#201 Unown
Unown's artwork for Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
Category Symbol Pokémon
Original Region Johto
National Dex Nr. #201
Johto Dex Nr. #061
Sinnoh #114
Generation 2
Pokémon Color Black
Type(s) Psychic
Ability/ies Levitate
Average Height 1'08"
Average Weight 11.0 lbs.
Evolves From N/A
Evolves Into N/A

Unown, known in Japan as アンノーン (Unknown) is an intriguing Psychic-type Pokémon, first discovered in Johto. Markings of it are found on the walls of the Ruins of Alph in Johto, the Tanobi Ruins on one of the Sevii Islands, and the Solaceon Ruins on Sinnoh, usually forming words. Unown are also only found in the previously mentioned ruins.


Unown are flat, thin Pokémon. Their body consist of a white eye with a black-blue pupil, a black skin covering said eye, and random appendages that form an alphabetic character, but for some Unown, a punctuation as well. Twenty-six Unown appear to resemble the Latin alphabet, and they also have their eye fully open. The other two, the ones resembling punctuation marks, have their eye rather half-closed. It has yet to be uncovered whether written language or the Unown came first.

It has quite its association with the Mythical Pokémon Arceus. When Arceus recreates time, space or antimatter, dozens of Unown appear to cooperate with the Alpha Pokémon. Also, Unown's form of communication (what is debated on to be either telepathy or electromagnetic waves) can be caught on via the Pokégear, which forms a melody out of it. Said melody is the same as the one played on the Azure Flute, a special item that allows its player to visit Arceus's abode.

Multitudes of Unown are capable of altering the reality and unleash great power, but a single Unown on its own is next to worthless.

Despite not legendary or mythical, Unown are quite rare and mysterious, said to live in their own Dimension and visiting the Pokémon world rarely.


Mega Evolution

Mega Unown.png

At some point, Unown recieved Mega Evolutions for all 28 Formes. Each Form changed its typing to some combination and each gained a new ability called Mysterious Power which gives the Unown 2 moves for each of its types.

  1. Rock - Rock Slide, Ancient Power
  2. Water - Water Pulse, Bubblebeam
  3. Electric - Thunderbolt, Parabolic Charge
  4. Grass - Giga Drain, Leaf Blade
  5. Poison - Sludge Bomb, Poison Jab
  6. Psychic - Psychic, Zen Headbutt
  7. Fire - Flamethrower, Incinerate
  8. Ground - Earth Power, Mud Bomb
  9. Flying - Aerial Ace, Sky Attack
  10. Bug - Bug Buzz, X-Scissor
  11. Normal - Body Slam, Hyper Voice
  12. Ghost - Shadow Ball, Phantom Force
  13. Fighting - Hammer Arm, Focus Blast
  14. Steel - Iron Head, Flash Cannon
  15. Ice - Ice Beam, Avalanche
  16. Dragon - Dragon Pulse, Dragon Claw
  17. Dark - Dark Pulse, Night Slash
  18. Fairy - Dazzling Gleam, Play Rough
Base Stats
Sp. Attack
Sp. Defense

Unown Letter Type 1 Type 2
A Electric Poison
B Psychic Fairy
C Ghost Poison
D Water Ice
E Rock Bug
F Flying Electric
G Ground Normal
H Steel Fighting
I Grass Flying
J Poison Fairy
K Dragon Flying
L Normal Fighting
M Dark Dragon
N Rock Ground
O Ice Psychic
P Grass Fairy
Q Ground Fighting
R Fire Steel
S Rock Psychic
T Bug Flying
U Water Ghost
V Ice Normal
W Ghost Rock
X Dragon Grass
Y Bug Electric
Z Fighting Fire
! Steel Dark
? Water Dark


Base Stats
Sp. Attack
Sp. Defense


  • Out of all the official Pokémon, Unown has the most forms regarded as alternate appearances.


All of Unown's formes are shaped after the 26 letters of the modern Latin Alphabet, with the addition of the Exclamation and Question marks. Their ancient history also makes connections to ancient writing and hieroglyphs in the real world.

Name Origin

Unown's English and Japanese names are based on the same word, the English "unknown". However, the Japanese name literally is Unknown, while the English name is a corruption of said word.


Names in other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アンノーン
From unknown.
French Zarbi From bizarre in Verlan
German Icognito From icon and incognito

National Pokédex
← #200: Misdreavus
#201: Unown
#202: Wobbuffet →
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