Victini

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Victini
ビクティニ
Pokémon series character
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National Pokédex
Arceus - Victini (#494) - Snivy
First appearance Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and White—Victini and Zekrom
First game Pokémon Black and White
Designed by Mana Ibe
Voiced by Nana Mizuki- (in both the Japanese and English-language versions of Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and White—Victini and Zekrom).

Victini (ビクティニ Bikutini?) is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Victini first appeared in the video games Pokémon Black and White, later appearing in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise.

Concept and characteristics[edit]

Victini, known as the Victory Pokémon,[1] is a small rodent-like Pokémon. Its large pointed ears are shaped like letter V. It is said that a trainer with a Victini will always win any kind of battle.[2] It produces infinite energy within itself and shares with others by touching them,[3] and making their bodies overflow with power.[4] Victini was designed by Mana Ibe, under the instructions from game director Junichi Masuda that it would be more appealing to women. He commented that he liked Victini the best of all Pokémon.[5]

Appearances[edit]

In the video games[edit]

Victini, similar to earlier Pokémon species Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, and Shaymin, can only be obtained via an official distribution events. In the story of the games, this Victini was brought to Liberty Garden and locked up in a room to keep it safe and make sure it never fell into the wrong hands. Team Plasma arrives on the island to free Victini into the world, and the player must stop them and then capture Victini, as it wishes to find a worthy trainer. Victini has the Unova regional Pokédex #000, which makes it the first non-glitch Pokémon that has such designation in any regional Pokédex. Victini also appears in the Pokémon spin-off game Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS where players type in the names of Pokémon that they see. It is also a non-player character in PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity.

In other media[edit]

In a teaser trailer shown by Pokémon Sunday, alongside with Unova's legendary Pokémon, Zekrom and Reshiram, Victini starred in the 14th Pokémon films Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and White—Victini and Zekrom.[6]

Promotion[edit]

Starting the release of Pokémon Black and White in Japan on September 18, 2010, the company released the Liberty Ticket (リバティチケット Ribati Chiketto?), a special item that allows players to get in touch and capture Victini that cannot be caught normally in the games.[7] In English speaking countries, the item is known as the Liberty Pass and was distributed from March 6 to April 10, 2011, in the United States, Canada, and Australia.[8][9][10] The Pass Liberté (French), Gartenpass (German), Ticket Libertad (Spanish), Liberticket (Italian), or Liberty Pass (English & Dutch) was distributed in European nations from March 4 to April 22.[11][12][13] Another unique Victini was released for a promotion for the Victini and the Black Hero: Zekrom and Victini and the White Hero: Reshiram films, which has an attack which cannot be learned by the Victini given out to commemorate the games' release.

Reception[edit]

GamesRadar's Carolyn Gudmundson commented that it was "definitely worthy of his legendary status" due to its power, also praising it for being cute like Celebi, Mew, Jirachi, and Shaymin, but unique from them as well. She describes it as "cute yet aggressive", adding on that it is "ultra-Japanese", citing its "V-for-victory hand pose and bento apple rabbit ear design."[14] When the design was revealed, GamesRadar discussed whether Victini was "cool or not", with the question of the week being what the readers thought of it, specifically whether it held up to previous cute legendary Pokémon.[15] Joystiq's Griffin McElroy called it adorable.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version | Victini". Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  2. ^ Game Freak (2010-9-18). Pokémon Black. Nintendo DS. Nintendo. "This Pokémon brings victory. It is said that Trainers with Victini always win, regardless of the type of encounter." 
  3. ^ Game Freak (2010-9-18). Pokémon White. Nintendo DS. Nintendo. "It creates an unlimited supply of energy inside its body, which it shares with those who touch it." 
  4. ^ Game Freak (2012-6-23). Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. Nintendo DS. Nintendo. "When it shares the infinite energy it creates, that being's entire body will be overflowing with power." 
  5. ^ Wesley Yin-Poole (2011-02-21). "The brains behind Pokemon Black and White DS Interview - Page 2". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  6. ^ "ポケモン☆サンデー | アニメ | ポケットモンスターオフィシャルサイト" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  7. ^ "『ポケットモンスターブラック・ホワイト』公式サイト". The Pokémon Company. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version | Special Encounters". Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  9. ^ "Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version | Special Encounters". Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  10. ^ "Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version | Special Encounters". Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  11. ^ "Pokémon Version Noire et Pokémon Version Blanche | Rencontres spéciales". Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  12. ^ "Pokémon Edición Negra y Pokémon Edición Blanca | Encuentros especiales". Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  13. ^ "Pokémon Black Version en Pokémon White Version | Speciale ontmoetingen". Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  14. ^ Carolyn Gudmundson. "Pokemon Black and White Pokedex - Victini". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  15. ^ Carolyn Gudmundson. "Pokemon Monday 10 - Veni, vidi, Victini!". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  16. ^ Griffin McElroy (2011-02-03). "Grab Pokemon Black or White at launch, get new legendary monster Victini". Joystiq. Retrieved 2011-03-07.