Keldeo (Japanese: ケルディオKeldeo) is a dual-type Water/FightingMythical Pokémon introduced in Generation V.
While it is not known to evolve into or from any Pokémon, Keldeo has a second form from Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 onward, which requires it to know the move Secret Sword. Its original form, Ordinary Form, will then become Resolute Form.
Keldeo was leaked on a photo of a page from CoroCoro magazine on February 13, 2012, and it was officially revealed on February 15, 2012. Its Resolute Form was officially revealed on June 13, 2012.
Along with Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, Keldeo is a member of the Swords of Justice.
Keldeo is a quadrupedal, colt-like Pokémon with a cream-colored body. It has a short, rounded snout with large nostrils and blue eyes. It has a large, feathery red mane, long, dark blue, ridged eyebrow-like protrusions, and a single cream-colored horn that curves slightly. The back of its head, as well as its neck, is covered with fluffy, light blue fur. Keldeo has blue hooves, which are capable of ejecting water. Its tail is light blue with white spots and resembles an elaborate feather in a cap.
Upon learning Secret Sword, Keldeo transforms into its Resolute Form. The dark blue protrusions become shorter and lighter in color, resembling ears. Its horn becomes dark blue and grows larger and ridged. On the side of its head are three feathers colored aqua blue, green, and orange.
Keldeo was trained by the other members of the Swords of Justice. Keldeo tends to cross the world and often appears at beautiful watersides. Keldeo also travels in order to further improve itself through training. It can walk across the water by ejecting water from its hooves. It is said Keldeo must endure harsh battles in order for the forehead horn to develop, which then its true power will be awakened.
It is thought that when Keldeo becomes resolute, its body fills with power and it becomes swifter. The horn on its forehead is filled with hidden power. The horn can change into a sword that can cut through anything.
Long ago, a fire started in the Moor of Icirrus because of a war among people. In this fire, Keldeo was separated from its parents, but together, Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion took care of Keldeo. They acted as its parents, and they taught it knowledge and moves for survival. Keldeo eventually grew and even surpassed the three Pokémon. One day, Keldeo took off from the forest with no one knowing why.
When the four meet again, they teach Keldeo the move Secret Sword.
In the anime
Keldeo debuted in Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice. In the movie, it was training in order to learn how to use Sacred Sword so it could become one of the Swords of Justice. Along with the other Legendary Pokémon present in the movie, Keldeo can speak through telepathy.
A Keldeo briefly appeared in its Ordinary Form as a silhouette in GOTCHA!.
In the manga
- Main article: Keldeo (M15)
Keldeo appeared in Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice.
Pocket Monsters B2 W2 ~ A New Legend ~
A Keldeo appeared in ANL1.
Pocket Monsters BW
A Keldeo appeared in PMBW30.
- Main article: Kelden
- Main article: Swords of Justice (Adventures)
Keldeo debuted at the Pledge Grove, where it waited for Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion to arrive and teach it Sacred Sword. After acquiring the move, Keldeo follows its mentors to where they would confront the Shadow Triad who tried to capture the trio earlier, which was near the P2 Laboratory. There, the Shadow Triad are locked in combat with Cilan, Chili, and Cress, the Striaton Gym Leaders. It first appeared in The Shadow Triad.
In the Black 2 & White 2 chapter, it was recruited by Blake and nicknamed Kelden.
In the TCG
- Main article: Keldeo (TCG)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Resolute Form Keldeo appears as a Poké Ball summon in both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game. It slashes opponents with Secret Sword.
Keldeo also appears in Resolute Form as a trophy in both versions of the game.
NA: This Water/Fighting-type Pokémon is a lot like a multicolored unicorn. In its Resolute Form, its horn will grow longer and its vision is keener. It is this Form that appears on the battlefields of Smash Bros. Be wary of its Secret Sword attack—Keldeo's charge will send anyone hit flying.
PAL: The Mythical Pokémon Keldeo looks a lot like a multicoloured unicorn. In its Resolute Form, its horn grows longer and its vision improves. It can also use Secret Sword in that Form, and that's what it will do in this game. If Keldeo starts charging after you, watch out - that huge horn will send you flying!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Keldeo returns as a Pokémon summoned from the Poké Ball, retaining its behavior from the previous game. Keldeo also appears as a Spirit in both its Ordinary and Resolute Forms.
