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Articuno (Pokémon)

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Articuno
フリーザー Freezer
#144
150
Artwork from FR/LG
Type
Ice Flying
Category
Freeze Pokémon
Ability
Pressure
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,250,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#144
Johto
#235
Hoenn
#299
Regional Browser numbers
Height
5'07"
Imperial
1.7 m
Metric
Weight
122.1 lbs.
Imperial
55.4 kg
Metric
Dex color
Blue
Catch rate
3 (0.4%)
Body style
Body09.png
Footprint
 F144.png 
Gender ratio
Genderless
Breeding
Undiscovered group 81 cycles*
(20655 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
3
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 215 Battle Exp.: 2151*

Articuno (Japanese: フリーザー Freezer) is a dual-type Ice/Flying legendary Pokémon.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

Biology

Physiology

Articuno takes the form of a large bird with predominantly blue plumage. Its coloring is darkest on its long streamer-like tail and head crest. Its head crest is fairly simple, consisting of three rhombus-shaped feathers on its forehead. Its body is a sky-blue, growing lighter on its chest and belly. Its most distinctive feature is its large wings, which look like they are made of ice. It has a small gray beak and thin, similarly-colored legs.

Gender differences

Articuno is a genderless species.

Special abilities

When Articuno flaps its wings, it can chill the moisture in the air around it, making snow fall.

Behavior

Articuno is one of the legendary birds of Kanto. Articuno is more passive than its counterparts; due to its isolation in the highest mountains, Articuno dislikes battling. It is a poorly understood species, believed by many to be pure myth. According to legend, it appears before doomed travelers lost in icy regions. It is impossible to tell if these are valid sightings (as doomed travelers would have no way of passing on their story of the sighting), or merely delusions of the dying. It is described as being spectacular in flight: with its long tail streaming behind it, and its wings shining like ice. It is said to cause snow to fall when it flies, and has the potential ability to create blizzards.

Habitat

Articuno lives in cold, isolated locations, such as mountain peaks. An Articuno is known to roost inside the Seafoam Islands of Kanto. Articuno is an extremely rare Pokémon.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

In the anime

File:Articunoflyingnight.jpg
Noland's befriended Articuno

Articuno first appeared in the second movie. Lawrence III attempted to collect Articuno and the two other legendary birds in his scheme to capture Lugia.

Another was seen in the episode Freeze Frame. It appears to Team Rocket early in the episode, and then to Ash, Todd, Misty, and Brock. Travelers say that the Articuno watch over them on their journeys through the mountains of Johto. Nurse Joy says that Articuno has a nest in all the high mountains and cold places in the world, and flies from nest to nest bringing cold weather with it.

Also, the Frontier Brain Noland uses an Articuno against certain challengers, as seen in the episode Numero Uno Articuno and The Symbol Life, when he accepted Ash's challenge and battled against him.

In the manga

In Pokémon Special

Articuno is shown to seal itself in a block of ice when it senses the presence of an enemy. It strongly dislikes confrontation. However in GSC, Blue was able to temporary get hold of it, together with Moltres and Zapdos. Its current status is unknown.

In the TCG

Main article: Articuno (TCG)

Merchandise

Articuno was one of the first four Pokémon designs revealed when the Pokémon 151 brand was first announced. In the shirt design, an Articuno is rising out of the right side with the number 144 on its chest.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Melee

When released from a Poké Ball, Articuno will use a Blizzard attack that freezes any opponent that is caught in it for a few seconds.

Trophy information

Clouds gather, the barometer plunges, and fresh snow falls from the frigid air when this legendary Pokémon takes wing. Graceful and elegant, it boasts long tail feathers that flap in the wind and are lovely to behold. As would be expected, its combat moves are based on its cold nature; they include Ice Beam and Blizzard.

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red A legendary bird Pokémon said to appear to doomed people who are lost in icy mountains.
Blue
Yellow A legendary bird Pokémon. It freezes water that is contained in winter air and makes it snow.
Stadium A legendary bird Pokémon with long and distinctive tail feathers. Said to appear if you are freezing on a snowy mountain.
Generation II
Gold The magnificent seemingly translucent wings of this legendary bird Pokémon are said to be made of ice.
Silver One of the legendary bird Pokémon, it chills moisture in the atmosphere to create snow while flying.
Crystal Legendary bird Pokémon. As it flies through the sky, it cools the air, causing snow to fall.
Stadium 2 The magnificent, seemingly translucent wings of this legendary bird Pokémon are said to be made of ice.
Generation III
Ruby Articuno is a legendary bird Pokémon that can control ice. The flapping of its wings chills the air. As a result, it is said that when this Pokémon flies, snow will fall.
Sapphire Articuno is a legendary bird Pokémon that can control ice. The flapping of its wings chills the air. As a result, it is said that when this Pokémon flies, snow will fall.
Emerald Articuno is a legendary bird Pokémon that can control ice. The flapping of its wings chills the air. As a result, it is said that when this Pokémon flies, snow will fall.
FireRed One of the legendary bird Pokémon. With its long tail trailing behind, its flying form is magnificent.
LeafGreen A legendary bird Pokémon that is said to appear to doomed people who are lost in icy mountains.
Generation IV
Diamond A legendary bird Pokémon. It can create blizzards by freezing moisture in the air.
Pearl A legendary bird Pokémon. It can create blizzards by freezing moisture in the air.
Platinum {{{platinumdex}}}
HeartGold {{{heartgolddex}}}
SoulSilver {{{soulsilverdex}}}
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
One Seafoam Islands
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
One Seafoam Islands
Generation II
Gold Silver
None Time Capsule
Crystal
None Time Capsule
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
One Seafoam Islands
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
One Citadark Isle (Shadow)
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
None Trade
Platinum
One Roaming Sinnoh
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Trade
Pal Park
Mountain
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Trozei! Random Agent Cards
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Frosty Grotto (5F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Mt. Avalanche (Summit)

