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, at 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. Two Pokémon, Meowstic and Indeedee, even have different Abilities and learn different moves through leveling, TMs and breeding depending on their gender. Male and female Indeedee even have different stats. However, most Pokémon look identical despite their gender.

List of Pokémon

Generation I

# Name Male Female
003 Venusaur HOME003.png HOME003 f.png
Female's flower has a seed in it
012 Butterfree HOME012.png HOME012 f.png
Female has black (purple in Generation V) spots on her lower wings
019 Rattata HOME019.png HOME019 f.png
Female has shorter whiskers
020 Raticate HOME020.png HOME020 f.png
Female has shorter whiskers
025 Pikachu HOME025.png HOME025 f.png
Female's tail ends in the upper half of a heart
026 Raichu HOME026.png HOME026 f.png
Female's tail lacks a point and is smaller
Nidoran HOME032.png HOME029.png

Female is light blue and male is purple
Separate evolutionary lines

041 Zubat HOME041.png HOME041 f.png
Female has smaller fangs
042 Golbat HOME042.png HOME042 f.png
Female has smaller fangs
044 Gloom HOME044.png HOME044 f.png
Female has one large spot per bud
045 Vileplume HOME045.png HOME045 f.png
Female's petals have larger spots
064 Kadabra HOME064.png HOME064 f.png
Female has smaller whiskers
065 Alakazam HOME065.png HOME065 f.png
Female has smaller whiskers
084 Doduo HOME084.png HOME084 f.png
Male has black necks and female has beige necks
085 Dodrio HOME085.png HOME085 f.png
Male has black necks and female has beige necks
097 Hypno HOME097.png HOME097 f.png
Female has more collar fur
111 Rhyhorn HOME111.png HOME111 f.png
Male's horn is larger
112 Rhydon HOME112.png HOME112 f.png
Male's horn is larger
118 Goldeen HOME118.png HOME118 f.png
Male's horn is larger
119 Seaking HOME119.png HOME119 f.png
Male's horn is larger
123 Scyther HOME123.png HOME123 f.png
Female's abdomen is larger
129 Magikarp HOME129.png HOME129 f.png
Male has yellow whiskers and female has white whiskers
130 Gyarados HOME130.png HOME130 f.png
Male has blue whiskers and female has white whiskers
133 Eevee HOME133.png HOME133 f.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 flower-shaped tail pattern. In Generation VIII, this gender difference was applied to all female Eevee.

Generation II

# Name Male Female
154 Meganium HOME154.png HOME154 f.png
Male has longer antennae
165 Ledyba HOME165.png HOME165 f.png
Female has smaller antennae
166 Ledian HOME166.png HOME166 f.png
Female has smaller antennae
178 Xatu HOME178.png HOME178 f.png
Male has three body stripes
185 Sudowoodo HOME185.png HOME185 f.png
Female's head "branch" is smaller
186 Politoed HOME186.png HOME186 f.png
Female has smaller cheeks
190 Aipom HOME190.png HOME190 f.png
Male has shorter head fur
194 Wooper HOME194.png HOME194 f.png
Female has one set of gill branches
195 Quagsire HOME195 b.png HOME195 f b.png
Female has smaller dorsal fins
198 Murkrow HOME198.png HOME198 f.png
Female's hat-like plumage is smaller
202 Wobbuffet HOME202.png HOME202 f.png
Female's mouth has lipstick-like marking
203 Girafarig HOME203.png HOME203 f.png
Female's body has a larger yellow section
207 Gligar HOME207.png HOME207 f.png
Female has smaller stinger
208 Steelix HOME208.png HOME208 f.png
Female lacks an outer tooth on each side
212 Scizor HOME212.png HOME212 f.png
Female's abdomen is larger
214 Heracross HOME214.png HOME214 f.png
Female's horn is heart-shaped
215 Sneasel HOME215.png HOME215 f.png
Female's left ear is shorter
215 Hisuian Sneasel Spr 8a 215H.png Spr 8a 215H f.png
Female's left ear is shorter
217 Ursaring HOME217.png HOME217 f.png
Female has longer shoulder fur
221 Piloswine HOME221.png HOME221 f.png
Female has shorter tusks
224 Octillery HOME224.png HOME224 f.png
Female has smaller suction cups
229 Houndoom HOME229.png HOME229 f.png
Female has shorter horns
232 Donphan HOME232.png HOME232 f.png
Female has shorter tusks

Generation III

# Name Male Female
255 Torchic HOME255 b.png HOME255 f b.png
Male has a black speck on his rear
256 Combusken HOME256.png HOME256 f.png
Female has smaller head feathers
257 Blaziken HOME257.png HOME257 f.png
Female's head crest is smaller
267 Beautifly HOME267.png HOME267 f.png
Male's red spots are larger
269 Dustox HOME269.png HOME269 f.png
Female has smaller antennae
272 Ludicolo HOME272.png HOME272 f.png
Male has thicker stripes
274 Nuzleaf HOME274.png HOME274 f.png
Female has smaller leaf
275 Shiftry HOME275.png HOME275 f.png
Female has smaller leaves
307 Meditite HOME307.png HOME307 f.png
Male's ears are higher than the female's
308 Medicham HOME308.png HOME308 f.png
Male has a larger bulb on his head
315 Roselia HOME315.png HOME315 f.png
Female's body leaf is longer
316 Gulpin HOME316.png HOME316 f.png
Female's feather is shorter
317 Swalot HOME317.png HOME317 f.png
Female has shorter whiskers
322 Numel HOME322.png HOME322 f.png
Female has larger hump
323 Camerupt HOME323.png HOME323 f.png
Female has larger humps
332 Cacturne HOME332.png HOME332 f.png
Female has a large spike on her chest where male has two normal ones
350 Milotic HOME350.png HOME350 f.png
Male's hair-like fins are shorter
369 Relicanth HOME369.png HOME369 f.png
Male has longer jaw guard

