Nihilego (Pokémon)

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Nihilego
Parasite Pokémon
ウツロイド
Utsuroido
#793
Nihilego



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Rock Poison
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
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Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Ability
Beast Boost Cacophony
Cacophony
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Genderless
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Undiscovered
Hatch time
30840 - 31096 steps
Egg not obtainable
Height
3'11" 1.2 m
Nihilego
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Weight
122.4 lbs. 55.5 kg
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Mega Stone
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#793
Kanto
#000
Johto
#000
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh

Unova
#000
Kalos
#293
Alola
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-000
Fiore
R-000
Almia

Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
114
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
Nihilego
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HP
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Atk
0
Def
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Sp.Atk
3
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Speed
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Sp.Def
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HP
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Atk
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Sp.Atk
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Sp.Def
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Speed
Body style
Body10.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
White
Base friendship
0
External Links

Nihilego (Japanese: ウツロイド Utsuroido) is a dual-type Rock/Poison Pokémon introduced in Generation VII.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

It is one of the Ultra Beasts and is known by code name UB-01 Symbiont (Japanese: UB01 Parasite).

Biology

Nihilego is an Ultra Beast which resembles a jellyfish. It is mostly white and has tentacles shaped like the hair, dress, and legs of a girl. The top of its head is a bell that resembles a sun hat. The bell is transparent save for six pointed stars around the crown, and the brim has a blue edge. The ends of the "hair" fly out, resembling arms, and the outer tentacles of the "dress" have two bubbles inside.

Nihilego is a parasitic organism, capable of injecting a neurotoxin that subtly alters the thoughts and actions of any human or Pokémon that becomes its host. This neurotoxin stimulates intense feelings of excitement while causing a loss of inhibitions, which acts to forcibly bring out any latent potential within the host while wearing away at their minds.

Nihilego's exact levels of intelligence are unknown, but according to the Aether Foundation's research it seems to act mainly on a self-preservation instinct. It has been observed behaving like a young girl, though the exact reasons for why it does so are unknown.

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Nihilego fused with Lusamine

As shown with Lusamine, Nihilego is capable of physically merging with a host. In this "merged" state, the bell loses its stars, developing several iridescent spots across its surface; the host's body is visible within the bell, with their legs dangling beneath it. Its eight tentacles become long and flattened in appearance, and what appear to be eyeballs with colored diamond-shaped "pupils" cover their surface, along with smaller multi-colored dots. Four of the tentacles are connected to the "hat" via frilly white structures; these tentacles have four spines protruding from them that can be used similarly to hands. The remaining four tentacles each terminate in a single smaller spine. While this merger can be disrupted, the lingering toxins and the shock of the separation are likely to leave the host in critical condition, both physically and psychologically.

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Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun One of several mysterious Ultra Beasts. People on the street report observing those infested by it suddenly becoming violent.
Moon One of the Ultra Beasts. It's unclear whether or not this Pokémon is sentient, but sometimes it can be observed behaving like a young girl.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Diglett's Tunnel or Wela Volcano Park (only one for either location)

In side games

Held items

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 109
169 - 216 328 - 422
Attack: 53
52 - 115 99 - 225
Defense: 47
46 - 108 89 - 212
Sp.Atk: 127
118 - 196 233 - 388
Sp.Def: 131
122 - 201 240 - 397
Speed: 103
97 - 170 189 - 335
Total: 570   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ¼×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire ½×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Weak to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ¼×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire ½×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Immune to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ¼×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire ½×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Resistant to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ¼×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire ½×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VII
Other generations:
None
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Power Split Psychic Status 0000 00——% 10
011 Guard Split Psychic Status 0000 00——% 10
011 Tickle Normal Status 0000 100100% 20
011 Acid Poison Special 04040 100100% 30
011 Constrict Normal Physical 01010 100100% 35
011 Pound Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
077 Clear Smog Poison Special 05050 00——% 15
1313 Psywave Psychic Special 0000 100100% 15
1919 Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100100% 15
2323 Venoshock Poison Special 06565 100100% 10
2929 Toxic Spikes Poison Status 0000 00——% 20
3131 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00——% 25
3737 Power Gem Rock Special 08080 100100% 20
4343 Mirror Coat Psychic Special 0000 100100% 20
4747 Acid Spray Poison Special 04040 100100% 20
5353 Venom Drench Poison Status 0000 100100% 20
5959 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00——% 20
6767 Wonder Room Psychic Status 0000 00——% 10
7373 Head Smash Rock Physical 150150 08080% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Nihilego
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Nihilego

