ゼルネアス Zeruneasu
Generation VI
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Type Fairy  
Species Life Pokémon
Abilities Fairy Aura
Noivern ← 716 → Yveltal
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Mountain Kalos 148
Alola N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into None
Weight Height
474.0 lbs. 215.0 kg 9'10" 3.0 m
Pokédex color Egg group
Shape Footprint

Xerneas (ゼルネアス Zeruneasu) is a Fairy-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation VI. It is the mascot for Pokémon X. It is Yveltal's counterpart.



Xerneas is a quadrupedal stag-like Pokémon with a blue and black coat. Along its back it has multicolored spots that glow when it is in battle. It has long, gleaming yellow antlers that shine with all of the colors of the spectrum; its antlers resemble the roots of a tree. Its yellow-lined hooves are pointed, and it has a long blue and black tail. When Xerneas is not active, its multicolored antlers stop glowing and turn cyan blue. In the glint of its eyes is the shape of the letter "X", hence the title of the game and when it stands, its body seems to be in the shape of an "X".

Game info


Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
X/Y Team Flare HQ (X only), Trading One
OR/AS Trade None
Sun/Moon Transfer None

Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
Legends say it can share eternal life. It slept for a thousand years in the form of a tree before its revival.
When the horns on its head shine in seven colors, it is said to be sharing everlasting life.
Omega Ruby
Legends say it can share eternal life. It slept for a thousand years in the form of a tree before its revival.
Alpha Sapphire
When the horns on its head shine in seven colors, it is said to be sharing everlasting life.


Base Stats
Sp. Atk
Sp. Def


Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
1 Heal Pulse - -% 10 Psychic Status
1 Aromatherapy - -% 5 Grass Status
1 Ingrain - -% 20 Grass Status
1 Take Down 90 85% 20 Normal Physical
5 Light Screen - -% 30 Psychic Status
10 Aurora Beam 65 100% 20 Ice Special
18 Gravity - -% 5 Psychic Status
26 Geomancy - -% 10 Fairy Status
35 Moonblast 95 100% 15 Fairy Special
44 Megahorn 120 85% 10 Bug Physical
51 Night Slash 70 100% 15 Dark Physical
55 Horn Leech 75 100% 10 Grass Physical
59 Psych Up - -% 10 Normal Status
63 Misty Terrain - -% 10 Fairy Status
72 Nature Power - -% 20 Normal Status
80 Close Combat 120 100% 5 Fighting Physical
88 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
93 Outrage 120 100% 10 Dragon Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
Xerneas XY Xerneas XY XerneasInactiveSpriteBack XY
Xerneas Active XY Xerneas Active XY XerneasActiveSpriteBack XY
Xerneas A Shiny XY Xerneas A Shiny XY XerneasInactiveSpriteShinyBack XY
Xerneas B Shiny XY Xerneas B Shiny XY XerneasActiveSpriteShinyBack XY
Sun Moon Back



Main article: Xerneas (MS017)

Xerneas made its first anime appearance in M17 along with Yveltal and Diancie.

A Xerneas appeared in XY040: Foggy Pokémon Orienteering! where it was first seen by Bonnie and Pikachu. After they were saved by the remaining Team Froakie members and Team Squirtle, the two groups saw it again before it retreated to the forest shadows.


Main article: Xerxer


  • Xerneas is the second Pokémon to have a name to start with X, the first one being Xatu.
    • As of Gen VII there is also the Ultra Beast Xurkitree.
  • Xerneas is the only legendary Pokémon whose name starts with X.
  • Xerneas bears a resemblance to the Legendary Pokémon Yveltal due to the fact that its legs are of a similar form, and there is also a resemblance to Sawsbuck since it of course is deer-like; it has similar antlers, except Xerneas has multiple points, some of which are small, some multicolored, and some that branch off like a tree. Sawsbuck, underneath its seasonal flares, only has two rather low-key racks of antlers.[1]
  • Xerneas resembles the Forest Spirit from Hayao Miyazaki's film Princess Mononoke.
  • Xerneas is the first legendary Fairy-type Pokémon.
  • Xerneas represents life and Yveltal represents destruction.
  • Its X-shaped pupils are rather ironic as in many cartoons crossed-out eyes indicate death.
  • Xerneas has its own signature move, Geomancy.
  • Xerneas moves along the ground. This could be a reference to the x axis on a graph, being horizontal.
  • Similar to Kyogre, Xerneas' moveset has an advantage over all other members of its trio. Fairy attacks on Yveltal and Zygarde are super effective.


Xerneas may be inspired by a deer, most notably the stag that grazes upon Yggdrasil or perhaps the Cernian Hind of Greek Mythology. It also shares apects of the Tree of Life.


Its name may be reference to the Celtic "Horned god", Cernunnos. Its form may be a reference to Norse mythology guardians of the Yggdrasil tree: a bird-like creature that protects the top of the tree, this may be Yveltal, a deer-like creature that protects the soil and trunk of the tree, this may be Xerneas, and a snake-like creature that protects the underworld below the tree is Zygarde. It is referred to be part of Yggdrasil Trio.[2]



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