Giratina < Cresselia > Phione

Species Type
Lunar Pokémon Psychic.png
Number Ability
#488 Levitate
Height Weight
4′11″ (1.5m) 188.7 lbs. (85.6kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: 0% Female: 100%
Evolves From Evolves Into
None None
Egg Group Catch Rate
Undiscovered 3
Tier EV Yield
UU 3 Special Defense Points

Cresselia (クレセリア) is the 488th Pokémon in the Pokédex. She is a Psychic-Type, and is known as the Lunar Pokémon.

Cresselia uses the Levitate Ability, which gives her an immunity to Ground-Type attacks and Ground-based Entry Hazards, along with nullifying the Arena Trap Ability.

Cresselia doesn't evolve and doesn't have a pre-evolved form.

Cresselia is in the Undiscovered Egg Group; like most Legendary Pokémon Cresselia cannot breed. It takes Cresselia 1,250,000 Experience Points to reach Level 100.




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.

Gender Differences

Cresselia is a Female Pokémon Species.

Game Information

Original Games

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.

Spin-Off Games

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 an appearance during Sleepless in Pre-Battle, appearing to dispel the nightmares caused by Darkrai, which were plaguing Canalave City.


A wild Cresselia makes a minor appearance in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.


Cresselia's Manga Information is unknown as of writing.

Pokémon Information

Competitive Battling

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.

Area Location

Game Rarity Location
Diamond/Pearl/Platinum Only One Roaming Sinnoh after encounter on Full Moon Island
Heart Gold/Soul Silver None Trade
Black/White None PokéTransfer, Dream World or Trade
Black 2/White 2 Only One Marvelous Bridge (Lunar Wing Required)

Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
I Red Not in game
Blue Not in game
Yellow Not in game
II Gold Not in game
Silver Not in game
Crystal Not in game
III Ruby Not in game
Sapphire Not in game
Emerald Not in game
FireRed Not in game
LeafGreen Not in game
IV Diamond Shiny particles are released from its wings like a veil. It is said to represent the crescent moon.
Pearl Shiny particles are released from its wings like a veil. It is said to represent the crescent moon.
Platinum On nights around the quarter moon, the aurora from its tail extends and undulates beautifully.
HeartGold Those who sleep holding Cresselia's feather are assured of joyful dreams. It is said to represent the crescent moon.
SoulSilver Those who sleep holding Cresselia's feather are assured of joyful dreams. It is said to represent the crescent moon.
V Black On nights around the quarter moon, the aurora from its tail extends and undulates beautifully.
White On nights around the quarter moon, the aurora from its tail extends and undulates beautifully.
Black 2 On nights around the quarter moon, the aurora from its tail extends and undulates beautifully.
White 2 On nights around the quarter moon, the aurora from its tail extends and undulates beautifully.
VI X Shiny particles are released from its wings like a veil. It is said to represent the crescent moon.
Y Those who sleep holding Cresselia's feather are assured of joyful dreams. It is said to represent the crescent moon.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire

Pokéthlon Statistics



Base Stats Min- Min Max Max+
. 350 444 .
130 145 239 262
220 245 339 372
Sp. Atk
139 155 249 273
Sp. Def
238 265 359 394
157 175 269 295


Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Confusion Psychic.gif 50 100 Special.png
Start Double Team Normal.gif N/A N/A Other.png
11 Safeguard Normal.gif N/A N/A Other.png
20 Mist Ice.gif N/A N/A Other.png
29 Aurora Beam Ice.gif 65 100 Special.png
38 Future Sight Psychic.gif 100 100 Special.png
47 Slash Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
57 Moonlight Normal.gif N/A N/A Other.png
66 Psycho Cut Psychic.gif 70 100 Physical.png
75 Psycho Shift Psychic.gif N/A 90 Other.png
84 Lunar Dance Psychic.gif N/A N/A Other.png
93 Psychic Psychic.gif 90 100 Special.png


TM/HM No. Move Type Power Accuracy Class
TM03 Psyshock Psychic.gif 80 100 Special.png
TM04 Calm Mind Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM06 Toxic Poison.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM10 Hidden Power Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM11 Sunny Day Fire.gif -- -- Other.png
TM13 Ice Beam Ice.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal.gif 150 90 Special.png
TM16 Light Screen Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM17 Protect Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM18 Rain Dance Water.gif -- -- Other.png
TM19 Roost Flying.gif -- -- Other.png
TM20 Safeguard Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM21 Frustration Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM22 Solarbeam Grass.gif 120 100 Special.png
TM27 Return Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM29 Psychic Psychic.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM30 Shadow Ball Ghost.gif 80 100 Special.png
TM32 Double Team Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM33 Reflect Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM42 Facade Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM44 Rest Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM45 Attract Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM48 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM53 Energy Ball Grass.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM57 Charge Beam Electric.gif 50 90 Special.png
TM68 Giga Impact Normal.gif 150 90 Physical.png
TM70 Flash Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM73 Thunder Wave Electric.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM77 Psych Up Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM85 Dream Eater Psychic.gif 100 100 Special.png
TM86 Grass Knot Grass.gif  ?? 100 Special.png
TM87 Swagger Normal.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM90 Substitute Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM92 Trick Room Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png

Via Breeding

Cresselia doesn't learn any moves by way of Breeding.

Via Move Tutor (Black 2/White 2)

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Gravity Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
Helping Hand Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Icy Wind Ice.gif 55 95 Special.png
Magic Coat Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
Magic Room Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
Recycle Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Signal Beam Bug.gif 75 100 Special.png
Skill Swap Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Snore Normal.gif 40 100 Special.png
Trick Psychic.gif -- 100 Other.png
Zen Headbutt Psychic.gif 80 90 Physical.png

Generation IV Exclusive Moves


Via Move Tutor

Platinum/Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Fury Cutter Bug.gif 20 95 Physical.png
Swift Normal.gif 60 -- Special.png
Mud-Slap Ground.gif 20 100 Special.png
Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Role Play Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png

Evolution Line


Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages

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