Keldeo (Pokémon)

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0646MS.png #0646: Kyurem
Pokémon
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This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Keldeo (disambiguation).
Keldeo
Colt Pokémon
ケルディオ
Keldeo
#0647
Ordinary Form
Ordinary Form
Resolute Form
Resolute Form



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Water Fighting
Unknown Unknown
Resolute Form
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Ability
Justified Cacophony
Resolute Form
Cacophony
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Resolute Form
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Gender unknown
Catch rate
3 (1.6%)
Breeding
Egg Group
No Eggs Discovered
Hatch time
80 cycles
Egg not obtainable
Height
4'07" 1.4 m
Ordinary Form
0'0" 0 m
Resolute Form
0'0" 0 m
{{{form3}}}
0'0" 0 m
{{{form4}}}
Weight
106.9 lbs. 48.5 kg
Ordinary Form
0 lbs. 0 kg
Resolute Form
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form3}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form4}}}
Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
261
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
Ordinary Form
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
3
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Resolute Form
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body08.png
Footprint
F0647.png F000.png
Resolute Form
Pokédex color
Yellow
Base friendship
35
External Links

Keldeo (Japanese: ケルディオ Keldeo) is a dual-type Water/Fighting Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation V.

While it is not known to evolve into or from any Pokémon, Keldeo has a second form. When it knows the move Secret Sword, it changes from its original form, Ordinary Form, to its Resolute Form.

(Specifics may differ in past games. Refer to Game data→Form data for these details.)

Keldeo was leaked on a photo of a page from CoroCoro magazine on February 13, 2012, and it was officially revealed on February 15, 2012. Its Resolute Form was officially revealed on June 13, 2012 and debuted in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.

Along with Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, Keldeo is a member of the Swords of Justice. In the anime, they are also associated with Kyurem.

Biology

Keldeo is a quadrupedal, colt-like Pokémon with a cream-colored body. It has a short, rounded snout with large nostrils and blue eyes. It has a large, feathery red mane, long, dark blue, ridged eyebrow-like protrusions, and a single cream-colored horn that curves slightly. The back of its head, as well as its neck, is covered with fluffy, light blue fur. Keldeo has blue hooves placed backwards, which are capable of ejecting water. Its tail is light blue with white spots and resembles an elaborate feather in a cap.

Long ago, a fire started in the Moor of Icirrus because of a war among people. In this fire, Keldeo was separated from its parents, but together, Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion took care of Keldeo. They acted as its parents, and they taught it knowledge and moves for survival. Keldeo eventually grew and even surpassed the three Pokémon. One day, Keldeo took off from the forest with no one knowing why. When the four met again, they taught Keldeo the move Secret Sword. Keldeo was trained by the other members of the Swords of Justice.

Keldeo tends to cross the world and often appears at beautiful watersides. Keldeo also travels in order to further improve itself through training. It can walk across the water by ejecting water from its hooves.

In Generation V, Sacred Sword was one of its signature moves. Keldeo is the only known Pokémon capable of learning the move Secret Sword.

Forms

Keldeo has two forms: Ordinary Form and Resolute Form.

Upon learning the move Secret Sword, Keldeo transforms from its Ordinary Form into its Resolute Form. The dark blue protrusions on its head become shorter and lighter in color, now resembling ears. Its horn becomes dark blue and grows larger and ridged. On the side of its head are three feathers colored aqua blue, green, and orange.

Keldeo is at its full power when in Resolute Form. It is thought that when Keldeo becomes resolute, its body fills with power and it becomes swifter. Keldeo's jumping capabilities become fast to the point where it is hard to follow. The horn on its forehead is filled with hidden power. The horn can change into a sword that can cut through anything. It is said Keldeo must endure harsh battles in order for the forehead horn to develop, which then awakens its true power.

