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====Heat Rotom====
 
====Heat Rotom====
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*'''French:''' ''Motisma Chaleur''
 
*'''German:''' ''Hitze-Rotom''
 
*'''German:''' ''Hitze-Rotom''
 
*'''Italian:''' ''Rotom Calore''
 
*'''Italian:''' ''Rotom Calore''
   
 
====Wash Rotom====
 
====Wash Rotom====
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*'''French:''' ''Motisma Lavage''
 
*'''German:''' ''Wasch-Rotom''
 
*'''German:''' ''Wasch-Rotom''
 
*'''Italian:''' ''Rotom Lavaggio''
 
*'''Italian:''' ''Rotom Lavaggio''
   
 
====Fan Rotom====
 
====Fan Rotom====
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*'''French:''' ''Motisma Hélice''
 
*'''German:''' ''Wirbel-Rotom''
 
*'''German:''' ''Wirbel-Rotom''
 
*'''Italian:''' ''Rotom Vortice''
 
*'''Italian:''' ''Rotom Vortice''
   
 
====Mow Rotom====
 
====Mow Rotom====
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*'''French:''' ''Motisma Tonte''
 
*'''German:''' ''Schneid-Rotom''
 
*'''German:''' ''Schneid-Rotom''
 
*'''Italian:''' ''Rotom Taglio''
 
*'''Italian:''' ''Rotom Taglio''
   
 
====Frost Rotom====
 
====Frost Rotom====
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*'''French:''' ''Motisma Froid''
 
*'''German:''' ''Frost-Rotom''
 
*'''German:''' ''Frost-Rotom''
 
*'''Italian:''' ''Rotom Gelo''
 
*'''Italian:''' ''Rotom Gelo''

Revision as of 04:39, 2 November 2009

While there are 493 officially recognized species of Pokémon, with most members of an individual species looking relatively similar to one another, several Pokémon species have remarkable differences in appearance between members. At times, these differences are purely cosmetic, and have no bearing on the difference in the Pokémon's stats from another, however, several Pokémon not only differ in stats, but also type, depending on their form.

Among these are several legendary Pokémon, whose unique forms can be changed between at will, and are spelled officially as "Formes". Many of the forms are known to have special names, while others do not, and are thus only named in fanon. Whichever form is encountered first will be the form displayed in the Pokédex by default; i.e., a player who encountered a West Sea Shellos would have it appear in the Pokédex by default, while one who encounters an East Sea Shellos first would see that Shellos appear in the Pokédex first.

Pokémon with differing forms

Pichu

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, an alternate from of Pichu will appear. This Pichu has a tuft of hair on the end of its right ear, and is known as the Spiky-eared Pichu.

Normal
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Spiky-eared
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Unown

Unown was the first known Pokémon which had visual differences between individuals of the species. From the species' debut in Generation II, each Unown would have an appearance similar to that of one of the twenty-six letters of the Latin alphabet. In Generation III, two more forms were added, corresponding to the question mark and exclamation point.

A special Unown Dex, an upgrade to the Pokédex that was developed by the researchers at the Ruins of Alph to record the different forms of Unown, was available in Generation II after the player had caught several Unown. This was superseded in HeartGold and SoulSilver by the Unown Notebook, obtainable after the player completes the first tile puzzle in the Ruins of Alph.

Unown's form is determined in Generation III based on its personality value.

A
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B
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C
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D
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E
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F
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G
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H
201H.png
I
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J
201J.png
K
201K.png
L
201L.png
M
201M.png
N
201N.png
O
201O.png
P
201P.png
Q
201P.png
R
201R.png
S
201S.png
T
201T.png
U
201U.png
V
201V.png
W
201W.png
X
201X.png
Y
201Y.png
Z
201Z.png
 !
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 ?
File:201Question.png

Spinda

Like Unown, Spinda has many visual variations in its species, all involving the placement of its spots. Like Unown's letter, the spot placement is generated based on the individual's personality value, and likewise, has no effect on the Pokémon's stats. Unlike Unown, however, these differences are rarely repeated, as the calculation uses the entirety of the personality value—a number that can range from zero to 4,294,967,295 (232 - 1).

