VIII
Pokedex Number – 891
Type – Fighting
Location – Galar Region

Name – Urshifu
Generation VIII
Pokedex Number – 892
Type – Fighting, Dark
Forms – Single Strike, Rapid Strike
Location – Galar Region

 

Regieleki and Regidrago

Regieleki and Regidrago

Name – Regieleki
Generation VIII
Pokedex Number – 894
Type – Electric
Location – Crown Tundra

Name – Regidrago
Generation VIII
Pokedex Number – 895
Type – Dragon
Location – Crown Tundra

 

Galarian Legendary Birds – Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapados, Galarian Moltres

Galarian Articuno Zapdos and Moltres

Name – Galarian Articuno
Generation VIII
Pokedex Number – 144
Type – Psychic, Flying
Location – Crown Tundra

Name – Galarian Zapados
Generation VIII
Pokedex Number – 145
Type – Fighting, Flying
Location – Crown Tundra

Name – Galarian Moltres
Generation VIII
Pokedex Number – 146
Type – Dark, Flying
Location – Crown Tundra

 

Glastrier and Spectrier

Glastrier and Spectrier

Name – Galastrier
Generation VIII
Pokedex Number – 896
Type – Ice
Location – Crown Tundra

Name – Spectrier
Generation VIII
Pokedex Number – 897
Type – Ghost
Location – Crown Tundra

 

Calyrex – Calyrex, Ice Rider Calyrex, Shadow Rider Calyrex

Calyrex Legendary Pokémon

Name – Calyrex
Generation VIII
Pokedex Number – 898
Type – Psychic, Grass
Location – Crown Tundra

Name – Ice Rider Calyrex
Generation VIII
Pokedex Number – 898
Type – Psychic, Ice
Location – Crown Tundra

Name – Shadow Rider Calyrex
Generation VIII
Pokedex Number – 898
Type – Psychic, Ghost
Location – Crown Tundra