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Shaymin (Japanese: シェイミ Sheimi) is a Grass-type Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation IV.

Biology

Anatomy

Shaymin, unlike most Pokémon, is able to change back and forth between two forms, a land and a sky form, both of which have their own unique appearance and abilities. Shaymin's Land form looks similar to a hedgehog. Its body is pure white and on its back it has green grass, along with a pink Gracidea flower growing on either side of its head. It is also relatively small, being only 00'08" in height and 04.6 pounds according to the Pokédex, which means Shaymin's Land Forme is one of the smallest Pokémon.

Shaymin's Sky Form is almost completely different from its Land Form. In this form, Shaymin has a reindeer-like appearance,(mixed with a bit of dog and cat like features) and it is also larger. Its legs are much longer and are now a green color. The green grass-like fur is now confined to its head and fashioned similar to a Mohawk. Its ears are now very long, appearing almost like wings. On the back of its neck are two red petals, resembling a scarf. Flowers grow on Shaymin's back when it is relaxed, but rapidly go back in when its relaxation is disturbed. This means when it is surprised or frightened, the flowers rapidly go back in.

Natural abilities

Both forms of Shaymin have their own ability. Shaymin's Land Form has the ability Natural Cure, which will heal any status effects when it is switched out of battle. Its Sky Form has the ability Serene Grace, which will double the chance of an attack having an additional effect. 

In order to go unnoticed by intruders or attackers, it utilizes its own form of camouflage; rolling up into a ball resembling a flower in a patch of grass. By doing so, it blends in with the surrounding flowers, going undetected even if the attacker is beside it. It also has the power to decompose the toxins in the air and turn the land into flower fields in an instant. It is believed that Shaymin turned the desolate area of Floaroma Town into a fertile field. Its unique move, Seed Flare, is a powerful Grass-type move that has a chance of lowering the opponent's Special Defense. Depending on the toxicity of the substance that Shaymin inhales using Seed Flare, the end result of using it can range from being relatively harmless to destructive and potentially dangerous— as mentioned by Nurse Joy in Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior, a Shaymin made the mistake of inhaling toxic air using Seed Flare, and because of the severely high toxicity of the toxic air it inhaled, the blast from the Seed Flare destroyed at least half of an entire forest. And depending how much of the pollutant remains in it's body and how fast it expels the remaining toxins, inhaling pollutants can make the Shaymin feel kinda sick and not feeling so-great afterwards.

Vanilla Yamazaki lent both their voices in the movie. Its Land Forme end its sentences with "deshu" (to emphasize its cuteness) and that of its Sky Forme is "desu".

Behavior

In its Sky Form Shaymin is brave and bold, but very friendly and sweet. In its Land Form Shaymin is very shy, and sweet, and may follow the people it likes.

Game info

Shaymin debuted in the games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. However, it has only been obtainable through events such as the 11th movie event in Japan and the Toys "R" Us giveaway. It is also soon to be given away in the UK and Denmark through some GAME stores to celebrate the release of Pokémon Platinum.

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Shaymin is obtainable at the Flower Paradise location. The only way to access this area is to receive the item Oak's Letter from an event in Japan. Receiving this item and speaking with Oak at the specified location will cause a long path to appear, which leads to the Flower Paradise. Some have bypassed the issue of obtaining the letter by using a cheat device to either cause the event to happen or use a "walk through anything" cheat to walk across the water into the Flower Paradise.

Also, it helps to know that at one point, there was a Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Wi-Fi Special Mission that has since been taken down. In Pokémon Platinum, Shaymin are able to change into an alternate form known as its "Sky Forme". In order to change into its Sky Forme, the Gracidea Flower item must be used on Shaymin, but this can only be used during the day. Also, Shaymin will revert to Land Forme when it is put back into the PC or when it is frozen. In order to obtain the flower, a player must take their Shaymin with them on their first visit to Floaroma Town. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Gracidea can be obtained when the player walks in the Goldenrod Flower Shop with a fateful encounter Shaymin in front of the party.

