Pokémon to Blog About: the Seafarer and the Sea Drifter

This Pokémon to Blog About is going to be about the the Legendary Pokémon that is supposedly born on a cold sea floor and consists of 80% water and – off course – being a Water type Legendary.

It is Manaphy, the Sefaring Pokémon!


Manaphy is one of the two 100-stat Legendaries introduced with generation IV and not available within the games except for special events or gifts from other (spin-off) games.

By being a Water type and consisting mostly of water it gets really affected by environmental changes in oceans, such as pollution increase, or decrease in mineral levels or other substance levels such as CO2. No wonder why it’s so rare. (Well, basically the keyword here is Legendary.)

However, it can use water to its advantage too. Whenever it’s raining, Manaphy can heal itself, by letting pure rain water flow trough its body. This makes it naturally that Manaphy has the ability Hydration, which heals it from status conditions such as paralyze or poison when rain is set as a weather condition, such as using the move Rain Dance, the ability Drizzle or being in an area with rain.

In battle, this gives Manaphy a huge advantage: Not only can it be healed from status inflictions by having rain set in battle, but all Water type moves gain power and all Fire type moves gets weaker.

Also, Manaphy has a signature move called Heart Swap, which makes it switch stat changes with the opponent. This means that whenever the opponent tries to boost stats like Attack or Defense by using Bulk Up, Swords Dance, Iron Defense, Agility, etc., or whenever the opponents tries to lower Manaphy’s by using Growl, Charm, Screech, Fake Tears, etc., Manaphy can switch that with its opponent and use that advantage against it.

Nevertheless, it’s not the signature move that makes Manaphy so special among all the Legendaries. Manaphy is the only Legendary who can produce an offspring!

That’s right! When you put Manaphy in day-care with a Ditto, they’ll eventually make an Egg containing a different Pokémon called Phione – the Sea Drifter!

What happens if you put a Manaphy in Day-Care with Ditto?

Phione is much like Manaphy, being the Water type and having most of the same movepool. However, its stats are much lower being over all 80, and lacks Manaphy’s Heart Swap and Tail Glow.

Is has been very much discussed, whether Phione is a Legendary itself, having low stats (for a Legendary) and being able to breed and produce more Phiones. The last statement also questions its rarity, as there is, theoretically, no limits of how many Phiones you can get. But the supreme forces themselves have announced that Phione is a Legendary (just after they announced that it isn’t)!

Nonetheless, if Phione is a Legendary, then it is the weakest Legendary of all time!

Manaphy is known as the Seafaring Pokémon because it is known for swimming long distances to return to the place it was born, while Phione is known as the Sea Drifter Pokémon, because it uses a floatation sac on its head to drift around in the sea and, as Manaphy, makes it destination back to where it was born.

Now, I almost forgot: How do you get Manaphy?

Manaphy is one of the Legendaries of Generation IV not available within any of the RPG-games. In Japan Manaphy has recently been available through a Wi-Fi Event, and otherwise in Europe and US it has been available in the very first Pokémon Ranger game.

Once the main story of Pokémon Ranger is cleared, a “Special Mission”-option is available in the main menu, where, once entered, you have to write a password for a secret mission. Then you have to clear a mission about a newly-found egg stolen by the Go-Rock Squad.

The password and all about the mission can be read here: http://www.serebii.net/ranger/special.shtml

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One Response to “Pokémon to Blog About: the Seafarer and the Sea Drifter”

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