When I started up this little world of mine, the first feature it had was the Legendary Pokemon of the Week series of posts. That series has come to a sort of temporary end, as I have already covered all my favorite Legendary Pokemon. But there are still a few Pokemon from the previous and current generations that I didn’t cover yet. I’ve talked about the best, now it’s time to talk about the rest.
Moltres: Beginning with Generation One, our first Pokemon on the list is the third and final member of Kanto’s bird trio, Moltres. Like Articuno and Zapdos, there aren’t very many myths or legends behind Moltres, though it is said that this bird’s appearance is the signal of an early spring. I do find Moltres to be a pretty cool Pokemon, especially since it’s based off of the Phoenix. But when it comes to Phoenix-based Pokemon, I’d rather take Ho-Oh. Part of the reason is because I’ve never been a huge fan of Moltres’s character design (its original Red and Blue sprites looked creepy to me).
Poor Moltres sure has been moved around a lot through the generations of the Pokemon games. In the original Red, Blue, and Yellow games, Moltres was found within Kanto’s Victory Road. Which is a rather appropriate place for the great bird, actually. You know, the funny thing about that location is there’s a NPC Trainer in the chamber with Moltes. You’d think there’d at least be a wall dividing them, but no. Obviously, the game designers didn’t think that one through all the way. Anyway, in FireRed and LeafGreen Moltres was moved to the top of Mount Ember in the Sevii Islands. In Platinum, Moltres can be found roaming the Sinnoh Region, while in HeartGold and SoulSilver it can be found at Mount Silver in Johto.
Regirock and Regice: Skipping all the way to Generation Three, we come to the first two members of the Hoenn Region’s legendary golems. When I first learned of the golems, I wasn’t overly impressed with Regirock and Regice (though Regirock reminded me of the one alien from the original Star Trek). But I wasn’t impressed with them as I was with Registeel. In Generation Three, Regirock can be found within the Desert Ruins on Route 111, while Regice can be found in the Island Cave on Route 105. To get to them though, one first has to break the seals over them.
In Platinum, the rock golem can be found in a cave on Route 228, while Regice is found inside a chamber on Mount Coronet. But to get to these two, one has to have a special event Regigigas in the party. All three of the golems make a return in Black 2 and White 2 within the Underground Ruins. Regirock has to be captured first in order to get to the other two. Once caught, the player receives one of two keys. The Iceburg Key is the one that unlocks Regice, and is initially only available in White 2, but can be transferred over to Black 2.
Groudon: Here, we come to the third member of the Hoenn Region’s Weather Trio. According to the myth, Groudon expanded the landmasses and created the continents. And it would often come into conflict with Kyogre. I originally got my hands on the Ruby version just to try out Groudon for myself (and to face Team Magma). And though I found Groudon to be a decent Pokemon, I wasn’t as impressed with it as I was with Kyogre. In Ruby, Groudon can be found in the Cave of Origin, while in Emerald it can be captured in the ever-moving Tera Cave. In SoulSilver, Groudon can be caught in the Embedded Tower once the Red Orb is in hand. Like Rayquaza and Kyogre, Groudon had a signature ability pertaining to the weather. In Groudon’s case, that ability is Drought, which it uses to expand the land. Drought is basically a permanent form of the move, Sunny Day, which increases the power of Fire-type moves and allows Solar Beam to fire on the first turn.
Jirachi: Of all the Legendary Pokemon out there so far, this is the one that I like the least. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is because Jirachi was sort of the cause of a fight a friend of mine and I had. I won’t go into details, but I ended up coming out of it a real jerk. The other reason is because in the movie Jirachi was in, May’s brother Max played a big role. And I loathe Max with a passion. Anyway, Jirachi is one of the third generation’s Event Pokaemon, and has the power to grant wishes. Its signature move is in the form of Doom Desire, which from what I’ve read is just a powered-up form of Future Sight.
Dialga and Palkia: The thing I had with these two was that I couldn’t decide which one I liked better. Then Giratina came along and that solved my conflict. Dialga and Palkia are the final two members of the Creation Trio, with Dialga being the guardian of time, and Palkia the guardian of space. In every version of the game Dialga and Palkia appear in so far, they can both be captured atop the Spear Pillar. Dialga’s signature move is in the form of Roar of Time, a powerful Dragon-type attack that has the drawback making Dialga unable to attack next turn. Palkia’s signature move, meanwhile, comes in the form of Spacial Rend, which has a high critical hit ratio. I guess that makes Palkia better in the signature move department at least.
Regigigas: One thing Generation Four did was revealing the secret master of Hoenn’s Legendary Golems. Long ago, Regigigas moved the continents of the Pokemon world into place (because I guess Groudon didn’t do a good enough job). Sometime after that, maybe because it was lonely, the giant created three golems in its own likeness. For a time, the ancient people worshipped Regigigas, but one day they became afraid of it and sealed the giant and its golems away. In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Regigigas can be found in the basement level of the Snowpoint Temple. But it can only be awakened when Regirock, Regice, and Registeel are in the party.
The master of the golem trio returns again in Black 2 and White 2 in a small temple beneath Twist Mountain. Like before though, the golems need to be in the party in order to awaken Regigigas. The signature ability of Regigigas seems to be in the form of Slow Start. For five turns after being sent out, the Speed and Attack power of Regigigas is halved. That’s probably what I don’t like about Regigigas. I’m all about speed and attack. But then the ability does fit Regigigas quite well. As for the signature move of Regigigas, that move is in the form of Crush Grip. As the name suggests, Regigigas grabs the opponent and crushes the life out of it. The attack does more damage the more HP the target has.
Victini: This Event Pokemon is a little too cute, even for me. Known as the Victory Pokemon, Victini is said to be able to grant victory to its trainers, and also has an unlimited amount of energy that it gladly shares with others. In Black and White, Victini can be found in the lighthouse basement on the island of Liberty Garden. But to get to the little guy, the player has to get past Team Plasma first. Victini has two signature moves. The first is Searing Shot, a Fire-type move that has a thirty percent chance of inflicting a burn. The second is V-create, another Fire-type move that lowers Victini’s Defense, Special Defense, and Speed stats.
Reshiram and Zekrom: Like Dialga and Palkia, this was another case of being unable to decide which one I liked better. And like before, Kyurem came along and solved the problem (yet also raised the question of which form of Kyurem I like better). Reshiram and Zekrom used to be one dragon along with Kyurem. But the conflict of the two brothers who ruled Unova caused the dragon to split. One part became Reshiram, the white dragon of truth, and another part became Zekrom, the black dragon of ideals.
Depending on the version being played, Reshiram and Zekrom can be captured either at N’s Castle, or atop the Dragonspiral Tower. Both of these dragons each have two signature moves, and both one that powers up the move of the other dragon. Reshiram’s first signature move is Fusion Flare, which gains power when Zekrom’s first signature move, Fusion Bolt, is used. Likewise, Fusion Bolt is powered up by the use of Fusion Flare. At level one hundred, Zekrom learns a much more powerful signature move, Bolt Strike, a powerful electric attack that has a chance of paralyzing the enemy. Reshiram’s level one hundred move meanwhile is Blue Flare. As the name suggests, Blue Flare is a hot blue flame that can leave the enemy with a severe burn.
So that covers the rest of the Legendary Pokemon from Generations One through Five. If anyone wants me to do more in-depth coverage on any of the Pokemon that have been featured here, please leave a comment on this post. Otherwise, this is it for the Legendary Pokemon of the Week series until the Generation Six games. In the meantime, I’ll probably move some of my other posts for this world to Saturday, like the Interesting Specimen posts and the Character Salutes. So for now, thanks for reading.