Fateful encounter

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This Meowth was met in a fateful encounter in Sword and Shield.

A fateful encounter (Japanese: 運命的出会 fateful encounter) is a flag attached to certain event Pokémon and some wild Mythical Pokémon that indicates they were met in a special manner. In Generation III, "fateful encounter" was listed as the encounter location; in Generation IV and on, "fateful encounter" is in the text describing the method of encounter.

However, "fateful encounter" does not always appear in the text of Pokémon with this flag set in Generations III and IV. In Generation III, this flag is set for any Mew and Deoxys received from events, as well as the Deoxys caught on Birth Island and the Mew caught on Faraway Island; without it, it is impossible for these Pokémon to obey the player in Generation III, even if they have obtained all Badges. Moreover, any Pokémon obtained in Pokémon XD will have this special flag set. In Pokémon Platinum, the Shaymin caught in the Flower Paradise will be met in a fateful encounter; while only obtainable using glitches, the Shaymin caught in Flower Paradise in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl will not be met in a fateful encounter, so they cannot be used to obtain the Gracidea, nor can be transferred up to future games.

In Generations IV and V, the presence of this flag, from Pokémon Platinum onward, allows for special events to happen if a certain Pokémon with the "fateful encounter" flag is in the party.

List of in-game events activated by fateful encounter Pokémon


  • Despite promotional material for events distributing Jirachi implying that the fateful encounter flag was required in order to unlock the Night Sky's Edge Pokéwalker route, all Jirachi are capable of unlocking the route regardless of whether they were met in a fateful encounter.
  • In Pokémon Platinum, if the player has an Arceus, a Hiker will give a Flame Plate to the player in Oreburgh Mine and a book to the Canalave Library containing inscriptions of all the plates. While some people initially believed that this event required the Arceus to be met in a fateful encounter, this is not the case.
  • An Arceus caught from the Hall of Origin may also be used to activate the Sinjoh Ruins event. One of each type of Arceus (fateful encounter and Hall of Origin) can be used in one game, in any order, to activate the event two times at most.
  • In Pokémon Sword and Shield, any Shiny Pokémon with the fateful encounter flag will appear with square sparkles, regardless of its personality value.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 命中注定般的相遇 Mihngjung jyudihng-būndīk sēungyuh
Mandarin 命中注定般的相遇 Mìngzhòng zhùdìng-bānde xiāngyù
France Flag.png French Force du destin (V - VII)
Rencontré par hasard (IV)
Évenèment spécial (III)
Germany Flag.png German Schicksalhafte Begegnung
Italy Flag.png Italian Evento speciale (V - VII)
Occasione speciale (III, IV)
South Korea Flag.png Korean 운명적인 만남 Unmyeongjeogin mannam
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cosa del destino (V - VII)
Encuentro fatídico (IV)
Obtenido de forma curiosa (III)

See also

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