List of generation III Pokémon

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The third generation (Generation III) of the Pokémon franchise features 135 fictional species of creatures introduced to the core video game series in the 2002 Game Boy Advance games Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. Some Pokémon in this generation were introduced in animated adaptations of the franchise before Ruby and Sapphire.

The following list details the 135 Pokémon of Generation III in order of their National Pokédex number. The first Pokémon, Treecko, is number 252 and the last, Deoxys, is number 386. Alternate forms that result in type changes are included for convenience. Mega evolutions and regional forms are included on the pages for the generation in which they were introduced.

Design and development[edit]

Nintendo Life noted in a retrospective that the third generation of Pokémon has a very different "feel" from the two generations that came before it because almost all of its 135 new Pokémon – save for Azurill and Wynaut – have no relation to those of the previous generations.Ruby and Sapphire features two "Mythical Pokémon" – Jirachi and Deoxys – both of which became available to coincide with their respective anime movies.[1]

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire significantly increased the amount of "Dark" and "Steel"-type Pokémon in the series, as only a few Pokémon in previous generations used these typings. Hardcore Gamer also noted that many of the new Pokémon made use of "dual typing", where Pokémon have both a primary and a secondary type; this wasn't nearly as common in Red and Blue or Gold and Silver.[2]

List of Pokémon[edit]

List of Pokémon species introduced in Generation III (2002)[nb 1]
Name National Pokédex
number
Type(s) Evolves from Evolves into Notes
English Japanese Primary Secondary
Treecko Kimori (キモリ)[4] 252 Grass Beginning of evolution Grovyle (#253) Treecko has claws at the bottom of its feet, so it can scale walls and ceilings. Treecko is one of three starters of the Hoenn region.
Grovyle Juputoru (ジュプトル)[5] 253 Grass Treecko (#252) Sceptile (#254) Grovyle is the evolved form of Treecko. It is notable for one Grovyle's major role in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Darkness, and Sky.
Sceptile Jukain (ジュカイン)[6] 254 Grass Grovyle (#253) Mega Evolution It is a playable character in Pokkén Tournament and its counterpart. It is based on the Dilophosaurus. It received a Mega Evolution in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which gave it a secondary Dragon typing. It was the first Pokemon capable of learing Leaf Blade.
Torchic Achamo (アチャモ)[4] 255 Fire Beginning of evolution Combusken (#256) It can scorch foes black with its stomach-produced fireballs. Its English name is a portmanteau of "torch" and "chick", as the latter alludes that Torchic is based on a baby chicken. During the promotion of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire in America, a special Game Boy Advance with a Torchic theme was released specifically at the New York Pokemon Center back in 2003.[7] Torchic is one of three starters from the Hoenn region. The character May used one in the Pokemon anime.
Combusken Wakashamo (ワカシャモ)[5] 256 Fire Fighting Torchic (#255) Blaziken (#257) It can produce about 100 kicks any second. Combusken became the first in a long line of Fire and Fighting starter evolutions, eventually ending with Emboar.
Blaziken Bashāmo (バシャーモ)[6] 257 Fire Fighting Combusken (#256) Mega Evolution It can leap high in the air and deliver amazing fiery kicks. Blaziken has received generally positive reception. IGN readers ranked Blaziken the 50th best Pokémon ever.[8] Game Informer ranked it the 36th best Pokémon.[9] In a poll by Official Nintendo Magazine's Tom East, Blaziken was voted as the third-best Fire-type Pokémon. They stated "A kung fu chicken? What's not to like?". In a poll of the best Pokémon from Ruby and Sapphire in celebration of the games having 10 years under their belt, Blaziken was ranked in third place.[10] Another poll of the best Pokémon introduced in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald placed Blaziken third.[11] GamesRadar used Blaziken as an example of a human shaped Pokémon done right.[12] The Escapist's John Funk wrote that Blaziken was an "awesome" example of a Pokémon that players who refused to play past Red and Blue were missing out on.[13] Game Informer's Jeff Marchiafava felt that Blaziken was less cool than other Fire-type Pokémon and stated that it has a 1970s "vibe". While he felt that the Mega Evolution was an improvement, he called it a "Mega Disappointment."[14] Kotaku's Eric Jou also felt that it had a weak design and cited it as an example of Ruby and Sapphire's weak Pokémon designs.[15] Several critics and websites have noted that Blaziken would be a good choice for a playable character in Super Smash Bros..[16][17][18] It was the first Pokemon capable of knowing Blaze Kick. It received an Ability called Speed Boost in Generation 5, which caused it to be banned to the 'Ubers' tier in the Smogon Competitive Scene.
