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Mirage Pokémon

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Mirage Mewtwo

Mirage Pokémon (Japanese: ミラージュポケモン) are holographic Pokémon, first seen in the anime special The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon. They were created by Dr. Yung, the Pokémon scientist who invented the Pokémon Mirage System, a machine that generates Pokémon holograms. The Mirage System was initially created for the purpose of creating a new species of "perfect" Pokémon. It was later used by Dr. Yung in an attempt to get revenge on the members of the Pokémon Institute who expelled him after he presented them with the Mirage System, claiming that it was a cruel and disrespectful way to treat Pokémon.

The expanded Mirage System

The Mirage System is capable of creating virtually any Pokémon included in its database. These Pokémon are formidable battlers, able to withstand and evade damage, but can be destroyed if struck with enough force. They can use any move, even ones they would naturally be unable to learn. This is comparable to a Pokémon in the core series games which is hacked, such as a Mewtwo with Quick Attack, a Beautifly with Aeroblast, or a Walrein with Meteor Mash. Pokémon that were created during the events of The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon include Kabutops, Omastar, Armaldo, Aggron, two Aerodactyl, Machoke, Machamp, Ursaring, Houndoom, Mightyena, Absol, Magnemite, Articuno, Zapdos, Entei, Mewtwo, and Mew.

Although the main area that the Mirage Pokémon can travel is held inside Dr. Yung's laboratory, it can be expanded through the use of holographic generators that are launched from the laboratory like missiles. This expanded Mirage System allows the Mirage Pokémon to travel outside the laboratory and battle in different environments. The extent of this expanded area is unlimited.

Mirage Pokémon outside Dr. Yung’s laboratory

When the Mirage Pokémon are not in use, they can be "stored" in the Mirage System until they are needed, much like how real Pokémon are kept in Poké Balls. A trait that is unique to the Mirage Pokémon is the ability to use the data of other Mirage Pokémon to give them an edge in battle. This ability was used by the Mirage Mewtwo when it battled Ash and his friends. During the time that this ability was being used, it was revealed that any Mirage Pokémon whose data is being used are still fully conscious; this became evident when the Mirage Mew acted out and stopped Mewtwo from attacking. However it should be noted that the only reason Mew was able to do so is because it had the free will that the other Mirage Pokémon lacked.

If a Mirage Pokémon suffers critical damage, it reverts into data represented by hexagons floating in the air that then return to the system through the hologram generators. If there is an overwhelming amount of data for the generators to absorb—seen when the Mirage Mewtwo with the entire database written into it is destroyed—the system overloads and explosively crashes.

The system is also seen to be capable of creating mirages of other things besides Pokémon, as Dr. Yung used it to create a mirage of his Mirage Master persona in order to misdirect suspicion from him being the Master's true identity.

Moves used

Mirage Mewtwo

Mirage Mewtwo Mega Punch.png
Using Mega Punch
Mirage Tropius SolarBeam.png
Using SolarBeam
Move First Used In
Shadow Ball The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Barrier The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Flamethrower The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Hyper Beam The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Iron Tail The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Mega Punch The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Solar Beam The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Bullet Seed The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Hydro Pump The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Ice Beam The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Psybeam The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Thunderbolt The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Quick Attack The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Other Mirage Pokémon

Mirage Tropius SolarBeam.png
Mirage Tropius
using SolarBeam
Mirage Magnemite Thunder.png
Mirage Magnemite
using Thunder
Move First Used In
Sandstorm The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Thunder Wave The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Bullet Seed The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Shadow Ball The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Thunder The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Flamethrower The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
SolarBeam The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Drill Peck The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Steel Wing The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Protect The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Notes

  • Mew was the only holographic Pokémon who had a heart and who wasn't able to be controlled.
  • "Mirage Pokémon" also refers to legendary Pokémon and Mew in particular, though this is mainly a coincidence. In Japanese, the term used for legendary Pokémon is まぼろしの ポケモン illusory Pokémon, using the Japanese word "maboroshi"; meanwhile, Yung's mirages are ミラージュポケモン mirage Pokémon, which uses the English word "mirage."
  • Even though the Mirage Pokémon are often described as holograms, both they and their attacks are made of actual matter rather than light.