Lampent Knows When You Are Going To Die

By Zack Zwiezen on at

Every Pokémon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a tonne of Pokémon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokémon! It’s Lampent!

Lampent Details

Type: Ghost/Fire

Average Height: 60 centimetres

Average Weight: 13 kilograms

First Added In Generation V

Do you remember that Nickelback video for the song Savin’ Me? Don’t worry, I barely remembered it either but I did a Google search for “Music video with numbers of people’s heads” and found it. In the video we see a bloke running around a city and above people’s heads are numbers counting down the seconds they have to live. Once it hits zero, they die. That’s what, I think, Lampent sees.

According to Pokédex entries, Lampent can sense when people are about to die. It then shows up and steals the person’s spirit. That seems a bit dark. What does it use these stolen spirits for? Well, to feed its own flame, of course.

As is often with these Pokémon posts, I have questions about a lot of this, but I doubt there are any answers. I do wonder, however, are ghost Pokémon not actually Pokémon but just ghosts? Has this been explored in the games or anime at all? Like, do ghosts just exist in this universe but people mistake them for Pokémon?

According to Bulbapedia, Lampent will sometimes work with a Litwick to help lead people to the Ghost World. It steals life energy while it does this, so it isn't a fully charitable act. Actually, leading people to a place called Ghost World doesn’t exactly sound like a good thing. Lampent is kind of horrible.

Favourite Fan Art

Illustration: TerraTerraCotta (DeviantArt)

Yeah, Lampent. What the hell? Quit hanging around hospitals and clinics, you're sick. Imagine sitting in a room with your ill grandma and suddenly a Lampent flies slowly into the room and chills near you all. Not a great moment.

Random Facts

  • Lampents actually do hang around hospitals and creep around cities. As you might expect, people fear them.
  • Lampents represent October in the Unova horoscope system.
  • Hey, I’m sorry I compared Lampent to a Nickelback video. That wasn’t cool. I would certainly not leave any comments about it.