The world of Pokémon is a mysterious place, with gameplay mechanics, the animé, and even the pokédex entries becoming the source of weird mysteries. The most fanatic constantly attempt to solve such mysteries, and that resulted in countless theories and straight-up creepypastas. Here are a few questions that captured my imagination, and the best explanations I could come up with.

 

1. The "Cubone's Dead Mother's Skull" Story

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The Mystery: Perhaps the favorite mystery Pokémon fans attempt to solve is "Who is Cubone's mother?", while ironically, this is also the most pointless one. The two most popular theories are Kangaskhan and Charizard (despite the obvious evidences to the contrary, like different skin color, different typing, the lack of fire at the end of the tail, and the fact that Cubone can be male, while Kangaskhan cannot). Besides, I thought it's been obvious from Day 1 who Cubone's mother is. (It's Marowak. You're welcome.)

Anyone who ever breeded a Cubone since Generation II knows that it already hatches from the egg with the skull mask and weapon, meaning both of those things are a part of his anatomy. Further evidence is Pokémon Origins, which shows a very much alive Marowak protecting her baby Cubone, who already wears the skull mask. Obviously, the "Skull of the dead mother" story is a lie, a fake rumor in the Pokémon world. The real mystery is... where does the rumor come from?

The Theory: I am forced to assume that male Marowaks are the pickup artists of the Pokémon world. Again, weird stuff, bear with me. Pickup artists are men with low self-esteem who make up for their insecurities by objectifying women and attempting to have sexual intercourse with as many of them as possible. And Marowaks have plenty of things to feel insecure about. They are a little bit on the short side, and they're not exactly muscular either. Also, it seems they think their face is ugly (they are born with masks on, for crying out loud!). They do their best to compensate for these by acting tough. Marowaks are known to be very aggressive, and with the Thick Club, their Attack stat is huge, making them heavy hitters. Hitting things doesn't get the bed warm, however, and because of the low self-esteem, Marowak is desperate to... bone. So he came up with a sob-story.

Losing a parent at such a young age has horrible childhood written all over it, which makes this tough guy an emotionally vulnerable tough guy (the kind of tough guy that gets the girl). Also, it's an important detail that the story is never about the skull of the dead father. It's always about the dead mother, the female parent. This makes female Pokémon of compatible Egg Groups think "Poor guy. He lost an important woman in his life. He needs another important woman in his life. Maybe... I could be that woman". And BAM! The trap is sprung. Yet another naïve girl. GO TEAM BONE!

2. Why are Shiny Pokémon More Common in Generation VI?

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The Mystery: In previous games, Shinies were few and far between. With a measly 1/8192 chance of a Pokémon being Shiny, many players went through entire games without finding one (save for the Red Gyarados in the Johto games). In the Generation VI games, not only the chance was doubled, to 1/4096, but several relatively simple methods were introduced to increase those chances even further. While still relatively rare, Shinies are more common than ever before, with most players having at least a box full of Shinies. So what happened?

The Theory: Incidentally, Generation VI also introduced the entirely new concept of Mega Evolution, which is possible because of Infinity Energy. In the ORAS Delta Episode, Zinnia says that there is another parallel dimension that doesn't have Infinity Energy or Mega Evolution (basically, the dimension Generations I-V take place in). Now, Shinies also exist in that dimension, but they are much, much rarer. So it seems there is a connection between Infinity Energy and the chances of a Pokémon being born as Shiny. Shininess is a rare genetic trait that is decided by birth, after all. It would also explain why a Shiny sparkles upon appearing, because Mega Evolution itself comes with a similar, although much more visible effect.

3. Why Can Mewtwo Mega Evolve?

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The Mystery: In the new timeline where Mega Evolution is possible (started by X/Y), a number of Pokémon can transform into temporary powered-up forms with the aid of held items called Mega Stones. These were not created by humans. So how come an artificial Pokémon like Mewtwo has not one, but two Mega forms? If anyone should have a Mega Evolution, it's Mew, because he is the original one, while Mewtwo is only a modified clone. (Also, it would have been a cool easter egg if Mewtwo's Mega Stones also worked on Mew.)

The Theory: In this new timeline, Mewtwo was created by paranoid scientists to protect mankind from the two most powerful known Pokémon in existence, Mega Rayquaza and Arceus, should either of them ever turn against humanity. So they took Mew's DNA and used it to make the ultimate Pokémon. The result was indeed very strong, but still not strong enough to counter those powerhouses. So the scientists started researching Mega Stones and Infinity Energy, until they finally managed to artificially produce two special Mega Stones to aid Mewtwo in such a hypothetical battle.

