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MissingNo. --Interpretation-- by MalamiteLtd MissingNo. --Interpretation-- by MalamiteLtd
EDIT: If you're looking for a more recent, better depiction of this interpretation (animated, even!), take a look here:

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During the Team Rocket era, many experiments were conducted by Team Rocket scientists to create a powerful clone of the mythical Pokémon "Mew." As the experiments were worked on, a failed experiment caused by a glitched protocol was brought into fruition. The strange make-up of the creation was of otherworldly power and form, beyond normal comprehension. Such strange powers were capable of altering the world itself. But it was unstable; anything near its presence risked memory loss, irreversible transformation, and even complete disappearance. Scientists and tech experts quickly readied a mechanism to capture and contain the bizarre accidental experiment. Once it had been captured in the mechanism and stored away in an undisclosed location, all data and accounts of the experiment were since destroyed and never heard of again. Despite this, there were many rumors speaking of the lost experiment, since named "MissingNo." for its undocumented status, and there were beliefs that it could transcend its boundaries as it had in the past.

It was not long after these experiments that various reports of a strange entity began to emerge. From unusual minor circumstances to unexplainable disappearances of both people and Pokémon, many witnesses stated that the culprit behind the actions was of a bizarre and unstable nature. Those that were said to come closest to the creature were unable to remember anything about the circumstances. Because of this, a number of people speculated that the fabled "MissingNo." experiment has returned to the world, possibly for revenge (if its intellect (?) could even comprehend such ideas).

Descriptions of MissingNo. in its present state describe a spherical form composed of raw instability and indescribable visual randomness. A strange belt-like apparatus surrounds the sphere, with a circular plate at one portion, said to be its "face." Some claim that it materializes a set of hands from the same unstable matter that composes its spherical main "body." Some accounts mention that it's able to compact its form into the circular plate, dissipating its body and retracting the belt, in order to appear inconspicuous. Allegedly, its nature is to wait for someone or something to come near it while in its compact state; when something came near, it would suddenly regain its normal form, swallowing its victim within never to be seen again. It's speculated that the victims it captures are MissingNo.'s very sustenance.

As of its current state it is difficult to determine what it is, or has become. Some state that, while it holds an unstable form, it is in fact a Pokémon. But because there is no clear logic to its actions as a whole, it is difficult to confirm.

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Yes, it's a try at making something out of MissingNo., the famed glitch of the original Pokémon game. But in a way I kinda like how it looks. I'm not entirely sure how the idea of this "form" came to be, but here it is.

In motion, the unstable spherical body and hands do not maintain a single appearance for a prolonged period of time, constantly changing in numerous ways, some that traumatize and some that can risk one's health at its very sight. Naturally, its "face" is comprised of font characters.

Pokémon © Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, etc.
Art © 2011 Malamite Ltd.
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Dantheman3356 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Maybe it could have a move called MISSING that would act like Perish Song, but instead of 3 turns and then death, it would take 1/3 of its HP each turn with the message *Something tried to consume (POKEMONNAMEHERE)!*
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Dantheman3356 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Am I the only one who really wants this to be a Pokemon?
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The redesign is a little better.
MissingNo. v.2 by MalamiteLtd
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Optinal Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DISCO!!!
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OCEANSCENTED Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Haha, this is genius
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks!

Though, I think the update looks better.
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KateVunza Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Funny, I wanted to make something out of MissingNo... but why bother now, after you've summed it up so perfectly? I liked your twin stories on MissingNo vs. Leppricon (did I spell that right?)
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I did my best to present MissingNo. in a fairly proper manner.

It's more "MissingNo. vs 'Black Jack.'" Black Jack is a fairly unique Leppicorn (you were close on the spelling), and acts different from normal ones.
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kingwog Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
that was epic... I now know the danger of my level 0 MissingNo
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've improved a bit on the design since. [link]
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The404 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
I want an epic showdown between Arceus and that manmade pokégod, MissingNo.
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It would be fascinating, yes. :3

I need to revisit this interpretation and make some adjustments. I feel the text-face in my current avatar looks better than the one in this picture, for starters...
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The404 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
You cannot grasp the true form of MissingNo's attack !
It's very effective !

