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The Origin of MissingNo by Jaden-Lau The Origin of MissingNo by Jaden-Lau
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It's been around for a while, but I couldn't find it on DeviantArt, so here it is: the origin of MissingNo.
Please :+fav: if this blows your mind.

Time: 2 minutes
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©MissingNo, Kangaskhan, Cubone, etc. belong to Nintendo.
®For my own personal art, under the name Jaden Lau

EDIT: "The true reason the glitch Pokémon evolve into Kangaskhan is due to the fact that Kangaskhan is among the very first Pokémon in the game's internal indexing; when Missingno attempts to evolve, it simply evolves into the next slot. It may also evolve into Rhydon."
Just to clear anything up.
EDIT: "So the evolutionary path for Kangaskhan young is determined by whether or not the mother lives? That just raises further questions, really."
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Raventhemerbgirl Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The actual truth of missingno is that during the pokeball instruction prerequisite the game basically codes YOU as a pokemon temporarily to show that sequence with you not in control- and if you go to this place, for some reason thats the pokemon data it tries to pull up. Which is infinitely creepy imo- encountering missingno is encountering a broken, empty, corrupted double of yourself
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StrandedGeek Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Actually according to Wikipedia:

"Encountering a MissingNo. Pokémon is the result of three computing events. The first is the game's random battle encounter system; each area assigns values to Pokémon in a data buffer, which the game accesses for the player's encounters with wild Pokémon. However, no values are assigned to this buffer on the east coast of the Cinnabar and Seafoam Island locations—the information from the previously visited area is used instead.[8] The second factor is the in-game tutorial, which temporarily stores the player's name in the data buffer. This causes the game to access the hexadecimal values of the player's name for Pokémon encounters at Cinnabar and Seafoam Island. The third factor is the game's error handling system; if the game selects a value from the data buffer that is not an existing Pokémon, a subroutine is triggered that causes the appearance of a Pokémon named MissingNo., short for "Missing Number".  "

It's always been just a small programing quirk,  to put it simply when you encounter MissingNo. the game is trying to call data where there is none. Part of it has to do with the fact that the originally there were going to be more than just 150 pokemon 199 actually but the game boy couldn't fit them all in which why some of them were introduced into Gen2.

The Reason why it evolves into a Rhydon is (while not the first in the pokedex) because it was the first pokemon to be programed into the game. 2nd was Kangaskhan. Rhydon was the first pokemon to be created so if you were to go look it up you'll find that there is a list of when the pokemon was coded into the first game & it maybe possible that they were put into the game the same time they were created with Victorybelle being the last in the list.

There you go a more through explanation in case anyone asks.
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DJ-Thundercrash Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016
It's a bit more complicated then that. MISSINGNO is error handler (oddly enough, since Pokemon RGB are rather famous for having almost no error handling) that is used when you encounter a pokemon that was cut from the final release. However, if you manage to encounter a pokemon with a hex index that falls outside of cut parameters, error handling does not kick in and game tries to read random information due to bad data pointers. That is why MISSINGNO is relatively safe glitch, while some others are considerably more risky ('M is not particularly unsafe either). Risky ones are those that have superglitch move (a move that has improperly long name, which overloads buffer and writes over other game variables) and ZZAZZ trainers, which due to miscalculating money reward, overwrite every first and second byte (it changes your name to ZZxZZxZZ..., hence name ZZAZZ).
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StrandedGeek Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016
We're a bunch of nerds! ^.^
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Crazy-Viverrid Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
actually, missingno is a bird/normal type.
ouo and cubone's are born with their skull mask.
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Kerian-halcyon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Equation: Mind=Blown has been achieved
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CatGengar Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
not to be rude, but this isn't the case at all. Marowak probably was intented to evolve into Kangaskhan at one time, but that's not why missingno's there. it's just a placeholder for the 39 Pokémon GameFreak decided not to include in the final Red and Blue/Green.
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Princessofdark0 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Missingno. is a real thing, yes, and in the begining of the game they were making Kangaskhan and wanted it to evolve from something, in the editing they decided its fine to have it carrying the baby in its belly (the little pouch). They didnt remove the coding (nobody knows why) and aparently, the coding was set to 0. There was suppost to be a "Your Pokemon has died!" script in witch instead of evolving into Kangaskhan, the baby would then become a Cubone. There are others they deleted, and thus there are now many missingno. in games that can be caught. But doing so can cause a game crash, strange events to occour, your save file being deleted, ect. The true form of the original Missingno. is unknown, but the Phantom form has been confirmed to be NOT TRUE. It is a fan-based lie.

