Game Freak Reveals New Secrets Behind The Making Of The Mythical Celebi


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Game Freak uploaded a new video over the weekend that focuses on the mythical Pokemon Celebi, and how the Pokemon came to be designed, as well as the rumors regarding the mysterious shrine in Ilex Forest.


Check it out below:


Here are the highlights:

  • Celebi was designed by Hironobu Yoshida (the man sitting in the middle), although he’s starting to forget the details.


  • While Mew wasn’t originally planned for Pokemon Red and Green, and was added in by Morimoto because he thought it would be cool, Celebi was planned as a Mythical Pokemon from the planning stages of Pokemon Gold and Silver.


  • What is the common element between Celebi, Wobbuffet, and Dunsparce? (As shown in the header image?) They were all designed by Yoshida, because their designs still weren’t decided at the time. He asked why Celebi was at the bottom of the list, and the other staff answered that it was a Mythical Pokemon, just like Mew. So Yoshida thought of a design that was cute and fairy-like like Mew, and thus Celebi got its design.


  • Rumors spread in Japan (and worldwide) that the Ilex Forest shrine was the key to gaining Celebi, which Game Freak had no hand in spreading. The leading rumor in Japan was that you needed to bring both the Rainbow Wing and Silver Wing to the shrine, which would make Celebi appear. This confused Morimoto and the Game Freak staff at the time, as they didn’t recall adding this in. They have no idea where it came from.


  • That said, Game Freak remembered the rumor for Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, and that’s why they decided to add in a Celebi event at the Ilex shrine.


  • So if Celebi wasn’t planned for the shrine, what was it there for? According to Unno, nobody remembers what the shrine is for among the original staff. That’s the true mystery behind Celebi.


  • Yoshida’s theory is that, as back then they would use additional sprite parts to give texture to rooftops, staircases, rocks, and more, they might have added in the shrine with these additional sprites just to spruce up the area. Basically, it was probably just part of the background.


Twitter user Inatsuka looked up Gold and Silver sprites after the video was released, and realized that the sprite for the shrine is likely a reuse of roof tile sprites and sign sprites.

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Pokemon Gold and Silver released for Game Boy.

Alistair Wong
Very avid gamer with writing tendencies. Fan of Rockman and Pokémon and lots more!