Lampent Knows When You Are Going To Die

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Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Lampent!


Lampent Details

Type: Ghost/Fire

Average Height: 2‘00“

Average Weight: 28.7 lbs.

First Added In Generation V

Do you remember that Nickelback video for the song Savin’ Me? Don’t worry, I barely remembered it either but I did a Google search for “Music video with numbers of people’s heads” and found it. In the video we see a dude running around a city and above people’s heads are numbers counting down the seconds they have to live. Once it hits zero, they die. That’s what, I think, Lampent sees.

According to Pokedex entries, Lampent can sense when people are about to die. It then shows up and steals the person’s spirit. That seems a bit dark. What does it use these stolen spirits for? Well, to feed its own flame, of course.

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As is often with these Pokemon posts, I have questions about a lot of this, but I doubt there are any answers. I do wonder, however, are ghost Pokemon not actually Pokemon but just ghosts? Has this been explored in the games or anime at all? Like, do ghosts just exist in this universe but people mistake them for Pokemon?

According to Bulbapedia, Lampents will sometimes work with a Litwick to help lead people to the Ghost World. It steals life energy while it does this, so it is a fully charitable act. Actually, lead people to a place called Ghost World doesn’t exactly sound like a good thing. Lampent kind of sucks, folks.


Favorite Fan Art

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Illustration: TerraTerraCotta (DeviantArt)

Yeah, Lampent. What the hell? Quit hanging around hospitals and clinics, you sick jerk. Imagine sitting in a room with your sick grandma and suddenly a Lampent flys slowly into the room and chills near you all. Not a great moment.

Random Facts

  • Lampents actually do hang around hospitals and creep around cities. As you might expect, people fear them.
  • Lampents represent October in the Unova horoscope system.
  • Hey, I’m sorry I compared Lampent to a Nickelback video. That wasn’t cool. I would certainly not leave any comments about it.

Best Comment From Last Week

It’s okay, Spoink. Like all of us in life, you just have to find the right partner that bounces at your rhythm.

Then you will get all the hugs.

-Chuck Burly

As young Lil Bow Wow once said, you just need to bounce with me, bounce with me, grab a partner and hit the floor. Wise words.

Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.



What if Lampents are seen as psychopomps in the Pokemon world, though? Like, they show up just when someone dies and take their spirits away, so people start making up myths about Lampents guiding grandma to the afterlife. So the traditional personification of death in Pokeworld isn’t a robed skeleton with a scythe, it’s a little flying lamp guy.

Of course in reality Lampent isn’t leading grandma anywhere, he’s just eating her soul. But that’s pretty grim so it’s no wonder that the pleasant fiction has proven more popular than the truth. Feel free to project whatever metaphors you want unto that last sentence.