This is based from information and other peoples theories, therefore, I do not claim any of this but the Phantom to be true. I have no idea about the Kabutos one. I am sorry if I have made you mad in anyway, and if I have, sorry ^^;
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001ef Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
it is Khangaschan.
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waterfuzzy Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe the part about Kangaskhan, but not Cubone.
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The-Starry-true Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
missingno is just an error handler nothing more nothing less
when it evolves it is trying to replace a pokemon that dosent exist with a pokemon that dose
kangashkhan and rhydon are common evos of it because they have a hex no of 1 or 2
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
To the best of my knowledge, MissingNo. is what happens when the game programming tries to call a Pokemon index number (ie, to generate a Pokemon for a wild battle), and the number it calls isn't one that represents an actual Pokemon. This can only happen by deliberately exploiting any of a number of glitches that will cause the next Pokemon index number to be called to be replaced by something else, say, a trainer index number, an item index number, or a stat value from one of your Pokemon. For instance, with the Ditto glitch, the next Pokemon or trainer you (should) battle after you defeat the wild Ditto will have the index number equal to the Special stat of whichever of your Pokemon the wild Ditto Transformed into, and the level will be equal to its attack stage.

Your explanation is cooler.
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breadstiix Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
also, some say creepy black was fake, and part of me doesn't believe that because there was a group of hackers who had made creepy black version off of fire red, and the hack was never completed and the group left because of unwanted attention towards them, so let me ask this... how did THEY find out about creepy black... wouldn't they had to have known it existed from a friend of theirs (the person who had the game originally) I mean, come on, they couldn't have just sat there and said "hey let's make a bootleg version, act like we didn't make it, and then sell it, have that person find out and then somehow have them contact us and make a ROM hack off of fire red". I mean come on people, I don't see how it could be fake because of that reason and I am doing research and I am dying to know if any of this is real... :P
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breadstiix Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
i haven't really heard the ho-oh theory that much, but wait do any of you know the bootleg version? pokemon creepy black? does missing no have a connection to that scary game? because missing no copies the form of the ghost sprite marowak, and you can get missing no in the ghost sprite form depending on the letters corresponding in your name, I was wondering this because in the bootleg version the ghost sprite automatically joins your party and I was wondering if there could be a connection to missing no that way I am doing reswach and missing no just doesn't make sense to me with all of the theories, and I am searching for answers... so if anyone could help me that would be great :)
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Jaden-Lau Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha well of course Red and Blue came out before Creepy Black, so I highly doubt there's an existing connection seeing as every bootleg was based on an existing game cartridge, no?

And also -- love your profile picture. I recognize that as the fox from Maple...?
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breadstiix Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
oh yeah I love the samhihos from there, but what about buried alive and the ite hand theory? Some say they were real and then scrapped because it wasn't appropriate for kids, others say it was purely fan made...
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RukahTsubasa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
amazing! I played the blue game in 1998 and had no idea that thats why missing no. existed. I learned the secret to finding this 'Pokemon" from a friend lol
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MalinaDog Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I read, that MissingNo. was created by some people that
wanted to copy Pokémon.
I heard this:
Supposedly it formed because some people were copying each pokemon, and some repeated and wanted to delete them, but there was no way of deleting them. Also I heard too, that MissingNo. is
a virus of the game, that if you found it, can make to many changes to the game.

I don´t know if this is true, but your explication hears more logic.
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Soltrajik Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this may sound stupid, but my theory is missingno was like a test pokemon.
Like to make sure the health would go down and it would level up and shit.
If it's a baby Kangaskhan explain the bird type.
Sorry, just my theory.
In my mind it was like a test pidgey but the changed bird type to flying and maybe they accidently didn't delete it or it got back in the game.
Just my theory, don't get angry at meh. :C XD
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Jaden-Lau Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, no, I'd never get angry at you, haha especially for something that can't be proven.

Sounds like a legit theory, although to be honest I've no idea at all. (:
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Soltrajik Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think anyone has really any idea XD
Thanks~
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Aquos4 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
amazing theory :D
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rabbitt-lord Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't know this, too cool.
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Isabeladenicola Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student General Artist
WHY,BABY KANGHASKHAN???
WHHHHHHHHHHHHY????
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kibapikakruomi69 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Actually you guys, Missing no is pokemon/events/items that have been deleted by Nintendo but the coding still existed therefore making it a Missingno. It is true about the kangashkan and how its baby is cubone and marowak evolves into kangashkan, it is true about the ho-oh stuff. It's true if you combine the pixels it'll be a ho-oh but it seems a little off from todays one. So I'm guessing they deleted that version and made the todays version in there. When pokemon was made the first generation was suppose to have 190 okemon. What happened to the other numbers not excisting? Deleted by nintendo but the coding excisted and making a missing no. Also the old man stuff is ALSO true. So guys, missingno is basically things nintendo dleted and the coding still xcisted. Though probably you won't be seeing any missing no's anymore in future games like pokemon silver, black, white, and other future games that could pop up. Kk well hope I helped bye!~~~
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breadstiix Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student General Artist
when was missing no created because I have the really old blue version, and how does it evolve, I never caught it :ohnoes:
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kibapikakruomi69 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Actually you guys, your'e all correct you see, Missingno is basically codings from pokemon/items/techniques that nintendo didn't delete completly therefore making it a missing no. The one about the old man is true, cubone be kangashkans baby and marowak evolving into kangashkan, also true, though also there are some, where if you out the pixels together they turn out to be a very generic version of the pokemon we have today, which nintendo deleted to revise it. I think by now nintendo possibly could have fixed the malfunction (missingno) and most likely you won't be seeing them in any future pokemon games. Well I am surely glad to straighten things out have a good day! :)
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PlanetXiN Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011   Digital Artist
wow I love this
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Smallsthe1st Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually don't think Ninty owns MissingNo since it wasn't supposed to exist.
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Hawnte Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011   General Artist
Actually, since it's in the Nintendo game; Nintendo owns it. You can't take something from a game they created and call it your own, even if you were the first person to discover the glitch.

