When it comes to Pokémon, Generation Four was home to many different changes and improvements for the series, chief amongst them being the need for several hundred new legendaries to be added to the series with every single generation.
Diamond, Pearl and Platinum added 14 new legendaries to the mix, and most of them were pretty cool additions. Today, we're going to be looking at all of these legendaries, and ranking them. There's some good, and there's some bad, so let's get right into it at the bottom of the list.
Regigigas is a pretty bad Pokémon all around. Sure, the lore surrounding it is pretty good, but just about everything else surrounding it is subpar. The design is awful, there's not a thing going on there.
Also, it's a complete joke competitively, with its ability Slow Start making it absolutely useless. Just like the other Regis, there isn't much here to love.
The counterpart to Dialga, Palkia is the ruler of space... lol. Come on, space? That sounds kind of made up. Dialga and Palkia are pretty similar Pokémon, and really their ranking would just come down to a matter of preference.
Palkia really isn't doing anything too cool, which is why it takes a spot near the bottom of the list. It got Roar of Time'd down here.
Phione, the water-type legendary, is such a weird little Pokémon. It can only be obtained from breeding a Manaphy, and is literally just a worse version of that Pokémon, losing some of its core features and stats.
The Pokémon Company really isn't even sure if this thing is a legendary, as they've changed their answer on that multiple times. Phione marked the first time that a legendary could breed though, so that must count for something?
You know when you're finding a legendary in the postgame that was literally never mentioned anywhere in the game once that things are going well. Heatran is weird. It's found in the Survival Area's Stark Mountain and is accessible after a small story segment.
Its inclusion is just kind of... unnecessary, and it just kind of exists. Also, it's the only legendary that can be male or female... that sure is a distinction that's important to have.
8 The Lake Trio
The Lake Trio are included on this list as a single entry because they all do the same thing. They're guardians of Sinnoh's lakes, and become roaming Pokémon once you encounter them.
Azelf is definitely the best in terms of design, Mespirit looks tired and Uxie looks dead, so it really didn't have any competition. Knowledge, emotion and willpower came into existence from these Pokémon, who in turn came from Arceus. That's certainly a mark in their favor.
Dialga is the ruler of time, a much better title than Palkias's. While Palkia's pink color scheme is a bit more unique than Dialga's blue, overall our angry little time god is better designed. Dialga is met at the climax of Diamond, and is a force to be reckoned with.
It also played a pivotal role in the Mystery Dungeon series. By the way, can we maybe get that going again? Either way, Dialga is the better box art legendary over Palkia.
Generation Four was a time when everything needed multiple Formes for absolutely no reason at all, and Shaymin is no exception. While the little flower rat was cute, it soon got a spunky little Sky Forme that changed its appearance and typing.
While its base form follows the base 100 stat trend of the other mythicals, Sky Forme has some differences that actually allow it to stay in Ubers, making it a dangerous foe to try and go against.
Oh, hello PokéGod. That's what Arceus is, the creator of all. It was the first Pokémon to ever come into existence, and from there it went to work, shaping the entire universe. A well-deserved flex.
It created just about every other Pokémon on this list to handle something for it, which is fair, it's got like, the largest business that you could ever imagine to run. Its design is fine, and it is an absolute beast competitively, having the ability to change into any type that it so desires.
Darkrai is mean, it torments people with bad dreams relentlessly. It supposedly does this out of fear and self-defense, but likely tortured a child to death in Unova so yeah that's perfectly fine.
Either way, its ability to cause nightmares and feed upon them is quite scary, and its spooky design is absolutely great. This is one Pokémon that you shouldn't mess with.
On the topic of not messing with Pokémon, Giratina was banished to Pokémon's version of the Shadow Realm because it was too much of a chaotic mess. It made its home there, and can shift into its Origin Forme, first discovered in Pokémon Platinum.
This frightening Pokémon easily surpasses its other box legendary counterparts in just about every way imaginable.
Manaphy is the upgraded version of Phione, and is an absolutely excellent water mythical. It is an absolutely adorable Pokémon, and is quite a powerful one too.
It is shown to be a very kind Pokémon in the anime as well. It makes sense though, Manphy is a single father doing its best to raise its Phione child, you have to be quite the giver to deal with that job.
Constantly cleaning up Darkrai's horrible messes, we have Cresselia. It takes the top spot on this list for a number of reasons. As a counterpart to the aforementioned Darkrai, its Lunar Wing has the ability to soothe those horrible nightmares we mentioned earlier.
Beyond that, it has an absolutely fantastic design, and doesn't look like any other Pokémon out there. This Pokémon might not be the best when it comes to the competitive scene, but its other fantastic aspects more than make up for that. As such, it takes the no. 1 spot on this list.