Ordinary Form Resolute Form
0647Keldeo.png 0647Keldeo-Resolute.png

Game data

NPC appearance

  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity: Keldeo is an important character in the storyline where he was a friend of Virizion, and a Magnagate savant. He was imprisoned in Glacier Palace, and there he wrote a letter to Virizion telling her that they weren't friends anymore. This letter caused Virizion to stop believing in friends. After being rescued by Umbreon and Espeon, he apologizes to Virizion for writing the letter. He joins the player's team after the player Pokémon returns to the human world.

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V Unova
 B  W : #153
Unova
 B2  W2 : #298
Black By blasting water from its hooves, it can glide across water. It excels at using leg moves while battling.
White It crosses the world, running over the surfaces of oceans and rivers. It appears at scenic waterfronts.
Black 2 When it is resolute, its body fills with power and it becomes swifter. Its jumps are then too fast to follow.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#—
X It crosses the world, running over the surfaces of oceans and rivers. It appears at scenic waterfronts.
Y When it is resolute, its body fills with power and it becomes swifter. Its jumps are then too fast to follow.
Omega Ruby It crosses the world, running over the surfaces of oceans and rivers. It appears at scenic waterfronts.
Alpha Sapphire When it is resolute, its body fills with power and it becomes swifter. Its jumps are then too fast to follow.
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
Sinnoh
#—
Hisui
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl, and Legends: Arceus.
Ordinary Form
Sword Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion taught this Pokémon how to fight. It dashes across the world, seeking more opportunities to further its training.*
Shield They say that Keldeo must survive harsh battles and fully develop the horn on its forehead before this Pokémon's true power will awaken.*
Resolute Form
Sword Keldeo has strengthened its resolve for battle, filling its body with power and changing its form.*
Shield The power that lay hidden in its body now covers its horn, turning it into a sword that can slice through anything.*
Generation IX Paldea
#—
Kitakami
#—
Blueberry
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation IX.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Black White
Event
Black 2 White 2
Event
Generation VI
X Y
Event
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Event
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Pokémon Bank
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Pokémon Bank
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.3.0+
Expansion Pass
Ballimere Lake (Only one) (Resolute Form)
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl
Unobtainable
Legends: Arceus
Unobtainable
Generation IX
Scarlet Violet
Pokémon HOMEVersion 3.0.0+


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
MD GTI
Automatically recruited after clearing the main story
Rumble U
Sealed Door: The Place to Return To (Reward; Ordinary Form)
Dream Gate: Wet and Wild Battle (Boss; Resolute Forme)
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Sacred Plains: Stage 1 (Ordinary Form)
Rumble World
Distortion Land: Outermost Snowfield (Special Boss)
Picross
Area 11: Stage 08 (As a Mythical Pokémon) (Resolute Forme)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Buzzwole SeaFinal
Generation VIII
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation VIII side games.
Cross-Generation
Shuffle
Event: Keldeo Rears Its Head (Ordinary Form)
Event: Keldeo Rears Its Head (Again) (Ordinary Form)
Event: Keldeo Appears (Ordinary Form)
Event: Great Daily Pokémon (First release; Ordinary Form)
Event: Take on Escalation Battles (Resolute Forme)
Masters EX
Seasonal sync pair scout: Diantha (Special Costume) & Keldeo (Resolute Forme)


