Pokemon Weekly - Yamask used to be human?

Pokemon X and Y might be old news now, but we at GamesRadar are continually fascinated by these creatures we call Pokemon, so we continue to investigate their many mysteries in our weekly show on the topic! This episode of Pokemon Weekly deals the nature of the soul, specifically Yamask's. Is it really a lost soul, trapped to carry a mask version that resembles it's old (living) face? We ponder that ghoulish thought in the video below, and when you're done think about your own mortality, you're free to move on to our Pokemon X and Y reviewcomplete Pokedex, and guides to Mega Stone locations and Pokemon-amie, along with subscribing to our YouTube channel so you don't miss another episode.

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  • Fubar_jr - January 15, 2014 10:57 a.m.

    I've always felt the odd pokedex entries aren't from disturbing pokemon, but from the kids collecting them. They weight, measure and enter anything they know about it into the 'Dex. It could be based of observation, lies from folklore, or their own imagination. No adult is collecting this info. They're having children do it for them. And kids like to come up with some crazy stuff, because its cool, or to scare other kids and make them look cooler.
  • codystovall - January 15, 2014 11:19 p.m.

    Maybe pokemon are imaginary creatures, thought forms brought about by childrens imagination.
  • GOD - January 15, 2014 1:47 a.m.

    Here's my attempt at explaining why they made that the description: Yamask in Japanese is Desumasu which is roughly "death mass" but the english name is likely a combination of "yama" and "mask." The mask part is obvious, but Yama (according to wikipedia) is a deity of death in many religions, with one description being that he became the leader of the dead because he was the first mortal to die. This seems to tie in the part about Yamask previously being mortal. The rest is likely just made up to explain the design of the character. Since we also don't know what the japanese pokedex entry is, it could very well have been created as a combination of the english name's etymology and its physical appearance. I'm sure when they're designing pokemon, some of they are the product of combining things in your head (for example an elephant and a tire to get Donphan) and the rest are from people basically sketching out designs and seeing what works. I'm sure the latter is even more true for ghost types, who don't really have any real world basis for their appearance being ghosts. Although they hasn't stopped them from making ghost chandeliers and ghost hot air balloons.
  • codystovall - January 14, 2014 6:55 p.m.

    Maybe just an in-universe legend, yamask has a teardrop design, is a ghost and is obsessed with masks. So a person sees this, and makes up that legend.
  • GOD - January 14, 2014 8:32 p.m.

    Basically just like how ancient people would attribute rain to the gods and other weird beliefs. While doing a quick search for examples of weird beliefs held about animals, I found this quote from an ancient Roman writer who put in what was basically an early encyclopedia: "When CRANES squawk, they bring on rain showers. So it is said — and also, that cranes have some sort of power which arouses women and causes them to dispense sexual favors. I take this at the word of those who have seen it happen." So you shouldn't fear the mysterious Yamask, and should definitely find out how to get a pet crane.

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