List of Pokémon with gender differences

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Two Meowstic present different appearances depending on their gender, as seen in the anime
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. One Pokémon, Meowstic, even has a different Hidden Ability and learns different moves through leveling up depending on its gender. However, most Pokémon look identical despite their gender.

List of Pokémon

Generation I

# 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 black (purple in Generation V) spots on her lower wings
019 Rattata 019.png 019 f.png
Female has shorter whiskers
020 Raticate 020.png 020 f.png
Female has shorter whiskers
025 Pikachu 025.png 025 f.png
Female's tail ends in the upper half of a heart
026 Raichu 026.png 026 f.png
Female's tail lacks a point
Nidoran 032.png 029.png

Female is light blue and male is purple
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 one large spot per bud
045 Vileplume 045.png 045 f.png
Female's petals have larger spots
064 Kadabra 064.png 064 f.png
Female has smaller whiskers
065 Alakazam 065.png 065 f.png
Female has smaller whiskers
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 more collar fur
111 Rhyhorn 111.png 111 f.png
Male's horn is larger
112 Rhydon 112.png 112 f.png
Male's horn is larger
118 Goldeen 118.png 118 f.png
Male's horn is larger
119 Seaking 119.png 119 f.png
Male's horn is larger
123 Scyther Spr b 5b 123 m.png Spr b 5b 123 f.png
Female's abdomen is larger
129 Magikarp 129.png 129 f.png
Male has yellow whiskers and female has white whiskers
130 Gyarados 130.png 130 f.png
Male has blue whiskers and female has white whiskers
133 Eevee 133Eevee LG.png 133Eevee-Female LG.png
Unlike other Eevee, in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the partner Eevee has gender differences. Male partner Eevee look the same as all other Eevee, but female partner Eevee have a unique heart-shaped tail pattern.

In Generation VIII, this gender difference was applied to all female Eevee.

Generation II

# Name Male sprite Female sprite
154 Meganium 154.png 154 f.png
Female has smaller 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
Male has three body stripes
185 Sudowoodo 185.png 185 f.png
Female's head "branch" is smaller
186 Politoed 186.png 186 f.png
Female has smaller cheeks
190 Aipom 190.png 190 f.png
Male has shorter head fur
194 Wooper 194.png 194 f.png
Female has one set of gill branches
195 Quagsire 195.png 195 f.png
Female has smaller dorsal fins
198 Murkrow 198.png 198 f.png
Male's "hat" is larger
202 Wobbuffet 202.png 202 f.png
Female's mouth has lipstick-like marking
203 Girafarig 203.png 203 f.png
Female's body is more yellow
207 Gligar 207.png 207 f.png
Female has smaller stinger
208 Steelix 208.png 208 f.png
Female lacks an outer tooth on each side
212 Scizor 212.png 212 f.png
Female's abdomen is larger
214 Heracross 214.png 214 f.png
Female's horn is heart-shaped
215 Sneasel 215.png 215 f.png
Female's feather is shorter
217 Ursaring 217.png 217 f.png
Female has longer shoulder fur
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

# 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 head feathers
257 Blaziken 257.png 257 f.png
Female's head crest is smaller
267 Beautifly 267.png 267 f.png
Male's red spots are larger
269 Dustox 269.png 269 f.png
Female has smaller antennae
272 Ludicolo 272.png 272 f.png
Male has thicker stripes
274 Nuzleaf 274.png 274 f.png
Female has smaller leaf
275 Shiftry 275.png 275 f.png
Female has smaller 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 a larger bulb on his head
315 Roselia 315.png 315 f.png
Female's body leaf is longer
316 Gulpin 316.png 316 f.png
Female's feather is shorter
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 spike on her chest where male has two normal ones
350 Milotic 350.png 350 f.png
Male's hair-like fins are shorter
369 Relicanth 369.png 369 f.png
Female has smaller jaw guard