In events

Games Event Language/Region Location Level Distribution period
BWB2W2 Shokotan Keldeo Japanese Japan and Taiwan 15 June 23 to October 20, 2012
BW Summer 2012 Keldeo English Europe, the Americas, Australia, and South Africa 15 August 27, 2012 to January 31, 2013
BW Summer 2012 Keldeo French Europe, the Americas, and Australia 15 August 27, 2012 to January 31, 2013
BW Summer 2012 Keldeo German Europe, the Americas, and Australia 15 August 27, 2012 to January 31, 2013
BW Summer 2012 Keldeo Italian Europe, the Americas, and Australia 15 August 27, 2012 to January 31, 2013
BW Summer 2012 Keldeo Spanish Europe, the Americas, and Australia 15 August 27, 2012 to January 31, 2013
BWB2W2 Sacred Swordsman Keldeo Korean South Korea 15 December 11, 2012 to January 6, 2013
B2W2 Winter 2013 Keldeo French Wi-Fi 50 January 16 to February 12, 2013
B2W2 Winter 2013 Keldeo English Wi-Fi 50 January 25 to February 12, 2013
B2W2 Winter 2013 Keldeo German Wi-Fi 50 January 25 to February 12, 2013
B2W2 Winter 2013 Keldeo Italian Wi-Fi 50 January 25 to February 12, 2013
B2W2 Winter 2013 Keldeo Spanish Wi-Fi 50 January 25 to February 12, 2013
ORAS Pokémon Scrap Keldeo Japanese region Online 15 December 1, 2014 to May 15, 2015
ORAS Strategy Guide Keldeo Korean region Online 15 February 25, 2015 to January 31, 2016
XYORAS Pokémon 20th Anniversary Keldeo American region Online 100 October 1 to 24, 2016
XYORAS Pokémon 20th Anniversary Keldeo PAL region Online 100 October 1 to 24, 2016

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events* PP Max PP Max (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
91
151 - 198 292 - 386
72
69 - 136 134 - 267
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
129
120 - 199 236 - 392
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
108
101 - 176 198 - 346
Total:
580
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 IX, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None

Learnset

Keldeo is available in Scarlet and Violet Version 3.0.0+.

By leveling up

Generation IX
Other generations:
V - VI - VII - VIII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Aqua Jet Water Physical 04040 100100% 20
011 Leer Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
011 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
011 Work Up Normal Status 0000 00——% 30
011 Secret Sword Fighting Special 08585 100100% 10
077 Bubble Beam Water Special 06565 100100% 20
1414 Quick Guard Fighting Status 0000 00——% 15
2121 Double Kick Fighting Physical 03030 100100% 30
2828 Retaliate Normal Physical 07070 100100% 5
3535 Aqua Tail Water Physical 09090 09090% 10
4242 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 08585% 20
4949 Sacred Sword Fighting Physical 09090 100100% 15
5656 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
6363 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 08080% 5
7070 Close Combat Fighting Physical 120120 100100% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Keldeo
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Keldeo
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM

Generation IX
Other generations:
V - VI - VII - VIII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM001Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM001 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
TM007Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM007 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM011Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM011 Water Pulse Water Special 06060 100}}100% 20
TM012Bag TM Fighting SV Sprite.png TM012 Low Kick Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM020Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM020 Trailblaze Grass Physical 05050 100}}100% 20
TM022Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM022 Chilling Water Water Special 05050 100}}100% 20
TM025Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM025 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM027Bag TM Flying SV Sprite.png TM027 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM032Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM032 Swift Normal Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM034Bag TM Ice SV Sprite.png TM034 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM047Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM047 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM049Bag TM Fire SV Sprite.png TM049 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM050Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM050 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM053Bag TM Steel SV Sprite.png TM053 Smart Strike Steel Physical 07070 00—}}—% 10
TM057Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM057 False Swipe Normal Physical 04040 100}}100% 40
TM058Bag TM Fighting SV Sprite.png TM058 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM065Bag TM Flying SV Sprite.png TM065 Air Slash Flying Special 07575 095}}95% 15
TM070Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM070 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM074Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM074 Reflect Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM083Bag TM Poison SV Sprite.png TM083 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TM085Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM085 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM087Bag TM Dark SV Sprite.png TM087 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM088Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM088 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM103Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM103 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM105Bag TM Bug SV Sprite.png TM105 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM110Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM110 Liquidation Water Physical 08585 100}}100% 10
TM112Bag TM Fighting SV Sprite.png TM112 Aura Sphere Fighting Special 08080 00—}}—% 20
TM123Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM123 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM129Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM129 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM130Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM130 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM132Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM132 Baton Pass Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 40
TM134Bag TM Fighting SV Sprite.png TM134 Reversal Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
TM142Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM142 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 080}}80% 5
TM150Bag TM Rock SV Sprite.png TM150 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
TM152Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM152 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM158Bag TM Fighting SV Sprite.png TM158 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120120 070}}70% 5
TM163Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM163 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM167Bag TM Fighting SV Sprite.png TM167 Close Combat Fighting Physical 120120 100}}100% 5
TM171Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM171 Tera Blast Normal Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TM172Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM172 Roar Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM184Bag TM Fighting SV Sprite.png TM184 Vacuum Wave Fighting Special 04040 100}}100% 30
TM196Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM196 Flip Turn Water Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM202Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM202 Pain Split Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM203Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM203 Psych Up Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM204Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM204 Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100}}100% 15
TM209Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM209 Muddy Water Water Special 09090 085}}85% 10
TM213Bag TM Fighting SV Sprite.png TM213 Coaching Fighting Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM229Bag TM Fighting SV Sprite.png TM229 Upper Hand Fighting Physical 06565 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Keldeo
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or an alternate form of Keldeo
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation IX
Other generations:
V - VI - VII - VIII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Keldeo
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Keldeo
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Keldeo
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

