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When it comes to the subject of Ghost-types, the question on whether they are dead or alive is an interesting one. While other types are clear that the Pokémon is alive, the Ghost-type is different because these spectral fellows are normally associated as dead beings since our understanding of ghosts is one of having an absence of life. Perhaps this needs to be investigated, so if you want to read more, let’s delve into this and go on.
So, the first question one must ask is, why are ghosts normally seen as “dead”? Perhaps it is the fact that people believe that there is life after death, and our limited understanding is that the second life manifest itself as something that exist in our world, since the idea on what the other world is like is beyond us. Because of the soul’s lack of a physical station, something intangible yet visible is imagined, thus we have the concept of ghosts. In this case, it’s a form of reincarnation.
This is supported by the PokéDex, in which there are entries for certain Ghost-types that mentioned them being a manifestation of dead people. Some examples include Yamask, Froslass and more recently, Phantump. It is unclear if this is actually true, since we never see this in any form of media. Perhaps it would have been too heartbreaking, or there would be a moral dilemma as a result. Imagine this: a friend of your is reincarnated this way, and then you use it as your Pokémon in battles (thus making them subservient, in a way).
A graveyard area, such as the Lavender Tower and the Celestial Tower, are places where Ghost-types could be found. One could infer that those who are dead is reincarnated this way, which is why there is an abundance of Ghost-types in said areas. Another theory could be that they are there for the soul feast, since some Ghost-types are soul-eaters, such as Litwick and Haunter. This extends to the other various Ghost-types in other places, such as the seas (Frillish), forests (Phantump) and caves (Misdreavus).
Ghost-types could also be a product of the manifestation of the emotions from dead Pokémon or people, and usually it means it is more malicious in nature. Consider that Ghost-type moves are malicious themselves: do Spite, Grudge and Curse mean that they will benefit the victim? One such Pokémon in which this is clear is Shuppet, who owe its existence to revenge on negligence.
There are other instances of ghosts, but not as Ghost-types. There is a difference. While the latter is a type of Pokémon, the former is referring to real ghosts. The best known ghost is the Marowak in Lavender Tower, in which it was more of a spirit in unrest. Based on this, it is possible that the spirit of Pokémon could return if they have some unfinished business. There are ghost people mentioned as well, though it is quite a rare sight.
Not every Ghost-type are ghosts, because there are quite a few based on artificial objects. Golett and Honedge are clearly based on something man-made, so they might not even be reincarnated or being dead in the first place. Since they are soul-powered, perhaps the life they are given is otherworldly in nature, kind of a parallel of how other living things live.
What about Pokémon that evolves into a Ghost-type? The only two Pokémon to do this are Shedinja and Snorunt. In Shedinja’s case, it is more of a discarded skin given life, since Ninjask is the main result (note that Nincada could evolve into two Pokémon, and Shedinja only gets in if there is room). What about Snorunt? One could argue that when Snorunt evolves, it “dies” due to the Ghost-type is supposed to be “dead”.
There is also the possibility that Ghost-types are alive, only merely taking characteristics common among ghosts.
They May Be Alive
There is reason to believe that Ghost-types are actually alive, as in, they never require death in the first place. Tangibility is something found on Ghost-types. When we think of incorporeal bodies that result in death, perhaps they couldn’t be touched since they are just a spirit. The fact that they could be touched could mean that they have a body like any other animal, and their ability to be intangible is one of the abilities.
It is true that Normal- and Fighting-type attacks cannot affect them, but consider that you have ways around this, them being Odour Sleuth, Foresight and Scrappy, meaning that the intangibility isn’t absolute. Moreover, Physical attacks that are not either of those types could affect them even if they are supposed to be immune to anything physical. In that case, what kind of material are they made of? Perhaps spirit energy could be it, with a bit of flesh. Of course, it is easier to comprehend the tangibility of possessed objects.
Ghost-types could even execute activities that living things could do, namely eating and breeding. Usually, these activities are confined to things that still live, so this is proof that they could do these is an indicator that they are living things. Speaking of living things, some Ghost-types resemble living things themselves. Jellicent, for example, is a jellyfish (interestingly, Jellicent was originally a pure Water-type before the change). Sableye is more like a goblin, which is while a fantastical creature, is nonetheless living. In that case, it’s all the more plausible that they are based on living things.
If Ghost-types are alive, then the Ghost-type could be more like a characteristic that manifest itself in physical form and give a Pokémon special abilities. On the physical side of things, a Ghost-type isn’t necessarily just a spirit in visible form, but it even include shadows and possessed things. By being a Ghost-type, they are able to go through objects like ghosts would be able to do, perhaps in their default mode. Invisibility is another trait. Examples include Phantom Force and Shadow Force, as they encompasses both abilities of going through things and invisibility.
Trick-or-Treat, a move learned by Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist, merely gives an extra Ghost-type on another, which is temporary I should add. Since it doesn’t actually kill that target, considering how something dead cannot be revived, that move only gives Ghost-type characteristics and nothing more.
Having a Ghost-type Pokémon as being mortal could be a good thing, since anything that dies and becomes Ghost-types could be a source of overpopulation. For one, death numbers cannot be reduced, so as time goes on, there will be even more Ghosts. There is also the fact that if a Ghost-type dies, would they be reincarnated into another Ghost-type? Perhaps it could be explained that Ghost-types cannot die, but still, the point stands. If that were to be the case, then it’s little wonder Ghost-types are super-effective against itself, as well as the ability of some Ghosts to consume spirit energy: to control the overcrowding.
To conclude, since this is a fantasy universe, the room for interpretation is open on if Ghost-types are dead, or whether they are a result of dead people/Pokémon or living things. There might be a set of rules governing this question, so it’s probably not quite clear-cut. There are ghost people and ghost Pokémon (not Ghost-type, like Marowak), but they are classified as dead, and not Ghost-types. From my point of view, it is either, meaning that dead people/Pokémon could be given a second life, and then it’s the end.
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Death in the Pokémon world
Death is a recurring subject in the Pokémon franchise. Throughout the history of the Pokémon world , many people and Pokémon have been known to have perished. Across the Pokémon world , various burial grounds have been built to honor the dead. Some Fossils are said to be the remains of previously extinct Pokémon. Additionally, some Pokémon are killed and eaten by other Pokémon as well as people.
There also exist ghosts , which are the spirits of dead humans or Pokémon. Ghost-type Pokémon, however, are fully alive creatures often said to be reborn from such spirits. This distinction has existed since Generation I , which introduced Ghost-type Pokémon along with the ghosts of Pokémon Tower . Additionally, in the games and anime , it has been suggested that some Ghost-type Pokémon themselves are able to die.
People and Pokémon are also said to possess life-force, which can be drained, sometimes resulting in death.
- 1.1 Burial grounds
- 1.2 Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
- 1.3 Pokémon X and Y
- 1.4 Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
- 1.5 Pokémon Sword and Shield
- 1.6 Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
- 1.7 Pokédex entries
- 2.1 Pokémon Masters EX
- 2.2 Pokémon Sleep
- 2.3 Detective Pikachu Returns
- 3.1 Original series
- 3.2 Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sappire
- 3.3.1 The Legend of X, Y, and Z!
- 3.4 Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
- 3.5 Pokémon Journeys: The Series
- 4 In the movies
- 5.1.1 Red, Green & Blue arc
- 5.1.2 Gold, Silver & Crystal arc
- 5.1.3 Ruby & Sapphire arc
- 5.1.4 Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc
- 5.1.5 Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon arc
- 5.2 Magical Pokémon Journey
- 5.3 The Electric Tale of Pikachu
- 5.4 Pokémon RéBURST
- 5.5.1 Arceus and the Jewel of Life
- 6.1 In the core series games
- 6.2.1 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series
- 6.2.2 Pokémon Conquest
- 6.2.3 Pokémon Masters EX
- 6.2.4 New Pokémon Snap
- 6.2.5 Pokémon Sleep
- 6.3.1 Pokémon ReBURST
- 8 References
In the core series games
- Burial grounds
In Kanto , Pokémon Tower houses hundreds of graves of deceased Pokémon in all of its seven floors. Many people visit the building daily to pay their respects to the fallen. Prior to the events of the Generation I games and their Generation III and VII remakes , Team Rocket tried to steal the Cubone to sell their valuable skulls. In the process, a mother Marowak that was protecting her Cubone child was killed. Another NPC theorises the ghosts haunting the tower are those of the Pokémon Team Rocket has killed.
In the Generation II games and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver , the House of Memories was built to hold graves from the Pokémon Tower when it was converted to the Kanto Radio Tower.
In the Sevii Islands , the southern segment of Memorial Pillar serves as a grave site to an Onix , nicknamed Tectonix, that was loved immensely by its Trainer .
In Hoenn , Mt. Pyre houses the many graves of Pokémon. Many grieving Trainers also visit the Tower to pay their respects. After the Delta Episode in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire , the player can find Phoebe near the summit, talking to spirits. She says she came to visit her grandmother, upon whom the player character made a lasting impression.
In Sinnoh , Lost Tower is the resting ground for deceased Pokémon. A Roughneck visits the Lost Tower to mourn the killing of his Pokémon by Team Galactic .
In Unova , the Celestial Tower is a burial ground for deceased Pokémon. At the top of the tower is a bell, which mourners can ring in remembrance of their lost Pokémon. In Pokémon Black and White , the player can meet Champion Alder here, ringing the bell to comfort the spirit of his very first Pokémon.
In Kalos , mysterious stones can be found on Route 10 which are actually the graves of Pokémon who were sacrificed 3,000 years ago in order for their life-forces to energize the ultimate weapon that was used by AZ to end the war.
In Alola , Hau'oli Cemetery is a graveyard for people and Pokémon alike from across Melemele Island , appropriately filled with tombstones and memorial flowers. People often come here to pay their respects to their deceased loved ones. Some of these people are Trainers missing their dead partners, and in Pokémon Sun, Moon , Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon , they are willing to battle the player to try to forget about their sadness. After the player has obtained the Ride Pager , they can visit the cemetery at night to meet a woman riding a Machamp . She explains to the player how she's paying respects to her dead husband, who died in an accident years ago. Her Machamp, which originally belonged to her husband, was narrowly saved from dying in the same accident by being recalled back into its Poké Ball at the last second. Overcome by survivor guilt , Machamp came to dislike its Poké Ball and flung it off somewhere.
On Akala Island , Memorial Hill is a burial site for the old, mighty families of Alola. It is said to have been established at this site due to the proximity of the Ruins of Life to the north, the belief being that those buried here wanted to be laid to rest close to the Akala Island guardian deity , Tapu Lele . Being the most notable gravesite in Alola, people from all over the region tend to travel here to see the graves.
In Galar , the Old Cemetery can be found within the Giant's Bed in the Crown Tundra .
In the land of Kitakami , Loyalty Plaza was home to the burial site of the Legendary Pokémon known as the Loyal Three , Okidogi , Munkidori and Fezandipiti . Above their gravesite was a monument, known as the Loyal Three Monument, that housed three small statues depicting the fallen Pokémon. The monument was destroyed after the Loyal Three burst from the ground one day, having suddenly been resurrected.
Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
Prior to the events of Pokémon Black and White , Alder 's starter Pokémon died of an illness , and in despair over not being able to save it, he began traveling around aimlessly. Before his partner's death, the two of them madly pursued strength. The Pokémon's death changed Alder's outlook on life. The identity of this Pokémon is never mentioned in Black and White, but dialogue in Black 2 and White 2 reveals that Alder's late partner was a Volcarona , which evolved from a Larvesta .
Pokémon X and Y
3,000 years before the events of Pokémon X and Y , a war broke out between two countries. This long conflict was drawn out and many lives were lost. People treated Pokémon with special powers as mere tools in their conflict, so they gathered lots of Pokémon, including Pokémon with unique powers. In order to emerge victorious, the soldiers believed that they needed even more powerful Pokémon. AZ loved his Floette , which he had received from his late mother, but it was forcefully taken from him by the soldiers and became just another sacrifice in the war. AZ received the body of his beloved Pokémon some time later and, out of unspeakable grief, he built the ultimate weapon to restore it to life. He succeeded, but unable to overcome his despair, he turned the machine into a weapon, with which he destroyed both sides of the conflict, ending the war. His Floette, disgusted with the fact that the machine was powered by the life energy of other Pokémon, left him.
During the events of the games, in a house two spots north of the boutique in Anistar City , an old man can be found depressed due to the death of his wife. He will ask the player to lend him any Pokémon level 5 or under to keep him company for the time being. After entering the Hall of Fame , the player can return to the house only to find that the old man has passed away and left behind a Poké Ball containing the Pokémon lent to him and a letter thanking the player for helping him in his last moments.
During the post-game side story in Lumiose City , Emma reveals that Looker once had a partner Pokémon that was always with him, but the Pokémon died on a case. In previous games, Looker owned a Croagunk , though it is unknown if Croagunk is the Pokémon that died.
Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Prior to the events of Pokémon Sun, Moon , Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon , the island kahuna of Poni Island passed away, leaving the island with no kahuna for several years.
The ruins of the Alola region relate to the duality of life and death. The Ruins of Conflict in Melemele Island are said to be where life is tested, while the Ruins of Abundance , guarded by Tapu Bulu in Ula'ula Island , are where life grows. By contrast, the Ruins of Hope , home of Tapu Fini , are said to be the end of life's journey, as opposed to the Ruins of Life , Tapu Lele 's home, where life is said to be born.
According to the Aether Foundation 's research, conducted by professor Mohn , Cosmog can create Ultra Wormholes to protect itself when under extreme stress, this stress can be fatal on the Pokémon. During the events of the games, Lillie actively warns Lusamine that Nebby will die if she makes it use too much of its power to open Ultra Wormholes. The result ended in Nebby evolving into a Cosmoem .
Ten years prior to the events of Sun and Moon, a part of the International Police called the UB Task Force, which contained Looker , Nanu and an unnamed female Faller were tasked in studying the ecology of the Ultra Beasts . The group was tasked to fight and destroy a Guzzlord in the Alola region, this resulted in the female member of the group being killed.
In order to obtain the Eevium Z , the player is tasked by Kagetora to fight all eight Eevee users before him. However, when they get around to looking for Sakura, the Sylveon User, they will instead find her granddaughter, Kira. Kira explains to the player that Sakura had passed away a year prior to the events of the game. Kira takes Sakura's place as the Sylveon User and then proceeds to battle the player.
In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the player can visit other dimensions via Ultra Warp Ride . One of these alternate dimensions includes the Ultra Ruin , home of the Ultra Beast, Guzzlord. The Ultra Ruin appears to be a destroyed post-apocalyptic version of Alola's Hau'oli City . The air is contaminated and dangerous to breathe in, with most civilians leaving to other planets. There is little to no signs of plant life seen in the Ultra Ruin and no other Pokémon or people appear except for a man in a Guzzlord-themed suit.
In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon , after the player defeats Ghetsis in Team Rainbow Rocket 's Castle at Aether Paradise , he will threaten Lillie's life if they don't surrender.
Pokémon Sword and Shield
According to his League Card in Pokémon Sword and Shield , Allister claims to be able to see deceased Ghost-type Pokémon.
A girl named Paula in Hammerlocke asks the player to deliver a letter to a boy named Frank in Ballonlea . The boy turns out to be an old man who was friends with a girl named Paula when he was younger, but she fell ill and hid from him how sick she was. This caused an argument and the boy ended up moving away shortly after. If the player returns to where Paula was, they'll find a Reaper Cloth .
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
The Scarlet Book S / Violet Book V , containing records from an expedition in the uncharted Area Zero of Paldea , describes a mysterious Pokémon known as Great Tusk S / Iron Treads V , who attacked and mortally wounded one of the explorers of the expedition team, forcing them to retreat for a time. 
According to a magazine entitled "The Musician's Register", the theme of death pervades the work of Ryme , known as the "MC of RIP", "whose flows are said to bring the dead to their feet". The magazine states that when Ryme was in her teens, her dear Puppy Pokémon passed away, and she poured her grief into a song. When she sang it, her partner came back to her as a ghost Pokémon. This moment is suggested to be what inspired her rap career.
Many years prior to the events of The Teal Mask , Ogerpon killed the Loyal Three after they took its masks and were implied to have killed its friend. The Loyal Three were later somehow revived after Kieran punched their grave site.
Prior to the events of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet , Professor Sada S / Turo V died during an incident that destroyed Research Station No. 4 in Area Zero. The professor threw themself in front of Koraidon S / Miraidon V to protect it from the territorial attacks of the other, more aggressive Koraidon S /Miraidon V and, during the ensuing destruction, suffered grave wounds that ultimately lead to their death. After the professor's death, their AI duplicate took their place managing the Zero Lab . Upon receiving news of the professor's passing, Director Clavell gave his condolences to the professor's son, Arven , who was upset, though felt a sense of relief after learning more about his parent and their motivations, deciding to say good-bye and move on.
Death appears to be a recurring theme in Area Zero and in The Way Home story arc in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
- Penny makes several references to death during the perilous events of The Way Home, exclaiming that she was scared "half to death" when surprised by a Paradox Pokémon and frequently joking about herself or the group possibly dying or having died during the adventure, or from being nudged for belly rubs by Koraidon/Miraidon in its battle form. Arven also comments on how the mysterious and otherworldly appearance of Area Zero "makes you feel like maybe you already died and went somewhere..."
- White Flower Floette is the only form that spawns in Area Zero; white blossoms, (specifically the white Chrysanthemum flower in Japan), symbolize grief, and are often used in funerals.
- Every Pokémon with a design based on moths can be found in Area Zero, specifically Venomoth , Masquerain , Volcarona , Frosmoth , Slither Wing S , and Iron Moth V ; moths are often associated with death.
In Pokémon Violet, according to an article from a May issue of Occulture magazine, "a leading theory holds that Iron Hands was once an athlete who became mortally wounded but was kept alive by being made into a cyborg."
Several Pokédex entries, as well as other sources, refer to the deaths of people and Pokémon .
In the spin-off games
Pokémon masters ex.
Several deaths have occured during or prior to to the events of Pokémon Masters EX .
- It is is stated that Lear 's mother, the queen of the kingdom which Lear, Rachel , and Sawyer are from, passed away when Lear was young. Her cause of death is unknown, though Sawyer says in his sync pair story that it came as a shock. Sawyer also says that the queen saved his Honchkrow 's life: at one point, when he was a Murkrow , he snuck into the royal treasure room and scratched up some of the queen's precious jewels. Many people thought he deserved punishment for it, but the queen was merciful and spared him that punishment.
- In the Villain Arc , Team Flare takes into their custody some Team Rocket Grunts that had infiltrated their organization as spies. Malva requests that they be punished in such a way that they never cause trouble for Team Flare again, and when she and Lysandre have cornered the last two spies, she says that they have "taken care of the other spies", implying that all the other ones were killed in some way. Lysandre then bids these two spies farewell before attacking them with his Volcanion , implying that these two spies have been killed as well.
- During the story event Midnight Battle Ball , a Pumpkaboo leads Morty , Caitlin , Hilbert , and the player - Scottie or Bettie - from the villa to a cave. Knowing that Pumpkaboo are said to carry wandering spirits to the place they belong, Morty suggests that the cave could be a bridge to the afterlife. After the group successfully returns to the villa, Hilbert complains that Morty didn't tell them that Pumpkaboo carry spirits to their resting place before they started following it, to which Morty replies, "I thought it might be rude to say no if that's what it was really trying to do."
- In Allister 's sync pair story, he says that when he was four years old, he was badly injured in an accident and was "wandering near death's doorstep", but Pokémon led him back to the world of the living.
- In Looker 's sync pair story, he mentions that Pokémon lives have been lost to the evildoers that he pursues in his line of work.
- Tina mentions in the Paulo chapter of the Villain Arc that she once visited a Pokémon graveyard and listened to the stories of the Trainers who had come to visit the graves, which made her appreciate the limited time she has with her Pokémon. In addition, she mentions that ghost Pokémon hang out around Pokémon graves in one of her Pokémon Center conversations.
In Pokémon Sleep , an entry in the Sleep Style Dex references death.
Detective Pikachu Returns
In Detective Pikachu Returns , it is revealed that Rachel Meyers ' mother Emma Meyers was killed at the Pokémon Unity Lab two years prior by a Pokémon rampaging because of R . This motivates Howard Meyers to support policies and research that will protect everyone else from the dangers of Pokémon.
Later, Detective Pikachu remembers that when they got into the car accident that caused Harry Goodman to go missing, Harry was thrown out of the car and lost consciousness. Realizing that Harry was dying, Pikachu begged Mewtwo to save him. Mewtwo accomplished this by placing Harry's consciousness in Pikachu's body, with their strong bond allowing the two consciousnesses to coexist in the same body. After retrieving all of Mewtwo's cells that had been used in R, Harry asked Mewtwo to turn him back into a human. However, Mewtwo admitted that forcibly separating their consciousnesses could kill both Harry and Pikachu. Harry didn't want to risk his partner's life, so he asked Mewtwo to wait for Tim to figure out another way to separate them safely. Mewtwo then informed him that the balance between Pikachu's and Harry's consciousnesses had been disrupted when Pikachu used a move earlier to protect Tim, and if Harry's consciousness remained this strong, Pikachu's consciousness would disappear. Mewtwo restored the balance between their consciousnesses to save Pikachu, but it came at the cost of Harry forgetting everything he had remembered.
Unfortunately, Harry remembering who he is again upsets the balance between their consciousnesses again. Throughout the final chapter, as Tim and Harry search for Harry's body, which had been stolen by Unitas , they face the ticking clock of Pikachu's consciousness gradually fading. Ultimately, Mewtwo takes the risk and separates Harry and Pikachu's consciousnesses, and they both manage to survive.
In the anime
On two separate occasions the plot of a villainous team arc has ended in a situation that ambiguously implies the death of a primary antagonist. In Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl , Pokémon Hunter J and her team are on board their ship when it is destroyed by the lake guardians ' attacks in The Needs of the Three! ; and in Pokémon the Series: XY , Lysandre disappears after the Zygarde 's final attack in Rocking Kalos Defenses! .
