Pokémon: Poké Balls grant Immortality?

2000px-english_pokc3a9mon_logo-svgPokémon is a popular media franchise owned by The Pokémon Company. Pokemon franchise started back in 1996 with a video game of the same name developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo. While this game had become a commercial success, the franchise didn’t just stayed on their gaming enterprise, and was adapted numerous times into Japanese animation under the same name.

Pikachu and Ash Ketchum

It is truly that Pokémon inscribed its name in the gaming history and as well on other things. But the very concept of this game is their undying – well at least on games – creatures called ‘Pokémons’. These creatures, from the most mundane into the most majestic, roam the world like normal creatures, living with human beings in harmony and have their own ecosystem.

On Pokémon games, since their first game Pokémon Blue, Pokémons dwell on grasses, water bodies, and caverns, and some on trees. While they are nothing different than faunas, they are often caught by Pokémon hunters – which they call Pokémon Trainers, who catch Pokémons in order to train them to glorify themselves by vying for gym badges, and winning some battles with another trainers. Sounds like animal abuse? Well it may be, but with the help of this technology, Pokemons are nothing but creatures in a jar – or ball.

Poké Ball, according to bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net, is is a type of item that is critical to a Trainer’s quest, used for catching and storing Pokémon. It was developed from Apricorns, which grows on Apricorn trees in Johto Region.


Poké Ball is a quintessential technology used in order to catch Pokémons effectively. Most of the Pokémons used in battles are under a Poké Ball, because of its efficiency. Poké Balls store any kind of Pokémon inside, and are so small, like a size of a ping-ping ball and a baseball when enlarged. Pokémons who are caught in a Poké Ball are also better in terms of physical capabilities than the wild pokemons, which insinuates that the ball has a factor on Pokémon growth. Poké Balls can be also be stored and transferred among computers, as shown on the games

To conclude, Poké Balls are made in order to transfer, store, and capture Pokémon at ease; but there’s an underlying fact that Pokémon franchise doesn’t want to expose.

Pokemons, despite having their lifespan and eventually die like other living creatures, would have this kind of perk after they are caught. Know that there is a huge difference on those Pokémons who are in the wild and Caught Pokémons, so it is possible that Pokémons under a Poké Ball are actually biologically immortal.

Dead Celebi.gif
Celebi dies on Pokemon 4 – Celebi: Voice of the Forest

Celebi wasn’t caught with a Poké Ball, so it died from overexertion. However, Pokémons who are caught (even those who aren’t caught), even how many times they lose a battle, they will just faint and will be unable to battle.

Pikachu is fainted and ‘dizzy’, showing those swirly eyes
Mewtwo – a legendary wild Pokemon, faints

It is proven that even in battles, Pokémons who are not caught don’t die but faint.

I found this question in Quora, titled “How Pokemon Die?”. The most upvoted answer, from Saurabh Mogre, a Pokémon Enthusiast, says that Pokémons can die by:

  • Over-exertion
  • Sacrificing themselves
  • Getting eaten
  • Some special conditions
  • Aging

Mogre made some good facts from various Pokémon information, but let’s focus on aging.

While aging is the most common cause of Pokémon death, as shown on Pokémon Tower in Lavender Town in Kanto, do Pokémons inside a Poké Ball age?


Pokemon Tower – haunted with Ghost Pokemons


This is a debatable question, and yet still unsolved. But for me, Poké Balls, when stored in computer boxes, are converted into some digital information, transforming them into digital creatures (Digimon, anyone?) This Pokémons when withdrawn from their boxes are once transformed into physical creatures again, in newly form.

That just imply that Pokémons which were transferred from boxes are technically not the same Pokémon in the wild prior catching. Why? Because they were transformed from digital to physical back and forth, that could mean that their physical characteristics were changed in process. This applies the Ship Paradox, when the components of a ship was changed one by one, until all of its parts were replaced. Is the ship still the ship before? Of course not. Information about the Pokémon are the things that was transferred, not the Pokémon itself.

How about Ash’s Pikachu then? It is not caught on a Poké Ball nor transferred on a computer storage box.

The Pokémon animation is actually a farce, because of its ridiculous law-defying concepts. Know that this animation runs since 1997 until today and Ash Ketchum, not under any Poké Ball, is actually not aging.

So, do Pokémons die? Yes they do. Do Caught Pokémons die? Yes they do, but not from aging if you place them on a computer.

So, do you want your Pokémon die? If so, remember to store your Pokémon on your nearest storage box and let it rejuvenate!


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