Side game data

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Please feel free to edit this article to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: Gates to Infinity and Super Mystery Dungeon information needed

Ordinary Form

Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush647Body.png Walking Speed: 1.11 seconds Base HP: 58
Base Attack: 83 Base Defense: 57 Base Speed: 70
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Water
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT647.png

Power of Six
Increases the damage dealt by matching six Pokémon.
Pokémon Shuffle
None Shuffle.png
Water
None Shuffle.png Attack Power: 60 - 105 Raise Max Level.png 5

#168
Shuffle647.png

Block Smash
Clears one unbreakable-block disruption without fail.
Skill Swapper.png Swappable Skill(s): Flash Mob


Pokémon GO
GO647.png Base HP: 209 Base Attack: 260 Base Defense: 192
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 20 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Poison Jab, Low Kick
Charged Attacks: Aqua Jet, Close Combat, Hydro Pump, X-Scissor, Sacred Sword

Resolute Form

Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush647RBody.png Walking Speed: 1.11 seconds Base HP: 58
Base Attack: 83 Base Defense: 57 Base Speed: 70
Pokémon Shuffle
None Shuffle.png
Fighting
None Shuffle.png Attack Power: 60 - 135 Raise Max Level.png 20

#168
Shuffle647R.png

Power of 4+
Deals even more damage when you make a match of four.
Skill Swapper.png Swappable Skill(s): Cross Attack+


Pokémon GO
GO647R.png Base HP: 209 Base Attack: 260 Base Defense: 192
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 20 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Poison Jab, Low Kick
Charged Attacks: Aqua Jet, Close Combat, Hydro Pump, X-Scissor, Sacred Sword

Form data

Keldeo has two interchangeable forms: Ordinary Form and Resolute Form. These forms are mostly cosmetic. The Resolute Form was introduced in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.

If Keldeo is taught Secret Sword, it will change into its Resolute Form. If it forgets Secret Sword, it returns to its Ordinary Form. Keldeo taught Secret Sword in Pokémon Black and White remain in its Ordinary Form when traded or transferred to later games, though in Pokémon Sword and Shield, an Ordinary Form Keldeo that knows Secret Sword will change to Resolute Form if it is in the party at the end of a battle, or upon learning or forgetting any move other than Secret Sword.

