While Furbies and Tamagotchi Pets may not have survived the '90s, Pokémon certainly did. While its popularity rose up and down throughout the years, Pokémon has always been a worldwide phenomenon. Between the video games, card games, and TV shows there has always been a big fan base for the little pocket monsters.
The anime was a huge success, and is still ongoing today. The television show was less interactive than the games, but it was none the less entertaining.
When it came to the video games and trading cards, things like stats, abilities, and types became important in order to play the game effectively.
While Pokémon games have always been popular on handheld consoles, Pokémon got a new level of popularity when Pokémon Go was released in 2016 for Android and IOS users.
The game allowed you to find and catch Pokémon in the real world while battling them against other trainers in areas called gyms. While the game was undeniably popular, die-hard fans still preferred the games that were released on handheld consoles over the app.
Legendary Pokémon are those that are incredibly rare and are often quite powerful. The games originally started with four Legendary Pokémon but more were added in each new generation of games.
While some of these Pokémon are incredibly powerful, others are not worth your time and effort to catch because of their stats.
Here are the 10 Legendary Pokémon With The Worst Stats (And 10 That Are Underused).
20 Worst Stats: Phione
Phione is one of the worst Legendary Pokémon for a number of reasons. First of all, some people believe that Phione is not even a Legendary Pokémon.
Phione comes in at number 489 in the Pokédex. It is a Water-type Pokémon that was introduced in Generation IV. Phione itself cannot breed, but players can breed a Ditto with a Manaphy and produce a Phione. This reason is enough for some people to knock down its Legendary status.
Like many Legendary Pokémon, though, Phione’s catch rate is quite low coming in at a measly 30, translating to 3.9%. The Phione does not evolve into or from another Pokémon but it looks incredibly close to a Manaphy.
Whether you believe it is a Legendary Pokémon or not, there is no denying that its stats are awful. When calculating the base stat total, the HP, attack, defense, special attack, special defense, and speed all come in at 80, giving Phione a base stat total of 480.
It’s parent Manaphy has a base stat total of 600 and an even lower catch rate (3), yet Phione is still considered the Legendary Pokémon. Phione is quite the phony when it comes to Legendaries.
19 Underused: Diancie
Diancie is a mythical Pokémon that falls into the rock and fairy type categories. It comes in at #719 and was introduced in March 2014 for the CoroCoro comic magazine.
Diancie is a genderless Pokémon that can mega evolve into Mega Diancie. Its design includes a white dress with a pink crystal headdress and a yellow necklace holding yet another pink crystal.
Since mega evolution is different than the normal evolution, the Mega Diancie shares the same Pokédex number. The Mega Diancie is similar in appearance to the Diancie, only the stone part of its body is replaced by more beautiful pink crystals.
The Mega Diancie also has two white ribbons in her head that fall the length of her body.
The Diancie and the Mega Diance are not weak Pokémon, in fact, they are the complete opposite.
The Diancie has a base stat total of 600 and Mega Diancie has a total of 700. They are both immune to Dragon-type Pokémon and are resistant to Normal, Flying, Bug, Fire, and Dark types.
You may think that with stats like this they would never be underused, but the problem arises since they are banned from many Video Game Championships because of their strength. It seems like some Pokémon are just too powerful to be used fairly in battle.
18 Worst Stats: Regigigas
Coming in at #486 is Regigigas. Regigigas is a normal type Legendary Pokémon that was introduced in Generation IV.
This Pokémon made its debut in the anime in the episode “Giratina and the Sky Warrior”. Regigigas comes in at twelve feet two inches, weighs 925.9 pounds, and has a catch rate of 3 making it a very difficult Pokémon to add to your collection.
Regigigas’ appearance is quite unique. It has seven black eyes going down the middle of body along with six gemstones on its chest. The six gemstones on its chest represent the Legendary Titans-- Regice, Registeel, and Regirock. Regigigas also has moss growing from its head and feet.
While its design looks intriguing, Regigigas has some atrocious stats. Its base stat total isn’t half bad at 670 but it can be damaged by 16 of the 18 types of Pokémon. Another component that makes Regigigas awful in a battle is the ability slow start.
Slow start means that the attack and speed stats will be slashed in half for the first five turns. If you happen to switch Regigigas out for another Pokémon during a battle, this counter restarts and it will take five more turns for the full attack and speed to return.
Overall, Regigigas is not worth the time and effort since his catch rate is 3, you have to already have Regice, Registeel, and Regirock before you can catch him, and his stats are lacking.