As shown in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon , some Ghost-type Pokémon , despite their name, can still die. This was first mentioned in Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime? , where Acerola revealed that her Shiny Mimikyu , Mimikins, is in fact the ghost of a deceased Mimikyu. Later, in A Timeless Encounter! , it is revealed that Professor Kukui had once befriended a Totem Trevenant that he nicknamed Elder. It is later revealed that Elder has since died, its body now a regular tree, though the circumstances of the death weren't revealed. Giratina is another Ghost-type whose life has been in danger, in Giratina and the Sky Warrior . However, despite this, it still appears that many Ghost-type Pokémon, particularly ones who are more similar to traditional ghosts, are indeed immune to the ravages of time and can live on indefinitely; for instance, a Yamask shown in A Night in the Nacrene City Museum! was told to be millennia old.
2,000 years before The Ghost of Maiden's Peak , a war took place and soldiers were shipped overseas from Kanto to the battlefield. A maiden was in love with one of the soldiers who was sent to war, and she swore to wait on the cliff until her love returned, but he never did. According to legend, she died while standing there, and her body became a part of the cliff itself.
Prior to The Crystal Onix , Mateo and Marissa's grandfather passed away, after which Mateo inherited his grandfather's store on Sunburst Island and continued the family tradition of sculpting Pokémon figures from glass.
300 years before A Shipful of Shivers , a ship captain died after a storm caused his ship to sink.
Prior to Great Bowls of Fire! , the original Gym Leader of the Blackthorn Gym passed away. The Gym Leader's Dragonite did not feel the same after he passed. As a result of his passing, Dragonite volunteered to take the Gym Leader's place protecting the Dragon Holy Land . Additionally, other people, including Clair , have since served as the new Gym Leader of the Blackthorn Gym.
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sappire
Prior to Taming of the Shroomish , Alex's grandfather passed away, after which the Shroomish that had played with Alex and his grandfather seemingly disappeared from the area. In the present, Alex , now an adult, after finding the Shroomish living in his grandfather's abandoned mansion, decided to demolish the stately home to instead make way for a forest that would house the Shroomish, as a tribute to his grandfather.
Pokémon the Series: XY
Years before Seeking Shelter from the Storm! , an old lady named Lacy passed away. Before her passing, Lacy was regularly visited by a wild Espurr . She gave it food and played with it. When Espurr noticed her developing health issues, Lacy gave the Pokémon her favorite pendant necklace as a keepsake, which was a precious gift she had received from her husband. The next time Espurr returned to the mansion, Lacy was nowhere to be seen. Remembering the good times Espurr had with Lacy, it decided to stay in the mansion, all the while wondering where Lacy had gone. Years later, the mansion was visited by Ash and his friends , who were seeking shelter from a storm. Eventually, Espurr befriended the group and asked them to help it find Lacy. Right at that moment, Lacy's granddaughter Elise showed up and explained that Lacy had passed away, much to Espurr's sadness. Elise had initially planned to tear Lacy's mansion down, but after meeting Espurr, she decided to renovate it instead, asking Espurr if it wanted to visit Lacy's grave with her, to which Espurr happily agreed.
Over 200 years before Scary Hospitality! , Lon passed away from old age in his former childhood home, an old mansion known as the "Scary House" near Laverre City , where his spirit kept on living.
Prior to A Watershed Moment! , Henny 's grandfather, Chapman , died of an illness . Before he died, Chapman made a video explaining how the desolate wasteland surrounding the Chapman Research Lab was once a beautiful forest inhabited by a variety of Pokémon before mysteriously drying up. Determined to help the forest grow back, Chapman constructed a robot, Robon , to help the forest regrow. Chapman requested anyone who watched his video to help Robon and his Chesnaught in their efforts.
The Legend of X, Y, and Z!
A long time before The Legend of X, Y, and Z! , the village Oracle Olympica had made a prediction that Yveltal would descend upon the land and absorb the life-force of all living things. Once Aila 's father heard the prophecy, he ordered Jan to defeat Yveltal in order to protect the city, with his daughter's hand in marriage as his reward for success. Aila tried to stop Jan, knowing that Yveltal was extremely dangerous. As Jan set off, a screeching noise was heard, and he saw that Yveltal had appeared behind Aila. Jan fired several arrows from his bow at Yveltal before ordering Talonflame to attack, only for his Pokémon to be turned into stone. Jan continued to attack Yveltal, but another Oblivion Wing turned Aila to stone as Jan was thrown off the cliff.
Yveltal turned itself into a cocoon and absorbed all of the life-forces around it. This left the land barren and allowed Yveltal to enter a long slumber. Jan was approached by Olympica, who told him that the precious few that survived had left. Olympica informed him that there was a chance of rescuing Aila if he found Xerneas . Olympica instructed him to find a forest that glimmered like a rainbow, as wherever Xerneas was, that forest flourished.
Jan arrived in a forest and purple fog surrounded them. An old man approached him, and mentioned that the people of a man called Veofum came and dragged Xerneas in its tree form away. Veofum was the ruler of a small kingdom with the goal to manipulate Xerneas's power. Jan rode Gogoat and arrived at the kingdom. Veofum wasn't happy that nothing was flourishing and ordered his advisor to set the tree on fire. Jan rode into the kingdom and shouted at them to stop. Soldiers stopped him as he begged them to put out the fire, as it would cause Xerneas to suffer. Lightning started to strike and several Zygarde Cells appeared, combining into Zygarde 50% Forme. Everyone started to run away as Zygarde destroyed the kingdom with Land's Wrath , leading to the demise of Veofum and his people.
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
The subject of death was dealt with directly several times in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon , with some Pokémon being seen dying, as well as showing a main character dealing with the death of a parent (as opposed to the usual instance of absent parents almost never being mentioned).
In That's Why the Litten is a Scamp! , an old Stoutland was living in an abandoned house with a wild Litten . By One Journey Ends, Another Begins... , its health had gotten so bad that it had to be taken to Nurse Joy for treatment. After being discharged, Stoutland disappeared, leaving Litten upset. In Memories in the Mist! , it appeared as an apparition, confirming that it had passed away after One Journey Ends, Another Begins...
In Showering the World with Love! , several Minior fade away into the atmosphere due to no longer being protected by their shells, similar to how Minior are explained to "die off" if their core is exposed for too long in their Pokédex entry for Pokémon Moon .
Prior to the series, Hapu 's grandfather, Sofu , and Kiawe's grandfather both passed away. The two appeared as apparitions created by Tapu Fini in Run, Heroes, Run! , observing Kiawe and Ash before fading away. Following his grandfather's passing, Kiawe inherited Charizard and took on the Akala grand trial to earn his grandfather's Z-Ring . Similarly, Hapu would later replace Sofu as the island kahuna of Poni Island .
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
In Distant Blue Sky! , Ash met the ghost of a boy named Sunny who had died of an illness before getting to set off on his journey as a Pokémon Trainer .
In the movies
Several deaths have occurred during or prior to the events of many of the Pokémon movies .
- In Mewtwo Strikes Back , shortly after gaining consciousness, Mewtwo destroyed the lab on New Island , presumably killing everyone inside.
- In The Uncut Story of Mewtwo's Origin , the clones of the Kanto starter Pokémon and Amber died inside their test tubes.
- In Celebi: The Voice of the Forest , Celebi appeared to die after being freed from the Iron-Masked Marauder 's control. Ash attempted to heal Celebi in the Lake of Life and tried to feed it Berries that it liked, to no avail. However, a portal appeared and other Celebi from the past and future traveled through it and successfully revived Celebi.
- At the end of Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias , Latios had to sacrifice himself to save Alto Mare , and turned into the new Soul Dew , just like his father in the past.
- Prior to Lucario and the Mystery of Mew , Sir Aaron is said to have died fighting in a war between two unknown armies. During the events of the movie, Lucario sacrificed itself to save Ash and the Tree of Beginning to protect the balance between Pokémon and nature. The two appeared to reunite in the afterlife.
- Prior to White—Victini and Zekrom and Black—Victini and Reshiram , the King of the People of the Vale died shortly after borrowing the power of his friend Victini in order to move his castle and the People of the Vale to the cliffside where Eindoak Town would later be founded. The King died before he was able to shut down the Protecting Pillars, thus trapping Victini in the space around the castle.
- Prior to I Choose You! , a Luxray owned by Sorrel and his family froze to death after he and Sorrel got lost in a forest during a blizzard.
- 50 years before The Power of Us , Harriet 's Snubbull died in a fire while retrieving the key to the power plant.
- Prior to Secrets of the Jungle , Chrom and Phossa Molybdenum had died in a car explosion after being ran off the road and left behind by Dr. Zed . Before Zed could reach them, Chrom and Phossa sent their son down a nearby river in a cradle to protect him, ensuring his survival. He was found and raised by one of the Zarude , who gave him the name Koko .
In the manga
Several deaths have occurred during or prior to the events of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Red, Green & Blue arc
Red's Poliwhirl shatters an unknown trainer's Graveler by freezing it after getting it wet in the Pewter City Gym.
After two Magmar had set the Pewter Museum of Science on fire, Red battled them and encased them in sand with his Sandshrew . He then withdrew his Pokémon , declaring that he can no longer attack the helpless Magmar. Giovanni thanked Red and gave him an Old Amber . The two then said goodbye and Red went on his way. Suddenly, the two Magmar broke free and lunged at Giovanni, who then ruthlessly used his Cloyster to freeze the Magmar and split them in half, killing them.
Gold, Silver & Crystal arc
It's revealed that in the past, in a snowy region, a young Pryce watched as his two Lapras fell to their deaths in an avalanche. Pryce then noticed a crackling sound in his pocket, which turned out to be a Pokémon Egg . The Egg hatched into a baby Lapras, which began looking for its now-deceased parents in vain. With tears in his eyes, Pryce begged the Lapras to forgive him. Pryce then decided to capture Celebi in order to travel in time and reunite his Lapras, La Glace, with its parents in the past.
Ruby & Sapphire arc
Ruby and Courtney stood in front of the Cave of Origin while attempting to use the Red and Blue Orbs to stop the battle between Groudon and Kyogre . During the battle, Courtney was grabbed by a tentacle and knocked to the ground. Just before she was dragged away, Courtney sent a message to Ruby alerting him that his father, Norman , was arriving with Rayquaza to help stop the fight. The tentacle then dragged Courtney into the collapsing Cave of Origin, which subsequently crushed her to death, to Ruby's horror. After the battle, Norman and Steven suddenly become unresponsive.
Later, Wallace reveals that Steven had fallen in the battle, guessing that he died from the strain of controlling the Legendary giants . In Sootopolis City , Norman collapses and dies from exhaustion in front of Ruby, who shouts his father's name in anguish. Suddenly, an explosion bursts forth from the Cave of Origin's ruins. Maxie and Archie emerge from the ruins and attack Ruby, asserting that anyone who stands in their way will die. Maxie and Archie loom over Ruby, who is being restrained by Archie's Tentacruel 's tentacles. Ruby then realizes that they were the ones who dragged Courtney into the Cave of Origin and to her death. Maxie and Archie confirm this, and claim that she deserved it. They both pick up the Red and Blue Orbs and prepare to use them to restart the battle between Groudon and Kyogre. Even though Norman is now dead, Maxie has his Houndoom torch his corpse just to be safe. As his father's body is set aflame, Ruby cries out.