Evolution data

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 647.png Spr b 5b 647.png Spr 5b2 647.png Spr b 5b2 647.png
Front Back Spr 5b2 647R.png Spr b 5b2 647R.png
Spr 5b 647 s.png Spr b 5b 647 s.png Spr 5b2 647 s.png Spr b 5b2 647 s.png
Front Back Spr 5b2 647R s.png Spr b 5b2 647R s.png
Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 647.png
Spr b 6x 647.png
Spr 6o 647.png
Spr b 6o 647.png
Spr 6x 647R.png
Spr b 6x 647R.png
Spr 6o 647R.png
Spr b 6o 647R.png
Spr 6x 647 s.png
Spr b 6x 647 s.png
Spr 6o 647 s.png
Spr b 6o 647 s.png
Spr 6x 647R s.png
Spr b 6x 647R s.png
Spr 6o 647R s.png
Spr b 6o 647R s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 647.png
Spr b 7s 647.png
Spr 7s 647.png
Spr b 7s 647.png
Spr 7s 647R.png
Spr b 7s 647R.png
Spr 7s 647R.png
Spr b 7s 647R.png
Spr 7s 647 s.png
Spr b 7s 647 s.png
Spr 7s 647 s.png
Spr b 7s 647 s.png
Spr 7s 647R s.png
Spr b 7s 647R s.png
Spr 7s 647R s.png
Spr b 7s 647R s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Spr 8s 647.png
Spr 8s 647 s.png
Spr 8s 647R.png
Spr 8s 647R s.png
Cross-Generation
HOME
HOME0647.png HOME0647 s.png
HOME0647R.png HOME0647R s.png
647MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Keldeo images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


In the anime

Main series

Ordinary Form Keldeo in the anime
Resolute Form Keldeo in the anime

Major appearances

Keldeo (M15)

Keldeo debuted in Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice. In the movie, it was training in order to learn how to use Sacred Sword so it could become one of the Swords of Justice. Along with the other Legendary Pokémon present in the movie, Keldeo can speak through telepathy.

Minor appearances

GOTCHA!

A Keldeo briefly appeared in its Ordinary Form as a silhouette in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Resolute Form Keldeo in Pokémon Adventures

Movie adaptations

Main article: Keldeo (M15)

Keldeo appeared in Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice.

Pocket Monsters B2 W2 ~ A New Legend ~

A Keldeo appeared in ANL1.

Pocket Monsters BW

A Keldeo appeared in PMBW30.

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Kelden
Main article: Swords of Justice (Adventures)

Keldeo debuted at the Pledge Grove, where it waited for Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion to arrive and teach it Sacred Sword. After acquiring the move, Keldeo follows its mentors to where they would confront the Shadow Triad who tried to capture the trio earlier, which was near the P2 Laboratory. There, the Shadow Triad are locked in combat with Cilan, Chili, and Cress, the Striaton Gym Leaders. It first appeared in The Shadow Triad.

In the Black 2 & White 2 arc, it was recruited by Blake and nicknamed Kelden.

In the TCG

Main article: Keldeo (TCG)

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Resolute Form Keldeo appears as a Poké Ball summon in both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game. It slashes opponents with Secret Sword.

Keldeo trophy in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

Keldeo also appears in Resolute Form as a trophy in both versions of the game.

Trophy information

NA: This Water/Fighting-type Pokémon is a lot like a multicolored unicorn. In its Resolute Form, its horn will grow longer and its vision is keener. It is this Form that appears on the battlefields of Smash Bros. Be wary of its Secret Sword attack—Keldeo's charge will send anyone hit flying.

PAL: The Mythical Pokémon Keldeo looks a lot like a multicoloured unicorn. In its Resolute Form, its horn grows longer and its vision improves. It can also use Secret Sword in that Form, and that's what it will do in this game. If Keldeo starts charging after you, watch out - that huge horn will send you flying!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Keldeo returns as a Pokémon summoned from the Poké Ball, retaining its behavior from the previous game. Keldeo also appears as a Spirit in both its Ordinary and Resolute Forms.

