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(The format for 2017 Pokémon Video Game Championships has revealed that one of the rules bans Legendary Pokémon, is it okay to add the Generation VII Legendaries in? Plus, Cosmog, Cosmoem and Necrozma aren't game mascots.)
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'''Special Pokémon''' (Japanese: '''{{tt|特別|とくべつ}}なポケモン''' ''Special Pokémon'') is a term referring to a group of [[Legendary Pokémon]] in the [[core series]] games and side games that are restricted or banned from certain official tournaments, battle facilities, and link battle formats. With the exception of {{p|Mewtwo}} and {{p|Zygarde}}, they are all [[game mascot]]s (but not all game mascots are Special Pokémon). While the concept exists in all generations, the term was not used until [[Generation IV]].
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'''Special Pokémon''' (Japanese: '''{{tt|特別|とくべつ}}なポケモン''' ''Special Pokémon'') is a term referring to a group of [[Legendary Pokémon]] in the [[core series]] games and side games that are restricted or banned from certain official tournaments, battle facilities, and link battle formats. Most of the Special Pokémon are [[game mascot]]s (but not all game mascots are Special Pokémon). While the concept exists in all generations, the term was not used until [[Generation IV]].
   
 
Whenever special Pokémon are restricted or banned, Mythical Pokémon are banned. While often only special Pokémon are mentioned to be banned when both special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon are, the description of the [[GS Cup]] indicates that Mythical Pokémon are not special Pokémon.
 
Whenever special Pokémon are restricted or banned, Mythical Pokémon are banned. While often only special Pokémon are mentioned to be banned when both special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon are, the description of the [[GS Cup]] indicates that Mythical Pokémon are not special Pokémon.
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Revision as of 00:09, 4 December 2016

Special Pokémon (Japanese: 特別なポケモン Special Pokémon) is a term referring to a group of Legendary Pokémon in the core series games and side games that are restricted or banned from certain official tournaments, battle facilities, and link battle formats. Most of the Special Pokémon are game mascots (but not all game mascots are Special Pokémon). While the concept exists in all generations, the term was not used until Generation IV.

Whenever special Pokémon are restricted or banned, Mythical Pokémon are banned. While often only special Pokémon are mentioned to be banned when both special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon are, the description of the GS Cup indicates that Mythical Pokémon are not special Pokémon.

List

# Pokémon Type
150 150 Mewtwo Psychic
249 249 Lugia Psychic Flying
250 250 Ho-Oh Fire Flying
382 382 Kyogre Water
383 383 Groudon Ground
384 384 Rayquaza Dragon Flying
483 483 Dialga Steel Dragon
484 484 Palkia Water Dragon
487 487 Giratina
Altered Forme
Ghost Dragon
643 643 Reshiram Dragon Fire
644 644 Zekrom Dragon Electric
646 646 Kyurem
Normal Kyurem
Dragon Ice
716 716 Xerneas Fairy
717 717 Yveltal Dark Flying
718 718 Zygarde Dragon Ground
789 789 Cosmog Psychic
790 790 Cosmoem Psychic
791 791 Solgaleo Psychic Steel
792 792 Lunala Psychic Ghost
800 800 Necrozma Psychic


Usage restrictions

Official tournaments

In Generation I, many official tournaments banned Mewtwo and Mew, the only existing Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon, respectively. As subsequent generations expanded both groups, the additional members were also banned from most official tournaments. However, some tournaments, such as the Mobile Cup 2001 and Pokémon Emerald Ultimate Frontier Brain Battle, only banned Mythical Pokémon and allowed Special Pokémon. Several online competitions specifically allow special Pokémon, or special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon.

At the Pokémon Video Game Showdown 2008, Dragonite, Tyranitar, and all Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon were banned. In the 2009 Pokémon Video Game Championships, Tyranitar and all Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon were banned.

In the 2010 Pokémon Video Game Championships, a player could have up to 2 Special Pokémon on their team, but all Mythical Pokémon were banned.

In the Pokémon Video Game Championships from 2011 to 2015, all Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon were banned.

In the 2016 Pokémon Video Game Championships, a player can have up to 2 Special Pokémon on their team, but all Mythical Pokémon are banned.

Battle facilities

In Generation II, Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon can only enter the Battle Tower if the level chosen is 70 or higher (Eggs are not allowed to enter).

From Generation III onward, Eggs, Spiky-eared Pichu, Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon are banned from all battle facilities (except Trainer Tower and Trainer Hill). Additionally, in Generation IV, Rotom will revert to its normal form when entered in a battle facility.

Battle modes

Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon are banned from all cups in Pokémon Yellow's Colosseum 2, and all Stadium Cups except Prime Cup in Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Stadium 2.

In the Generation IV games' special rulesets in link battles, Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon are banned from the Fancy Cup and Light Cup (and the Little Cup implicitly). In the GS Cup, a player can only have up to 2 Special Pokémon on their team, but all Mythical Pokémon are banned.

In Generation VI, Special Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon cannot participate in Rating Battles in Battle Spot Random Matchup.

Global Trade System

In Generation VI on the Global Trade System, the player can choose to filter out people seeking special Pokémon. Doing so also filters out players seeking Mythical Pokémon.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Pokémon spécial
Germany Flag.png German Besondere Pokémon
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon speciale
South Korea Flag.png Korean 특별한 포켓몬 Teukbyeolhan Pokémon
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pokémon especial



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