Palafin (Pokémon)

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0963Finizen.png #0963: Finizen
Pokémon
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Palafin
Dolphin Pokémon
Hero Pokémon
イルカマン
Irukaman
#0964
Zero Form
Zero Form
Hero Form
Hero Form



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Water Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Hero Form
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Ability
Zero to Hero Cacophony
Hero Form
Cacophony

Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hero Form
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
45 (11.9%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Field and Water 2
Hatch time
10280 - 10536 steps
Height
4'03" 1.3 m
Zero Form
5'11" 1.8 m
Hero Form
0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
132.7 lbs. 60.2 kg
Zero Form
214.7 lbs. 97.4 kg
Hero Form
0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form4}}}
Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
160
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 2
Zero Form
2
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Hero 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
BodyUnknown.png
Footprint
File:F0964.png None.png
Hero Form
Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
50
External Links

Palafin (Japanese: イルカマン Irukaman) is a Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation IX.

It evolves from Finizen starting at level 38 when leveled up while connected with another player via the Union Circle.

Palafin transforms when it is switched out from battle.

Biology

In its Zero Form, Palafin is a light blue cetacean Pokémon with the exact same physiology as its pre-evolution Finizen, except for a pink heart-shaped marking on its chest, surrounded by a larger white heart-shaped marking.

In its Hero Form, Palafin's physiology drastically changes, gaining considerable muscle mass and becoming able to stand on its tail fins. Its body is primarily dark blue with white colorations on its lower jaw, belly, sides, dorsal fin, and the bottom of its tail fins. The heart-shaped marking on its chest grows larger to resemble a shield. Parts of its body are covered with water, forming gloves, a cape or cowl, and three tail rings. Its eyes are also covered with water, evoking a mask.

Palafin is known as the "Pelagic Protector". When it hears its allies calling for help, Palafin will change its appearance from its Zero Form to its Hero Form, via its signature Ability, Zero to Hero. This transformation awakens its ancient genes, and is done in secret. Hero Form Palafin is strong enough to lift a cruise ship with just one fin, and is capable of swimming at speeds of 50 knots. It is known to save drowning people and Pokémon.

Palafin is the only known Pokémon capable of learning the move Jet Punch.

In the anime

Major appearances

Minor appearances

In the manga

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IX.
Generation IX Paldea
#292
Zero Form
Scarlet This Pokémon changes its appearance if it hears its allies calling for help. Palafin will never show anybody its moment of transformation.
Violet Its physical capabilities are no different than a Finizen's, but when its allies are in danger, it transforms and powers itself up.
Hero Form
Scarlet This Pokémon’s ancient genes have awakened. It is now so extraordinarily strong that it can easily lift a cruise ship with one fin.
Violet This hero of the ocean swims at a speed of 50 knots and saves drowning people and Pokémon.


Pokedex Image Palafin SV.png
Palafin in the Paldea Pokédex

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IX.
Generation IX
Scarlet Violet


In side games

Held items

Stats

Base stats

Zero Form
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
100
160 - 207 310 - 404
70
67 - 134 130 - 262
72
69 - 136 134 - 267
53
52 - 115 99 - 225
62
60 - 125 116 - 245
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Total:
457
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.
Hero Form
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
100
160 - 207 310 - 404
160
148 - 233 292 - 460
97
91 - 163 179 - 322
106
99 - 173 195 - 342
87
82 - 152 161 - 300
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Total:
650
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
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation IX
Other generations:
None
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Jet Punch Water Physical 06060 100100% 15
011 Water Gun Water Special 04040 100100% 25
011 Supersonic Normal Status 0000 05555% 20
Evo.Evo. Flip Turn Water Physical 06060 100100% 20
077 Astonish Ghost Physical 03030 100100% 15
1010 Focus Energy Normal Status 0000 00——% 30
1313 Aqua Jet Water Physical 04040 100100% 20
1717 Double Hit Normal Physical 03535 09090% 10
2121 Dive Water Physical 08080 100100% 10
2525 Charm Fairy Status 0000 100100% 20
2929 Acrobatics Flying Physical 05555 100100% 15
3434 Encore Normal Status 0000 100100% 5
3939 Aqua Tail Water Physical 09090 09090% 10
4444 Mist Ice Status 0000 00——% 30
5050 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 08080% 5
5555 Focus Punch Fighting Physical 150150 100100% 20
6161 Wave Crash Water Physical 120120 100100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Palafin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Palafin