PV 0
Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, and LeafGreen
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Emerald
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Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
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Castform

Castform's first appearance at Hoenn's Weather Institute in Generation III brought about the concept of interchangeable forms. Unlike other Pokémon, an individual Castform's form is not static, and will change, due to its ability, with the weather.

Normally, Castform takes on a rather plain appearance, with a gray body. In this form, it is of the Template:Type2; as could be expected, it is in this form that it is at its least effective.

When Castform is exposed to bright rays of sunlight, it changes its form to a more sunny appearance, and becomes the Template:Type2 Sunny Castform. In rain, Castform becomes more like a raindrop, and it assumes the Template:Type2 as Rain Castform. Finally, in hail, Castform becomes Snow-cloud Castform, an Template:Type2. While its stats themselves do not change in these new forms, its former signature move, Weather Ball, doubles in power. Castform will not transform in other weather conditions.

Normal Castform
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 Normal 
Sunny Castform
351S.png
 Fire 
Rain Castform
351R.png
 Water 
Snow-cloud Castform
351H.png
 Ice 

Deoxys

Deoxys, the final Pokémon in the National Pokédex as of Generation III, was the first known Pokémon whose base stats and move compatibility differed, as well as its appearance, depending on its form. First introduced in Destiny Deoxys, Deoxys was revealed to have three alternate forms, while a fourth was added later, with the release of Pokémon Emerald.

Deoxys's forms are game-specific in Generation III, but can be changed at will in Generation IV by inspecting the meteorites in Veilstone City in Sinnoh and Route 3 in Kanto.

Normal Forme

Deoxys's Normal Forme is the default form it takes, as well as the form it appears in in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. In this form, its stats are more balanced, though it is notably far more offensive than it is defensive.

It is in this form that Deoxys will be found in the wild on Birth Island, though it will transform after it has been captured, depending on its Generation III game version.

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Deoxys
Normal Forme
 Psychic 
Overgrow
Ruby and Sapphire
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
50 150 50 150 50 150

Attack Forme

The Attack Forme is the appearance that Deoxys takes on in Pokémon FireRed, and it learns noticeably more powerful moves while in this form. Its Attack and Special Attack stats have been maxed out, making it the most powerful of all Pokémon in both aspects, while its Speed remains the same as its default form. Its defensive stats, however, take a harsh blow, lowering so much that it is only more powerful in Defense than seven Pokémon (tied with three others), and is tied for last place in Special Defense with five others, including Magikarp.

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Deoxys
Attack Forme
 Psychic 
Overgrow
FireRed
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
50 180 20 180 20 150

Defense Forme

In Pokémon LeafGreen, the counterpart version to FireRed, Deoxys takes on a counterpart form to the Attack Forme, the Defense Forme. Whereas the Attack Forme had incredible offensive power (and incredibly weak defensive capabilities), Defense Forme inverts this somewhat, having mediocre offensive power (and a lower Speed stat) and heightened Defense and Special Defense. This form of Deoxys learns moves more attuned to attrition than to elimination, raising its already high defenses to protect against opponents' moves rather than attack them before they can attack.

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Deoxys
Defense Forme
 Psychic 
Overgrow
LeafGreen
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
50 70 160 70 160 90

Speed Forme

By far the quickest of all Pokémon, Deoxys in its Speed Forme learns many moves that can guarantee that it will strike before any other Pokémon can. Though it can still be outsped by a Pokémon with Speed Boost, Speed Forme Deoxys takes the uneven nature of the stats of Deoxys's other forms and balances them out, keeping it from hitting too hard, but at the same time, preventing it from being hit too hard itself.

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Deoxys
Speed Forme
 Psychic 
Overgrow
Emerald
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
50 95 90 95 90 180

Burmy and Wormadam

Both Burmy and its female evolution, Wormadam, have three separate forms, being the first Pokémon whose evolution depends on a specific form. Like others, Burmy can change form freely, depending on where it last participated in a battle actively (Exp. Share maintains a Burmy's form if it does not leave the Poké Ball); however, Wormadam's form is permanent.

If a Burmy last battled or was hatched in a grassy outside area, it will be in its basic state, the Plant Cloak. This form of Burmy is covered in leaves and twigs, and if female, will eventually evolve into Wormadam in its Plant Cloak, a dual-type Bug/Grass Pokémon.