After a battle with Maxie and Archie, the two attempt to escape in Wallace's aircar. Maxie and Archie decide to let their opponents live, assured that with the power of the Red and Blue Orbs they can easily get rid of them later. Seeing what happened, Sapphire decides to use the New Mauville generator in addition to Plusle and Minun 's electric energy to stop Archie and Maxie. By summoning the electrical energy stored inside the generator, Plusle and Minun shoot a powerful attack at the aircar. Maxie and Archie try to escape, but the attack reaches them and surrounds the car in a dangerous field of electricity.
Ruby gives Sapphire his Pokégear and has her put up the aircar's shield to protect Maxie and Archie. Stating that enough people have died, Ruby decides to simply retrieve the Red and Blue Orbs now that Maxie and Archie cannot move. Sapphire questions Ruby's motives, as no Pokémon they have could possibly move through the electrical field and survive. Ruby states that he has one Pokémon that can and sends out Celebi . The Pokémon passes through the electrical field and takes the Red and Blue Orb from Maxie and Archie's hands.
An exhausted Ruby lies with Sapphire right next to him. As Celebi flies past them, Ruby sees images of Courtney, Steven, and Norman. Celebi smashes the Red and Blue Orbs to pieces, which break into two gemstones. Ruby and Sapphire begin floating into the air, while Celebi stays behind. Ruby and Sapphire suddenly wake up in the Pokémon Association 's headquarters, where they are thanked by their friends and allies.
Ruby is shocked to see that Steven and Norman are alive, and sees Courtney flying past the airship as well. Courtney states that she feels like she had come back from the dead, and decides to take this second chance to pursue a life of Contests again. Ruby realizes that he had passed through a time slip and ended up in a slightly different future. Looking at Celebi's empty Poké Ball , Ruby guesses that Celebi joined his team because it knew that all of this would happen.
Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc
When the Devon Corporation came to the Embedded Tower in hopes of capturing Rayquaza so that the Pokémon Association could study it, Aster fought alongside Rayquaza in order to stop them. Though the battle went unseen, Rayquaza was successfully captured and taken away along with several Key Stones that Aster had collected. When Zinnia arrived at the tower, she found the area in flames and that Aster had died during the battle. Traumatized by Aster's death, Zinnia began to cry so much that her voice eventually gave out. She also took a partially burnt cloak belonging to Aster as a memento. With Aster dead, the title of Lorekeeper was passed down to Zinnia.
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon arc
Sun's great-grandfather passed away the night before Sun arrived in Alola . Faba , a member of the Aether Foundation , had the body be carried to a funeral home elsewhere so the island could be converted into Aether Paradise . When Sun objected to this, Faba revealed that the boy's great-grandfather received the island from a now-missing member of the Aether Foundation. With the man's passing, the Aether Foundation had chosen to take the island back. Faba halfheartedly stated that if Sun made 100 million yen, he could buy the island back.
Five years later, Sun met with Faba again. Using his Spoink piggy bank, Sun gave Faba all the money he had collected and promised that once he finished another set of jobs, he would have all the money he needed. Faba laughed at Sun's dedication, revealing that the island had already been converted into Aether Paradise, and the 100 million yen wouldn't nearly be enough to return the island back to its previous state.
Sun's great-grandfather was ultimately buried at Memorial Hill .
Magical Pokémon Journey
In Magical Pokémon Journey , the spirit of a young girl named Sandy owned a Raichu in her former life. They were separated when her parents left it in a box by the sea. They promised to meet, but before they did, they were both killed by a tidal wave.
The Electric Tale of Pikachu
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu , the Black Fog is an ancient giant Haunter that terrorized the people of Saffron City and has killed many people and Pokémon by eating their souls. The Black Fog had killed Sabrina 's Pokémon when she was younger. As Ash attempted to capture the Black Fog with an Ultra Ball , the Haunter killed itself with Self-Destruct . According to Sabrina, in the ancient times, Pokémon were once treated as if they were gods, and the Black Fog had become accustomed to the treatment, so it would rather die than let itself be caught by a human. Despite hating the beast for over the last ten years, Sabrina could not help herself from feeling sorry for it and broke down in tears.
In Pokémon RéBURST , after healing the sick people of his dying village, Karuta arrived at his house to find that his mother had died that morning.
Some time later, Ryouga finds a statue that is revealed to be his deceased father turned to stone. The manager of Arcades tells him that if he can touch the statue, he can gain the power of Arcades, but at the cost of suffering the same fate as his father. Karuta and the others protest against this, but Ryouga claims that he needs to in order to beat Fraud . Before he can touch the statue, the manager stops Ryouga and says that he has to pass a test in order to gain the power of Arcades.
Ryouga agrees to the test and has his friends help him try and stop the caretaker from moving, but all attempts to beat her end in vain. As Ryouga continues the test, Rug discovers a tracer on Yappy 's person. Realizing that they are being tracked by Fraud, Karuta and Rug go to buy time for Ryouga before Fraud arrives. They find Fraud there on the island, but are easily defeated by his powerful Reshiram Burst . Before falling unconscious, Rug tells Fraud that Ryouga is going to get the power of Arcades, intriguing him.
Later, Karuta and Rug are taken to a hospital while Ryouga battles Fraud at the Eternal Tower for their final battle. The fight ends in Ryouga's favor after Fraud turns into a statue from having abused the stolen power of Arcades too much.
Arceus and the jewel of life.
At the climax of the story, when his plan is foiled, Marcus kills himself by activating a mechanism causing the temple to collapse, resulting in a rockfall that is shown burying and killing him.
The terms life-force (also spelled life force ), life energy , and vitality refer to the energy that keeps organisms alive and healthy. Aura is also occasionally referred to as life-force.
Notably, the ultimate weapon was powered by the life-force of Pokémon . The energy used to power the ultimate weapon later inspired the Devon Corporation to develop and harness Infinity Energy , also derived from the life-force of Pokémon.
Item descriptions for the Miracle Seed describe it as an item imbued with life-force that boosts the power of the holder's Grass-type moves.
According to its move description, Dragon Energy converts the user's life-force into power to attack opposing Pokémon.
Several Pokédex entries, as well as other sources, also refer to life-force, life energy, or vitality, without explicitly referring to death.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series
Vibrant Forest is a rescue team camp in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX , previously a Friend Area named Energetic Forest in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team , described as "a vibrant area where elemental energy -- the life force for all things -- rises from the earth."
Life Force is an Ability in Pokémon Conquest that regenerates the user's body, restoring HP every turn.
During the Curious Tea Party costume event in Pokémon Masters EX , the player and Lillie are given a choice to go through a darkened path with a certain Pokémon. One of these choices is Litwick , who, if chosen, feeds off of the life energy of Lillie and the player, causing them to get dizzy.
New Pokémon Snap
In New Pokémon Snap , an entry in the Photodex references life-force.
In Pokémon Sleep , an entry in the Sleep Style Dex references life-force.
In Pokémon ReBURST , Captain Yaza 's ararebo uses the life-force of Fire-type Pokémon to catch fire, greatly increasing its strength and damaging capabilities.
- In an interview, Satoshi Tajiri explained that Pokémon were designed to faint instead of die in the core series games to avoid children developing an abnormal understanding of death and dying, as he felt they do when playing other video games, and to encourage children to treat death with respect. 
- In the English dub of Showdown in Pewter City , instead of saying Brock 's mother left the family to Brock's care, Flint tells Ash that she died after trying to raise the family on her own. This resulted in an inconsistency in the dub, as Brock's mother, Lola , appears in A Family That Battles Together Stays Together! , as well as in several other episodes afterward.
- The name of the move Memento (particularly its German name, Memento-Mori) is a reference to the Latin phrase memento mori , meaning "remember that you will die".
- In the Canalave Library in Sinnoh , a folk tale describes people eating Pokémon that they've fished up and then putting the bones back into the water, allowing the Pokémon to resurrect completely so that the cycle can start once more.
- In the first level of Victory Road in Sinnoh , Veteran Edgar's post-battle dialogue involves a remark about death. This was toned down in Pokémon Platinum , and changed altogether in Diamond and Pearl and their remakes .
- The Japanese name of the move Oblivion Wing is デスウイング Death Wing and the Japanese name of the move Night Slash is つじぎり Crossroad Killing .
- Vulpix 's Pokédex entry in Pokémon Moon states that it can spew flames that seem to resemble the spirits of the deceased, which are sometimes mistaken for real ghosts .
- On the back of Gigantamax Garbodor 's body, there's a protruding skeleton of a deceased fish that appears to be a Magikarp .
- The Loyal Three are the only deceased Pokémon to be shown being revived onscreen in the core series games.
- ↑ The Scarlet Book and the Violet Book — Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet | Official Website .
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Ceruledge — Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet | Official Website .
- ↑ Magearna — Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon . Official Pokémon Sun and Moon website.
- ↑ Poltchageist — Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet | Official Website .
- ↑ Quote from interview with Satoshi Tajiri translated by Dr. Lava .
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The Ghost type ( Japanese : ゴーストタイプ, Hepburn : Gosuto taipu ) is one of the eighteen Pokémon elemental types .
The Ghost type is notable for having few Pokémon (many of whom have low HP) and moves. In battles, the Ghost-type is useful because it's the only type that has two immunities: Normal and Fighting , both of which are common move types. From Generation VI onwards, Ghost-types are also immune to moves and abilities that prevent escaping, like Block and Shadow Tag .
Pokémon of this type are usually connected to fear, the dark and the afterlife. They usually live in abandoned houses, cemeteries, funeral places and uninhabited dark places such as caves. Also, Ghost-type Pokémon tend to be extremely naughty, pranking humans just to see their faces and reactions. Curiously, the more scared a human is, the more power the Ghost Pokémon will have to prank with it. At worst, some Ghost-type Pokémon may have relatively murderous behaviors, such as Jellicent preying on ships and their crews or the Litwick evolutionary family draining the life energy from people that are lost.
Famous Ghost-type Pokémon Trainers include Agatha , third member of the Kanto Elite Four ; Morty , the fourth Gym Leader of Johto ; Phoebe , second member of the Hoenn Elite Four ; Fantina , the fifth Gym Leader in the Sinnoh region; Shauntal , a member of the Unova Elite Four ; Acerola , a Trial Captain of Ula'ula Island , Alola as well as its third Elite Four member; and Allister , the fourth Gym Leader of Galar in Pokémon Shield .
- 1 Ghost-type moves
- 2.1 List of Ghost-type moves
- 2.2 Effectiveness of Ghost-type moves
- 2.3 Weaknesses and resistances of the Ghost type
- 3.1 Ghost-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders
- 3.2 Ghost-type-Pokémon Trial Captains
- 3.3 Ghost-type-Pokémon Elite Four members
- 3.4 Ghost-type records
- 4.1 Pure Ghost-type Pokémon
- 4.2 Primary Ghost-type Pokémon
- 4.3 Secondary Ghost-type Pokémon
- 4.4 Pokémon with Ghost-type alternate formes
- 5 Relations with other types
Ghost-type moves [ ]
- In Generation I , 3 moves were introduced.
- In Generation II , 5 moves were introduced.
- In Generation III , 3 moves were introduced.
- In Generation IV , 4 moves were introduced.
