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Manaphy (マナフィ, Manaphy) is a creature from the Pokémon franchise.
Manaphy is a Water-type Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation IV, and is categorized within the Pokédex at #490 as the "Seafaring Pokémon". It is notable for being one of the few mythical Pokémon able to breed; however, the Pokémon itself cannot be bred, as Manaphy's offspring always hatches into Phione, a similar but distinct species. Manaphy was originally exclusive to the Pokémon Ranger series. This typically entails completing a post-story mission in each game to unlock the ability to transfer a Manaphy egg to the main games via a Mystery Gift.
Heart Swap is a Psychic-type move, exclusive to Manaphy (prior to Generation VII), which makes the user and the target swap their stat changes. In the anime movie Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, Manaphy's Heart Swap can swap the souls of two people or Pokémon, which is more akin to its functionality in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Whirlpool is a Water-type move that damages and traps the target for five turns, preventing it from fleeing or switching out and inflicting damage at the end of every turn. Manaphy can learn it via leveling up or using HM05 in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
As a Poké Ball Pokémon
When Manaphy appears from its Poké Ball, it uses its signature move Heart Swap, temporarily swapping the bodies of 2 players. This can be dodged via a properly timed air dodge. During the heart swap, the players keep their own damage and stocks, and self-destruction causes the player to lose a stock, not the opponent. The only thing that is kept with the body is the ownership of Poké Ball Pokémon and characters from Assist Trophies.
Two players need to be close to Manaphy in order for the Heart Swap to take effect. In the very unlikely case of two Manaphy appearing together, the first Manaphy's Heart Swap is canceled when the second one is activated.
The Permanent Heart Swap glitch causes the effects of Manaphy's Heart Swap to last for the entirety of the player's stock. If a player under the effects of Heart Swap is KO'd and has no stock remaining, the player they switched characters with will be forced to remain as that character. Once the second player is KO'd, he/she will reappear as their original character.
As a background character
No longer a Poké Ball summon, Manaphy appears on the Kalos Pokémon League stage as a rare stage element. Occasionally appearing in the Flood Chamber, it will cause the central platform to turn into a whirlpool using the move of the same name which pulls fighters down towards the lower blast line.
As a background character
Manaphy once again appears on the Kalos Pokémon League stage. Its behavior is the same as it was in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.