...Transcendental attack would be a good skill to mess with human players. No idea of the element, only if the element was effective or not.
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zx-blade Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So the missingo we see is just a hand....
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps so. It's sometimes hard to tell whether the MissingNo. from the original games is pre- or post-containment.
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zx-blade Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By the way have you checked Tv-tropes, they have some truely insane theories about it.
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Caswin Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
I always thought it was kind of "L"-shaped, at least viewed from the front... but still: Cool.
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It may have looked like that in the past. But then, it had more than one possible appearance.
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NS-Games Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OK, I'm gonna be honest here. It looks like a mixture of Andross and a disco ball. :XD:
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Meh, It needed more than just its spherical body to make its design. The build should appear similar to the standard "PokéBall."
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NS-Games Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yeah, it does look like a PokeBall too... with hands. :XD:
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
And as I mentioned, the main "body" isn't consistent. The outer patterns can change in appearance at random, and not just in little blocks. Keep in mind, there is more than one possible appearance for the original MissingNo.
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NS-Games Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Right, I just meant this interpretation of it is all. I do know that even in the original games its appearance wasn't consistent. The program even used other Pokemon sprites at times to fill in the gap that was missing there. Not sure if you ever thought about giving it the ability to hold the form of another Pokemon.
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I had thought about a lot of things around this. But many of the other "forms" it had were suggestive of death, such as the fossils of Kabutops and Aerodactyl, and the classic "Ghost," which is partly where the hands came from. And typically when it became other Pokémon, more often than not it was a permanent change, and I didn't think it was ideal.

What I had wondered was if its "type" was as random as it was. Like with each battle, it would take on a random type; bug in one battle, fire the next. Its exact type wouldn't be known by either Trainer, so it would pose some chancy situations. That said, through the course of its leveling up it would be able to learn moves for all the possible types. Naturally, as a result it would be allowed to learn ANY TM or HM, just like Mew.

Whether it would have a "signature move" is something else. I continually think of either something called "Corruption" (no damage, but it causes the opposing Pokémon to become disobedient), "Distortion" (damaging, and it *changes* the opposing Pokémon into a different Pokémon on occasions), or "Instability" ("you cannot grasp the true form of this attack"). Either way, it involves something that breaks physical bounds and messes with things that typically can't be messed with.
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NS-Games Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, seeing as this thing was just a random sequence of garbled code, similar to an arcade kill screen, it could have a seemingly endless amount of possibilities. However, the things it does could cause negative side-effects as a result of it being nothing but a random sequence, as you said.
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HectorNY Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist
I heard of the glitch and the horror stories of how it would ruin the game. This concept make a lot of sense.
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A few of its stories were true, though I think moreso in certain versions. There's more than one glitch in the game, but this is perhaps the most notorious. Folks have exploited the glitch for one of its other odd side effects: item duplication.