Generation IV

# Name Male Female
396 Starly HOME396.png HOME396 f.png
Female's head has less white
397 Staravia HOME397.png HOME397 f.png
Female's forehead spot is smaller
398 Staraptor HOME398.png HOME398 f.png
Female's forehead spot is smaller
399 Bidoof HOME399 b.png HOME399 f b.png
Male has more tail curls
400 Bibarel HOME400.png HOME400 f.png
Male's face have two additional curls on beige mask
401 Kricketot HOME401.png HOME401 f.png
Female has larger collar
402 Kricketune HOME402.png HOME402 f.png
Female has smaller mustache
403 Shinx HOME403.png HOME403 f.png
Female has blue hind feet and a shorter mane
404 Luxio HOME404.png HOME404 f.png
Female has exposed ankles and a shorter mane
405 Luxray HOME405.png HOME405 f.png
Female's mane is smaller
407 Roserade HOME407.png HOME407 f.png
Female has longer cape
415 Combee HOME415.png HOME415 f.png
Male's lower face has no red mark
Only Female Combee can evolve into Vespiquen
417 Pachirisu HOME417.png HOME417 f.png
Female's head stripe is shorter
418 Buizel HOME418 b.png HOME418 f b.png
Male has two light-colored spots on his back while female has one
419 Floatzel HOME419 b.png HOME419 f b.png
Male has two light-colored bumps on his back while female has one
424 Ambipom HOME424.png HOME424 f.png
Male has shorter hair on his head
443 Gible HOME443.png HOME443 f.png
Male has notched fin
444 Gabite HOME444.png HOME444 f.png
Male has notched fin
445 Garchomp HOME445.png HOME445 f.png
Male has notched fin
449 Hippopotas HOME449.png HOME449 f.png
Male and female's color patterns are inverted
450 Hippowdon HOME450.png HOME450 f.png
Male's body is light brown while female's is dark gray
453 Croagunk HOME453.png HOME453 f.png
Female has higher "bandages"
454 Toxicroak HOME454.png HOME454 f.png
Female's throat sac is smaller
456 Finneon HOME456.png HOME456 f.png
Female has larger tail fins
457 Lumineon HOME457.png HOME457 f.png
Female has larger fins
459 Snover HOME459.png HOME459 f.png
Female's midsection is white
460 Abomasnow HOME460.png HOME460 f.png
Female has longer chest fur
461 Weavile HOME461.png HOME461 f.png
Female has shorter ears
464 Rhyperior HOME464.png HOME464 f.png
Female has smaller upper horn
465 Tangrowth HOME465.png HOME465 f.png
Female's fingers are more magenta than blue
473 Mamoswine HOME473.png HOME473 f.png
Female has smaller tusks

Generation V

# Name Male Female
521 Unfezant HOME521.png HOME521 f.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 HOME592.png HOME592 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.
593 Jellicent HOME593.png HOME593 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 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 Female
668 Pyroar HOME668.png HOME668 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.
678 Meowstic HOME678.png HOME678 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
876 Indeedee HOME876.png HOME876 f.png
Males have lowered eyes, a triangular mouth pointing upwards like a frown, and more black on its torso, made to resemble a suit. Females have wider eyes, a triangular mouth pointing downwards like a smile, and more white on its 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.

902 Basculegion Spr 8a 902 m.png Spr 8a 902 f.png
Males have red accents, fierce looking eyes, longer barbels, and two additional growths on its chin resembling a stubble. Females have pale blue accents, sad looking eyes, shorter barbels, and additional accents around its lips and eyes.

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


  • 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.
  • Conversely, both Generation VI and VIII introduced the fewest Pokémon with gender differences of generations that introduce Pokémon with gender differences, each introducing only 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 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 not having any gender differences, the Rotom Pokédex will display separate models for male and female Spinda.
  • Some Pokémon with gender differences may evolve into Pokémon that don't have gender differences. Examples include Gloom evolving into Bellossom and Gligar evolving into Gliscor.

See also

by National Pokédex no. EnglishJapaneseGermanFrenchKoreanChineseRussianThai
by regional Pokédex no. KantoNewJohto • Hoenn (Gen IIIGen VI) • Sinnoh • Unova (BWB2W2)
Kalos • Alola (SMUSUM) • Galar (Isle of ArmorCrown Tundra) • Hisui
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 listMasters EX Sync Pairs
Lental PhotodexDuel LibraryGoogle Maps: Pokémon Challenge
by attributes Abilitycategoryhabitatcolorcolor palette (Gen I)IQ groupgender differencesform differences (GO)
Egg Groupshapeheightweightunique type combinationsmutually exclusive
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 rate (GO) • EVs 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