is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Moltres first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and later in subsequent sequels. Moltres is one of the three winged mirages, along with Articuno and Zapdos. Their names were changed in the English localization to give them more "clever and descriptive names." Moltres, for example, comes from a combination of the words "molten," relating to lava, and " tres," the Spanish word for three.
Known as the Flame Pokémon, Moltres is a large bird, noted for its ability to control fire. It makes multiple appearances in the anime and manga, notably in the film Pokémon The Movie 2000. Moltres also appears in Pokémon spin-offs, as well as in the Super Smash Bros. series since Melee. Since appearing in Red and Blue, Moltres has received generally mixed reception. Moltres has been featured in several pieces of merchandise, including cards in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, where a special Moltres card was given away to celebrate the theatrical release of Pokémon The Movie 2000. Moltres has been fiction, including the creatures found in Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird, the monsters in Godzilla on Monster Island, and the mythological creature Phoenix.