MissingNo. is an intriguing entity, one that I'm surprised they hadn't made use of since. It seems noteworthy enough to have its own Wikipedia entry.
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HectorNY Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist
They were most noted in the original red and blue versions but not so in the later versions. I'm surprised Nintendo and Game Freak didn't actually took advantage of this and make an actual Pokemon of MissingNo.
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Technically there is no MissingNo. in later generations; even though there are a few unique glitched Pokémon, they aren't the same. But yes, I almost wish they did make it a "proper" monster in the later games. Again, it seems noteworthy enough.
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HectorNY Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist
I agree. Maybe something will come up in the next generation if they don't run out of ideas.
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Dantheman3356 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
They should at least throw it in as an Easter egg Pokemon. Maybe after you beat the game, and you talk to the right people in the right order, you find someone who is willing to trade you a Missingno.
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HectorNY Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist
If they want to go that route.
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supercomputer276 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Not the first time I've seen MissingNo. interpreted as a lost Rocket experiment on their quest for Mew, but this is definitely a unique spin on the idea.
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wouldn't be surprised that the idea of its origin has been heard before. It's the most workable reason.
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TheLupineOne Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Student General Artist
I suppose that this would be the "Mew/Celebi/Deoxys/Arceus" of its generation, in that the item needed to encounter it would be distributed at the end of its generation. But, in this case, everyone knows it...
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I keep imagining a requirement of a special type of PokéBall needed to catch it. Like, it would be the only thing capable of catching it. I vaguely imagine such a PokéBall's design to be more complicated, with a few details borrowing from the creature "Arceus."

Similarly, it would be a creature that couldn't be traded through fear of "possible corruption."
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TheLupineOne Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Scary stuff...
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JosephCollins Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
MissingNo used Sky Attack!

The world exploded!

It's super effective!
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Seriously. This needs to be in Generation VI. I think it's about time Nintendo cashed in on this glitch, don't you?
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. They can't say they *don't* know about it, and it seems more popular than a fair number of the legitimate creatures out there. I suppose the question would be how it would function in-game, as there's a particular detail many veterans associate with this... uh, thing in general. And I don't just mean its strange corruptive properties.
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JosephCollins Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I can answer that easily enough. It would obviously be an event Pokémon, be it a natural sub-plot like Mewtwo, or something that could only be accessed with some sort of special real-world event item (like the Sevii Islands, I think?), or of course, patch codes. And of course, limit one per customer.

So here's the scenario I just came up with. After certain conditions are met, you and your team are summoned to a certain place to help with a critical situation. It seems Giovanni (or some other head-honcho of some big nasty organization?) was working on something special -- another data-type Pokémon like Porygon and its ilk, when something when utterly screwy. The backstory would go something like this:

"Thank goodness you're here! We've really gotten in over our heads with this whole "Project 000" thing... Let me explain.
"As you were told, we were working on a new Data-type Pokémon like Silph Co. who created Porygon years back. Everything was going fine until something went wrong with the machinery. The data was corrupt and finalized before we could finish it. Before we knew what was happening, all our computers went haywire and started displaying gibberish on all the monitors! We were locked out and couldn't do anything about it. One of our team tried to manually turn off the computers, but a power surge prevented that from happening. He's okay, if not a bit frazzled. In any case, this continued for a while until it suddenly stopped. The displays went blank. Everything went quiet. Then, just as suddenly as it stopped... the display started producing two words, over and over again, like a broken record. "MissingNo.," over and over again...
"Anyway, let's get to the point of why you're here. Simply put, we need someone brave and strong like you to go in there and get things under control. The way we figure it, it might be data, but it's still a Pokémon -- albeit an alarming strong one. What we intend to do is digitize you and your companions into our mainframe to track down, battle, and subdue this menace. We were able to come up with something special on our backup mainframe that should help... Our R&D team calls it a "Stable Belt". In theory, this should stabilize its code and make it obey our commands... We'd go in ourselves, but there's a HUGE difference between the theoretical data and actually TRYING it. Besides, none of us have your experience with dealing with wild Pokémon, despite the fact we were trying to MAKE one.
"It's up to you, [player]. Talk to me again when you're ready, and we'll get you and your Pokémon digitized on that pad over there."

