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Mew and Mewtwo as seen in Mewtwo Strikes Back

Mew duo is a fan term for the Legendary duo that consists of the Mythical Pokémon Mew and the Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo. They are both very elusive, if not unique, Psychic-type Pokémon. Mewtwo was cloned from Mew, meaning the two share DNA and many traits. In the games, however, they are usually treated as unrelated Pokémon, with Mewtwo's stats, level up moves and treatment in the Pokémon Stadium series being closer to that of the tower duo, while Mew's are closer to that of Celebi.

In the English version of Mewtwo Strikes Back, Mew embodied innocence and joy to contrast with Mewtwo's cynicism and contempt developed from the course of its early life experiences. However in the Japanese version, Mew becomes a foil to Mewtwo's status as a "copy" and the two fight to determine whether originals or clones are superior. It takes the sacrifice of Ash Ketchum to sway Mewtwo's contempt and end the conflict between Mew and Mewtwo.


Their legend is introduced in Generation I, where reports found in Cinnabar Island's Pokémon Mansion note scientific expeditions that have sighted Mew in Guyana, South America, the place where it was first discovered.


HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
100 100 100 100 100 100
Main article: Mew (Pokémon)

Mew, the New Species Pokémon, originated in Generation I, where it can be encountered through a glitch in Red and Blue.

Mew's stats are more balanced, having an equal 100 to each of its stats. Mew is notable for its unique ability to learn every Technical Machine, Hidden Machine, Technical Record, and Move Tutor move, except those exclusive to a particular Pokémon or group of Pokémon.

In Pokémon Emerald, through an event using the Old Sea Map, Mew can be encountered on Faraway Island, where it will hide from the player within the tall grass.

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and Platinum*, Mew can be transferred to here from My Pokémon Ranch. To obtain Mew, the player needs to store 999 Pokémon at Hayley's Ranch, after which she will trade her Mew for a Pokémon Egg.

In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Mew can be obtained as a Gift Pokémon at Floaroma Town from elder woman should the player have a Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! save file on their Nintendo Switch.

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, Mew is the guardian of the Grass Cornet.

In PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, Mew takes Pikachu and their friends Chikorita, Piplup, and Charmander to the PokéPark. He then appears to Pikachu in a dream once they've arrived in the PokéPark and tells Pikachu to collect pieces of the Sky Prism so that peace can be restored to the PokéPark. Once all the pieces have been obtained Mew awaits Pikachu at the Sky Pavilion where he plays. In this game, Mew is referred to as male, despite being gender unknown in the main series.


HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
106 110 90 154 90 130
Main article: Mewtwo (Pokémon)

Mewtwo is the Genetic Pokémon, found in Cerulean Cave in any of the Generation I games, FireRed and LeafGreen and HeartGold and SoulSilver. It can also be found in X and Y.

Mewtwo's stats are more attack oriented than its counterpart, having an additional 80 to its base stat total. This is further boosted with an additional 100 base stats from either of its Mega Evolutions. Mewtwo's signature move, Psystrike inflicts physical damage. Despite being classified as a special move, this move calculates damage using the user's Special Attack and the opponent's Defense stat (similar to Psyshock and Secret Sword). Despite targeting the opponent's Defense stat, the move's damage is unaffected by Reflect and it will not activate Counter; instead, it is affected by Light Screen and activates Mirror Coat.

In Pokémon Red and Blue and Yellow, Mewtwo can be found in the deepest part of the Cerulean Cave. The player first has to have entered the Hall of Fame before being allowed to enter the Cave.

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, just like their original counterparts, Mewtwo can still be found in the deepest part of the Cerulean Cave. However the player must further prove themselves before entering the cave, which is done by completing the quest on Sevii Islands and restoring the Network Machine of the Pokémon Network Center to operational status.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, unlike their original counterparts, Cerulean Cave has been rebuilt and Mewtwo can once again be found inside. An NPC blocks the entrance until the player has obtained all eight Kanto Gym Badges.

