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The version mascot of a Pokémon game is the Pokémon that appears on the boxart—and often label—of that game.

Early on, the version mascot of a game was not necessarily relevant plot-wise, and did not have to be even met to complete the game. Generation III (with the exception of the Generation I remakes) began the trend of the version mascot being mandatory to encounter in order to progress the plot, and more recent games even force the player to catch the mascot to continue. Version mascot Pokémon are often given increased catch rates and the ability to respawn if they are defeated in order to account for this. All version mascots after Generation I have been Legendary Pokémon, barring Generation I's remakes.

In general, only core series games have version mascots, as most side series and spin-off games display multiple Pokémon on their box covers and so none of them qualify as mascots. The current sole exception to this is the side series game Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.

Core series

Generation I

RGBY

  First and second game Third game
JP Red
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Charizard
Green
003Venusaur.png
Venusaur
Blue
009Blastoise.png
Blastoise
Yellow
025Pikachu.png
Pikachu
Final form of a starter Pokémon Only starter Pokémon
INT Red
006Charizard.png
Charizard
Blue
009Blastoise.png
Blastoise
Yellow
025Pikachu.png
Pikachu
Final form of a starter Pokémon Only starter Pokémon


Generation II

GSC

First and second game Third game
Gold
250Ho-Oh.png
Ho-Oh
Silver
249Lugia.png
Lugia
Crystal
245Suicune.png
Suicune
Tower duo Part of a legendary trio


Generation III

RSEFRLG

First and second game Third game
Ruby
383Groudon.png
Groudon
Sapphire
382Kyogre.png
Kyogre
Emerald
384Rayquaza.png
Rayquaza
Weather trio
Remakes
FireRed
006Charizard.png
Charizard
LeafGreen
003Venusaur.png
Venusaur
Final form of a starter Pokémon


Generation IV

DPPtHGSS

First and second game Third game
Diamond
483Dialga.png
Dialga
Pearl
484Palkia.png
Palkia
Platinum
487Giratina-Origin.png
Giratina
Creation trio
Remakes
HeartGold
250Ho-Oh.png
Ho-Oh
SoulSilver
249Lugia.png
Lugia
Tower duo


Generation V

BWB2W2

First and second game
Black
643Reshiram.png
Reshiram
White
644Zekrom.png
Zekrom

Tao Dragon Pokémon

Sequels
Black 2
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Black Kyurem
White 2
646Kyurem-White.png
White Kyurem

Formes of Kyurem, the third Tao Dragon Pokémon


Generation VI

XYORAS

First and second game
X
716Xerneas.png
Xerneas
Y
717Yveltal.png
Yveltal
Mortality duo
Remakes
Omega Ruby
383Groudon-Primal.png
Primal Groudon
Alpha Sapphire
382Kyogre-Primal.png
Primal Kyogre
Rival members of the weather trio


Side series

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

249Lugia-Shadow XD 2.png
Shadow Lugia
Main Shadow Pokémon opponent


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