Mew (Japanese: ミュウ Mew) is a Psychic-type Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

Mew is notable for its unique ability to learn every Technical Machine, Hidden Machine, and Move Tutor move (except those exclusive to a particular Pokémon or group of Pokémon, such as Draco Meteor and Secret Sword).

Mew is the last Pokémon in the Kanto Pokédex.

It is a member of the Mew duo along with Mewtwo.


Mew is a pink, bipedal Pokémon with mammalian features. Its snout is short and wide, and it has triangular ears and large, blue eyes. It has short arms with three-fingered paws, large hind legs and feet with oval markings on the soles, and a long, thin tail ending in an ovoid tip. Its fur is so fine and thin, it can only be seen under a microscope. Mew is said to have the DNA of every single Pokémon contained within its body, and as such is able to learn any attack.

As demonstrated by its behavior in the first and eighth Pokémon movies, it shows signs of intelligence, curiosity, playfulness, and even selflessness. Mew is incredibly adaptable, able to travel freely in the air or underwater. As seen in Pokémon Snap, it can create a green/yellow/pink orb of energy around itself for protection.

Reports found in Cinnabar Island's Pokémon Mansion note scientific expeditions that have sighted Mew in Guyana, South America, the place where it was first discovered. Since Mew can make itself invisible at will, very few people have knowingly seen it, leading some scientists to declare it extinct and most to assume it to be a mirage. It will only show itself to a person who is pure of heart.

In the anime

In the main series

Major appearances

Mew (M01)

In this movie, Mew made a couple of cameo appearances at the start of the movie. A Mewtwo was cloned from Mew's DNA, extracted from Mew's eyelash. Later, Mew started appearing around New Island while Mewtwo was testing his starter Pokémon clones. Mew followed Team Rocket into the main part of the island so it could stop Mewtwo from destroying the world. After the end credits of the movie, Mew is shown flying to the mountains.

In the Japanese version, Mew's characterization was different. Mew's intention was to wipe out cloned Pokémon, Mewtwo included, because it viewed them as inferior, in stark contrast to Mewtwo, who wished to eliminate natural-born.

Mew also appears in the radio drama The Birth of Mewtwo, adapted into the anime short The Uncut Story of Mewtwo's Origin.

Mew makes a small appearance in the hour-length special Mewtwo Returns, the sequel to Mewtwo Strikes Back: Mew is first shown in flashbacks of the first movie and then named by Mewtwo when it reflects about its creation before the title screen appears (though this dialogue was changed in the dub and Mew is not named). Mewtwo also sees Mew after being thrown into the Purity Spring, but this Mew is just part of Mewtwo's imagination.

Mew (M08)

Another Mew first appeared transformed as a Ho-Oh, and then as a Taillow, landing on Cameran Palace and then transforming into Treecko. It then transformed into an Aipom to play with Ash's Pikachu. Ash and his friends released their Pokémon to play with what they thought was an Aipom.

After taking them to an attic, Kidd Summers sent her two Weavile after it. To escape, it teleported itself, along with Pikachu and Meowth. It then transformed once again into a Pidgeot and flew the Pokémon to the Tree of Beginning. While Ash and the others were looking for Pikachu, Mew kept it entertained with toys.

Mew also nearly sacrificed itself to save the Tree of Beginning. Lucario stepped in and was able to save Mew, but ended up sacrificing itself. Mew is believed to still reside at the Tree of Beginning. It is last seen playing with a Bonsly.


A Mew appears in Pokémon 3D Adventure: Find Mew!.

A mirage Mew appears in The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon, and helps to interfere with the plans of Mirage Master.

Minor appearances

Lawrence III's actions in The Power of One were apparently set in motion due to an Ancient Mew card; the card itself was actually shown in the movie.

A Mew appeared in the opening of Destiny Deoxys.

A Mew appeared in the boss fantasy of A Lean Mean Team Rocket Machine!. As of this episode, every Generation I Pokémon has appeared in at least one episode of the anime.

