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What is that Pokémon?

If you've been living in a cave these past 5 or 6 years (or just never played any of the Game Boy Games), then you might not be aware that there has always been a mysterious creature known as MissingNo. swimming around in each and every version of the Pokémon Game Boy game. No lie! Now I've always liked the little critter, and it was even the very first Pokémon fake card I made. But to my dismay, there never really has been much on the little guy online. At least nothing in an organized location. So since I always end up having to do this stuff for myself, here's my happy little Missingno section at PA! with everything there is to know about it. Good times.

MissingNo in Pokémon Red/Blue

A little info on it...
This is probably the most useful and well known copy of MissingNo. avaliable.

An Item Glitch: If you see Missingno and do not catch it, the item in the 6th slot of your item bag is duplicated 128 times. By doing so, you can basically get unlimited numbers of any item in the game.

Other Pokémon Grabbag: When you do the Get-Missingno thingy, there are other Pokémon besides Missingno that you can catch. Apparently it's based on your Trainer number; I for one catch a lot of Fearow and others catch a lot of Wartortles. Hmmm...

A Graphical Glitch: If you catch Missingno, you get a cool Pokémon to show off. But you also screw up some of the graphics in the game and your Pokémon League stats page is forever glitched. But this is a merely cosmetic glitch, it doesn't affect the game.

The Brothers Missingno: There are actually two kinds of Missingno in this game: "Missingno." and "" (or "M Block"). "Missingno" is the safer version; although it'll glitch your graphics, it's still safe to keep. "M Block" on the other hand WILL screw up your game pack royally. If you hear from someone that you shouldn't catch Missingno, they're actually refering to M Block and not plain ol' Missingno.

Programmer Easter Egg?: Perhaps. Missingno sounds like Missingo, which sounds like flamingo. And a flamingo is a bird who likes the water, and Missingno is a Bird-type who can fly and knows Water Gun... one day I'll meet the Programers at a nursing home and bug them about Missingno.

Programmer's Cheat?: It's also said that this the game developers added this into the game just to get a lot of items so they can progress through the game easier. But I'm curious; why would the programers stick Missingno towards the end of the game?

Gold And Silver Fun: Trade Missingno from your Red/Blue pack to your Gold/Silver pack and it may turn into a real Gold/Silver Pokémon. I think. Don't take my word on this though.

Game Stats
• #000, No Pokédex entry.
• Bird/Normal Type Pokémon (Not "Flying" type though... hmm...)
• High attack, larger than Dragonite's. But all other stats are pathetic.
• When caught, it know two sets of Water Gun and Sky Attack.

Base Stats:
HP: 33
ATK: 136
DEF: 0
SPD: 29
SPC: 6

HM/TM You Can Teach It:
TM01 - Mega Punch
TM02 - Razor Wind
TM03 - Swords Dance
TM05 - Mega Kick
TM06 - Toxic
TM09 - Takedown
TM11 - Bubblebeam
TM14 - Blizzard
TM20 - Rage
TM26 - Earthquake
TM30 - Teleport
TM43 - Sky Attack
TM44 - Rest
TM45 - Thunderwave
TM49 - Tri AttacK
HM01 - Cut
HM02 - Fly

To catch MissingNo...

You'll need both the "Fly" and "Surf" TM's (obviously taught to your Pokémon), as well as been to both Viridian City and Cinabar Island (because you'll need to fly to each place).

Start off at Viridian City and talk to that old guy to wanted his coffee early on in the game. He'll ask if you're in a hurry, tell him "NO". The guy will then teach you how to catch a Pokémon. When he's done, immediately fly to Cinabar Island.

Now that you're on Cinabar Island, walk due East to the water and Swim. However you must swim on the edge of the water, where the land and sea meet. Keep there swimming up-and-down only until you are attacked by a Pokémon. Sometimes you might meet some Lv. 40-ish Safari Zone Pokémon there. However you will meet up with Missingno eventually (and you can tell by the longer than normal pause between Swimming and the Battle Scene).

Now at this point you can get a ton of whatever item is in your 6th slot, or you catch Missingno and add it to your collection of rare and valuable Pokémon (right up there with your GameSharked Mew).

Tadah, Missingno is now yours. Good times.


MissingNo in Pokémon Gold/Silver

A little info on it...
Not much is known about G/S's Missingno... it's there, but that's it.

Game Stats
• #252-255, No Pokédex entry.
• Unknown Type Pokémon
• Has foot print data. However the footprint is that of Donphan, with the exception that the numbers 252, 253, 254, and 255 are printed in them for the appropriate Pokémon.

To catch MissingNo...
There's some Game Shark codes for it, but if you catch it, the game will glitch, so...


MissingNo in Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire

A little info on it...
This is a recent development in the world of Ruby/Sapphire Pokémon players. More on this as it happens. :)

Number 390?: Considering how both "?-in-Circle" and "??" Missingnos have different icons, it might be the case that there are more than 1 Missingno. Or two for that matter. Taking into account that there are like 386 Pokémon in Ruby/Saphire, and ?? is #390, there's gotta be 3 others as well. More on this as it happens as well. ;)

Full entry: It is rather interesing that the Pokédex entry for "?-in-Circle" is actually IN ENGLISH. I wonder why...

Game Stats

• #000, "This is a newly discovered POKéMON. It is currently under investigation." / "No detailed information is available at this time."
• It's icon is a golden Bulbasaur:
• After catching the game freezes up or the caught Pokémon will disappear.

• #390, glitched PokéDex entry.
• Normal-type Pokémon
• It's cry sounds like Bellossom's cry, albeit slightly different.
• It's icon is a perspective ?:
• ?? only knows Tackle. It cannot learn any HM's or TM's, and does not learn any new attacks as it levels up.

"??'s" Stats (at LV 100):
HP: 228
AT: 329
DF: 117
SA: 336
SD: 127
SP: 333

To catch MissingNo...

Game Shark, my good man. I'll have some codes up soon, but for now, head your way over to GameFAQs.com for more info and the codes.


Other MissingNo. and glitch Info

Interestingly enough, more than one Missingno exists in Red/Blue/Yellow. Kaiserin Myuu sat down one day and and fiddled around with her game. Apparently the Missingno with the Bird/Normal types isn't the one Missingno out there.

A quick sample:

Name: Rainer #205
Type: Normal/Ground

Name: Spooky #213
Type: Normal/Ghost

Name: Pokemaniac #234
Type: Pokemania/9

The list is far from complete... Myuu has them all written down, along with the Gameshart codes to catch 'em. There's also a glitch item chart for Red/Blue and a Yellow Missingno guide. .... But all this will be posted at the appropriate time. Mwhahaha....

Code: XX
Name: ML
Price: $915,086
Effect: Seizure code, game flashes assorted colors.

Code: XX
Name: MP-
Price: $955,081
Effect: Starts playing begining theme than all pokemon crys.

Code: XX
Price: $509,280
Effect: Restarts music


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