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|The Time Travel Pokémon|
|#251 - Celebi|
|Debut|| Pokémon: Gold Version|
Pokémon: Silver Version
|Height||0.6 m (2'00")|
|Weight||5.0 kg (11.0 lbs.)|
|Catch Rate||045||Hatch Steps||30,720|
|Base Exp.||064||Effort Points||HP|
|Kanto #||Johto #||Hoenn #||Sinnoh #|
|< 251 >||< 251 >|
|Unova #||Johto (IV) #|
|< 256 >|
Celebi is the hidden Pokémon from the second generation games. Like the other hidden Pokémon, it is impossible to gain one in-game except in the Japanese version of Pokémon: Crystal Version (and a Japan-only Pokémon Colosseum bonus disk). The only legitimate way to acquire one is from a Nintendo representative, usually at some Nintendo event, although it was also made available for download over Nintendo Wi-Fi for the fourth generation games when the release of Pokémon: Black and White Versions neared.
Celebi is a Pokémon with the ability to travel through time and is revered as the guardian of forests. Apparently, Celebi hails from the future. Whenever it goes deep into a forest, it is said to be bringing an egg from the future. Celebi wanders across the timestream and usually appears only in times of peace, and causes grass and trees to flourish when it is nearby. Celebi is often regarded as a sign of a bright and successful future. The sight of Celebi will cause a Pokémon to relive their fondest memory, and this process could instantly open the hearts of Shadow Pokémon and cure them.
In Pokémon Crystal, Celebi will appear to the player after the GS Ball is placed in the shrine within the Ilex Forest. However, the GS Ball can only be obtained in the Japanese version of the game.
Celebi appears in Pokémon Stadium 2 and Pokémon Colosseum. In the former game, Celebi appears as a Rental Pokémon in the R2 battles. In the latter game, Celebi played a large role with its ability to instantly purify Shadow Pokémon. This was due to the sight of Celebi triggering the Pokémon to experience its happiest memory. However, Celebi could only be summoned to the Relic Forest with the Time Flute. There were three Time Flutes in the game, and each could only be used to once (and Celebi would only purify one Pokémon after appearing). The Relic Forest also contained a Relic Stone which contained some of Celebi's power, and could purify Shadow Pokémon when the paths to their hearts were almost open. With a Japanese bonus disc, Celebi could be obtained (and traded any of the third generation color versions) after all of the game's Shadow Pokémon had been purified. It was also featured in the "Time Travel" e-Reader short. Celebi is found in Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!. In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Celebi is found at the end of the Pure Forest. Surprisingly, Celebi does not put up a fight and will immediately offer to join the player's rescue team. The hard part lies in reaching Celebi, as the Pure Forest must be completed using only one Pokémon that is reduced back to Level 1 without usage of any other Pokémon or items. In Pokémon Ranger, Celebi can be caught in Lyra Forest during the third event match, while in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia it is found in Vien Forest after completing all 59 of the sidequests.
Celebi also takes on a storyline role in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness and Time, where a shiny Celebi was sought by the player, partner and Grovyle when they were trapped in the future, with the Celebi ultimately agreeing to return them to their time. As for recruiting Celebi, in Explorers of Time Celebi could only be found on the tenth floor of the Mystifying Forest after the player talked to Manaphy with the Secret Slab or Mystery Parts on them. In Explorers of Darkness, Celebi could only be obtained in Wonder Mail downloaded from Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Celebi once more plays a storyline role as it is the first boss battled in Cocona Village. It can send the player into the past as well as bringing certain Pokémon into the present if the player had correct Guardian Signs, and after the game was completed it could be captured (but could not join the party) at Rand's House. Celebi also appeared in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, where it could be challenged to a skill game at the PokéPark Entrance and could be befriended through Tangrowth's Swing-Along at the Haunted Zone.
- Celebi also appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl as one of the Pokémon that can be randomly summoned from a Pokéball. In Melee, it only appears after everything else in the game has been unlocked, and then there is a 1 in 251 chance of Celebi appearing. Celebi does not attack after being summoned and will only float away, but will grant many bonus points to the player. The game also contains a Celebi trophy, which is unlocked after summoning Celebi for the first time.
- Celebi returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl with the same role as in Melee except that it will also drop several trophies as it flies away, and it is available immediately, although it is still rare. A Celebi trophy and sticker also appears in the game.
- Celebi has made several appearances in the Pokémon anime, starting when it was featured in the fourth Pokémon movie. In this movie, it came forward in time from the past when attacked by a Pokémon hunter and brought the young Sammy with it. Ash and Sammy were able to earn its friendship and restore it at the Lake of Life, but the Masked Man pursued them. It captured Celebi with his Dark Ball which turned it into his evil slave, and he used Celebi to wreak destruction on the forest from within a monstrous wooden construct until Ash and Sammy were able to reach out to Celebi. Celebi than apparently died, but a swarm of Celebi from other times arrived and restored it. That Celebi than returned Sammy to his own time. Celebi also appeared in an episode of Pokémon Chronicles to help Richie change history and save a boy from dying. Celebi later appeared in one of the Battle Frontier episodes where it needed help from a Pokémon Ranger and was later featured again in the thirteenth movie, where it was hunted by a businessman and befriended a Zorua.
- Celebi has made occasional appearances in the Pokémon Adventures manga. First in the Gold/Silver/Crystal arc, Pryce's entire plan was centered around making a GS Ball from the feathers of Ho-Oh and Lugia so that he could use the ball to control Celebi and force it to take him back in time to save his beloved Lapras. However, Gold stops him within the time portal by having Pichu destroy the GS Ball, causing Celebi to abandon Pryce in the void of time. Celebi later made a surprise appearance at the end of the Ruby/Sapphire arc, where it was revealed that Brendan had caught it before he left Johto, but he never used it due to his hiding of his training skills. He releases it as a last-ditch effort at the end of the arc, and it succeeds in creating a slip in time which prevents Norman and Steven Stone from dying, as well as undoing most of the damage done by Team Aqua and Team Magma.
- Celebi is available in a bonus disc available with preorder copies of Pokémon Colosseum, but in Japan only. The bonus disk was released in America, but contained Jirachi instead.
- Its name may be a play on "celestial" or possibly "cerebral", in reference to its psychic abilities. The second part of its name could be short for "being" (as in "celestial being") or possibly derived from "bii", the Japanese word for "beautiful".