How to Breed Rotom: A Complete Guide

Pokémon is filled with a wide range of adorable and unique creatures for players to befriend and use in-game, and Rotom has become a favorite for many Pokémon fans worldwide. But, breeding this little fellow can be challenging. So, here is how to breed Rotom.

Rotom can only be bred with a Ditto Pokémon to produce a Rotom egg. However, since Rotom is genderless, it will not pass down its moves to the baby Rotom.

While breeding Rotom can be intimidating at first, the entire process can be made easier with the right approaches and steps. Stick around to find out about this fascinating Pokémon, as well as how you can breed Rotom in different Pokémon versions.

Rotom Pokémon

The Rotom Pokémon is quite a special creature, and it is fairly rare although not impossible to obtain. Otherwise known as the ‘Plasma Pokémon’, Rotom is an Electric/ Ghost Type Pokémon that was initially introduced in Generation 4.

According to Pokémon, Rotom can be described as follows:

“One boy’s invention led to the development of many different machines that take advantage of Rotom’s unique capabilities.”

Rotom is genderless and this Pokémon does not evolve. But, this Pokémon does have 5 alternate forms and can transform when it possesses different household appliances, as seen below:

  • Rotom
  • Heat Rotom (Oven)
  • Wash Rotom (Washing machine)
  • Frost Rotom (Refrigerator)
  • Fan Rotom (Fan)
  • Mow Rotom (Lawnmower)

Each Rotom form possesses different types of defenses, described in the infographic below:

Below are the classic Rotom Pokémon’s stats, according to the Pokémon Database:

EV Yield1 Special Attack, 1 Speed
Catch rate45 (5.9% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship50 (normal)
Base Exp.154
Growth RateMedium Fast

Is Rotom Legendary?

Rotom is often thought of as a Legendary Pokémon since there is only one in a given game and it is labeled as Legendary in the DP Pokémon Book. It also plays Legendary Pokémon music once it is battled, so there are really good reasons as to why Rotom is believed to be Legendary.

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But, Rotom is actually not technically a Legendary Pokémon. The book that dictates it as Legendary does feature a handful of errors, such as numbering in the double digits. Rotom is a Mythical Pokémon, viewed as a mistaken Legendary Pokémon.

Can I Breed Rotom?

Although Rotom is a genderless Pokémon, it is still technically breedable. This is since Rotom is classified within the Amphorous group, described below:

“Amorphous Pokémon (previously known as Indeterminate) are not usually based on real creatures; instead they comprise shapeless blobs or gases.”

That being said, the Rotom Pokémon will not be able to pass down egg movies due to its genderless nature. Since passing down moves is often the main purpose for breeding Pokémon, this may or not be worthwhile for Rotom – still, breeding a Rotom Pokémon is possible.

How To Breed Rotom

First off, players will need to start with the standard methods for breeding any Pokémon – the Pokémon Day Care. All breeding occurs at the Pokémon Day Care, and two compatible Pokémon will produce an egg if they are left with the daycare lady.

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There are 3 main requirements for breeding any type of Pokémon, namely:

  1. The Pokémon are not legendary Pokémon, baby Pokémon, Unown, Nidorina, or Nidoqueen.
  2. The Pokémon are of opposite genders.
  3. The Pokémon are in the same egg group.

But, players can still breed a Pokémon that only meets the first criteria (such as Rotom). This can only be done by breeding them with a Ditto, described below:

“It can reconstitute its entire cellular structure to change into what it sees, but it returns to normal when it relaxes.”

Ditto Pokémon are genderless, which is the main reason why they can breed with other genderless Pokémon. However, Ditto cannot be bred, as the egg will always take on the other Pokémon type – a Ditto will need to be caught in order to breed with another genderless Pokémon, such as a Rotom.

Catching a Ditto is all about luck, and they are very sneaky in the wild. Below are the most notable locations to find a Ditto in different Pokémon versions, according to the Pokémon Database:

Pokémon VersionDitto Locations
Pokémon Red and BlueRoute 13, 14, 15, 23, Cerulean Cave
Pokémon YellowCerulean Cave, Pokémon Mansion
Pokémon Gold and Silver
Pokémon Crystal
Route 34, 35
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreenRoute 13, 14, 15, Cerulean Cave, Pokémon Mansion
Pokémon EmeraldDesert Underpass
Pokémon Diamond and PearlRoute 218
Pokémon PlatinumTrophy Garden
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilverRoute 34, 35, 47, Cerulean Cave
Pokémon Black and White
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
Giant Chasm
Pokémon X and YPokémon Village
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha SapphireMirage Spots
Pokémon Sun and MoonMount Hokulani
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra MoonRoute 9, Konikoni City, Mount Hokulani
Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!Cerulean Cave, Pokémon Mansion
Pokémon Sword and ShieldLake of Outrage, Workout Sea
Pokémon Brilliant Diamon and Pokémon Shining Pearl Route 218, Dazzling Cave, Stargleam Cavern

Once you get a hold of a Ditto Pokémon, you’ll be able to take the Ditto and the Rotom to the Pokémon Day Care, leave them to breed, and collect the egg once it is produced. The process will be the same for different Pokémon versions, provided that both Rotom and Ditto are available in the game.

Hatching a Rotom Egg

Once you get your hands on a Rotom egg, you will need to walk around with the egg for a while. After some time, it will hatch into a level 1 Pokémon.

In the case of breeding with a Ditto, the Pokémon eggs will always be non-Ditto Pokémon. As a result, players won’t need to worry about hatching a Ditto instead of a Rotom Pokémon.

Can You Breed Rotom In Sword and Shield?

Players can breed a Rotom in Pokémon Sword and Shield in the same way as other versions. Rotom can only be bred with a Ditto, much like all genderless Pokémon.

Can You Breed Rotom Pokémon BDSP?

Players can breed a Rotom in Pokémon Brilliant Diamon and Pokémon Shining Pearl (BDSP) in the same way as other versions. Rotom can only be bred with a Ditto, much like all genderless Pokémon.

Although the process for breeding Rotom differs from most other Pokémon, this is primarily since it is genderless. Rotom cannot pass down their moves to their offspring, but they can still be bred with the use of a Ditto.

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