17 Underused: Ho-Oh
Ho-Oh is part of the Tower Duo, which consists of Lugia and Ho-Oh. Ho-Oh can be seen at the end of the first Pokémon anime episode titled “I Choose You” but was not introduced to the games until Generation II.
Ho-Oh is the 250th Pokémon and is a genderless fire/flying type Legendary Pokémon.
Ho-Oh resembles both a phoenix and a peacock and because of the shape and design of his wings, it often creates a rainbow when it flies.
Despite the awesome look and ability of Ho-Oh, it is usually overshadowed and underused because of Lugia.
Ho-Oh represents the guardian of the skies while Lugia represents the guardian of the seas.
Lugia was the main Legendary Pokémon featured in Pokémon 2000, and despite Lugia being closely related to Ho-Oh, it was generally Lugia who got more attention. Ho-Oh was eventually featured in a Pokémon movie last year titled Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!.
Because of Lugia’s popularity, both Ho-Oh and Lugia were featured in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver respectively. Ho-Oh is epic in its own right featuring moves such as “Brave Bird,” “Ancient Power” and “Calm Mind.”
16 Worst Stats: Cosmog
There are Legendary Pokémon like Mewtwo and Rayquaza, and then there are Legendary Pokémon like Cosmog. Originating from the words cosmos and smog, Cosmog is kind of a joke.
Cosmog was brought into the fold during Generation VII and is a psychic type Pokémon. There are some powerful psychic type Pokémon out there, but Cosmog is not one of them.
Out of all of the Legendary Pokémon, it has the lowest base stat total.
This Pokémon has a base total of 200 with its special attack coming in at 29 and its special defense at 31. Cosmog is the 789th Pokémon and it evolves into Cosmoem but not until level 43.
Even once you evolve Cosmog into Cosmoem, your basic stat total only rises to 400. At level 53, Cosmoem can be evolved into Solgaleo or Lunala, which are both rather good, but that doesn’t change how horrible Cosmog is to begin with.
Considering how long it takes to evolve Cosmog into something even remotely good, it is just not worth the time.
Magikarp is usually given a lot of hate for being awful until it turns into Gyarados, but at least you only have to evolve it once. With Cosmog, you have to evolve it twice before you can get something worth battling with.
15 Underused: Necrozma
Necrozma was one of the nine Legendary Pokémon that Pokémon Sun and Moon brought to players. While Necrozma may not be the best Legendary in existence, it certainly is not the worst. It lands the #800 spot for the Pokédex and is a Psychic-type Pokémon.
Both the name and look of Necrozma are menacing. Necrozma’s body is made from black crystals, some of which form giant claws and spikes on top of its’ head.
Necrozma’s head has something called a brain prism and also has different colored shapes which are eyes. In short, this Pokémon would be terrifying to see under your bed but even more terrifying to see in a battle.
While Necrozma does not evolve from or into anything, there are three additional forms: Dusk Mane Necrozma, Dawn Wings Necrozma, and Ultra Necrozma. Necrozma has a base stat total of 600, Dusk Mane/Dawn Wings have a total of 680, and Ultra Necrozma has a total of 754.
The other forms of this Pokémon are obviously more powerful, but Necrozma itself is often underused. It may carry a 1.5x weakness to Bug, Ghost, and Dark-type Pokémon but it is resistant to Fighting and Psychic-type Pokémon.
Necrozma may not be your strongest Legendary in your Pokédex, but it still beats out a lot of weaker Legendaries.
14 Worst Stats: Virizion
Generation V of Pokémon brought fans a group called the Swords of Justice. This group of Legendary Pokémon also contain Cobalion, Terrakion, Keldeo, but Virizion is the weakest of the bunch.
Virizion looks similar in the games, anime, and manga. It appears as a green and yellow stag or antelope that has long horns with small curves at the end.
It is a grass and fighting type Pokémon that comes in at #640 with a catch rate of 3. With a catch rate of 0.4%, its stats do not really make it worth catching unless you are just looking to fill up your Pokédex.
The group is based on The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. Virizion stands in as the character Aramis, which is the most feminine, vain, and romantic of the team. No matter how romantic this stag/antelope looking Pokémon seems to be, it still has substandard stats.
While all of these Legendary Pokémon base stats total are at a steady 580, it is still below the average for a Legendary.
Virizion is also the only one in the group that has a 4x weakness from flying type Pokémon. It also has a 2x weakness to Poison, Fire, Psychic, and Ice types and an immunity to none of the Pokémon types.
13 Underused: Articuno/Zapdos/Moltres
Moltres, Articuno, and Zapdos were three of the first Legendary Pokémon. These three Legendary birds were introduced in Generation I and are one of the many famous trios of Legendary Pokémon.
