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#643 Reshiram
643Reshiram.png
Reshiram's artwork for Pokémon Black and White.
Category Vast White Pokémon
Original Region Unova
National Dex Nr. #643
Unova Dex Nr. #149/295
Generation 5
Pokémon Color White
First Appearance Pokémon Black And White
Latest Appearance Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Type(s) Dragon/Fire
Ability/ies Turboblaze
Average Height 10'06"
Average Weight 727.5 lbs.

Reshiram (Japanese: レシラム Reshiram) is a dual-type Dragon/Fire Legendary Pokémon.

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

Reshiram is the version mascot of Pokémon Black, appearing on the boxart.

Along with Zekrom and Kyurem, it is a member of the Tao trio, which exists in the legends of the Unova region.

Kyurem will become White Kyurem upon using the DNA Splicers to fuse with Reshiram.

Biology

Reshiram is a white-colored, bipedal Pokémon with draconic, avian and mammalian traits. A long, voluminous wispy mane streams out from the upper side of the snout and outwards from its head. The top of this mane is adorned with two protrusions which resemble ears. Reshiram's face is fringed with spiky features, and it has a small, pointed extension below the chin. Its eyes have blue irises and black pupils. There are two pairs of pointed teeth visible when its mouth is open, one in the upper jaw and one in the lower.

Reshiram has a long and slender neck, with a fluffy, collar-like protrusion jutting out of two grey, glass-like neck-bands. Its arms begin slender and arm-like, but then flare out into a more wing-like appearance, sporting four claws which resemble hands on the leading edge. There are plates at the back of Reshiram's "hands", that sport a similar colour to its neck rings. Reshiram has a feathered or furry feature on its chest, with the lower portion protruding outwards to a point. Long feather-like protrusions jut out of its thighs. On its feet are large gray claws, three at the front and one positioned at the back, resembling high heels. Reshiram's tail is a mass of plume and ribbon-like extensions, surrounded by two large bands, similar to the ones around its neck.

Reshiram has a jet engine-like tail, which it uses to accelerate itself when flying at high speeds. It can send flames from its tail into the air to incinerate everything around it. By flaring its tail, Reshiram is capable of moving the world's atmosphere and changing the weather. This tail generator is also activated when influenced by either Fusion Bolt or Bolt Strike, which in turn powers up Reshiram's own Fusion Flare or Blue Flare. In Unova mythology, Reshiram sided with the older brother who sought the truth. As a result, it firmly believes in truth.

Trivia

  • In games prior to Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Reshiram has a catch rate of 45. This is likely due to Reshiram being a required capture during the storyline of Pokémon Black and White.
  • Reshiram was first revealed simultaneously alongside Zekrom on both the official English and Japanese Pokémon websites on May 28, 2010. This makes them the first two Pokémon simultaneously revealed worldwide.
  • Tied with Ho-Oh, Reshiram has the highest base stat total of all non-Primal Fire-type Pokémon.
  • Reshiram, as well as Zekrom, made an appearance alongside Pikachu and a Poké Ball in 2010's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • In Generation V games, no combination of types and Abilities are resistant to both types of Reshiram's STAB attacks, thanks to its Ability Turboblaze which also nullified Heatran's Flash Fire if using Fire-type moves. This is no longer true due to the addition of Fairy in Pokémon X and Y.
  • Although Reshiram has a Shiny palette, Pokémon Black and White are programmed so that a Shiny Reshiram cannot be encountered. It shares this trait with Zekrom and Victini. However in Pokémon Omega Ruby, it is possible to encounter a Shiny Reshiram.

Origin

Reshiram and its counterpart Zekrom are based on the concept of yin and yang in Taoism, directly referenced by Reshiram's Japanese species: the White Yang Pokémon. According to Ken Sugimori, Reshiram has a light, airy, feminine design to contrast to Zekrom's tough and masculine design. While the white design matches Reshiram's yang species names (yang being characterized by light), its feminine design contrasts with yang (yang being characterized as masculine). In both versions of the 14th movie, however, Reshiram speaks with a distinctly male voice. Reshiram's tail, the center point of its design, is based on an electric turbine. Appearance-wise, it resembles a mix of animals, including a bird, a pterosaur, and a Wyvern. The crest on its head and its feathers resemble smoke trails, as well as white fire, which can burn up to temperatures of 1,500 °C (2,730 °F). The mythology about how Zekrom and Reshiram came about, regarding two brothers infighting, also bears some similarities to Romulus and Remus or Cain and Abel. There is also some resemblance to the Zoroastrian belief of two equally powerful deities, one representing light and truth, and the other representing lies and darkness. In this case, Reshiram can resemble Ahura Mazda, due to its light and winged appearance, and the fact that it sided with truth, but also the fact that Reshiram is a Fire-type Pokémon, and Ahura Mazda was associated with fire.

Name origin

Reshiram is derived from 白 shiro (white). Ken Sugimori has also stated that Re was used because it was a softer sound than Zekrom's Ze, as Reshiram is a less physically powerful character.

Stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 100
160 - 207 310 - 404
Attack: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Defense: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Sp.Atk: 150
139 - 222 274 - 438
Sp.Def: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Speed: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Total: 680   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.


Moves

By level up

Level Move Type Cat. Pow. Acc. Effect
Start Dragon Rage Type Dragon.gif Special.gif 40 100% Always inflicts 40 HP damage.
Start Fire Fang Type Fire.gif Physical.gif 65 95% 10% chance of making the target flinch or burned.
Start Bite Type Dark.gif Physical.gif 60 100% 30% chance of making the target flinch.
Start Hyper Voice Type Normal.gif Special.gif 90 100% No added effect.
8 Imprison Type Psychic.gif Status.gif - - Prevents opponents from using moves known by the user.
15 Dragon Breath Type Dragon.gif Special.gif 60 100% 30% chance of paralyzing the target.
22 Flamethrower Type Fire.gif Special.gif 95 100% 10% chance of burning the target.
29 Slash Type Normal.gif Physical.gif 70 100% High critical hit ratio.
36 Ancient Power Type Rock.gif Special.gif 60 100% 10% chance of raising all of the user's stats one stage.
43 Dragon Pulse Type Dragon.gif Special.gif 90 100% No added effect.
50 Fusion Flare Type Fire.gif Special.gif 100 100% Power doubles if Fusion Bolt was used before on the same turn.
57 Extrasensory Type Psychic.gif Special.gif 80 100% 10% chance of making the target flinch.
64 Noble Roar Type Normal.gif Status.gif - 100% Lowers the target's Attack and Special Attack stats one stage.
71 Crunch Type Dark.gif Physical.gif 80 100% 20% chance of lowering the target's Defense stat one stage.
78 Fire Blast Type Fire.gif Special.gif 120 85% 10% chance of burning the target.
85 Hyper Beam Type Normal.gif Special.gif 150 90% User must recharge the next turn.
92 Outrage Type Dragon.gif Physical.gif 120 100% Repeats for 2-3 turns then confuses user.
100 Blue Flare Type Fire.gif Special.gif 130 85% 20% chance of burning the target.


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