Latias and Latios
|Latios and Latias|
|Pokémon series character|
|First game||Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire|
|Designed by||Ken Sugimori|
|Voiced by (English)||Megumi Hayashibara (Both)
Tomoko Kawakami (Both, SSBB)
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Megumi Hayashibara (Latias)
Masashi Ebara (Latios)
Latios (ラティオス Ratiosu?) and Latias (ラティアス Ratiasu?) are Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Latios and Latias first appeared as central characters in the film Pokémon Heroes, and later appeared in the video games Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, also appearing in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise. They are voiced in Japan by Masashi Ebara and Megumi Hayashibara respectively.
Known as the Eon Pokémon, Latios and Latias are two legendary Pokémon originating from the Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald series of games. They are male and female respectively, and the first legendary Pokémon to have genders. While Latias is red and white, Latios is blue and grey, as well as being larger and more angular. While Latios and Latias have received significant criticism for their role in the film Pokémon Heroes, critics citing their voices as well as Latias' human transformation, they have received positive reception for their role in the video games.
Design and characteristics
As with all the characters introduced in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Latios and Latias were designed by Ken Sugimori with the help of Ruby and Sapphire's development team. Latios and Latias are bird-like dragon Pokémon vaguely resembling Lugia. Latios has mostly the same body shape as Latias, but he is larger. The lower halves of Latios and Latias are blue and red, respectively, and they each have jet-plane wings and short arms. Their arms have three small claws at the end. Latios have a red and Latias has a blue triangle-shaped ring on their chest. The upper half of Latias's body is white, while Latios has a darker upper-body. Latias has a red face with a pentagon like white spot in the middle, while, Latios has a blue face with an oval with a sharp point white spot. They have ears that ends in two points. Latias ear points is separated but Latios are close together.
Latios is able to fold in his arms and fly at the speed of a jet. He can make foes see images he has seen or what he imagines in his head. He can understand human speech. Even if he is hiding, Latios can detect the locations and emotions of others using telepathy. Latios has a very protective nature, especially towards his relative, Latias. He has a docile temperament and dislikes fighting. He will open his heart if he finds a Trainer with a compassionate spirit.
Latias is highly intelligent and can understand human speech. She can telepathically communicate with others. If Latias senses hostility towards herself, she will ruffle the feathers all over her body and cry shrilly to intimidate her foe. However, she will usually disappear if she senses an enemy, as they are able to use a form of active camouflage by enfolding their bodies with their glass-like coat of down and refracting light in unique ways, allowing them to become invisible or even take on the appearance of a human.
In the video games
Latios and Latias first appear in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire respectively, after completing the Pokémon League. They are found on a random-encounter basis, similar to that of Raikou, Entei, and Suicune in Gold, Silver, and Crystal. They can also be found in Pokémon Emerald, a remake of Ruby and Sapphire, after completing the Pokémon League. In Emerald, the player's mother tells him or her to watch a TV news story, which explains that a Pokémon has been seen; the player may answer that the Pokémon was red or blue, which chooses which one will appear. They can also be obtained in their partner's respective version via the Eon Ticket, an e-Card given to the player after attending a Nintendo promotional event or in an issue of Nintendo Power. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Latias or Latios will roam Kanto, after receiving the National Pokédex. The other can be obtained through a Wi-Fi event or trade. In Black 2 and White 2, Latias (White 2) or Latios (Black 2) will appear in the Dreamyard. After chasing Latias/Latios around the area, the Pokémon will attack the player. After it has been defeated or captured, a Soul Dew will appear. It's also possible to recruit Latias and Latios in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team, due to an event that occurs after the completion of the main storyline.
In Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, if the ball drops out of the field while the "Ball Saver" is active, Latios or Latias will rescue it and place it on Spoink without the ball being lost. Latias also appears in the non-Pokémon-exclusive video game Super Smash Bros. Brawl appearing in tandem with Latios as Pokémon appearing from Poké Ball items, alternately zooming onto the stage, damaging any opponent that collides with them. They both appear as NPCs in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure.