Trivia

Keldeo in its Ordinary Form
  • As the fourth member of the Swords of Justice, Keldeo shares several traits with them, but is somewhat different in a number of ways:
    • Unlike the others, Keldeo can't learn Quick Attack. Instead, it can learn Aqua Jet, a variation of Quick Attack.
    • The moves that Keldeo learns by level have higher base powers than the moves learned by the other Swords of Justice.
    • Prior to Generation VIII, Keldeo learned Sacred Sword at a higher level than the others.
    • Its legs seem to be stylized after animal legs and hooves, unlike the others, which seem to have boots.
    • Keldeo isn't listed near the other three in National Pokédex order.
    • Keldeo's name doesn't end with -ion.
    • Keldeo is a Mythical Pokémon, and not a Legendary.
    • Keldeo does not have a Paradox Pokémon counterpart.
  • Keldeo, along with Meloetta, are the only Mythical Pokémon to learn their signature moves from an external source.
  • Keldeo shares its trait of running across water with Suicune, another quadrupedal Water-type Pokémon.
  • Keldeo is the lightest and smallest of the Swords of Justice.
  • Keldeo's Attack and Special Attack stats are the reverse of Terrakion's, while their other stats are identical.

Origin

Keldeo is most likely based on the Scottish legend of the kelpie, a supernatural water horse that sometimes appeared as a lost pony. This is evidenced by the fact that Keldeo appears in the Crown Tundra, an area based on Scotland. Keldeo is also likely based on the kirin, also referred to as the "Chinese unicorn", which are often depicted with a single backward curving horn and the ability to walk on water.

Story-wise, as the rest of the Swords of Justice draw inspiration from the main characters of The Three Musketeers, Keldeo may draw inspiration from the character of d'Artagnan from the novel. Like d'Artagnan, Keldeo is the latest and youngest addition to the group. Keldeo's tail also resembles d'Artagnan's trademark feathered cap.

The three feathers on Resolute Form Keldeo's head may symbolize its three companions and teachers: blue for Cobalion, yellow for Terrakion, and green for Virizion.

Name origin

Keldeo may be a combination of kelpie (a water horse from Celtic folklore), kelda (Old Norse for well or spring), and rodeo (a sport involving skills with horses, cows, and other livestock). It may also involve dio (Italian for god).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ケルディオ Keldeo From kelpie, kelda, rodeo, and possibly dio
France Flag.png French Keldeo Same as English/Japanese name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Keldeo Same as English/Japanese name
Germany Flag.png German Keldeo Same as English/Japanese name
Italy Flag.png Italian Keldeo Same as English/Japanese name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 케르디오 Keldeo Transcription of Japanese name
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 凱路迪歐 / 凯路迪欧 Kǎilùdí'ōu Transcription of Japanese name
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 凱路迪歐 Hóilouhdihk'āu Mandarin-based transcription of Japanese name


Ordinary Form

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese いつものすがた Itsumono Sugata
Chinese Cantonese 平常的樣子 Pìhngsèuhng-dīk Yeuhngjí
Mandarin 平常的樣子 / 平常的样子 Píngcháng-de Yàngzi
France Flag.png French Aspect Normal
Germany Flag.png German Standardform
India Flag.png Hindi ऑडिर्नरी फ़ॉर्म Ordinary Form
Italy Flag.png Italian Forma Normale
South Korea Flag.png Korean 평상시 모습 Pyeongsangsi Moseup
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Forma Comum
Spain Flag.png Spanish Forma Habitual
Thailand Flag.png Thai ฟอร์มปกติ Fom Pokti
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Sıradan Formu

Resolute Form

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese かくごのすがた Kakugo no Sugata
Chinese Cantonese 覺悟的樣子 Gokngh-dīk Yeuhngjí
Mandarin 覺悟的樣子 / 觉悟的样子 Juéwù-de Yàngzi
Finland Flag.png Finnish Resolute Forme
France Flag.png French Aspect Décidé
Germany Flag.png German Resolutform
India Flag.png Hindi रेज़लूट फ़ॉर्म Resolute Form
Italy Flag.png Italian Forma Risoluta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 각오의 모습 Gag-o-ui Moseup
Poland Flag.png Polish Rezolutna Forma
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Forma Resoluta
Spain Flag.png Spanish Forma Brío
Thailand Flag.png Thai ฟอร์มแน่วแน่ Fom Naeonae
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Kararlı Formu
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Dạng Giác Ngộ


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