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The history of the Pokémon world is known to us today, because the histories have been passed down as legends from generation to generation. Nobody knows if it is real or not, but there are some symbols that proofs that these legends are real.
Below here is a timeline of events in the history of the Pokémon world, primarily those established in the canon of the Pokémon games, since these apply most to other forms of canon. There is also a separate timeline of events for the Pokémon anime.
Beginning of the universe
This information is based primarily on the mythology of both the Sinnoh and Hoenn regions.
In the beginning of the universe, a rift in space made Arceus then it came into being, being the first pokémon in existance. Arceus created Dialga, Palkia and possibly Giratina (who then proceeded to disappear and look after the Ruined World) and gives Dialga and Palkia the abilities to control time and space. Then, during very early formation of the world, possibly sooner, Arceus creates Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit to create emotion and spirit, something that embodies us today.
Around this time, Mew came into being by itself, containing the DNA of every pokémon to exist and exist in the future.
In the creation of the Pokémon world, Groudon is formed from magma, Kyogre is formed by the pressure in the deep sea trenches and Rayquaza is formed by the minerals of the ozone layer. Rayquaza proceeds to fly aroud in the ozone layer, occasionaly coming to rest at Sky Pillar. Groudon and Kyogre proceed to create landmass and fill the sea, repectively. However, they meet and wage a humongous battle for the dominance of sea and land. This battle continues until Rayquaza quells it, causing Groudon and Kyogre to retreat to special caverns, where they rest until the events of R/S/E. Red and Blue orbs where created to prevent the awakening of Groudon and Kyogre again, the orbs remain at Mt. Pyre to this day.
Mew at this time are plentiful and live in large numbers.
Landmasses such as Mt. Coronet are created, and Regigigas moves the continents, forming the regions. The Sinnoh region is created around Mt. Coronet. During this violent procedure, Stark Mountain is created and Heatran is formed in lava.
This information is based primarily on the study of fossils and archaeological remains.
- Millions of years before Generation I
- 10000 years before Generation I
- 1500 years before Generation I
- The earliest known system for writing is developed and used at the Ruins of Alph, Tanoby Ruins, and Solaceon Ruins. Archaeologists are currently unsure whether the nearly identical Unown preceded or succeeded the writing system, but it is assumed they share some sort of connection.
- Shaymin, Celebi, Jirachi are born, Shaymin brings an abundance of plant life, Celebi travels through time, and Jirachi begins its 1000 year sleep for a 7 day wish. Kyogre is awoken and loads of Manaphy are craeted from Kyogre. These then breed to make Phione.
- Darkrai is born on New Moon Island and Cresselia is born on Fullmoon Island, Darkrai summons nightmares on Pokémon and people, and Cresselia cures the trail of nightmares Darkrai left on them.
- Kyogre, with the help of Manaphy and Lugia, expand the sea.
- Herds of Latias and Latios are born.
- Swarms of Lunatone and Solrock fall into Earth from space.
- Farfetch'd population decreased by hunting.
- Kyogre returns to its sleep and leaves behind a Manaphy egg for a pure hearted trainer.
This information is based on historic records.
- First humans land on the moon.
- In a storm Rotom is created.
- Ferry S.S. Tidal constructed.
- The first Pokémon created by scientific engineering, Porygon and Castform, are created.
- Cyrus is born. He brought up around the legend of Dialga, Palkia and Giratina.
- Rotom takes over a mansion in Sinnoh. It creates images of ghosts so it can live in peace.
- Generation I/Generation III: The events of Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, LeafGreen, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.
- Red/Leaf leaves Pallet Town on his/her Pokémon journey after their rival, Professor Oak's grandson, Blue. After getting the eight badges of Kanto, defeating Team Rocket along the way, he/she challenges Kanto's Elite Four, then its current champion, none other than Blue himself. After defeating Blue, Red/Leaf becomes the champion, then ventures to the Sevii Islands to eradicate Team Rocket and help Celio to connect his Pokémon Net Center to the Hoenn region. Eventually, Red ends up at Mt. Silver, training day and night, and Lance ends up as champion. Blue, dejected, takes the empty gym in Viridian City.
- Brendan/May leaves Littleroot Town on a Pokémon journey shortly after moving to the Hoenn region from Johto by saving the local Pokémon professor from an attacking wild Pokémon. At first, there is a deep-seated rivalry with Professor Birch's son/daughter, however, later on, the rivalry is with Wally instead. After defeating Hoenn's eight Gym Leaders and, with the help of Rayquaza, calming both Groudon and Kyogre, released from their banishment by Team Magma and Team Aqua, respectively, he/she challenges and defeats Hoenn's Elite Four and current champion, becoming the champion him/herself, much to the astonishment of Birch's child.
- Three years after Generation I/Generation III, Generation II/Generation IV: The events of Gold, Silver, Crystal, Diamond and Pearl.
- Gold/Kris leaves New Bark Town on an errand for Professor Elm, bonding with his/her starter Pokémon on the way. A red-haired boy steals one of Elm's three Pokémon, and challenges him/her as Gold/Kris's journey across Johto continues. A revived Team Rocket, using plans formulated three years prior, enrages many Gyarados, including a red one, at the Lake of Rage and as well takes over the Johto Radio Tower in a desperate attempt to contact Giovanni. As they are defeated, the leader vows to never again re-form Team Rocket, and Gold/Kris continues to gather Johto's badges, eventually gaining all eight and traveling to the Pokémon League at the Indigo Plateau in Kanto. After championing it, over a new Elite Four and its previous champion, Lance, Gold/Kris then heads to the Kanto region to challenge its eight gyms, which have changed from three years prior. After gaining all eight of their badges, for a total of sixteen, Professor Oak declares him/her ready to travel to Mt. Silver, deep in the caves of where he/she meets and defeats Red.
- Lucas/Dawn and Pearl leave Twinleaf Town in an attempt to see a Pokémon like the recently-reported red Gyarados in the nearest of Sinnoh's lakes, Lake Verity. After being attacked by a wild Starly at the lake, and using one of Professor Rowan's Pokémon to fend off the attacker, the journey begins in earnest, where both Lucas/Dawn and Pearl challenge the Sinnoh region's eight gyms to gain the badges necessary to challenge the Pokémon League. Along the way, however, Lucas/Dawn is brought into many conflicts with Team Galactic, whose leader, Cyrus, wishes to re-make the entire universe in his image with the powers of the legendary Pokémon Dialga and Palkia. Defeating the team and calming Dialga/Palkia, Lucas/Dawn challenges Sinnoh's Elite Four and champion, Cynthia, and becomes champion him/herself.
- Meteor strikes Earth, forming 2 Deoxys.