Mudkip Mizugorō (ミズゴロウ)[4] 258 Water Beginning of evolution Marshtomp (#259) The fin on its head acts as a radar for its surroundings. Even in muddy water, Mudkip can sense where it is going. Videos, images and copypastas involving Mudkip began surfacing in 2005, and by 2007, the Pokémon, along with variations of the misspelt phrase "so i herd u liek mudkipz", have become internet memes,[19][20] receiving many tribute videos on YouTube.[21][22] Mudkip is one of three starters from the Hoenn region.
Marshtomp Numakurō (ヌマクロー)[5] 259 Water Ground Mudkip (#258) Swampert (#260) Marshtomp is the evolved form of Mudkip, and gave it a secondary Ground typing. It was used by the character Brock in the Pokemon anime, evolving from a Mudkip.
Swampert Ragurāji (ラグラージ)[6] 260 Water Ground Marshtomp (#259) Mega Evolution Swampert is the final stage of the Mudkip evolution line. They are said to be strong enough that they can swim while towing a large ship, and its arms are hard as rock. It gained a Mega Evolution in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. It was the first Pokemon capable of knowing Muddy Water.
Poochyena Pochiena (ポチエナ)[5] 261 Dark Beginning of evolution Mightyena (#262) It is based on the hyena. It is the first Generation III Pokémon to be a pure Dark type and the second after Umbreon. Its English name is a portmanteau of "pooch" and "hyena". Poochyena and its evolved form are frequent Pokemon in their debut games, being frequently used by both the villanous teams: Team Magma and Team Aqua.
Mightyena Guraena (グラエナ)[23] 262 Dark Poochyena (#261) End of evolution In the wild, Mightyena live in a pack. They never defy their leader's orders. They defeat foes with perfectly coordinated teamwork. Its English name is a portmanteau of "mighty" and "hyena". It and its pre evolved form are frequently used by the aforementioned villainous teams: Team Magma and Team Aqua, with high frequency.
Zigzagoon Jiguzaguma (ジグザグマ)[5] 263 Normal Beginning of evolution Linoone (#264) It is interested in everything, curiously wandering in a zigzag pattern. Its Galarian form is a Dark type on top of its Normal type. Its English name is a portmanteau of "zigzag" and "goon".
Linoone Massuguma (マッスグマ)[24] 264 Normal Zigzagoon (#263) End of evolution[nb 2] It has trouble with gently curving turns since it goes in straight lines. Its Galarian form is a Dark type on top of its Normal type, and can evolve, unlike its base counterpart.
Wurmple Kemusso (ケムッソ)[25] 265 Bug Beginning of evolution Silcoon (#266)
Cascoon (#268)
It likes the bark off of trees that it gets with its two stingers. Wurmple will evolve into either Cascoon or Silcoon based off its unseen personality values, making its evolution essentially random.
Silcoon Karasarisu (カラサリス)[24] 266 Bug Wurmple (#265) Beautifly (#267) It anchors itself to tree branches using silk and awaits for its own evolution. Silcoon is virtually identical to its counterpart Cascoon, having the same moves and stats as it.
Beautifly Agehanto (アゲハント)[6] 267 Bug Flying Silcoon (#266) End of evolution Just put a potted flower outside and you will see a Beautifly due to its favourite food being nectar. Its English name is a portmanteau of "beauty" and "butterfly". Beautifly was notably used by May in the Pokemon anime.
Cascoon Mayurudo (マユルド)[24] 268 Bug Wurmple (#265) Dustox (#269) It attaches dead leaves to its body as camouflage to disguise itself from predators. It is considered an alternative version of Silcoon thanks to its similarities to it.
Dustox Dokukeiru (ドクケイル)[24] 269 Bug Poison Cascoon (#268) End of evolution It is attracted to light, and can also strip forests clean. It is considered an alternative version of Beautifly. The character Jessie of Team Rocket uses it in the Pokemon anime, before its eventual departure in Crossing Paths.
Lotad Hasubō (ハスボー)[26] 270 Water Grass Beginning of evolution Lombre (#271) Lotad's evolution line is based on Spanish names. In Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, multiple Ludicolo are used on the team of the main antagonist, Miror B. A Ludicolo used by Toler Webb was distributed at the Pokemon Spring Regional Championships 2013 as an Event Pokemon. Brock, a character in the Pokemon anime, also used a Ludicolo, having evolved from a Lotad and into a Lombre before reaching its final form.
Lombre Hasuburero (ハスブレロ)[27] 271 Water Grass Lotad (#270) Ludicolo (#272)
Ludicolo Runpappa (ルンパッパ)[28] 272 Water Grass Lombre (#271) End of evolution
Seedot Tanebō (タネボー)[24] 273 Grass Beginning of evolution Nuzleaf (#274) The more it drinks, the more gloss it has.