In other media
Latios and Latias have a starring role in the movie Pokémon Heroes as guardians of Altomare, a city modeled after Venice, Italy. Latios and his sister, Latias were the targets of Annie and Oakley. Latias assisted Ash in the mission to save Latios. Latios did not trust humans as his sister did, but at the end of the film, Latios sacrifices himself to protect Altomare from a tremendous tsunami showing his loyalty and love to his friends there, marking the first actual Pokémon death in the anime series. After his death Latios becomes a new Soul Dew and is placed as the new guardian of Altomare. Latios sacrificed his life to save Altomore and reincarnated as the Soul Dew. Latios and Latias also appeared in Pikachu's Island Adventure where, they used their powers to help Pikachu, Meowth and the other Pokémon search for the legendary 'Wailord's Tear' beneath the ocean. They are voiced in Japan by Megumi Hayashibara and Masashi Ebara respectively. Latios also appears in the Diamond and Pearl series at the Pokémon League belonging to a Trainer called Tobias.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Latios, along with Latias, was befriended by Emerald and took the young Trainer to the Battle Frontier. She appeared in a human a few times by using her ability to reflect light. Latios helped Todd watch the events going on on top of the Battle Pyramid.
Promotion and reception
Since appearing in the Pokémon series, Latios and Latias have received mixed reception. They have been featured in several forms of merchandise, including figures, plush toys, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, and others. Latios and Latias have been featured in a number of promotional items, including figurines and plush toys. A Game Boy Advance model was created to promote the release of the film Pokémon Heroes, featuring white silhouettes of Latias and Latios on it.
Austin Chronicle editor Marc Savlov described the two of them as "vaguely equine", as well as looking similar to "poorly realized Ultraman foes". He also describes the transformation of Latias into a "sexy, short-skirted schoolgirl" as both creepy and "straight out of the popular Japanese hentai series La Blue Girl." Critic Doctor editor Peter Sobczynski described the befriending of Latias and series protagonist Ash Ketchum as a "moppet version of Mandingo." While reception for their role in the film was mostly negative, San Francisco Gate editor Mick LaSelle stated that the improved animation of the film worked best with the two of them. The Cincinnati Enquirer editor Chris Hewitt criticized their voices as "squeaky", jokingly describing them as sound like "Melanie Griffith giving birth to twin sea gulls". Seattle Times editor Doug Knoop similarly criticized their voices, describing it as "seagull-like cawing". In its review of Pokémon Heroes, Screenit.com compared their noises to "wounded dolphins." Mountainx.com editor Ken Hanke stated that neither were appealing to look at, as well as comparing the "grating, high-pitched voices" to Saturday Night Live character Mr. Bill. Amongst the legendary Pokémon found in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, IGN's Pokémon of the Day Chick describes Latias as being her favourite of them, due in part to Latias being the first female legendary as well as being a "cuddly clairvoyant cutie."
- Game Freak (2003-03-17). Pokémon Sapphire. Game Boy Advance. Nintendo. "Latios will only open its heart to a Trainer with a compassionate spirit. This Pokémon can fly faster than a jet plane by folding its arms to minimize air resistance."
- Game Freak (2003-03-17). Pokémon Ruby. Game Boy Advance. Nintendo. "Latios has the ability to make its foe see an image of what it has seen or imagines in its head. This Pokémon is intelligent and understands human speech."
- Game Freak (2005-05-01). Pokémon Emerald. Game Boy Advance. Nintendo. "Even in hiding, it can detect the locations of others and sense their emotions since it has telepathy. Its intelligence allows it to understand human languages."
- Game Freak (2004-09-07). Pokémon FireRed. Game Boy Advance. Nintendo. "It has a docile temperament and dislikes fighting. Tucking in its arms, it can fly faster than a jet plane."
- Game Freak (2003-03-17). Pokémon Sapphire. Game Boy Advance. Nintendo. "Latias is highly intelligent and capable of understanding human speech. It is covered with a glass-like feathers. The Pokémon enfolds its body with its down and refracts light to alter its appearance."
- Game Freak (2004-09-07). Pokémon FireRed. Game Boy Advance. Nintendo. "It can telepathically communicate with people. It changes its appearance using its feathers that refracts light."
- Game Freak (2005-05-01). Pokémon Emerald. Game Boy Advance. Nintendo. "They make a small herd of only several members. They will be around with others in their human or Pokémon form. Their human forms are based on other people so they will look like twins. They disappear if they sense enemies."
- Game Freak (2003-03-17). Pokémon Ruby. Game Boy Advance. Nintendo. "Latias is highly sensitive to the emotions of people. If it senses any hostility, this Pokémon ruffles the feathers all over its body and cries shrilly to intimidate the foe."
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- Latias on Bulbapedia
- Latios on Bulbapedia
- Latias at the Internet Movie Database
- Latios at the Internet Movie Database