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity: Keldeo is an important character in the storyline where he was a friend of Virizion, and a Magnagate savant. He was imprisoned in Glacier Palace, and there he wrote a letter to Virizion telling her that they weren't friends anymore. This letter caused Virizion to stop believing in friends. After being rescued by Umbreon and Espeon, he apologizes to Virizion for writing the letter. He joins the player's team after the player Pokémon returns to the human world...
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By leveling up
Ponyta (Japanese: ポニータPonyta) is a Fire-typePokémon introduced in Generation I.
It evolves into Rapidash starting at level 40.
In Galar, Ponyta has a Psychic-typeregional form. It evolves into Galarian Rapidash starting at level 40.
Ponyta is an equine Pokémon with cream-colored fur. It has brown eyes and triangular ears with reddish interiors. Yellow and reddish-orange flames make up its mane and tail. The mane forms a short crest on top of its head and a short strip down its back to its tail. Additional flames are present behind its elbows and knees. The fire appears about an hour after hatching. It has four long legs, each ending in a single, gray hoof. These hooves are said to be ten times harder than diamonds and act as shock absorbers.
Ponyta are relatively lightweight for their size, as they have extraordinary jumping abilities and are capable of leaping tall buildings in a single bound. However, a newborn Ponyta is a weak runner and is actually barely able to stand. It gradually strengthens its legs and becomes faster by chasing after its parents and jumping over grass that grows taller by the day. In the anime, it is shown that Ponyta can control its flames so that its rider is not burned by them, and Ponyta only does this for those that it has accepted. Ponyta live in grasslands, on plains, or anywhere that it can run freely.
In the Galar region, Ponyta has adapted to forests by being exposed to the life energy from it. It has chalk-white fur; long, purple-and-blue, cloudy fur that is also on top of its dark-purple hooves; purple eyes with light-blue irises; and a purple-and-white horn on top of its forehead.
Galarian Ponyta can absorb the life energy located in the atmosphere and store it in its mane, which will then become more colorful and potentially release a shining glow if there is a lot of energy to use. The small horn on its head contains healing power. Ponyta can heal any slight wounds with a few rubs from its horn. By looking into the eyes of a person, it can read the contents of the heart. Should Ponyta find any evil, it will promptly go back into hiding. As shown in the anime, Galarian Ponyta can send pleas for help in the form of visions to people, even if they're from another region.
In the anime
Ponyta debuted in The Flame Pokémon-athon!, under the care of Lara Laramie. Ash used it in the Big P Pokémon Race, during which it evolved into Rapidash and won.
In Holiday Hi-Jynx, Santa Claus commonly used a Ponyta to pull his sleigh. In Christmas Night, it was seen delivering presents again. It was eventually replaced by a group of Stantler, as shown in Stantler's Little Helpers, and its current status is unknown.
Galarian Ponyta debuted in The Tale of You and Glimwood Tangle!. Chloe encountered it in the Glimwood Tangle and helped it heal an injured Galarian Rapidash.
A Ponyta appeared in The March of the Exeggutor Squad.
A Ponyta appeared as an image in The Ultimate Test.
A Ponyta appeared in Pikachu's Vacation.
In It's Mr. Mime Time, Stella used a Ponyta for her circus.
In Showdown at the Po-ké Corral, multiple Ponyta were living at Professor Oak's Laboratory.
In Pikachu's Vacation, a Ponyta was at the Pokémon Theme Park.
In Pikachu Re-Volts, Cassidy and Butch controlled a Ponyta at Mandarin Island North.
A Ponyta appeared in the Japanese credits of Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.
Multiple Ponyta appeared in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest.
In Throwing in the Noctowl, two Ponyta were living at Wings Alexander's barn.
A Ponyta appeared in Celebi and Joy!, under the ownership of a younger Nurse Joy.
In Win, Lose or Drew!, a Coordinator's Ponyta competed in the SlateportContest.
In Odd Pokémon Out!, multiple Ponyta lived at Camomile Island.
A Trainer's Ponyta appeared in The Ole' Berate and Switch!.
A Ponyta appeared in Not on MY Watch Ya Don't!.
According to silhouettes in Throwing the Track Switch, a Trainer's Ponyta was traded for another Trainer's Munchlax.
A Ponyta appeared in a flashback in Playing The Leveling Field!.
A Ponyta appeared in BWS02.
Three Ponyta appeared in I Choose You!.
