List of Pokémon with gender differences

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Two Jellicent present different appearances depending on their gender, as seen in the anime

Some species of Pokémon have differences in appearance due to gender in the Pokémon world, with noticeable differences between the males and females. With the exception of the differences between male and female Nidoran, gender differences were introduced in Generation IV.

These differences are a reference to sexual dimorphism, which is commonly seen in many real lifeforms and may offer some clues to their biology and behavior.

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, in the gate to Canalave City, Professor Rowan's assistant upgrades the player's Pokédex to be able to display the images for both genders of a species (as well as other form differences). In subsequent games, they are displayed from the start.

Generation I Pokémon

# Name Male Sprite Female Sprite
003 Venusaur 003.png 003 f.png
Female's flower has a seed in it
012 Butterfree 012.png 012 f.png
Female has purple (black in Generation IV) spots on her bottom wings
019 Rattata 019.png 019 f.png
Female has smaller whiskers
020 Raticate 020.png 020 f.png
Female has smaller whiskers
025 Pikachu 025.png 025 f.png
Female has a cut in her tail; male has slightly less black on the front of his ears
026 Raichu 026.png 026 f.png
Female's tail lacks a point
Nidoran 032.png 029.png
Female is bluish and male is pinkish

Separate evolutionary lines

041 Zubat 041.png 041 f.png
Female has smaller fangs
042 Golbat 042.png 042 f.png
Female has smaller fangs
044 Gloom 044.png 044 f.png
Female has single spot on each bud
045 Vileplume 045.png 045 f.png
Female has larger and fewer spots on her petals
064 Kadabra 064.png 064 f.png
Female has a smaller moustache
065 Alakazam 065.png 065 f.png
Female has a smaller moustache
084 Doduo 084.png 084 f.png
Male has black necks and female has beige necks
085 Dodrio 085.png 085 f.png
Male has black necks and female has beige necks
097 Hypno 097.png 097 f.png
Female has larger fur collar around neck
111 Rhyhorn 111.png 111 f.png
Female has a smaller horn
112 Rhydon 112.png 112 f.png
Female has a smaller horn
118 Goldeen 118.png 118 f.png
Male has a larger horn
119 Seaking 119.png 119 f.png
Male has a larger horn
123 Scyther 123.png 123 f.png
Female has a larger abdomen
129 Magikarp 129.png 129 f.png
Female has white whiskers; in Platinum only, the female has a smaller white band across its head
130 Gyarados 130.png 130 f.png
Female has white whiskers

Generation II Pokémon

# Name Male Sprite Female Sprite
154 Meganium 154.png 154 f.png
Male has larger antennae
165 Ledyba 165.png 165 f.png
Female has smaller antennae
166 Ledian 166.png 166 f.png
Female has smaller antennae
178 Xatu 178.png 178 f.png
Female has fewer body stripes
185 Sudowoodo 185.png 185 f.png
Female has a smaller head "branch"
186 Politoed 186.png 186 f.png
Female has smaller cheeks
190 Aipom 190.png 190 f.png
Female has longer hair on her head
194 Wooper 194.png 194 f.png
Female has one antennae branch
195 Quagsire 195.png 195 f.png
Female has smaller back fins
198 Murkrow 198.png 198 f.png
Female has smaller "hat"; in Generation V, the female's right foot is a darker shade of yellow than the male's
202 Wobbuffet 202.png 202 f.png
Female's mouth has lipstick
203 Girafarig 203.png 203 f.png
Female has larger yellow area
207 Gligar 207.png 207 f.png
Female has smaller stinger
208 Steelix 208.png 208 f.png
Female lacks the outer tooth on each side
212 Scizor 212.png 212 f.png
Female has larger abdomen
214 Heracross 214.png 214 f.png
Female has heart-shaped horn
215 Sneasel 215.png 215 f.png
Female has a shorter feather
217 Ursaring 217.png 217 f.png
Female has longer shoulder hair
221 Piloswine 221.png 221 f.png
Female has shorter tusks
224 Octillery 224.png 224 f.png
Female has smaller suction cups
229 Houndoom 229.png 229 f.png
Female has shorter horns
232 Donphan 232.png 232 f.png
Female has shorter tusks

Generation III Pokémon

# Name Male Sprite Female Sprite
255 Torchic Spr b 5b 255 m.png Spr b 5b 255 f.png
Male has a black speck on his rear
256 Combusken 256.png 256 f.png
Female has smaller feathers on her head
257 Blaziken 257.png 257 f.png
Female has smaller head feathers
267 Beautifly 267.png 267 f.png
Female has smaller red spots on her wings
269 Dustox 269.png 269 f.png
Female has smaller antennae
272 Ludicolo 272.png 272 f.png
Female has thinner stripes
274 Nuzleaf 274.png 274 f.png
Female has smaller head leaf
275 Shiftry 275.png 275 f.png
Female has smaller hand leaves
307 Meditite 307.png 307 f.png
Male's ears are higher than the female's
308 Medicham 308.png 308 f.png
Male has larger bulb on his head
315 Roselia 315.png 315 f.png
Female has longer body leaf
316 Gulpin 316.png 316 f.png
Female has shorter feather on her head
317 Swalot 317.png 317 f.png
Female has shorter whiskers
322 Numel 322.png 322 f.png
Female has larger hump
323 Camerupt 323.png 323 f.png
Female has larger humps
332 Cacturne 332.png 332 f.png
Female has a large diamond marking which occupies the space of two small diamond markings on the male
350 Milotic 350.png 350 f.png
Male has shorter hair-like fins
369 Relicanth 369.png 369 f.png
Female has smaller jaws

