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000 - Missingno. by Devi-Tiger 000 - Missingno. by Devi-Tiger
Missingno (Japanese: けつばん Ketsuban) is a name shared by several glitch Pokémon in Pokémon Red, Blue, and also Yellow. The name is most commonly used to refer to a Normal/Bird-type glitch Pokémon whose sprite consists of corrupted data. It is arguably the most well-known glitch Pokémon in the game series.

The Missingno. most commonly encountered during glitches is a Normal/Bird-type Pokémon, whose sprite is a backwards letter "L"-shaped chunk of "fuzz". Bird is a beta type that was deleted from the game; it functions identically to Normal. The sprite results from the game treating non-graphical data as an image. This form of Missingno. almost always knows Sky Attack and Water Gun; of particular note is the fact that it knows two Water Guns.  Missingno.'s stats will change depending on the player's last party Pokémon.

The sprite Missingno.'s use in the party screen is composed of random 8-by-8-pixel tiles shown on-screen. This means that it is often composed of chunks of terrain and NPCs. Viewing a Missingno.'s stats screen causes a similar scrambling effect: most, if not all, all in-battle Pokémon and Trainer sprites become scrambled. Viewing the stats of a normal Pokémon fixes the problem, or if Missingno.'s level goes to 100 it will also fix but if you look at Missingno.'s stats it will revert. Unlike most glitch Pokémon, whose names consist of data cobbled together from random locations, Missingno.'s name is clearly a deliberately-added abbreviation of "missing number". This is because "Missingno." was added as a name for the empty slots to avoid the game crashing if a glitch Pokémon was encountered.

Other forms of Missingno. use the fossilized Aerodactyl and Kabutops sprites from the Pewter City museum. The fourth form uses the sprite shown when one encounters a Ghost Pokémon in the Pokémon Tower without having the Silph Scope. These are actually separate glitch Pokémon that share a name; they can be distinguished both by their sprite and by their differing characteristics. "Fuzz" Missingno., for example, uses a fixed moveset, whereas the fossil and ghost Missingno.s' moves change depending on the last Pokémon in one's party (among other things). The fossil Missingno.s' also tend to turn into Rhydon upon capture, if a player hasn't yet viewed their (empty) Pokédex entries.

Though they are all distinct, all known Missingno. forms have several properties in common. They all share the Pokédex number 000. Encountering Missingno. will increase the quantity of the sixth item in a player's inventory to above 128. This is because the bit used to keep track of whether Missingno. has been caught is also part of the byte used to track the quantity of the sixth item in a player's inventory. This was most commonly used to create 'unlimited' supplies of Master Balls, Rare Candies, PP Maxes, Max Revives, and Nuggets - to name but a few.

Old Man Trick
The player should start by viewing the Old Man's Pokémon catching tutorial in Viridian City. Immediately afterward, the player should Fly to Cinnibar Island and Surf on the east coast (the half-land half-sea tiles). They should not, at any point, swim onto a fully-water tile. This is how you encounter Missingno. This glitch works because of a programming oversight. When the Old Man's tutorial is displayed, the game needs to change the player's name to "OLD MAN", so that the in-game dialogue states that "OLD MAN threw a Poké Ball!". After the tutorial, the name is copied back, replacing "OLD MAN".

Unfortunately, Game Boys do not possess a lot of free memory. In an effort to make the most of all available RAM, the game copies the player's name into the space used to keep track of what wild Pokémon can be seen in the current location. The programmers reasoned that such an action normally wouldn't cause any glitches because the correct data for wild Pokémon available is written to this area in memory whenever the player travels to an area where it is possible to catch wild Pokémon.

There was one critical mistake that the developers made, however. The Cinnabar Island map, like the maps of all cities in the game, does not contain any wild Pokémon data. However, the east coast tiles were coded to trigger wild Pokémon battles. The effect is that when the player travels from a city to Cinnabar Island directly, the wild Pokémon list is not rebuilt. This means that when sailing on Cinnabar's east coast, the player will encounter whatever wild Pokémon were available at the last area they were traveling in. (This is a useful trick for catching Safari Zone Pokémon; after exiting the Zone, fly immediately to Cinnabar and Surf on the east coast. You'll be able to battle Kangaskhans and the like on your own terms.)

However, when performing the Old Man Trick, the wild Pokémon data holds the player's name, rather than the wild Pokémon available at the last location the player explored. When a wild battle occurs on Cinnabar's east coast, the game will read the player's name as wild Pokémon. The effect is that the text characters in the player's name does not always correspond to normal Pokémon, meaning that you would encounter glitched Pokémon, like Missingno.. Another thing to note is that most legitimate Pokemon can be encountered with this method, including Mewtwo, and even some "wild" Trainers that have glitched parties and may crash your game. Hunting these without experience with glitch Pokemon is inadvised.
pokemon.wikia.com/wiki/Missing…
(The information surrounding Missingno. is a lot more technical than I've described - believe me when I say that I tried to condense it!)

