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Shaymin is a Grass-type (Land Forme) and Grass/Flying-Type (Sky Forme) Mythical Pokémon from Generation IV.
Shaymin, unlike most Pokémon, is able to change back and forth between two forms, a land and a sky form, both of which have their own unique appearance and abilities. Shaymin's Land form looks similar to a hedgehog. Its body is pure white and on its back it has green grass, along with a pink Gracidea flower growing on either side of its head. It is also relatively small, being only 00'08" in height and 04.6 pounds according to the Pokédex, which means Shaymin's Land Forme is one of the smallest Pokémon.
Shaymin's Sky Form is almost completely different from its Land Form. In this form, Shaymin has a reindeer-like appearance,(mixed with a bit of dog and cat like features) and it is also larger. Its legs are much longer and are now a green color. The green grass-like fur is now confined to its head and fashioned similar to a Mohawk. Its ears are now very long, appearing almost like wings. On the back of its neck are two red petals, resembling a scarf. Flowers grow on Shaymin's back when it is relaxed, but rapidly go back in when its relaxation is disturbed. This means when it is surprised or frightened, the flowers rapidly go back in.
Shaymin's personality varies depending on the form. In both forms, it goes where there is gratitude, and will meet up with others of its kind, and migrate somewhere else.
In Land Forme, it is shy and easily scared.
In Sky Forme, it becomes playful and courageous. It also adopted dog-traits like shaking itself dry or by scratching itself with its hind legs.
Shaymin is known as the Gratitude Pokémon. After Shaymin was pulled into the Reverse World by Giratina and was in the middle of it's battle with Dialga, it used Seed Flare to create a portal out of the dimension. This strange experience caused Shaymin to become terrified of almost everything. It also constantly referred to Gracidea, and was convinced that Giratina wanted to eat it when the Renegade Pokémon really wanted to use Shaymin to open a portal to the real world.
Shaymin found its way to Ash and his friends after its frightening ordeal with Giratina, attracted by the panackes Brock had prepared. Ash, Dawn, and Brock agreed to take Shaymin to Gracidea, where it and its friends would all change forme together. However, Zero took notice of Shaymin's ability to make a portal connecting the Reverse World and the real world and made several attempts to seize it, hoping to use Shaymin's power to capture Giratina. With the help of Ash and his friends, Shaymin transformed into its Sky Forme after being exposed to the Gracidea and drove away Zero's Pokémon. Eventually, Zero was defeated permanently when Shaymin, Giratina, Ash, and Ash's Pokémon followed him into the Reverse World and put a stop to his plans.
After peace had been regained, Shaymin's friends arrived at Gracidea and joined it as they all changed to their Sky Forme and flew away together.
Shaymin (SM anime)
Shaymin was found behind the recently growing rose by Mallow and her Tsareena, after the spirit of Mallow's mother fades away and leaves to the afterlife after their brief reunion when the fog faded away. Shaymin was brought by Mallow and Tsareena as they introduced it to their friends. Having already taking a liking to her, Shaymin accepts Mallow's offer to stay with her until it awakens its Sky Forme someday.
Shaymin later witnessed Tapu Fini's ritual of Hapu becoming Poni Island's new Island Kahuna. It later watched Ash and Pikachu's grand trial against Hapu and her Mudsdale, which the latter emerged victorious and won the Steelium Z. Shaymin was introduced to Professor Kukui, who arrived on the island to pick everyone up, by Mallow then left Poni Island with her and began traveling to Melemele Island with her.
After arriving Melemele Island, Shaymin began living with Mallow in her home and helped her in her father's restaurant, and Tsareena is the one who taught it. It later joined Mallow on her Ultra Guardians mission to stop the Ultra Beast, Pheromosa from stealing Z-Crystals.
