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Victini

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

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] 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.[4]

Appearances

In the video games

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 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.

In other media

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.[5]

Promotion

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.[6] 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.[7][8][9] 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.[10][11][12] 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

Game Informer's Jeff Marchiafava noted Victini's "unified character design", citing its species name, ability, appearance, and pose.[13] 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 him 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] Kotaku's Mike Fahey called it as "adorable a lil' bunny-chicken thing."[16] Joystiq's Griffin McElroy described it as indispensable in three-on-three battles due to its powerful assistance ability, as well as adorable.[17] While discussing Victini's pre-order bonus, Shack News' Steve Watts notes that while people may trade for Victini, he questions "who would willingly give up a fox-chicken-bat that shoots fire and plays with your mind?"[18] 1UP.com described Victini as a "flaming rabbit-like Pokémon".[19]

References

Pokémon portal
es:Anexo:Pokémon de la quinta generación#Victini

fi:Luettelo Pokémon-lajeista (494–520)#Victini

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