In the Pokémon anime series, Professor Oak explained that Articuno and Moltres caused the cradle of the ocean and Zapdos was the source of the current and streams, which explains why these three birds are linked to their master Lugia.
Being the first trio of Legendary Pokémon has a lot of positives and negatives. On the upside, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres were incredibly popular when they were first announced and set up many of the traits we see in later Legendary Pokémon groups.
On the downside, since they are over twenty years old, there have been a lot of updates and improvements to Legendary Pokémon which make all three of them appear outdated.
Even though they may not have as good of stats as newer Legendary Pokémon, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres will still make good additions to a Pokémon roster.
All three birds have a base stat total of 580 while have varying moves such as Ice beam for Articuno, Drill Peck for Zapdos, and Solar Beam for Moltres. People who have been Pokémon fans from the beginning may still use these birds but for most they are underused.
12 Worst Stats: Zygarde
Zygarde, the 718th Pokémon, was introduced in Pokémon: X & Y and was also included in Pokémon: Sun and Moon. At a quick glance, Zygarde looks like a force one would not want to mess with. It does not have the ability to evolve into another Pokémon but it does have three other forms.
Zygarde 10% closely resembles a dog with a leash attached to its neck. This 10% form is green and black and has two hexagons on its chest and one red hexagon on its neck, which is attached to the green leash.
Zygarde 50% form looks like a black and green serpent with protrusions coming off of its head and chest. Zygarde's complete form loses the snake and K9-like appearance and is much more humanoid. The complete form has a set of wings and stands an impressive 14 feet.
Zygarde's complete form has a 708 base stat total and an impressive 216 HP, but the problem arises since it has a 4x weakness to ice Pokémon and a 2x weakness to Dragon and Fire-type Pokémon.
It may be worth it to some to get a complete forme Zygarde, but the 10% forme only has a 486 base stat total so it will take some time to improve your Pokémon.
11 Underused: Mew
Not to be confused with Mewtwo the 150th Pokémon, Mew is the 151st Pokémon and is also a Legendary. While many may think that Mew evolves into Mewtwo, they couldn’t be more wrong.
While most Pokémon are found in the wild, Mewtwo was artificially created by scientists and its abilities went above and beyond Mew’s.
Mewtwo was genetically engineered to be a great fighter and have more special abilities which is one reason why Mewtwo is so unique. Mew, on the other hand, often gets left in the shadow of Mewtwo.
Most people prefer to use Mewtwo, which makes Mew a very underused Pokémon. Mew has a base stat total of 600 and each category is equal at 100.
Mew may be able to be damaged by most types of Pokémon and is 2x weak to Bug, Ghost, and Dark Pokémon, but it has some redeeming factors that are often overlooked because of Mewtwo’s popularity.
Mew is able to learn every move from the Technical Machine, Hidden Machine, and Move Tutor and also has a catch rate of 45, making it somewhat easier to catch than other Legendary Pokémon.
Mewtwo may be one of the most popular and recognized Legendary Pokémon, but Mew brings something special to the arena.
10 Worst Stats: Heatran
While most Legendary Pokémon are genderless, Heatran is one of the select few that can be either male or female. This is different than most Legendaries but it is probably Heatran’s most unique characteristic. There really is not anything that special about this one.
The 485th Pokémon has an almost spider-like quality to it since it can climb on walls and ceilings but it is actually based off of a tortoise and a ram.
It has orange and gray spots all over its body as well as metal bracelets around each of its four legs.
This fire and steel type Pokémon may have the signature move called Magma Storm, but as epic as it sounds, it is not enough to redeem the stats for Heatran.
Heatran is immune to Poison-type Pokémon and resistant to several other types, but it is 4x weak against Ground-type Pokémon and 2x weak to Fighting and Water-type Pokémon.
Six hundred is not a bad base stat total per say, but its attack is only at 90 and the speed is at 77. Its special attack comes in at 130 but that will not matter as much when the other stats are as low as they are.
Heatran could be worse but it could also be a lot better.
9 Underused: Lugia
Yes, we said before that Ho-Oh was overshadowed by Lugia but even this Pokémon doesn’t see as much action as it used to. Lugia has had a long history in the Pokémon franchise, being introduced all the way back in Generation II.
Lugia is the 249th Pokémon and is considered a Psychic and Flying-type. It can fly high in the sky while also swimming to the deep depths of the ocean. It is a massive 17 foot long, white and blue dragon-looking animal that has a catch rate of 3.
