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Baby Pokémon

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Baby Pokémon are the lowest stage of Pokémon evolution. The concept was introduced in Generation II, along with breeding.

Baby Pokémon can by classified as such by these four rules:

  1. Can be obtainable by hatching an Egg.
  2. Must be the lowest form in a family chain.
  3. Must be able to evolve at least once.
  4. In Undiscovered Egg Group.

The majority of baby Pokémon were introduced after their first-stage evolutions, with the exceptions of Togepi and Riolu. To achieve evolution, many require maximized friendship. Others will evolve by level up, but as the generations passed more complex methods of evolution were introduced.

In the video game series, the only way to obtain most baby Pokémon is through breeding. On occasion, non-player characters will give the player an Egg containing a baby Pokémon, and this Pokémon typically cannot be obtained in any other method, except for breeding. Generation III introduced the first baby Pokémon able to be caught in the wild: Wynaut on Mirage Island. In Generation IV, many other baby Pokémon were also available, relatively easily, in the wild. Players may still find it preferable to breed though, for the benefit of Egg moves (as many baby Pokémon have very limited movepools).

Baby Pokémon all have one thing in common: they are unable to breed unless they evolve into one of their higher forms, and are all in the Undiscovered Egg Group. This is presumably due to their infantile state.

From Generation III onwards, most new baby Pokémon can only be obtained by making the parent in their evolutionary line hold a specific Incense before breeding, explaining why parent Pokémon available in previous generations were unable to produce these Eggs in those generations. For example, Marill, who was introduced in Generation II, could not produce Azurill Eggs until the introduction of the Sea Incense in Generation III.

About half of all baby Pokémon are part of a three-stage evolutionary line, that is, they evolve again after evolving from their baby form. Only one of these, however, is achieved by level up, with most of the others requiring use of an evolutionary stone or held item to evolve a second time.

Baby Pokémon were eventually introduced in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as well.

List of baby Pokémon

Baby Basic Evolution
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Pichu
 Electric 

Breed
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Pikachu
 Electric 

Thunderstone
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Raichu
 Electric 
Friendship
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Cleffa
 Normal 

Breed
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Clefairy
 Normal 

Moon Stone
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Clefable
 Normal 
Friendship
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Igglybuff
 Normal 

Breed
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Jigglypuff
 Normal  Fairy 

Moon Stone
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Wigglytuff
 Normal 
Friendship
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Togepi
 Normal 

Breed
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Togetic
 Normal  Flying 

Shiny Stone
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Togekiss
 Normal  Flying 
Friendship
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Tyrogue
 Fighting 

Breed
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Hitmonlee
 Fighting 
Hitmonlee does not evolve
Level 20
Attack > Defense

Breed
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Hitmonchan
 Fighting 
Hitmonchan does not evolve
Level 20
Attack < Defense

Breed
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Hitmontop
 Fighting 
Hitmontop does not evolve
Level 20
Attack = Defense
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Smoochum
 Ice  Psychic 

Breed
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Jynx
 Ice  Psychic 
Jynx does not evolve
Level 30
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Elekid
 Electric 

Breed
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Electabuzz
 Electric 

Trade
holding an Electirizer
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Electivire
 Electric 
Level 30
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Magby
 Fire 

Breed
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Magmar
 Fire 

Trade
holding a Magmarizer
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Magmortar
 Fire 
Level 30
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Azurill
 Normal 

Breed
holding a Sea Incense
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Marill
 Water  Fairy 

Level 18
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Azumarill
 Water 
Friendship
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Wynaut
 Psychic 

Breed
holding a Lax Incense
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Wobbuffet
 Psychic 
Wobbuffet does not evolve
Level 15
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Budew
 Grass  Poison 

Breed
holding a Rose Incense
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Roselia
 Grass  Poison 

Shiny Stone
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Roserade
 Grass  Poison 
Friendship
(day)
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Chingling
 Psychic 

Breed
holding a Pure Incense
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Chimecho
 Psychic 
Chimecho does not evolve
Friendship
(night)
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Bonsly
 Rock 

Breed
holding a Rock Incense
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Sudowoodo
 Rock 
Sudowoodo does not evolve
Level up
knowing Mimic
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Mime Jr.
 Psychic 

Breed
holding an Odd Incense
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Mr. Mime
 Psychic 
Mr. Mime does not evolve
Level up
knowing Mimic
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Happiny
 Normal 

Breed
holding a Luck Incense
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Chansey
 Normal 

Friendship
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Blissey
 Normal 
Level up
holding an Oval Stone (day)
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Munchlax
 Normal 

Breed
holding a Full Incense
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Snorlax
 Normal 
Snorlax does not evolve
Friendship
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Riolu
 Fighting 

Breed
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Lucario
 Fighting  Steel 
Lucario does not evolve
Friendship
(day)
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Mantyke
 Water  Flying 

Breed
holding a Wave Incense
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Mantine
 Water  Flying 
Mantine does not evolve
Level up
with Remoraid in party

In the anime

Several baby Pokémon in The Brockster Is In! (excluding Teddiursa)

All of the baby Pokémon appeared in the anime so far, with some of them belonging to the main characters. While most of them appear in the Pikachu Shorts regularly, all of them have somehow had a major appearance. In some cases, newborn Pokémon are called baby Pokémon, but it is not used that way often.

Several Baby Pokémon are first shown with a quite childish personality, other ones after some experience or evolution begin to show signs of maturity, such as Brock's Bonsly giving up in being fed with a bottle. However there are several exceptions, such as Paul's Elekid showing to have inherit Paul's harsh personality. This is not limited to Pokémon owned by someone, as in Where No Togepi Has Gone Before! portrays a rare case where Togepi's personality is completely different from what is known.

