are a species of
pokémon designated as surveyors and messengers, keeping constant watch over the affairs of humans and
pokémon. Most of the time they live in an outer realm not unlike
Etherspace and are very elusive
pokémon with the ability to conceal themselves from sight in a manner of different ways. This is namely down to their remarkable physical structure.
Some people have thought that each and every human on earth has a guardian Lati, though this is highly speculative.
There exist three kinds of
Lati - Latias, Latios, and Latiomnus.
Latios act as transmitters
while Latias take on the role of receptors - the two ranks use a technique
called sight sharing in order to deliver important visual and audio information.
These abilities were considered invaluable during ancient times when lack of
technological advances impaired communication.
are the sentinels of the outer realm. There are only a limited number of them in
existence, and they are responsible for organizing the affairs of the Latias and
Latios. Latiomnus have never been seen in the physical realm where
The composition of a Lati's feathers causes them to react to the atmosphere in such a way that, when tilted at a certain angle, they enable the Pokémon to alter the environment directly around itself. This ability can be used to conceal a
Latios from the sight of other living creatures and even inanimate devices such as security cameras.
In much the same way, the 'feather mirage' technique can be used to make a Lati appear to be a life form it is not. Contrary to popular belief, both species have the ability to disguise themselves in this way, but seem to prefer taking on human appearances rather than those of other Pokémon. This is possibly due to their height.
Agrarian Seer texts point to the reason for a Lati's ability to disguise itself stemming from its appointed job as guardians over humankind
Lati have to spread out their
wings when taking to flight. Since this has sometimes occurred while the
creatures were still in disguise, it has led to some interesting eyewitness
reports and artistic impressions.
A stained glass window of a Kantoan orphanage depicting winged humans.