Lugia has appeared in multiple Pokémon games and was even on the cover art for Pokémon Silver, Pokémon SoulSilver, and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.
This Pokémon was popular in its heyday but there are just too many other Pokémon today that are more powerful making Lugia almost obsolete... almost.
Lugia starts out at a base stat total of 680 and has a special defense of 154. Combine this with a pressure ability and the immunity to ground type Pokémon and you have a force to be reckoned with.
Lugia is also resistant to Fighting, Grass, and Psychic-type Pokémon, which comes in handy quite often.
8 Worst Stats: Regice
Most people are in agreement about the Pokémon named Regice-- it is just awful. Any list you read about horrible Pokémon will probably include Regice.
If the horrible stats were not enough, just look at the design. There are some Pokémon that have bad stats but are somewhat redeemed by their appearance, but Regice is lacking on both fronts. It literally looks like a couple of ice chunks with yellow eyes.
One of the most notable things about Regice is its incredible special defense stat that stands at 200. However, this quickly becomes unimportant when you see the rest of the stats.
Its attack and speed both come in at 50, which is probably because of Regice’s massive size of nearly six foot with 386 pounds attached as weight. It does not help either that all of its body weight is balanced on top of his feet, which are cones.
Regice also has a 2x weakness for Fighting, Rock, Steel, and Fire Pokémon types.
Regice really is not good in a battle scenario and it can not even redeem itself on looks. It is definitely the odd one out when it comes to the Legendary Titans of Hoenn, which also include Regirock and Registeel.
7 Underused: Arceus
Arceus is by no means underused by choice. Arceus is simply on this list as underused because it is so hard to find this Pokémon. Arceus is a Normal-type Pokémon, but it has the ability to change types because it contains plates of all the different types of Pokémon that it can use to transform.
Arceus has a base stat total of 720, making each category come in at an equal 120.
There are several strategies to take with Arceus, but it has some of the most powerful moves in normal form, such as Giga Impact, Hyper Beam, and Judgement.
Arceus resembles a white and grey qilin with yellow hooves and a yellow wheel wrapped around its body. It is like many real-life animals in that Arceus shows kindness to those who are kind to it but can also be very violent to those who betray it.
Even though gamers discovered the existence of Arceus, Nintendo did not officially recognize it as a Pokémon until February 14, 2009.
This Pokémon was introduced during Generation IV and is arguably one of the most important characters in existence. Arceus is called “The Original One” and is often thought as the Pokémon who created the entire Pokémon universe.
6 Worst Stats: Uxie
Uxie is a Legendary Pokémon that was first introduced to fans in Generation IV. It registers as #480 on the Pokédex and is a very small animal. It is only one foot tall and weighs 0.7 pounds.
Uxie is a member of the Lake Guardians Trio, though none of which are very powerful Pokémon. Each of these Pokémon lives in one of the three lakes in Sinnoh and they are symbols for knowledge, emotion, and willpower.
Uxie itself represents knowledge, but there is little to know about this Pokémon.
Looking fairly similar to Mesprit and Azelf, Uxie has a gray body with a yellow hairdo. It has two red gems at the end of its two tails and another red gem in its forehead.
The key difference between Uxie and the other Lake Guardians is that Uxie always has its eyes closed since it can wipe people's memory by looking at them.
Uxie is a Psychic Pokémon and its strongest attack is Future Sight. Its base stat total is 580. Uxie’s base total is below average for Legendary Pokémon and its HP, attack, and special attack all come in at 75.
The only pro for Uxie is that it has 130 for defense and special defense, but its 2x weakness to Bug, Ghost, and Dark Type Pokémon create a problem for it.
5 Underused: Suicune
Suicune was introduced in Generation II of the Pokémon games and was said to be resurrected by Ho-Oh after Brass Tower was burnt down.
Ho-Oh also resurrected Raikou and Entei, which make up the Brass Tower Trio together with Suicune. Suicine is supposed to symbolize “the rains that quenched the flames of the burning Brass Tower,” hence its blue color.
Suicune is mainly blue in color with white diamonds and a white chest/belly. It also has a purple mane and two tails that come to the front of its body.
Each of the Brass Tower Pokémon have a distinct look, but Suicune has the most majestic look of the three.
While Suicune is not by any means a worthless Pokémon, Raikou is slightly more powerful, which means that Suicune is often underused.
Suicune has a 75 for attack, while Raikou has 85. For speed, Suicune stands at 85, while Raikou is much faster at 115. Raikou is also only 2x weak to Ground Pokémon, while Suicune is 2x weak to both Grass and Electric ones.