- In Generation V , 1 move was introduced.
- In Generation VI , 2 moves were introduced.
- In Generation VII , 4 moves were introduced.
Items associated with the Ghost-type [ ]
- The Ghost Gem , which boosts the power of Ghost-type moves once by 30%.
- The Spell Tag , which boosts the power of Ghost-type moves once by 20%.
- The Kasib Berry , a berry lessens the damage taken by a super effective Ghost-type move.
- The Dusk Stone , an Evolution Stone that is used to evolve Ghost-type Pokémon.
- The Spooky Plate , a stone tablet that boosts the power of Ghost-type moves by 20% and changes Arceus and Judgment to become Ghost-type.
- The Ghost Memory , which acts like a counterpart to the Spooky Plate and changes Silvally and Multi-Attack to become Ghost-type.
- The Ghostium-Z , a Z-Crystal that converts Ghost-type moves to Ghost-type Z-Moves .
- The Decidium-Z , a Z-Crystal that converts Decidueye 's Spirit Shackle to Ghost-type Z-Moves .
List of Ghost-type moves [ ]
Effectiveness of ghost-type moves [ ], weaknesses and resistances of the ghost type [ ].
A type chart displaying the weaknesses and resistance of a Pokémon when damaged by a move. Empty fields are moves that do normal damage.
Ghost-type-Pokémon Trainers [ ]
Ghost-type-pokémon gym leaders [ ], ghost-type-pokémon trial captains [ ], ghost-type-pokémon elite four members [ ], ghost-type records [ ].
- Giratina (Origin Form) is the tallest Ghost-type Pokémon.
- Sinistea is the smallest Ghost-type Pokémon.
- Giratina (Altered Form) is the heaviest Ghost-type Pokémon.
- Gastly and Haunter are the lightest Ghost-type Pokémon.
- Gastly evolves at the lowest level (25)
- Drakloak evolves at the highest level (60)
- Drifblim & Giratina tie for the most HP of all Ghost-types (150)
- Mega Banette has the most Attack of all Ghost-types (165)
- Pecharunt has the most Defense of all Ghost-types (160). But when Doublade is holding an Eviolite , Doublade has the highest Defense of all Ghost types (225).
- Aegislash (Shield Form) has the most Sp. Def of all Ghost-types (140). However, when Dusclops has an Eviolite, Dusclops has the highest Special Defense of all Ghost types (195).
- Mega Gengar has the most Sp. Atk of all Ghost-types (170)
- Both Chandelure and Cursola have the highest Special Attack of all non-Mega Evolved, non-Legendary, and non-Ultra Beast Ghost types (145)
- Shadow Rider Calyrex has the most Speed of all Ghost-types (150)
- Dragapult has the highest Speed of all non-Legendary Ghost-types (142)
- Giratina , Lunala , Dawn Wings Necrozma and Shadow Rider Calyrex have the highest base stat totals of all Ghost-types (680)
Ghost-type Pokémon [ ]
72 Pokémon are Ghost-type.
Pure Ghost-type Pokémon [ ]
Primary Ghost-type Pokémon [ ]
Secondary Ghost-type Pokémon [ ]
Pokémon with Ghost-type alternate formes [ ]
The following alternate formes of some Pokémon are also of the Ghost-type.
Relations with other types [ ]
- They're strong against the Psychic -type because some people are afraid of ghosts, and fears affect the mind. Communing with ghosts is also said to be a much different process than simply reading minds through physical or empirical means.
- They're weak against themselves because ghosts can only touch each other, and there's a belief that the strongest spirit wins, with spirit referring to the desire to win something.
- They're weak against the Dark -type because dark represents terror and evil, and it is said that evil spirits (like Spiritomb ) are punished. According to some belief systems, ghosts who lead evil lives and refuse to go to the afterlife are said to transform into demons, and demons in some mythologies are feared and also rumored to eat lost souls.
- They're immune to the Fighting and Normal -types because spirits are incorporeal beings and thus can't be hit normally. This is also the reason why the Normal -type is immune to them, because a mortal and a ghost can't hurt each other. Interestingly, the Fighting -type is not immune to them.
- They resist the Poison -type because you can't poison someone who's already dead, and since spirits don't have a physical form, toxins can't pass through.
- They resist the Bug -type because members of that type cannot easily transcend the spiritual barrier members of this type hide behind in order to attack them. Also because parasites can't infect someone who's already dead.
- The only Ghost-type Pokémon of Generation I were Gastly and its evolutions.
- Before Generation II, Psychic -type Pokémon were immune to Ghost-type moves, although it's largely believed this was due to a programming error, since Nintendo-published guides claimed they were weak to them. This created a balance issue that was rectified in later generations.
- The first pure Ghost-type Pokémon was Misdreavus , which was introduced in Generation II.
- No Gym Leader or Elite Four member who specializes in Ghost-type Pokémon was introduced in Generation VI.
- Similarly to the Dark type, the Ghost type is usually not straightforward when representing a Pokémon. Sometimes, Ghost Pokémon like Yamask and Gengar are this type because they are actual dead humans. This could also be seen as a term of murderous instincts like Jellicent which sinks ships and Froslass which freezes and keeps humans. It could also come from the fact that normal items could be possessed by a ghost like Banette or Aegislash (Banette being a possessed doll and Aegislash being a possessed sword). This could also relate to the mischievous actions of ghosts like Misdreavus and Rotom . This could also be because they have supernatural powers like Hoopa or Giratina (Hoopa can create portals and Giratina can use the powers of gas-type-matter).
- As shown from certain Pokémon like Mimikins , it is shown that certain Ghost types can in fact die despite being considered a "ghost".
- The Ghost type has the same type advantages as the Dark -type ( Psychic and Ghost ).
- The Ghost type alone is the only type with two immunities.
- Morty and Allister are the only male Ghost -type trainers so far.
- The Ghost type is tied with the Ice type and the Ground type for the least Gigantamax forms, each having 1.
- The Ghost type is the last type Ash Ketchum caught in the anime, where he caught a Gengar in A Chilling Curse! .
- The Ghost type has the most accurate moves of any type, as the only Ghost-type move capable of missing is Poltergeist .
- The Rock type is the only type that hasn't been paired with the Ghost type thus far.
- Some Ghost types are based on Yōkai from Japanese mythology; Froslass being based on the Yuki-Onna and Phantump being based on the Kodama.
- ^ Before Generation V , Curse was a ??? -type move.
- ^ In Generation I , Bug-type moves did normal damage on Ghost-type Pokémon.
- ^ In Generation I , Bug-type moves were super effective on Ghost/Poison-type Pokémon.
- ^ Only in its Sensu Style.
- ^ Due to the ability Multitype , equipped with the Spooky Plate .
- ^ Due to the ability RKS System , equipped with the Ghost Memory .
- ^ In its Dawn Wings Forme when fused with Lunala.
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Do Ghost-type pokemons actually have a life-cycle?
- Thread starter Almonds
- Start date Apr 8, 2012
- Apr 8, 2012
If anyone asked me if pokemon could die, I'd say YES without hesitation. In every generation of the games, there had been cemeteries for pokemons, and there had been NPCs saying how much they were sad after losing their pokemon friends. Fossil pokemons are obviously "back from the dead" when we revive them, so yeah... In the anime, Tracey's Scyther was old - so this means that pokemon CAN die from illness/old age/whatever reasons. But what about Ghost-type pokemons? Can they die? Have they lived for millions of years back when Fossil pokemons were alive? And how the heck can they even breed? They're made of spirit stuffs... no?
My brain is confused by this realization. And tired. I should have gone to sleep but pulled an all-nighter. ><
The World won't fail.
I don't see Ghost-type Pokemon as real ghosts,but more as forms of sentient energy,which people assume must be spirit.
Yamask's data says that he was once human... which doesn't make much sense. But here's a theory... if Yamask was once human then maybe all Ghost-types were once human, or perhaps, they were once some other form of Pokémon (but this is unlikely considering the episode in which Ash and Pikachu died and Pikachu's spirit did not become a Ghost-type Pokémon... and Generation I with the ghost Marowak who has not transformed into a Ghost-type Pokémon). So to answer the question, I don't know how their life cycle begins (except for Yamask)... and I would assume that they cannot die. As for breeding, I don't know what's up with that. Especially Yamask... how was he "once human" if he hatches from an egg? (unles somehow the human's spirit possessed the egg... doesn't make much sense really) But then again, a lot of stuff regarding breeding doesn't make much sense... Cubones are born with skulls (and obviously their mothers haven't died), Kangaskhan are born full-sized with baby Kangaskhan already in their pouch. Chansey are born carrying that egg. It's probably just that the progammers / designers didn't want to put too much thought / too much work into the breeding system, but as far as I'm concerned Ghost-types can't breed.
I once read a story that said that Ghost-types can die, but they live much longer than any other Pokémon. Of course, that was a fanfiction, so I can't really claim anything there.
Not every Ghost-type is considered "dead", in my opinion. Frillish and Jellicent, despite their typing, are as alive as other Water-types, although it could also attribute to their original type (they were planned to just be pure Water, and Damp must be an oversight). Sableye is another Pokemon that doesn't seem "dead" in a sense, despite the Ghost-type. It's just that they have shadowy powers that the type could do, like intangibility and shadow sneaking. Thanks for reading.
Registered pretty boy.
I always looked at Ghost pokemon as collections of energy or objects given sentient life. Ghost Pokemon can die when the energy is lost from their animate bodies, that is if the energy can not be recollected and put into a brand new body. Whenever a ghost pokemon reproduces it's collecting energy from an outside source and focusing into a shape or object to create sentient life once more. Just simple energy transfer from one body to another without the attachment of an actual personal body, whether that body is materialized out of nothing (Gastly) or borrowed from an object (Litwick) or even borrowed from another pokemon (Shedinja). I like to think that Ghost pokemon can just stop existing rather than dying. That's how I've always looked at Ghost Pokemon.
Given the supernatural nature of Pokemon, I had once theorized that some (but not all) Ghost type Pokemon may be formed from the spirits of humans and Pokemon that didn't pass on due to unresolved issues. The type of ghost Pokemon they turn into is based on the issue they hold. Essentially, by becoming ghost Pokemon, it allows their spirits to eventually pass on. Though, when I initially proposed this, it wasn't received very well.
You look good at pokemon but how's you chem.
- Apr 9, 2012
They die when they pass on to the other side. I don't know about breeding though, maybe the kill somebody...
coolcatkim22 said: They die when they pass on to the other side. I don't know about breeding though, maybe the kill somebody... Click to expand...
The Outrage said: coolcatkim22 said: They die when they pass on to the other side. I don't know about breeding though, maybe the kill somebody... Click to expand...
Those situations do not exclude sexual reproduction--various species in real life can do both.
The Outrage said: Those situations do not exclude sexual reproduction--various species in real life can do both. Click to expand...
dannyjenn said: The Outrage said: Those situations do not exclude sexual reproduction--various species in real life can do both. Click to expand...
