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Mew in Pokémon
While Mew's clone Mewtwo is often heralded as Kanto's strongest Pokémon, Mew was undoubtedly the rarest, eluding our grasps for several years. Many believe it to be the ancestor of all Pokémon (which raises questions regarding Arceus), and it's said to only appear before trainers with pure hearts.
As popular as Mew is among the fandom, because it's so rare, many trainers don't know of several interesting tidbits surrounding the cat-like Psychic Pokémon. To learn all these juicy tidbits, let's examine ten awesome facts regarding the mythical Mew!
1. Mew's Stats Are Perfectly Balanced
Mew started a long tradition of each generation having a legendary a with completely equalized base stat total. Not taking nature into account, each of Mew's traits (HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed) will hit 100 at max level, totaling 600. Although this means Mew won't excel in any one area, it can fight competently on all fronts, wielding direct and direct techniques with equal skill.
While not quite as high a total as legendaries like Mewtwo have, 600 is still a fantastic amount that Mew shares with "pseudo-legendary" creatures like Dragonite and Tyranitar, although their stats aren't harmonized like Mew's.
2. Mew Has a Fire-Type TCG Card
The Pokémon Trading Card Game does some weird things regarding elements; for instance, Steel is called Metal, and many types (like Poison and Ice) simply don't exist, getting crammed into Grass, Water, or other attributes. That said, since Psychic does indeed exist, you wouldn't expect any strangeness from a pure-Psychic Pokemon like Mew. And usually, there isn't; most Mew cards are fittingly telekinetic. However, one very strange card from the Pop Series expansion set actually bears the Fire type. This is due to its δ classification, a subset of cards from various series that change a Pokémon's type to something unexpected (like Electric on the Water/Flying Pelipper).
Sadly, Mew δ is too unpredictable and frail to be of much use. Its Copy attack lets you mimic the move of an opponent, but you must follow the normal energy requirements, meaning if your deck doesn't run their element, you're sunk. Extra Draw can search your deck for two energy cards, but this hardly helps because 1) you can only use it if your opponent controls a Pokémon-ex and 2) you still to match energy types to make use of Copy. Throw in a mere 60 HP and a weakness to Psychic and you've got one abnormal dud of a legendary.
3. Dittos Are Probably Failed Mew Clones
I hate to give you a "probably" in a fact countdown, but this one's too juicy and convincing to ignore. One of the most popular Pokémon theories notes just how similar Mew and Ditto are, postulating that Dittos are the failed clones of Mew before Mewtwo was successfully engineered. Let's review the evidence:
- Mew and Ditto share the same height and weight
- Mew and Ditto are both genderless
- Mew and Ditto are the only Pokémon who can learn Transform naturally
- Mew and Ditto share the same color for both their normal and shiny form
- In the original games, you can only find Ditto in the Cinnibar Mansion (where Mewtwo was created) and Cerulean Cave (where Mewtwo lives)
- Dittos total is lower than Mew's, but both Pokémon have perfectly balanced stats
Pokémon contains many intriguing theories, but few have the mountains of evidence that this near-certainty does.
4. Mew Was Secretly Programmed Into Red and Green (Without Nintendo's Knowledge)
Shigeki Morimoto once revealed in an interview that he created Mew two weeks before Red and Green's release, and due to its inability to be caught under normal conditions, Mew remained a little-known secret for many months.
Morimoto evidently designed Mew without Nintendo's knowledge, but due to the Pokémon's mysterious nature (which helped form basis for speculation on how to catch it, creating desirable publicity), I doubt they minded. Still, I'm thankful Game Freak eventually switched Mew from its fetus-like appearance to a cuter form.
5. The Original Anime Opening Shows a Shiny Mew
The first season of Pokémon had more than a few abnormal Pokémon, from a pink Butterfree to a Godzilla-sized Dragonite to a golden Ho-Oh—before Johto monsters were even implemented! But if you thought these rare entities only popped up infrequently, look again at the classic Pokémon theme that played at the start of each episode.
In the very beginning of the intro, we first see a regular Mewtwo (pfft, who cares about regular ol' Mewtwo?) followed by a shiny blue Mew. Shiny Pokémon didn't even exist at this point, and fans never quite understood Mew's off-color, especially since it appeared pink in later anime sightings. It seems we witnessed the very first shiny Pokémon; you can bet your Ninetails it wasn't a coincidence that in generation 2, shiny Mew adopted the same blue hue we saw years prior in the anime.
Ash References Minnesota
6. Mew Lives in South America
Guyana, to be exact. While the Pokémon world traditionally doesn't reference any real-life locations, giving the impression that it's a separate fantasy world, the original games break this trend with secret reports found on Cinnabar Island (speculated to have been written by Mr. Fuji). These reports briefly chronicle an expedition deep into the jungles of Guyana, where Mew is discovered, "gives birth" (an odd choice of words for cloning), and the "newborn" Mewtwo runs rampant.
Still not convinced that Mew stems from South America; after all, couldn't it have been retconned? Nope, take a look at the Pokédex entry of generation 1 remake, Pokémon FireRed (released many years after the original), which describes Mew as "a Pokémon of South America that was thought to have been extinct."
Alongside a few other real-world references (like in the first Pokémon movie, which coincidentally stars Mew, when Ash mentions how Vikings live in Minnesota), this forms a compelling argument that despite its efforts to convince us otherwise, Pokémon does indeed take place in our world.
7. Mew Has an Exclusive Z-Move
As fans of the Sun and Moon generation 7 games know, several Pokémon can wield new Z-moves, powerful strikes that can only be utilized once per battle. While Mew doesn't (as of this writing) possess a mega evolution, it does enjoy access to its own signature Z-move: Genesis Supernova. This awesome power not only dishes out 185 damage with full accuracy but creates five turns of Psychic Terrain afterwards, a "weather" effect that powers up Psychic moves and protects against increased-priority techniques (like Quick Attack or Mach Punch).
To use this attack, Mew's trainer needs to wear a Z-Ring and Mew needs to hold Mewnium Z and have Psychic as one of its techniques. Genesis Supernova lends credence to the idea of Mew being the original Pokemon (rather than Arceus) due to its "Genesis" title, which literally means a beginning.
8. Mew Can Be Obtained Without Cheating in the Original Games
Sadly, many Mew rumors proved false. No, it wasn't under the truck, and no, completing the Pokédex didn't make it appear. However, we did manage to find several bugs and glitches, like the infamous MissingNo glitch that gave us infinite items and a Bird-type Pokémon (which isn't even a real type).
Little did we know that, while we had discovered an unofficial glitch Pokémon, we had missed a separate bug that would have landed us a legitimate Mew, no hacking or special events required. There are a few methods to glitch Mew into existence, most revolving around walking into a trainer's line of sight but immediately hitting start and flying or teleporting away before that trainer can actually battle you, confusing the game and fudging several hidden numbers that can be used to eventually battle Mew. For a full explanation of the Nugget Bridge version of this trick, click here.
9. Mew Can Learn Every TM and HM
Mewtwo bears the advantage in overall base stat total, and it enjoys access to two mega evolutions, but Mew triumphs in terms of versatility. As we've mentioned, it seems to have the DNA of all Pokemon, explaining its abilities to transform into them as well as learn any TM, HM, or Move Tutor attack (barring a few Pokémon-specific tutor moves that Nintendo wants to keep exclusive).
Most official tournaments ban legendary Pokémon, but whenever you're playing an exception to the rule or just casually, Mew's a potent contender as much for its unpredictable attacks as its impressive stats.
10. Mew Has the Shortest Pokémon Name
At least in English, Mews ties for the shortest monster name alongside fellow generation 1 creature Muk. Mew's name may derive from its cat-like appearance; "mew" being similar to the sound felines make.
However, it may also derive from mutant, a combination of "mysterious" and "new", or the Japanese term "myō", meaning strange or unusual.
Future of Mew
Although we've seen dozens of new legendaries throughout the years, many fans still prefer Mew and Mewtwo as the original ultimate monsters. With their mysterious origins, rarity, feature film, and battle prowess, both remain formidable Pokémon who can still hold their own against even modern legendaries, and only time will reveal if Mew ever gets a mega transformation.
But for now, as we eagerly await more Mew tidbits (it's been released into Pokémon Go, for those still playing), vote for your favorite mythical Kanto creature and I'll see you at our next Pokémon countdown!
© 2018 Jeremy Gill