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 90
150 - 197 290 - 384
Attack: 85
81 - 150 157 - 295
Defense: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Sp.Atk: 95
90 - 161 175 - 317
Sp.Def: 125
117 - 194 229 - 383
Speed: 85
81 - 150 157 - 295
Total: 580   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 125.


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Notes:

Learnset

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By leveling up

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By breeding

None.

By tutoring

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Special moves

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
Shadow moves Level 50+ Purified moves
Shadow Chill Shadow Box XD 144.png Haze Ice
Shadow Rush Shadow Heal Bell Normal
Shadow Shed Shadow Extrasensory Psychic
Shadow Sky Shadow Ice Beam Ice

Side game data

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Evolution

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Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 144.png Spr 1y 144.png Spr 1g 144.png Spr b g1 144.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 144.png Spr 2s 144.png Spr 2c 144.gif Spr b 2g 144.png
Spr 2g 144 s.png Spr 2s 144 s.png Spr 2c 144 s.gif Spr b 2g 144 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 144.png Spr 3e 144.png Spr 3f 144.png Spr b 3r 144.png
Spr 3r 144 s.png Spr 3e 144 s.png Spr 3f 144 s.png Spr b 3r 144 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 144.png Spr 4d 144.png Spr 4h 144.png Spr b 4d 144.png
Spr 4d 144 s.png Spr 4d 144 s.png Spr 4h 144 s.png Spr b 4d 144 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 144.png Spr 5b 144.png Spr b 5b 144.png
Spr 5b 144 s.png Spr 5b 144 s.png Spr b 5b 144 s.png
Articuno For other sprites and images, please see Articuno images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • In Red, Blue, and Yellow, as well as FireRed and LeafGreen, there are binoculars in the guardhouse separating Fuchsia City from Route 15, through which Articuno can be seen flying toward the sea. It is still visible in the binoculars if it is captured or defeated in the Seafoam Islands.
  • Since there were only four tracks of battle music in the first-generation games, normal battle music is played when Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo, (and any of Johto's three legendary Pokémon--Raikou, Entei, and Suicune, depending on the player's starter Pokémon in FireRed and LeafGreen) are encountered. In FireRed and LeafGreen, the key of the music is elevated by half a step, and there are slight changes to the instruments played.
  • In every game before the fourth generation, Articuno's beak and legs were blue. In the fourth generation they were changed to gray.
  • In the opening of Spring Fever, Todd points out a tall mountain that is Articuno's home. This mountain is, on the outside, the same as Articuno's home in The Power of One.
  • In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 2, it is the only one in its trio that cannot be encountered unless the player enters an event password.
  • Although legendaries are said to be incapable of breeding, Pokémon Snap shows Articuno and the other birds are born from eggs, which means they were bred in some way.
  • Articuno is the first legendary Pokémon in National Pokédex order.
  • In Generation I, Articuno had a different base stat total (485) then the other members of its trio - Zapdos had 490 and Moltres had 495. As of Generation II, due to the Special Attack/Defense split, all three legendary birds have had a base stat total of 580.

Origin

This Pokémon's appearance is based on the Arabic Anka myth, which is that of a giant arctic bird. The bird is similar to the phoenix as it is known to resurrect itself and appear to doomed people in the mountains. Also, its long tail and small body may be reference to the rare bird, the quetzal. Its white, feathery chest makes it resemblant to the Norse god Odin. It also resembles the Victoria Crowned Pigeon.

Name origin

Articuno's name is a combination of the words arctic and uno, the Spanish word for one, indicating that it is the first in the series of Kanto legendary birds. Its Japanese name is simply Freezer, one who freezes.

In other languages

Related articles

External links

Notes


Kanto: ArticunoZapdosMoltresMewtwoMew
Johto: RaikouEnteiSuicuneLugiaHo-OhCelebi
Hoenn: RegirockRegiceRegisteelLatiasLatios
KyogreGroudonRayquazaJirachiDeoxys
Sinnoh: UxieMespritAzelfDialgaPalkiaHeatranRegigigas
GiratinaCresseliaPhione*ManaphyDarkraiShayminArceus
Unova: VictiniCobalionTerrakionVirizionTornadusThundurus
ReshiramZekromLandorusKyuremKeldeoMeloettaGenesect
Kalos: XerneasYveltalZygardeDiancieHoopaVolcanion
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