A Mew appeared in Alexa's magazine in The Journalist from Another Region!.

An image of Mew appeared on a computer screen used by Mewtwo's creators in Genesect and the Legend Awakened.

A Mew made a cameo appearance in the ending credits in Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade.

In Pokémon Origins

A Mew briefly appeared at the end of File 4: Charizard, being the only Generation I Pokémon that Red hadn't caught by the end of the mini-series. 

In the manga

In the movie adaptations

Two different Mew appear in the manga adaptations of the first and eighth Pokémon movies.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Mew debuted in the first round of the Red, Green & Blue chapter, A Glimpse of the Glow.

In The Jynx Jinx, Green's Ditty transformed into Mew as an example to Red. It later used this form to lure the Team Rocket Grunts away.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

A Mew appeared in Obtain the Moon Stone!!. This one is actually a woman who was accidentally transformed after an experiment went wrong. She turns back later to her normal form.

Giovanni catches Mew as part of the supplies used for the creation of Mewtwo. It was released along with Mewtwo after the creation was unsuccessful.

In the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga

Red befriended a Mew in Showdown! Clefairy VS Mew!!.

In the TCG

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. series

In Super Smash Bros. Mew will sometimes appear out of a Poké Ball. When summoned, it will use Fly to leave the arena. In single player, the summoner is awarded the "Mew Catcher" bonus, worth 10,000 points.

After unlocking every character in Melee, there is a 1 in 251 chance of Mew appearing from a Poké Ball. The thrower of the Poké Ball receives the same "Mew Catcher" bonus.

Mew returns again as a rare Pokémon in Brawl, the chance of it appearing is 1 in 493 this time. Like the other "secret" Pokémon, it drops rare items instead of just flying away. In Mew's case, the items are CDs. However, once all the pick-up CDs are obtained, it will drop Stickers instead.

Mew returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U and comes out of a Poké Ball (rarely) and/or Master Ball (rare, but less rare than a Poké Ball).

Mew throughout the Smash series, much like Mewtwo, is roughly akin to the first movie portrayal, especially having Kōichi Yamadera reprise his role.

Melee trophy information

Mew is an extremely rare Pokémon that has been seen by only a few people. Information on every Pokémon in the world is contained in Mew's cell structure, so it has the ability to use any and all TMs and HMs. Some Pokémon scholars believe Mew to be the ancestor of all existing Pokémon, but the idea is debatable.

Brawl trophy information

"A New Species Pokémon. An extremely rare Pokémon that contains the DNA of all other Pokémon, it is thought by many scholars to be a Pokémon ancestor, considering the wide range of moves it can use. On top of being able to make itself invisible, Mew can also transform into any opponent Pokémon and use characteristics and moves in exactly the same way."

3DS/Wii U trophy information

NAMew is a Pokémon previously thought to be extinct but rediscovered by Dr. Fuji. This Legendary Pokémon doesn't often show itself to humans, so it is considered quite lucky to see one. In Smash Bros., Mew will appear and then use Fly to sail away, leaving behind a gift. Thanks, Mew!

PALMew was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered by Dr. Fuji in Guyana. This Mythical Pokémon doesn't often show itself to humans, so it's considered very lucky to see one. In this game, it will float upwards and leave a present behind. If only Mew would turn up more often, eh?

Pokémon Snap

Mew appears in the seventh course, Rainbow Cloud. Although the game is not combat-oriented, the difficulty of photographing Mew effectively makes it the game's boss. Mew floats in a bubble that turns opaque when the zoom is activated, so players must throw a series of Pester Balls or Food at it to break the bubble so Mew will come out for a clear shot. Photographing Mew gets an automatic bonus of 2500 points, making it the highest ranking Pokémon in the game with a highest possible score of 10,000 points with perfect positioning, size and pose.