After battle on a beach or in a cave, or if it is hatched there, Burmy will be in a sand-and-rock-covered form, its Sandy Cloak. If a female, it will eventually become Wormadam in its Sandy Cloak, which is, rather than Bug and Grass, a Bug/Ground Pokémon.

Finally, if a battle has been conducted inside of a building, or if this is where Burmy hatches from its egg, it will be in a pink insulation-covered form, the Trash Cloak. Like the other forms, if it becomes Wormadam while in this form, it will be the Bug/Steel Wormadam Trash Cloak.

A Wormadam's stats and move compatibility vary with her form, in addition to type and appearance. The cloak a male Burmy takes on before evolution makes no difference in the long run, as it sheds it upon evolution into Mothim.

Plant Cloak
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 Bug 
Sandy Cloak
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 Bug 
Trash Cloak
412S.png
 Bug 
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Wormadam
Plant Cloak
 Bug  Grass 
Overgrow
Evolve after battle
on grassy terrain
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
60 59 85 79 105 36
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Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
 Bug  Ground 
Overgrow
Evolve after battle
on rocky terrain
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
60 79 105 59 85 36
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Wormadam
Trash Cloak
 Bug  Steel 
Overgrow
Evolve after battle
inside a building
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
60 69 95 69 95 36

Cherrim

Like Castform, Cherrim changes its appearance depending on the weather, though not with all kinds. Until HeartGold and SoulSilver, the official form names were unknown, being called Overcast and Sunny form, when they were revealed to be known as Nega-Forme and Posi-Forme. It will be in its Posi-Forme in harsh sunlight and its Nega-Forme in any other weather. Due to its ability, its Attack and Special Defense will also increase in its Posi-Forme. Unlike Castform, however, its type does not change.

Nega-Forme
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 Grass 
Posi-Forme
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 Grass 

Shellos and Gastrodon

Another Sinnoh-native evolution family, Shellos and Gastrodon also have a difference, depending on, this time, whether the Pokémon in question was caught east or west of Mt. Coronet. Like others before, neither form can change to the other, but unlike other multiple-form Pokémon, the appearance of the mother is the determinant to the appearance of the hatched Pokémon.

Both West Sea Shellos and Gastrodon take on a pink appearance, while their East Sea cousins take on a blue hue. There is also a slight difference in bodily appearance depending on the form.

West Sea
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 Water 
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 Water  Ground 
East Sea
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 Water 
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 Water  Ground 

Rotom

In August of 2008, shortly before the Japanese release of Pokémon Platinum, five silhouetted Pokémon were shown, with a statement that indicated that these Pokémon would be in the game. Days before the game's release, it was revealed that these Pokémon were alternate forms of Rotom.

In each of these forms, Rotom has possessed a different household appliance, and each has its own special move. Heat Rotom, which is based on a microwave oven, can have Overheat, Wash Rotom, based on a washing machine, learns Hydro Pump on assuming that form, Frost Rotom, a refrigerator, learns Blizzard, Fan Rotom, based on a fan, learns Air Slash, and Mow Rotom, based on a lawnmower, learns Leaf Storm.

Despite this new variance in move types, all forms of Rotom retain their Ghost/Electric typing, though all alternate forms have the same slightly higher base stat total than Normal Rotom.

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Rotom
Normal form
 Electric  Ghost 
Overgrow
Old Chateau
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
50 50 77 95 77 91
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Rotom
Alternate forms
 Electric  Ghost 
Overgrow
Secret Key
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
50 65 107 105 107 86
Heat Rotom
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 Electric  Ghost 
Wash Rotom
479W.png
 Electric  Ghost 
Frost Rotom
479R.png
 Electric  Ghost 
Fan Rotom
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 Electric  Ghost 
Mow Rotom
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 Electric  Ghost 

Giratina

Giratina, much like Deoxys had been earlier, was announced to have an alternate form in the then-upcoming Giratina and the Sky Warrior in February, 2008. One of the two forms is the familiar form to players of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, designated as Altered Forme Giratina, while the other is a more serpentine form that was not previously known, the Origin Forme.

The Origin Forme is known as Giratina's natural form, which it appears in in its home of the Reverse World. If it travels to the Pokémon world, it assumes its Altered Forme. Both Formes appear in Pokémon Platinum, where Giratina is captured in the Distortion World, its home, in its more offense-oriented Origin Forme, and will revert to the defensive Altered Forme outside of this area unless it holds the Griseous Orb.

