Nihilego (Pokémon)

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Nihilego
Parasite Pokémon
ウツロイド
Uturoid
#793
Nihilego



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Rock Poison
Unknown Unknown
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Ability
Beast Boost Cacophony
Cacophony
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Genderless
Catch rate
45 (11.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Undiscovered
Hatch time
30840 - 31096 steps
Egg not obtainable
Height
3'11" 1.2 m
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Weight
122.4 lbs. 55.5 kg
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Mega Stone
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Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
257
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
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Pokédex color
White
Base friendship
0
External Links

Nihilego (Japanese: ウツロイド Uturoid) 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 the code name UB-01 Symbiont (Japanese: UB01 Parasite).

Biology

Nihilego is an Ultra Beast that resembles a jellyfish. The bell is semi-translucent and encircled with several white, star-shaped markings. The wavy rim of the bell flares outward and is bright blue. Its tentacles appear gelatinous and give it a vaguely humanoid shape. Several tentacles mesh together forming the appearance of cape or long hair, while four shorter tentacles resemble shorter hair and arms. Two long tentacles make up the legs of the human shape. In addition to its shape, it is sometimes seen acting like a young girl.

Nihilego is a parasitic organism and, by latching onto one's head, is 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 Wicke, the Aether Foundation's research it seems to act mainly on a self-preservation instinct.[1]

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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 and have numerous deep black spots with various colored diamond-shapes inside. Four of the tentacles are connected to the bell via frilly white structures; these tentacles have four spines protruding from them that can be used similarly to hands. This form may vary for different people, but this is yet to be confirmed. The remaining four tentacles each terminate in a single larger spine. While the anime shows that Nihilego can willingly end this merger and it may be disrupted in other ways as well, the lingering toxins and the shock of the separation can leave the host in critical condition, both physically and psychologically.

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In the anime

In the main series

Nihilego in the anime
Nihilego fused with Lusamine in the anime

Major appearances

Nihilego (anime)

In Faba's Revenge!, Faba managed to summon a Nihilego from an Ultra Wormhole. Lusamine, Gladion, and Ash briefly battled the Ultra Beast before it took Lusamine into the Ultra Wormhole and disappeared. They were given the proper name Nihilego in The Professors' New Adventure!.

Other

Nihilego debuted in a flashback in A Masked Warning!, where Gladion revealed to Ash that Lillie was once attacked by one when she was younger, resulting in her present fear of touching Pokémon. It reappeared in a flashback in Mission: Total Recall!.

Multiple Nihilego appeared in Rescuing the Unwilling! in Ultra Deep Sea. They reappeared in a flashback in The Professors' New Adventure!.

Minor appearances

In the GOTCHA! music video

A Nihilego briefly appeared as a silhouette in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Nihilego fused with Lusamine in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Nihilego debuted as a silhouette in The Final Match and a Surprising Finale!.

Nihilego physically debuted in Truth and the Mastermind Behind Team Skull. It was one of the Ultra Beasts summoned to Po Town by Guzma via an Ultra Wormhole. It proceeded to kidnap Guzma and drag him into a wormhole with it. Nihilego reappeared in a flashback in An Urgent Task and the Capture of an Ultra Beast. It was later captured by Lusamine.

Multiple Nihilego appeared in the Ultra Deep Sea in Summon the Emissaries of the Moon and the Sun.

In the TCG

Main article: Nihilego (TCG)

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nihilego appears as a Spirit.

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #293
Alola
USUM: #391
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!‎.
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.
Ultra Sun A life-form from another world, it was dubbed a UB and is thought to produce a strong neurotoxin.
Ultra Moon It appeared in this world from an Ultra Wormhole. Nihilego appears to be a parasite that lives by feeding on people and Pokémon.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.