Game data

NPC appearances

  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness: Mew is the guardian of the Grass Cornet.
  • In PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Mew takes Pikachu and their friends Chikorita, Piplup, and Charmander to the PokéPark. He then appears to Pikachu in a dream once they've arrived in the PokéPark and tells Pikachu to collect pieces of the Sky Prism so that peace can be restored to the PokéPark. Once all the pieces have been obtained Mew awaits Pikachu at the Sky Pavilion where he plays. In this game, Mew is referred to as male, despite being genderless in the main series.

Pokédex entries

Generation I
Red So rare that it is still said to be a mirage by many experts. Only a few people have seen it worldwide.
Yellow When viewed through a microscope, this Pokémon's short, fine, delicate hair can be seen.
Stadium A mythical Pokémon of South America which had been thought extinct. A growing number of people have seen it recently.
Generation II
Gold Apparently, it appears only to those people who are pure of heart and have a strong desire to see it.
Silver Its DNA is said to contain the genetic codes of all Pokémon, so it can use all kinds of techniques.
Crystal Because it can learn any move, some people began research to see if it is the ancestor of all Pokémon.
Stadium 2 Apparently, it appears only to those people who are pure of heart and have a strong desire to see it.
Generation III
Ruby Mew is said to possess the genetic composition of all Pokémon. It is capable of making itself invisible at will, so it entirely avoids notice even if it approaches people.
Emerald A Mew is said to possess the genes of all Pokémon. It is capable of making itself invisible at will, so it entirely avoids notice even if it approaches people.
FireRed A Pokémon of South America that was thought to have been extinct. It is very intelligent and learns any move.
LeafGreen So rare that it is still said to be a mirage by many experts. Only a few people have seen it worldwide.
Generation IV
Diamond Because it can use all kinds of moves, many scientists believe Mew to be the ancestor of Pokémon.
HeartGold Apparently, it appears only to those people who are pure of heart and have a strong desire to see it.
SoulSilver Its DNA is said to contain the genetic codes of all Pokémon, so it can use all kinds of techniques.
Generation V
Black Because it is able to use every move, there are many scientists who believe that it is the ancestor of all Pokémon.
Black 2 Because it can use all kinds of moves, many scientists believe Mew to be the ancestor of Pokémon.
White 2
Generation VI
X Because it can use all kinds of moves, many scientists believe Mew to be the ancestor of Pokémon.
Y Its DNA is said to contain the genetic codes of all Pokémon, so it can use all kinds of techniques.
Omega Ruby Mew is said to possess the genetic composition of all Pokémon. It is capable of making itself invisible at will, so it entirely avoids notice even if it approaches people

Game locations

Generation I
Red Blue
Blue (Japan)
Generation II
Gold Silver
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Faraway Island (requires Old Sea Map) (only one)
FireRed LeafGreen
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
My Pokémon Ranch


My Pokémon Ranch*


HeartGold SoulSilver
Pal Park
Generation V
Black White
Poké Transfer
Black 2 White 2
Poké Transfer
Generation VI
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Pokémon Bank

In side games

Generation I
Rainbow Cloud
Indigo Plateau*
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Random Agent Cards, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Buried Relic (36F-98F)
Olive Jungle (event mission 3)
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Mystery Jungle (interior)
MD Sky
Mystery Jungle (interior)
Store 999 Pokémon*
PokéPark Wii
Sky Pavilion
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Factory: Sunny Seashore*
Rumble U
Challenge Battle: The Battle for Sky and Land (Reward), NFC Figurine
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Mountain of Order: Stage 6
Event: Launch Special: Meet Mew, Mew Strikes AgainMew Manifests, Mew Appears (3DS)

Event: Launch Special Stage, Mew Strikes AgainMew Appears (Mobile)

Rumble World
Legend Terrain: Bastion of Beginnings (All Areas)
Area 04: Stage 07 (must be unlocked with a password)

Also, in Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Stadium 2, Mew is available as a rental Pokémon after the player beats Round 1 of the Prime Cup.

In events

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Bitter Berry (100%)
Emerald Lum Berry (100%)
Events* Salac Berry (100%)


Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 100
160 - 207 310 - 404
Attack: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Defense: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Sp.Atk: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Sp.Def: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Speed: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Total: 600   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 100.

