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Moltres (Pokémon)

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Moltres
ファイヤー Fire
#146
146Moltres.png
Artwork from FR/LG
Type
Fire Flying
Category
Flame Pokémon
Ability
Pressure
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,250,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#146
Johto
#237
Hoenn
#301
Regional Browser numbers
Height
6′07″
Imperial
2.0 m
Metric
Weight
132.3 lbs.
Imperial
60.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
Yellow
Catch rate
3 (0.4%)
Body style
Body09.png
Footprint
 F146.png 
Gender ratio
Genderless
Breeding
Undiscovered group 1 cycles*
(255 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 217 Battle Exp.: 2171*

Moltres (Japanese: ファイヤー Fire) is a Fire/Flying-type Pokémon. It's found in the Kanto Region at Victory Road as well as Sevii Islands' Mt. Ember. Moltres appeared in the movie The Power of One. In the games, Moltres once helped Blaine find his way down a huge mountain while he was lost.

Biology

Physiology

Moltres takes the form of a large bird with flame-colored plumage, resembling a phoenix. Its dazzling wings, and elaborate head crest appear to be covered with flames. It has a straight, pointed brown break, which is the same color as its feet. Compared to the other legendary birds, it has the smallest feet and legs. It is the largest of the legendary birds, however its feathers make up a good portion of its bulk.

Gender differences

Moltres is a genderless species.

Special abilities

When it flaps its wings, it creates a brilliant flash of flames. Also, Moltres is one of the few Pokémon known to naturally wield the very powerful flying-type move Sky Attack.

Behavior

Moltres is one of the legendary birds of Kanto. They are a poorly understood species, believed by many to be pure myth. Its behavior is largely clandestine, but it appears to migrate to the south during the springtime. There are many folk-tales surrounding this species, but perhaps the most popular is that its appearance will bring about an early spring. Documented sightings of this Pokémon are fairly consistent, and usually include dazzling orange colored flames. When Moltres flaps its wings, it sheds hundreds of tiny embers. It is believed that fire has healing properties, it is said to immerse itself in molten lava if it is injured.

Habitat

Moltres appear to live in hot regions, particularly active volcanoes. They are spectacularly rare, very possibly one-of-a-kind. Moltres have been sighted on Victory Road and near the Sevii Islands.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

In the anime

Moltres made its first true appearance in The Power of One. Lawrence III wanted to capture the three Legendary Birds as well as Lugia.

Moltres also appeared in All Fired Up and The Search for the Legend. Additionally it was mentioned in The Fortune Hunters where James mistakingly believed that it was his "Inner Pokémon" and dressed up in a Moltres costume.

In the manga

Pokémon Special

Sabrina is shown to have obtained Moltres during the Kanto saga, but it is not seen in battle. It is later combined with Articuno and Zapdos to form a singular legendary bird, but they separate once Sabrina is defeated.

Blue later catches Moltres during her training journey to overcome her fear of birds.

In the TCG

Main article: Moltres (TCG)

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Melee

When released from a Poké Ball, Moltres will remain where it is released, flapping its wings. While it makes no visible attack, any opponent touching it will receive a sizable amount of damage.

