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Gender (Japanese: 性別 sex) 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

Aesthetic 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.

Meowstic

The only Pokémon with gender differences that are not just aesthetic is Meowstic, which has different learnsets and Hidden Abilities depending on its gender. The male Meowstic has Prankster and the female Meowstic has Competitive as its Hidden Ability. Furthermore the male Meowstic learns mostly status moves, with all of its gender-exclusive moves being status moves, while at the same levels, the female Meowstic learns mostly special moves, with only one of its gender-exclusive moves, Me First, being a status move. Below are Meowstic's learnsets.

Lv. 678Meowstic-Male.png
Meowstic
 Psychic 
678Meowstic-Female.png
Meowstic
 Psychic 
Start Quick Guard Stored Power
Mean Look Me First
Helping Hand Magical Leaf
Scratch
Leer
5 Covet
9 Confusion
13 Light Screen
17 Psybeam
19 Fake Out
25 Psyshock
28 Charm Charge Beam
31 Miracle Eye Shadow Ball
35 Reflect Extrasensory
40 Psychic
43 Role Play
45 Imprison Signal Beam
48 Sucker Punch
50 Misty Terrain Future Sight
55 Quick Guard Stored Power
Moves in bold are STAB. Moves in italics do no damage.

Single-gender Pokémon

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 evolutions

Some Pokémon may have different ways of evolving depending on their gender. These Pokémon may therefore have one or more evolutions that can only be a single gender.

Pre-evolution Evolved
281Kirlia.png
Kirlia
Male only

Dawn Stone
475Gallade.png475Gallade-Mega.png
Gallade
Either
gender

Level 30+
282Gardevoir.png282Gardevoir-Mega.png
Gardevoir
361Snorunt.png
Snorunt
Female only

Dawn Stone
478Froslass.png
Froslass
Either
gender

Level 42+
362Glalie.png
Glalie
412Burmy-Plant.png
412Burmy-Sandy.png
412Burmy-Trash.png
Burmy
Male only

Level 20+
414Mothim.png
Mothim
Female only

Level 20+
413Wormadam-Plant.png413Wormadam-Sandy.png
413Wormadam-Trash.png
Wormadam
415Combee.png
Combee
Female only*

Level 21+
416Vespiquen.png
Vespiquen

Other single-gender Pokémon

The following is a list of all Pokémon that are either 100% male or 100% female and have not been mentioned in an above section. In particular, these Pokémon have no explicit relation to a Pokémon of the opposite gender through evolution or breeding.

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.png641Tornadus-Therian.png
Tornadus
642Thundurus.png642Thundurus-Therian.png
Thundurus
645Landorus.png645Landorus-Therian.png
Landorus
Female
440Happiny.png
Happiny
113Chansey.png
Chansey
242Blissey.png
Blissey
115Kangaskhan.png115Kangaskhan-Mega.png
Kangaskhan
238Smoochum.png
Smoochum
124Jynx.png
Jynx
241Miltank.png
Miltank
488Cresselia.png
Cresselia
548Petilil.png
Petilil
549Lilligant.png
Lilligant
629Vullaby.png
Vullaby
630Mandibuzz.png
Mandibuzz
669Flabébé.png
Flabébé
670Floette.png
Floette
671Florges.png
Florges

In battle

Moves

The following moves 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

The following Abilities 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 VI 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 Crystal Ethan.png
Ethan
Crystal Kris.png
Kris
R Ruby Sapphire Brendan.png
Brendan
Ruby Sapphire May.png
May
S
FR FireRed LeafGreen Red.png
Red
FireRed LeafGreen Leaf.png
Leaf
LG
E Emerald Brendan.png
Brendan
Emerald May.png
May
D Diamond Pearl Lucas.png
Lucas
Diamond Pearl Dawn.png
Dawn
P
Pt Platinum Lucas.png
Lucas
Platinum Dawn.png
Dawn
HG HeartGold SoulSilver Ethan.png
Ethan
HeartGold SoulSilver Lyra.png
Lyra
SS
B Black White Hilbert.png
Hilbert
Black White Hilda.png
Hilda
W
B2 Black 2 White 2 Nate.png
Nate
Black 2 White 2 Rosa.png
Rosa
W2
X XY Calem.png
Calem
XY Serena.png
Serena
Y
OR Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Brendan.png
Brendan
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire May.png
May
AS

In side games

Many side games in the Pokémon franchise allow the player to choose between a male or female player character as well.

Game Male Female
Pokémon
Card GB2
Mark.png
Mark
Mint 2.png
Mint
Pokémon
Ranger
Ranger Lunick.png
Lunick
Ranger Solana.png
Solana
Pokémon
Ranger:
Shadows of
Almia
Kellyn.png
Kellyn
Kate.png
Kate
Pokémon
Ranger:
Guardian
Signs
Ben.png
Ben
Summer.png
Summer
Pokémon
Conquest
Conquest Hero I icon.png
Hero
Conquest Heroine I icon.png
Heroine

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, a female Pokémon, unless a member of an all-female species, such as Nidoran♀ and Smoochum, 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 their 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, though this no longer happens in Generation VI.
  • 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.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 性別 Xìngbié
Finland Flag.png Finnish Sukupuoli
France Flag.png French Sexe
Germany Flag.png German Geschlecht
Italy Flag.png Italian Sesso
South Korea Flag.png Korean 성별 Seongbyeol
Spain Flag.png Spanish Género


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