In A Crowning Moment of Truth!, two Trainers' Ponyta attended the Wela Fire Festival.
An image of a Ponyta appeared in The Tale of You and Glimwood Tangle!.
Pokémon: Twilight Wings
In Assistant, Oleana's presentation featured a Galarian Ponyta living in Glimwood Tangle.
In the manga
The Electric Tale of Pikachu
Ash borrowed Lara Laramie's Ponyta when she couldn't qualify due to her having a broken arm. During the race, it evolved into a Rapidash and it became faster, allowing Ash to win the race.
- Main article: Platinum's Ponyta
Ponyta debuted in Ponyta Tale. It carried a postman to Pallet Town to deliver mail to Red, but it soon went berserk until it was calmed down by Red's Venusaur.
A Ponyta appeared in The Kindest Tentacruel as one of the Pokémon in Yellow's fantasy about evolution via Evolution stone, despite it not being able to evolve through such a method.
Platinum owns a Ponyta, which serves her as a form of transport. It first appeared in Stagestruck Starly. Although it was a weak battler with nothing but a streak of losses against every Gym Leader he had faced, in Canalave City, he was somehow able to defeat both of Byron's Bronzong and evolve into a Rapidash soon afterwards.
Two Ponyta appeared in Passing by Probopass and Maneuvering around Magnezone.
A Galarian Ponyta first appeared in PASS10, under the ownership of Bede.
Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All
Shucaught a Ponyta in GDZ16.
Pokémon Pocket Monsters
Professor Oak owns a Ponyta, which debuted in Save the Pokémon Zoo!!.
In the TCG
- Main article: Ponyta (TCG)
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- Galarian Ponyta
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Pokémon Sword and Shield developer Game Freak set up a 24-hour stream in October just to reveal Ponyta’s Galarian form, a pastel unicorn-esque creature which a cotton candy mane.
It’s become one of the most anticipated Pokémon ahead of Sword and Shield’s Nov. 15 launch date. Galarian Ponyta is a Shield exclusive, so you’ll only be able to catch one if you’ve got that version — otherwise, you’ll have to trade to get one in your game. (Sirfetch’d is the Sword exclusive.)
If you’re a Shield player and looking to catch a Galarian Ponyta, you’ll find it hiding within the tall grass in Glimwood Tangle, which is just south of Ballonlea.
Glimwood Tangle is one area in Sword and Shield where Pokémon don’t spawn in the overworld — meaning, they’ll hide within the tall grass. That makes it tricky to find Ponyta, but it’s in there, so keep looking. The general consensus seems to be that Ponyta will appear about 1 in 10 times within Glimwood Tangle’s tall grass. You’ll want to walk slowly through the area or else it could scare the Ponyta away.
The only way to get Ponyta’s Galarian evolution, Rapidash, is to evolve it — you won’t find it in the wild. Ponyta will evolve into Rapidash at level 38. Here’s what it looks like:
Unicorn Galarian Ponyta will be exclusive to Pokemon Shield
The Pokemon Company has revealed that Galarian Ponyta is going to be exclusive to Pokemon Shield, joining a few other Pokemon Sword and Shield exclusive variants. The *cough* "Unique Horn" Pokemon was revealed in the 24-hour Pokemon Sword and Shield livestream, which showed footage from the forest area in the Galar region known as Glimwood Tangle.
After hours and hours of waiting, the little unicorn-like pony bounded out onto the screens and everyone immediately fell in love with the adorable pastel Ponyta variant. Another Galarian Ponyta joined the first and warmed our hearts by snuggling up together and showing off its glowing mane.
After the initial reveal, it was pretty quiet on the Ponyta front while we waited for Sonya to put together information about the exciting new addition to the Pokemon world. Finally, we got some more insight into the magical creature and its abilities. According the official Pokemon Sword and Shield website, the Ponyta's new look is a result of the energy of the forest area that's unique to the Galar region. The Galarian form has been around since ancient times and has the power to absorb the energy surrounding it. Once it has too much energy, its mane will get even more colourful and even glow, which is likely why it did during the livestream event.
As a Psychic Pokemon it has the moves Run Away and a new ability called Pastel Veil, which prevents Pokemon around it from being poisoned. What a good pony. So far Sirfetch'd - the Galarian take on Farfetch'd - is the other Pokemon we know of who will be exclusive to the Pokemon Sword version.
For now though, check out all the other critters revealed for the Gen 8 Pokemon list.