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Giratina
Altered Forme
 Ghost  Dragon 
Overgrow
Pokémon world
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
150 100 120 100 120 90
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Giratina
Origin Forme
 Ghost  Dragon 
Overgrow
Distortion World
or held Griseous Orb
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
150 120 100 120 100 90

Shaymin

As with Giratina, an alternate form of the event Pokémon Shaymin was announced to appear in Giratina and the Sky Warrior, and is, in fact, the sky warrior as described in the title. This new Sky Forme of Shaymin, with the previously-known form now called the Land Forme, has a completely altered appearance and, rather than being a pure-Template:Type2, is now Grass/Flying.

Like Giratina and Deoxys's transformations are activated by an external source, Shaymin's is activated by contact with a Gracidea, whose bouquets look almost like a sleeping Shaymin.

It is interesting to note that upon changing forms, Shaymin also changes its cry. It is the only Pokémon to do so.

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Shaymin
Land Forme
 Grass 
Overgrow
Nighttime
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
100 100 100 100 100 100
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Shaymin
Sky Forme
 Grass  Flying 
Overgrow
Gracidea
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
100 103 75 120 75 127

Arceus

Arceus has eighteen different forms, each with a slightly different coloration, which correspond to the eighteen different elemental types.

Arceus's transformation between these Formes is brought about by its held item: if it is holding a plate, it draws its type from that plate as stated in Sinnoh's mythology, while remaining Template:Type2 when not holding a plate or holding any non-plate item. The ???-type Forme of Arceus is currently unavailable in any legitimate manner, as there is no plate to turn it to this type. Educated speculation attributes this to an attempt made by Nintendo to prevent the game from freezing if a ???-type Forme Arceus is hacked into the game.


 Normal 
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 Fire 
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 Water 
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 Electric 
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 Grass 
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 Ice 
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 Fighting 
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 Poison 
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 Ground 
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 Flying 
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 Psychic 
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 Bug 
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 Rock 
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 Ghost 
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 Dragon 
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 Dark 
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 Steel 
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 ??? 
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Other Pokémon

  • The Generation I Pokédex entries for Arbok state that the markings on its belly differ between regions. The pattern has differed in sprites, however, this is dependent on the game rather than the Pokémon.
  • Shellder also changes between bivalve and spiral-shaped variations depending on whether or not it is attached to a Slowpoke's head or tail.
  • In Generation IV, there are many Pokémon that appear differently as a result of their gender.
  • XD001 was a Shadow Lugia so thoroughly corrupted that its appearance changed.
  • A Dialga also changed its appearance when it lost control of time in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 2.
  • Mantyke's Pokédex entry in Pearl says that the special patterns on its back vary from region to region. Unlike Arbok, however, its backsprite shows no difference between Sinnoh and Johto games.

Other form differences

There are several other differences that Pokémon have. For detailed descriptions of them, see Variant Pokémon.

In other languages

Giratina

Origin Forme

  • French: Forme Originelle
  • Spanish: Forma Origen
  • German: Urform
  • Italian: Forma Originale

Altered Forme

  • French: Forme Alternative
  • Spanish: Forma Modificada
  • German: Wandelform
  • Italian: Forma Alterata

Shaymin

Land Forme

  • French: Forme Terrestre
  • Spanish: Forma Tierra
  • German: Landform
  • Italian: Forma Terra

Sky Forme

  • French: Forme Céleste
  • Spanish: Forma Cielo
  • German: Zenitform
  • Italian: Forma Cielo

Rotom

Heat Rotom

  • French: Motisma Chaleur
  • German: Hitze-Rotom
  • Italian: Rotom Calore

Wash Rotom

  • French: Motisma Lavage
  • German: Wasch-Rotom
  • Italian: Rotom Lavaggio

Fan Rotom

  • French: Motisma Hélice
  • German: Wirbel-Rotom
  • Italian: Rotom Vortice

Mow Rotom

  • French: Motisma Tonte
  • German: Schneid-Rotom
  • Italian: Rotom Taglio

Frost Rotom

  • French: Motisma Froid
  • German: Frost-Rotom
  • Italian: Rotom Gelo