By TM

Generation IX
Other generations:
None
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM001Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM001 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
TM002Bag TM Fairy SV Sprite.png TM002 Charm Fairy Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM004Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM004 Agility Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
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
TM014Bag TM Flying SV Sprite.png TM014 Acrobatics Flying Physical 05555 100}}100% 15
TM019Bag TM Fairy SV Sprite.png TM019 Disarming Voice Fairy Special 04040 00—}}—% 15
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
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
TM037Bag TM Fairy SV Sprite.png TM037 Draining Kiss Fairy Special 05050 100}}100% 10
TM043Bag TM Dark SV Sprite.png TM043 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM047Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM047 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM050Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM050 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM059Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM059 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 08080 090}}90% 15
TM064Bag TM Fighting SV Sprite.png TM064 Bulk Up Fighting Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM066Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM066 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TM069Bag TM Ice SV Sprite.png TM069 Ice Punch Ice Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM070Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM070 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM073Bag TM Fighting SV Sprite.png TM073 Drain Punch Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 10
TM077Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM077 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM081Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM081 Grass Knot Grass Special 0000 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
TM099Bag TM Steel SV Sprite.png TM099 Iron Head Steel Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM103Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM103 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
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
TM117Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM117 Hyper Voice Normal Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM122Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM122 Encore Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 5
TM123Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM123 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM130Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM130 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM134Bag TM Fighting SV Sprite.png TM134 Reversal Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
TM135Bag TM Ice SV Sprite.png TM135 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM142Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM142 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 080}}80% 5
TM143Bag TM Ice SV Sprite.png TM143 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TM152Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM152 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM156Bag TM Dragon SV Sprite.png TM156 Outrage Dragon Physical 120120 100}}100% 10
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
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Palafin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Palafin

By breeding

Generation IX
Other generations:
None
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
RillaboomDudunsparce Boomburst Normal Special 140 100% 10
SpoinkGrumpigFinneonLumineonScorbunnyRaboot
CinderaceCetoddleCetitan
Bounce Flying Physical 85 85% 5
SlakothVigorothSlakingZangooseLucarioLycanroc
LycanrocMudbrayMudsdaleScorbunnyRabootCinderace
SkwovetGreedentAnnihilape
Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
VaporeonWooperQuagsireSeviper Haze Ice Status —% 30
WhiscashDondozo Tickle Normal Status 100% 20
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Palafin in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Palafin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Palafin

By a prior evolution

Generation IX
Other generations:
None
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon has no moves exclusive to prior evolutions.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Palafin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Palafin

Side game data

Evolution

0963Finizen.png
Unevolved
Finizen
 Water 
Rare Candy
Level 38
while in a Union Circle group
0964Palafin.png
First evolution
Palafin
 Water 


Forms

Before switching out
Palafin
Zero Form
Palafin
 Water 




After switching out
Palafin
Hero Form
Palafin
 Water 

Sprites

Trivia

  • Zero Form Palafin is the only Pokémon with a base stat total of 457.
  • Hero Form Palafin:
    • is the only Pokémon with a base stat total of 650.
    • has the highest base Attack stat of all Water-type Pokémon.
  • Palafin has different cries depending on its form. In particular, Zero Form Palafin and its pre-evolution, Finizen, have identical cries.

Origin

Palafin seems to be based on a dolphin and a comic book superhero. Its Zero Form's relative lack of visual changes from its pre-evolution seems to be inspired by the trope of superheroes assuming civilian identities to keep their true identity a secret, while its Hero Form seems to represent the hero suiting up whilst unseen and emerging as a superhero. The names of its forms and Ability reference the term "going from zero to hero". The connection between dolphins and superheroes may be inspired by numerous real-life accounts of wild dolphins saving people in open seas.

Additionally, Palafin may be based on the Boto, a mythical South American creature that takes the form of an ordinary pink river dolphin, but can occasionally take a human form, and will join in human festivities. Eventually, the Boto must return to the water, and shapeshift back into an ordinary pink dolphin.

Palafin evolving from Finizen at level 38 may be a reference to 1938, the year Superman debuted.

Name origin

Palafin may be a combination of paladin or pal (since another player is needed to evolve it) and fin or dolphin.

Irukaman may be a combination of 海豚 iruka (dolphin) and man, which is often used as a suffix for superhero codenames.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese イルカマン Irukaman From 海豚 iruka and man
France Flag.png French Superdofin From super and dauphin or Dofin
Spain Flag.png Spanish Palafin Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Delfinator From Delfin and Terminator
Italy Flag.png Italian Palafin Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 돌핀맨 Dolpinmaen From dolphin and man
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 海豚俠 / 海豚侠 Hǎitúnxiá From 海豚 hǎitún and 俠 / 侠 xiá
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 海豚俠 Hóityùhnhahp From 海豚 hóityùhn and hahp


Zero Form

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ナイーブフォルム Naive Form
Chinese Cantonese 平凡形態 Pìhngfàahn Yìhngtaai
Mandarin 平凡形態 / 平凡形态 Píngfán Xíngtài
France Flag.png French Forme Ordinaire
Germany Flag.png German Alltagsform
Italy Flag.png Italian Forma Ingenua
South Korea Flag.png Korean 나이브폼 Naive Form
Spain Flag.png Spanish Forma Ingenua
Thailand Flag.png Thai ฟอร์มไร้เดียงสา

Hero Form

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese マイティフォルム Mighty Form
Chinese Cantonese 全能形態 Chyùhnnàhng Yìhngtaai
Mandarin 全能形態 / 全能形态 Quánnéng Xíngtài
France Flag.png French Forme Super
Germany Flag.png German Heldenform
Italy Flag.png Italian Forma Possente
South Korea Flag.png Korean 마이티폼 Mighty Form
Spain Flag.png Spanish Forma Heroica
Thailand Flag.png Thai ฟอร์มทรงพลัง

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