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sd3395 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Nice!
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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duckensio Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love missngno, It is very mysterious
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
And very handy :D
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YamiLegendRider Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh god, I'm too much of a noob for Pokemon to know these from game, but I ran into the Wikipedia article while looking for something else, and read EVERYTHING about glitch Pokemon one night. Bad idea at 3 am, these things give me the weirdest of creeps. 8'D...... 
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha! It is pretty creepy. Especially the one crawling out a grave hehe
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YamiLegendRider Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o__o Well, I just realised they're zombie Pokemon.
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
lol, Lavender Town theme tune, I choose you! hehe
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YamiLegendRider Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great choice if you have nothing better to do for next 3 hours.
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks
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YamiLegendRider Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD
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CetaSoul Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I knew the mechanics on how to get missingno. but not the mechanics on why it happens. I always found it funny to mess the game up like that. Then when I view the hall of fame it's all messed up too
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was so careful and scared of what I did with Missingno. I treasure my Pokemon and my game saves. Find it, kill it, done. As soon as you capture it, you're in trouble. Its fun watching youtube videos of the game messing up though hehe
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CetaSoul Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why does catching it mess up the game so much?
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I can't remember all the technicalities. Something about the game not knowing how to handle it. Like most things in life, Missingno is amazing and will fasttrack your life. Overdo it though, and you crash and burn... So its all good lol
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CetaSoul Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I see
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Dr-InSean Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
Dang.  Just when I thought I knew everything there was to know about Missingno...

Thanks for the history lesson!  I lived through Missingo back in the day, but it's always nice to know that something you did as a kid is considered "historic."

The Missingo patch looks exactly like he/she/it/they do in the game!  It's kinda creepy...
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No worries, it was enlightening for me too - and trust me, there is a LOT more info on it. The web link where I got it from is at the bottom of the description.

It is eerie just how accurate that sprite is, I must say :)

Thank you for your comment :hug:
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Dr-InSean Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
I'm definitely gonna have to give that whole article a read sometime....Probably won't understand a bit of it, but I'll still give it a shot.

It's amazing how glitches and "hidden content" were such a HUGE thing about video games back then.  There are still glitches and dumped content in games today, sure, but they're more like bugs that force you to reset rather than bizarre rituals you could perform to win the game.  There also isn't nearly as much mysticism and legend surrounding them.
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know! The glitches these days suck. They just don't make them the way they used to...
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Dr-InSean Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
Yeah...They literally don't make 'em the way they used to anymore.

On one hand, sophisticated game technology means bigger, better games.  On the other hand, it means programmers don't take as many lazy shortcuts or make bizarre oversights, which results in fewer Missingno's.

If only there was some way we could have our cake and eat it too...
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah...
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Cyb3rM3w Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just so cool. :D
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D
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Cyb3rM3w Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! ^-^
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BeadGCF17 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Niice!
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D Always happy to meet fans of Missingno. :wave:
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I heard somewhere that if you travel around Lumios city in X or Y, and you look at a certain door at a certain angle, you can see the outline of Missingno.
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I guess with the tall buildings in Lumiose and the lights in the buildings, it wouldnt be too hard to find a look-a-like :p
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I think it's a specific door you can enter (like a Cafe or shop). I saw an image of it once, but I don't remember where the door was, and I think it was a deliberate easter egg. In the picture you see a faint, but distinct, backwards "L" shape of Missingno.
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joshuanjohnson3 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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extremespeeds Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"Everything should and must be me... huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuumaaaaaaaan..."
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lol, creepy :) Also reminds me of Team Four Star's Raditz in the first episode lol
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extremespeeds Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
XD True. But Linkara truly made this glitch scary
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Miloceane Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great job! This one must be such a pain to cross stitch! *admires* :)
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D Actually, I really enjoyed doing it :) I did all of the white first, and that looked and felt weird :) then I did the purple and that's when it got exciting :D
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Miloceane Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah yes, it's always more exciting when you start adding colors that are different than the background! :p
How long did it take in total, if I may ask? :)
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yesh :) I think I started it late-ish one evening (so about 8pm on a work night...) and finished it the following evening :) 
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Miloceane Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ok, thanks! :)
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Professional Artist
Ok, this is very cool :)
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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AngelMariaStars Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Wow, I thought you were dedicated doing all the Unown.... but to do a non-pokemon(glitched).. that's REAL dedication. ^_^ Awesome job!
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :glomp: I love all the comments I'm getting on Missingno. I guess all/most of the younger Generation wouldn't know what it is, but we know ;) 
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AngelMariaStars Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
The younger gen missed out on so much early Pokemon fun, ne? ^_^
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
*sigh* yes, they sure did. I have two little sisters, and every morning before school they watch the latest Pokemon episode on TV,. But they've come into it 4-5 Gens too late, so they didn't believe me when I tried to explain that there are loads before them - until I showed them on my ds :D It fascinates them that I know all of their names :) I love them :hug:
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AngelMariaStars Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Wow... I'm an only child so I'm envious that you have siblings. I know the original Poke Rap so well it's not even funny. ^_^
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, that is impressive. i tend to get tongue tied with it =p
Yeah :) The age gap is hard at times, but I love being with them :) In some ways though, I tend to feel like an auntie than a sister. But I love them to bits. I was an only child until I was 14, but my dad and brother lived too far away for the whole sibling thing to hit. It was until my mum had another daughter when I was 15 that I got the idea :)
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AngelMariaStars Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
I used to get tongue tied with it too. However, I've listened to it more times than I can count and as a result I know it quite well. ^_^
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Devi-Tiger Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fair enough :)
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