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- Special Attack
- Special Defense
- Special Attack
- Special Defense
If you’ve been accepted by Ponyta, its burning mane is mysteriously no longer hot to the touch.
It can’t run properly when it’s newly born. As it races around with others of its kind, its legs grow stronger.
This Pokémon will look into your eyes and read the contents of your heart. If it finds evil there, it promptly hides away.
Its small horn hides a healing power. With a few rubs from this Pokémon’s horn, any slight wound you have will be healed.
- Height3' 03"
- Weight66.1 lbs
Enables a sure getaway from wild Pokémon.
Powers up the Pokémon's Fire-type moves if it's hit by one.
- Height2' 07"
- Weight52.9 lbs
Enables a sure getaway from wild Pokémon.
Protects the Pokémon and its ally Pokémon from being poisoned.
Ponyta Pokémon TV Episodes
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Unicorn-Themed Pokemon Team
Alright, so I have a confession: I'm really into unicorns. This is something I've cared less about covering up as I've become an adult, but it wasn't always that way. I was a bit of a tomboy as a child and actually acted very "anti-unicorn." As a girl who loved horses, people seemed to think giving me very rainbow-y, horsey unicorn things would please me, and it just wasn't my taste at all. My love of unicorns actually began when I was 13 when I received an English-translated 12th-century medieval bestiary. And it was there I learned that unicorns were once thought of being much more than just magical horses. Since then, I've devoured myths about unicorns and other mythical creatures extremely similar to them, like the European monoceros, the Persian karkadann, the Arabian shadhavar, and the Indonesian camphruch. I learned of powerful unicorns fighting to be Kings of Beasts, carnivorous unicorns luring in prey with sweet songs, fierce unicorns killing elephants by using their horns like daggers, gentle unicorns purifying waterholes for all animals to drink, and indomitable unicorns symbolizing true wildness. I've learned of creatures with cloven hooves or elephant feet, a lion- or boar-like tail, a goat's beard, a deer's head, and many other weird shapes and mixes. Today I still think the magical horned horse is a little trite, but the unicorn can be, and has been, so much more.
So a friend issued a challenge for me recently: why don't I take all my knowledge that I've acquired about unicorns and...make a Pokemon team? And hey, unicorns have been a popular fad lately, so sure, why not? XD
And look, it's Valentine's Day! Let's make this Valentine's Day thing because...I didn't make any Valentine art this year and unicorns are...kind of...love...ish..? Just go with it.
I did google unicorn-themed Pokemon teams to see if anyone has done this before, but I came up empty. So I guess this is all on me and my own ideas. Alright then, let's look at some Pokemon!
"The Captive Unicorn" from The Hunt of the Unicorn Tapestry, c. 1500
Now I do want to make a ground rule: no Mythicals, Legendaries, or Ultra Beasts. We're making a team that seems a little more reasonable for a trainer to own (though said trainer may have traveled to multiple regions). But since I am excluding Mythicals, there is a Pokemon I want to mention.
A Quick Note: Keldeo: No Mythicals means Keldeo is definitely not an option for this team. However, Keldeo is the most "unicorn" of all Pokemon and at least deserves a mention for that. Not only does it match the modern interpretation of the unicorn being a horse with a horn on its head – still the most boring one to me but also definitely the most widespread today – but it also has a lion-like mane on its neck, which is seen in some unicorn designs rather than a horse-like mane. It is also Water type, and that is signficant. Water is the element most associated with most unicorn myths. The unicorn's horn is said to be able to purify drinking liquids, particularly water, of toxins, and some unicorns like the camphruch are actually semi-aquatic and even hunt fish. Aside from Fairy type, I don't think there's a better Pokemon type for a unicorn than Water. So as a water horse with a full-neck mane and a powerful horn on its forehead, Keldeo is rocking that unicorn vibe!
In fact, the most non-unicorn thing about Keldeo is the most realistic thing about it: in its Ordinary form, its horn curves backward, like all real horns do. (This allows blows to glance off, rather than absorb the impact into the skull.) Unicorn horns usually point forward...which is not a good idea if you're trying to avoid brain damage. Honestly, I'd love to see more unicorns with horns like Keldeo's. Either that or they need skulls of steel. (And maybe they do; they're usually incredibly strong.) Now Keldeo does get a horn that points forward in his Resolute form, but to be fair, it is modeled after a sword in that form, not a horn, so it makes sense.
