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#479 Rotom
(ロトム Rotom)
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Pokédex
National
Froslass 479 Uxie
Sinnoh
152
Unova
Kalos
Species Type
Plasma Pokémon ElectricFire
Ability Gender
Levitate Genderless
Pokédex color Egg groups
Red Amorphous
Weight Height
0.7 lbs. 0.3kg 1'00" 0.3 m
Body style Footprint
Body01.png F479.png
Cry
Marriland Pokédex
Generation IV Generation V

Rotom (Japanese: ロトム Rotomu) is an Electric/Ghost-type Pokémon. In some Pokémon Books it is classified as a Legendary Pokémon. Rotom can possess various appliances, allowing it to take on five other forms:

  • Heat Rotom: A form attained by possessing an oven and is part Fire-type.
  • Wash Rotom: A form attained by possessing a washer and is part Water-type.
  • Frost Rotom: A form attained by possessing a refrigerator and is part Ice-type.
  • Fan Rotom: A form attained by possessing a fan and is part Flying-type.
  • Mow Rotom: A form attained by possessing a lawnmower and is part Grass-type.

In the games

Special abilities

Rotom is a ghost made of plasma, allowing it to possess various electronic devices and is commonly found inside of a television in the Old Chateau. In Pokémon Platinum, Rotom gains the ability to take on five other forms, each changing depending on the appliance it is possessing: Heat, Wash, Frost, Fan and Mow. Prior to Generation V, all of its forms were Electric/Ghost-type.

Evolution

Rotom does not evolve.

In the anime

Rotom first appeared in the episode Get Your Rotom Running! and it was tricking and toying around with Ash and his friends.

Game Info

Rotom is a Generation IV Pokémon, first appearing in the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl games. With the release of Pokémon Platinum, Rotom was given the ability to transform into 5 other forms with the aid of a special item. In Generation V, to change Rotom's form, you need to go to the basement of Shopping Mall Nine and interact with one of the many boxes of electronics, and choose a form. You will be asked to allow Rotom to forget a move and learn a move the type of the form it takes.

Locations

Version(s) Location Rarity
Diamond/ Pearl Old Chateau (night) One
Platinum Old Chateau (night) One
HeartGold/SoulSilver Trade None
Black/White Route 15 (Trade a Ditto) One

Side Game Locations

Game(s) Location
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Midnight Forest (B10F-B20F)

Pokédex Entries

Generations I - III
Rotom did not appear during the Generation I - III games.
Diamond
Its body is composed of plasma. It is known to infiltrate electronic devices and wreak havoc.
Pearl
Its body is composed of plasma. It is known to infiltrate electronic devices and wreak havoc.
Platinum
Its electric-like body can enter some kinds of machines and take control in order to make mischief.
HeartGold
Research continues on this Pokémon, which could be the power source of a unique motor.
SoulSilver
Research continues on this Pokémon, which could be the power source of a unique motor.
Black
Its electric-like body can enter some kinds of machines and take control in order to make mischief.
White
Its electric-like body can enter some kinds of machines and take control in order to make mischief.
Black 2
Its electric-like body can enter some kinds of machines and take control in order to make mischief.
White 2
Its electric-like body can enter some kinds of machines and take control in order to make mischief.
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Y
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Omega Ruby
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Alpha Sapphire
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Learn sets

Level Up

TM/HM

Forms

Normal Rotom 479A.png
479ARotom.png
Type
ElectricGhost
HP Atk Def
50 50 77
Satk Sdef Spd
95 77 91
Heat Rotom 479B.png
479BRotom.png
Type
ElectricFire
HP Atk Def
50 65 107
Satk Sdef Spd
105 107 86
Wash Rotom 479C.png
479CRotom.png
Type
ElectricWater
HP Atk Def
50 65 107
Satk Sdef Spd
105 107 86
Frost Rotom 479D.png
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Type
ElectricIce
HP Atk Def
50 65 107
Satk Sdef Spd
105 107 86
Fan Rotom 479E.png
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Type
ElectricFlying
HP Atk Def
50 65 107
Satk Sdef Spd
105 107 86
Mow Rotom 479F.png
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Type
ElectricGrass
HP Atk Def
50 65 107
Satk Sdef Spd
105 107 86

Sprites

Forme Exclusive Attacks

Origins

Design origins

It may be based on a Poltergeist or on the philosophical term, "ghost in the machine". Rotom's may also be based on a species called Obake, which are objects that become animate when reaching their 100th year of existence, and a Bakemono, which is referring to a state of transformation or shape-shifting.

Etymology

Rotom's name is actually the word "motor," spelled backwards, due to the fact that all of the household appliances it can turn into have motors. It is one of the few Pokémon whose name is a palindrome. Rotom's name could also be a combination of rotor and phantom, which is another word for ghost.

Trivia

  • Rotom was befriended and named by Charon of Team Plasma.
  • The Secret Key, which is obtained in a Nintendo Wi-Fi event, looks a lot like Rotom, minus the "arms".
  • Rotom is one of three Ghost-types whose Pokédex color isn't in the black or purple category, which means it has no predominant purple or black coloring. The others are Shedinja (brown) and Froslass (white).
  • Rotom is the second Pokémon with the most forms, if you exclude Unown. Deoxys comes next, followed by Castform.
  • Strangely, whenever it makes its special sound in the manga, it actually sounds like a motor.
  • In a lot of Frost Rotom's artwork, it is pictured frowning when all the others are smiling.
  • Besides the type-changes when it takes other forms, Rotom's eyes and the aura around its body change color: Heat - red, Wash - blue, Frost - purple, Fan - orange, Mow - green).
  • Rotom is the only Pokémon that is Electric/Ghost-type.
  • Rotom's new forms are only available in Platinum and beyond. When traded to any other versions, it automatically reverts to its original form.
  • Rotom changes its forms in a similar fashion to Deoxys in the Generation IV games.
  • Rotom is the only Pokémon with the ability to change its form by will that must possess another object in order to do so. Castform, Deoxys, Giratina and Shaymin actually transform their bodies. However, Burmy is similar to Rotom in that it merely changes its surrounding cover.
  • Rotom is the only Pokémon whose alternate forms have a different base stat total than that of the original form. Other Pokémon with alternate forms may have different distributions, however.
  • In Pokemon Battle Revolution, its "arms" are almost clear and are tinted a gentle blue.
  • Fan Rotom is the only form with a special move whose base power isn't over 100.
  • Before to Generation V, many of Rotom's Forms were the only Pokémon that could learn their special attacks, but weren't that attack's type.
  • As of the official Japanese tournament held in 2008, all of Rotom forms have been banned from official tournaments. This is due to the special status of the alternate forms as event-exclusive Pokémon.
  • In Pokémon Black and White, when it changes to Fan Rotom, it becomes a Flying type, which is immune to Ground type attacks, and yet it still has the ability Levitate.
  • Rotom is the only Electric-type Pokémon with multiple forms.

References