Stemming from an interesting discussion I had with another administrator of the forum I help run. Do you think Zorua and Zoroark are legendary Pokémon?
- Only available by transferring over two Fateful Encounter Pokémon - Celebi (Zorua) and a Crown Beast (Zoroark). The only other Pokémon that was available through this method, and not clearly legendary was the Spiky-Eared Pichu in HeartGold/SoulSilver; although it was a special Pichu that couldn't evolve.
- Although Zorua evolves into Zoroark; Generation IV introduced legendaries that could breed (Manaphy and Phione), so GameFreak could be doing the opposite.
- There are arguments that the "Mirage Pokémon" tag mentioned below was only used in relation to Sinnoh Myths.
- Although the HGSS guide mentions Phione is not a legendary, Pokémon.com did state it was a legendary, and Phione was banned from VGC09 and VGC10 - the latter only banning Mirage Pokémon.
- Zorua evolves into Zoroark. No other legendary evolves.
- If Zorua and Zoroark are Event Legendaries, than GameFreak would have had revealed three prior to the start of the generation, which would be crazy.
- In Japan, Legendary Pokémon are split into three categories: "Maboroshi no Pokémon" (Illusionary Pokémon, such as Mew, Celebi etc), "Densetsu no Pokémon" (Legendary Pokémon, such as Groudon and Kyogre) and Shinwa no Pokémon (Mythical Pokémon, Pokémon who helped create Sinnoh). While previously, the three were combined in the West to become "Legendary Pokémon" Generation IV did begin to use the term "Mirage Pokémon" to possibly refer to Illusionary Pokémon.
- The HeartGold and SoulSilver Kanto Guidebook apparently claims that Phione is not a legendary Pokémon due to its ability to reproduce.
So, do you consider Zoroark a Legendary? Do you agree with the Mirage Pokémon tag?
Do you also think a reclassification is in order? For example:
Legendary Pokémon: Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Latias, Latios, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Heatran, Regigigas, Cresselia.
Mythical Pokémon: Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom.
Mirage Pokémon: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Zorua, Zoroark, Victini.