List of Pokémon with gender differences

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Pyroar's gender difference in the anime, with the male and female respectively

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 (which are considered distinct species), 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 form differences, including gender differences. In subsequent games, they are displayed from the start.

Later generations would introduce far fewer Pokémon with gender differences, but those that were introduced varied much more drastically in appearance. Some Pokémon even have different Abilities, base stats, and/or moves they can learn depending on their gender. However, most Pokémon look identical despite their gender.

List of Pokémon

Generation I

# Name Male Female

0003 Venusaur HOME0003.png HOME0003 f.png
Female's flower has a visible gynoecium

0012 Butterfree HOME0012.png HOME0012 f.png
Female has black (purple in Generation V) spots on her lower wings

0019 Rattata HOME0019.png HOME0019 f.png
Female has smaller whiskers

0020 Raticate HOME0020.png HOME0020 f.png
Female has smaller whiskers

0025 Pikachu HOME0025.png HOME0025 f.png
Female's tail ends in the upper half of a heart

0026 Raichu HOME0026.png HOME0026 f.png
Female's tail lacks a point and is smaller
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Males are purple with more spines and pointed ears, plus a larger horn. Females are light blue with whiskers and squared ears. The two are separate evolutionary lines, but can produce Eggs of one another by breeding.

0041 Zubat HOME0041.png HOME0041 f.png
Female has smaller fangs

0042 Golbat HOME0042.png HOME0042 f.png
Female has smaller fangs

0044 Gloom HOME0044.png HOME0044 f.png
Female has one large spot per petal

0045 Vileplume HOME0045.png HOME0045 f.png
Female's petals have larger spots

0064 Kadabra HOME0064.png HOME0064 f.png
Female has a smaller mustache

0065 Alakazam HOME0065.png HOME0065 f.png
Female has a smaller mustache

0084 Doduo HOME0084.png HOME0084 f.png
Male has black necks and female has beige necks

0085 Dodrio HOME0085.png HOME0085 f.png
Male has black necks and female has beige necks

0097 Hypno HOME0097.png HOME0097 f.png
Female has longer collar fur

0111 Rhyhorn HOME0111.png HOME0111 f.png
Female's horn is shorter

0112 Rhydon HOME0112.png HOME0112 f.png
Female's horn is shorter

0118 Goldeen HOME0118.png HOME0118 f.png
Female's horn is smaller

0119 Seaking HOME0119.png HOME0119 f.png
Female's horn is smaller

0123 Scyther HOME0123.png HOME0123 f.png
Female's abdomen is larger

0129 Magikarp HOME0129.png HOME0129 f.png
Male has yellow whiskers and female has white whiskers

0130 Gyarados HOME0130.png HOME0130 f.png
Male has blue whiskers and female has white whiskers

0133 Eevee HOME0133.png HOME0133 f.png
Unlike other Eevee, in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the partner Eevee has a gender difference. Male partner Eevee look the same as all other Eevee, but female partner Eevee have a flower-shaped tail pattern. Starting in Generation VIII, this gender difference was applied to all Eevee.

Generation II

# Name Male Female

0154 Meganium HOME0154.png HOME0154 f.png
Male has longer antennae

0165 Ledyba HOME0165.png HOME0165 f.png
Female has smaller antennae

0166 Ledian HOME0166.png HOME0166 f.png
Female has smaller antennae

0178 Xatu HOME0178.png HOME0178 f.png
Male has three body stripes

0185 Sudowoodo HOME0185.png HOME0185 f.png
Female's head "branch" is smaller

0186 Politoed HOME0186.png HOME0186 f.png
Female has smaller cheeks

0190 Aipom HOME0190.png HOME0190 f.png
Male has shorter head fur

0194 Wooper HOME0194.png HOME0194 f.png
Female has one set of gill branches

0195 Quagsire HOME0195 b.png HOME0195 f b.png
Female has a smaller dorsal ridge

0198 Murkrow HOME0198.png HOME0198 f.png
Female's hat-like plumage is smaller

0202 Wobbuffet HOME0202.png HOME0202 f.png
Female's mouth has lipstick-like markings

0203 Girafarig HOME0203.png HOME0203 f.png
Female's body has a larger yellow section

0207 Gligar HOME0207.png HOME0207 f.png
Female has a smaller stinger

0208 Steelix HOME0208.png HOME0208 f.png
Female lacks an outer tooth on each side

0212 Scizor HOME0212.png HOME0212 f.png
Female's abdomen is larger

0214 Heracross HOME0214.png HOME0214 f.png
Female's horn is heart-shaped

0215 Sneasel HOME0215.png HOME0215 f.png
Female's left ear is shorter

0215 Hisuian Sneasel HOME0215H.png HOME0215H f.png
Female's left ear is shorter

0217 Ursaring HOME0217.png HOME0217 f.png
Female has longer shoulder fur

0221 Piloswine HOME0221.png HOME0221 f.png
Female has smaller tusks

0224 Octillery HOME0224.png HOME0224 f.png
Female has smaller suction cups

0229 Houndoom HOME0229.png HOME0229 f.png
Female has smaller horns

0232 Donphan HOME0232.png HOME0232 f.png
Female has shorter tusks

Generation III

# Name Male Female

0255 Torchic HOME0255 b.png HOME0255 f b.png
Male has a black speck on his rear

0256 Combusken HOME0256.png HOME0256 f.png
Female has smaller head feathers

0257 Blaziken HOME0257.png HOME0257 f.png
Female's head crest is smaller

0267 Beautifly HOME0267.png HOME0267 f.png
Male has longer red markings on his upper wings

0269 Dustox HOME0269.png HOME0269 f.png
Female has smaller antennae

0272 Ludicolo HOME0272.png HOME0272 f.png
Male has thicker stripes

0274 Nuzleaf HOME0274.png HOME0274 f.png
Female has a smaller leaf

0275 Shiftry HOME0275.png HOME0275 f.png
Female has smaller leaves

0307 Meditite HOME0307.png HOME0307 f.png
Male's ears are higher

0308 Medicham HOME0308.png HOME0308 f.png
Male has a larger bulb on his head

0315 Roselia HOME0315.png HOME0315 f.png
Female's body leaf is longer

0316 Gulpin HOME0316.png HOME0316 f.png
Female's feather is shorter

0317 Swalot HOME0317.png HOME0317 f.png
Female has shorter whiskers

0322 Numel HOME0322.png HOME0322 f.png
Female has larger hump

0323 Camerupt HOME0323.png HOME0323 f.png
Female has larger humps

0332 Cacturne HOME0332.png HOME0332 f.png
Female has a large diamond on her chest where male has two small ones

0350 Milotic HOME0350.png HOME0350 f.png
Male's hair-like fins are shorter

0369 Relicanth HOME0369.png HOME0369 f.png
Female has a shorter jaw guard

Generation IV

# Name Male Female

0396 Starly HOME0396.png HOME0396 f.png
Female's forehead marking is smaller

0397 Staravia HOME0397.png HOME0397 f.png
Female's forehead spot is smaller

0398 Staraptor HOME0398.png HOME0398 f.png
Female's forehead spot is smaller

0399 Bidoof HOME0399 b.png HOME0399 f b.png
Male's tail has two additional curls

0400 Bibarel HOME0400.png HOME0400 f.png
Male's mask has two additional curls

0401 Kricketot HOME0401.png HOME0401 f.png
Female has a larger collar

0402 Kricketune HOME0402.png HOME0402 f.png
Female has a smaller mustache

0403 Shinx HOME0403.png HOME0403 f.png
Female has blue hind feet and a shorter mane

0404 Luxio HOME0404.png HOME0404 f.png
Female has exposed rear ankles and a shorter mane

0405 Luxray HOME0405.png HOME0405 f.png
Female's mane is smaller

0407 Roserade HOME0407.png HOME0407 f.png
Female has longer cape

0415 Combee HOME0415.png HOME0415 f.png
Male's lower face has no red mark
Only Female Combee can evolve into Vespiquen

0417 Pachirisu HOME0417.png HOME0417 f.png