Nuzleaf Konohana (コノハナ)[24] 274 Grass Dark Seedot (#273) Shiftry (#275) Nuzleaf is Seedot's evolution. One Nuzleaf played an important role in Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon.
Shiftry Dātengu (ダーテング)[4] 275 Grass Dark Nuzleaf (#274) End of evolution Its design is inspired by the Japanese mythological creature Tengu.[29] It is capable of whipping up winds using its fans, and evolves from Nuzleaf via a Leaf Stone item.
Taillow Subame (スバメ)[30] 276 Normal Flying Beginning of evolution Swellow (#277) Taillow and Swellow are swallow Pokémon. Taillow's English name is a portmanteau of "tail" and "swallow", while Swellow's English name is a portmanteau of "swell" and "swallow". Ash Ketchum used both Taillow and its evolution Swellow in the Pokemon anime.
Swellow Ōsubame (オオスバメ)[6] 277 Normal Flying Taillow (#276) End of evolution
Wingull Kyamome (キャモメ)[24] 278 Water Flying Beginning of evolution Pelipper (#279) Its design resembles a seagull. A female Wingull named Peeko accompanies the old seaman Mr. Briney in Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, and their remakes, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
Pelipper Perippā (ペリッパー)[6] 279 Water Flying Wingull (#278) End of evolution Its design resembles a pelican. Pelipper has a large beak, capable of even storing a small child in its beak. Pelipper are often used as mail carriers in games such as Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team and Pokemon Cafe Mix.
Ralts Rarutosu (ラルトス)[24] 280 Psychic Fairy[nb 3] Beginning of evolution Kirlia (#281) It uses its horns to sense someone's emotions. When it feels threatened, it will hide and will not come out until the feeling dissipates. A Ralts was captured by the character Wally in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire and their remakes, being his main Pokemon, and eventually becoming Gardevoir (Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald) or Gallade (Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire)
Kirlia Kiruria (キルリア)[6] 281 Psychic Fairy[nb 3] Ralts (#280) Gardevoir (#282)
Gallade (#475)[nb 4]
The happier its trainer feels, the happier and stronger it is, and dances joyouslly when that happens. It will also dance at sunrises.
Gardevoir Sānaito (サーナイト)[31] 282 Psychic Fairy[nb 3] Kirlia (#281) Mega Evolution If its trainer is in danger, it will creates small black holes to protect them or when all else fails, it will even sacrifice itself for the sake of its trainer. Gardevoir received a Mega Evolution in Pokemon X and Y, and was the ace of Kalos' Champion, Diantha.
Surskit Ametama (アメタマ)[24] 283 Bug Water Beginning of evolution Masquerain (#284) Surskit are pond skaters, and release a scent from their heads to attract prey. They have a rivalry with Dewpider.
Masquerain Amemōsu (アメモース)[32] 284 Bug Flying Surskit (#283) End of evolution To scare off predators or intimidate its foes, it will show off its wings which look like massive eyeballs. If the eye patterns on its wings appear droopy and sad, rain is on its way. Its English name is a portmanteau of "masquerade" and "rain".
Shroomish Kinokoko (キノココ)[33] 285 Grass Beginning of evolution Breloom (#286) Its design resembles a mushroom. It eats damp leaves and composted soil, using them as a food source. It scatters poisonous spores when it is under threat.
Breloom Kinogassa (キノガッサ)[28] 286 Grass Fighting Shroomish (#285) End of evolution When it fights, its hands will stretch to massive lengths for maximum punch power. Its technique is equal to that of pro boxers. Like Shroomish, its design resembles a mushroom.
Slakoth Namakero (ナマケロ)[34] 287 Normal Beginning of evolution Vigoroth (#288) It moves so little, its diet consists of only three leaves a day. Its signature ability Truant makes it unable to move for a turn after using a move.
Vigoroth Yarukimono (ヤルキモノ)[6] 288 Normal Slakoth (#287) Slaking (#289) After it evolves, it cannot sit still anymore, it has to move somehow or else it will get very stressed and attack.
Slaking Kekkingu (ケッキング)[28] 289 Normal Vigoroth (#288) End of evolution Slaking has the highest base stat total of all Pokémon aside from Legendary Pokémon, Mythical Pokémon, and Mega Evolutions. Like Slakoth, it has the Truant ability, dampening its power. The Gym Leader Norman uses one as his ace Pokemon in his battles.
Nincada Tsuchinin (ツチニン)[24] 290 Bug Ground Beginning of evolution Ninjask (#291)
Shedinja (#292)
It's English name is a portmanteau of "ninja" and "cicada".
Ninjask Tekkanin (テッカニン)[24] 291 Bug Flying Nincada (#290) End of evolution Ninjask is the fasted non Legendary or Mythical Pokemon in the games, only being beaten by Deoxys' Speed Forme and Regieleki. Its former signature ability, Speed Boost, enchanced its speed further. It is said to move so fast that no one can see it when it is moving.
