Spiritomb is a dual type Ghost and Dark Pokemon introduced in Generation IV. It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokemon. Take a look below for 20 interesting and fun facts about Spiritomb.
1. Although lacking a physical, Spiritomb projects its appearance out of a small rock called the Odd Keystone.
2. The rock is trapezoidal in shape and has two small dots.
3. There is a crack running down the middle, splitting in two near the bottom.
4. The crack in combination with the two dots appears to form a frowning face.
5. Spiritomb’s projected appearance is an ethereal composition of swirling purple fog.
6. Its face is set in the middle of the fog and contains green, crescent eyes that are connected to its jagged mouth.
7. Its pupils are composed of a spiral and it is sometimes only seen with one.
8. Swirling around its face are green orbs with yellow centers.
9. Spiritomb is formed by the collection of 108 spirits being trapped in an Odd Keystone due to misdeeds.
10. Some Spiritomb are up to 500 years old.
11. As seen in the anime, Spiritomb can be just as aggressive and destructive as the spirits that it is composed of.
12. It will lash out at anyone with little thought, often exercising short sightedness in its pursuit of vengeance.
13. Its Diamond, HeartGold, and SoulSilver Pokédex entries state 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. In Pokémon GO, Spiritomb is encountered at the end of a research quest involving feeding 108 Berries to Pokémon and catching 108 Pokémon. All of this is based on the number of temptations a person must overcome to reach Nirvana in Buddhism.
14. Prior to the introduction of the Fairy type in Generation VI, Spiritomb was one of only two Pokémon that had no weakness (without the aid of an Ability) along with Sableye. As this occurred without the aid of an Ability, it was commonly hacked to have the ability Wonder Guard, making it immune to all direct damage. This hack is commonly referred to as Wondertomb.
15. Spiritomb seems to be based on a Jibakurei, a spirit bound to a single place.
16. It might also be based on a Buddhist tradition performed on New 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.
17. Spiritomb may also be based on Water Margin, one of the Classic Chinese 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.
18. Spiritomb is a combination of spirit and tomb.
19. Spiritomb debuted in The Keystone Pops!. Ash and Buizel were having a training match with Dawn and Aipom when Buizel accidentally knocked down Hallowed Tower, upon which Spiritomb emerged from the tower’s keystone. It then wreaked havoc on a nearby town.
20. A Spiritomb first appeared in Ring Around the Roserade II, under the ownership of Cynthia. It helped Platinum train for her upcoming Gym challenge against Gardenia. With her Psychic abilities, she was able to seal Tru’s Razor Leaf alongside Prinplup‘s Water attack, and used them to save Rad Rickshaw, inadvertently getting Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum a set of bicycles. Spiritomb was later used against Cyrus, where she defeated his Honchkrow, but was then defeated by Weavile.