The computer world would be pretty much what you'd expect if you've seen the worst of MissingNo.'s side-effects. It'd be a nightmarish place with tiles where they don't belong, screwed-up music, strange colors, doors that lead to nowhere, and irregular Pokémon that, while uncatchable ("Sorry! We could only digitize you and your Pokémon..."), would give a good challenge and a decent chunk of Experience. This computer dungeon would ultimately lead to MissingNo. in its unhindered form, who uses Water Gun, Sky Attack, Pay Day, and Bind. It would also have a ridiculously high Attack stat, but pretty low stats otherwise. It may or may not ramble during the battle a'la Giygas. ("FUNCTION PARAM MISSING END LOOP LOOP GOTO 000 MISSINGNO. 000 MISSINGNO. 000 MISSINGNO.", etc. etc.) It may also randomly eject the player from the battle ("GO AWAY", or "STOP THAT") and send them to a random part of the dungeon map, or even throw them out of the virtual environment entirely!

Provided you actually managed to weaken it enough to put the Stable Belt on it, it would gain sudden clarity into its position, what it's done, and so forth. It restores the balance, files, and everything... except the research data on itself. After that, it would disappear from the mainframe and send you back to the real world. The science team is shocked, assume the belt failed and instead deleted Project 000, pay you for your trouble, and that's seemingly the end of that. Or is it?

In its controlled form, it would be its normal Normal/Flying type with somewhat odd moves, but its stats would be a bit more reasonable than before. (More akin to its scaled stats in Generation I, in fact.) It would automatically come with the Stable Belt equipped which, while keeping it stable, also keeps it from unleashing its full strength. (Project 000, aka "MissingNo.", will strongly advise the player keep the belt in place, but hesitantly states that it could be removed, should the need arise. And should the player unequip the Stable Belt from MissingNo? It would change forms somewhat like Deoxys (I guess?) and revert to its incomplete form.
In its corrupt form, it would have ridiculously high stats, but also be completely uncontrollable and inflicted with Bad Poison, Confused, and Torment if brought out in combat. It may also randomly attack its tag partner(s) if used in a tag battle, Confused or not. As per the norm, only Bad Poison remains after combat, but as normal Poison status. It can also snap out of its confusion in mid-combat as well as be cured of poison, but it's still ultimately an Antidote-sink in this form.

Anyway, that's how I'd go about doing it. And all this just off the top of my head, mind. I hadn't actually given it any thought prior to this drawing. X3
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say, you came up with a nice idea for a full scenario. I like. :3

Though, when you mention the computer world you enter, I continue to think of a much different experience. Not quite as battle-heavy, and more of a love letter to the OG. Here's what I think would happen:

Upon entering the computer world, you don't see any "usual" high-tech circuitry world or the like. Instead, it strangely resembles a normal town from the original GB Pokémon games. Seemingly normal, the only odd detail you see is that when trying to leave town trough a "gateway," you emerge from the door of a house in the same town. Likewise, entering the doors cause you to come out the town's gateway. It's like a town you cannot escape. The people you see say strange things, suggesting something may be wrong here. Stuff like, "Hi! I like CHARMANDER. They're comfortable and easy to wear!"

The only place where the story is different is the Pokémon Center, which seems relatively normal. Though, if you talk to the receptionist, they don't offer to heal your Pokémon, only saying indecipherable gibberish. The same applies for the Cable Club receptionist, who blocks the entryway to the two doors. Exiting the Pokémon Center, you find yourself coming out of said doors at the Cable Club, behind the desk. The Pokémon healing machine, when interacted with, initiates a chain of events that suggest the experience has been nothing more than a virtual ruse, slowly but surely glitching out in random ways (assorted sprite bits cluttering the screen, glitchy Game Boy startup, etc.) before finally "breaking" and revealing the unstable MissingNo. in a more "proper" computer world setting, ready to fight. Sure, it's not as much of a beneficial scenario as the experience-building uncatchable things, but I think it drives MissingNo.'s instability home in what I'd hope to be a memorable, awe-inspiring way. :3

As for MissingNo. itself, I mentioned to NS-Games that the nature I had in mind for it is fairly random and unstable. Because of this, it holds no clear "type," and instead ends up with a random type designation with each battle it faces. And there's no notification of what type it will be, so neither trainer is aware. It's almost like the move "Hidden Power" in that way, except it's never consistent and it applies to the receiving end. I do know it was initially labeled as "Bird/Normal" in Red/Blue, but Yellow apparently called it a "Normal/999" type, so my confidence in accurate type designation was already a bit sketchy. Besides, if you firmly stand by the Bird/Normal designation, kindly look toward this interpretation as its design is epic in and of itself, even if it doesn't suggest such instability (there are other pictures by this artist further showcasing it).