But now that we've talked about our Mythical unicorn Pokemon, let's get to the team itself!
Unicorn-Themed Pokemon Team
When talking about unicorns, here's one thing you need to understand: unicorns are real. Sort of. Most unicorn myths are the result of people seeing Indian rhinoceroses (a one-horned rhino) and then trying to describe it to people who have on idea what the hell a rhino is, in a messed-up game of medieval telephone. Of course, other creatures, like goats and antelope, have done a lot to contribute to the myth, but typically the rhinoceros is the source. Pliny the Elder of Rome even described the unicorn as having a stag-like head, horse-like body, boar-like tail, elephant-like feet, and a deep bellow. You can definitely see the rhino resemblance there. And people have been well-aware of this for a long time; the scientific name of the Indian rhinoceros is actually Rhinoceros unicornus for this reason. Heck, even the magical horn makes sense! Why are most rhino species endangered or threatened? It’s because they're poached for their horns because people believe they have "magical healing properties." So yeah, I not only went for a rhino Pokemon for my unicorn team but specifically the one that has only one horn, just like the Indian rhinoceros. (I guess you could go with Rhyperior if you want a fully evolved team, but it has more than one horn.)
Yes, Nidoqueen is also here because of the rhino connection, but I have another reason, too. In Europe, the unicorn (or sometimes the monoceros; sometimes they were also considered one-and-the-same) got a reputation for being a fierce creature that was solitary and killed other creatures (particularly elephants) by stabbing them with its horn. This creature was so fierce that it was said to be uncatchable and untamable. But the idea that there was an animal Man couldn't conquer didn't really fly in medieval Europe, so they came up with this crazy story that unicorns could be tamed only by female virgins, in whose presence they would become docile. (This association with purity is how the unicorn started developing into a gentler creature in folklore, and though it always had horse traits, it became more horse-like as it was more and more associated with purity and nobility.) Nidoqueen not only has connections to rhinos but is also an unbreedable female Pokemon. Assuming you never bred her as a Nidoran, she's a virgin. A virgin queen rhino. How very unicorn!
Rapidash looks like the modern idea of the unicorn being just a horse with a horn on its forehead (not to mention "flaming unicorn" is apparently a phrase now, and it fits). Now Rapidash is actually one of my favorite Pokemon because I love horses, but...yeah, not a very interesting unicorn Pokemon. It just looks the part of the modern horse variety. Next.
So there is another "real life unicorn" aside from the Indian rhinoceros, though it's not the origin of the myth itself but the origin of the unicorn's "horn." This animal is the arctic whale known as the narwhal, Monodon monoceros. (Remember how I said the monoceros and the unicorn are both magical creatures that were often equated? ...Yup.) The narwhal has been hunted in Scandinavia for its meat and blubber for perhaps thousands of years, but during the Medieval era, Denmark made a lucrative trade out of narwhal tusks by falsely claiming them to be unicorn horns, made of material called "alicorn." They would sell these to the folks of more southern regions of Europe, where the narwhal was an unknown creature. Many nobles and royals bought these "alicorns" to purify their drinks of poisons. (Even Queen Elizabeth I had one.) Though we now know the truth, even today narwhals are jokingly called "unicorns of the sea" because of the males' spiral tusks. Now Dewgong, the Pokemon in our fourth slot on the team, takes inspiration from a number of animals, including the seal, dugong, sea cow, and walrus, but it's thought that the unicorn-like horn on its forehead was inspired by narwhals and their unicorn associations. Also, this Pokemon is a Water type, the unicorn's element.
Like Dewgong, Lapras is here in part because it's a Water type Pokemon with a unicorn horn on its forehead. But it's also the most Scottish Pokemon, in that it is mainly based on the Loch Ness Monster. The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland, and it's thought that this may be why Lapras has a unicorn horn as a reference to this. Also, its Nessie appearance alludes to the kelpie, a water horse demon faerie that Nessie is often said to be. So in a way, this is sort of a horse with a horn on its forehead, which passes as a unicorn for most people these days...only this one is a bit more nuanced.
