Lake guardians

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Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf
Artwork from the Pokémon Global Link.

The lake guardians (Japanese: 湖の神々 lake gods), or lake trio, is a term used to describe the Legendary trio residing in the three lakes of Sinnoh: Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf. They are meant to represent knowledge, emotion, and willpower, respectively. The trio was also referred to as Pokémon of the lakes. They are based on the Imperial Regalia of Japan: the Yata no Kagami (wisdom), Yasakani no Magatama (benevolence), and Kusanagi (valor). Parts of their names come from fantasy creatures: pixies, sprites and elves, respectively. The other parts of their names come from either the acronym UMA (Unidentified Mysterious Animal; wasei-eigo for cryptid) or personal pronouns: you (Uxie), me (Mesprit), and us (Azelf).

All three are Psychic-type and have the Ability Levitate. They share a signature move, Mystical Power.


According to legend, when Arceus created the universe it created Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf, and therefore is believed to be their master and were given the ability to calm and control Dialga and Palkia whenever they were enraged. According to one of Azelf's Pokédex entries, all three of them were born from the same Egg.

As mentioned in their respective Pokédex entries, the Lake Guardians taught humans the ability to feel emotions, knowledge, and willpower. The Lake guardians are said to reside in three lakes in Sinnoh; Lake Acuity, Lake Verity, and Lake Valor. As mentioned in "A Horrific Myth", the Lake Guardians are known to drive humans away from them by either erasing their memories, losing emotions within three days, or losing willpower.

Similar movesets

The following are the lake trio's level-up movesets from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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1 Confusion
7 Swift
14 Endure Protect Detect
21 Psybeam
28 Imprison
35 Extrasensory
42 Amnesia Charm Nasty Plot
49 Psychic
56 Yawn Flatter Uproar
63 Future Sight
70 Flail Copycat Last Resort
77 Memento Healing Wish Explosion
84 Mystical Power
Moves in bold are STAB. Moves in italics do no damage.

Base stat comparison

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Sp. Atk
Sp. Def
Total 580 580 580

In the games

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl

The lake guardians each live in the cavern at the center of one of Sinnoh's three commonly known lakes: Uxie resides in Acuity Cavern of Lake Acuity, Mesprit resides in Verity Cavern of Lake Verity, and Azelf resides in Valor Cavern of Lake Valor. A secret fourth lake exists, but instead houses Turnback Cave, which contains a portal to the Distortion World and is thus often visited by Giratina.

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, as well as the remakes Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Team Galactic attempts to capture all three of the lake guardians. Saturn goes to Lake Valor, where Team Galactic drains the lake by blowing it up with a Galactic Bomb. This is the lake the player must go to first. Despite losing to the player, Team Galactic still successfully captures Azelf. Over at Lake Verity, Mars is leading the operation and easily holding off Professor Rowan and Lucas/Dawn. While the player again manages to defeat Mars, Team Galactic still successfully captures Mesprit. Finally, at Lake Acuity, by the time the player arrives, Jupiter has just defeated Barry and successfully captured Uxie.

When the player later storms Team Galactic HQ, it is discovered that Cyrus used the lake guardians to create the Red Chain so that he could control Dialga and/or Palkia. In Platinum, Cyrus then duplicates this Red Chain with his technology to create a second one, as he intends to control both Dialga and Palkia.

In Diamond, Pearl, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl, the lake guardians come to the Spear Pillar when Cyrus summons DialgaDBD or PalkiaPSP and destroy the Red Chain he is using to control it, as their combined power is equal to that of one of the members of the creation trio. This prevents Cyrus from creating his new world without spirit. After doing so, they return to their lakes.

In Platinum, the lake guardians come to the Spear Pillar to attempt to balance out the power of Dialga and Palkia; however, the three lake guardians combined can only balance out one of the two, so they are overpowered. As a result, Giratina is angered by the imbalance and is forced to merge the Distortion World with the real world at the Spear Pillar to prevent them from being destroyed. Cyrus, followed by the lake guardians, enter the Distortion World. Inside the Distortion World, the lake guardians assist the player with the Strength puzzle, then return to their lakes.

The three lake guardians are obtainable after the defeat of Team Galactic at Mt. Coronet. They each return to their lakes, and Uxie and Azelf can be caught in the caverns of their lakes; however, when encountering Mesprit in its cave, it flies off and roams the region.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

After beating the Champion, the player can encounter Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf at the Cave of Being, causing them to fly off to various places in Unova, where the player may then battle them. Uxie heads to Nacrene City and is encountered outside of the Nacrene Museum, Mesprit heads to the top of Celestial Tower, and Azelf heads to Route 23 and is found in part of the Strength puzzle; all three are initially invisible. They are encountered at level 65.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

The lake trio can be captured at Nameless Cavern, which can only be accessed by soaring in the sky while there are three or more Pokémon with maximum friendship in the party. Only one member appears at a time, depending on the time of day. Mesprit appears from 4:00 am - 7:59 pm, Uxie from 8:00 pm - 8:59 pm, and Azelf from 9:00 pm - 3:59 am.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

The lake trio can be captured at the Water World dimension in the Ultra Space Wilds by using Ultra Warp Ride by reaching blue warp holes.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

In The Crown Tundra DLC, the Lake Trio can be caught during Dynamax Adventures at Max Lair.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

After being banished from Jubilife Village, the player seeks out the lake guardians at Cogita's advice in order to create the Red Chain, which is inferred to be able to close the space-time rift above Mount Coronet. The three Legendary Pokémon issue trials to the player, the passing of which grants them materials: Uxie's Claw, Mesprit's Plume, and Azelf's Fang. Once all three materials have been obtained, the player goes to the Shrouded Ruins, where the lake guardians appear and use them to forge the Red Chain.