As for moves, I imagine over the course of its experience it could learn the moves of every type, and likely would accept all TM's or HM's (much like Mew). In terms of a signature move, I thought of a possible three:

Corruption - This doesn't damage, but it causes the opposing Pokémon to become disobedient, as though the Trainer didn't earn its respect yet. Frustrating then, still frustrating now. AND IT'S YOURS TO COMMAND. :3

Distortion - This is a Normal damaging move, and it *changes* the opposing Pokémon into a random different Pokémon on occasions, at least through the duration of the battle. It changes the moves as a result too.

Instability - "You cannot grasp the true form of this attack." The type of attack it is depends on what type MissingNo. currently designates itself. In any type, it's very powerful.

In terms of the StabiliBelt (as you put it), I didn't intend on it being removable after it had been placed within. That said, it would've had the same amount of strength in the belt as it did out of it, only condensing its reach to a fixed spherical range (and two floating hands, apparently). I'd try to justify the decision by saying that it wouldn't be able to survive outside of the computer world without the StabiliBelt to keep it contained, but seeing as it's a bit hard to swallow, I'd consider it at least a nice touch on the design by incorporating both the "Ghost" version of MissingNo. and the PokéBall design in this iteration to make for (at least) a marketable being. ;3
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JosephCollins Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm! I like your idea for the scenario better. I was honestly thinking "generic Generation I/III town" for the location, but already severely screwed-up by MissingNo.'s unstable code. I just forgot to mention that aspect of it. Regardless, your idea is much more subtle and clever. And yes indeed, is it memorable. It's kind of like Moonside (yet another Earthbound reference) all over again! I know not everyone would appreciate an experience without Experience, but isn't that what they made the Elite Four re-fightable for? Or the Battle Tower and so forth? But I digress.

I definitely like your idea for MissingNo. itself. The idea of a random 'mon type is definitely unique! Especially if there's a 1-in-17 chance of him getting the elusive ??? type (which apparently doesn't exist in Generation V? Bummer...). I think that really gives him the unique quality he deserves to have. I also think you're right about giving it a different "stable" form, if I'm really focused on my own take on it. Not the cool Aerodactyl thing you showed me, no... but something, definitely! Heh. Maybe I'll think of something... You're welcome to use that "SatbiliBelt" term in any future related ideas, by the way. I figured that'd be a decent name for a held item. It probably goes without saying that only MissingNo. can equip it, though. Or rather, it only affects it. I think other Pokémon can equip stuff that's useless to them in the games, like how my Pachirisu kept retrieving Ultra Balls and Super Potions from seemingly nowhere. Seriously! Every time I turned around, she had something in her paws! It's adorable! Until I find out she's been stealing from other trainers or something. Then, it's grounds for a lawsuit! D:
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MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Bah, the Battle Tower does not give experience. Yet I think it would be wise for them to let you rematch the gym leaders again too, like in Heart Gold/Soul Silver. That's definitely a good source of experience farming. X3

From what I understand, the elusive "???" type was a placeholder whose only existence was to accommodate for the "Curse" move and Eggs. It's odd that Arceus had sprites linked to the ??? type.

Anyway, MissingNo. won't be able to keep all its notorious powers. The most ideal among OG players was its ability to duplicate the item in the sixth item slot. It's an exploit that could break the game in its own way...especially if you have a Master Ball in that slot. Odds are the Pokémon folk wouldn't want to retain this glitchy trick...
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