Pseudo-Legendaries are superstars in the Pokémon world. Fearsome, impressive, and inspiring, they rise above all others on reputation alone. After all, getting one of these Pokémon is no easy feat. They reach their final evolution at absurdly high levels and pose a considerable challenge to find and train. Thanks to their overwhelming power, Pseudo-Legendaries are in a category of their own, and they truly deserve it.
In the games, Pseudos are the aces of the Pokémon League Champion’s team. Indeed, Lance, Steven, Cynthia, Iris, Diantha, and Leon all have a Pseudo-Legendary. Pseudos are the cream of the crop, but some are definitely more impressive than others.
Goodra isn’t a terrible Pokémon whatsoever, but it is somewhat forgettable. Many fans believe Noivern is Kalos’s Pseudo-Legendary. The problem lies in Goodra’s unimpressive design. Out of all Pseudo-Legendaries, this gooey slug-like creature is by far the least impressive; at first sight, at least.
Goodra’s inspiration is actually pretty cool. It seems to come from the Lou Carcolh, a mythical beast from French folklore described as an elongated and slimy snake. Stat-wise, Goodra, like all other Pseudos, has a total of 600. Special Defense is its most impressive attribute, although it is overall a bulky and reliable Pokémon. As a pure Dragon-type, it has three weaknesses and four resistances.
Like Goodra, Kommo-o has the misfortune of being rather unmemorable. Its design is striking, taking inspiration from dinosaurs and sound-based elements, like cymbals and castanets. Kommo-o also resembles a monk, and its tail even recalls a monk’s staff or khakkhara.
Kommo-o has a unique type combination that sounds intriguing on paper. However, and upon closer examination, there might be a reason why no other Pokémon has it. Kommo-o’s Dragon/Fighting combo results in five weaknesses, including a quad vulnerability to Fairy. It does have seven resistances, which balances things out. Its Physical and Special stats are all 100 or more, although its 75 HP makes it kind of frail.
In more ways than one, Tyranitar is the Pokémon version of Godzilla. It only takes one look to know that Tyranitar is a kaiju, and it has the temper of one, too. This creature is very destructive, insolent, prideful, territorial, and violent. It might even challenge its Trainer at times and is always looking for a fight.
Tyranitar is a Physical beast, with decent Special stats and frankly abysmal Speed. As Mega Tyranitar, its Physical attributes go off the charts, and its Special Defense also increases significantly. Its Speed remains awful, though. What brings this fearsome creature down is its inconvenient type combination. Rock and Dark result in a whopping seven weaknesses, including a four-time vulnerability to Fighting.
Hydreigon’s design might arguably be the best out of all Pseudo-Legendaries. It is instantly memorable, imposing, and even terrifying. Inspired by a combination of amazing mythological creatures, including the Yamata no Orochi and the Lemaean Hydra, Hydreigon lives up to its secondary Dark-type.
Hydreigon’s reputation as the Brutal Pokémon was well-earned during Generation V. The Fairy-type’s arrival, however, was its undoing. Hydreigon is now four-times weak to Fairy. Coupled that with its unimpressive Special Defense and a simple Draining Kiss can OHKO it.
Dragapult is the latest addition to the Pseudo-Legendary pool. It first appeared in the Generation VIII games, Pokémon Sword & Shield. Dragapult is a dual-type Dragon/Ghost Pokémon with an ambitious and inspired concept. In Pokémon lore, it is the ghost of an extinct prehistoric aquatic creature whose behavior remains mysterious. Dragapult’s design incorporates elements from the extinct Diplocaulus amphibian, a B-2 Spirit, and catapults.
Despite the two immunities that its secondary Ghost-type provides, it still has five weaknesses. Its ridiculously high Speed and above-average Attack stats can make it go first and overcome its deficiencies, though.
Salamence sits comfortably in the middle on any Pseudo-Legendary ranking. It has one of the most straightforward designs, taking its European dragon inspiration a tad too literally. Its Dragon/Flying combo means it has four weaknesses, including a four-time vulnerability to Ice. However, it makes up with one immunity and five resistances.
Stat-wise, Salamence is an offensive beast. It hits hard and fast and has decent Defenses and HP. As Mega Salamence, its Physical Defense skyrockets, turning it into an even more dangerous threat. Its design also changes, with Mega Salamence becoming similar to a fighting jet.
Nothing beats the original, and in Dragonite’s case, it’s almost true. This gentle giant is the first-ever Pseudo- Legendary Pokémon introduced nearly twenty-five years ago. As the founder of the Pseudos, it has above-average and well-rounded stats. Its Physical Attack is the most impressive, while Speed leaves something to be desired.
As a dual-type Dragon/Flying ‘mon, Dragonite is four-times weak to Ice, on top of having three other weaknesses. It, however, has one immunity and five resistances, giving it a nice balance. Unlike other Pseudos, who only appear once or twice now and then, Dragonite has played prominent roles in the anime several times. Most recently, this orange goofball returned to the heights of its Gen I popularity thanks to its place as one of Ash’s strongest current Pokémon. In a recent episode, Ash’s Dragonite wowed everyone by defeating Korrina’s Mega Lucario.
Generation III introduced two Pseudo-Legendaries, Salamence and Metagross. Over time, it’s the latter that emerged as the most recognizable and beloved of the two. Metagross is one of only two Pseudos not to have the Dragon-type, the other being Tyranitar. However, unlike the kaiju Pokémon, Metagross doesn’t even look like a dragon at all. Indeed, Metagross is probably the most unique-looking Pseudo.
A dual-type Steel/Psychic robotic creature, Metagross is the result of two Metang fusing together. As such, it has four brains, making it one of the brightest Pokémon in the franchise. Metagross has exceptional Physical stats that come at the expense of both HP and Speed. Mega Metagross receives a boost in Speed, but not HP. Thanks to the overpowered Steel type, Metagross’s four weaknesses get compensated with an immunity to Poison and a staggering nine resistances, making this creature the most impressive out of all Pseudos.
Garchomp seems to be the lovechild between a shark and a wyvern. Its design also incorporates elements of jet aircrafts, and its Mega recalls the Grim Reaper’s scythes. Garchomp is a dual-type Dragon/Ground Pokémon that’s four-times weak to Ice and has traditional vulnerabilities to Fairy and Dragon.
In the stat department, Garchomp has outstanding Physical Attack, Speed, and HP. Both Special attributes are underwhelming, though. Upon Mega Evolving, its Physical and Special Attacks skyrocket at the expense of its Speed. Fans like and respect Garchomp thanks to its role as Cynthia’s ace in the original Pokémon Diamond, Pearl & Platinum. Later this year, this impressive beast will make its triumphant return in the remakes Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl.