Cresselia () is the 488th Pokémon in the Pokédex. She is a Psychic-Type, and is known as the Lunar Pokémon.
Cresselia doesn't evolve and doesn't have a pre-evolved form.
Cresselia takes on the appearance of a blue-and-pink swan-like being. Her underside is yellow, and on her head is a crescent moon-like headpiece. Her wings are pink and take on a ring-like shape.
Cresselia is a Female Pokémon Species.
After heading to Full Moon Island and receiving a Lunar Wing, Cresselia can be found roaming Sinnoh in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum. Like other Legendary Pokémon that roam a region, Cresselia will attempt to run away at the start of the encounter, but that can be stopped with either a Faster Pokémon with Mean Look or a Pokémon with Shadow Tag.
The method of obtaining Cresselia is different in Black 2 and White 2. While a Cresselia can be found at Marvelous Bridge, the Lunar Wing is required, which can be found inside the Stranger's House east of Lentimas Town and past the entrance to Reversal Mountain. In these games Cresselia doesn't run away during the encounter.
Cresselia can be found at Sharpedo Rock in Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky. Cresselia is exclusive to Light Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing on the 12th Floor of Wave Seas, but a Secret Slab or Enigma Part is required to encounter it.
Cresselia is a Boss Pokémon in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. It is the guardian of Hippowdon Temple, which is where the battle takes place.
Cresselia can be found at any of the Treetop locations in Pokémon Rumble Blast after completing the game.
Trading Card Game
Cresselia is in the Diamond/Pearl promo set and is part of the Legend Card "Darkrai & Cresselia" in the Triumphant set. Cresselia is listed as a Rare Card in the Great Encounters and Majestic Dawn sets. Cresselia is listed as an Ultra Rare Card in the Great Encounters and Boundaries Crossed (2) sets. The Ultra Rare Cards are also EX Cards.
A wild Cresselia makes a minor appearance in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.
Cresselia's Manga Information is unknown as of writing.
Creselia finds itself in the Underused (UU) tier of competitive battling. With immense 120/130/130 bulk, Cresselia is among the bulkiest Pokémon in the entire game and stands out as a defensive stalwart and good utility Pokémon. Due to unrivaled bulk, Cresselia is capable of checking quite a number of threats such as Mega Aerodactyl, Nidoqueen, and many of the Fighting-types in the tier. Levitate allows for Cresselia to have a crucial immunity to Ground attacks, Spikes, and Toxic Spikes, making it extremely hard to weaken easily. Its access to support moves like Thunder Wave, Reflect, Light Screen, and Lunar Dance make it a very useful Pokémon to have around. It also has access to a semi-reliable recovery move in Moonlight, which can be highly useful to prevent Cresselia from being too easily worn down. Cresselia's most viable sets are its Calm Mind set that can be extremely hard to take down and gives Cresselia a means to sweep, a defensive set that has good longevity in terms of checking threats and crippling others with Thunder Wave, and a dual screens set that can provide utility to set-up sweepers with bolstered defenses. Despite all the pros that Cresselia brings due to its great defensive prowess, its lack of offensive power and reliance on Calm Mind to deal any sort of significant damage makes it rather non-threatening to a number of Pokémon. Cresselia is also susceptible to all forms of status, including poison and burn, which can be highly problematic. Its typing does lend Fighting and Psychic resistances but also leaves it open to Dark, Bug, and Ghost attacks, all of which are common in the UU tier.
Cresselia is a niche defensive Pokémon in the Overused (OU) tier of competitive battling. It is very bulky, has a solid support movepool, and has access to a great ability in Levitate. This allows for it to check numerous threats in the OU tier. Its access to a semi-reliable recovery move in Moonlight allows for it to keep relatively healthy. However, Cresselia is held back immensely by its lackluster defensive typing which leaves it open to being Pursuit trapped and its weak offenses that allow for Pokémon like Mega Sableye and Tyranitar to take advantage of.
Cresselia can also hold its own in the Uber tier of competitive battling. With access to Trick Room and Magic Coat, Cresselia can hold its own against the offensive teams in the Uber tier, capable of checking Mega Salamence, Rayquaza, Primal Groudon, and Mewtwo. Cresselia's access to Lunar Dance prevents it from being easy set-up bait by allowing it to heal up a specific Pokémon to full health. However, Cresselia is given immense trouble by Mega Gengar and Steel-types, and it struggles against balanced and stall teams, which do not care about Trick Room and run many Pokémon capable of shutting down Cresselia. It faces huge competition from Lugia as a defensive Pokémon, which is better overall defensively due to its access to Whirlwind and the ability Multiscale.
Cresselia doesn't learn any moves by way of Breeding.
Via Move Tutor (Black 2/White 2)
Generation IV Exclusive Moves
Via Move Tutor
Heart Gold/Soul Silver
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