After the credits, the player visits the three lakes again in their pursuit of Arceus' Plates. Once the player has caught all three lake guardians, they are rewarded with the Draco Plate.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

The three are also found in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky. They are found in three different lakes and are in charge of protecting three Time Gears.

In the anime

Main article: Lake guardians (anime)
The lake guardians in the anime

All three first appeared in forms similar to souls, floating above their respective lakes, to Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl's main characters. Mesprit appeared to Dawn during the start of her journey in Following a Maiden's Voyage!, Azelf appeared to Ash during the Wallace Cup in Pruning a Passel of Pals!, and Uxie appeared to Brock while he was looking for a Berry in Uncrushing Defeat!. Due to these encounters, all three established a connection to the human they each met.

They appeared in their physical forms for the first time in The Needs of the Three!, wherein, after being hired by Team Galactic, J was able to capture all three of them. Team Galactic was then able to control them using red gems. With their power, Cyrus was able to summon Dialga and Palkia during the next episode.

When the gems were broken by Pikachu, Piplup, and Croagunk, the three were set free from Team Galactic's control. They then helped Ash and his friends stop the effects of summoning Dialga and Palkia.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Lake guardians (Adventures)
The lake guardians in Pokémon Adventures

Similar to the anime, the lake guardians all have a connection to the three Sinnoh Pokédex holders Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.

The lake guardians in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

The lake guardians were captured by Team Galactic to create the Red Chain so that they can control the Legendary Dialga. They were eventually freed sometime during the battle between Hareta's Empoleon and Cyrus's Dialga. They helped stop Dialga by breaking the Red Chain.

The lake guardians in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blazing Exploration Team

The lake guardians appeared in BET2.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

The lake guardians appeared in PMDP13.


  • Acuity, Verity and Valor Cavern each have two puddles of water which can be compared to the relative positions in Sinnoh of the other two caverns; the lake guardian in each cavern occupies the position of its own location.
  • The lake guardians are the only Legendary trio:
    • Whose members are all exactly the same type.
    • Incapable of learning any HMs.
    • That are not a mascot Legendary trio to not receive a 150% power bonus in a Battrio combo, instead receiving 160%.
    • With a base stat total of 580 to not have a base friendship of 35; in fact, they have the highest base friendship of all Legendary Pokémon, at 140, tying for the highest base friendship of all Pokémon with Lopunny and the evolutionary families of Chansey and Clefairy.
  • The lake guardians are the first set of Legendary Pokémon since the Legendary birds to have their names changed for non-Japanese language versions of the game; Mesprit and Azelf in English versions, and Uxie in various European-language versions.
  • The lake trio contains the three subtractive colors of yellow (Uxie), magenta (Mesprit) and cyan (Azelf).
    • In addition, they share the same main colors with Cresselia.
  • The trio's encounter music contains several remixed segments of their caverns' music.
  • Each of the lake guardians has connected to one of the three main characters of Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl anime along with the Pokédex holders of the Diamond & Pearl chapter of Pokémon Adventures.
  • In the Japanese fandom, the lake guardians are sometimes referred as the "UMA trio" or "UMA combination", with "UMA" standing for "unidentified mysterious animal". Coincidentally, these are also the initials of the three lake guardians in English; and in their Japanese names (Uxie, Emrit, Agnome), they use the second letter of Emrit to represent "M".
  • All members of the lake guardians learn sacrificing moves at level 77 in Generation VIII (level 76 from Generation IV to VII), Uxie to lower both offensive stats of the opponent, Mesprit to heal a party member, and Azelf to highly damage the opponent.
  • The lake guardians learn the same TM moves and Move Tutor moves except that only
    • Uxie can learn Giga Drain, Solar Beam, both damaging Grass-type moves, Heal Bell and Foul Play.
    • Mesprit can learn Ice Beam and Blizzard, both damaging Ice type moves.
    • Azelf can learn Flamethrower, Fire Blast, both damaging Fire type moves, Last Resort, Uproar and Taunt.
  • The lake guardians are tied for the lightest Pokémon with a footprint.
  • In Black 2 and White 2, each member of the lake guardians appears in a place that represents what they represent after leaving Cave of Being. Uxie appears in front of the Nacrene City museum, a place where people go to seek knowledge. Mesprit appears at the Celestial Tower, a place were people express their feelings and mourn. Azelf appears on Route 23, the path that leads to Victory Road and where a Trainer's courage will be tested.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 湖之眾神 Hú-zhī Zhòngshén
France Flag.png European French Gardiens des lacs
Germany Flag.png German Hüter der Seen
Italy Flag.png Italian Guardiani del lago
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Innsjøvokterene
Poland Flag.png Polish Strażnicy Jezior
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Guardianes del lago
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese 3 Pokémon của hồ nước

Legendary trios
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