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Basic Information
4′11″ (1.5m)
33.1 lbs. (15.0kg)
Synchronize / Early Bird
Evolutionary Information
Stage 1
Evolves from...
Natu (lv. 25)
50.0% male, 50.0% female
Mystic Pokémon
Pokémon Gold and Silver

Xatu (ネイティオ, Neitio, Natio in original Japanese language versions) is one of the 649 fictional species of Pokémon Franchise Approaches 150 Million Games Sold]" PR Newswire. URL accessed on March 27, 2006.</ref> Pokémon media franchise – a collection of video games, anime, manga, books, trading cards and other media created by Satoshi Tajiri.

Xatu is a bird with bright plumage and precognitive abilities. Xatu debuted in Nintendo games Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver in 2000. It is listed as the 178th Pokémon in the game's National Pokédex.[1]

The name Xatu could be derived from the same origins of its pre-evolved form, Natu. Xatu seems to have native patterns on its body, only with the letter "N" replaced with an "X" to symbolize something unknown and mysterious.[2] Its American name was originally going to be "Xoqo."[3]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Xatu's appearance resembles a bird. It has a colorful and elaborate plumage similar to a parrot. Its colors are influenced from ancient North and South American civilizations, such as the Maya, the Aztecs, and the Incas. It has two red eyes imprinted on its breast. In Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, male Xatu have three yellow stripes along its lower area, while female Xatu only have two.[4]

Xatu possesses the power of precognition, rendering it able to see into the past and the future.[2] It often remains motionless for an entire day staring at the sun while it views the past and present or to meditate.[1] Xatu is said to be overwhelmed by the visual feedback of seeing two different time periods at once, or in terror at seeing the perils the future holds. In the game it is said that in some South American countries, Xatu is highly revered as a mystical Pokémon for its abilities.[2]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Xatu is a Psychic / Flying-type Pokémon.[2] This grants it immunity to Ground-type attacks, as well as resistance against Fighting-type Pokémon. It also has numerous weaknesses, including but not limited to, Dark-type and Electric-type Pokémon.

Xatu can evolve from Natu at level 25.[4] It is also found in the Safari Zone in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.[4] Xatu's statistics are average, with its speed and special attack being its highest attributes.[4] It learns numerous supporting abilities, such as Wish and Confuse Ray, and also learns offensive attacks, such as Psychic and Night Shade. It also learns Future Sight, which deals 80 Psychic-type damage to the opponent two turns later, befitting Xatu's precognitive ability.[5]

Will of the Johto Elite Four uses two Xatu. The first one is at Level 40, and is his lowest level Pokémon, while the second is at Level 42, and is his highest level Pokémon.[6]

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Xatu is a non-playable character. It warns the player of a human that turned into a Pokémon and caused natural disasters. Also, it speaks of "the unthinkable," referring to the end of the world.

Anime[edit | edit source]

The Pokémon anime series and films are a set of adventures separate from most other versions of Pokémon, featuring Ash Ketchum as the main character, and following his quest to become a Pokémon Master. He and his companions travel around the Pokémon world battling other Pokémon Trainers.

Xatu has had three appearances in the anime. In episode 236, "Xatu the Future," a Xatu was owned by a woman named Callista. Her Xatu predicted that a flood would sweep away the area that they were in, which it did later in the episode. Episode 352, "Me, Myself, and Time," features Xatu in the possession of a mysterious archaeologist. It battles Team Rocket's Cacnea, and defeats it. It appears again in episode 362, "Lights, Camerupt, Action," during a flashback May had about a movie she saw in her youth.

Xatu also makes a minor appearance in the fifth Pokémon movie, Pokémon Heroes, where it starts the Altomare canal race.

Manga[edit | edit source]

In Volume 14, Will uses a Xatu to fight Green and Silver.

By the events of the Battle Frontier saga, Crystal's Natu has evolved into a Xatu.

Trading Card Game[edit | edit source]

Xatu in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Xatu has appeared multiple times in the card game, nearly always as a Stage 1 and Psychic-type Pokémon. It appears in Neo Genesis,[7] Neo Discovery,[7] Skyridge,[7] Sandstorm,[7] EX Deoxys,[7] EX Unseen Forces,[7] and EX Dragon Frontiers.[7] Its EX Dragon Frontiers version was not a Psychic-type, and Xatu was released as Xatu δ, a Dark-type Pokémon.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Official Pokédex entry pokemon.com (flash). URL accessed on May 30, 2007
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The in-game Pokédexes of the Pokémon video games (A copy of them from Psypokes.com.) URL accessed May 31, 2007.
  3. List of pre-production names. URL accessed May 31, 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Seribii entry for Xatu seribii.net. URL accessed on May 31, 2007.
  5. Seribii's entry on Future Sight seribii.net. URL accessed on May 31, 2007.
  6. The Johto Elite Four and their Pokémon seribii.net. URL accessed on May 31, 2007.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 List of Xatu appearances in the Pokémon trading card game psypokes.com. URL accessed on May 31, 2007.
  • Barbo, Maria. The Official Pokémon Handbook. Scholastic Publishing, 1999. ISBN 0-439-15404-9.
  • Loe, Casey, ed. Pokémon Special Pikachu Edition Official Perfect Guide. Sunnydale, CA: Empire 21 Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-930206-15-1.
  • Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon FireRed Version & Pokémon LeafGreen Version Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., August 2004. ISBN 1-930206-50-X
  • Mylonas, Eric. Pokémon Pokédex Collector’s Edition: Prima’s Official Pokémon Guide. Prima Games, September 21, 2004. ISBN 0-7615-4761-4
  • Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon Emerald Version Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., April 2005. ISBN 1-930206-58-5

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