Where Pokémon (Might) Go When Their Trainers Die

We might never see it in the games, but Pokémon trainers must die at some point—they're human, after all. Ever wonder what that means for Pokémon? Here's one disturbing take.


The video, which is uploaded by Zedrin, is based on a comic created by projectTiGER which imagines that, after a certain amount of time, any Pokeball holding a Pokémon is bound to fail. Spoilers: since Pokemon are likely stored in Pokeballs as code, this opens up the possibility for data corruption. And what Pokémon is more famed for being glitchy, other than Missingno?

Essentially, the comic imagines that Pokémon that stay in Pokeballs for too long start losing their minds, and eventually turn into corrupted Missingno Pokémon. Messed-up! No wonder the games don't tackle the subject much.

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Ijust figure that because pokemon are store as data (with corresponding Trainer IDs) that when they die, their ID is retired and all Pokemon related to that ID are released by the system. Of course that doesn't account for unnaccounted for deaths (and the fact that I made that up completely on the spot!)