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Palkia, Giratina and Dialga at the Spear Pillar (art by Ken Sugimori)

The creation trio is a fan term used to refer to three powerful Legendary Pokémon of the Sinnoh region: Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. Other fan terms include deity trio and dragon trio. According to Sinnoh myths, they were created by Arceus simultaneously when the universe began.

Much like members of other Legendary trios, the three Pokémon have similar appearances. Each has Dragon as their secondary type, as well as a base stat total of 680, divided among the stats as 150-120-120-100-100-90, in different orders.

Each of the members of this trio, including its trio master Arceus, have control over their own dimensions. Dialga controls time and Palkia controls space, two aspects of the four-dimensional universe that the Pokémon world, like our own, is a part of. Giratina has control over antimatter and the Distortion World, where time does not flow and space is unstable, while Arceus has its own world where the Hall of Origin is located.

The three members of this trio share the Ability Pressure, as well as the Hidden Ability Telepathy; however, Giratina's Origin Forme has Levitate. Likewise, the three are the version mascots of the three Generation IV Sinnoh-based games, and have similar level-up learnsets.

The creation trio makes another appearance in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. An event involving Cynthia and Arceus at the Sinjoh Ruins will allow a single one of the three to be obtained at level 1.

Similar movesets

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Dialga
 Steel  Dragon 
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Palkia
 Water  Dragon 
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Giratina
 Ghost  Dragon 
Start Dragon Breath
Scary Face
6 Metal Claw Water Pulse Ominous Wind
10 Ancient Power
15 Slash
19 Power Gem Shadow Sneak
24 Metal Burst Aqua Tail Destiny Bond
28 Dragon Claw
33 Earth Power
37 Aura Sphere
42 Iron Tail Aqua Tail Shadow Claw
46 Roar of Time Spacial Rend Shadow Force
50 Flash Cannon Hydro Pump Hex
Moves in bold are STAB. Moves in italics do no damage.

Base stat comparison

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Dialga
484Palkia.png
Palkia
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Giratina
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Giratina
HP
100
90
150
150
Attack
120
120
100
120
Defense
120
100
120
100
Sp. Attack
150
150
100
120
Sp. Defense
100
120
120
100
Speed
90
100
90
90
Total 680 680 680 680

In the games

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

In Diamond and Pearl, either Dialga or Palkia appears atop the Spear Pillar, and after the defeat of the Elite Four, the player can find Giratina hidden at the end of a puzzle in Turnback Cave.

Pokémon Platinum

In Pokémon Platinum, both Dialga and Palkia appear in dimensional rifts atop the Spear Pillar after beating the Elite Four. Giratina appears in its Origin Forme in the Distortion World when first encountered, but if it is defeated or fled from, it will appear in Turnback Cave in its Altered Forme, after the Elite Four.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

One of the three Pokémon can be obtained in HeartGold and SoulSilver if the player has a level 100, fateful encounter event Arceus by itself in his/her party. The player must go to the Sinjoh Ruins and speak with Cynthia, and, after some time, Arceus will create a member of the creation trio which will be at level 1 and have a basic moveset.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

At the end of the Diamond & Pearl chapter, both Dialga and Palkia are summoned by Cyrus at the Spear Pillar so that they can be forced to fight each other to create a new world. After Cyrus's plans are thwarted, Giratina appears and drags Cyrus, Dialga, and Palkia into the Distortion World.

In the following chapter, Giratina serves as one of the main antagonists alongside Charon.

Chronologically, the first appearance of the trio was during the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, where they were revived by Arceus to wreak havoc on humanity. After Arceus was calmed by Gold, Giratina was banished to the Distortion World while Dialga and Palkia went to the Spear Pillar.

In the Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Adventure! manga

In this manga Dialga is more prominent than Palkia or Giratina. For Hareta, one of the goals of his journey is to meet Dialga. Dialga also is the one summoned by Cyrus at the Spear Pillar. After Hareta stopped him, Palkia appeared.

Later, Hareta battles with Giratina in the Distortion World.

Gallery

Trivia

Promotional artwork for an event distribution of the Shiny versions of the trio
  • Of the three, Palkia is the only member of its trio to share its type combination with another Pokémon.
  • Giratina (in Platinum), has its own unique battle music, is able to change forms (between Altered Forme and Origin Forme), and has two different menu sprites. Also, Giratina is the only member whose box art differs from its Sugimori art released with Diamond and Pearl.
  • No two members of the trio have the same number of legs. Even when one considers Giratina Origin Forme this remains true, as Origin Forme Giratina has no legs, Palkia has two, Dialga has four, and Altered Forme Giratina has six.
    • Also, no two members have the same number of immunities. Palkia has none, Dialga has one, Giratina Altered Forme has two, and Origin Forme Giratina has three because of Levitate.
  • The primary types of each of the trio are the specialty types of three different Gyms of Sinnoh, the only region that has Gyms of those types all together.
  • All members of the creation trio lose the ability to learn Heal Block by level up in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • As of HeartGold and SoulSilver, the creation trio are the only Legendary Pokémon who do not learn any moves past level 50. Furthermore, they are the only legendary trio in which all members can be legitimately obtained at level 1.
  • The creation trio is the only Legendary trio composed of version mascots which all have the same base stat total—Rayquaza has 10 points total more than Groudon and Kyogre, while Kyurem has either 20 points total less or more than Reshiram and Zekrom, depending on its forme.


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