Shedinja Nukenin (ヌケニン)[24] 292 Bug Ghost Nincada (#290) End of evolution When a Nincada evolves into a Ninjask and there is an extra space in the player's party, a Shedinja is created from the Nincada's shed exoskeleton.[35] People say if you look in the hole in the back of its body, your soul will be stolen. In the games, Shedinja is notable for its unique trait of having only 1 HP and for blocking all attacks except "super effective" ones with its ability Wonder Guard. Its English name is a portmanteau of "shed" (relating to shedding skin) and "ninja".
Whismur Gonyonyo (ゴニョニョ)[36] 293 Normal Beginning of evolution Loudred (#294) Whismur, Loudred, and Exploud represent sound. If it is safe, you can barely hear a Whismur, even if you listen closely. If it is in danger, it will yell at an ear-splitting volume. Whismur represents silence, while the other two represent noisiness.
Loudred Dogōmu (ドゴーム)[24] 294 Normal Whismur (#293) Exploud (#295)
Exploud Bakuongu (バクオング)[37] 295 Normal Loudred (#294) End of evolution
Makuhita Makunoshita (マクノシタ)[30] 296 Fighting Beginning of evolution Hariyama (#297) It gets knocked down quite often. Even if it gets knocked down, the power used for it to get back up is stored to use for its evolution. One is used as the ace of Gym Leader Brawly.
Hariyama Hariteyama (ハリテヤマ)[38] 297 Fighting Makuhita (#296) End of evolution One thrust of its mighty arms is enough to send 10 ton dump truck flying. It and its pre-evolution Makuhita are the only Pokemon capable of learning Smelling Salts outside of breeding.
Azurill Ruriri (ルリリ)[34] 298 Normal Fairy[nb 3] Beginning of evolution Marill (#183) This Pokémon is smaller than Marill and Azumarill, and also the pre-evolution of them. A glitch in Generation 3 made Azurill capable of changing gender upon evolution into Marill, because Azurill had different gender ratios than it, having a 75% chance to be female compared to Marill's 50%.
Nosepass Nozupasu (ノズパス)[24] 299 Rock Beginning of evolution Probopass (#476) No matter what it does, two Nosepasses cannot face each other due to the fact their magnetic noses will always face north. It is a great Pokémon for campers. Its design is based on the Moai statues from Easter Island and compasses. Its English name is a portmanteau of "nose" and "compass". The Gym Leader Roxanne uses one as her ace Pokemon.
Skitty Eneko (エネコ)[5] 300 Normal Beginning of evolution Delcatty (#301) Skitty will chase and play with any thing that moves, so it chases its tail a lot. The character May had one in the Pokemon anime.
Delcatty Enekororo (エネコロロ)[6] 301 Normal Skitty (#300) End of evolution Delcatty evolve from Skitty using a Moon Stone. It is highly popular among female trainers due to its fur. It and Skitty are the only Pokemon with the ability Normalize, which turns all of its attacking moves into Normal type attacks.
Sableye Yamirami (ヤミラミ)[38] 302 Dark Ghost Beginning of evolution Mega Evolution Its design is inspired by the Hopkinsville goblin, an alien-like creature reported to be seen in Kentucky in the 1950s.[29][35] It loves to eat gems, with most of them being stolen from Carbink, though usually Gabite gets to them first. It is Mawile's counterpart, and it received a Mega Evolution in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
Mawile Kuchīto (クチート)[6] 303 Steel Fairy[nb 3] Beginning of evolution Mega Evolution Its design is inspired by the Japanese yōkai Futakuchi-onna, a woman said to have a second mouth on the back of her head in a cautionary tale about extreme dieting.[29] Its "second mouth" on the back of its head is actually two steel horns fused together. It will lure foes or prey in with its docile looking face, then use its massive jaws to bite and eat them. It is Sableye's counterpart, and it gained a Mega Evolution in Pokemon X and Y.
Aron Kokodora (ココドラ)[6] 304 Steel Rock Beginning of evolution Lairon (#305) Aron love to eat metal as their diet consists of it. Sometimes it will eat railroad tracks and cause massive chaos.
Lairon Kodora (コドラ)[24] 305 Steel Rock Aron (#304) Aggron (#306) Lairon are highly territorial, and if another enters its territory, it will violently slam into them. It eats iron ore as food.
Aggron Bosugodora (ボスゴドラ)[32] 306 Steel Rock Lairon (#305) Mega Evolution Its design and lore is based on the Bulgasari, a monster from Korean folklore that eats iron. It gained a Mega Evolution in Pokemon X and Y, shedding its Rock typing when it does so, becoming a pure Steel type.