@dannyjenn Okay, with your first quote, that seems to be more of an explanation of how Grimers came to be not how they are created. I doubt that every bit of sludge in the world that gets hit with x-rays from the moon become Grimers (though I don't think that would happen very often). The second one may be a hole. It could simply be the creators way of explaining how a sludge based creature procreates. And hey, for all we know, these new Grimers may merge back into the original Grimer or this is something that only occurs in the wild. P.S. There are several instances of Pokemon living for many years that aren't ghost types. I think the age of Pokemon is different for each species and that Pokemon of the same type don't necessarily have the same aging process.
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Pokédex entries shouldn't be taken at face value, assuming that the player character is the one writing them. Or even if researchers are doing it—remember that Westwood V admitted to making stuff up (anime only, yes, but interesting nonetheless). Anyway, on-topic. I doubt the "Ghost-type" refers to them being literal ghosts of dead people/Pokémon—they simply have abilities stereotypically associated with ghosts. How such lifeforms would come to be, I'm not sure—perhaps they're extradimensional, and thus don't conform to what we expect from lifeforms in our dimension?
coolcatkim22 said: P.S. There are several instances of Pokemon living for many years that aren't ghost types. I think the age of Pokemon is different for each species and that Pokemon of the same type don't necessarily have the same aging process. Click to expand...
Glitchipedia said: Pokédex entries shouldn't be taken at face value, assuming that the player character is the one writing them. Or even if researchers are doing it—remember that Westwood V admitted to making stuff up (anime only, yes, but interesting nonetheless). Click to expand...
dannyjenn said: Yeah, but 500 years?! I mean, the "extinct" Pokémon in the anime were shown to be in hibernation that long, but that's different. Maybe some immortal Legendary Pokémon (although those don't count) may live that long... but I can't think of anyone else who fits that description. Click to expand...
coolcatkim22 said: dannyjenn said: Yeah, but 500 years?! I mean, the "extinct" Pokémon in the anime were shown to be in hibernation that long, but that's different. Maybe some immortal Legendary Pokémon (although those don't count) may live that long... but I can't think of anyone else who fits that description. Click to expand...
While other entries clearly create a logically impossible situation (such as Magcargo's surface body temperature ), ghost Pokemon by nature, are supernatural beings, thus should not be examined through the lens of what is logically possible. Why then do people reject this notion that ghost-types may be born out of the spiritual energy of the once living ? [...] Going back to the fan notion that the Pokédex must inherently be lying about this, why is it so much easier for fans to believe that certain Pokemon come about as a result of man-made products being exposed to "X-rays" but are so against a supernatural explanation that some ghost Pokemon are formed from spirits with unresolved issues? It really doesn't make sense given that the franchise is just as much supernatural as it is sci-fi fantasy. Click to expand...
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Are All Ghost Pokemon Dead Spirits?
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- Start date Apr 26, 2011
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- Apr 26, 2011
I wanted to see what everyone's opinion on this was. I know Yamask is a dead spirit, but what about the other Pokemon? Personally, I never really thought of Ghost Pokemon as actual Ghosts, but people just called them that because of the traits they have that are similar to actual ghosts. What do you think?
Nope. Ghost pokémon are not dead pokémon in any way, shape, or form; they just play on the base fears of their targets, inspiring (and interweaving themselves with) ghost stories and myths. in my opinion of course
Well, Yamask is a dead spirit. This, as we know is stated in its pokedex entry. Gastly, on the other hand, is not a dead spirit, as it is stated in its pokedex entry that Gastly is formed by toxic gasses. Shedinja is the undead Carcass of an evolving Nincada, as inferred by the means in which is it obtained; and we all know by the myths and lore about Spiritomb that it is in fact many dead spirits. I don't think Drifloon and Drifblim are dead spirits; I think they are ghost-types because of their tendency to just kind of float around and do creepy things, like kidnap children. Banette has been described as the grudge-holding spirit of a forgotten/abandoned plaything in its pokedex entry, so. Rotom I believe is a ghost-type to illustrate its plasma-like makeup and ability to possess inanimate objects, similar to that of a poltergeist. Mismagius is a mystery to me, honestly. Giritina... I don't know, its the kind of ghosts, and therefore must be one? I don't know how to explain things like Sabyleye, Dusknoir, Frosslass, Jellicent, Golurk, and Chandelure. They just are ghost-types. So there's my sentiment on that.
Magcargo's BW entry said: Its body temperature is roughly 18,000 degrees F . Flames spout from gaps in its hardened shell. Click to expand...
Manure can be burned, or spread on plants! Not useless at all! Personally I think some of them are spirits, but some of them aren't. Like Litwick, which also eats other spirits, and Gastly, respectively.
I think Magcargo can have any internal temperature it wants. It's made of lava . That, and both of its abilities imply a very hot body. It can have Magma Armor or Flame Body. Mayhaps 18,000 is stretching it a bit, but I believe Magcargo is intensely hot, I mean look at it its shell is a flaming rock .
Lava is usually only as hot as 2400 degrees Fahrenheit. Melting rock isn't very hard, either at high temperatures and pressure. :/ As for abilities, it honestly isn't hard to burn living things, and magma is still just magma. (though isn't the Earth's core about the same temperature as the Sun's surface?) Edit: and I forgot to discuss the topic, but yeah, what Squorn said. Most ghosts are just energy and sometimes attached to a physical object, but some are implied to be dead things.
The point is, though, that the pokédex often makes mistakes or says things that obviously aren't viable scientifically. Apparently garchomp the land shark can fly at the speed of sound.
I feel like we're getting a little off-topic here... But when it comes to pokedex entries, I believe them to a point. Although I do believe the Litwick line entries. It seems so natural for them.
Blastoise said: The point is, though, that the pokédex often makes mistakes or says things that obviously aren't viable scientifically. Apparently garchomp the land shark can fly at the speed of sound. Click to expand...
That was just another example of pokédex oddness, not a specific example of unscientificness. I could have phrased that better, I guess.
There's a fan theory somewhere that Pokedex entries are mostly observations, but sometimes giant exaggerations, that the 10-year-old kid you play as enters. So things like Ponyta clearing Ayers Rock in a single leap or Pidgeot flying at Mach 2 probably don't actually happen. And Misdreavus is the headless ghost of Lisa Simpson.
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- Apr 27, 2011
I think the Ghost type is more broadly the "woooo scary" type than the "these are literally the spirits of dead things" type. Except in cases like Spiritomb which are specifically stated to be spirits.
Rage against the dying of the light.
The Chandelure line is sort of like will-o-wisps, so they're ghosts, in a sense. or swamp gas. Froslass is based on ancient japanese mythology (I think). My personal opinion on the Golurk line is that they're ghost type because they are the last reminders of an ancient civilization, so they're ghosts, in a sense. I believe Jellicent is sort of like a will-o-wisp that is found around water, so again, actual spirit or swamp gas.
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Just because some pokédex entries are unreliable doesn't mean they necessary all are, and when no other evidence has been provided to the contrary then what else do you have to go on, exactly? Especially when there's no reason to believe that the statement is as ridiculous as magcargo's temperature or ponyta's jumping ability or alakazam's IQ or whatever. That and the anime and other aspects of the game and other canons do in fact support what the pokédex says about some pokémon (e.g. garchomp can fly, though I don't know if it can fly that fast). You can't really just throw them all out, although it does make it difficult to sort out what's worth believing and what's just an amusing common misconception or, at best, a report of a one-time anomaly like a super-ponyta or something. This is entirely my personal headcanon and not grounded in fact, pokédex or otherwise, in any way, but I've decided that shedinja are the ghosts of dead nincada that are jealous about dying before getting a chance to evolve and so go around stalking living nincada and waiting for them to vacate their old exoskeletons when they evolve. Yes. In general I am inclined to say that ghost-types are a wildly varying group of completely unrelated spirits, entities or beings of some sort (actual dead things, discarded exoskeletons, stuffed animals, antimatter beings, etc.) that are classified as the same type not because of any biological similarity, the way that all/almost all fire-types presumably have an actual physical fire-producing organ, but because for whatever reason all of them possess (or are possessed by, I guess?) the same kind of "elemental" energy. Not sure entirely why, but I guess elemental ghost energy (presumably the stuff that gives types their common weaknesses/resistances and fuels most of their attacks) just isn't as picky about what it likes to live in as the other energy types. Space dragon? Vengeful amalgam of spirits? Children's toy? Headless ghost of Lisa Simpson? Sure, why not, I'll move in! Hell if I know what they have to do with one another but sounds cozy! :D oh pokemans you make so much sense
Yeah, I guess it doesn't make sense to ignore the whole 'dex... I just think, personally, that ghosts are pokémon just like any other type and they just happen to be a lot like the common perception of the supernatural, and that real ghosts in the pokéworld i.e. the marowak from Lavender are something entirely different. I'm all for ooh magic magic ghosties but why do they have to be dead to do that? Although a shedinja is probably bound to the thrown-off shell for some reason, probably psychological?
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Yeah, I wasn't taking the anime into account. Whoops. Just because they're based off of golems doesn't make them just like the myth.
Blastoise said: Yeah, I wasn't taking the anime into account. Whoops. Just because they're based off of golems doesn't make them just like the myth. Click to expand...
Yeah, I suppose you're right there, at least for Golurk. i found this interesting
Every pokémon that has actually died in the anime.
In the nearly 25-year history of the Pokémon anime, the subject of death has been tackled more than a few times - here's every Pokémon that has died.
- Death is a heavy theme in the Pokémon franchise, and while it is not frequently addressed, there have been instances where Pokémon die, such as the clones in "Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back."
- The death of Latios in "Pokémon Heroes" is one of the first deaths in the anime that is not reversed by the end of the story, highlighting the seriousness of the event.
- Several episodes in the Pokémon anime explore the theme of death, including the deaths of Lucario, Hunter J's team, Jan's Talonflame, Stoutland, Elder the Trevenant, Sorrel's Luxray, and Harriet's Snubbull, showing how the series handles the topic and teaches children about loss and mourning.
The Pokémon anime has been running for almost 25 years, and over that time, some Pokémon have died throughout its run. While Pokémon is a generally light series, it does occasionally play with heavy themes and ideas. Death is one of those heavy themes and ideas, and there have been multiple times when a Pokémon has been on the receiving end of it.
For the most part, death isn’t something that comes up in the Pokémon franchise. Pokémon are only said to faint when they’re defeated in battle, and while Pokédex entries sometimes make references to death, the logic and legitimacy of those entries are dubious at best. The manga Pokémon Adventures usually averts this, but it’s also a darker story than other installments of the franchise, so it makes sense that it would do things differently.
Nevertheless, death still happens in the Pokémon franchise, even in the Pokémon anime, and several Pokémon that have died in it over the years. In addition to the main anime show, there are examples of Pokémon dying in other animated projects that will be discussed on this list. On that note, this list only concerns Pokémon that weren’t revived in some way and have remained dead following the end of their story.
Bulbasaurtwo, Charmandertwo, And Squirtletwo
In the prologue to Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back , “The Uncut Story of Mewtwo’s Origin,” Mewtwo befriends a clone girl named Ambertwo and clones of a Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle named Bulbasaurtwo, Charmandertwo, and Squirtletwo, respectively. Between the five of them, Mewtwo was the only one who was able to be cloned successfully, and all of the other clones gradually degraded over the course of the special until they were completely dead. The memories of Mewtwo, are erased, but a lingering feeling of what transpired with his friends persists and plays a vital part in his character arc.