In Pokémon X and Pokemon Y, Shaymin can be obtained by the Pokemon 20th Anniversary event during July 2016. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Shaymin can be obtained by the same event.

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Diamond/Pearl Flower Paradise (requires Oak's Letter) One
Platinum Flower Paradise (requires Oak's Letter) One
HeartGold/SoulSilver Trade None
Black/White Trade None
X/Y Pokémon 20th Anniversary Event (July 2016) and Trade One
OR/AS Pokémon 20th Anniversary Event (July 2016) and Trade One


Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
Diamond
It lives in flower patches and avoids detection by curling up to look like a flowering plant.
Pearl
It can dissolve toxins in the air to instantly transform ruined land into a lush field of flowers.
Platinum
The flowers all over its body burst into bloom if it is lovingly hugged and senses gratitude.
HeartGold
The blooming of Gracidea flowers confers the power of flight upon it.Feelings of gratitude are the message it delivers.
SoulSilver
The blooming of Gracidea flowers confers the power of flight upon it.Feelings of gratitude are the message it delivers.
Black
The flowers all over its body burst into bloom if it is lovingly hugged and senses gratitude.
White
The flowers all over its body burst into bloom if it is lovingly hugged and senses gratitude.
Black 2
The flowers all over its body burst into bloom if it is lovingly hugged and senses gratitude.
White 2
The flowers all over its body burst into bloom if it is lovingly hugged and senses gratitude.
X
It can dissolve toxins in the air to instantly transform ruined land into a lush field of flowers.
Y
The blooming of Gracidea flowers confers the power of flight upon it. Feelings of gratitude are the message it delivers.
Omega Ruby
It can dissolve toxins in the air to instantly transform ruined land into a lush field of flowers.
Alpha Sapphire
The blooming of Gracidea flowers confers the power of flight upon it. Feelings of gratitude are the message it delivers.
Sun
Moon


Stats

Sprites

Version
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DP 492 front Pt 492 front Pt 492 front Shaymin Land Forme Back IV
Pt 492sky front Pt 492sky front Shaymin Sky Forme Back IV
DP Shaymin Land Forme Shiny Pt Shaymin Land Forme Shiny Pt Shaymin Land Forme Shiny Shaymin Land Forme Shiny Back IV
Pt Shaymin Sky Forme Shiny Pt Shaymin Sky Forme Shiny Shaymin Sky Forme Shiny Back IV
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Shaymin-Land-Forme BW Shaymin-Land-Forme BW
Shaymin-Sky-Forme BW Shaymin-Sky-Forme BW
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
Shaymin XY Shaymin XY Shaymin XYBack
Shaymin Sky XY Shaymin Sky XY Shaymin S XYBack
Sun Moon Back

Appearances

Anime

Main article: Shaymin (MS011)

It was featured in the 11th Pokémon Movie, Giratina and the Sky Warrior, with Shaymin given a starring role. It appeared in a Sinnoh League Victors episode "Keeping in Top Forme" where a girl named Marley helps a Shaymin get to the Gracidea flower garden so it can be in sky form and migrate with its friends. Before that, it made a small cameo in the ending for Arceus and the Jewel of Life, along with Darkrai.

Trivia

  • Shaymin is believed to have beautified the once desolate Floaroma Town, which explains why the town and Flower Paradise share the same music.
  • Shaymin's cry changes when it changes forme.
  • The red "wings" on Shaymin's sides somewhat resemble strawberries.
  • Shaymin Land Forme is the smallest of all Legendary Pokémon.
  • In 'Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs' in the 'Rescue the Lost Shaymin!' special mission, the Shaymin changes formes but it's cry stays the same.
  • Shaymin's forms appear to be based on a tenrec and a poodle respectively.

Origin

The name Shaymin comes from the Japanese word, Sha meaning gratitude, thus its nickname "the Gratitude Pokémon" or "Spirit of Gratitude" the Stamen which is a part of flowers, and miniature meaning small or miniature, which is why it is the smallest legendary at only 8 inches long.

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See also

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