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Misdreavus - Unown (#201) - Wobbuffet
|First appearance||Pokémon Gold and Silver|
|Designed by||Game Freak|
Physiology and Behaviour
Unown are a big mystery in the world of Pokémon. Their hieroglyph-like shape has led to deep research on which of them that came first. Most people do believe that they have a strong connection to the first text characters, but the exact connection remains an enigma.
Not much is known about the ways of the Unown. They are always found stuck to walls, and it's believed that they communicate with each other telepathically. They are weak in battle, as they only are capable of using the move Hidden Power. There are however rumors that say that they emerge odd powers when brought together. The anime has delved deeper in their ways, as the plot of third movie Spell of the Unown largely revolves around them. Notes made by Professor Oak suggest that they are very timid Pokémon that can feel human emotions. It's also implied that they don't communicate through telepathy, but rather by using electromagnetic waves.
The anime also makes it clear that the Unown reside in an alternative universe, from which they rarely venture. This isn't mentioned in the games, and they are instead found in various ancient ruins. These could possibly serve as a portal between the worlds, which is supported by events in the movie.
Main Pokémon games
The Unown first appeared in the second generation of Pokémon games which include Pokémon Gold and Silver and later Pokémon Crystal. In these early titles, there were 26 Unown shapes that together made up the alphabet. The Unown are found exclusively in the Ruins of Alph, which was filled with secrets connected to their presence.
In the third generation an exclamation mark (!) and question mark (?) form were created. The Unown could be encountered in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, in the Tanoby Chambers. These were created exclusively for the remakes and was found in the Sevii Islands.
In the fourth generation they received yet another set of ruins were they could be found. Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Plantinum introduced the Solaceon Ruins in Isshu. They could also be found in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver in the Ruins of Alph again.
Other Pokémon games
Possibly because of their mysterious ways, Unown has appeared few times in the side games. Their appearances are limited to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon and it's sequel Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, as well being blocks in Pokémon Trozei!.
Super Smash Bros. series
Unown made a prominent appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube. They were a Poké Ball Pokémon that, when summoned would attack as a group (the only Poké Ball Pokémon to do so). Because of the date that Super Smash Bros. Melee came out, the ! and ? forms were not present, but the entire alphabet was. A float of an Unown can be found in the Poké Floats stage. The following is the trophy description for Unown:
The trophy for Unown, which includes all 26 then-known forms of the species, can be obtained by reaching 16,503 combined feet in the Home Run Contest.
- "These symbol Pokémon resemble ancient hieroglyphics found on rocks, a resemblance that's said to be more than superficial. Quite a few different shapes of Unown have been confirmed, and it's believed that each type has unique abilities. These enigmatic pokémon can be found in the Ruins of Alph."
In the anime
Origin and inspiration
|Second Pokémon generation|
|Pokémon Gold||Their shapes look like hieroglyphs on ancient tablets. It is said that the two are somehow related.|
|Pokémon Silver||Its flat, thin body is always stuck on walls. Its shape appears to have some meaning.|
|Pokémon Crystal||Because different types of Unown exist, it is said that they must have a variety of abilities.|
|Third Pokémon generation|
|Pokémon Ruby||This Pokémon is shaped like ancient writing. It is a mystery as to which came first, the ancient writings or the various Unown. Research into this topic is ongoing but nothing is known.|
|Pokémon Sapphire||This Pokémon is shaped like ancient writing. It is a mystery as to which came first, the ancient writings or the various Unown. Research into this topic is ongoing but nothing is known.|
|Pokémon Emerald||This Pokémon is shaped like ancient text characters. Although research is ongoing, it is a mystery as to which came first, the ancient writings or the various Unown.|
|Pokémon FireRed||Its flat, thin body is always stuck on walls. Its shape appears to have some meaning.|
|Pokémon LeafGreen||Their shapes look like hieroglyphs on ancient tablets. It is said that the two are somehow related.|
|Fourth Pokémon generation|
|Pokémon Diamond||Shaped like ancient writing, it is a huge mystery whether language or Unown came first.|
|Pokémon Pearl||They seem to communicate among each other telepathically. They are always found stuck on walls.|
|Pokémon Platinum||When alone, nothing happens. However, if there are two or more, an odd power is said to emerge.|
|Pokémon HeartGold||Their shapes look like hieroglyphs on ancient tablets. It is said that the two are somehow related.|
|Pokémon SoulSilver||Its flat, thin body is always stuck on walls. Its shape appears to have some meaning.|
|Fifth Pokémon generation|
|Pokémon Black||When alone, nothing happens. However, if there are two or more, an odd power is said to emerge.|
|Pokémon White||When alone, nothing happens. However, if there are two or more, an odd power is said to emerge.|