#644 Zekrom
644Zekrom.png
Zekrom's artwork for Pokémon Black and White.
Category Deep Black Pokémon
Original Region Unova
National Dex Nr. #644
Unova Dex Nr. #150/296
Generation 5
Pokémon Color Black
First Appearance Pokémon Black And White
Latest Appearance Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Type(s) Dragon/Electric
Ability/ies Terravolt
Average Height 6'11"
Average Weight 760.6 lbs.

Zekrom (Japanese: ゼクロム Zekrom) is a dual-type Dragon/Electric Legendary Pokémon.

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

Zekrom is the version mascot of Pokémon White, appearing on the boxart.

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

Kyurem will become Black Kyurem upon using the DNA Splicers to fuse with Zekrom.

Biology

Zekrom is a black, bipedal Pokémon resembling a dragon or dinosaur, with dark patches on various portions of its body. It has red scleras, white irises, and black pupils, as well as a small horn-like protrusion on the tip of its snout. Its head sports a thundercloud-like crest tipped with light-blue coloration. There are six pairs of pointed teeth visible when its mouth is open, two in the upper jaw and four in the lower. At the base of its neck is a black, stud-like feature, and atop its shoulders are similar, larger features resembling armor padding. The bases of its wings also have such padding, and a fanned, splayed, seemingly webbed shape with a small "wing-spike" on one edge. The lower length of Zekrom's arms extenuate into splayed, seemingly webbed, somewhat baseball-mitt-like formations, with three-clawed, dark-colored hands on the undersides. The front portion of Zekrom's waist is black-colored, with its belly and thighs having thin striations down their length. Its knees are black, as are the foremost parts of its three-clawed feet and spiked heels.

Zekrom's tail consists of large, round, conical and spiked formation, likened to an electricity generator, with a black inner portion and bands on the tip of the outside portion. This tail produces energy for its attacks and emits an anti-gravity field, allowing Zekrom to fly through the air with minimal effects from aerodynamic resistance and gravity. It can cause several thunderstorms in one area, and it normally hides in thunderclouds. In a Unova myth about the twin heroes, Zekrom sided with the younger brother who sought for ideals. It is a genderless species. It is the only Pokémon that can learn Bolt Strike, though it is commonly associated with the move Fusion Bolt.

Trivia

  • In games prior to Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Zekrom has a catch rate of 45. This is likely due to it being a required capture during the storyline of Pokémon Black and White.
  • Zekrom was first revealed simultaneously alongside Reshiram on both the official English and Japanese Pokémon websites on May 28, 2010. This makes them the first two Pokémon simultaneously revealed worldwide.
  • On May 31, 2010, two weeks prior to the official revelation of Zekrom's type, Shōko Nakagawa spoke about her love of Electric-type Pokémon on her blog and mentioned that because of that, she wanted to get a Zekrom. This statement was then quickly removed.
  • Zekrom has the highest Attack base stat, Defense base stat, and base stat total of all Electric-type Pokémon.
  • Zekrom is the heaviest Pokémon introduced in Generation V and the heaviest Electric-type Pokémon.
  • Zekrom, as well as Reshiram, made an appearance alongside Pikachu and a Poké Ball in 2010's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Although Zekrom has a Shiny palette, Pokémon Black and White are programmed so that a Shiny Zekrom cannot be encountered. It shares this trait with Reshiram and Victini. However in Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, it is possible to encounter a Shiny Zekrom.
  • Zekrom is Ken Sugimori's favorite Pokémon from Pokémon Black and White.

Origin

Zekrom and its counterpart Reshiram are based on the concept of yin and yang in Taoism, directly referenced by Zekrom's Japanese species: the Black Yin Pokémon. According to Ken Sugimori, Zekrom was designed to have a tougher and more masculine design to contrast to Reshiram's light, airy, feminine design. While the black design matches Zekrom's yin species names (yin being characterized by dark), its masculine design contrasts with yin (yin being characterized as feminine). Zekrom's tail, the center point of its design, is based on an electric turbine. Appearance-wise, it somewhat resembles a midsized to large theropod dinosaur, such as Allosaurus or Tyrannosaurus, and a European dragon. The crest on its head is based on a thundercloud. 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, Zekrom can be taken to resemble Angra Mainyu, as opposed to Reshiram resembling Ahura Mazda, although Zekrom is not evil; rather it is an equally powerful opposing legendary Pokémon.

Name origin

Zekrom is derived from 黒 kuro (black). Ken Sugimori has also stated that Ze was used because it was a harder, stronger sound than Reshiram's Re, and Zekrom is a "powerful, strong character."

Stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 100
160 - 207 310 - 404
Attack: 150
139 - 222 274 - 438
Defense: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Sp.Atk: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Sp.Def: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Speed: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Total: 680   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, 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 Thunder Fang Type Electric.gif Physical.gif 65 95% 10% chance of making the target flinch or paralyzed.
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 Thunderbolt Type Electric.gif Special.gif 95 100% 10% chance of paralyzing 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 Claw Type Dragon.gif Physical.gif 80 100% No added effect.
50 Fusion Bolt Type Electric.gif Physical.gif 100 100% Power doubles if Fusion Flare was used before on the same turn.
57 Zen Headbutt Type Psychic.gif Physical.gif 80 90% 20% 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 Thunder Type Electric.gif Special.gif 120 70% 30% chance of paralyzing the target.
85 Giga Impact Type Normal.gif Physical.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 Bolt Strike Type Electric.gif Physical.gif 130 85% 20% chance of paralyzing the target.


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