In Pokémon X and Y, Mewtwo can be found in the Unknown Dungeon in the Pokémon Village. It stands in the center and can be battled. After it is captured its Mega Stone, respective to the version being played, will be automatically claimed. If it is not captured the player has to enter the Hall of Fame again to rebattle it.

In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Mewtwo can be found at Ramanas Park after capturing the Legendary titans, Legendary beasts/Legendary birds and Eon duo. Mewtwo located at Genome Room. Genome Slate is needed to unlock the encounter.

In Pokémon Stadium, Mewtwo is the player's final opponent. While in Pokémon Stadium 2, Silver uses a Mewtwo in the final battle.

In Pokémon Pinball, Mewtwo appears in its own bonus stage, where the player must attempt to hit it 25 times within the two-minute time limit to win. Playing this stage repeatedly is the fastest way to build a high score, due to the extremely high point output earned by hitting Mewtwo.

In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Mewtwo is the final boss of the game, battled once under the control of the evil Edward "The Thinker", and again under Purple Eyes. Before this, it is seen charging up in Kasa's laboratory in the Sky Fortress.

In Pokémon Puzzle League, Mewtwo reveals that it organized the Puzzle League to find a worthy foe and clones Ash's Pokémon. In the Very Hard and Super Hard modes, Mewtwo is the final opponent.

Similar movesets

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 Psychic / Psychic  Fighting 
1 Life Dew
Laser Focus
Confusion Pound
Swift Reflect Type
8 Ancient Power
10 Amnesia
16 Psycho Cut
20 Baton Pass
24 Safeguard
30 Ancient Power
32 Amnesia
40 Aura Sphere Life Dew
48 Psychic
50 Nasty Plot
56 Power Swap
Guard Swap
60 Metronome
64 Mist
70 Imprison
72 Psystrike
80 Recover Transform
88 Future Sight
90 Aura Sphere
100 Psychic
Moves in bold get STAB. Moves in italics do no damage. Moves in bold italics are only STAB for Mega Mewtwo X.

Similar base stats

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Sp. Attack
Sp. Defense
Total 680 600


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Sp. Attack
Sp. Defense
Total 780 780

In the anime

Mew in the anime
Mewtwo in the anime

Main series

See also: Mew (M01), Mewtwo (M01), Mew (M08), and Mewtwo (M16)

Major appearances

Mew and Mewtwo first appeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back, where Mew was tracked by scientist, but was able to hide from them. Eventually Team Rocket scientist managed to create Mewtwo by extracting DNA from Mew's eyelash. As a child, Mewtwo met and befriended a group of clones, but was the only one who survived the cloning process due to harboring Mew's eternal life force. After fully maturing, Mewtwo rebelled against his creators after discovering they only saw him as a mere tool.

Sometime later, Mewtwo on New Island issued a challenge to several strong Pokémon Trainers, including Ash Ketchum. It used its powers to create a storm that would serve as a test to see who could make it to the island. Only a handful of Trainers decided to brave the storm and arrive, including Ash and his friends. Upon revealing itself, Mewtwo challenged the Trainers with its clone Pokémon—Venusaur, Blastoise, and Charizard—to prove its superiority to human Trainers and the superiority of cloned Pokémon in comparison to trained Pokémon. As this goes on Mew came to New Island while the starter Pokémon clones were battling.

Mewtwo soon cloned all their Pokémon, as Mew followed Team Rocket into the main part of the island so it could stop Mewtwo from destroying the world. Soon a battle started between natural born and cloned Pokémon. However, before Mewtwo could defeat the Trainers and move out into the world, Mew appeared. Mew and Mewtwo fought at length, ceasing only when Ash—exasperated over the drawn-out and fruitless battling—ran into the fray and was caught in their crossfire, which turned his body to stone. After Ash was revived by the tears of the nearby Pokémon, clone and original alike, Mewtwo experienced a change of heart and no longer sought to conquer the world. Mewtwo reasoned that it would be best if no one remembered the events that had transpired, so it erased the memories of all the people and Pokémon and transported everyone but Team Rocket back to the mainland. Mewtwo and Mew left New Island with the cloned Pokémon to seek a proper place for themselves. Ash later catches a glimpse of Mew flying in the clouds

