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Starting in {{game|Crystal}}, {{player}}s were given the option of choosing to play as a boy or girl Trainer at the start of the game. Since then, every game in the main series has included that choice.
 
Starting in {{game|Crystal}}, {{player}}s were given the option of choosing to play as a boy or girl Trainer at the start of the game. Since then, every game in the main series has included that choice.
   
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|style="vertical-align:middle; background:#{{emerald color}}"|'''{{color2|{{Emerald color light}}|Pokémon Emerald Version|E}}'''
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|style="vertical-align:middle; background:#{{diamond color}}"|'''{{color2|{{Diamond color dark}}|Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions|D}}'''<br> <br>
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|rowspan="2"|[[File:Spr DP Lucas.png]]<br>{{ga|Lucas}}
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|style="vertical-align:middle; background:#{{pearl color}}"|<br> <br>'''{{color2|{{Pearl color dark}}|Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions|P}}'''
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|style="vertical-align:middle; background:#{{platinum color}}"|'''{{color2|{{Platinum color light}}|Pokémon Platinum Version|Pt}}'''
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| style="vertical-align:middle; background:#{{HeartGold color}};" | '''{{color2|{{HeartGold color dark}}|Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions|HG}}'''
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===In side games===
 
Many [[Spin-off Pokémon games|side games]] in the Pokémon franchise allow the player to choose between a male or female [[player character]] as well.
 
 
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|style="vertical-align:middle; background:#{{TCG Trainer color}}"|'''{{color2|{{TCG Trainer color dark}}|Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!|Pokémon<br>Card GB2}}'''
 
|[[File:TCG1 Mark.png]]<br>[[Mark]]
 
|[[File:TCG2 Mint.png]]<br>[[Mint]]
 
|- style="background:#{{normal color light}}; vertical-align:bottom"
 
|style="vertical-align:middle; background:#{{ranger color}}"|'''{{color2|{{ranger color dark}}|Pokémon Ranger (game)|Pokémon<br>Ranger}}'''
 
|[[File:Ra Lunick f.png]]<br>[[Lunick]]
 
|[[File:Ra Solana f.png]]<br>[[Solana]]
 
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|style="background:#{{SoA color}}"|'''{{color2|{{SoA color dark}}|Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia|Pokémon<br>Ranger:<br> Shadows of<br>Almia}}'''
 
|style="background:#{{normal color light}}"|[[File:Soa Kellyn ra f.png]]<br>[[Kellyn]]
 
|style="background:#{{normal color light}}"|[[File:Soa Kate ra f.png]]<br>{{OBP|Kate|Ranger}}
 
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|style="background:#{{GS color}}"|'''{{color2|{{GS color dark}}|Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs|Pokémon<br>Ranger:<br>Guardian<br>Signs}}'''
 
|style="background:#{{normal color light}}"|[[File:Gs Ben f.png]]<br>{{ra|Ben}}
 
|style="background:#{{normal color light}}"|[[File:Gs Summer f.png]]<br>{{ra|Summer}}
 
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|style="background:#f9e586; {{roundybl|5px}}"|'''{{color2|807544|Pokémon Conquest|Pokémon<br>Conquest}}'''
 
|style="background:#{{normal color light}}"|[[File:Conquest Hero I icon.png]]<br>[[Hero]]
 
|style="background:#{{normal color light}}; {{roundybr|5px}}"|[[File:Conquest Heroine I icon.png]]<br>[[Heroine]]
 
 
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Revision as of 02:03, 9 November 2013

Gender is a concept introduced in Generation II, though touched upon in Generation I. In Gold and Silver Versions, most species were assigned a gender (male or female), and then, in Pokémon Crystal, a choice of male or female player characters became available for the first time. This feature allowed for Pokémon breeding, as well as introducing the concept of a Pokémon Egg to the series. Gender makes no difference in the stats of a Pokémon after Generation II, unless the two Pokémon are a different species entirely, such as Nidoran.

Pokémon

Gender differences

Main article: List of Pokémon with gender differences

Generation IV premiered minimal differences in sprite between two Pokémon of the same species. For example, a male Raichu will have the full tail seen in previous games, while the female is missing the very tip of it. Generations V and VI would introduce Pokémon with more drastic differences in appearance.

Related species

Nidoran

The Nidoran family is a special case in terms of gender. Introduced in Generation I, before gender was known for all Pokémon, Nidoran♀ and Nidoran♂ are considered separate species of Pokémon and indeed have many differences, from appearance to moveset. However, all Nidoran Eggs have a 50/50 chance of hatching into either Nidoran♀ or Nidoran♂, confirming that they are related.

Male Female
032Nidoran.png
Nidoran♂
029Nidoran.png
Nidoran♀
033Nidorino.png
Nidorino
030Nidorina.png
Nidorina
034Nidoking.png
Nidoking
031Nidoqueen.png
Nidoqueen

Other

In a manner similar to Nidoran, Eggs produced by Illumise may hatch into Volbeat. While Latias and Latios are in the Undiscovered Group in the games, likely due to being legendary Pokémon, Latias have produced Eggs containing Latios in the anime, confirming that they are similarly related.

