Absol

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Absol is a Dark-type Pokémon who first appears in the Generation III games, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions. It has no traditional evolutions, but since Pokémon X and Y, Absol has received a Mega Evolution named Mega Absol, which it can evolve into by using the Absolite.

In the world of Pokémon, Absol is known for its ability to predict natural disasters. It lives in the mountains, and if ever it detects a threat, Absol leaves to try and warn other people. Because Absol always appears before a natural disaster, many people have falsely accused Absol of being a doom-bringer.

Game appearances[edit]

Pokémon series[edit]

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions and Pokémon Emerald Version, Absols are only encountered in Route 120, where they have a low chance of being encountered in the long grass.

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions, Absol is only encountered in Route 213 during a mass outbreak. In Pokémon Platinum Version they instead appear on the summit of Mt. Coronet, making this the first game where Absol is encountered in its natural habitat, the mountains. In all three games, the player character can also obtain an Absol at Pal Park if they transfer it from one of the Generation III titles.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, Absols appear in several areas unlike in previous main series titles, where it only appears in one specific location.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series[edit]

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team / Blue Rescue Team[edit]

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, an Absol calms down an enraged Articuno, who was about to destroy the protagonist and their partner for trespassing in the Frosty Forest and trying to tell what Articuno believed were lies. The Absol sensed natural disasters, and agrees to travel with the party.

Pokémon anime[edit]

Episodes[edit]

In "An Absol-lute Disaster", a village fears an Absol predicting it could flood them. Brock fights an Absol in the Pokémon Contest he enters, too. It is revealed that Drew has an Absol when he enters the Kanto Grand Festival, and it puts up a tremendous fight against May's Squirtle and Combusken.

Pokémon: Jirachi Wishmaker[edit]

Absol has appeared in the sixth movie Pokémon: Jirachi Wishmaker. It acted as Jirachi's protector and had to help Ash Ketchum and the others get Jirachi to the place where it must return to its shell form on time. Butler caused Absol to fall down a trap hole, this event spawned the laughter of three, soon to be known as the number "24". However, Butler stopped it and after being released it was consumed by the fake Groudon. But due to the fake Groudon's defeat at the movie's end, Absol returns along with the other Pokémon and people it consumed.

Locations[edit]

Game(s) Location(s)
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions
Pokémon Emerald Version
Route 120
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions Route 213 (mass outbreak)
Pokémon Platinum Version Mt. Coronet (summit)

General information[edit]

Characteristics[edit]

Absol is widely believed to be based on the Barghest, a mythical nocturnal specter-hound that lives in the mountains.[citation needed] Absol has white fur with a dark blue face, tail, and a scythe-like growth on the right side of its head. There is a dark blue gemstone-like object on its forehead. Absol's shiny counterpart has a reddish color in place of the blue. Despite its appearance, this scythe is very soft to the touch. However, if Absol becomes tense or angry, its scythe lights up and becomes very sharp, though Absol does not use this to harm its instigator.

To predict a natural disaster, Absol uses its sharp senses to detect subtle changes in the sky and the land, and with its knowledge of natural balance, Absol can predict oncoming natural disasters, after which it goes to nearby human settlements to warn the people. Absol's cry sounds like a warning siren.

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