This probably seems like an odd choice for a unicorn Pokemon team, but hear me out. Unicorns have varied quite a bit in temperament depending on region and time period. Some have called them fierce killers, others gentle giants, others carnivorous tricksters, and others symbols of purity and goodness. But one thing usually stays the same (aside from having the body of an ungulate with a single horn on its forehead): it almost always is able to cure poisons with its horn in some way. Chansey is a Pokemon with natural curative abilities. Its female gender also alludes to the myth of unicorns only being drawn to female virgins. Finally, they are rare in the wild, extremely difficult to catch, and said to bring good luck to those who encounter them. This matches many unicorn myths, as unicorns are often the wildest creatures that are rarely seen and near-impossible to catch, but those who do find them - or those who catch them, depending on the myth - will have good fortune. It looks nothing like any version of the unicorn, but it aligns with unicorn mythos lot more than others that look more the part. (And sure, you could go with Blissey if you want a fully-evolved team, but Chansey fits better.)
Now if only Chansey were Fairy type; then it would be an even better fit. Actually, this "Normal type" deserves to be Fairy! Why the heck is Chansey not Fairy type now, Gamefreak?! I demand to know!
And with that, I have made a unicorn-themed Pokemon team! But while doing this, I thought of something else interesting: an anti-unicorn Pokemon team! After all, what's a Pokemon trainer and their Pokemon without a fitting rival and their own formidable team? Pokemon were made to battle, and in unicorn lore, there is plenty of battling!
Unicorn Adversary Pokemon
Illustration from The Queen Mary Psalter, 1310-1320
Now let me explain: in mythology, it's quite common for unicorns to have natural adversaries. So I thought, to rival my unicorn Pokemon team, why don't I make up a team of creatures that are pitted against unicorns? But in order to do that, we have to talk about what animals were often given this distinction. I have found three specific animals: the lion, the elephant, and the venomous snake.
The lion is the one thought about most in modern mythology. You see, the lion was long proclaimed a king among the beasts, but the unicorn was given similar distinction. (One of its Persian names, karkadann, literally means "lord of the desert.") Legend has it that the lion and unicorn fought for the position of King of Beasts and the lion won. Now you may recall the United Kingdom's emblem, which shows a lion symbolizing England and a unicorn symbolizing Scotland united on a single coat of arms. It's hard to say whether the myth of the King of Beasts battle came first or whether this nursery rhyme story had some political context regarding England's and Scotland's fraught history and final victor. Regardless, the lion is often seen as the unicorn's main adversary, or at least its main counterpart, in modern mythology.
However, Middle Age bestiaries rarely mentioned lions and unicorns fighting. They mostly focused on unicorns fighting elephants! Supposedly, when a unicorn meets an elephant, it will mortally wound it by stabbing it in the belly. For the unicorn of antiquity, the elephant was its hated enemy.
The final natural opponent of unicorn never actually fought it but rather was countered by it. In Medieval times, it was thought that venomous snakes could poison waterholes, and since unicorns were said to be able to purify water of toxins, they would come behind the snake and make the water drinkable again. The indrik, a unicorn-like creature of Russian folklore, is particularly noted for doing this.
So for our anti-unicorn team, we are looking for Pokemon based on these three animals. And this team will have the same rule as my unicorn team: no Mythicals, Legendaries, or Ultra Beasts.
A Quick Note: Entei and Solgaleo: These two Legendary Pokemon are based on lions. As powerful, regal lion creatures, they would be ideal members of an anti-unicorn team. I'm also especially confident in Solgaleo's ability to defeat Keldeo, which would fit the King of Beasts story where the lion wins. But these Pokemon's Legendary status makes them ineligible for the team proper.
Now onto the actual team!
Anti-Unicorn Pokemon Team
As the lion Pokemon, there is no more fitting adversary to the modern-type unicorn. A battle between Pyroar and Rapidash could probably even work with the old "Lion and Unicorn" nursery rhyme, in fact. It would have to be the rarer male Pyroar to work with the story, though.
While the Shinx line is primarily based on lynxes, Shinx's evolutions Luxio and Luxray do take a few design pieces from other cats, and they definitely get their mane from the lion. It's a big lynx-lion. Close enough for our purposes, I suppose. One thing that's really in Luxray's favor as a unicorn opponent is that it is Electric type. We've established Water as the unicorn's main Pokemon type, and Water is weak to Electric. (Remember, the lion is meant to be the winner in the unicorn v. lion fight.)
Now we move on from the lion to the unicorn's oldest enemy, the elephant! Donphan and its pre-evolution, Phanpy, are the only true elephant Pokemon so far. And as a Ground type, Donphan is weak to Water type, which matches with the myth that states that the unicorn wins the elephant v. unicorn fight.
