Vital Statistics: Mew

Names

Mew

Mew's original Japanese name, ミュウ(Myuu), comes from the sound of a cat. It may also be a pun on the English word "new", as Mew is The New Specie Pokémon and the new, 151st Pokémon in the original list of 150.

The English name Mew is a direct adaptation of the Japanese (which was based on English anyway), and other language adaptations followed suit, with the French, Spanish, Italian, and German all just using the name Mew, and Korean using the name 뮤 (Myu).

While all these languages use basically the same name, the Chinese names take a different approach: the Cantonese name 夢夢 (Muhngmuhng) means "dream-dream" and the Mandarin name 夢幻 / 梦幻 (Mèng Huàn) means "illusion". This idea is based on Mew's PokéDex entries, explaining how it is thought to be an illusory creature.

PokéDex Entries

Computer screen showing the analysis of Mew's genes
  • A Pokémon of South America that was thought to have been extinct. It is very intelligent and learns any move. Red/Green, FireRed Versions
  • So rare that it is still said to be a mirage by many experts. Only a few people have seen it worldwide. Blue, Red/Blue, LeafGreen Versions
  • When viewed through a microscope, this Pokémon's short, fine, delicate hair can be seen. Yellow, Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee Versions
  • A mythical Pokémon of South America. A growing number of people have seen it recently. Pokémon Stadium
  • Apparently, it appears only to those people who are pure of heart and have a strong desire to see it. Gold, HeartGold Versions
  • Its DNA is said to contain the genetic codes of all Pokémon, so it can use all kinds of techniques. Silver, SoulSilver, Y Versions
  • Because it can learn any move, some people began research to see if it is the ancestor of all Pokémon. Crystal Version
  • Mew is said to possess the genetic composition of all Pokémon. It is capable of making itself invisible at will, so it entirely avoids notice even if it approaches people. Ruby/Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire Versions
  • Because it is able to use every move, there are many scientists who believe that it is the ancestor of all Pokémon. Black/White Versions
  • Because it can use all kinds of moves, many scientists believe Mew to be the ancestor of Pokémon. Diamond/Pearl, Platinum, Black2/White2, X Versions
  • It's very intelligent and can use an incredible variety of moves. Many believe that all other Pokémon are descendants of this one. Sword Version
  • This mythical Pokémon is said to be extinct, but sightings of it are still being reported to this day. Shield Version

Appearance

Height:
Mew's body is only the size of the average 10-year-old trainer's torso.
0.41m (1'4")
Weight:
4.0kg (8.8 lbs)
Footprint:
Mew's footprint is large at the toes and has a hollow in the middle of the sole, where there is a pawpad.
Coloration:
Shining Mew
White or pale pink body, sometimes with darker pink on its toes and the tip of its tail. When shiny, Mew is pale blue where usually pink. Both forms have bright blue (or occasionally green) eyes.
Design:
Click here for a design analysis
Gender:
Genderless, but is said to have given birth in the games. Depending on how literally you interpret this line, it might mean that Mew is female.
Age:
Mew is thought to be the ancestor of all Pokémon, and to have an immortal life-force. Therefore, Mew is very ancient and has seen many things during its long life. This may also mean Mew has no fear of nor real understanding of death.

Sound

Cry:
Waveform representing Mew's cry
Similar Cries:
Mew infected with mushrooms
Because the original games used tricks to save on space, Mew's cry is similar to Mewtwo's cry, which is to be expected. However, their cries also are similar to those cries of Paras evolutionary line, with Mew sounding closest to Paras.
Voice Actors:
Click here for information on Mew's voice actors!

Base Stats

HP:
100
Attack:
100
Defense:
100
Special Attack:
100
Special Defense:
100
Speed:
100

Powers

Type:
Psychic Energy Icon
Psychic
Battle Moves:
Click here for a full attack list and anaylsis of their use
Aptitude:
Mew has an opportunity to learn a new move every ten levels. While the number of moves that Mew can learn has increased, the rate of learning them has not changed in any generation. It also should be noted that Mew can be successfully taught any move from any machine or tutor.
Abilities:
Synchronize:
If an opponent afflicts Mew with poison, paralysis, or a burn, the opponent will be afflicted by the same condition. This ability also increases the probability of encountering wild Pokémon with the same Nature as Mew.
Attitude:
Normally non-threatening and carefree, Mew seems to spend its immortality curiously exploring its surroundings and amusing itself. While Mew might enjoy playing a few tricks on unsuspecting humans and Pokémon, when it comes to battling, its tendency is simply to evade the opponents' attacks when this is a sufficient means of defense. Mew's abilities to teleport, turn invisible, or transform must come in handy in this regard. However, Mew is not afraid to retaliate, and, when forced to confront a situation head-on, Mew wields great power.