Articuno takes the form of a large bird with predominantly blue plumage. Its coloring is a cyan on its long streamer-like tail and head crest. Its head crest is simple, consisting of three rhombus-shaped feathers on its forehead. Its body is a sky blue, growing lighter on its chest and belly. Its most distinctive feature is its large wings, which look like they are made of ice. It has a small gray beak and thin, similarly colored legs.
Articuno is a genderless species.
When Articuno flaps its wings, it can chill the moisture in the air around it, making snow fall.
Articuno is one of the legendary birds of Kanto. Articuno is more passive than its counterparts are; due to its isolation in the highest mountains, Articuno dislikes battling. It also flies from icy mountain to icy mountain. It is a poorly understood species, believed by many to be pure myth. According to legend, it appears before doomed travelers lost in icy regions. It is impossible to tell if these are valid sightings, as doomed travelers would have no way of passing on their story of the sighting, or merely delusions of the dying. It is described as being spectacular in flight: with its long tail streaming behind it, and its wings shining like ice. It is said to cause snow to fall when it flies, and has the potential ability to create blizzards.
Articuno lives in cold, isolated locations, such as mountain peaks. Articuno are known to roost inside the Seafoam Islands of Kanto. Articuno is an extremely rare Pokémon.
This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.