Meditite Asanan (アサナン)[39] 307 Fighting Psychic Beginning of evolution Medicham (#308) Meditite heightens its inner energy through meditation. It survives off of one berry a day, said to be a method of training itself.
Medicham Chāremu (チャーレム)[30] 308 Fighting Psychic Meditite (#307) Mega Evolution Thanks to its training, it can now predict opponent's strikes. It sharpened its sixth sense. It gained a Mega Evolution in Pokemon X and Y. It and Meditite share a signature ability in Pure Power, massively boosting their Attacking power.
Electrike Rakurai (ラクライ)[24] 309 Electric Beginning of evolution Manectric (#310)
Manectric Raiboruto (ライボルト)[38] 310 Electric Electrike (#309) Mega Evolution Its design is inspired by the mythological Japanese creature Raijū, a being composed purely of lightning said to take on many quadrupedal forms.[29]
Plusle Purasuru (プラスル)[30][40] 311 Electric No evolution It will cheer with sparks made from its body. It resembles addition.
Minun Mainan (マイナン)[30] 312 Electric No evolution If things aren't going well, Minun will create a spark shower to help cheer on its teammates. It resembles subtraction.
Volbeat Barubīto (バルビート)[24] 313 Bug No evolution
Illumise Irumīze (イルミーゼ)[41] 314 Bug No evolution
Roselia Rozeria (ロゼリア)[24] 315 Grass Poison Budew (#406) Roserade (#407) If anyone tries to steal the flowers on its arms, they will be met with a bunch of thorns on its arms.
Gulpin Gokurin (ゴクリン)[6] 316 Poison Beginning of evolution Swalot (#317) Most of its body consists of its powerful stomach, whose acid can dissolve anything.
Swalot Marunōmu (マルノーム)[24] 317 Poison Gulpin (#316) End of evolution When Swalot spots prey, it spurts out a hideously toxic fluid from its pores and sprays the target. Once the prey has weakened, this Pokémon gulps it down whole with its cavernous mouth.
Carvanha Kibania (キバニア)[24] 318 Water Dark Beginning of evolution Sharpedo (#319) Carvanha are based on the red piranha.[42] It can effortlessly rip holes in boats with one bite.
Sharpedo Samehadā (サメハダー)[34] 319 Water Dark Carvanha (#318) Mega Evolution Sharpedo are based on sharks.[42] Nicknamed the "brutal Pokemon of the seas", Sharpedo will chase after ships and bite huge holes in them.
Wailmer Hoeruko (ホエルコ)[5] 320 Water Beginning of evolution Wailord (#321) Its design resembles a whale.
Wailord Hoeruō (ホエルオー)[43] 321 Water Wailmer (#320) End of evolution Its design is based on the blue whale. It is among the largest of all Pokémon. It herds prey in a pack and then swallows the massed prey in one gulp.
Numel Donmeru (ドンメル)[24] 322 Fire Ground Beginning of evolution Camerupt (#323) Numel is not smart. Although it can't feel much pain, it cannot stand hunger for a second.
Camerupt Bakūda (バクーダ)[44] 323 Fire Ground Numel (#322) Mega Evolution
Torkoal Kōtasu (コータス)[24] 324 Fire No evolution
Spoink Banebū (バネブー)[23] 325 Psychic Beginning of evolution Grumpig (#326) It keeps bouncing on its tail due to it keeping its heart going. If it stops, it dies. Its English name is a portmanteau of "spring" and "oink".
Grumpig Būpiggu (ブーピッグ)[24] 326 Psychic Spoink (#325) End of evolution Its English name is a portmanteau of "grumpy" and "pig".
Spinda Patchīru (パッチール)[23] 327 Normal No evolution Randomly-generated spot patterns make 4,294,967,296 different variations of Spinda exist in the games. Junichi Masuda has noted that much planning and discussion had to be done to make this feasible in game and due to this, Spinda has become a favourite Pokémon of his.[45]
Trapinch Nakkurā (ナックラー)[24] 328 Ground Beginning of evolution Vibrava (#329)
Vibrava Biburāba (ビブラーバ)[24] 329 Ground Dragon Trapinch (#328) Flygon (#330)
Flygon Furaigon (フライゴン)[30] 330 Ground Dragon Vibrava (#329) End of evolution A Mega Evolution of Flygon was planned for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, but was cancelled due to design problems.[46]
Cacnea Sabonea (サボネア)[5] 331 Grass Beginning of evolution Cacturne (#332) Its design resembles a cactus.
Cacturne Nokutasu (ノクタス)[4] 332 Grass Dark Cacnea (#331) End of evolution It will wait in deserts for travellers to faint, and then it will strike. Like Cacnea, its design resembles a cactus.
Swablu Chirutto (チルット)[47] 333 Normal Flying Beginning of evolution Altaria (#334) It likes to land on people's head like a fluffy hat.