Though not quite an elephant and also part wild boar, Mamoswine does take inspiration from the mammoth, an elephantine creature that was a relative of the modern elephant. And it's also Ground type, so it's fitting.
We've moved onto the third adversary, the venomous snake. The cobra-like Arbok seems like an obvious choice, complete with the matching Poison type.
It's interesting to note that the idea of serpents and elephants working together does go against medieval bestiary lore...but I've chosen to ignore that for our Pokemon. Pokemon are versatile; they can learn teamwork! They shall unite in their desire to take down unicorn lovers!
The other Poison type snake Pokemon, Seviper already has a canon rival in the mongoose-like Pokemon Zangoose, but I don't see why it couldn't be countered by unicorns, too.
So there we are! I not only made a unicorn-themed Pokemon team but I've made the team mythology tells us they'd be destined to fight! I wonder what would happen if you really did set these two Pokemon teams against each other? If anyone ends up doing that, please let me know and tell me who won!
But anyway, I wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day! Spend some time with your significant other or take some personal time to treat yourself! And may joyful unicorns dance in your head, and may they not be the type that try to kill you.
Shadhavar from The Wonders of Creation by Al-Qazwini, 11th Century
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There’s a New Unicorn Pokémon and It’s The Cutest Thing We’ve Ever Seen
Remember when there were only 151 Pokémon whose names you had to learn? Well, those days are officially over. There are currently more than 800 Pokémon in the Pokéverse, and new ones are being added in every game.
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There’s one that is basically just a ring of keys. There’s one that’s a literal pile of garbage. There’s Mr. Mime (even though most of us would like to forget about him). And now, there’s Galarian Ponyta — a magical unicorn Pokémon with a mane that looks like cotton candy.
Here’s what we know about Galarian Ponyta:
Fans first spotted the magical unicorn in a recent 24-hour Pokémon Sword and Shield stream. Just moments before the broadcast came to a close, two Pokémon came into view. They had long, pastel-colored manes and a horn in the middle of their forehead. Unicorns, obviously. As you might expect, the fandom was sent into a tizzy wondering about the identity of the new unicorn Pokémon.
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This morning, the Pokémon Company revealed the identity of the new, magical pocket monster. It’s the Galarian Ponyta! The unicorn-like Pokémon is a Psychic-type. It’s 2 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs in at 52.9 pounds. (Interestingly enough, that makes it both shorter and lighter than the standard Ponyta, which is 3 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 66.1 pounds.)
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What are Galarian Ponyta's abilities?
So far, we know about two abilities for Galarian Ponyta also has two abilities: “Pastel Veil” — which protects against poison, and “Run Away” (which we’re assuming is pretty self-explanatory.) We also got a hint as to why Galarian Ponyta looks so different from its non-Galarian counterpart.
According to the official Pokémon website, Galarian Ponyta’s unique appearance is due to its exposure to the “overflowing life energy of the forest.”
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And that’s not all. Apparently, Galarian Ponyta’s mane also sparkles! (You know, in case the pastel coloring and the fact that it’s a unicorn wasn’t fabulous enough.) The Pokémon can absorb life energy of its surrounding atmosphere and store it in its mane. Pretty cool party trick, right?
How can you catch a Galarian Ponyta?
So, OK, we all want to add Galarian Ponyta to our Pokémon collection. Obviously. In another tweet this morning, the Pokémon company also confirmed what many of us already suspected: Galarian Ponyta will be exclusive to Pokémon Shield.
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That means that Pokémon fans will have to choose between purchasing Pokémon Sword to catch Sirfetch’d — the wild duck Pokémon who wields a sword made out of a leek (yes, really) or going with Shield to add Galarian Ponyta to their roster. Or you can always get both games to truly catch ‘em all. No judgment here!
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Regardless of whether you’re a Sword-er or a Shield-er, you can rest assured that you’ll encounter plenty of new Pokémon in the Galarian Forest. Many of the new creatures (including Galarian Ponyta) are simply Galarian versions of the Pokémon you already know and love, but there are some brand-new buds as well. For instance, we can’t get enough of Morpeko, the adorable hamster that turns into a demon when it’s hungry. (Honestly, same.)
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are both set to come out for the Nintendo Switch on November 15. If you need your Sword and Shield fix before then, though, you can get a Sword-and-Shield-themed Nintendo Switch Lite on November 8!