Unown is a Psychic-type Pokémon from the Johto region. It does not evolve into or from any other Pokémon. Unown is also the rarest Pokémon in the game.

Pokédex description

Symbol Pokémon
This Pokémon is shaped like ancient writing. It is a mystery as to which came first, the ancient writings or the various Unown. Research into this topic is ongoing but nothing is known.
- Unown's cry

Possible attacks

Fast attacks

Icon Normal 15 (10)

Charged attacks

Icon Normal 35 (16)

Evolution family

Unown is part of a one-member family.

98. Unown
#201 Unown


There are a total of 28 unique forms of Unown in the game.

Unown A
Unown B
Unown C
Unown D
Unown E
Unown G
Unown H
Unown I
Unown J
Unown K
Unown L
Unown M
Unown N
Unown O
Unown P
Unown Q
Unown R
Unown S
Unown T
Unown U
Unown V
Unown W
Unown X
Unown Y
Unown Z
Unown !
Unown ?

Unown A shiny
Unown B shiny
Unown C shiny
Unown D shiny
Unown E shiny
Unown shiny
Unown G shiny
Unown H shiny
Unown I shiny
Unown J shiny
Unown K shiny
Unown L shiny
Unown M shiny
Unown N shiny
Unown O shiny
Unown P shiny
Unown Q shiny
Unown R shiny
Unown S shiny
Unown T shiny
Unown U shiny
Unown V shiny
Unown W shiny
Unown X shiny
Unown Y shiny
Unown Z shiny
Unown ! shiny
Unown ? shiny


  • Unown was released with the main release of Johto-region Pokémon on February 16th, 2017.
  • Initially, there were 26 unique forms of Unown available in Pokémon GO, one for each letter of the alphabet.
    • Exclamation mark Unown was firstly released in June, 2018, during the E3, and question mark Unown was firstly released in August, 2018, during the Pokémon GO Fest 2018. These two forms appear only in events.
Method Maximum CP Details
RT-Icon Encounter

(weather boosted)
In wild since 2017 Feb 16
Pokémon Eggs

Increased chance/Previously in:
10-km - Johto Journey: 2019 Sep 2 - 9 (ULTRA)

Unown events

In general, Unown is extremely rare all around the world, but there are certain regional events, such as Pokémon GO Safari Zone, during which spawnrate of certain Unown forms were higher. These more often spawning forms of Unown spell a word related to the event. This happened already during following events:

Event and date Forms Spelled word(s)
Pokémon GO Fest 2017
(July 22nd, 2017)
Unown AUnown CUnown GUnown HUnown IUnown O Chicago
Pokémon GO Park
(August 9th - August 15th, 2017)
Unown AUnown HUnown KUnown MUnown OUnown Y Yokohama
Pokémon World Championships 2017 in Anaheim, California, USA
(August 18th - August 20th, 2017)
Unown DUnown LUnown OUnown RUnown SUnown W Worlds
Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Europe
(September 16th - October 14th, 2017)
Unown EUnown OUnown PUnown RUnown U Europe
Unown AUnownUnown IUnown RUnown S Safari
TwitchCon in Long Beach, California, USA [1]
(October 20th - October 22nd, 2017)
Unown CUnown HUnown IUnown TUnown W Twitch
Pokémon GO Week in Korea 2017
(November 10th - November 12th, 2017)
Unown EUnown LUnown OUnown SUnown U Seoul
Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Tottori
(November 24th - November 26th, 2017)
Unown AUnownUnown IUnown RUnown S Safari
RTX Convention in Sydney, Australia [2]
(February 3rd, 2018)
Unown RUnown TUnown X RTX
Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Chiayi
(February 26th - March 3rd, 2018)
Unown AUnown CUnownUnown G
Unown HUnown IUnown XUnown Y
Chiayi Gong Xi Fa Cai
SXSW in Austin, Texas, USA [3]
(March 8th - March 15th, 2018)
Unown SUnown WUnown X SXSW
Game Developer Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco [4]
(March 21st - April 1st, 2018)
Unown CUnown DUnown G GDC
Armageddon Expo in Wellington, New Zealand [5]
(March 30th - April 1st, 2018)
Unown AUnown DUnown EUnown G
Unown MUnown NUnown OUnown R
Comic Con in Utrecht, the Netherlands [6]
(March 31st - April 2nd, 2018)
Unown CUnown IUnown MUnown NUnown O Comic Con
PAX East event in Boston, Massachusetts, USA [7]
(April 6th - April 8th, 2018)
Unown AUnown PUnown X PAX
London, UK [8]
(April 7th and April 14th, 2018)
Unown DUnown LUnown NUnown O London
Rio2C event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [9]
(April 7th - April 8th, 2018)
Unown CUnown IUnown OUnown RUnown T Rio2C
E3 in Los Angeles, USA [10]
(June 12th - June 14th, 2018)
Unown EUnown GUnown LUnown O
Unown SUnown TUnown !
Let's GO!
Latin America mini-event in Argentina [11]
(June 16th - June 17th, 2018)
Unown AUnown GUnown MUnown O
Unown RUnown SUnown V
Vamos Arg
Latin America mini-event in Brazil [11]
(June 16th - June 17th, 2018)
Unown AUnown BUnown MUnown O
Unown RUnown SUnown V
Vamos Bra
Latin America mini-event in Peru [11]
(June 16th - June 17th, 2018)
Unown AUnown EUnown MUnown O
Unown PUnown SUnown RUnown V
Vamos Per
Latin America mini-event in Uruguay [12]
(June 17th - June 18th, 2018)
Unown AUnown MUnown OUnown R
Unown SUnown UUnown VUnown Y
Vamos Ury
Latin America mini-event in Mexico [13]
(June 17th - June 18th, 2018)
Unown AUnown EUnown MUnown O
Unown SUnown VUnown X
Vamos Mex
Latin America mini-event in Costa Rica [14][15]
(June 17th - June 20th, 2018)
Unown AUnown CUnown IUnown M
Unown OUnown RUnown SUnown V
Vamos Co Ri
Latin America mini-event in Panama
(June 17th - June 18th, 2018)
Unown AUnown MUnown NUnown O
Unown PUnown SUnown V
Vamos Pan
Latin America mini-event in Colombia
(June 17th - June 18th, 2018)
Unown AUnown CUnown LUnown M
Unown OUnown SUnown V
Vamos Col
Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Dortmund
(June 30th - July 1st, 2018)
Unown DUnown MUnown NUnown O
Unown RUnown TUnown U
Japan Expo in Paris, France[16]
(July 5th - July 8th, 2018)
Unown AUnown EUnown JUnown N
Unown OUnown PUnown X
Japan Expo
Pokémon GO Fest 2018 [17]
(July 14th - July 15th, 2018)
Unown BUnown CUnown EUnown IUnown LUnown ? Celebi?
Comic Con in San Diego, USA [18]
(July 19th - July 23rd, 2018)
Unown CUnown DUnown IUnown M
Unown NUnown OUnown S
SD Comic Con
Pokémon GO Special Weekend Japan
(July 26th)
Unown BUnown S (Softbank)
Pokémon GO Special Weekend Japan
(July 27th)
Unown JUnown T (Toho, Tully's & Joyfull)
Pokémon GO Special Weekend Japan
(July 28th)
Unown DUnown M (McDonald's)
Pokémon GO Special Weekend Japan
(July 29th)
Unown AUnown E (Aeon)
Pokémon GO Special Weekend Korea
(July 29th)
Unown LUnown SUnown T SLT
Gamescom in Cologne, Germany [19][20]
(August 21st - August 25th, 2018)
Unown AUnown CUnown EUnown G
Unown MUnown OUnown S
Pokémon World Championships 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA [21]
(August 24th - August 26th, 2018)
Unown AUnown EUnown HUnown I
Unown LUnown NUnown SUnown V
Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Yokosuka
(August 29th - September 2nd, 2018)
Unown AUnown GUnown KUnown O
Unown SUnown UUnown YUnown !
Yokosuka Go!
PAX West event in Seattle, Washington, USA [22]
(August 30th - September 3rd, 2018)
Unown AUnown PUnown X PAX
Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia, USA [23]
(August 30th - September 3rd, 2018)
Unown AUnown CUnown DUnown G
Unown NUnown OUnown R
Dragon Con
Comic Con Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa [24]
(September 14th - September 16th, 2018)
Unown AUnown CUnownUnown IUnown R Africa
Pokémon GO Week in Korea 2018
(September 21st - September 23rd, 2018)
Unown CUnown EUnown HUnown K
Unown OUnown SUnown U
New York Comic Con in New York, USA [25]
(October 4th - October 7th, 2018)
Unown CUnown IUnown MUnown NUnown OUnown Y NY Comic Con
Milan Games Week in Milan, Italy [26]
(October 5th - October 7th, 2018)
Unown GUnown MUnown W MGW
MAG convention in Erfurt, Germany [27]
(October 5th - October 7th, 2018)
Unown AUnown GUnown MUnown ! MAG!
PAX West event in Melbourne, Australia [28]
(October 26th - October 28th, 2018)
Unown AUnown PUnown X PAX
MCM London Comic Con in London, UK [29]
(October 26th - October 28th, 2018)
Unown CUnown DUnown LUnown MUnown NUnown O MCM London
Paris Games Week in Paris, France [30]
(October 26th - October 30th, 2018)
Unown GUnown PUnown W PGW
Lucca Comics & Games Con in Lucca, Italy [31]
(October 31st - November 4th, 2018)
Unown CUnown GUnown L LCG
Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Tainan
(November 1st - November 5th, 2018)
Unown AUnown EUnown IUnown N
Unown OUnown TUnown Z
Tainan Zone
Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Porto Alegre
(January 25th - January 27th, 2019)
Unown AUnown EUnown GUnown L
Unown OUnown PUnown RUnown T
Porto Alegre
Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, California, USA [32]
(March 18th - March 22nd, 2019)
Unown CUnown DUnown G GDC
Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Sentosa
(April 18th - April 22nd, 2019)
Unown AUnown EUnown NUnown O
Unown SUnown TUnown !
Pokémon GO Week in Korea 2019
(May 4th - May 6th, 2019)
Unown EUnown LUnown OUnown SUnown U Seoul
Pokémon GO Fest 2019
(Chicago: June 13th - June 16th, 2019)
(Dortmund: July 4th - July 7th, 2019)
(Yokohama: August 6th - August 12th, 2019)
Unown AUnown EUnown KUnown P
Unown UUnown WUnown !
Wake Up!
Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Montreal
(September 20th - September 22nd, 2019)
Unown BUnown CUnown EUnown QUnown U Quebec
Pokémon GO Safari Zone in New Taipei City
(October 3rd - October 6th, 2019)
Unown AUnown CUnownUnown IUnown N
Unown PUnown SUnown RUnown T
NTPC Safari


