#146 Moltres
Moltres' artwork for Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
Category Electric Pokémon
Original Region Kanto
National Dex Nr. #146
Kanto Dex Nr. #146
Johto #242
Hoenn #301
Kalos #153 (Coastal
Generation 1
Pokémon Color Yellow
First Appearance Pokémon Red And Blue
Latest Appearance Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Type(s) Fire/Flying
Ability/ies Pressure
(Hidden: Flame Body)
Average Height 6'07"
Average Weight 132.3 lbs.

Moltres (Japanese: ファイヤー Fire) is a dual-type Fire/Flying Legendary Pokémon.

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

Along with Articuno and Zapdos, it is one of the three Legendary birds of Kanto.


Moltres is a large, avian Pokémon with orange or golden plumage. It has a long, flowing head crest and a billowing tail, both made of flames. Additionally, its wings are also shrouded in fiery plumage. Its straight, pointed beak is brown, as are its anisodactyl feet. It has short talons.

Moltres sheds embers with every flap of its wings, creating a brilliant flash of flames. By dipping itself into the magma of an active volcano, this Pokémon can heal itself. It migrates to the south with the coming of spring, and is said to bring an early springtime to cold lands. Moltres is rarely seen by Trainers.


  • Moltres shares its species name with Charmeleon, Charizard, Flareon, and Infernape. They are all known as the Flame Pokémon.
  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Moltres is found in Johto, making it the only Legendary bird not to be found near its location in Pokémon Red and Blue in these games.
  • Moltres is the only one of the three Legendary birds to not appear in the original opening of the English dub.
  • Moltres is the only member of its trio that can't have super effective STAB against a Pokémon of its own type. Both Zapdos's Electric moves and Articuno's Ice moves are super effective against the Flying Pokémon.


Like Ho-Oh, Moltres is based on the legend of the phoenix. It is most likely based on either the Arabian phoenix or the Slavic Firebird. Others claim that the bird is based on the Japanese mythical bird known as 朱雀 Suzaku, guardian of the South, and is not a true phoenix. Regardless, the Pokémon has a very similar appearance to both the phoenix and the Suzaku. It may also be based on a heron or Bennu, because of their similarities in shape. It also embodies traits from a number of other firebirds, such as the three-legged bird.

Name Origin

Moltres is a combination of molten and tres (Spanish for three, indicating that it is the third in the series of Kanto Legendary birds). It may also derive from molt.

Fire is literally fire.

Names in other Languages

Language Name Meaning
From fire
SpanishMoltresSame as English name
FrenchSulfuraA combination of sulfureux and Ra
GermanLavadosFrom Lava
ItalianMoltresSame as English name
Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese火焰鳥 / 火焰鸟
Literally "Flaming bird"




National Pokédex
← #145: Zapdos
#146: Moltres
#147: Dratini →
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