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Absol

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Dark
Absol
(アブソル Abusoru)
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Disaster Pokémon Pokémon
Pokédex
National
359
Hoenn
Sinnoh
Unova
Kalos
Alola
Ability Gender
Pressure
Super Luck
Justified (Dream World)
50% ♀/ 50% ♂
Pokédex color Egg groups
White Unknown
Weight Height
103.6 lbs ??? 3'11" ???
Body style Footprint
BodyUnknown.png F359.png
Cry
Azurilland Pokédex
HP Attack Defense
65 130 60
Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
75 60 75
Total
465

[[Category:White Pokémon]]


Absol (Japanese: アブソル Abusoru) is a Dark-type Pokémon introduced in Generation III. It can learn most TMs and is known as the 'disaster' Pokémon.

Appearance

Absol in the anime

Absol has a dark blue face, tail, and scythe-like growth on the right side of its head. Some believe this to be an abnormal development of its right ear. Despite its appearance, this "scythe" is actually very soft to the touch, particularly whenever Absol is not tense or angry; when it does become so, the "scythe" lights up and becomes dangerously strong and sharp, though Absol will not use this to actually harm its instigator. Like owls, it seems to have one ear point upward and one point downward, supposedly to hear the exact location a sound is coming from. Absol is a very good-natured Pokémon that warns people of up-coming disasters by appearing before them. When it is not warning people in nearby cities, it spends its time up in the mountains. They have a snowy-white coat that is very soft to the touch.

Absol is widely believed to be based on the Bai Ze, a white beast taking the form of a lion that, in Chinese mythology, came down from the mountains and warned the city of an oncoming plague. In Japan this creature is known as the Kutabe. It is also distinguished as having a horn or horns, vicious claws, and sometimes having extra eyes on its head or back. However, it may also be based on the Egyptian Sphinx. Also worth noting is the design of the head: mostly white fur on the head with a small dark blue gem in the forehead, a dark blue face, and a scythe-like blade along its face. This design, and Absol itself, seems to be based on the symbol and principles of yin and yang.

Absol’s claim to fame (or infamy) is that it appears whenever a natural disaster is about to happen. Absol uses its sharp senses to detect subtle changes in the sky and the land, and with its knowledge of natural balance it can predict oncoming natural disasters (it may also be able to use its Future Sight technique in a similar way that Gardevoir or Espeon use to sense dangers to its trainer). It apparently carries a concern for the safety of humans because, once it detects the coming of a disaster, it goes off to the nearest human settlements to warn the people. In addition to Absol's personality, Absol's cry resembles a warning siren. Unfortunately, over time people have developed a misunderstood view of the Pokémon; they held a superstitious belief that Absol had a cause-and-effect relationship with disasters like earthquakes, gaining it a classic “bad luck” image. However, to the population of people who have come to understand the Pokémon, Absol is popular as a pet and as a Pokémon partner in areas prone to natural disasters because it can warn its owners of large-scale danger, making it a significantly valuable Pokémon for any trainer to have when facing the many dangers of the Pokémon world.

Special abilities

Absol can learn Slash, Psycho Cut, Shadow Claw, X-Scissor and Night Slash.

In the games

Absol plays a role in Red and Blue Rescue Team where it saves you and your partner from Articuno's wrath after you defeat it in battle. Then Absol joins you on your journey to meet Ninetales.

Evolution

Absol does not evolve.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Location Rarity
Ruby/ Sapphire Route 120 Rare
Emerald Route 120 Rare
FireRed/ LeafGreen Trade None
Diamond/ Pearl Route 213 Swarm
Platinum Mt. Coronet Rare
HeartGold/SoulSilver Any cave (requires Hoenn Sound) Rare
Black/White Route 13, Giant Chasm Rare

Pokédex entries

Generations I - II
Absol did not appear during the Generation I - II games.
Ruby
Every time Absol appears before people, it is followed by a disaster such as an earthquake or a tidal wave. As a result, it came to be known as the disaster Pokémon.
Sapphire
Absol has the ability to foretell the coming of natural disasters. It lives in a harsh, rugged mountain environment. This Pokémon very rarely ventures down from the mountains.
Emerald
It sharply senses even subtle changes in the sky and the land to predict natural disasters. It is a long-lived Pokémon that has a life-span of 100 years.
FireRed
It appears when it senses an impending natural disaster. As a result, it was mistaken as a doom-bringer.
LeafGreen
It appears when it senses an impending natural disaster. As a result, it was mistaken as a doom-bringer.
Diamond
It senses coming disasters and appears before people only to warn them of impending danger.
Pearl
It senses coming disasters and appears before people only to warn them of impending danger.
Platinum
Rumored to sense danger with its horn, it became a target. It fled deep into the mountains.
HeartGold
It has the ability to foretell natural disasters. Its life span is over a hundred years.
SoulSilver
It has the ability to foretell natural disasters. Its life span is over a hundred years.
Black
Rumored to sense danger with its horn, it became a target. It fled deep into the mountains.
White
Rumored to sense danger with its horn, it became a target. It fled deep into the mountains.
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Learnset

Generation IV

Main article: Absol/Learnset Generation IV

Origins

Name origin

The name "Absol" could mean "absence" of "sol," or sunlight, which may refer to the fact that there is no sunlight (figuratively) or happiness (literally) in a natural disaster, explains why it is a Dark-type, and also why it is a nocturnal Pokémon. Another possible etymology comes from the word "absolve", i.e. Absol is absolved of any responsibility once the people have been warned. The name could also come from "absorb" or "absolution". Its name could also mean "absolute" because white is an absolute color, and in the game the dark blue areas appear black, also an absolute.

Trivia

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