Is Haxorus a Pseudo-legendary Pokémon?

Is Haxorus a Pseudo-legendary Pokemon?

In the world of Pokémon, some creatures are considered to be stronger than others. The strongest are usually Legendary and/or Mythical Pokémon, but there are very strong “normal” Pokémon that don’t actually fit the above-mentioned groups. One of those Pokémon is Haxorus, the final evolution of Axew, whose stat within the Pokémon hierarchy is going to be the topic of our article.

Haxorus is not a Pseudo-legendary Pokémon because he doesn’t fit the basic criterium, as his base stat total is 540, i.e., it is lower than 600. But, due to his similarity with other Pseudo-legendary Pokémon, he is considered to be a Semi-Pseudo legendary Pokémon.

Pokémon, which is short for Pocket Monsters, is a media franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori back in 1995. It is a fantasy franchise set in a world where humans live together with creatures called Pokémon, who take on different shapes and sizes. It started off as a series of video games for the Game Boy console, but soon expanded to other media. The video games and the anime (including the connected films) are the most popular brands today, although the franchise has expanded to even live-action movies like Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

Now that we’ve given you a good introduction, let us see whether Haxorus is a Pseudo-legendary Pokémon.

What are Pseudo-legendary Pokémon?

Before we get into some of the details, we have to explain what Pseudo-legendary Pokémon actually are. Namely, unlike true Legendary Pokémon, Pseudo-legendary Pokémon aren’t an official group, but rather a fan term for Pokémon whose strength rivals that of Legendary Pokémon, but they themselves aren’t really part of that group.

Pseudo-legendary Pokémon (also called the 600 Club) are Pokémon that have a three-stage evolution line and base stat total of exactly 600 (before Mega Evolution, if the Pokémon even has one). They also need to have 1,250,000 experience at level 100, which is the highest level a Pokémon can reach; this last condition is not always listed, as some fans consider it to be unnecessary, but whether you use it or omit it, it doesn’t change anything in the group itself.

These Pokémon are usually very rare and are almost as strong as Legendary Pokémon, but aren’t Legendary per se. Why is that?

Well, first of all, they’re just “normal” Pokémon that can be found in the wild. They are stronger than most other Pokémon, but they don’t have any inherent abilities that would make them Legendary (e.g. like when Groudon can control the land, or Celebi can travel through time).

They also evolve (which is very, very rare for Legendary Pokémon and was introduced in later generations as an addition), they have genders (which is also uncommon for Legendary Pokémon) and they can be bred (something you cannot do with Legendary Pokémon).

There’s also more than one of them, while Legendary Pokémon are usually unique (albeit we now have Galarian versions of the Legendary Birds, so who knows what’s going to happen later on…).

As of summer 2020, Pseudo-legendary Pokémon are:

PokémonTypeGenerationEvolution IEvolution II
GoodraDragonVIGoomy Sliggoo

Pseudo-legendary Pokémon are an “official” fan group and are not an official classification by the creators and owners of the Pokémon franchise.

Before we continue, we have to tell you about another group, which is also a fan group, but this one – albeit used – isn’t even an official fan group, but an unofficial one. This group is called Semi-Pseudo legendary Pokémon and consists of Pokémon that are often mistaken to be Pseudo-legendary due to fitting some of the criteria but don’t actually have a base stat total of 600, but lower.


Now that we’ve seen everything, let us discuss Haxorus’ position within the Pokémon hierarchy.

Dryden’s Haxorus in the anime

Haxorus, the Axe Jaw Pokémon, is a Dragon-type Pokémon first introduced in Generation V. It is the final evolution form of Axew, evolving from Fraxure starting at level 48.

Haxorus is a very rare and very powerful Pokémon, a great addition to your team if you’re able to find an Axew and make it reach level 48. Haxorus has appeared in the anime on several occasions – Dryden has one, as does Rhoder – and has, in addition to that, had appearances in several video games and the Pokémon manga.

Here we have Haxorus’ evolution line:

level 38
level 48

As stated, Haxorus is a very Pokémon and rare Pokémon. It has three evolution stages, which is the first criterium for being categorized as a Pseudo-legendary Pokémon. Based on a purely visual comparison, Haxrus could also easily fit the group, and yet – he does not. Why? Well, his base stat total is not 600 and that is the primary criterium for a Pokémon to be considered Pseudo-legendary. Let us see his base stat:

Special Attack:60
Special Defence:70

As you can see, Haxorus has a base stat total of 540, which is – albeit slightly – lower than the needed total of 600. This meas that he cannot be considered a Pseudo-legendary Pokémon. But, due to his other general characteristics and the similarity between him and other Pseudo-legendary Pokémon, Haxorus is considered to be a Semi-Pseudo legendary Pokémon as per the above-described criteria.


There you have it. This is the story of Haxorus and his status in the Pokémon hierarchy. As described, Haxorus is not considered to be a Pseudo-legendary Pokémon mainly because his base stat total is 540, which is below the necessary 600.

This is the primary criterium for a Pokémon to be considered Pseudo-legendary, so despite satisfying some other criteria, Haxorus is not a Pseudo-legendary Pokémon, but is very similar to them.

This is why he is considered to be a Semi-Pseudo legendary Pokémon. We hope we’ve cleared everything up for you so keep following us for more interesting articles! Until next time!

  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.