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)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Ultra Deep Sea
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.3.0+
Expansion Pass
Max Lair (Dynamax Adventure) (Only one, requires unlocking the They Came From The Ultra Beyond! adventure)

In side games

Cross-Generation
Shuffle
Event: Ultra Beasts appear

Held items

Stats

Base stats

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

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, 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 VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Wrap Normal Physical 01515 09090% 20
011 Pound Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
055 Acid Poison Special 04040 100100% 30
1010 Tickle Normal Status 0000 100100% 20
1515 Acid Spray Poison Special 04040 100100% 20
2020 Clear Smog Poison Special 05050 00——% 15
2525 Power Split Psychic Status 0000 00——% 10
2525 Guard Split Psychic Status 0000 00——% 10
3030 Venoshock Poison Special 06565 100100% 10
3535 Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100100% 15
4040 Toxic Spikes Poison Status 0000 00——% 20
4545 Venom Drench Poison Status 0000 100100% 20
5050 Power Gem Rock Special 08080 100100% 20
5555 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00——% 20
6060 Mirror Coat Psychic Special 0000 100100% 20
6565 Wonder Room Psychic Status 0000 00——% 10
7070 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/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM14Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM14 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 090}}90% 20
TM17Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM17 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM19Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM19 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 25
TM21Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM22Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM24Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM32Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM32 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM39Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM48Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM48 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM70Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM70 Trick Room Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM71Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM71 Wonder Room Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM73Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM73 Cross Poison Poison Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM74Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM74 Venoshock Poison Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM76Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM77Bag TM Ghost VI Sprite.png TM77 Hex Ghost Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM97Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM97 Brutal Swing Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TR01Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR08Bag TR Electric Sprite.png TR08 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR09Bag TR Electric Sprite.png TR09 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TR11Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR11 Psychic Psychic Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR20Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR22Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR22 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR25Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR25 Psyshock Psychic Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TR26Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR54Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR54 Toxic Spikes Poison Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR57Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR57 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TR63Bag TR Rock Sprite.png TR63 Power Gem Rock Special 08080 100}}100% 20
TR69Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR69 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 08080 090}}90% 15
TR73Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR73 Gunk Shot Poison Physical 120120 080}}80% 5
TR74Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR74 Iron Head Steel Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR76Bag TR Rock Sprite.png TR76 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR77Bag TR Grass Sprite.png TR77 Grass Knot Grass Special 0000 100}}100% 20
TR78Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR78 Sludge Wave Poison Special 09595 100}}100% 10
TR81Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR81 Foul Play Dark Physical 09595 100}}100% 15
TR83Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR83 Ally Switch Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TR91Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR91 Venom Drench Poison Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TR92Bag TR Fairy Sprite.png TR92 Dazzling Gleam Fairy Special 08080 100}}100% 10
  • 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 VIII
Other generations:
VII
 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 VIII
  • 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 VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP Corrosive Gas Poison Status 100% 40
Sw Sh EP Meteor Beam Rock Special 120 90% 10
  • 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
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
None
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
VII Bind Normal Physical 01515 085}}85% 20
VII Charge Beam Electric Special 05050 090}}90% 10
VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Constrict × Normal Physical 01010 100}}100% 35
VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
VII Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15
VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
VII Knock Off Dark Physical 06565 100}}100% 20
VII Magic Coat Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
VII Pain Split Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Psywave × Psychic Special 0000 100}}100% 15
VII Reflect Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Role Play Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
VII Spite Ghost Status 0000 100}}100% 10
VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
VII Telekinesis × Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
VII Worry Seed Grass Status 0000 100}}100% 10
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • 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
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII

Side game data

Pokémon Shuffle
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Poison
None.png Attack Power: 70 - 116 Raise Max Level.png 7

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Possession
Delays your opponent's disruptions.
Skill Swapper: Beast Power

Evolution

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Unevolved
Nihilego
 Rock  Poison 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
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Front Back Front Back
793MS8.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". Ego may also refer to the part of the psychic apparatus that governs rational decision-making, and together with nihil reflects how the creature may have no ego, and only have an id (the survival and instinctual part of the psyche). The former may reflect its victims' lack of will outside their focus on Nihilego, while the latter may represent Nihilego's role in dominating the desires of its victims.

Uturoid 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 Uturoid 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
Denmark Flag.png Danish UB-01 Symbiont
Finland Flag.png Finnish UP-01 Symbiontti
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
Norway Flag.png Norwegian UB-01 Symbiont
Poland Flag.png Polish UB-01 Symbiont
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese UC-01 Codinome: Parasita
Russia Flag.png Russian УЧ-01 UCH-01
Spain Flag.png Spanish UE-01 Parásito
Sweden Flag.png Swedish UB-01 Symbiont

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Notes

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