Latios (ラティオス Ratiosu) is one of the 493 fictional species of Pokémon creatures from the multi-billion-dollar Pokémon media franchise—a collection of video games, anime, manga, books, trading cards, and other media created by Satoshi Tajiri. He is one of the Legendary Pokémon of Hoenn and one of only four legendaries to have a gender. The other three are his female counterpart, Latias and the Sinnoh Legendaries, Heatran and Cresselia. Latios's main purpose in battle is as a sweeper, using special attacks to inflict damage.
Latios' name might have been derived from the Latin word" 'latere' (as in latent), which means 'to lie hidden', 'to be invisible'. The first person singular form of this word is lateo, which, when mispronounced in English, sounds exactly like this Pokémon's name, thus making it translatable as 'I lay hidden'. Also, the 'o' in Latios' name could be a masculine point, hence Latios being a male Pokémon.
Latios is a blue-and-white dragon/bird like creature with small arms and feet, and spiky fighter aircraft like wings on its back. It appears to have white flesh underneath the blue carapace. It has a triangle shaped red marking on its belly that is similar of a Togepi/Togetic/Togekiss marking. It appears extremely similar to Latias, only blue, and more angular. It also has a blue triangular mask-like marking on its face. It is said that by folding its arms close to its body, it can fly faster than a jet. The shiny form of Latios is a metallic green with a gold triangle,the color of Latias' shiny form.Curiously, its angular, sleek body shape seems strikingly similar to the body of many modern jet fighters like the F-22 Raptor and the Joint Strike Fighter. Prior to the release of Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire, both Latios and Latias were speculated to be related to the more powerful legendary Pokémon Lugia, because of the close resemblance between the three Pokémon.
Latios’ intelligence allows it to understand human languages. It has a docile temperament and dislikes fighting. Latios will only open its heart to a trainer with a compassionate spirit. Like Latias, Latios can render itself invisible like a chameleon.
Latios, compared to Latias, has enhanced telepathic powers, which is the language of the mind, speaking through his mind and other humans hearing it in their mind (much like Mewtwo). In addition, Latios has the ability to make others in its area see an image of what it has seen or imagined recently. Even in hiding, it can detect the locations of others and sense their emotions through telepathy. It may be able to shapeshift like Latias, but it has not been seen doing so.
The design of Latios seems to be inspired by the classical shape of a jumbo jet airliner.
In the Video Games
In Pokémon Ruby, after the player has beaten the Elite Four, he or she will return to the house. When the player walks downstairs, the TV will flash, announcing that a blue Pokémon has been spotted soaring the skies. Latios will then appear anywhere in Hoenn except caves. He runs away after every encounter, similar to Entei, Suicune, and Raikou of Pokémon Gold/Silver and Pokémon Fire Red/Leaf Green. He moves in a pattern around Hoenn, and can be tracked on the Pokedex. Using any HM except Surf causes Latios to move far from his point at that moment.
In Pokémon Sapphire, Latios does not appear during normal gameplay. Instead, it will be Latias wandering around Hoenn. However, if the player uses the Eon Ticket, he or she can travel to Southern Island, where a Latios holding a Soul Dew will appear. He will not run away. In Pokémon Emerald, after beating the Elite Four, the television mentions a flying Pokémon, but the color is masked by a burst of static. The color is not heard, so the mother asks the player what color it was. If the player says blue, Latios will be the Pokémon wandering around Hoenn, and if the player says red, Latias will be found on Southern Island.
Statistically, Latios is basically the same as Latias, but his movepool is slightly different from hers (including his signature move Luster Purge, a Psychic-type move that may lower Special Defense, as opposed to Mist Ball, the signature move of Latias, that may lower Special Attack).
In "Pokémon Channel" you can find Latios at Cobalt Coast under certain time and weather conditions.
Despite being a Legendary Pokémon, more than one can be found in the games. Certain trainers in Emerald, Colosseum, XD: Gale of Darkness, Diamond and Pearl have a Latios on their teams. Similarly, it is allowed in Battle Tower and Battle Frontier.
Latios also appears as a boss character in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon eventually after the credits roll. After you defeat it, it mentions that Latias has been knocked into the Pitfall Valley, an area that no normal Pokémon can travel through. So after saving Latias, Latios will join your rescue team along with his sister. It is also revealed in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon that Latias is younger than Latios. - Latios is the first male Legendary in the series, and so far only Heatran (even though it can be female) has joined Latios in that respect. -
- Latios and his sister Latias appeared in the fifth Pokémon Movie, Pokémon Heroes, as guardians of Altomare, a city modeled after Venice, Italy. Latios lives in the Secret Garden of Altomare and rarely ventures out unless his sister, Latias, comes with him. He is very overprotective and hates that Latias seems to be trusting toward all humans, for he finds most humans impure and incapable of keeping their secret. However, if Latias finds them pure and good, Latios will also. He seems incapable of disagreeing with Latias. At the end of the film, Latios sacrifices himself to protect Altomare from a tremendous tidal wave. It is notable that Latios marks the first actual Pokémon death in the entire North American anime series. - Also, at the very end, during the credits, two Latios are seen traveling towards Altomare. The American variant of the movie left out the fact that many Latios and Latias visit Altomare, leading many American fans to believe that these were meant to be reincarnations of the Latios that died in the movie. -
In the trading card game
- Latios has made the following appearances in the card, in each case as a Basic Pokémon with his partner Latias. -
- EX Dragon, as Latios ex, a Colorless-type Pokémon-ex
- EX Deoxys, as Latios-*, a Colorless-type Pokémon-*
- EX Delta Species, as Latios, a Steel/Lightning Dual-type Delta Species Pokémon
- EX Holon Phantoms (twice), both as Latios, both Water-type Delta Species Pokémon
- EX Dragon Frontiers, as Latios ex, a water type Delta Species Pokémon.
- A Japanese Promo (two versions) was given out at PokePark in Japan for the AltoMare ride displaying a psychic-type Latios.
In addition, packed within the DVD release of the fifth Pokémon movie, Pokémon Heroes, both a Latias or a Latios card come with it. It is also featured in a Japanese promotional file containing eleven cards, featuring every movie that has come out to be including Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai. Latios is featured for Pokemon Heroes along with Latias.
- The following games and their instruction manuals: Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald; Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen; Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
- Official Pokémon website
- Pokémon Dungeon Pokédex entry, full of statistics analysis
- PsyPoke - Latios Pokédex entry and Usage Overview
- Smogon.com - Latios Tactical Data
- "Pokemon Franchise Approaches 150 Million Games Sold". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2006-02-28.