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Pokémon series character
Pokémon Celebi art.png
First game Pokémon Gold and Silver
Designed by Hironobu Yoshida
Voiced by Kazuko Sugiyama (Celebi: Voice of the Forest)
Rie Kugimiya (Zoroark: Master of Illusions)

Celebi (セレビィ, Serebī, sell·ah·bee) is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise and one of the Mythical Pokémon. Created by Ken Sugimori, it first appeared in the video games Pokémon Gold and Silver and later appeared in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise. Celebi appears with central roles in the anime movies Pokémon 4Ever, Zoroark: Master of Illusions and Secrets of the Jungle (as a shiny). In the Pokémon Adventures manga, one of the main antagonists, Pryce, seeks Celebi so he can travel back in time.

Design and characteristics

Created by Ken Sugimori, Celebi is a green onion-like creature. Celebi has round toeless feet, three-fingered hands and translucent wings on its back. Celebi has a round head that comes to a point that sticks upward in the back and resembles the shape of an onion, particularly a pearl onion. It has large baby-blue eyes, with thick black rings around them, and a pair of green antennae that are tipped blue. Celebi is a time traveling mythical Pokémon that debuted in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver. Celebi is a Psychic Grass type Pokémon that has the species category as the "Time Travel" Pokémon. It is known as the guardian of the forest, where it is worshipped as a god. It wanders through time, visiting various undisturbed old-growth forests during peaceful times, leaving behind flourishing grass and trees. It often leaves behind an egg that it brought from the future. Celebi's continuing existence signifies a good future.


In the video games

In the video games, Celebi is an event-only Pokémon, only available by being distributed from an event. In the Japanese version of Pokémon Crystal, Celebi could be found by the use of a GS Ball, which was obtainable by using the Pokémon Mobile System GB; however, in the Virtual Console releases of Crystal, the GS Ball can be obtained after entering the Hall of Fame. Celebi was obtainable from the Japanese Pokémon Colosseum bonus disc, which was available with pre-orders. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Celebi activates an event in the game, which takes the player back in time to battle Giovanni. Celebi was distributed at screenings of Phantom Ruler: Zoroark in Japan. In Pokémon Black and White, Celebi activates an event that allows the player to receive Zorua. In North America, Celebi was distributed through GameStop stores from February 21 to March 6, 2011, or acquired from the tour promoting the Black and White games that began on February 5, 2011. In Pokémon X and Y Celebi could be obtained as a gift in Pokémon Bank.

Outside of the main series, Celebi has appeared in Pokémon Colosseum, the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, the Pokémon Ranger games, PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, Pokémon Go, Pokémon Café Mix, and Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl. Celebi has major roles in both Colosseum and Explorers of Time.

In other media

In the anime, Celebi is represented as a generally weak Pokémon that constantly needs protection. Celebi is one of the main characters in the movie Pokémon 4Ever. In this movie, Celebi is running away from a hunter. It crashes into young Samuel Oak who protects it, and in return, Celebi transports them forty years into the future, where Sam teams up with Ash Ketchum to save Celebi from a Team Rocket member who turns it into a Dark Celebi by capturing it in a Dark Poké Ball. Near the end of the movie, several dozen Celebi appear from all sorts of different eras in time to help out. It also makes appearances in various episodes. Celebi appeared in a central role again in Zoroark: Master of Illusions. Grings Kodai was after the Pokémon in order to restore his ability to see the future, which it got on a previous encounter with it. In the anime, Celebi has made many small appearances, the most notable being in Pokémon Chronicles. In Celebi and Joy, Celebi took Ritchie back in time to help stop the destruction of a Pokémon Center. A shiny Celebi will appear in the upcoming 23rd film, Secrets of the Jungle.

In Pokémon Adventures, Pryce aimed to capture Celebi and use its time-traveling powers to save his two Lapras, which he had lost years prior to the storyline. He failed numerous times throughout his reign, and would injure himself on each day of the month in which Celebi would show itself in the Ilex shrine, so Green and Silver took this opportunity to steal his items and escape. Near the end of the RS Saga, Ruby is revealed to have a Celebi. He explains that due to the lack of information he had on it, he rarely uses Celebi at all. Celebi was used to retrieve the Red and Blue Orbs from Maxie and Archie, to prevent them from ever controlling Groudon and Kyogre again. Then, it revived Norman, Steven, and Courtney by sending them through an altered future.

Celebi also appeared in Pokémon: Sun And Moon, in the episode A Timeless Encounter while sending Ash to the past to visit young Kukui, which resulted in Ash gaining a Firium Z.

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