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#369 Relicanth
Relicanth's artwork for Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.
Category Longevity Pokémon
Original Region Hoenn
National Dex Nr. #369
Hoenn Dex Nr. #179
Kalos #042 (Coastal)
Generation 3
Pokémon Color Brown
Type(s) Water/Rock
Ability/ies Swift Swim, Rock Head
(Hidden: Sturdy)
Average Height 3'03"
Average Weight 51.6 lbs.
Evolves From N/A
Evolves Into N/A

Relicanth, known in Japan as ジーランス (Glanth), is a an extremely old Water/Rock-type Pokémon, being sometimes considered a pseudo-Fossil Pokémon. It is not known to be part of any evolution line.


Relicanth is a dark brown fish Pokémon, covered in rock hard scales. It is also covered in a lighter brown pattern. Relicanth also has a red dot on each of its two sides. Its skull-like head is also rock hard and light brown, with two slits for eyes, a three-line scar (not unlike a boulder crack) on the middle of its forehead, a lower jaw that is larger than its upper lip, no teeth, and two large, protruding cheekbones. Male Relicanth have slightly larger cheekbones than female Relicanth. It has a small, triangular dorsal fin, which is part of its skull-like head, and it has two pairs of pectoral fins. It also has another dorsal fin, much larger and with its tip covered in light brown, near its tail, with an almost identical anal fin quite nearby.

Relicanth is considered a living fossil, since it hasn't changed its form for over a 100 million years. It was actually thought to be extinct until it was discovered during a deep-sea exploration. It can move on the seafloor by moving with its pectoral fins, possibly searching for microscopic organisms, which it feeds itself on.



Relicanth is a direct reference to the coelacanth, an order of fish thought to be extinct for over 70 million years, until being rediscovered in 1938. The coelacanth are considered living fossils, due to their appearance remaining almost unchanged from their prehistoric forms.

Relicanth's coloration is similar to the Indonesian coelacanth.

Name Origin

Relicanth is a combination of relic and coelacanth.

Glanth comes from 爺 jī (old man) and coelacanth.

Names in other Languages

Language Name Meaning
From 爺 jī and coelacanth.


National Pokédex
← #368: Gorebyss
#369: Relicanth
#370: Luvdisc →

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