Form switches sprites

Sprites for form switches in the Pokédex.


  • Considerably, Unown is the most highly prized possession in the game making it a huge stepping stone for players. It is because Unown often spawns in inaccessible areas, making it very hard to find. Only the most dedicated players would find this Pokémon.
  • Exclamation and question mark Unown forms are counted in unique Unown caught in medals, making it possible to obtain the gold medal without completing the alphabet.
  • Sprite of Unown N was updated on August 16th, 2019, possibly making it less confusing with Unown Z.[33]


  1. The Unown T, W, I, C & H can be found at TwitchCon 2017 /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-11.
  2. Sydney (Australia) RTX Convention is spawning Unowns spelling R, T, X. Nintendo is a sponsor /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-04-11.
  3. Increased Unown spawns during SXSW in Austin, Texas /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-04-11.
  4. San Francisco: Unown G, D, and C have started spawning for the Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Center /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-04-11.
  5. Armageddon Expo in Wellington, New Zealand, is hosting an Unown event this weekend /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-04-11.
  6. Unown spelling 'COMIC CON' spawning near and at Comic Con 31/3-1/4, Utrecht, the Netherlands /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-04-11.
  7. Unown available at PAX East! /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-04-11.
  8. App Store tweets about Unowns spawning in London /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-04-11.
  9. Unown spawning at Rio2c event (Rio, Brazil) /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-04-11.
  10. T S G O ! (including exclamation mark) Unown all to spawn in LA for E3! /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-06-13.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Unown event in Latin America! /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-06-18.
  12. At 11:00 UTC V A M O S U R Y Unown letters started to spawn in Montevideo, Uruguay /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-07-21.
  13. Unown are starting to appear in Mexico! /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-12.
  14. Unown spawns in costa rica too /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-12.
  15. Unown spawns still going strong in Costa Rica /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 10-12-2018.
  16. Unown J, A, P, N, E, X, P & O in Paris for the Japan Expo /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  17. Pokemon Go fest 2018 Unown collage /r/pokemongo. Retrieved on 2018-08-10.
  18. Unown spawning in San Diego, CA for Comic Con /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-12.
  19. Unown spawning in cologne. Presumably spelling gamescom /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-12.
  20. GAMESCOM Unown still spawning in Cologne, Germany? /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-12.
  21. NASHVILLE unowns! /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-12.
  22. Unowns Spawning in Seattle for PAX West! /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-12.
  23. Unown spawing Atlanta for dragoncon /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-12.
  24. Unowns Spawning in Johannesburg for Comic Con Africa /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-13.
  25. Unown spawns for NYCC? /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-13.
  26. Unown spawnin in Milan, Italy for Games Week! /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-13.
  27. MAG! spawning in Erfurt for the MAG convention /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-13.
  28. Unown spawning at PAX Melbourne! /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-27.
  29. 6 unowns released for London MCM comic-con. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-27.
  30. Unown spawning in Paris for Paris Games Week /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-27.
  31. Unown L, C and G spawning in Lucca for Lucca Comics & Games /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-31.
  32. Gdc unown spotted! /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-04-05.
  33. unown N has been updated (old => new). /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-09-04.

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