Legendary Pokémon are some of the coolest pocket monsters in the entire Pokémon franchise. They have the most elaborate designs, the mightiest videogame stats, and some of the strongest Pokémon cards. While Mythical and Legendary Pokémon were once few in number, each generation added a bunch of new Legendaries, to the point where it’s now quite hard to keep track of them all! That’s where we come in: this guide has a full list of every Legendary Pokémon.
So how many Pokémon are there on this list, exactly? Well, there are now 66 Legendary Pokémon and 23 Mythical Pokémon. We’ve put together this handy list to show you who’s who among the most powerful Pokémon of all time, splitting them up by generation.
If you like rare and powerful things you might also be interested in our guides to the most expensive and rare Pokémon cards and the best Pokémon cards. For now though, let’s take a look at the full list of Legendary Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon:
Before we get underway, a few fun numbers. The most common type for Legendary and Mythical Pokémon by far is Psychic, with a whopping 22 mindreading ‘mons. Dragon and Steel are close behind, with 14 and 12 Legendaries or Mythicals respectively. Something about these Pokémon types just feels a bit special, we guess. Conversely, the poor Bug and Poison types only appears once on this list, with Genesect and Eternatus.
What’s the difference between a Legendary Pokémon and a Mythical Pokémon? It’s an annoyingly subtle distinction. Basically, Mythicals are considered even rarer than Legendaries, to the point where most people in the Pokémon world doubt their very existence. In gameplay terms, Mythicals were traditionally only available during exclusive events, but some – like the recent Generation nine Pecharunt – can now be caught in DLC
Generation 1 Legendary Pokémon
In Pokémon Red and Blue, Mewtwo was an end-game secret. It appears in the high level Cerulean Cave, which can only be accessed after beating the Elite Four and winning the Pokémon league.
Generation 1 Mythical Pokémon
Mew was never intended to be a publicly available Pokémon. Developer Shigeki Morimoto added Mew to the code as an Easter egg just for his colleagues at Game Freak, using space on the cartridge that was freed up after debug tools were removed. Some players discovered Mew via glitches, starting rumors of a secret Pokémon that were hard for fans to verify or disprove in the early days of the internet.
The first time player’s could legimately catch Mew was in Spring 1996, when Game Freak ran a promotion in manga magazine CoroCoro Comic, offering a few lucky winners the chance to mail in their game cartridge in to have Mew added to their Pokédex.
Generation 2 Legendary Pokémon
Generation 2 Mythical Pokémon
Generation 3 Legendary Pokémon
Generation 3 Mythical Pokémon
Generation 4 Legendary Pokémon
The Legendary Pokémon that appeared in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl really push the power level for the franchise. Dialga has the ability to control time, Palkia can warp space, and together they are capable of creating new universes; Giratina can rip holes in reality and lurks in the Distortion dimension.
Generation 4 Mythical Pokémon
Arceus is perhaps the most over the top Mythical Pokémon: it’s worshipped as a deity by some humans, who may actually be right – it could be the creator of the Pokémon universe.
Generation 5 Legendary Pokémon
Generation 5 Mythical Pokémon
Generation 6 Legendary Pokémon
Generation 6 Mythical Pokémon
Generation 7 Legendary Pokémon
Generation 7 Mythical Pokémon
Generation 8 Legendary Pokémon
Generation 8 Mythical Pokémon
Zarude was added to Pokémon Sword and Shield in the Isle of Armor DLC.
Generation 9 Legendary Pokémon
Generation 9 Mythical Pokémon
Pecharunt was added to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in the The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero Epilogue: Mochi Mayhem DLC.
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