Mewtwonite Y greatly boosts Mewtwo's Special Attack, and increases its base stat total to 780. Mega Rayquaza's base stat total is... also 780. Coincidence? This, along with Mewtwo being capable of learning powerful Ice-type attacks such as Ice Beam and Blizzard, would make the Genetic Pokémon humanity's best bet against Mega Rayquaza, should the legendary dragon ever go on a rampage (even with Delta Stream lowering the damage of those moves). Mewtwonite X, on the other hand, not only greatly increases Mewtwo's Attack, but also adds a Fighting sub-type. While Arceus can change his type with its plates, its original type is Normal. Thus, Mega Mewtwo X would not only have a higher base stat total than God, it would also have a type advantage to it.

4. Why Can't Nidorina/Nidoqueen Breed? (Also, Shiny Nidoqueen Color Scheme)

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The Mysteries: The Nido line was the first in Pokémon history to have gender differences (even before genders were introduced, in fact!). Despite that, an interesting glitch has been plaguing the family since Generation II. Basically, Nidorina and Nidoqueen are not recognized by the games as the female versions of Nidorino and Nidoking. They are both in the Undiscovered Egg Group, which means they can't breed, not even with Ditto. This results in the somewhat creepy scenario when Nidoking can mate with a Nidoran(F), but not with a Nidorina or Nidoqueen. More like Pedoking, amirite?

Also, it's worth mentoning that Shiny Nidoqueen is the source of another mystery. In the first two evolutionary stages, Nidos of both genders take each other's regular color schemes when Shiny. In the final stage, however, Shiny Nidoking goes blue (which is the color of regular Nidoqueen), but Shiny Nidoqueen goes green. Regular Nidoking is purple, so Shiny Nidoqueen commits a serious dress code violation with that move. Why am I talking about these two things at the same time? Because, perhaps, these two mysteries are related.

The Theory: The female Nido's life cycle is the story of a confused girl realizing and accepting the fact that she's a lesbian. Sounds weird, I know. Bear with me. As a Nidoran(F), she desperately tries to fulfill the traditional female role of supporting her man and eventually becoming a mother. As such, she's willing to try for baby, while her Shiny form goes along with the reverse color scheme thing, agreeing they'd look cute together that way with Shiny Nidoran(M). When she evolves into Nidorina, she starts doubting herself, realizing she isn't happy. As such, she starts turning down Nidorino's advances in private. She also turns a blind eye to Nidorino seeing Ditto, accepting that he has urges she no longer wishes to satisfy.  The Shiny form still goes along with the reverse color scheme thing to make sure the family and friends don't suspect anything is wrong, not wanting to embarrass Shiny Nidorino. By the time she evolves into Nidoqueen, she goes through a lot of soul searching, finally deciding this relationship will never work out. Thinking all man are pigs and she's better off without them, Nidoqueen becomes a strong, independent feminist, and her Shiny form turns green out of spite. Shiny Nidoking keeps up the reverse color in memory of her, while struggling to accept that the only way to produce Nidoran offspring is with either Ditto or underage girls. He goes to Ditto with tears in his eyes.

5. What Happened to The Arms of Arceus?

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The Mystery: Arceus is said to have created the universe with its thousand arms. Despite that, it has no visible arms on its body, and can't learn any punch- or arm- related move. So what happened to those arms? Why are they not visible and why can't it use them in battle?

The Theory: Most likely, the 'arms' of Arceus were temporary body parts created by its mind to aid Arceus in creating the universe. Since it is presented as almighty, the most likely explanation is that it could use those arms anytime, but simply chooses not to. Because, after all, Arceus is a benevolent God. Those arms were powerful enough to build the goddamn universe, so turning them against its creations would most certainly be overkill. Those arms are likely to be so epic that punching a foe with them would not only faint them, but wipe them out of existence. Even when caught by a 10-year old, Arceus still cares about the well-being of its children enough to not kill them, even going so far as to refusing to learn or use punching moves.

6. Why Did Magikarp Get Weaker?

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The Mystery: In ancient times, it is said that Magikarp were significantly more powerful than the present-day splashing weaklings. However, something happened and they became much weaker. The whole point of evolution is the exact opposite of that, getting better to become more fit for survival. So what happened to Magikarp?

The Theory: Perhaps Magikarp were so powerful that they kept accidentally destroying their own territories and their food sources, thus starving to death. As such, it was in their best interest to get weaker. Weaker specimen required less energy (read: less food), and actually had plenty of sustenance to live on. Each generation got weaker and weaker until they really overdid it and became the laughingstock of the waters. At least, until they evolved and regained access to their full potential. Many Magikarps die before evolving (Pidgeot, in particular, is known to use them as food), so Gyarados are not nearly as common as the ancient Magikarp was, so they hardly pose a threat to the ecosystem. Since reviving extinct Pokémon from fossils is a recurring theme in the series, perhaps one day there will be a fossil for reviving the Ancient Magikarp as an entirely new Pokémon, maybe with its own Evolution/Mega Evolution. We can only hope.