Male Female
313Volbeat.png
Volbeat
314Illumise.png
Illumise
381Latios.png
Latios
380Latias.png
Latias

Gender-based evolution

Some Pokémon can only evolve, or may evolve differently, if they are of a certain gender:

Pre-evolution Male only Either Female only
281Kirlia.png
Kirlia
475Gallade.png
Gallade
282Gardevoir.png
Gardevoir
N/A
361Snorunt.png
Snorunt
N/A 362Glalie.png
Glalie
478Froslass.png
Froslass
412Burmy.png
Burmy
414Mothim.png
Mothim
N/A 413Wormadam-Plant.png
Wormadam
415Combee.png
Combee
N/A N/A 416Vespiquen.png
Vespiquen

Other single-gender Pokémon

Several Pokémon are in a completely single-gender family, of which no member cannot evolve into or produce an egg of a Pokémon that is the opposite gender.

Male
236Tyrogue.png
Tyrogue
106Hitmonlee.png
Hitmonlee
107Hitmonchan.png
Hitmonchan
237Hitmontop.png
Hitmontop
128Tauros.png
Tauros
538Throh.png
Throh
539Sawk.png
Sawk
627Rufflet.png
Rufflet
628Braviary.png
Braviary
641Tornadus.png
Tornadus
642Thundurus.png
Thundurus
645Landorus.png
Landorus
Female
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Happiny
113Chansey.png
Chansey
242Blissey.png
Blissey
115Kangaskhan.png
Kangaskhan
238Smoochum.png
Smoochum
124Jynx.png
Jynx
241Miltank.png
Miltank
488Cresselia.png
Cresselia
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Petilil
549Lilligant.png
Lilligant
629Vullaby.png
Vullaby
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Mandibuzz
100px
Flabébé
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Floette
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Florges

In battle

Moves

This is a list of moves that are dependent on gender:

Gen Move Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Description
II Attract Status Cute 100% 15 (max 24)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
If it is the opposite gender of the user, the target becomes infatuated and less likely to attack.
IV Captivate Status Beauty 100% 20 (max 32)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
If it is the opposite gender of the user, the target is charmed into harshly lowering its Sp. Atk stat.
All details are accurate to Generation VI games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual move's page. Target data assumes user is in the lower left.

Abilities

This is a list of Abilities that are dependent on gender:

Gen Ability Description
III Cute Charm Contact with the Pokémon may cause infatuation.
IV Rivalry Deals more damage to a Pokémon of same gender.
All details are accurate to Generation V games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual Ability's page.

Trainers

Choosing to play as male or female in Pokémon Black and White

Starting in Pokémon Crystal, players were given the option of choosing to play as a boy or girl Trainer at the start of the game. Since then, every game in the main series has included that choice.

Game Male Female
C Spr C Ethan.png
Ethan
Spr C Kris.png
Kris
R Spr RS Brendan.png
Brendan
Spr RS May.png
May
S
FR Spr FRLG Red.png
Red
Spr FRLG Leaf.png
Leaf
LG
E Spr E Brendan.png
Brendan
Spr E May.png
May
D Spr DP Lucas.png
Lucas
Spr DP Dawn.png
Dawn
P
Pt Spr Pt Lucas.png
Lucas
Spr Pt Dawn.png
Dawn
HG Spr HGSS Ethan.png
Ethan
Spr HGSS Lyra.png
Lyra
SS
B Spr BW Hilbert.png
Hilbert
Spr BW Hilda.png
Hilda
W
B2 Spr B2W2 Nate.png
Nate
Spr B2W2 Rosa.png
Rosa
W2
X XY Calem.png
Calem
XY Serena.png
Serena
Y

Trivia

Nidoran♀ and Nidoran♂ show genders twice in Generation II, but only once in Generation III onward
  • In Generation II, a Pokémon's gender was determined through its Attack IV. Due to this, unless a Pokémon was a member of an all-female species, such as Nidoran♀ and Smoochum, it could never have a maximized Attack stat, as female Pokémon were given the lower half of the IV range. This also caused the inability for a female Pokémon of a species with a gender ratio of seven males to one female—like the starter Pokémon and Eevee—to be Shiny, due to that also running partly off of the Attack IV. In Generation III this was addressed, with IVs no longer determining either of these, allowing for Pokémon species with two genders to have females with maximized Attack and simultaneously retain its chances of being Shiny.
  • Although its English and French names suggest that it is exclusively male, Mr. Mime may be of either gender. This is due to the fact that it was given its name prior to the introduction of gender to the series.
  • Since Azurill has a different gender ratio than Marill and Azumarill, one in three female Azurill will be male after evolving into Marill, dependent on the personality value of the Azurill in question. This is in reference to certain species of real-world fish that may change sex during their lifetimes.
  • In the international versions of Generation II, due to how the battlefield display is programmed, Nidoran♂ and Nidoran♀ have their gender icon shown twice, once in their name, and once after the level. This does not occur in the Japanese and Korean games, however, as the gender icon was present after all Pokémon's names due to the shorter character limit there. This was addressed in all later generations, which prevent the gender icon from showing up when an un-nicknamed Nidoran of either gender is on the field.


Pokémon individuality
LevelStatsGenderAbilityNatureCharacteristic
Effort valuesIndividual values
Special Traits


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