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, it is used as an anti-cheat measure for Mew and Deoxys, penalizing players who obtained them through unofficial means. In Generation IV and V, starting with Pokémon Platinum, the presence of this flag has been used to trigger special events if the player has a certain Pokémon that was met in a "fateful encounter".

Pokémon obtained via event distributions often have the fateful encounter flag set. Events distributed prior to Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen did not use this flag, as it was not used in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.


In Generation III, the fateful encounter flag is entirely invisible to the player, entirely separate to the "Fateful Encounter" met location. When migrated via Pal Park, it is the fateful encounter flag that is carried over, not the met location. While Pokémon can have both the flag and the met location, many Pokémon have the met location "Fateful Encounter" but not the flag, or have the flag but a different met location.

From Generation IV onward, "fateful encounter" is written alongside the met location to describe the encounter method.


Normally, only Pokémon obtained from event distributions can have the fateful encounter flag. However, there are some cases where it is possible to obtain Pokémon met in a fateful encounter in-game.


In Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald, Mew and Deoxys that do not have the fateful encounter flag always disobey the player regardless of the player's Badges and cannot be traded away.

In Generation IV and V, fateful encounter Pokémon can trigger certain in-game events.

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, any Shiny Pokémon met in a fateful encounter will appear with square sparkles, regardless of its personality value.

Events triggered by specific 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 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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