Mew makes a brief appearance in the hour-length special Mewtwo Returns. Mewtwo sees it after being thrown into the Purity Spring, but this was just his imagination. While Mewtwo has been the Pokémon of focus of a movie and a special, it also made brief appearances in The Battle of the Badge and Showdown at the Po-ké Corral in its body armor. The first instance was when Giovanni used it to battle Gary's Arcanine and Nidoking. The second time was when Mewtwo totaled Giovanni's headquarters and flew off. While a scene involving Mewtwo and Giovanni did appear in It's Mr. Mime Time, it wasn't in the movie. Mewtwo made further appearances during the openings of Jirachi Wish Maker standing on a rooftop wearing a cape, and in the intro of Destiny Deoxys and The Rise of Darkrai, chasing a Mew.

Another Mew first appeared transformed as a Ho-Oh, and then as a Taillow, landing on Cameran Palace and then transforming into Treecko. It then transformed into an Aipom to play with Ash's Pikachu. Ash and his friends released their Pokémon to play with what they thought was an Aipom. After taking them to an attic, Kidd Summers sent her two Weavile after it. To escape, it teleported itself, along with Pikachu and Meowth. It then transformed once again into a Pidgeot and flew the Pokémon to the Tree of Beginning. While Ash and the others were looking for Pikachu, Mew kept it entertained with toys. Mew also nearly sacrificed itself to save the Tree of Beginning. Lucario stepped in and was able to save Mew, but ended up sacrificing itself. Mew is believed to still reside at the Tree of Beginning. It is last seen playing with a Bonsly.

Another Mewtwo and the Mega Evolution Mega Mewtwo Y debuted in the special episode Mewtwo — Prologue to Awakening, a prologue to Genesect and the Legend Awakened. In the special, Mewtwo escaped from its creators and fought against a Pokémon hunter named Dirk, while Virgil helped protect it. It reappeared in Genesect and the Legend Awakened as both its normal form and Mega Mewtwo Y. At the beginning of the film, Mewtwo encountered the Genesect Army, who were looking for their home after being recreated. After a short conflict, the Army departed, and Mewtwo followed them to New Tork City. It met Ash and his friends, then got into a great conflict with the Red Genesect leading the Army.

Minor appearances

Lawrence III's actions in The Power of One were apparently set in motion due to an Ancient Mew card; the card itself was actually shown in the movie. A Mew appeared in the opening of Destiny Deoxys. A Mew appeared in the boss fantasy of A Lean Mean Team Rocket Machine!. As of this episode, every Generation I Pokémon has appeared in at least one episode of the anime. A Mew appeared in Alexa's magazine in The Journalist from Another Region!. An image of Mew appeared on a computer screen used by Mewtwo's creators in Genesect and the Legend Awakened. A Mew made a cameo appearance in the ending credits in Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade.

A picture resembling Mewtwo appeared on the lighthouse door in Mystery at the Lighthouse. A mirage Mewtwo appears in The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon and is the most powerful Pokémon controlled by the Mirage Master. Two Mewtwo appeared in the introduction to Mega Evolution Special I, one as Mega Mewtwo X and one as Mega Mewtwo Y. Both Mega Mewtwo X and Mega Mewtwo Y appeared in the credits of Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction.

Pokémon Origins

Mewtwo appeared in the Pokémon Origins episode File 4: Charizard. After finding out about its existence from Blue, Red entered Cerulean Cave in order to add Mewtwo's data to the Pokédex. In a fierce battle that wiped out almost all of Red's Pokémon, Mewtwo was finally defeated by Red's Charizard after it Mega Evolved into Mega Charizard X. Red then proceeded to capture Mewtwo, making his collection of the 150 known Pokémon complete. As Red, Blue and Prof. Oak, talk about the former capturing Mewtwo, Red realizes that Mewtwo was created from a Pokémon named Mew, which means that there is still one more Pokémon out there for him to catch. Unnoticed by anyone, a Mew suddenly appears outside of the window. Apparently having heard Red's words, it smiles teasingly before flying away.