Female's head stripe is shorter

0418 Buizel HOME0418 b.png HOME0418 f b.png
Female has one less light-colored spot on her back

0419 Floatzel HOME0419 b.png HOME0419 f b.png
Female has one less light-colored bump on her back

0424 Ambipom HOME0424.png HOME0424 f.png
Male has shorter head fur

0443 Gible HOME0443.png HOME0443 f.png
Male has a notched dorsal fin

0444 Gabite HOME0444.png HOME0444 f.png
Male has a notched dorsal fin

0445 Garchomp HOME0445.png HOME0445 f.png
Male has a notched dorsal fin

0449 Hippopotas HOME0449.png HOME0449 f.png
Female's color pattern is inverted

0450 Hippowdon HOME0450.png HOME0450 f.png
Male's body is light brown and female's is bluish-gray

0453 Croagunk HOME0453.png HOME0453 f.png
Female has higher "bandages"

0454 Toxicroak HOME0454.png HOME0454 f.png
Female's vocal sac is smaller

0456 Finneon HOME0456.png HOME0456 f.png
Female has larger bottom tail fins

0457 Lumineon HOME0457.png HOME0457 f.png
Female has longer fins

0459 Snover HOME0459.png HOME0459 f.png
Female's midsection is white

0460 Abomasnow HOME0460.png HOME0460 f.png
Female has longer chest fur

0461 Weavile HOME0461.png HOME0461 f.png
Female's ears are shorter

0464 Rhyperior HOME0464.png HOME0464 f.png
Female has smaller upper horn

0465 Tangrowth HOME0465.png HOME0465 f.png
Female's finger markings are longer

0473 Mamoswine HOME0473.png HOME0473 f.png
Female has smaller tusks

Generation V

# Name Male Female

0521 Unfezant HOME0521.png HOME0521 f.png
Male has a reddish-pink wattle with long extensions while the female has a curved feather on the back of her head. Male has a green underside and female has a brown underside.

0592 Frillish HOME0592.png HOME0592 f.png
Male is blue, frowns, and has a ruffled collar, smooth, diamond-patterned tentacles, and one upper eyelash per eye. Female is pink, smiles, and has a bulbous collar, frilled tentacles, and one lower eyelash per eye. Males have a star-shaped head pattern and a stiff crown while females have a flower-shaped pattern and a limp crown.

0593 Jellicent HOME0593.png HOME0593 f.png
Body color, eyes, head pattern, and tentacle differences are much the same as with Frillish, but the female's eyes are now larger and have two eyelashes each. Males have a facial covering resembling a large mustache while females have one resembling a fluffy collar. Female has a heart-shaped mouth and the male's is hidden inside the "mustache." Males have a more overall "kingly" appearance, while females have a more overall "queenly" appearance.

Generation VI

# Name Male Female

0668 Pyroar HOME0668.png HOME0668 f.png
Male has a large mane shaped like the kanji character 大 ō (big or great) or 火 hi (fire), a stockier body, and half-brown front legs. Female has long, flowing hair similar to a ponytail and mostly-brown legs.

0678 Meowstic HOME0678.png HOME0678 f.png
Males are mostly blue with white highlights, the inverse of females. Male's eyes are green with light blue sclerae, while female's are red and yellow.
Unlike most Pokémon, the moves Meowstic can learn vary by gender, with males learning more status moves and females learning more attack moves.
Male Meowstic have the Hidden Ability Prankster, while female Meowstic have the Hidden Ability Competitive.

Generation VIII

# Name Male Female

0876 Indeedee HOME0876.png HOME0876 f.png
Males have lowered eyes, a triangular mouth pointing upwards like a frown, and more black on their torso, made to resemble a suit. Females have wider eyes, a triangular mouth pointing downwards like a smile, and more white on their torso, made to resemble an apron.

Male Indeedee have higher Attack, Special Attack, and Speed, while female Indeedee have higher Defense, Special Defense, and HP. The two genders also have different moves and Abilities.

0902 Basculegion HOME0902.png HOME0902 f.png
Males have red accents, fierce-looking eyes, longer barbels, and two additional growths on their chin resembling a stubble. Females have pale-blue accents, sad-looking eyes, shorter barbels, and additional accents around their lips and eyes.

Male Basculegion have higher Attack, while female Basculegion have higher Special Attack.