While Tsareena is too busy helping Mallow’s father Abe, Shaymin is the only Pokémon who joins its friend to the windy Malie City. It rescues its friend Sandy from being hit by car. When Mallow’s bandanna got caught by a strong wind, Shaymin follows it, followed by Sandy and Ash's Meltan who accompanied it. After getting Mallow’s bandanna, they are trapped by Team Rocket, who forget that Meltan can swallow their metal traps before surrounding the three Pokémon before they escape, leaving Shaymin protected by Sandy and Meltan before Mallow, Ash and Lana arrived. Shaymin heals Sandy quickly upon the latter was hit by Sludge Bomb from James' Mareanie. After Bewear and Stufful drags Team Rocket away from the battle, Shaymin give Mallow her bandanna back.
Shaymin later watched Ash and Kiawe's battle against the Gym Leader of the Kantonian Gym, Ryuki. While Kiawe lost the first part of the battle with his Marowak, Ash managed to defeat Ryuki in a double battle with Meltan and Rowlet. Sometime later, Shaymin watched Sophocles and his Vikavolt participate in the Vikavolt Race, which they won and received the Buginium Z. After the race, Shaymin witnessed Hapu giving Sophocles a Z-Ring for his valiant efforts of saving the other contestants' Vikavolt from Team Rocket. Shaymin later went fishing with Mallow and witnessed her reeling in a Bruxish. It later heard the news about the evolution of Lana's Primarina.
Shaymin later helped Mallow and Tsareena in Oranguru in serving the hungry Pokémon in the Forest Pokémon Café. But at the end of the day, Mallow's biggest challenge was cooking for the Tapu Guradian, Tapu Koko. Mallow didn't want to at first, but with the support of Oranguru, Shaymin, and Tsareena, she managed to make a satisfying meal for it. Tapu Koko rewarded Mallow the Grassium Z for helping Oranguru in its café while Oranguru gave her a Z-Ring. When they returned to Aina's Kitchen, Shaymin, Tsareena and Mallow were surprised that their friends helped out at the restaurant while they were gone. After Olivia fixed up Mallow's Z-Ring, Shaymin, Tsareena and their friends were excited that Mallow along with her friends all have Z-Rings.
At the school, Shaymin watched Mallow and Tsareena practicing their poses for their Z-Move, along with their friends. At Lillie's Mansion, Shaymin was then seen having lunch with its friends. Sometime later, Shaymin was training at Lillie's place for the Alola League alongside its friends. During the Alola League, Shaymin was used in a Battle Royal during the first round and one of 16 competitors to move to the finals. Shaymin later watched the rest of the Alola League with Mallow, her classmates, and the other Pokémon. After Lana's Primarina was defeated at the hands of Guzma and his Golisopod, Shaymin healed the poisonous effects of the Poison Jab with Aromatherapy. At some point during the Ultra Beast crisis, Shaymin helped join everyone to defeated one of the Guzzlord at the Manalo Conference.
After the Alola League and bidding farewell to its friends, Shaymin turned into its Sky Form while being in contact with the Gracidea flowers Ulu bought. Then, three Shaymin appeared from outside Mallow's restaurant and departed after saying goodbye to Mallow, her family and Tsareena.
Powers and Abilities
Shaymin has the ability to absorb and purify any polluted air within its body, and releases it in a violent explosive burst. In Movie 11, the people in Floaroma town admits that the town was initially a barren wasteland, and celebrated Shaymin's ability to produce grass and a rare type of flower (Gracidea).
Hence its secondary form, it has the ability to fly. It reverts back to its base form either at night or when frozen.
Whenever there's any impending danger, it can escape peoples notice by camouflaging itself. It is capable of telepathy, and can sense the genuine gratitude of others.
- Shaymin, in its Land Forme, is based on a hedgehog, although the grass on its back makes it bear some resemblance to a chia pet. However, its Sky Forme resembles that of a dog and a deer with elements from angels.
- Shaymin is to date, is the smallest Mythical Pokémon.
- In its Land Forme, it is the only pure Grass-type Mythical Pokémon (not counting Arceus with the meadow plate).
- The Shaymin in the 11th Pokémon movie was voiced in the English dub by Amy Palant, who also formerly voiced Tails in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, as well as numerous other Pokémon characters. That Shaymin even sounds like Tails (as voiced by Palant) when in its Sky Forme.