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Pokémon series character
File:Pokémon Deoxys (Normal Forme) art.png
Deoxys's Normal Forme
National Pokédex
Jirachi – Deoxys (#386) – Turtwig
First gamePokémon Ruby and Sapphire (2002)
Designed byHironobu Yoshida[1]
Voiced bySusumu Chiba (purple crystal)
Kenji Nojima (green crystal)
(Destiny Deoxys)

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Deoxys (デオキシス, Deokishisu, /dˈɒksɪs/) is a species of Pokémon from Nintendo's and Game Freak's Pokémon media franchise. The result of an extraterrestrial virus's exposure to a laser beam,[2] Deoxys frequently appears around auroras. It is recognized as a Mythical Pokémon of the third generation. It exists in four forms: Attack, Defense, Speed and Normal, which differ by base stat values, effort value yield and appearance. Originally, there was no Speed Forme; this was added after the movie.

Deoxys first appeared in the 2002 video games Ruby and Sapphire, accessible via a Nintendo promotional event known as the Aurora Ticket.[3][4] This event took place at several events starting 2004 and 2005 and has conitinued onward into the present.[5][6][7]

The legendary Pokémon saw a massive surge of popularity in 2004 and 2005, which was around the same time that the franchise was quickly regaining its popularity,[8] due to various events promoting the Pokemon in the games, most notably in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, as well as playing a major role in the film Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys.[9][10][11][12] It has since appeared in several video games and the Pokémon anime series. The Pokémon has also been featured in official merchandise and a collaboration with NASA and has received positive remarks from critics.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

Design and characteristics[edit]

Deoxys's arms resemble the double helix structural form.

Along with all the other third-generation Pokémon (except Rayquaza), Deoxys was created by Ken Sugimori with the aid of a development team.[19] Its National Pokédex number is 386, the last of the third-generation Pokémon.[20] Its name is contracted from the term deoxyribonucleic acid, the long-form name of DNA.[21] The character is associated with auroras and frequently appears with them.[22][23]

Deoxys has a crystalline organ on its chest considered to be its brain and is able to shoot lasers and regenerate its body after any attack.[24][25] Overall, it has an agile body configured for speed.[26] Deoxys is unique among Pokémon for its ability to change freely between Formes, of which it has four: Attack, Defense, Speed and Normal. These Formes differ by base stat values and appearance.[27] In the Game Boy Advance games, Deoxys's Forme depends on the game version it is used in. In later games, Deoxys's Forme is changed by having it in the player's party and interacting with certain meteorites.[28]


Deoxys made its gaming debut is in 2002's Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, but would not legitimately be made public until Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen in 2004. After visiting a Nintendo promotional event, the player activates the "Mystery Gift" gameplay option, then visits an in-game PokéMart and inputs the text "LINK TOGETHER WITH ALL" on a questionnaire. Once it is typed in, the player could download an Aurora Ticket at an event. This unlocks Birth Island, an island where Deoxys can be found. The player must follow a triangle at a specific path, and once it turns red, a level 30 Deoxys appears. Another event in which Deoxys and the Aurora Ticket could be obtained was with the Pokemon Rocks America events which ran from 2003 to 2005, though Deoxys was only available for the 2004 event and the 2005 event specifically.[29] Deoxys introduces its Attack Forme in FireRed, Defense Forme in LeafGreen, and then its Speed Forme in Emerald.[27] Deoxys was distributed to Diamond and Pearl players at GameStop locations in June 2008.[30]

Deoxys, in its Attack Forme, appears as a randomly generated Pokémon springing from the Poké Ball item and attacking players in the fighting game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Deoxys also returns in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U as a random generated Pokémon from a Master Ball.[31] In both games, it'll use the move Hyper Beam. The character's likeness also graces a trophy in this game.[28] Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs features a mission accessed with Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection that allows the player to obtain a Deoxys and carry it over to other Pokémon games.[32]

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Deoxys is available within the game without the need for event distribution. Deoxys is available at the end of the Delta Episode after beating the game for the first time. The player must first capture Rayquaza at Sky Pillar at Level 70 to progress with the story line. After capturing Rayquaza, the player is taken into space to stop an incoming meteor. As soon as it is destroyed, Deoxys's famous triangle can be seen performing the same pattern that the player on Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen has to perform to summon Deoxys. Deoxys appears at level 80 and on par with Arceus and Calryex for the highest level legendary or mythical Pokémon encountered in any game in the Pokémon series. Should the player fail to capture Deoxys, then the player will be given a second and final chance to capture it. The player must defeat the Elite Four for the 2nd time. After this, the player must return to Sky Pillar. At the same spot where Rayquaza was caught, Deoxys will be waiting there instead and once again at Level 80.

Deoxys also appears in the mobile game Pokémon Go, where it is obtainable through special events known as "EX Raids".[33]

In other media[edit]

Deoxys's Pokémon anime canonical debut is in the 2004 film Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys. A mysterious green crystalline organ fell to earth in a meteorite which later turned into a Deoxys. A second Deoxys (with a purple crystalline organ) came to earth to search for it but ended up in a battle with Rayquaza. As Pokémon Emerald had not been released when the movie was produced, only its Defense, Normal and Attack Formes appeared.[11]

A Deoxys appears in each of its Formes in the episode "Cheers on Castaways Isle!". The creature crashes into a waterfall, becoming nothing but its crystalline core. It later regenerates to save Ash Ketchum and Piplup from Team Rocket before flying away again.[34]

In Pokémon Adventures, Deoxys plays a major role in the events of the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter.

One set of Pokémon trading cards is named "Deoxys EX", created as an homage to Destiny Deoxys. Deoxys's Attack, Normal, and Defense Formes each occupy separate cards in this set. The three have different attacks and can be switched for each other each turn via their "Forme Change" abilities.[35]

Cultural impact[edit]

Deoxys's likeness has been adapted into merchandise such as action figures,[36][37] lunch boxes,[38] and promotional plush pillows.[39] A "Deoxys Whirl" toy was distributed with kids' meals at Subway chain restaurants from March to May 2005, as part of the promotional campaign for Destiny Deoxys.[40] In March 2005, NASA teamed up with the Pokémon Trading Card Game team to use Deoxys's likeness to educate children about outer space and the ozone layer. As part of this endeavor, NASA created browser games on its website and Nintendo of America distributed promotional bracelets and postcards.[2]

The character has received positive remarks from critics. In coverage of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, staff of GameSpy stated that "[t]his celestial-looking 'Mon is one of the coolest we've seen."[41] 1UP.com wrote that Deoxys was "a nice consolation prize" in the wake of the newly introduced Darkrai, claiming that it looks "quite nice" in the visual style of My Pokémon Ranch.[30] A Nintendo World Report press release stated that "[t]he most exciting element of Deoxys is its uniqueness" owing to its different Formes.[42] Staff of IGN called Deoxys "one of the most unique characters in the enthralling Pokémon … universe."[43] GamesRadar journalist Raymond Padilla stated that Deoxys, along with Rayquaza, was frightening in Destiny Deoxys but did not serve as a believable antagonist because its destructive actions amounted to "misunderstandings".[44] GamePro writer McKinley Noble praised the inclusion of Deoxys and Manaphy in Guardian Signs, adding that the ability to import them to other games was "the only reason I'm still trudging through the game."[45] IGN staff writer Jack DeVries ranked Deoxys 85th in IGN's list of the top 100 Pokémon, stating that its transformation "makes him unpredictable and dangerous in battle. Plus he looks like an anime robot villain."[46]


According to gameplay, Deoxys's name comes from deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA, which also would explain its appendages resembling a double helix.[47]


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