Altaria Chirutarisu (チルタリス)[30] 334 Dragon Flying Swablu (#333) Mega Evolution Altaria is said to have a beautiful soprano singing voice, which can be heard when it is flying through the sky.
Zangoose Zangūsu (ザングース)[48] 335 Normal No evolution It has a lifelong feud with Seviper.
Seviper Habunēku (ハブネーク)[5] 336 Poison No evolution It will automatically fight Zangoose, its rival, until something stops them or one runs away.
Lunatone Runatōn (ルナトーン)[24] 337 Rock Psychic No evolution It is a meteorite Pokémon in the shape of the moon.
Solrock Sorurokku (ソルロック)[24] 338 Rock Psychic No evolution It is another meteorite Pokémon in the shape of the sun.
Barboach Dojotchi (ドジョッチ)[24] 339 Water Ground Beginning of evolution Whiscash (#340) Barboach are based on the pond loach.[42]
Whiscash Namazun (ナマズン)[4] 340 Water Ground Barboach (#339) End of evolution The design of Whiscash was inspired by the mythological Namazu, a giant catfish said to cause earthquakes.[29]
Corphish Heigani (ヘイガニ)[5] 341 Water Beginning of evolution Crawdaunt (#342)
Crawdaunt Shizarigā (シザリガー)[6] 342 Water Dark Corphish (#341) End of evolution Its English name is a portmanteau of "crawdad" and "daunt".
Baltoy Yajiron (ヤジロン)[24] 343 Ground Psychic Beginning of evolution Claydol (#344) Its design is based on the Dogū figurines from the Jōmon period.
Claydol Nendōru (ネンドール)[24] 344 Ground Psychic Baltoy (#343) End of evolution
Lileep Rirīra (リリーラ)[24] 345 Rock Grass Beginning of evolution Cradily (#346)
Cradily Yureidoru (ユレイドル)[24] 346 Rock Grass Lileep (#345) End of evolution It will use its petals to grab and eat its prey.
Anorith Anopusu (アノプス)[24] 347 Rock Bug Beginning of evolution Armaldo (#348)
Armaldo Āmarudo (アーマルド)[24] 348 Rock Bug Anorith (#347) End of evolution
Feebas Hinbasu (ヒンバス)[24] 349 Water Beginning of evolution Milotic (#350) Feebas are based on the largemouth bass.[42]
Milotic Mirokarosu (ミロカロス)[49] 350 Water Feebas (#349) End of evolution Said to be the most beautiful Pokémon in the world, many pieces of beautiful artwork contains it. Milotic are based on the oarfish.[42]
Castform Powarun (ポワルン)[32] 351 Normal No evolution It is capable of changing between its four forms depending on in-battle weather effects with its signature ability, Forecast.
Water In rain, Forecast changes Castform to its "Rainy Form", which is Water type and resembles a raindrop.
Ice In hail, Forecast changes Castform to its "Snowy Form", which is Ice type and resembles a snowy cloud.
Fire In harsh sunlight, Forecast changes Castform to its "Sunny Form", which is Fire type and resembles the sun.
Kecleon Kakureon (カクレオン)[24] 352 Normal No evolution Although it can turn invisible, its red stripe can always be seen.
Shuppet Kagebōzu (カゲボウズ)[24] 353 Ghost Beginning of evolution Banette (#354)
Banette Jupetta (ジュペッタ)[38] 354 Ghost Shuppet (#353) Mega Evolution Banette's fictional origin story states that it used to be a plush doll that was thrown away by a child and that its "feelings of hatred were so strong that it came to life to seek revenge".[35]
Duskull Yomawaru (ヨマワル)[24] 355 Ghost Beginning of evolution Dusclops (#356) The design of Duskull and its evolution are inspired by mummies and the Japanese ghost Chōchin-obake.[35] It can go through any wall, no matter how thick it may be, to chase people until sunrise, at which time the chase is abandoned. Its English name is a portmanteau of "dust" and "skull".
Dusclops Samayōru (サマヨール)[24] 356 Ghost Duskull (#355) Dusknoir (#477) It is said that anything that goes into its hollow body will never be seen again. Its English name is a portmanteau of "dust" and "cyclops".
Tropius Toropiusu (トロピウス)[48] 357 Grass Flying No evolution It lives in tropical jungles. The bunch of fruit around its neck is delicious. The fruit grows twice a year.
Chimecho Chirīn (チリーン)[23] 358 Psychic Chingling (#433) End of evolution
Absol Abusoru (アブソル)[5] 359 Dark Beginning of evolution Mega Evolution It can tell when horrible disasters are about to come because it can sense them with its fine hairs.
Wynaut Sōnano (ソーナノ)[23] 360 Psychic Beginning of evolution Wobbuffet (#202) Don't look at its always-smiling face to tell if its mad, look at its tail. If it is mad, it will be slamming on the ground.
Snorunt Yukiwarashi (ユキワラシ)[24] 361 Ice Beginning of evolution Glalie (#362)
Froslass (#478)[nb 5]
Glalie Onigōri (オニゴーリ)[44] 362 Ice Snorunt (#361) Mega Evolution Glalie is based on a hockey mask and the yokai, Tsurube-otoshi, as well as Oni.
Spheal Tamazarashi (タマザラシ)[24] 363 Ice Water Beginning of evolution Sealeo (#364) When it is time to eat, they tend to clap in appreciation. Therefore, its dinnertimes are quite noisy.
Sealeo Todogurā (トドグラー)[24] 364 Ice Water Spheal (#363) Walrein (#365) It likes to bounce anything on its nose. Sometimes, it will even balance Spheals.
Walrein Todozeruga (トドゼルガ)[24] 365 Ice Water Sealeo (#364) End of evolution
Clamperl Pāruru (パールル)[24] 366 Water Beginning of evolution Huntail (#367)
Gorebyss (#368)
Huntail Hantēru (ハンテール)[24] 367 Water Clamperl (#366) End of evolution Huntail are based on the onejaw.[42] When hunting, it lures prey in with its fish-esque tail, and then savagely rips them apart.
Gorebyss Sakurabisu (サクラビス)[24] 368 Water Clamperl (#366) End of evolution Although is quite pretty to some, it is very cruel. It will insert its very thin mouth into its prey and drink them dry. Gorebyss are based on the snipe eel.[42]
Relicanth Jīransu (ジーランス)[24] 369 Water Rock No evolution It is an ancient Pokémon that has been around for millions of years. Relicanths actually haven't changed due to this. Relicanth are based on the coelecanth.[42]
Luvdisc Rabukasu (ラブカス)[50] 370 Water No evolution Various critics consider Luvdisc among the most "useless" and "lazily designed" Pokémon.[51][52][53][54] Luvdisc are based on the kissing gourami.[42] When two people are out dating on the beach, you can tell that they really love each other if Luvdiscs appear.
Bagon Tatsubei (タツベイ)[24] 371 Dragon Beginning of evolution Shelgon (#372) It has many dreams about being able to fly, so it tries to in doomed efforts by throwing itself off of high cliffs. In return, its head becomes really hard, to bash its foes' skulls in.
Shelgon Komorū (コモルー)[24] 372 Dragon Bagon (#371) Salamence (#373) Waiting to evolve again, Shelgon usually moves quite fast, however if it is in cold places, its movements turn sluggish.
Salamence Bōmanda (ボーマンダ)[28] 373 Dragon Flying Shelgon (#372) Mega Evolution Now able to fly like it once had dreamed of doing as a Bagon, it flies very high, to see how high it can go.
Beldum Danbaru (ダンバル)[24] 374 Steel Psychic Beginning of evolution Metang (#375) Instead of having blood coursing through its veins, it has grains of metal rushing through.
Metang Metangu (メタング)[24] 375 Steel Psychic Beldum (#374) Metagross (#376) When two Beldums fuse, the result is a Metang.
Metagross Metagurosu (メタグロス)[44] 376 Steel Psychic Metang (#375) Mega Evolution Metagross is a result of four Beldum or two Metang. It eats through its mouth on the bottom of its stomach.
Regirock Rejirokku (レジロック)[55] 377 Rock No evolution If it is hurt, it will attach rocks to repair itself that scientists found out come from different parts of the world. It is one of three Regis.
Regice Rejiaisu (レジアイス)[48] 378 Ice No evolution Regice is made of the coldest and thickest ice in the world. Magma and lava won't even partially melt it because it has the ability to cool down the air by 60 degrees. It is one of three Regis.
Registeel Rejisuchiru (レジスチル)[55] 379 Steel No evolution The metal its made of is an unknown type of metal that is the hardest and most scratch-resistant, and has the highest melting point of any other metal in the world. In fact, it is so scratch-resistant that not even fire, cannon shots, or diamonds can hurt it. It is one of three Regis.
Latias Ratiasu (ラティアス)[5] 380 Dragon Psychic Beginning of evolution Mega Evolution It is part of the Eon duo. Latias can fly faster than a fighter jet, turn invisible, and understand human speech. It's a bit better when it comes to defense compared to her counterpart Latios. Latias, unlike her counterpart, is known to be capable of altering it's appearance via refracting lights from its feathers.It is the only Pokemon capable of learning Mist Ball, which deals damage and has a 50% chance to lower its opponent's Special Attack stat by one stage. Both her and Latios had starring roles in Pokemon Heroes.