The fifth Pokémon movie, Pokémon Heroes , is centered around a Latios and Latias guarding the Soul Dew, a mystical item with the power to control the tides of the town of Alto Mare. When the Soul Dew was destroyed in the climax, a massive tidal wave was formed, and in order to save Alto Mare, Latios sacrificed himself to stop the tidal wave and create a new Soul Dew. Latios’ death is noteworthy for being one of the first deaths in the anime to not be reversed by the end of the story.
In Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew , the titular Lucario joins Ash on his quest to rescue Pikachu after it was accidentally taken by Mew to the Tree of Beginning. The Tree of Beginning, which is sentient, attacked Ash and his friends as it perceived them to be a virus, so Mew used its power to stop it, but that resulted in Mew being put on the verge of death and making the Tree of Beginning, which had a symbiotic connection to Mew, go berserk. Lucario used his Aura to heal Mew and pacify the Tree of Beginning, but doing so drained him of his life force and caused him to die.
Hunter J’s Team
The Diamond and Pearl series of the Pokémon anime introduced Hunter J, a recurring antagonist who hunted Pokémon and sold them on the black market. Near the end of the anime’s Team Galactic arc, J was hired by Team Galactic to capture Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf as part of their plan to summon Dialga and Palkia. J captured the Pokémon, but before she did, her ship was hit by a Future Sight attack they had set up ahead of time, crashed into a lake, and exploded. J’s fate was left uncertain, but it’s very likely that she and her team of Salamence, Ariados, and Drapion all perished.
The final episode of the XYZ series of the Pokémon anime, “The Legend of X, Y, and Z!”, tells the story of Jan, a man from Kalos’ ancient past who sought to defeat the Destruction Pokémon, Yveltal, to prevent a prophecy about Yveltal destroying his home. When Jan encountered Yveltal, he had his Talonflame battle it, but Yveltal used Oblivion Wing to turn it to stone. The Talonflame fell to the ground from the air and was never seen again, so it’s safe to assume that the fall caused it to shatter, effectively killing it.
Before being captured by Ash, Ash’s Litten was raised in the wild by an elderly Stoutland. In the 21st episode of Sun & Moon , Stoutland starts to succumb to old age. Knowing that he has little time left, he leaves Litten, so he won’t have to watch him die. Later in the series, Stoutland’s ghost would appear before Litten, now evolved into a Torracat, to try and teach him how to use Fire Blast.
Elder The Trevenant
In the Sun & Moon episode “A Timeless Encounter!,” Ash was accidentally brought back in time by a Celebi. While in the past, Ash encounters a Totem Trevenant named Elder that, after a series of circumstances, gives him a Firium Z-Crystal for his Torracat. Upon returning to the present, Ash discovers that Elder has passed away, with nothing but a tree trunk covered in weeds left in its place.
In the Pok é mon movie Pokémon: I Choose You! , one of the main characters, Sorrel, used to have a Luxray as a family pet. One day, when he was a child, he and Luxray got lost in the middle of a blizzard, and Luxray used its body to protect Sorrel from the cold and keep him warm. The next morning, Sorrel discovered that Luxray had frozen to death, and the incident would keep him from believing in the idea of making friends with Pokémon until he caught his Lucario.
In Pokémon: The Power of Us , one of the main characters is Harriet, an elderly woman with an extreme dislike of Pokémon. It’s eventually revealed that 50 years prior, her Snubbull died in a fire, and she grew to dislike Pokémon because she blamed herself for her Snubbull’s death. By the end of the Pok é mon movie, Harriet learns to move past her trauma and begins to like Pokémon once more.
Humans Have Also Died in Pokémon
Of course, Pokémon aren't the only ones who occasionally die. Very few humans have died in the story of the Pokémon anime, and those that have are mostly villains, such as Hunter J mentioned above. Ash himself once "died" and had an out-of-body experience as a ghost. Humans who have died prior to the story, however, do sometimes play a role; in Sun & Moon , Hapu's grandfather and Kiawe's grandfather have both passed away, and their spirits appear in "Run, Heroes, Run!" Other one-off episodes, such as XY 's "Seeking Shelter from the Storm!", featured episode plots that revolved around a dead human and the Pokémon they left behind.
An early episode, "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak," featured the ghost of a human woman who died waiting for her lover to return, and was helped by a talking Gastly. The Distant Blue Sky special , which is considered the last episode in the English dub, also features a young boy named Sonny, who is later revealed to be a ghost, maintaining the idea of human ghosts existing in the Pokémon world from start to finish. Episodes revolving around ghosts and dead humans tend to be about the survivors accepting loss and moving on, providing a thoughtful message for children viewing the episode who might lose their own loved ones someday.
While Pokémon in general is a lighter series, these episodes that explore death can often be some of the most poignant and memorable. They deal with an unpleasant part of life that everyone will one day experience, and not even the peaceful and idyllic Pokémon world is immune to that. By introducing these concepts to kids early, they'll be better prepared when that day finally comes. In Pokémon , like in real life, death and loss are problems that must be faced; these episodes teach kids that it's okay to be sad and to mourn, and that loss is something all must eventually come to terms with.
The Ghost-type was introduced in Pokémon Red & Green in 1996. At present, there are 88 different Pokémon, including unique forms and Mega Evolutions, that share this type and 33 different moves with it.
Attack Count: 33
Ghost-type in the Pokémon Trading Card Game
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Can pokémon actually die, just how morbid is this beloved series from our childhoods.
I have always felt guilty attacking Pokémon in the wild. What happens after I defeat them, I’ve wondered—am I just leaving them there to die? Did I actively kill them?
While we can never truly know the answer to the former question (who’s to say a Pidgey doesn’t just snatch up that weakened, juicy Caterpie?), all evidence seems to point that players aren’t rampant Pokémon murders. But that doesn’t mean Pokémon can’t die.
We know Pokémon can die because of the several Pokémon burial sites which have appeared in the games and anime. Lavender Town’s Pokémon Tower, a seven-story gravesite and memorial for Pokémon, appeared in the very first game . Furthermore, the Tower is haunted by the ghost of a departed Marowak, who was killed by Team Rocket while protecting her child. This additionally insinuates Pokémon can die in battle.
The Sinnoh region followed up with the Lost Tower, another gravesite. In both the Lost Tower and Pokémon Tower, you can have the existentially horrifying experience of talking to mourners about their beloved, departed Pokémon. And in both instances, you can find wild ghost-type Pokémon flying around. (Neither is true of the Soul House, which was constructed after the Lost Tower was converted into a radio tower. Very disrespectful.)
Surprisingly and terrifyingly, many ghost-type Pokémon were actually once human , not other Pokémon. Pokédex entries for both Gengar and Yamask explicitly say they were human in life; Phantump is the spirit of a child who got lost in the forest. Have fun sleeping tonight.
Anyway, there are other canonical examples of Pokémon dying. As recently as Pokémon Legends: Arceus , the former lord of the Coastlands died while saving its child from drowning. A Stoutland in the Sun & Moon anime dies of old age. So, basically, Pokémon can die for the same reasons people can—although people may be less likely to die due to hunting and RPG-style battles.
Does that mean you are slaughtering Pokémon left and right in the games? Thankfully, no, it doesn’t. I’m presently playing Pokémon Legends: Arceus , and I’ve been fretting about what defeating a Pokémon really meant.
My questions were answered during a side quest in which I was asked to defeat a pair of Aipom who had stolen some guy’s bag. I felt super guilty kicking their butts, but then the two Aipom immediately reappeared in front of me and their victim. I hadn’t killed them—I just roughed ’em up a bit! I hadn’t killed any Pokémon this whole time! Reader, I was so relieved.
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Pokemon: Every Main Ghost-Type Trainer, Ranked
These terrifying trainers are scary good.
As one of the rarest and most mysterious types in all of Pokemon , Ghost-type Pokemon have long been a fan favorite. They often find a way to toe the line between adorable and scary. But Ghost-types have also historically been wonderful in battle, with two immunities and access to a plethora of status moves that can frustrate even the most seasoned competitors.
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The trainers associated with Ghost Pokemon are no different, ranging from terrifying tacticians to adorable people with a dark side. At one point or another, all of these Ghost experts have gotten stuck in the craw of players. So, let's find out which of these ghastly Gym Leaders and eerie Elite Four are the greatest Ghost masters.
Updated December 6, 2022 by Jeremy Hanna: With the release of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet , the Pokemon Company has decided to grace us with at least one new specialist for every single type. That means that it is time to update our rankings of the best Ghost-type trainers the main series games have to offer! The Paldea region brings us Ryme, a seasoned rapper who partakes in rap battles as often as she does Gym battles. And while she has no relation to Ryme City from Detective Pikachu, she still has a towering presence in one of the best cities in the region.
Morty is one of the more mysterious Gym Leaders in Pokemon. Referred to as "The Mystic Seer of the Future," Morty loves to study legendary Pokemon. He specifically chooses Ecruteak City because of its relationship with various Legendaries. It's just a shame he couldn't bring that power to his Gym team.
Morty's team consists of only a single evolutionary line, with a Gastly, two Haunters, and a Gengar. Their goal is to incapacitate you with Hypnosis and drain HP with moves like Curse and Nightmare. This is a neat strategy, but it'd be much more effective with bulkier Pokemon. However, that can't really be held against Morty, since his only options were the Gengar line and Misdreavus. Your best option to beat him is to bring some Normal-type Pokemon, since they're immune to Ghost-type moves.
While Ghosts are usually considered creepy and mysterious, there are quite a few Ghost-type experts that are jovial. Hoenn Elite Four member Phoebe is the epitome of that. Although she communes with ghosts and grew up on Mt. Pyre, she maintains a cheerful attitude even when she loses. Which will happen a lot, since her team isn't very good.
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Her strategy is similar to Morty's, except instead of draining HP her Pokemon will drain PP. While this may seem less effective, Phoebe's Pokemon are better suited to this strategy than Morty's, since they are much bulkier. However, she still isn't much of a challenge. Most of her Pokemon can't deal a lot of direct damage, and even though she's the only trainer on this list to utilize Prankster Sableye , it doesn't know any status moves. So while her team is better thought out than Morty's, there's still room for improvement.
Of all the Gym Leaders introduced in Sword and Shield , Allister is perhaps the fan favorite . His shy personality, combined with an awesome mask, makes for one of the most memorable characters Pokemon has had for a long time. However, while his team has some cool tricks, Allister doesn't use his team to its full potential.
His whole roster is built around the move Hex, which deals more damage when an opponent has a status condition. The only issue is that most of his Pokemon don't have status-inducing moves. Gengar does, but it will more than likely Gigantamax, meaning it can't use the move Hypnosis. On top of this, two of his four Pokemon don't have full movesets. Fortunately, his later teams during the tournaments are much better. Either way, this is a case of a cool character with a sub-par team.
Agatha is one of the most interesting characters to come out of Gen 1. Now a cranky old lady, she was once a rival to Professor Oak when they were young trainers. Since there were only three different Ghost Pokemon in Gen 1, her team consists of Ghost types and "Pokemon with horrifying appearances".