Generation IV

# Name Male sprite Female sprite
396 Starly 396.png 396 f.png
Female's head is less white
397 Staravia 397.png 397 f.png
Female's forehead spot is smaller
398 Staraptor 398.png 398 f.png
Female's forehead spot is smaller
399 Bidoof 399.png 399 f.png
Male has more tail curls
400 Bibarel 400.png 400 f.png
Male's face have two additional curls on beige mask
401 Kricketot 401.png 401 f.png
Female has larger collar
402 Kricketune 402.png 402 f.png
Female has smaller mustache
403 Shinx 403.png 403 f.png
Female has blue hind feet and a shorter mane
404 Luxio 404.png 404 f.png
Female has exposed ankles and a shorter mane
405 Luxray 405.png 405 f.png
Female's mane is smaller
407 Roserade 407.png 407 f.png
Female has longer cape
415 Combee 415.png 415 f.png
Male's lower face has no red mark
417 Pachirisu 417.png 417 f.png
Female's head stripe is shorter
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's color patterns are inverted
450 Hippowdon 450.png 450 f.png
Male's body is light 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's throat sac is smaller
456 Finneon 456.png 456 f.png
Female has larger tail fins
457 Lumineon 457.png 457 f.png
Female has larger fins
459 Snover 459.png 459 f.png
Female's midsection is white
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
Female's fingers are more magenta than blue
473 Mamoswine 473.png 473 f.png
Female has smaller tusks

Generation V

# Name Male artwork Female artwork
521 Unfezant 521Unfezant-Male.png 521Unfezant-Female.png
Male has a pink mask 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.
592 Frillish 592Frillish-Male.png 592Frillish-Female.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.
593 Jellicent 593Jellicent-Male.png 593Jellicent-Female.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 moustache while females have one resembling a fluffy collar. Female has a heart-shaped mouth and the male's is hidden inside the "moustache."

Generation VI

# Name Male artwork Female artwork
668 Pyroar 668Pyroar-Male.png 668Pyroar-Female.png
Male has a large mane shaped like the kanji character 大 ō (big or great), a stockier body, and half-brown front legs. Female has long, flowing hair similar to a ponytail and mostly-brown legs. Male's tail has a split in it.
678 Meowstic 678Meowstic-Male.png 678Meowstic-Female.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 artwork Female artwork
876 Indeedee 876Indeedee-Male.png 876Indeedee-Female.png
Males have lowered eyes, a triangular mouth pounting upwards like a frown, and more black on its torso, made to resemble a suit. Females have wider eyes, a triangular mouth pounting downwards like a smile, and more white on its torso, made to resemble an apron.

Male Indeedee have more Attack, Special Attack, and Speed, while female Indeedee have more Defense, Special Defense, and HP. While both genders of Indeedee are more suited towards support roles with access to many status moves, Male Indeedee have exclusive access to moves such as the Egg Move Fake Out that hinder the opponent, while female Indeedee have more options suited towards aiding allies in Double Battles, such as Follow Me.


  • Garchomp is the only pseudo-legendary Pokémon with gender differences.
  • Fairy is the only type that lacks a Pokémon with gender differences.
  • Generation IV introduced the most Pokémon with gender differences, with 31.
  • Generation VI introduced the fewest Pokémon with gender differences of generations that introduce Pokémon with gender differences, with two.
  • 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 is exclusive to the player's partner Eevee.
  • No Mega Evolutions or regional forms have gender differences, even if other forms of the same species do.
  • Despite having obvious gender differences, Hippopotas and Hippowdon only have artwork and a menu sprite for the male version.

See also

by National Pokédex no. EnglishJapaneseGermanFrenchKoreanChinese
by regional Pokédex no. KantoNewJohto • Hoenn (Gen IIIGen VI) • SinnohUnovaNew UnovaKalos • Alola (SMUSUM) • Galar
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 IV
Generation VGeneration VIGeneration VIIGeneration VIII
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 family (GO) • no evolution familybranchedcross-generationlevels
by in-game stats base stats (Gen IGen II-VGen VIGen VIIfully evolvedunique base stat totalsGO)
performance statscatch rateEVs given in battle (Gen IIIGen IVGen V-VIGen VII) • gender ratio
steps to hatchavailabilitywild held item (Gen II) • experience typebase friendshipcall rate
miscellaneous alphabetically • field moves (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VI)
Shadow PokémonPal Park areaPokéwalkerdebut episodeglitch
released with a Hidden Ability (Gen VGen VIGen VIIGen VIII) • ST Energy Shotpetting