Latios Ratiosu (ラティオス)[5] 381 Dragon Psychic Beginning of evolution Mega Evolution It is the other half of the Eon duo. Latios is very similar to its counterpart. Latios is shown capable of using an ability called 'Sight Sharing', allowing him to show others what he is seeing. It is the only Pokemon capable of learning Luster Purge, which deals damage and has a 50% chance to lower its opponent's Special Defense stat by one stage. It's a bit better though when it comes to power compared to his counterpart Latias. Both him and Latias had starring roles in Pokemon Heroes.
Kyogre Kaiōga (カイオーガ)[39][56] 382 Water Beginning of evolution Primal Reversion Legends tell of it expanding the seas. It had a devastatingly powerful fight with Groudon over control of land until Rayquaza stopped them.
Groudon Gurādon (グラードン)[30] 383 Ground Beginning of evolution Primal Reversion It can expand the land continuously. It had a destructive battle with Kyogre over rule of the land until Rayquaza stopped it.
Rayquaza Rekkūza (レックウザ)[57] 384 Dragon Flying Beginning of evolution Mega Evolution It feeds on meteorites to fuel its Mega Evolution while it lives in the ozone layer. It once came down to stop the massive fight between the powerful Groudon and the mighty Kyogre.
Jirachi Jirāchi (ジラーチ)[34] 385 Steel Psychic No evolution Legend says that Jirachi sleeps every 1,000 years, and if you write your wishes on the tags on its forehead, it might grant them. Jirachi has an eye on its stomach, and is the only Pokemon capable of learning Doom Desire. It was first made available via a bonus disc that came with Pokemon Colosseum, which also showed a preview of the movie it starred in: Pokemon: Jirachi-Wish Maker.
Deoxys Deokishisu (デオキシス)[57] 386 Psychic No evolution Deoxys is capable of changing between four "Formes": Normal, Attack, Defence, and Speed. Each of which differs by base stat values, effort value yield, and appearance.[58] In the Game Boy Advance games, Deoxys' Forme changes depending on the game that it is used in; subsequent games allow players to freely select each Forme by interacting with meteorites found in specific in-game locations. Deoxys is an alien that was born when a crystal had been hit with UV rays. In March 2005, NASA teamed up with the Pokémon Trading Card Game team to use Deoxys' likeness to educate children about outer space and the ozone layer. As part of this endeavor, NASA created browser games on its website and Nintendo of America distributed promotional bracelets and postcards.[59] Deoxys is the only Pokemon capable of learning Psycho Boost. It could be captured after completing a post game story titled The Delta Episode in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, being the first Mythical Pokemon to be available outside of events. It also starred in its own movie alongside Rayquaza, Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys.

Reception[edit]

Reception to Generation III's Pokémon has been polarising. Alex Carlson of Hardcore Gamer wrote in 2014 that the third generation of Pokémon games was not well received by fans of the series, with some people calling the generation the "worst in the series history".[2] This was in part because Ruby and Sapphire did not allow players to transfer in their Pokémon from previous generations and, because of this, many older Pokémon were completely unavailable in the games until Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen were released a few years later.[60] Meanwhile, many of the new Pokémon designs, such as those for Torchic, Feebas, Luvdisc, Castform and Clamperl, were criticised for being unoriginal.[2][60][61] Contrastingly, some designs, including Breloom, Aggron, and the aforementioned Castform were praised for their coolness, with the large variety of unique legendary Pokémon also helping the third generation feel fresh and new.[62] While Ruby and Sapphire were recognized for introducing less memorable designs than their predecessors, designs like Milotic, Salamence, Metagross, Rayquaza, and Blaziken made the overall generation a satisfying supplement to the existing Pokédex.[63]

The third generation has had its share of enduringly popular designs. Eighteen years after the release of Ruby and Sapphire, Rayquaza and Gardevoir finished eighth and ninth in 2020's Pokémon of the Year vote,[64] with Flygon, Sceptile, and Blaziken also among the top 30.[65] Rayquaza also finished eighth in a 2016 Japanese poll, with Jirachi and Kyogre among the top 25.[66] A popularity vote on the Pokémon subreddit featured Blaziken at 5th, joined in the top 25 by Gardevoir, Absol, Flygon, and Mudkip.[67]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Details on Pokémon names, National Pokédex numbers, types and evolutions are obtained from The Pokémon Company International's online Pokédex.[3]
  2. ^ Only Galarian Linoone (introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield) are capable of evolving into Obstagoon.
  3. ^ a b c d e Starting in X and Y, Ralts, Kirlia, Gardevoir, Azurill and Mawile all gained the Fairy type.
  4. ^ Only male Kirlia are capable of evolving into Gallade, however both male and female Kirlia can become Gardevoir.
  5. ^ Only female Snorunt are capable of evolving into Froslass, however both male and female Snorunt can become Glalie.

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