is a minor corruption of 'Unknown', as these
Pokémon do not have a designated official name.
There has been some arguments in the Pokémon
Institute as to whether Unown can be considered Pokémon at all, due to
their hive mind behaviours and discoveries of ancient writings using Unown-like
the Unown's Psychic element designation is
because of the way they are able to harness the thoughts and feelings of a
target being. They are unable to use telepathy.
The majority of Unown live in
Mindspace, but some remain dormant upon the walls of various sacred
Each shape of Unown bears a slightly
different variant of ability. As singular Pokémon are quite weak - they
are only able to activate their full potential when all working together.
They are extremely sensitive to the emotions of others and are able to
manifest structures and seemingly living organisms using information from
the mind of their chosen 'target'.
Unown bodies look like shapes of an
ancient alphabet. Their power only emerges when a group of them are
Spoiler Warning - Major plot details may follow
The Unown were created by
Sai, harnessing the power of
intent was to use the Unown to bend reality to
The original Unown were sealed into
Taragirite-infused stone tiles
which worked in a similar way to modern capture devices.
However, upon discovering his motives, the
Agrarian Seers and their
Pokémon moved in to shut the scheme down, trapping
the case of Unown tiles inside the Library of Alph. However the tiles were
unoccupied, the Unown themselves having escaped into
Mindspace in the resulting
battle. There, they multiplied.
For many years it proved
ultimately quite difficult to make any extensive physical studies of the
Unown due to their location.
Therefore, the majority of information on them had been mostly unclarified
theory based on tablets dug up during an archaeological expedition in
Kanto - 1995FD. Two years later,
Hale discovered the remains of the ancient Library of Alph, thought to have been
Within one of the library's chambers, he and
Jonathan Schuyler discovered a case
containing 28 small stone tiles, each with an Unown shape engraved upon
it. These tiles attracted the Unown from Mindspace.
An illustration depicting
Kato Sai and his Unown.
The formations seen
created by these Unown are used to improve
Aura flow between
each member of the species.
The tablet case containing
the original Unown tiles.