By TM/HM

Generation VII
Other generations:
None
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM03Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM03 Psyshock Psychic Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TM06Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
TM09Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM09 Venoshock Poison Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM10Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM16Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM16 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM17Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM20Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM20 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 25
TM21Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM24Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM24 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM25 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TM27Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM29Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM29 Psychic Psychic Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM32Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TM33Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM33 Reflect Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM34Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM34 Sludge Wave Poison Special 09595 100}}100% 10
TM36Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM36 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM37Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM42Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM44Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM48Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM49Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM49 Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15
TM57Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM57 Charge Beam Electric Special 05050 090}}90% 10
TM59Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM59 Brutal Swing Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM73Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM73 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 090}}90% 20
TM84Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM84 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TM86Bag TM Grass VI Sprite.png TM86 Grass Knot Grass Special 0000 100}}100% 20
TM87Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM88Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM90Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM92Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM92 Trick Room Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM99Bag TM Fairy Sprite.png TM99 Dazzling Gleam Fairy Special 08080 100}}100% 10
XTM100Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Nihilego
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Nihilego

By breeding

Generation VII
Other generations:
None
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Nihilego in Generation VII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Nihilego in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Nihilego
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Nihilego

By tutoring

Generation VII
Other generations:
None
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Nihilego can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Nihilego cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Nihilego
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Nihilego

Evolution

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Unevolved
Nihilego
 Rock  Poison 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon
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Front Back
793MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Nihilego images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

Origin

Nihilego may be inspired by a jellyfish, especially Aurelia aurita. It may also draw inspiration from Myxozoa, a class of microscopic Cnidarian parasites, particularly the Myxobolus cerebralis that are known to cause the infectious "whirling disease" in various fish species. The disease causes the fish to develop bone and neurological abnormalities that cause them to swim in a corkscrew-like "whirling" motion. Visually, and due to its status as an Ultra Beast, it may derive inspiration from Phyllorhiza punctata, an invasive species in the waters surrounding Hawaii.

The merged form of Lusamine and Nihilego may be based on Turritopsis dohrnii, a species of jellyfish that is biologically immortal and can revert to a young, immature state if it is too old or stressed.

Name origin

Nihilego may be a combination of nihil (Latin for indefinite nothing) and ego (Latin for I), which together roughly translates to "I am nothing" or "I have nothing"; or the part of the psychic apparatus ego, which is the rational decision making part of the psyche) and together with "nihil" refers to how Nihilego has no ego, and only has an id (the survival and instinctual part of the psyche, which obviously relates to Nihilego. The former may reflect Nihilego's victims' lack of will outside their focus on Nihilego, while the latter may represent Nihilego's role in dominating the desires of its victims.

Utsuroido may be a combination of 虚ろ utsuro (void), void, and id. It also might refer to 鬱 utsu (depression), 移ろい utsuroi (the act of moving from host to host), and android or the suffix -oid (meaning "of similar form").

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ウツロイド Utsuroido From 虚ろ utsuro, void, id, and possibly the suffix -oid (meaning "of similar form")
France Flag.png French Zéroïd From zéro (zero), id, and suffix -oïde (-oid)
Spain Flag.png Spanish Nihilego Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Anego From ἀν- an- (ancient Greek prefix indicating "not" or "without") and ego
Italy Flag.png Italian Nihilego Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 텅비드 Teongbideu From 텅빈 teongbin and id
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 虛吾伊德 Hēui'nghyīdāk From 虛無 hēuimòuh, ngh, and possibly 佛洛伊德 Fahtlokyīdāk
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 虛吾伊德 / 虚吾伊德 Xūwúyīdé From 虛無 / 虚无 xūwú , , and possibly 佛洛伊德 Fóluòyīdé / 弗洛伊德 Fúluòyīdé


UB-01 Symbiont

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese UB01:寄生物 UB01: Geisāngmaht
Mandarin UB01:寄生物 UB01: Jìshēngwù
France Flag.png French UC-01 Parasite
Germany Flag.png German UB-01 Schmarotzer
Italy Flag.png Italian UC 01 Parasitus
South Korea Flag.png Korean UB01 패러사이트 UB01 Parasite
Russia Flag.png Russian УЧ-01 UCH-01
Spain Flag.png Spanish UE-01 Parásito


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