Though they didn't intend for MissingNo. to occur, it happened because of deleted pokemon data. They had originally intended put something into the game, and since it was still buggy, deleted it. Instead of going though all the trouble to remove all the coding they simply put it into a slot with a missing number. Thus, MissingNo. was formed.

It was simply due to the fact that the coders didn't know the graphics all that well, and didn't realize that putting something with the code "0" would result in game glitches if a player were to carry out certain tasks within the game that aren't supposed to take place.

We can honestly say that Nintendo and Game Freak have come a long way in producing Pokemon games. They have exceptional knowledge of graphical design and coding, and their games are astonishing because of it.

MissingNo. was never meant to be in the game, yes Kangaskhan was Cubones mother and yes there was supposed to be a "You pokemon has died" script in which the baby would become a Cubone instead of an adult Kangaskhan.

All the information I've supplied you with is true based on knowledge, and the game creators information they've posted and uploaded for us all to see. The coding thing was my own assumption, and if they had known it would mess up the game I don't think they'd put it in.
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Smallsthe1st Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I never said I claimed MissingNo, nor did I say I was sure. I don't claim to be an expert in copyright laws. Thank you for the information though, I didn't know that last bit about Kangaskhan being cubone's mother. They do look alike, though.
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Hawnte Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011   General Artist
Oh sorry. x3; I must have read your post wrong then.
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Smallsthe1st Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's fine. ^^ At least you weren't a complete arse about it.
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Jaden-Lau Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm. Possibly.
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frosty0993 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
It crossed my mind too
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Slithersoul Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry to break it to you but
A) The skull couldn't fit over the baby Kanga's head with those dimensions
B) The Marowak is the Cubone's mother, and Kangaskhans are far larger than Marowaks, so they cannot be one and the same
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Hawnte Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011   General Artist
Actually, from the information released by Nintendo themselves over the years, the story is true.
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Jaden-Lau Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Marowak is just the evolution of Cubone... theoretically, Nintendo could've removed an evolutionary link between Marowak and Kangaskhan.
In addition, while the Pokedex may state the physical specifications of Kangaskhan, Cubone, and Marowak, it gives no hint as to the size of the young.
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FroslassManiac Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That would explain the fact why it evolves in kangaskahn, but why it knows sky attack twice remains a mystery.
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Neko-Noskire Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
now that this is put into perspective im now wondering if real life "ghosts" and "demons" might be a form of missingno
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Jaden-Lau Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O____O"

Uh... creepypasta?
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Pony-Apocalypse Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
ive been reaserching this for a year and found alot of interesting theorys (this being 1 of them) that baby kangah, cubone, marowak and kangahskhan are linkend to missingno.

or that it was supposed to be a 3rd evolution to kanghskhan

and that it was supposed to be a 4th legendary bird

my lst theory was that if you unscramble the pixles it will make a ho-oh

the fact is we all may never know unless satoshi explains it himself
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Zarcoal Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
This is so scary and incredible that my head just mighr expldoe X.X' I never thought of it that way... There MIGHT being a connection with Cubone and Kangaskhan's baby... Graaaah SO CONFUSING YET AMAZING! I must fav this, I wanna look furthur into this MissingNo pokemon mystery >.>
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Jaden-Lau Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahah, it's not true.
If you research enough, you'll find the truth. (:
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Zarcoal Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Aww, it's not true? D: Sad face :( Oh well XD
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Lilac453 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011   Writer
I love MissingNo.!
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Axel-Comics Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has definitely got me thinking...hmmm. Thanks for getting me to put on my detective hat :D.
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Jaden-Lau Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome! ^__^
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MBLOCK Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man I just love how you did Missingno on this!! So spiderweb nice! And of course this is a cool theory!
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Loki-Megabyte Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting theory I knew about the programming and that if you gave missingno a rare candy it would turn into kangaskhan.But I never connected the possibility of the cubone having to do anything with it.(Has verified sprite analysis)I wonder if it was gonna the baby kangaskhan as a stand alone Pokemon.anyways baby's were implemented in later generations games.Thanks on shedding some light on this Pokemon mystery.
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