Generation IX

# Name Male Female

0916 Oinkologne HOME0916.png HOME0916 f.png
Females have more brown bodies while males have a darker gray complexion. Male Oinkologne have a larger left ear which often covers their left eye, and have a more magenta shade of pink for their hooves and snout. Male Oinkologne are also slightly plumper than the females, and have a differently shaped tail bobble.

Male Oinkologne may have the Ability Lingering Aroma, while female Oinkologne may have the Ability Aroma Veil. They also have slightly different stats and level-up learnsets.


  • Nidoran is the only Pokémon introduced with gender differences before the introduction of gender as a mechanic in Generation II. This makes Nidoran unique in several ways:
    • It is listed as two separate species in the Pokédex, one for each gender.
      • The two species share identical names besides non-alphanumeric characters, being the only two species with this distinction.
      • Prior to Generation VIII, it was the only Pokémon with unique Pokédex entries for each gender.
      • Prior to Generation IV, it was the only Pokémon that could produce an egg outside its own evolutionary line when bred as the female/alongside Ditto, as Nidoran♀ can produce Nidoran♂ eggs and vice-versa. As of Generation IX, Manaphy, as well as Regional forms in certain conditions, now share this distinction.
    • It has its gender listed as part of its species name.
      • Because of this, it is the only gender-known Pokémon that does not have its gender listed in the usual place during battle, unless nicknamed.
    • In games without a gender mechanic such as the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, it often remains as the only Pokémon with gender differences.
  • Some Pokémon with gender differences have unique distinctions:
  • Fairy is the only type that lacks a Pokémon with gender differences.
  • Generation IV introduced the most Pokémon with gender differences, with a total of 31.
    • It was also the first generation to introduce gender-based evolution, and the first to introduce new gender differences to Pokémon established in previous generations.
  • Conversely, Generation IX introduced the fewest Pokémon with gender differences of generations that introduce Pokémon with gender differences, introducing only one.
The Krookodile from HZ037
  • Generation VII is the only generation that did not introduce any Pokémon that have gender differences. However, it did introduce a Pokémon that can only evolve if it is a specific gender (only female Salandit can evolve into Salazzle) and a new gender difference for Eevee that was exclusive to the player's partner Eevee.
  • No Mega Evolutions or Gigantamax forms have gender differences, even if other forms of the same species do.
  • Despite having very prominent gender differences, Hippopotas and Hippowdon only have artwork and a menu sprite for the male of the species.
  • Despite Spinda not having any gender differences, the Rotom Pokédex displays separate models for male and female Spinda, using whichever spot pattern the player caught first for each gender.
  • Some Pokémon with gender differences evolve into Pokémon that don't have gender differences. Examples include Gloom evolving into Bellossom, Gligar evolving into Gliscor, Murkrow evolving into Honchkrow, and Girafarig evolving into Farigiraf.
  • In HZ037, a litter of Sandile and Krokorok was shown, in the middle of the group there was a Krookodile who played the role of "mother" in the group. Unlike others of its species, this Krookodile had pink eyelashes, possibly indicating that it was a female.

See also

Pokémon forms and variants
Permanent: Shiny Pokémon (GO) • Alternately colored Pokémon (anime)
Gender differences‎Form differences (GO)
Brilliant PokémonAlpha Pokémon
Transformations: Mega EvolutionPrimal ReversionBond PhenomenonUltra Burst
Dynamax (Gigantamax) • EternamaxTerastal phenomenon
Groups: Totem PokémonNoble PokémonTitan Pokémon
Regional forms: AlolanGalarianHisuianPaldean
Analogous: Paradox PokémonEcologically similar Pokémon
Pikachu variants: Surfing PikachuFlying PikachuCosplay PikachuPikachu in a cap
Miscellaneous: Pokémon fusionsGiant PokémonSpiky-eared Pichu
Spin-off original: Shadow Pokémon (GO) • Shadow Lugia
Primal DialgaToy Pokémon (Rusty Pokémon) • Shadow Mewtwo
PokéxelIllumina phenomenon
Anime original: Pink ButterfreeClone PokémonCrystal Onix
Mirage PokémonMeta GroudonGreen-crystal Deoxys
Manga original: Thu-Fi-ZerBlack FogBlack Tyranitar

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