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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 be 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).

All baby Pokémon 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.

From Generation VI onwards, baby Pokémon caught in the wild are guaranteed to have three random IVs of 31, because they are in the Undiscovered Egg Group.

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

List of baby Pokémon

Baby Basic Evolution
172Pichu.png
Pichu
 Electric 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
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Pikachu
 Electric 
Egg Groups:
Field and Fairy

Thunder Stone
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Raichu
 Electric 
Egg Groups:
Field and Fairy
Friendship
173Cleffa.png
Cleffa
 Fairy 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
035Clefairy.png
Clefairy
 Fairy 
Egg Group:
Fairy

Moon Stone
036Clefable.png
Clefable
 Fairy 
Egg Group:
Fairy
Friendship
174Igglybuff.png
Igglybuff
 Normal  Fairy 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
039Jigglypuff.png
Jigglypuff
 Normal  Fairy 
Egg Group:
Fairy

Moon Stone
040Wigglytuff.png
Wigglytuff
 Normal  Fairy 
Egg Group:
Fairy
Friendship
175Togepi.png
Togepi
 Fairy 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
176Togetic.png
Togetic
 Fairy  Flying 
Egg Groups:
Flying and Fairy

Shiny Stone
468Togekiss.png
Togekiss
 Fairy  Flying 
Egg Groups:
Flying and Fairy
Friendship
236Tyrogue.png
Tyrogue
 Fighting 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
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Hitmonlee
 Fighting 
Egg Group:
Human-Like
Hitmonlee does not evolve
Level 20
Attack > Defense

Breed
107Hitmonchan.png
Hitmonchan
 Fighting 
Egg Group:
Human-Like
Hitmonchan does not evolve
Level 20
Attack < Defense

Breed
237Hitmontop.png
Hitmontop
 Fighting 
Egg Group:
Human-Like
Hitmontop does not evolve
Level 20
Attack = Defense
238Smoochum.png
Smoochum
 Ice  Psychic 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
124Jynx.png
Jynx
 Ice  Psychic 
Egg Group:
Human-Like
Jynx does not evolve
Level 30
239Elekid.png
Elekid
 Electric 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
125Electabuzz.png
Electabuzz
 Electric 
Egg Group:
Human-Like

Trade
holding an Electirizer
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Electivire
 Electric 
Egg Group:
Human-Like
Level 30
240Magby.png
Magby
 Fire 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
126Magmar.png
Magmar
 Fire 
Egg Group:
Human-Like

Trade
holding a Magmarizer
467Magmortar.png
Magmortar
 Fire 
Egg Group:
Human-Like
Level 30
298Azurill.png
Azurill
 Normal  Fairy 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Sea Incense
183Marill.png
Marill
 Water  Fairy 
Egg Groups:
Water 1 and Fairy

Level 18
184Azumarill.png
Azumarill
 Water  Fairy 
Egg Groups:
Water 1 and Fairy
Friendship
360Wynaut.png
Wynaut
 Psychic 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Lax Incense
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Wobbuffet
 Psychic 
Egg Group:
Amorphous
Wobbuffet does not evolve
Level 15
406Budew.png
Budew
 Grass  Poison 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Rose Incense
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Roselia
 Grass  Poison 
Egg Groups:
Fairy and Grass

Shiny Stone
407Roserade.png
Roserade
 Grass  Poison 
Egg Groups:
Fairy and Grass
Friendship
(day)
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Chingling
 Psychic 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Pure Incense
358Chimecho.png
Chimecho
 Psychic 
Egg Group:
Amorphous
Chimecho does not evolve
Friendship
(night)
438Bonsly.png
Bonsly
 Rock 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Rock Incense
185Sudowoodo.png
Sudowoodo
 Rock 
Egg Group:
Mineral
Sudowoodo does not evolve
Level up
knowing Mimic
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Mime Jr.
 Psychic  Fairy 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding an Odd Incense
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Mr. Mime
 Psychic  Fairy 
Egg Group:
Human-Like
Mr. Mime does not evolve
Level up
knowing Mimic
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Happiny
 Normal 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Luck Incense
113Chansey.png
Chansey
 Normal 
Egg Group:
Fairy

Friendship
242Blissey.png
Blissey
 Normal 
Egg Group:
Fairy
Level up
holding an Oval Stone (day)
446Munchlax.png
Munchlax
 Normal 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Full Incense
143Snorlax.png
Snorlax
 Normal 
Egg Group:
Monster
Snorlax does not evolve
Friendship
447Riolu.png
Riolu
 Fighting 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
448Lucario.png
Lucario
 Fighting  Steel 
Egg Groups:
Field and Human-Like
Lucario does not evolve
Friendship
(day)
458Mantyke.png
Mantyke
 Water  Flying 
Egg Group:
Undiscovered

Breed
holding a Wave Incense
226Mantine.png
Mantine
 Water  Flying 
Egg Group:
Water 1
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!.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Baby Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. All of these cards (minus Pokémon Collector) have the Poké-Body "Sweet Sleeping Face".

Baby Pokémon
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in the current Standard format.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Cleffa Colorless HeartGold & SoulSilver Rare 17/123 HeartGold Collection Rare Holo 049/070
Pichu Lightning HeartGold & SoulSilver Rare 28/123 SoulSilver Collection Rare Holo 031/070
Smoochum Psychic HeartGold & SoulSilver Rare 30/123 HeartGold Collection Rare Holo 037/070
Tyrogue Fighting HeartGold & SoulSilver Rare 33/123 SoulSilver Collection Rare 048/070
Igglybuff Colorless HeartGold & SoulSilver Uncommon 44/123 SoulSilver Collection Uncommon 050/070
Pokémon Collector Su HeartGold & SoulSilver Uncommon 97/123 SoulSilver Collection Uncommon 068/070
Elekid Lightning Triumphant Rare 21/102 Clash at the Summit Rare 028/080
Magby Fire Triumphant Common 41/102 Clash at the Summit Rare 012/080
Cleffa Colorless Call of Legends Rare 24/95      
Tyrogue Fighting Call of Legends Rare 36/95      
Magby Fire Call of Legends Uncommon 46/95      
Mime Jr. Psychic Call of Legends Uncommon 47/95 Lost Link Uncommon 016/040
 

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, seven of them evolve into Pokémon belonging to the Fairy Egg Group and six others 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.
  • Tyrogue is the only baby Pokémon with a branched evolution.
  • Riolu is the only baby Pokémon introduced after Generation II that can be bred 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.
  • 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 after Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

See also