Unown (Pokémon)

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Unown
アンノーン Unknown
#201
130
Artwork from FR/LG
Type
Psychic '
Category
Symbol Pokémon
Ability
Levitate
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Johto
#061
Hoenn
#346
Sinnoh
#114
Regional Browser numbers
Height
1′08″
Imperial
0.5 m
Metric
Weight
11.0 lbs.
Imperial
5.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
Black
Catch rate
225 (29.4%)
Body style
Body01.png
Footprint
 F201.png 
Gender ratio
Genderless
Breeding
Undiscovered group 1 cycles*
(255 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 61 Battle Exp.: 611*

Unown (Japanese: アンノーン Unknown) is a Template:Type2 Pokémon. As of Generation IV, Unown has 28 derivative shapes. There are 26 English alphabet characters, plus two punctuation marks: ? (question mark) and ! (exclamation mark). That shape is determined by its personality value.

Biology

They tend to stick to walls or orbit other Unown when in a group.

Physiology

It is a floating, flat Pokémon with appendages that make it resemble letters. It is black all over and has a large, single eye.

Gender differences

This Pokémon is genderless.

Different forms

Unown has 28 different forms, one for each letter of the alphabet, as well as '!' and '?'. These are chronicled in the Unown Dex. The '!' and '?' forms were not introduced until Generation III.

Special abilities

Unown's only known move in battle is the enigmatic Hidden Power. In the anime, they are capable of reading the thoughts of other lifeforms (which isn't a unique ability in itself). However, great numbers of them are capable of warping reality to suit the dreams and wishes of whoever is in control.

Behavior

Unown can make telepathic contact with humans (and many other creatures also). Unown have a timidness that rarely makes them venture outside of their dimension.

Habitat

Unown live in their own dimension.

When they move to the Pokémon World, Unown seem to prefer to make their habitat in ancient ruins, appearing only in the Ruins of Alph in Johto, Tanoby Chambers in the Sevii Islands, Solaceon Ruins in Sinnoh and Unown Relic in the Mystery Dungeon world.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

In the anime

File:Unown anime.JPG
An Unown in the anime
File:Unown DP040.JPG
Cynthia next to a tablet that has Unown on it

The Unown play a large role in the third movie, creating the illusions which drive the plot.

Notes about Unown can be seen on Professor Oak's computer at the beginning of the movie. The information (as presented in the Japanese version) has been cleaned up and transcribed here:

  • Because of their very timid and careful character, Unown do not want to go out to the external world.
  • Unown have the power to perceive the feelings of other creatures (including human beings).
  • Unown communicate with each other over electromagnetic waves but cannot use telepathy.
  • Given all this, Unown are still classified as a species of Pokémon, as opposed to any other sort of creature.

Oddly enough, also on Professor Oak's computer appear several Unown of shapes not yet encountered.

An Unown fell out of the Unown dimension in Address Unown. After it was healed by the group, it helped defend against Team Rocket and its mind merged with that of Ash's Larvitar so that the group could help it to address its inner pain.

Unown appeared on a tablet that Cynthia was reading in Top-Down Training, and make yet another appearance in Journey to the Unknown!. Also, many Unown made an appearance in the The Rise of Darkrai, seen wandering the dimension which Dialga and Palkia originally dwell in.

In the manga

Pokémon Special

Unown first appeared in Template:PSV when Gold and Bugsy were in the Ruins of Alph. Gold had his Sunkern use Flash to blind Team Rocket, but accidentally disturbed the Unown from their slumber with the light from Flash. Bugsy later returns to study the Ruins further in Template:PSV, where he captures an Unown (G).

Unown later appear in Template:PSV, having been awakened by Sird from the Tanoby Ruins to use as a distraction while she fought Lorelei. The Unown later appear again throughout the volume, being employed by Team Rocket as living security cameras while impeding the progress of Red, Blue and Green.

It also appeared in DP saga when Diamond, Pearl and Berlitz were visiting Solaceon City. Diamond and Pearl befriended two Unowns (D and P) who behaved like them.

In the TCG

Main article: Unown (TCG)

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Melee

When one Unown is released from a Poké Ball it will fly off the screen. It then returns with a large swarm similar to what Beedrill did in the original Super Smash Bros. The only difference is that Beedrill only attack from left or right while Unown can come from any direction. Any opponent caught in this is is damaged and juggled.

There are also a number of Unown Pokéfloats. In the second half of the cycle, a number fly across the screen. Towards the end of the cycle, staying on the stage relies on hopping between the Unown.

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation I
Red {{{redbluedex}}}
Blue
Yellow {{{yellowdex}}}
Stadium {{{stadiumdex}}}
Generation II
Gold Their shapes look like hieroglyphs on ancient tablets. It is said that the two are somehow related.
Silver Its flat, thin body is always stuck on walls. Its shape appears to have some meaning.
Crystal Because different types of Unown exist, it is said that they must have a variety of abilities.
Stadium 2 Their shapes look like hieroglyphs on ancient tablets. It is said that the two are somehow related.
Generation III
Ruby This Pokémon is shaped like ancient writing. It is a mystery as to which came first, the ancient writings or the various Unown. Research into this topic is ongoing but nothing is known.
Sapphire This Pokémon is shaped like ancient writing. It is a mystery as to which came first, the ancient writings or the various Unown. Research into this topic is ongoing but nothing is known.
Emerald This Pokémon is shaped like ancient text characters. Although research is ongoing, it is a mystery as to which came first, the ancient writings or the various Unown.
FireRed Its flat, thin body is always stuck on walls. Its shape appears to have some meaning.
LeafGreen Their shapes look like hieroglyphs on ancient tablets. It is said that the two are somehow related.
Generation IV
Diamond Shaped like ancient writing, it is a huge mystery whether language or Unown came first.
Pearl They seem to communicate among each other telepathically. They are always found stuck on walls.
Platinum {{{platinumdex}}}
HeartGold {{{heartgolddex}}}
SoulSilver {{{soulsilverdex}}}
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation I
Red Blue
None Trade
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
None Trade
Generation II
Gold Silver
Common Ruins of Alph
Crystal
Common Ruins of Alph
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
Common Tanoby Chambers
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Always Solaceon Ruins
Platinum
None Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Trade
Pal Park
Forest
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade



In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Trozei! Phobosphere (G)
Endless Level 48 (N)
Endless Level 83 (Y)
Forever Level 48 (N)
Endless Level 83 (Y)
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Unown Relic

In Pokémon Trozei, rounds at Mr. Who's den that contain Unown will include multiple forms at the same time.

Each form of Unown is found on different floors in the Unown Relic:

Form Floors Form Floors Form Floors Form Floors
A 1, 7 H 2, 8, 10 O 1, 4, 10, 11 V 3, 6, 10
B 1, 7 I 3, 7, 9, 11 P 2, 4, 9, 10 W 6
C 1, 5, 6, 8, 11 J 3, 5, 9, 10 Q 5, 8, 10, 11 X 2, 6
D 1, 8 K 3, 7, 9, 11 R 1, 5, 9 Y 7
E 2, 6, 9, 11 L 3, 9 S 2, 5, 8, 9, 11 Z 1, 7
F 2 M 4, 8, 11 T 3, 5, 10  ! 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
G 2, 5, 8, 11 N 4, 10 U 1, 6, 8  ? 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
48
108 - 155 206 - 300
72
69 - 136 134 - 267
48
47 - 110 90 - 214
72
69 - 136 134 - 267
48
47 - 110 90 - 214
48
47 - 110 90 - 214
Total:
336
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None

Note: If Skill Swap or Gravity is used, the effectiveness of Ground becomes 1×.

Learnset

Template:Learnset intro

By leveling up

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| style=" background:#FFF" | 4 | style=" background:#FFF" | 2 | style=" background:#FFF" | Unown | style="display:none; background:#FFF" | {{{6}}} Template:Mlentry4 Template:Movelist/note

By TM/HM

None.

By breeding

None.

By tutoring

None.

Side game data

Template:Side game

Evolution

Template:EvoChart Box

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation I.
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 201.png Spr 2g 201.png Spr 2c 201.png Spr b 2g 201.png
Spr 2g 201 s.png Spr 2g 201 s.png Spr 2c 201 s.png Spr b 2g 201 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 201.png Spr 3e 201.png Spr 3r 201.png Spr b 3r 201.png
Spr 3r 201 s.png Spr 3e 201 s.png Spr 3r 201 s.png Spr b 3r 201 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 201.png Spr 4d 201.png Spr 4d 201.png Spr b 4d 201.png
Spr 4d 201 s.png Spr 4d 201 s.png Spr 4d 201 s.png Spr b 4d 201 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 201.png Spr 5b 201.png Spr b 5b 201.png
Spr 5b 201 s.png Spr 5b 201 s.png Spr b 5b 201 s.png
201I For other sprites and images, please see Unown images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Unown's forms

201.png201B.png201C.png201D.png201E.png201F.png201G.png201H.png201I.png201J.png201K.png201L.png201M.png201N.png
201O.png201P.png201Q.png201R.png201S.png201T.png201U.png201V.png201W.png201X.png201Y.png201Z.pngFile:201Exclamation.pngFile:201Question.png

Trivia

  • In Spell of the Unown, Professor Oak had some pictures of unreleased Unown on his computer. They resemble a few Greek alphabet letters, especially σ (lowercase sigma), Σ (capital sigma), π (pi) and Ω (omega). The top-middle Unown may be also a variation of an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, the Eye of Horus. This may lead to the conclusion that there are more forms of Unown, being the prototypes of other known (or unknown) alphabets.
  • In Generation II, the Unown appear to be able to generate a radio signal.
  • In Diamond and Pearl, the Ruin Maniac in the Maniac Tunnel proposes a little contest with the player: he will dig straight through the mountain as the player captures the 26 letter-shaped Unown. If all 26 Unown are caught in Solaceon Ruins, the Maniac Tunnel leads to a chamber with Unown ! and ? to be found. Additionally, the chances of finding a Hippopotas in the tunnel are increased.
    File:Unown Book.JPG
    Molly's book with Unown on it.
  • In the third movie, Molly Hale owned a book that had Unown on the cover of it.
  • This makes it the first non-legendary Pokémon to be in a central role in a Pokémon movie.

Origin

Their appearances are corruptions of the modern Latin alphabet. The shapes of the Unown are used like runes in the Pokémon world, although in Generation III their place has been taken by Braille.

Name origin

Unown's name is a misspelling of the word unknown. Its German name, Icognito, comes from Ikone and Inkognito, one who has their identity concealed. Its French name, Zarbi, comes from the word bizarre in verlan, a youth language.

In other languages

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