Since the days of 8/16-bit pixels and Game Boy consoles, I’ve a fan of the Pokémon video game franchise. My choice of poison type-wise? Ghost, preferably the first and only ghostly family in the Red, Blue, and Yellow Versions: the Gastly evolution line. If a game calls for a wild Gastly or Haunter in the storyline, I always make sure I snatch one up and raise it to its final move (via leveling up, that is) before I trade it off so I can have a Gengar on my team. Don’t ask me why, but I just love those Ghosties, especially when I saw their movesets in Generation IV. (The fact that their Ability is Levitate, they have high Sp. Attack stats, and they’re immune to Normal-type attacks such as Selfdestruct and Explosion are just some of the reasons why I feel the need to include them on my team.)
But then came along Pokémon X & Y Versions, the sixth generation games of the franchise, as well as a new concept for many fully evolved Pokémon: Mega Evolution. And guess who made that list. Yup, good ol’ goofy Gengar! I wasn’t completely surprised, but when I saw his ME form, I almost wished that I didn’t. To tell you the truth, I was hoping Mega Gengar would be something more than just a three-eyed ghoul whose body is halfway in the ground with arms similar to Darmanitan’s (or if you need something more realistic, think of either an orangutan or a gorilla). And what’s worse–Gengar could no longer use its Levitate ability as Mega Gengar! I guess that means I can’t Mega Evolve if I’m up against a Ground-type that knows Magnitude and/or Earthquake. Bummer.
Mind you, I haven’t bought either game yet, let alone a 3DS. I didn’t want to at first, but a fellow gamer told me about how the encounter rates for a shiny Pokémon are higher than in past generations, which makes coming across one less rare. Well, I’ve always wanted a shiny Gastly, and at the rate I’m going in my Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum versions, I’d probably be better off finding one in X or Y.
Now, I said all this first so I can let you in on a little conspiracy theory I came up with the other night. You might not have known this, but for a few years, I’ve been a Pokémon creepypasta enthusiast; I enjoy reading fans’ attempt to create a dark side to a game I’ve loved since my middle school days: Glitchy Red, Gary’s Raticate, Lost Silver, Lavender Town Syndrome, and, my personal favorite, Creepy Black/Cursed Black, or just simply Pokémon Black (prior to the actual game). Most of them can be “busted” if you do your research or you go back to the original game and read through the dialogue. The only creepypasta that I, along with other fans, can’t seem to bust in its entirety is the theory of Gary’s/Blue’s Raticate.
So, may present to you another theory, based out of Lavender Town in Generation I:
There’s a little girl standing outside of the haunted Pokémon Tower. She asks you if you believe in GHOSTs. A pop-up window appears on your screen with two choices: YES and NO. If you select YES, she replies with, “Really? So there are believers…” If you select NO, she answers back, “Hahaha, I guess not. That white hand on your shoulder, it’s not real.”
Hmm, Ghosts… White hand… Lavender Town… What Ghost Pokémon of Lavender Town lore could possibly have white hands?
Then, it dawned on me.
Now, Shiny Mega Gengar might not look entirely white here, but in the video games, he does. Therefore, it would make sense to me to believe that Mega Evolution, or at least Gengar’s, was already in the works since Generation I.
But what about you? What do you think?