mikaruge

Day 301 - Mikaruge | ミカルゲ | Spiritomb

Infinity Energy emanates from oddly shaped stones, and on some nights some eerily distant wails can be heard within them. That is Mikaruge playing tricks on onlookers. Mikaruge does not appear to those whom it doesn’t deem worthy.

(P.S. New Pokémon drawing every single day. I guess that means Cleffy | Klefki is a strong one.)

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Spiritomb #422

“ The Forbidden Pokèmon ”

[ Ghost / Dark ]

«Spiritomb, the Forbidden Pokémon. As punishment for misdeeds 500 years ago, it was imprisoned in the fissure of an Odd Keystone.»


«A Pokémon that was formed by 108 spirits. It is bound to a fissure in an Odd Keystone.»

«lIt was bound to a fissure in an Odd Keystone as punishment for misdeeds 500 years ago.»

«Its constant mischief and misdeeds resulted in it being bound to an Odd Keystone by a mysterious spell.»

«It was formed by uniting 108 spirits. It has been bound to the Odd Keystone to keep it from doing any mischief»

«Its constant mischief and misdeeds resulted in it being bound to an Odd Keystone by a mysterious spell.

«Pokémon that was formed by 108 spirits. It is bound to a fissure in an Odd Keystone.»

«It was bound to a fissure in an Odd Keystone as punishment for misdeeds 500 years ago.

«A Pokémon that was formed by 108 spirits. It is bound to a fissure in an Odd Keystone. »

«It was bound to a fissure in an Odd Keystone as punishment for misdeeds 500 years ago.»

Its Diamond, HeartGold, and SoulSilver Pokédex entries states that it was formed from 108 spirits. Spiritomb’s number in the Sinnoh Pokédex is 108, its Defense and Special Defense base values are 108, and it weighs exactly 108.0 kg. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire it can be found at Sea Mauville, which lies on Route 108. All this is based on the number of temptations a person must overcome to reach Nirvana in Buddhism.Prior to the introduction of the Fairy type in Generation VI, Spiritomb was one of the only two Pokémon that had no weakness (without the aid of an Ability) along with Sableye.Spiritomb and Sableye were commonly hacked to have the Ability Wonder Guard, as this made it immune to all direct damage due to having no weaknesses. This hack is commonly referred to as Wondertomb.

Origin

Spiritomb is based on a Jibakurei, a spirit bound to a single place. It is also based on a Buddhist tradition performed onNew Year’s Eve in Japan. A bell is rung 108 times to chase away the 108 temptations in order to achieve Nirvana. The wisps of spirits surrounding its face also resemble a set of prayer beads, a possible reference to Japa. It may also be based on a crystal ball.

Spiritomb may also be based on Water Margin, one of China'sFour Great Classical Novels, which is also very well known in Japan. In the first chapter of the novel, a foolish army marshal orders the removal of a stone monument which had been guarded by monks for generations. Doing so releases the spirits of 108 demons sealed therein. These 108 souls, having atoned for their sins, become the 108 Stars of Destiny. They are reincarnated centuries later as 108 outlaws, the heroes of the novel.

Name origin

Spiritomb is a combination of spirit and tomb.

Mikaruge may be a combination of 甕 mika (jar or urn, referring to it being a container of souls) and 軽石 karuishi(pumice) or 御影石 mikageishi (granite; both refer to its base, the Odd Keystone).

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