Generation IV Pokémon

# Name Male Sprite Female Sprite
396 Starly 396.png 396 f.png
Female has smaller spot on her forehead
397 Staravia 397.png 397 f.png
Female has smaller spot on her forehead
398 Staraptor 398.png 398 f.png
Female has smaller spot on her forehead
399 Bidoof 399.png 399 f.png
Male has more tail curls
400 Bibarel 400.png 400 f.png
Male has bigger "mask"
401 Kricketot 401.png 401 f.png
Female has larger collar
402 Kricketune 402.png 402 f.png
Female has smaller moustache
403 Shinx 403.png 403 f.png
Female has blue hind feet and shorter mane
404 Luxio 404.png 404 f.png
Female has exposed ankle and shorter mane
405 Luxray 405.png 405 f.png
Female has shorter mane
407 Roserade 407.png 407 f.png
Female has longer cape
415 Combee 415.png 415 f.png
Male lacks a red dot on the lower face
417 Pachirisu 417.png 417 f.png
Female has shorter stripe on head
418 Buizel Spr b 5b 418 m.png Spr b 5b 418 f.png
Male has two white spots on his back while female has one
419 Floatzel Spr b 5b 419 m.png Spr b 5b 419 f.png
Male has two white bumps on his back while female has one
424 Ambipom 424.png 424 f.png
Male has shorter hair on his head
443 Gible 443.png 443 f.png
Male has grooved fin
444 Gabite 444.png 444 f.png
Male has grooved fin
445 Garchomp 445.png 445 f.png
Male has grooved fin
449 Hippopotas 449.png 449 f.png
Male and female have inverted body colors from one another
450 Hippowdon 450.png 450 f.png
Male's body is brown while female's is dark gray
453 Croagunk 453.png 453 f.png
Female has higher "bandages"
454 Toxicroak 454.png 454 f.png
Female has a smaller throat sack
456 Finneon 456.png 456 f.png
Male has shorter tail fins
457 Lumineon 457.png 457 f.png
Female has larger fins
459 Snover 459.png 459 f.png
Female has more white on her midsection
460 Abomasnow 460.png 460 f.png
Female has longer chest fur
461 Weavile 461.png 461 f.png
Female has shorter ear "feathers"
464 Rhyperior 464.png 464 f.png
Female has smaller upper horn
465 Tangrowth 465.png 465 f.png
Magenta-colored part of the female's hands are longer
473 Mamoswine 473.png 473 f.png
Female has smaller tusks

Generation V Pokémon

The gender differences introduced in Generation V are far more drastic than the ones from other generations. These are the only Pokémon with unique Ken Sugimori artwork and box sprite for each gender, other than Nidoran♀ and Nidoran♂. Additionally, their gender differences are indirectly referred to as forms in Pokédex 3D, but are not given individual Collection entries in Pokémon Rumble Blast, unlike most Pokémon with form differences, such as Deerling.

# Name Male Sprite Female Sprite
521 Unfezant 521.png 521 f.png
Male has a pink mask on his head while female have a curved feather on the back of her head. Male has a green underside and female has a brown underside.
592 Frillish 592.png 592 f.png
Male is blue and female is pink. Females have an eyelash on the bottom while males have one on the top. Males have lips that look like they are frowning while females have lips that look like they are smiling. Females have curved fringe. Females have more points on their crowns.
593 Jellicent 593.png 593 f.png
Male is blue and female is pink. Males have a facial covering resembling a moustache, while females have one resembling a fluffy collar. Males have diamonds on their inner tentacles and females have frills. Males lack a mouth, while females have one shaped like a heart. Females have two eyelashes and larger eyes while males have small eyes and one small upper eyelash. Males have more frills on their outer tentacles.


  • Garchomp is the only pseudo-legendary Pokémon to have gender differences.
  • Generation V introduced the fewest Pokémon with gender differences, despite having more Pokémon than any other generation.
  • A Pokémon of every type has gender differences.
  • Generation I has the most Pokémon with gender differences at 23.

See also

by National Pokédex no. EnglishJapaneseGermanFrenchKoreanChinese
by regional Pokédex no. KantoNewJohto • Hoenn (Gen IIIGen VI) • SinnohUnovaNew UnovaKalos • Alola (SMUSUM)
Unown Modein no regional Pokédexin every regional Pokédex
by regional Browser no. FioreAlmiaObliviain no regional Browserin every regional Browser
by index number Generation IGeneration IIGeneration IIIGeneration IVGeneration VGeneration VIGeneration VII
by other numbering systems DPBPPokéPark PadRansei GalleryShuffle listPicross listDuel LibraryGoogle Maps: Pokémon Challenge
by attributes AbilitycategoryhabitatcolorIQ groupgender differencesform differences
Egg Groupbody styleheightweightunique type combinations
by evolution evolution familyno evolution familybranchedcross-generationlevels
by in-game stats base stats (Gen IGen II-VGen VIfully evolvedunique base stat totalsPokémon GO)
performance statscatch rateEVs given in battle (Gen III-IVGen V-VI) • gender ratio
steps to hatchavailabilitywild held item (Gen II) • experience typebase friendship
miscellaneous alphabetically • field moves (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VI)
Shadow PokémonPal Park areaPokéwalkerdebut episodeglitch
released with a Hidden Ability (Gen VGen VIGen VII) • ST Energy Shotpetting