Pichu first appeared in The Apple Corp. Many were stealing apples from Charmaine's apple orchard.

In Wish Upon a Star Shape, a Cleffa fell from a spaceship that belonged to the kleptomaniac Clefairy from Clefairy Tales.

Igglybuff twins appeared in Same Old Song and Dance. These Igglybuff were owned by Brittany and were practicing for a concert.

Tyrogue's first appearance was in A Tyrogue Full of Trouble where he had been abandoned by his previous Trainer and left to fend for his own.

In The Screen Actor's Guilt, Brad Van Darn owned a Smoochum. Brad's agent is afraid that Brad would have his image as an action star ruined if they found out that he owned a Smoochum.

A Trainer named Satchel was trying to get his Magby to evolve for the Silver Conference in You're A Star, Larvitar and succeeded. It reappeared in Address Unown! where it was part of an Unown's dimension.

Three Chingling appeared in The Bells Are Singing! under Francesca's ownership.

Mantyke appeared in One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!, used by Ash in the second leg of the Pokémon Triathlon.

Several baby Pokémon including Pichu, Cleffa, Wynaut, Smoochum, Igglybuff and Azurill appeared in The Brockster Is In!.

Misty's Togepi

Main article: Misty's Togepi

In Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon, Ash finds an Egg. It hatches into a Togepi in Who Gets to Keep Togepi?, and since Misty is the first thing the Baby Pokémon sees, it believes Misty is its mother. It evolved in A Togepi Mirage.

Paul's Elekid

Main article: Paul's Elekid

Paul owned an Elekid. He used it to battle to battle Ash's Pikachu in When Pokémon Worlds Collide! and Roark in Shapes of Things to Come. Paul's Elekid evolved into Electabuzz in Smells Like Team Spirit, and evolved into Electivire off-screen, prior to Casting a Paul on Barry!.

Misty's Azurill

Main article: Misty's Azurill

Misty was seen with an Azurill in The Scheme Team, it was hatched from the egg that Tracey's Marill produced.

Recurring Wynaut

Main article: Wynaut (anime)

Wynaut first appeared during the Blackthorn City arc (Fangs for Nothin' - Why? Wynaut!), but Jessie's Wobbuffet, Ash's Bayleef and Ash's Noctowl were the only ones to see it.

Nando's Budew

Main article: Nando's Budew

Budew made its first major appearance in Dawn of a New Era!. It was owned by a minstrel called Nando and used in battle against Dawn's Piplup and Ash's Pikachu. It evolved into Roselia in the second battle. It later evolved into Roserade prior to Coming Full-Festival Circle!.

Brock's Bonsly

Main article: Brock's Bonsly

In From Cradle to Save, Brock captured a Bonsly and took care of him. He evolved into Sudowoodo in Leave it To Brocko!.

James's Mime Jr.

Main article: James's Mime Jr.

James obtains a Mime Jr. from his "Nanny and Pop-Pop" in Sweet Baby James.

Brock's Happiny

Main article: Brock's Happiny

Brock's Egg hatched into a Happiny in One Big Happiny Family!. Unusually, in contrast to Happiny's extremely low Attack stat in the games, she has amazing strength and can run with, pummel, and carry many heavy items and Pokémon for its size, such as having the ability to fling her Trainer into the air with ease and carrying Ash's Grotle around in Jumping Rocket Ship!. She evolved into a Chansey in The Brockster Is In!.

May's Munchlax

Main article: May's Munchlax

May currently owns a Munchlax, which she captured in Berry, Berry Interesting being the only Pokémon that likes her recipes, besides Jessie and Snorlax.

Aura Sphere Riolu

Main article: Aura Sphere Riolu

Riolu has made its first appearance during Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Parts One and Two. This Riolu had been trained to use Aura Sphere and was unnaturally strong. It was taken away from the lab by J's henchmen that wanted to exploit it but Ash and his friends returned it to its kingdom, with Kellyn's help. This Riolu developed a strong bond with Ash.

Cameron's Riolu

Main article: Cameron's Riolu

Cameron's Riolu first appeared with its Trainer in Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!. It evolved into Lucario in Cameron's Secret Weapon!.

Trivia

Three baby Pokémon interacting with each other.
  • All baby Pokémon, excluding those which evolve by level-up alone, are able to evolve at a minimum of level 2, as the requirements for their evolution can be met without them having to level up more than once.
    • Of those that are able to do this and evolve a second time, only two (Chansey and Marill) must level up further to reach their final form.
  • Out of eighteen baby Pokémon, there are currently seven baby Pokémon which will evolve into Pokémon belonging to the Fairy Egg Group and six others that will evolve into Pokémon that belong to the Human-Like Egg Group.
  • Of all post-Generation II baby Pokémon, only Azurill and Munchlax evolve by friendship alone (not requiring a certain time of day). In the anime, these two baby Pokémon are owned by two of Ash Ketchum's previous traveling companions, Misty and May.
  • All baby Pokémon that were introduced in Generation II that evolve by friendship can evolve further using evolutionary stones.
  • Riolu is the only baby Pokémon introduced after Generation II that hatches without requiring one of its parents to be holding an incense because its evolution debuted in the same generation as it did.
  • Most baby Pokémon can learn Uproar via Move Tutor, while their evolved forms cannot.
  • Generation I and Generation V are the only generations in which no baby Pokémon were introduced.
  • May, James, and Brock got their baby Pokémon (Munchlax, Mime Jr., and Bonsly respectively) following the pattern of premiering in a movie and then being captured by one of the main characters. In all cases, the premiered Pokémon is not the same character as the one caught, just the same species. In some cases, this may be a result of the writers deciding a Pokémon works well with the group after they are shown together. Munchlax came after Destiny Deoxys and Mime Jr. and Bonsly came Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

See also