That being said, Suicune did get featured on the Pokémon Crystal box art and is still better than Entei.
4 Worst Stats: Entei
Entei is another member of the Brass Tower along with Suicune and Raikou. Much like the other two members, Entei has a unique design.
Entei represents the flames of the Brass Tower fire indicated by the red faceplate and the yellow crest upon its forehead. Its mane is also made up of gray smoke.
Like many other Pokémon, Entei is based on real-life animals. This Pokémon pulls characteristics from lions and walruses. It also has gray spikes coming from its back along with metal anklets around its legs.
Some people may like Entei since his stats technically are better than Suicune and Raikou, but hear us out. Entei's stats are slightly better but it has a 2x weakness to Ground, Rock, and Water Types.
Entei also only has a base special attack of 90, which means that any extraordinary Fire-type moves will not cause as much damage as other Fire-type Pokémon could.
Entei is 0.5x resistant to Bug, Steel, Fire, Grass, Ice, and Fairy type Pokemon, but even this stat cannot help Entei overcome its lack of special attack power.
You could come across a worse Fire-type Pokémon in your journey, but despite being a Legendary, Entei is not that powerful.
3 Underused: Xerneas
Generation VI brought about Froakie, Fennekin, and Chespin, but it also introduced one of the most visually alluring Pokémon-- Xerneas.
Xerneas is a blue and black Pokémon that resembles a stag. It has antlers that start underneath its eyes and go up to the top of their head. In active mode, these antlers will glow different colors but in neutral mode, they will just stay a light blue color.
The design of this Pokémon is spectacular but what about the stats? Well, the stats are also quite good. Xerneas has an immunity to Dragon-type Pokémon and is resistant by 0.5x to Fighting, Bug, and Dark-Type Pokémon.
Some people may not use it because of its 2x weakness to Poison and Steel-Types, but its immunity to Dragon Pokémon should really outweigh this. Despite this, however, people still tend to use higher stat Pokémon since Xerneas base stat total is 680.
Xerneas is easier to catch than a lot of Pokémon with a catch rate of 45 or 5.9%. Its still not a great catch rate, but it beats many other Legendary Pokémon.
Xerneas may not be the most popular Pokémon to use in battle but it managed to get on the box art for Pokémon X.
2 Worst Stats: Tornadus
No matter how much you consider yourself a die-hard fan of Pokémon, it is hard to root for the Forces of Nature. This Legendary Pokémon team was introduced in Pokémon Black and Pokémon White and they were not really considered fan-favorites.
They did, however, continue to appear in Pokémon games, including Pokémon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon.
All three of the Forces of Nature-- Thundurus, Landorus, and Tornadus-- have two forms rather than evolutions. They each have an Incarnate Form, which looks like demonic Genii, and also a Therian Form, which looks more like the animal type Pokémon people are used to.
Tornadus in appearance looks extremely similar to Thundurus and Landorus. The only differences between them are the different colors, hairstyles, and tail shapes.
Tornadus in Incarnate and Therian Form are both at a 580 base stat total with all of the categories varying in amounts besides HP, which stays at 79 for both forms.
While the base stats could be worse, they are not great. His attacks are weak and the strong moves are often inaccurate. He may be immune to Ground-type Pokémon, but its 2x weak against Rock, Electric, and Ice-types make it a lackluster Pokémon.
1 Underused: Hoopa
Hoopa is another genderless Pokémon that does not get enough attention. Introduced in Generation VI, Hoopa can take on two forms but cannot evolve.
Hoopa can either be Hoopa Confined or Hoopa Unbound, both of which are powerful. Hoopa Confined is a Psychic and Ghost-type Pokémon, while Hoopa Unbound is a Psychic and Dark-type.
The Confined form is a tiny, reaching only one foot eight inches, while the Unbound form skyrockets up to 21 feet and four inches.
Hoopa does have a slow leveling rate, which could be why it is underused, but its stats outweigh the negatives for this Pokémon.
Hoopa Confined has a base stat total of 600. One hundred and fifty of that total is designated for special attack which goes up by 20 when using Hoopa Unbound.
The Unbound forme of Hoopa also excels in attack and special defense making it a daunting challenger in battle.
Hoopa is a mischief Pokémon. This is clearly defined in the Pokémon anime series during the episode “Hoopa’s Surprise Ring Adventures”.
Hoopa Confined is also immune to Normal and Fighting-type Pokémon, but the Unbound form is immune to Psychic. Both formes have pros and cons, but either form of Hoopa will help you in a battle.
Are there any other Legendary Pokémon that have awful stats or are underused? Sound off in the comments!