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Legendary golems is the collective term used to refer to the trio of Regirock, Regice, and Registeel. They are also known as the Regi trio or just the Regis, due to the beginnings of their names.
Unlike previous trios, the golems share very similar names, and their types are further estranged from the original Fire, Ice, and Electric that the birds take on (two of the beasts share types with the birds, while only one of the golems does). Like them, however, these three have a master (and like the beasts, a creator) in Regigigas.
Originally, their types could have been a reference to the three major ages in history, the Stone Age, Ice Age, and the Iron Age, respectively. Their master, Regigigas, could also be a reference to the Mesozoic Era, as it is famed by legend to have towed the continents in the Pokémon world.
Also shared among the members of this trio is a weakness to Fighting-type moves. Each has seven dots for eyes, arranged in a different pattern, similar to the braille that is connected to their legend. Unlike the birds and beasts, the golems do not have Pressure as their Ability, though they do share the Ability Clear Body.
In the anime and outside Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, they appeared as somewhat less important than the previous two trios, even being trained, in Poké Balls, no less, by Brandon, while the birds are said to cause a cataclysm if even one is captured (as happened in the second movie) and the beasts are unable to be captured by conventional means.
One of the many reasons why this trio is seen as "easily attainable" is because of the legends surrounding them. Long ago, Regigigas is said to have pulled the continents into place, and then created the three from an icy mountain, rocks, and magma in its image. Regigigas was apparently worshiped at one time, alongside the other three, by ancient people. Due to it being so powerful, Regigigas was sealed away in the basement of the Snowpoint Temple, while the ones it created were spirited to the far-off Hoenn region and locked away in three stone structures, which were then sealed themselves. A message was left in braille to whoever would come to discover the Sealed Chamber, whose only access was via an underwater cavern, in the hopes that one day the Pokémon could be tamed.
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In the games
Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
In the Hoenn Generation III games, Regirock is found in the Desert Ruins, on Route 111. To encounter Regirock, the player must go two steps to the right, two steps down and then use Strength. In Emerald, the player must go two steps to the left, then two steps down and use Rock Smash. Regice is found in the Island Cave, on Route 105 and to encounter it a clockwise lap around the walls of the cave must be taken. Registeel is found in the Ancient Tomb, on Route 120 and it is required to go to the middle of the room and use Flash to open up Registeel's cave.
The three golems are only obtainable in Pokémon Platinum if the player has a fateful encounter Regigigas in their party and have defeated the Elite Four. Regirock is obtainable in the Rock Peak Ruins on Route 228, Regice is obtainable in the Iceberg Ruins in Mt. Coronet and Registeel is obtainable in the Iron Ruins on Iron Island.
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
All three legendary golems are obtainable in the Underground Ruins. However, to access the rooms where Registeel and Regice are special keys are required to enter. The two keys which can be obtained after facing Regirock can only be found in one of the games. The Iron Key for Registeel is found in Black 2 and the Iceberg Key for Regice is in White 2. It is still possible to use the Unova Link to upload data for that key into the other game to get Regice in Black 2 or Registeel in White 2 once the key from the other version has been found.
In the anime
- Main article: Legendary golems (M08)
The legendary golems made their debut in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, guarding the Tree of Beginning from intruders. They each followed Ash, Brock, May, Max, Kidd, Jessie, and James throughout the tunnel network beneath the Tree of Beginning. Once the intruders had all been consumed by the Tree, the legendary golems retreated.
- Main article: Brandon's Regis
The legendary golems made their anime debuts under the ownership of Brandon, each of which battled Ash's Pokémon throughout his journey to collect the Symbols. When Ash had finally defeated Regice, he was awarded the Brave Symbol.
- In Pokémon Colosseum, the event needed to unlock the legendary golems is referenced in Battle Mode's Single Battle Mount Battle. The 90th Trainer, Area Leader Axley, has a party consisting of Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Flygon, Relicanth, and Wailord. Flygon is likely included because it can learn Dig, which is required to unseal the golems.
- When the golems are encountered in Pokémon Platinum, a remixed version of the music used in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald is played.
- The method used to catch the golems has changed in every game in which they have been obtainable:
- Regirock, Regice, and Registeel are the only Generation III legendary Pokémon to not be featured in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- All of the legendary golems, including Regigigas, share a weakness to the Fighting-type.