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Despite using a Golbat and an Arbok, Agatha's team is deceptively difficult. Her main goal is to confuse your Pokemon and put them to sleep, while taking their HP away little by little. What makes this more interesting than other trainers who use the same strategy is the randomness of her choices. In Red, Blue, and Yellow, there is about a seven percent chance that she'll just switch a Pokemon out. This is a move that can disrupt either you or Agatha herself, depending on your strategy. It genuinely feels like her goal tends more towards annoyance than success, which is a lot of fun.
Every time a musician is introduced to Pokemon, it's a treat. They're always fun and have a ton of personality. And Ryme is no different! A famous hip hop artist, Ryme is the younger sister of a professor at the Acdemy, Tyme. What makes her unique compared to all of the other Paldean Gym Leaders is that her Gym only does Double Battles. And it's a lot of fun.
Ryme's team is decently balanced, with a lot of emphasis on Speed control and sheer power. Her biggest threats are Houndstone and a Low Key Toxtricity with the Ghost Tera Type. The only thing holding her team back is that none of her Pokemon have a full moveset until you rematch her. And even then, her team won't be the most difficult you face.
Fantina is a Pokemon Contest extraordinaire who also happens to be the Gym Leader for Hearthome City. She seems to be French, or at least that's the case in the English version, and is always dressed extravagantly. Depending on whether you're playing Platinum or a version of Diamond and Pearl , you'll either be facing her third or fifth. Either way, you're in for a tough battle.
Her most powerful Gym team consists of Drifblim, Gengar, and her ace, Mismagius. All three are fast, fully evolved attackers that can destroy an opponent if they're not ready. When she's the fifth Gym Leader, Fantina will substitute her Drifblim and Gengar with a Duskull and Haunter respectively. Her team is incredibly effective, with the only downside being that her Haunter/Gengar are trained to be physical attackers for some strange reason. No matter which game you play, Fantina is proof that beauty can easily be paired with brawn.
In a region with no Gym Leaders, Alola has some pretty strong Elite Four members — and Acerola is no exception. The last descendant of a royal family, Acerola is now an orphan who lives in the Aether house. And there's nothing quite like a spooky orphan to have a powerful Ghost-type team!
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With most Ghost-type experts, you tend to see the same Pokemon over and over again, and not much type variety. That's not the case with Acerola. Of the six different Pokemon she uses, only one is a pure Ghost type. On top of this, they're all trained to have hard-hitting direct moves, instead of the usual "confuse and confound" strategy we've seen so far. So, while she may seem like an adorable little kid, don't let your guard down for a second. Acerola can and will destroy you.
There's no question, Unova easily has the toughest Elite Four across all of the main Pokemon games. Not only are they all the same level, but their teams are fully fleshed out with competitive items in the Challenege Mode of Black 2 and White 2 . One of the toughest trainers there is Shauntal.
She's a more reclusive trainer who loves to read and write books by candlelight, which is why Chandelure is perfect as her ace. Not only does it have an exceptionally high Special Attack, but she equips it with a Choice Scarf in Challenge Mode to make sure that it will hit you first. On top of this, she has three bulky heavy hitters in Cofagrigus, Golurk, and either Jellicent or Drifblim, depending on which version you're playing. All of her Pokemon have a ton of type coverage, easily making her the most powerful Ghost-type expert in all of Pokemon.
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It’s Halloween, Let’s Rank The Best Ghost-Type Pokémon
From gengar to gholdengo, here are the spookiest ghosts in the pokémon series.
The end of October is nigh, which means the spooky decorations are about to make way for snow, presents, and mistletoe. But before we say goodbye to the jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating, we can still pay tribute to the spookiest, the scariest, the ghouliest(?) of Pokémon: the ghost types.
Over the years, ghost Pokémon have exploded in number, starting from just the Gastly line , which was their sole representative in the original games, to now dozens of critters haunting the Pokémon world. Ghost-type Pokémon Pokedex entries are some of the most terrifying lore dumps this typically all-ages series has, and that’s what makes them some of the most interesting. But while we’d love to give every ghost-type friend their due, today we’ve narrowed it down to the 10 creepiest, spookiest, and most memorable lines in the first nine generations of Pokémon. But before we get to the honorees, here are the honorable mentions:
- Galarian Marowak
- Hisuian Typhlosion
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Do you ever feel like you’re so mad you could just die? Well, that’s pretty much what Primeape does when it evolves into Annihilape. The ghost/fighting-type Primeape transforms after it uses Rage Fist, a new move introduced in Scarlet and Violet , that channels all its anger into a fierce punch. Eventually the anger becomes too much for Primeape’s physical form to bear, thus it transcends the body and becomes Annihilape, an angry, ghostly shadow of its former self.
I have to give Annihilape props for just being so mad it left its body. It’s giving Evil Ryu, it’s giving incredible online rage poster. Even though it’s meant to embody rage, Annihilape also just has the sort of haunting dead-in-the-eyes vibe you’d expect from a ghost-type Pokémon. It’s a versatile king.
9. Hisuian Zoroark
The original Unova Zoroark already had ghostly qualities, given that the fox-like Pokémon’s entire schtick is creating illusions. But it wasn’t until Pokémon Legends: Arceus that it actually became a ghost. According to the lore, Hisuian Zoroarks are the revived ghosts of Zoroarks who died in the Hisui region’s harsh conditions after being driven out of their homes by humans. They now persist out of spite and disdain toward those who forced them out of Unova.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is already dealing with colonization in the world just by the nature of its story, but Hisuian Zoroark is one of the most haunting examples of this in Pokémon lore. It is the echo of souls lost in humanity’s expansion, and one of Legends: Arceus ’ most damning pieces of commentary on the way Pokémon are affected by human’s perception of what they’re “supposed” to be. The Hisuian variant of Zoroark is more or less extinct by modern times, but its existence is a reminder that despite Pokémon ’s themes of friendship and teamwork, there are darker truths behind people’s coexistence with Pokémon throughout this universe’s history.
Decidueye is probably the most “normal” of the ghost-type Pokémon we’re spotlighting here. It doesn’t have a lot of spooky, scary lore to dissect, and its ghost typing comes mostly from its ability to manipulate both the shadows and the spirits of its enemies. But the real reason Decidueye is here is because the Pokémon’s just cool as fuck. The owl archer is giving Robin Hood. They’re giving Green Arrow. They’ve just got a swagger that is impossible not to respect. They use their wing as a bow, and if you don’t think that’s the tightest shit ever I don’t know what to tell you.
As a kid, learning about Shedinja was one of the first moments when Pokémon’s scary ghost lore finally clicked in my head. Shedinja isn’t exactly an evolution of Nincada, but it will appear in your party if Nincada evolves into Ninjask and you have an open slot in your party and a Poke Ball in your bag. Shedinja is the discarded shell left behind after this evolution, and despite not moving, breathing, or showing any signs of life, it is truly alive. It only has one HP, but its Wonder Guard ability protects it from attacks that aren’t super effective. This lifeless husk is fully aware but unable to do anything other than battle, and that’s horrifying.
Over a decade after its debut in Black and White , Yamask is still one of the ghost Pokémon that keeps me up at night. While the rest of the spookiest Pokémon here are born of tragedy befalling the Pocket Monsters themselves, Yamask wasn’t always a Pokémon. It was once human.
Yamask is a body horror moment trapped in a Poke Ball. These mask-carrying ghosts are the remains of humans who still retain memories of their past lives, and can possess a human body once more if someone wears its mask. If it evolves into Cofagrigus, it completes its transformation into a Pokémon by forgetting its old memories. This shit got me fucked up, Game Freak.
While Yamask are floating symbols of an individual life, Spiritomb is the culmination of hundreds of foul spirits crammed into a stone prison. Spiritomb had a new moment of prominence recently after Pokémon Legends: Arceus made gathering its spirits into a collectathon in a game already full of collecting, but it did spotlight just how much cursed human history is collected in just one of these Pokémon. Spiritomb is the living embodiment of evil people’s evil thoughts and deeds, all crammed into a stone as punishment.
And honestly? That’s metal.
Don’t be fooled by Chandelure’s cute design, the living chandelier’s flames burn you on a spiritual level, rather than inflicting damage to your real body. Chandelure is one of the best examples of how ghost-type Pokémon make corporeal concepts paranormal, as its flames bypass all physical forms of contact and go straight for the spiritual. If you’re burned by a Chandelure, your body will just be found unharmed while your soul has left it, forced to wander the physical plane forever.
The further we get into this, the more I’m wondering how y’all can stand having these spooky fucks in your party. I wouldn’t be able to sleep.
Okay, my Sinnoh sicko is coming out here. I love Giratina because we love Pokémon’s biblical fallen angel allegories. Thus we have no choice but to stan the instigator of Pokémon Legends: Arceus ’ war for god-like supremacy in the Pokémon universe. As the symbol of antimatter, Giratina is both a malicious and a tragic figure in Pokémon lore, and it was banished into the Distortion World by Arceus for being destructive. And shit, that destructive nature was put on display when it nearly unraveled the entire Pokémon world to attack and dethrone god.
I have a lot of love for Giratina, even if a lot of it is bolstered by my love of the characters and conflicts that surround it. Thwarting its plans alongside Palkia in Legends: Arceus is an all-time Pokémon moment, and watching its malice nearly unravel an entire universe has etched it into the upper echelon of legendary Pokémon, as well bringing it near the top of all ghost-type Pokémon. But even with all that mythology behind it, there are two other fan-favorites who I think surpass it as the best examples of what ghosts can be in the Pokémon world.
Full disclosure: Gengar doesn’t do a lot for me, but it’s impossible to talk about ghost-type Pokémon and not give the original its flowers. Gengar and its evolutionary line held Pokémon ’s paranormal layer on their backs for two generations, and while it’s mostly been characterized as a trickster over the years, the mere implication of ghosts existing in the Pokémon world is what paved the way for all of the spooky shit above. The OG (original ghost) has gotten a lot of love over the years both from fans and The Pokémon Company itself. It gets Gigantamax and Mega forms, it’s a Unite character, Ash finally got one with a heartbreaking backstory in his final stretch of the anime . It might not be on the cover of any of the games, but Gengar’s arguably one of the most iconic Pokémon in the series’ long history. Gengar’s stories lack the terrifying implications of the ghosts that would come after, but it is the blueprint on which all ghost-type Pokémon are made.
Despite being one of the most popular Pokémon around, we’ve never seen what Mimikyu actually looks like. Instead, we’ve seen its disguise, a rag made to look like Pikachu that covers its body, with the exception of two eye holes that it peeks through as it walks. Mimikyu, like anyone else, just wants to be loved, and it fears if people see its true form, they won’t love it. That’s why it disguises itself as a Pikachu, in hopes that people will adore it the same way Pokémon ’s mascot has been beloved for many years.
Mimikyu’s mystique is what makes it so effective. Every time we’ve seen some allusion to what it looks like underneath the rag, those who have seen it have been horrified by what they see. Mimikyu is the quintessential “don’t judge a book by its cover” Pokémon, as its entire story is sad and endearing even as it hides something blood-curdling beneath the surface. It embodies the spectrum of what a Pokémon can be, all wrapped up in one enigmatic little guy. Mimikyu harkens to the comfy creatures we believe Pokémon to be, but is also a reminder that horrifying truths we don’t know or understand can lurk just beneath the surface.