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#488 Cresselia
Cresselia's artwork for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
Category Lunar Pokémon
Original Region Sinnoh
National Dex Nr. #488
Generation 4
Pokémon Color Yellow
First Appearance Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
Latest Appearance Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Type(s) Psychic
Ability/ies Levitate
Average Height 4'11"
Average Weight 188.7 lbs.

Cresselia (Japanese: クレセリア Crecelia) is a Psychic-type Legendary Pokémon.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

It is a member of the lunar duo with Darkrai.


Cresselia has a blue, swan-like body with a yellow underside. It has pink eyes, a dark pink, round tuft on its head, and a pointed, beak-like snout. There are yellow, crescent-shaped ornaments on the sides of its head. Cresselia has glowing, pink, ring-like wings on its sides and back with paw like protrusions resting on its chest. These wings release shining particles and undulate beautifully around the quarter moon. Cresselia has the power to dispel nightmares, and holding one of its feathers is said to bring happy dreams. However, as seen in the anime, it can be quite hostile towards its counterpart, Darkrai. Cresselia is the only known Pokemon able to learn Lunar Dance. Cresselia is a female-only species.


  • When Cresselia is encountered, the music is the same as an ordinary wild Pokémon, instead of a Legendary Pokémon theme. She shares this trait with Shaymin, Latias, and Latios.
  • Cresselia can be seen as an opposite of Darkrai, as Darkrai causes nightmares, whereas Cresselia prevents them. Also, their islands are shaped and named opposite of each other, and their types are frequently considered opposites.
    • Furthermore, in the TCG, one of the attacks on Darkrai 3/106 of Great Encounters, Darkness Pursuit, has a base damage of 100 if Cresselia is the opposing Pokémon. Otherwise, it deals 50 damage.
      • Cresselia's Island is called Full Moon Island while Darkrai's is called Newmoon Island. These two phases are opposite to each other in the,Moon phases .
        • Interestingly both islands are actually shaped like waning moons.
  • Cresselia is one of seven Legendary Pokémon that has a definite gender, the other five being Latias (a female-only species), Latios (a male-only species), Heatran (a male-only species) and the Forces of Nature (whose members are all male-only species).
      • This makes it the only Female Exclusive legendary without a male counterpart
    • All of these Legendary Pokémon except Landorus appeared roaming around the region they debuted in.

Tower Tycoon Palmer, Cheryl, and Buck all own a Cresselia; they use these at the Battle Tower.

  • Cresselia's three main colors (pink, yellow and blue) are the same as the main colors of the Lake guardians.


The general body shape of Cresselia seems to be based after a swan. Her head is covered in crescent moon shapes and she wears many aurora-colored planetary rings. These rings resemble Saturn's rings. Cresselia shares characteristics with Sarimanok, a mythical being who is usually depicted as a fowl with colorful wings and feathered tail. Sarimanok's head is profusely decorated and is said to be a symbol of good fortune. She also may be based on the Alkonost, a female headed bird god who usually departs to society to warn it.

Name origin

Cresselia and Crecelia may be a combination of crescent (referring to a phase of the moon) and Selene (Greek goddess of the Moon).


Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 120
180 - 227 350 - 444
Attack: 70
67 - 134 130 - 262
Defense: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Sp.Atk: 75
72 - 139 139 - 273
Sp.Def: 130
121 - 200 238 - 394
Speed: 85
81 - 150 157 - 295
Total: 600   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • The minimum stats were calculated with 0 EV's and IV's, plus a hindering Nature, if applicable.
  • The maximum stats are calculated with 252 EV's, 31 IV's, and a helpful Nature, if applicable.


By level up

Level Move Type Cat. Pow. Acc. Effect
Start Lunar Dance Type Psychic.gif Status.gif - - User faints. The next Pokémon sent out will be fully healed.
Start Confusion Type Psychic.gif Special.gif 50 100% 10% chance of confusing the target.
Start Double Team Type Normal.gif Status.gif - - Raises the user's evasiveness by one stage.
Start Mist Type Ice.gif Status.gif - - Prevents stat reduction for 5 turns.
8 Psycho Cut Type Psychic.gif Physical.gif 70 100% High critical hit ratio.
15 Slash Type Normal.gif Physical.gif 70 100% High critical hit ratio.
22 Psych Up Type Normal.gif Status.gif - - Copies the target's stat changes.
29 Aurora Beam Type Ice.gif Special.gif 65 100% 10% chance of lowering the target's Attack stat one stage.
36 Safeguard Type Normal.gif Status.gif - - Prevents all status problems for 5 turns.
43 Psycho Shift Type Psychic.gif Status.gif - - Transfers a status problem back to a target.
50 Psyshock Type Psychic.gif Special.gif 80 100% Inflicts physical damage.
57 Calm Mind Type Psychic.gif Status.gif - - Raises the user's Special Attack and Special Defense stats by one stage.
64 Moonlight Type Fairy.gif Status.gif - Restores the user's HP depending on the weather.
71 Psychic Type Psychic.gif Special.gif 90 100% 10% chance of lowering the target's Special Defense stat by one stage.
78 Cosmic Power Type Psychic.gif Status.gif - - Raises the user's Defense and Special Defense stats by one stage.
85 Moonblast Type Fairy.gif Special.gif 95 100% 30% chance of lowering the target's Special Attack stat by one stage.
93 Magic Room Type Psychic.gif Status.gif - - Combatants cannot use held items for 5 turns.
100 Aura Sphere Type Fighting.gif Special.gif 90 - Never misses.

National Pokédex
← #487: Giratina
#488: Cresselia
#489: Phione →
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