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Known as the legendary bird of fire. Every flap of its wings creates a giant dazzle of flashing flames.
Blue
Yellow A legendary bird Pokémon. As it flaps its blazing wings, even the night sky will turn red.
Stadium A legendary bird Pokémon known as the "fire bird". Every time it flaps, its wings flare and burn brightly.
Generation II
Gold This legendary Pokémon scatters embers with every flap of its wings. It is a thrilling sight to behold.
Silver This legendary bird Pokémon is said to bring early spring to the wintry lands it visits.
Crystal Legendary bird Pokémon. It is said to migrate from the south along with the spring.
Stadium 2 This legendary Pokémon scatters embers with every flap of its wings. It is a thrilling sight to behold.
Generation III
Ruby Moltres is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control fire. If this Pokémon is injured, it is said to dip its body in the molten magma of a volcano to burn and heal itself.
Sapphire Moltres is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control fire. If this Pokémon is injured, it is said to dip its body in the molten magma of a volcano to burn and heal itself.
Emerald Moltres is a legendary bird Pokémon that can control fire. If injured, it is said to dip its body in the molten magma of a volcano to burn and heal itself.
FireRed One of the legendary bird Pokémon. Those who see it are overwhelmed by its orange wing that seem to be on fire.
LeafGreen It is said to be the legendary bird Pokémon of fire. Every flap of its wings creates a dazzling flare of flames.
Generation IV
Diamond One of the Legendary Bird Pokémon. It is said that spring will soon arrive if Moltres shows itself.
Pearl One of the Legendary Bird Pokémon. It is said that spring will soon arrive if Moltres shows itself.
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 Victory Road
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
One Victory Road
Generation II
Gold Silver
None Trade
Crystal
None Trade
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
One Mt. Ember
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
One Citadark Isle (Shadow)
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
None Pal Park
Platinum
None Trade
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 Snap Volcano
Pokémon Trozei! Random Agent Cards
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Mt. Blaze Peak (3F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 2 Final Maze (B40F)

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 90
150 - 197 290 - 384
Attack: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Defense: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Sp.Atk: 125
117 - 194 229 - 383
Sp.Def: 85
81 - 150 157 - 295
Speed: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
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 ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None

In Generation I, the effectiveness of Ice-type moves is 2×.

Learnset

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By leveling up

Generation I
Level Move Type
Start Peck Flying
Fire Spin Fire
51 Leer normal
55 Agility Psychic
60 Sky Attack flying
Generation II
Level Move Type
Start Wing Attack Flying
Ember fire
13 Fire Spin fire
25 Agility Psychic
37 Endure normal
49 Flamethrower fire
61 Safeguard normal
73 Sky Attack flying
Generation III
Level Move Type
Start Wing Attack Flying
Ember fire
13 Fire Spin fire
25 Agility Psychic
37 Endure normal
49 Flamethrower fire
61 Safeguard normal
73 Heat Wave fire
85 Sky Attack flying
Generation IV
Level Move Type Cat.
Start Wing Attack Flying Physical
Ember fire Special
8 Fire Spin fire Special
15 Agility psychic status
22 Endure normal status
29 AncientPower Rock Special
36 Flamethrower fire special
43 Safeguard normal status
50 Air Slash Flying Special
57 Roost Flying Status
64 Heat Wave fire special
71 SolarBeam grass special
78 Sky Attack flying physical
85 Sunny Day fire Status

By TM/HM

Generation I
# Move Type
TM02 Razor Wind Normal
TM04 Whirlwind Normal
TM06 Toxic Poison
TM09 Take Down Normal
TM10 Double-Edge Normal
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal
TM20 Rage Normal
TM31 Mimic Normal
TM32 Double Team Normal
TM33 Reflect Psychic
TM34 Bide Normal
TM38 Fire Blast Fire
TM39 Swift Normal
TM43 Sky Attack Flying
TM44 Rest Psychic
TM50 Substitute Normal
HM02 Fly Flying
Generation II
# Move Type
TM03 Curse Unknown
TM05 Roar Normal
TM06 Toxic Poison
TM08 Rock Smash Fighting
TM10 Hidden Power Normal
TM11 Sunny Day Fire
TM13 Snore Normal
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal
TM17 Protect Normal
TM18 Rain Dance Water
TM20 Endure Normal
TM21 Frustration Normal
TM27 Return Normal
TM31 Mud-Slap Ground
TM32 Double Team Normal
TM34 Swagger Normal
TM35 Sleep Talk Normal
TM37 Sandstorm Rock
TM38 Fire Blast Fire
TM39 Swift Normal
TM43 Detect Fighting
TM44 Rest Psychic
TM47 Steel Wing Steel
HM02 Fly Flying
Generation III
# Move Type
TM05 Roar Normal
TM06 Toxic Poison
TM10 Hidden Power Normal
TM11 Sunny Day Fire
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal
TM16 Light Screen Psychic
TM17 Protect Normal
TM18 Rain Dance Water
TM20 Safeguard Normal
TM21 Frustration Normal
TM27 Return Normal
TM32 Double Team Normal
TM33 Reflect Psychic
TM35 Flamethrower Fire
TM37 Sandstorm Rock
TM38 Fire Blast Fire
TM40 Aerial Ace Flying
TM42 Facade Normal
TM43 Secret Power Normal
TM44 Rest Psychic
TM47 Steel Wing Steel
TM50 Overheat Fire
HM02 Fly Flying
HM06 Rock Smash Fighting
Generation IV
# Move Type Cat.
TM05 Roar Normal Status
TM06 Toxic Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen Psychic Status
TM17 Protect Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance Water Status
TM20 Safeguard Normal Status
TM21 Frustration Normal Physical
TM22 SolarBeam Grass Special
TM27 Return Normal Physical
TM32 Double Team Normal Status
TM33 Reflect Psychic Status
TM35 Flamethrower Fire Special
TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status
TM38 Fire Blast Fire Special
TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical
TM42 Facade Normal Physical
TM43 Secret Power Normal Physical
TM44 Rest Psychic Status
TM47 Steel Wing Steel Physical
TM50 Overheat Fire Special
TM51 Roost Flying Status
TM58 Endure Normal Status
TM61 Will-O-Wisp Fire Status
TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical
TM82 Sleep Talk Normal Status
TM83 Natural Gift Normal Physical
TM87 Swagger Normal Status
TM88 Pluck Flying Physical
TM89 U-turn Bug Physical
TM90 Substitute Normal Status
HM02 Fly Flying Physical
HM05 Defog Flying Status
HM06 Rock Smash Fighting Physical

Special moves

In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Moltres knows Shadow Break, Shadow Fire, Shadow Mist and Shadow Shed as a Shadow Pokémon, and learns Morning Sun, Will-O-Wisp and Extrasensory after being purified.

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 146.png Spr 1y 146.png Spr 1g 146.png Spr b g1 146.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 146.png Spr 2s 146.png Spr 2c 146.gif Spr b 2g 146.png
Spr 2g 146 s.png Spr 2s 146 s.png Spr 2c 146 s.gif Spr b 2g 146 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 146.png Spr 3e 146.png Spr 3f 146.png Spr b 3r 146.png
Spr 3r 146 s.png Spr 3e 146 s.png Spr 3f 146 s.png Spr b 3r 146 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 146.png Spr 4d 146.png Spr 4h 146.png Spr b 4d 146.png
Spr 4d 146 s.png Spr 4d 146 s.png Spr 4h 146 s.png Spr b 4d 146 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 146.png Spr 5b 146.png Spr b 5b 146.png
Spr 5b 146 s.png Spr 5b 146 s.png Spr b 5b 146 s.png
Moltres For other sprites and images, please see Moltres images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Moltres is one of the three Legendary Pokémon whose location was changed through Generations.
  • Moltres's original sprites from Generation I (Except Yellow) and II often depicted it to have wings completely engulfed in flames. But in its more recent sprites, Pokémon Yellow sprites and artwork it is depicted with wings that are only partially covered in flames.
  • Although Legendarys can not be bred, in Pokémon Snap Moltres and the other birds are in eggs, which shows that they were bred in some type of way.
  • Moltres shares the same species name as Charmeleon and Charizard, Flareon, and Infernape. They are all known as Flame Pokémon.
  • When introduced, Moltres was the only of his trio which didn't have a unique type combination.
  • Its appearance is very similar to that of the Donkey Kong enemy, Fire Necky another bird covered in flame.

Origin

Like Ho-Oh, Moltres is based on the legend of the phoenix. However, Moltres is based on the phoenix of Arabic legend. Others claim that the bird is based on the Japanese mythical bird known as 朱雀 Suzaku, guardian of the South, and is not a true phoenix. Regardless, the Pokémon has a very similar appearance to both the phoenix and the Suzaku.

Name origin

Moltres's name is a combination of the words molten and the Spanish word for three, tres, indicating that it is the third in the series of Kanto legendary birds. Its Japanese name is simply Fire.

In other languages

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