Pokéathlon stats

4/5 ★★★★☆
2/5 ★★☆☆☆
5/5 ★★★★★
4/5 ★★★★☆
3/5 ★★★☆☆
18/25 ★★★☆☆

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VII, this Pokémon is:

normally by:

Weak to:
Immune to:
Resistant to:
  • In Generation I, the effectiveness of  Ghost-type  moves is 0×.

While Mew is Transformed into other Pokémon, type effectiveness depends on the type(s) of the Pokémon transformed into.


By leveling up

Generation VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 1 Pound Normal Physical 40 100% 35
1 Reflect Type Normal Status —% 15
1 Transform Normal Status —% 10
10 Mega Punch Normal Physical 80 85% 20
20 Metronome Normal Status —% 10
30 Psychic Psychic Special 90 100% 10
40 Barrier Psychic Status —% 20
50 Ancient Power Rock Special 60 100% 5
60 Amnesia Psychic Status —% 20
70 Me First Normal Status —% 20
80 Baton Pass Normal Status —% 40
90 Nasty Plot Dark Status —% 20
100 Aura Sphere Fighting Special 80 —% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Mew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Mew
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations


Generation VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
    TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP  TM01 Work Up Normal Status —% 30
TM02 Dragon Claw Dragon Physical 80 100% 15
TM03 Psyshock Psychic Special 80 100% 10
TM04 Calm Mind Psychic Status —% 20
TM05 Roar Normal Status —% 20
TM06 Toxic Poison Status 90% 10
TM07 Hail Ice Status —% 10
TM08 Bulk Up Fighting Status —% 20
TM09 Venoshock Poison Special 65 100% 10
TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 60 100% 15
TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status —% 5
TM12 Taunt Dark Status 100% 20
TM13 Ice Beam Ice Special 90 100% 10
TM14 Blizzard Ice Special 110 70% 5
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150 90% 5
TM16 Light Screen Psychic Status —% 30
TM17 Protect Normal Status —% 10
TM18 Rain Dance Water Status —% 5
TM19 Roost Flying Status —% 10
TM20 Safeguard Normal Status —% 25
TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 100% 20
TM22 Solar Beam Grass Special 120 100% 10
TM23 Smack Down Rock Physical 50 100% 15
TM24 Thunderbolt Electric Special 90 100% 15
TM25 Thunder Electric Special 110 70% 10
TM26 Earthquake Ground Physical 100 100% 10
TM27 Return Normal Physical 100% 20
TM28 Leech Life Bug Physical 80 100% 10
TM29 Psychic Psychic Special 90 100% 10
TM30 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 80 100% 15
TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical 75 100% 15
TM32 Double Team Normal Status —% 15
TM33 Reflect Psychic Status —% 20
TM34 Sludge Wave Poison Special 95 100% 10
TM35 Flamethrower Fire Special 90 100% 15
TM36 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 90 100% 10
TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status —% 10
TM38 Fire Blast Fire Special 110 85% 5
TM39 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 60 95% 15
TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 60 —% 20
TM41 Torment Dark Status 100% 15
TM42 Facade Normal Physical 70 100% 20
TM43 Flame Charge Fire Physical 50 100% 20
TM44 Rest Psychic Status —% 10
TM45 Attract Normal Status 100% 15
TM46 Thief Dark Physical 60 100% 25
TM47 Low Sweep Fighting Physical 65 100% 20
TM48 Round Normal Special 60 100% 15
TM49 Echoed Voice Normal Special 40 100% 15
TM50 Overheat Fire Special 130 90% 5
TM51 Steel Wing Steel Physical 70 90% 25
TM52 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120 70% 5
TM53 Energy Ball Grass Special 90 100% 10
TM54 False Swipe Normal Physical 40 100% 40
TM55 Scald Water Special 80 100% 15
TM56 Fling Dark Physical 100% 10
TM57 Charge Beam Electric Special 50 90% 10
TM58 Sky Drop Flying Physical 60 100% 10
TM59 Brutal Swing Dark Physical 60 100% 20
TM60 Quash Dark Status 100% 15
TM61 Will-O-Wisp Fire Status 85% 15
TM62 Acrobatics Flying Physical 55 100% 15
TM63 Embargo Dark Status 100% 15
TM64 Explosion Normal Physical 250 100% 5
TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 70 100% 15
TM66 Payback Dark Physical 50 100% 10
TM67 Smart Strike Steel Physical 70 —% 10
TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150 90% 5
TM69 Rock Polish Rock Status —% 20
TM70 Aurora Veil Ice Status —% 20
TM71 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100 80% 5
TM72 Volt Switch Electric Special 70 100% 20
TM73 Thunder Wave Electric Status 90% 20
TM74 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 100% 5
TM75 Swords Dance Normal Status —% 20
TM76 Fly Flying Physical 90 95% 15
TM77 Psych Up Normal Status —% 10
TM78 Bulldoze Ground Physical 60 100% 20
TM79 Frost Breath Ice Special 60 90% 10
TM80 Rock Slide Rock Physical 75 90% 10
TM81 X-Scissor Bug Physical 80 100% 15
TM82 Dragon Tail Dragon Physical 60 90% 10
TM83 Infestation Bug Special 20 100% 20
TM84 Poison Jab Poison Physical 80 100% 20
TM85 Dream Eater Psychic Special 100 100% 15
TM86 Grass Knot Grass Special 100% 20
TM87 Swagger Normal Status 85% 15
TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status —% 10
TM89 U-turn Bug Physical 70 100% 20
TM90 Substitute Normal Status —% 10
TM91 Flash Cannon Steel Special 80 100% 10
TM92 Trick Room Psychic Status —% 5
TM93 Wild Charge Electric Physical 90 100% 15
TM94 Surf Water Special 90 100% 15
TM95 Snarl Dark Special 55 95% 15
TM96 Nature Power Normal Status —% 20
TM97 Dark Pulse Dark Special 80 100% 15
TM98 Waterfall Water Physical 80 100% 15
TM99 Dazzling Gleam Fairy Special 80 100% 10
TM100 Confide Normal Status —% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Mew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Mew
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Mew in Generation VII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Mew in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Mew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Mew
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Mew can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Mew cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Mew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Mew
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Confusion Mew (POP Series 4 4)

