User:Nikuriku/Underleveled Pokemon

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This page which I'm making is a list of underleveled Pokémon that can be encountered in the wild or by trainers.

In the games, underleveled Pokémon can occasionally be found in the wild. Some trainers found early-middle of the game have underleveled Pokémon in their party.

In the games

Depending on the version and generation of the game, more or less underleveled Pokémon can be encountered. Prior to Generation V, Pokémon that are obtained in trades are always the same level as the Pokémon that was traded by the player. In some cases it is possible to receive an underleveled Pokémon by trading the requested Pokémon at a lower level than the natural level of when the Pokémon that will be received would usually evolve at. More can be seen here.

In Generation V, Pokémon Black and White Versions 2 the introduction of Easy Mode lowers the strengths and levels of in-game trainers Pokémon by a few levels. As a result, the decrease in level would lead to many trainers having underleveled Pokémon due to some of their Pokémon who evolve by level up being at the minimum level of evolution in normal mode.

In Generation VI, the introduction of the Friend Safari had also presented the opportunity to encounter many underleveled Pokémon due to the nature of the Friend Safari being that all the wild Pokémon that appear there will be level 30.

In Generation VII, the concept of SOS Battle's makes it possible for an evolved form of a Pokémon to appear alongside the pre-evolution of the Pokémon. This new type of battling along with all Pokémon that can appear within an area all sharing the same level range means that SOS battling can bring forth many underleveled Pokémon. For example, it is possible to catch a Salamence as low as level 9-12 due to appearing as an SOS ally of a Bagon in Alola Route 3 where the level range of all wild Pokémon are levels 9-12 within grass.

Totem Pokémon are also underleveled in the early to mid stages of the game due to the Totem commonly being an evolved Pokémon. However their underleveled status is due to its in-game level being lowered to be closer to the wild Pokémon that appears in the location of the trial.

Underleveled wild Pokémon

Artwork Name Game Location Minimum level Level found Notes
Metapod Red, Blue, and Yellow
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
LeafGreen and FireRed
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Viridian Forest 7 3-6
Kakuna Red, Blue, and Yellow
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
LeafGreen and FireRed
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Viridian Forest 7 3-6
Pidgeotto Pokémon Yellow
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Viridian Forest 18 9Y
7HGSS
Raticate Pokémon Yellow
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Kanto Route 1
Kanto Route 7
Kanto Route 9
Kanto Route 11
Kanto Route 21
20 15, 17Y
15, 19GSHGSS
6, 13, 15, 16, 18, 15-18C
13, 13-15HGSS
Magmar Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Pokémon Platinum
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sun and Moon
Burned Tower
Fuego Ironworks
Johto Safari Zone
Wela Volcano Park
30 14,16GSHGSS
17HGSS
28-29Pt
16-19SM
May also yield an appropriately levelled Magmar at level 41 at the Johto Safari Zone(Peak)HGSS.
Encountered only through an SOS Battle as an ally of a MagbySM.
Ralts Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Route 102 4 5 Wally catches his Ralts here at level 5. Whilst not technically underleveled, it is impossible to find a level 5 Ralts in the wild within the games.
Noctowl HeartGold and SoulSilver Viridian Forest 20 7 Only appears at night or by Headbutting trees.
Ariados HeartGold and SoulSilver Viridian Forest 22 5-6HG Encountered through Headbutting trees.
Ledian HeartGold and SoulSilver Viridian Forest 18 5-6SS Encountered through Headbutting trees.
Garbodor X and Y
Sun and Moon
Friend Safari (Poison)
Malie City
34 30XY
24-27SM
Only available through Friend Safari (Poison)XY Slot 2 or through an SOS BattleSM as an ally of a Trubbish.
Swanna X and Y Friend Safari (Flying) 35 30 Only available through Friend Safari (Flying) Slot 2.
Sawsbuck X and Y Friend Safari (Grass) 35 30 Only available through Friend Safari (Grass) Slot 2.
Pyroar X and Y Friend Safari (Fire) 35 30 Only available through Friend Safari (Fire) Slot 2.
Gogoat X and Y Friend Safari (Grass) 32 30 Only available through Friend Safari (Grass) Slot 3.
Dragonite Sun and Moon Poni Gauntlet 55 10-54 Encountered only through an SOS Battle as an ally of a Dratini.
This method may also yield an appropriately levelled Dragonite from level 55-59.
Shelgon Sun and Moon Kala'e Bay 30 15-18 Encountered only through an SOS Battle as an ally of a Bagon.
Salamence Sun and Moon Route 3 50 9-12 Encountered only through an SOS Battle as an ally of a Bagon.

Underleveled Trainer Pokémon

Name Trainer Game Location Minimum level Level found Notes Picture
Dragonite Lance Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Stadium
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Indigo Plateau
Dragon's Den
55 40, 47, 49, 50
Pidgeotto Falkner Gold, Silver, and Crystal
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Violet City Gym 18 7, 9, 13
Lairon Poké Maniac Steve Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Route 114 32 27, 29
Aggron Poké Maniac Steve Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Route 114 42 35
Rhydon Poké Maniac Steve Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Route 114 42 35
Purugly Commander Mars Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum Valley Windworks 38 16DP, 17Pt Only applies for the first battle at Valley Windworks.
Skuntank Commander Jupiter Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum Team Galactic Eterna Building 34 20DP, 23Pt Only applies for the first battle.

Underleveled event Pokémon

Artwork Name Generation Country Event Minimum level Level found Notes Date of distribution(D/M/Y)
025Pikachu-Original.png Ash's Pikachu VII Japan Cap Pikachu M20 Promotion 2 1 Original cap only. Distributed to players who preordered tickets for the 20th Pokémon movie in Japan. Pre-film: 15/4/17-14/7/17
Post-film: 19/7/17-31/7/17
149Dragonite.png Dragonite IV Japan Pokémon Center Strongest Pokémon Distribution Event 55 50 Local event at participating Pokémon Centers 15/1/08-14/2/08
149Dragonite.png Dragonite IV U.S. and Puerto Rico Toys "R" US Dragonite 55 50 Local distribution event at participating Toys "R” Us stores 8/11/08-9/11/08
149Dragonite.png Lance's Dragonite V Japan Pokémon Game Show Pokémon 55 50 Live distribution at Pokémon Game Show event in Tokyo 17/8/13-18/8/13
248Tyranitar.png Tyranitar VI Korea 2014 Korean World Championship Series Pokémon 55 50 Live distribution for players who attended the World Championships 2014 Qualification Tournament at the Yeongdeungpo Lotte Department Store in Seoul, South Korea. Only works with Pokémon X version. 5/7/14
248Tyranitar.png Tyranitar VI Japan Pokémon Center Battle Championship Pokémon 55 50 Local distribution event at Pokemon Center stores in Japan 7/7/14-21/7/14
635Hydreigon.png Ghetsis's Hydreigon VI Japan Pokémon Center Occupation Plan Pokémon 64 52 Local distribution event at Pokemon Centers, Pokemon Stores and the Hokuriku Oyabe Pokemon Store Outlet. 1/10/16-11/11/16