In the manga

Movie adaptations

Main article: Mewtwo (M01)
Main article: Mewtwo (M16)
Main article: Mew (M01)
Main article: Mew (M08)

Two different Mew appear in the manga adaptations of the first and eighth Pokémon movies.

Two different Mewtwo appear in the manga adaptations of the first and sixteenth Pokémon movies.

Magical Pokémon Journey

During the final volume of Magical Pokémon Journey, Hazel goes to a forest in another dimension to find Mew so it can grant her a wish, but is trapped by Mewtwo.

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Mew (Adventures)
Main article: Mewtwo (Adventures)

Red, Green & Blue chapter

Mew debuted in A Glimpse of the Glow where Red and Blue tried to catch it but failed. It was soon tracked down by Team Rocket who planned on capturing it. A disc containing some of its DNA was obtained and was used in the creation of Mewtwo. It was first seen in Tauros the Tyrant, incomplete and floating in a tube when Red infiltrated Team Rocket headquarters. Later as Red and Green are cornered by several Team Rocket Grunts, Mew uses its psychic powers to stop them and escapes.

Much later as Mewtwo was fully completed by the time of And Mewtwo Too?!, where it started to rampage near Cerulean City. Blaine is revealed to be the Team Rocket scientist who not only created Mewtwo, added his own human DNA to it to finish its creation when Mew's cells weren't enough. Together, they battled with Mewtwo, which eventually ended in its capture via Master Ball in And Mewtwo... Three!.

Yellow chapter

Mewtwo had formed a bond with Blaine, and later, they helped Yellow on Cerise Island.

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

After Entei had helped Blaine cure his disease, causing Mewtwo's link to be severed and allowing it to set off on its own.

FireRed & LeafGreen chapter

Mewtwo helped the Kanto pokédex holders and Silver battle against Team Rocket and Deoxys. When the Team Rocket airhip was about to crash into Vermilion City, Mew came again and stopped the ship with its psychic powers. Leaving yet again as Mewtwo notices it, realizing that it was cloned from Mew's eyelash, it now has a something to chase its roots back. However a severely-injured Sird, returns and as the Pokédex holders and it stop her form capturing Deoxys, they turn into stone, except for Mewtwo.

Diamond & Pearl chapter

It is revealed by Sird, now part of Team Galactic, that Mewtwo had chased her down, but eventually lost track of her.

X & Y chapter

It was seen sitting inside the Unknown Dungeon in Pokémon Village. It soon engaged in a battle against Lysandre's Pokémon and Mega Evolved into Mega Mewtwo Y. It was soon revealed that Mewtwo and Blaine had reunited, with their unique bond even allowing Mewtwo to Mega Evolve again into Mega Mewtwo X after switching its Mega Stone.

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All!

Shu's father has a Mewtwo.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Mewtwo made its first appearance in the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga and debuted in Big Battle In The Viridian Forest!!

Main article: Blue's Mewtwo

Mewtwo is a Pokémon created by Giovanni in Bring Down the Strongest Pokémon!!. It was caught by Blue prior to The Pokémon Banana League (Part 1). Mewtwo becomes a "gag Pokémon" when its DNA becomes mixed with Clefairy's.

A Mew appeared in Obtain the Moon Stone!!. This one is actually a woman who was accidentally transformed after an experiment went wrong. She turns back later to her normal form.

Giovanni catches Mew as part of the supplies used for the creation of Mewtwo. It was released along with Mewtwo after the creation was unsuccessful.

Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire

Red befriended a Mew in Showdown! Clefairy VS Mew!!.

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