Mew (Wizards Promo 47)

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Trozei!
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team

Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0.9%
Friend Area: Final Island
51%-100% HP It makes me happy being with you!
26%-50% HP Oh, no! My HP is half gone!
1%-25% HP I can't go on! My HP is almost gone...
Level up I leveled up! Doesn't that make you happy?
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky

Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 20%
IQ group: H
Pokémon Ranger
Poké Assist:
Field move: None
Loops: 18 Min. exp.: 150 Max. exp.: 250
Browser entry
Mew is a rare Pokémon considered to be a mirage. It does flips and can go invisible.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Not available in the present.
Poké Assist:


Field move:


(Psy Power ×1)

Browser entry
It lets loose psychic orbs at Pokémon.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●●
Speed ●●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●●
Speed ●●●●
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PokéPark Pad entry:
Mew oversees the PokéPark from the Sky Pavilion. It was Mew's invitation that brought you and your friends to restore friendship to the PokéPark.
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Attack Power: ★★★★★
Power of Six
Increases the damage dealt by matching six Pokémon.
Pokémon Shuffle
Attack Power: 50 - 100 5


Power of 5
Attacks do more damage when you make a match of five.
Skill Swapper: Block Smash+, Eject+, Barrier Bash+, Power of 4+
Pokémon GO
Base Stamina: 200 Base Attack: 210 Base Defense: 210
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 5 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Pound
Special Attacks: Hurricane*, Blizzard*, Earthquake, Psychic, Dragon Pulse*, Focus Blast*, Thunder, Moonblast*, Fire Blast, Solar Beam, Hyper Beam





Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon


  • Despite being a clone of Mew, Mewtwo appears before Mew in the Pokédex.
  • Mew was the only Pokémon of the first 151 to be left out of the original version of the Pokérap.
  • In Generation I and II, due to technical limitations, New Species is labeled in game as NEW SPECIE (and in early versions, labeled as NEWSPECIES).
  • Mew was a little-known secret when Pokémon Red and Green were first released in Japan. Even Nintendo was not initially aware that Shigeki Morimoto had programmed it into the game.
    • In an interview with Game Freak and Creatures, Inc. in Nintendo Power issue 134, Shigeki Morimoto revealed that he created Mew two weeks before game development was finished.
  • In the games, lost scientific reports state that Mew was found in the forests of Guyana.
  • In Generation III, Mew is the only Generation I Pokémon that cannot be encountered in FireRed and LeafGreen, as well as the only Generation I Legendary or Mythical Pokémon that can be encountered in Emerald.
  • Mew is tied with Mewtwo for the most anime opening appearances of any Legendary or Mythical Pokémon, with seven in Japan.
  • Mew is the only genderless Pokémon able to learn Captivate; however, when used by genderless Pokémon, this move will always fail.
  • In Super Smash Bros. it has a chance of 1 out of 151 to appear, in Super Smash Bros. Melee, its chance to appear is 1 out of 251, and in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, its chance to appear is 1 out of 493. This is a reference to how many Pokémon were out during the release of each game (151 in Generation I, 251 in Generation II, and 493 in Generation IV).
  • Mew shares the move Transform with Ditto, along with also sharing the same Shiny coloration and the same weight. In addition, in Pokémon Yellow, Ditto can be encountered in the Pokémon Mansion on Cinnabar Island, where diary entries on Mew can be found.
  • The US release of Mew as an event for HeartGold and SoulSilver happened on the ten-year anniversary of the original release of Gold and Silver.
  • Mew was voted the most popular Pokémon in the Pokémon Power Bracket, which included all Legendary and Mythical Pokémon from the first four generations.
  • Mew started the trend of every generation (through Generation V) introducing a Mythical Pokémon with a base stat total of 600 and a stat distribution of 100 all around. Others that follow this trend include Celebi, Jirachi, Manaphy, Land Forme Shaymin, and Victini.
  • The only way to legitimately obtain a Shiny Mew is via the Old Sea Map on a Japanese copy of Pokémon Emerald.
  • Mew is one of two Pokémon to have the shortest English Pokémon name, Muk being the other.


  • Mew (then spelled ミュー, not ミュウ) was the first Pokémon trademark ever registered (granted on March 31, 1994, registration number 2636685 part 12), before even Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター), which was granted on December 26, 1997.
    • ミュウ was registered on August 6, 1999, registration number 4302090.
  • Mew is also the first Pokémon trademark ever applied for; the application was submitted on May 9, 1990, application number 平2-51989; before even Pocket Monsters, which was submitted September 11, 1995.
    • ミュウ was submitted on June 17, 1997, application number 平9-128909.


Mew is similar to a vertebrate embryo. It shares many traits with cats. Its morphology is also vaguely similar to a jerboa, having large hind legs and a long skinny tail. It is believed by scientists to be the ancestor of all other Pokémon, which, along with its resemblance to an embryo, may be a reference to the recapitulation theory.

Name origin

Mew may be derived from 妙 myō (strange/unusual), mew (the sound a kitten makes, referring to its size and cat-like appearance), or mutant (myūtanto), or it may be a combination of mystery and new (considering that it is mysterious and "newly" discovered).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japanese ミュウ Mew From mew the sound a kitten makes
French Mew Same as English/Japanese name
Spanish Mew Same as English/Japanese name
German Mew Same as English/Japanese name
Italian Mew Same as English/Japanese name
Korean 뮤 Mew Transliteration of Japanese name
Cantonese Chinese 夢夢 Muhngmuhng From 夢 muhng doubled
Mandarin Chinese 夢幻 / 梦幻 Mèng Huàn Means "dream" or "illusion"



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