Mimikyu is one of the most notable Pokemon introduced in Generation VII of the Pokemon franchise. In part, this is because the fandom latched onto it as soon as it was introduced. However, it wasn’t too long before Nintendo started pushing it upon seeing its sudden popularity. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Mimikyu:
1. We Have Never Seen Mimikyu’s True Form
To put it bluntly, Mimikyu looks like a really bad knockoff of a Pikachu toy. This is because what we see isn’t Mimikyu’s true form. Instead, it is a costume created by Mimikyu to conceal whatever is lurking beneath it.
2. Mimikyu’s Motives for Concealment Are Pretty Sympathetic
Pokemon being Pokemon, it is perfectly natural to suspect that Mimikyu might have a nefarious reason for concealing its true form. After all, Generation VII is the same generation in which there is a sandcastle Pokemon that conceals itself for the purpose of capturing and sucking the life force out of small Pokemon, which is a process that leads to the creation of more of its kind. However, Mimikyu’s motivations are much more sympathetic in that it wears its costume in the hope that the popularity of the Pikachu will help it make friends.
3. The Imitation of Pikachu Is a Meta-Joke
Mimikyu’s choice to imitate Pikachu rather than other Pokemon is something of a meta-joke. Essentially, Mimikyu chose to imitate Pikachu because of the popularity of Pikachu toys from around 20 years ago. Not coincidentally, Generation VII came out in 2016, which was the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon franchise as a whole.
4. Mimikyu Has Other Reasons for Hiding
Besides its wish for friends, Mimikyu has other reasons for hiding as well. For instance, it is said that exposure to sunlight can have a detrimental effect on its health. As a result, it makes sense for Mimkyu to cover up to protect its continuing well-being.
5. Seeing Mimikyu’s True Form Can Be Dangerous
Reportedly, seeing Mimikyu’s true form can be rather dangerous, seeing as how it has been claimed to have killed more than one person in this manner. However, even assuming that the claim is true, it is unclear how Mimikyu’s true form is causing such harm. It could be the sheer shock of seeing something very unpleasant, but it could be something more supernatural as well because Ghost Pokemon are, well, Ghost Pokemon.
6. Has the Signature Ability Disguise
Mimikyu has a signature ability called Disguise. Essentially, the first time that damage is inflicted upon Mimikyu in a battle, it will be soaked up by its costume. This results in the “head” of the costume flopping over because of a busted “neck,” which is why the two states are called the Disguised Form and the Broken Form.
7. It Hates People Who Break Its Costume
Unsurprisingly, Mimikyu hates those who break its costume, so much so that it will seek revenge. Partly, this is because it is afraid that it has been seen, and partly, this is because it needs to put a lot of effort into repairing its costume.
8. Has a Special Z-Move
Mimikyu is one of the Pokemon that have a special Z-move of its own. In its case, it is called Let’s Snuggle Forever, which is based on the move called Play Rough. The Z-Move possesses 190 attack power, thus making it very powerful indeed.
9. Shows Up in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
It is interesting to note that Mimikyu shows up in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate using Let’s Snuggle Forever. However, there is a difference in that it will use its shadow appendage to snag its victim instead of jumping upon them.
10. Has a Song
From time to time, The Pokemon Company is known to post music videos on its YouTube channel. Sometimes, these songs can be very strange but nonetheless very amusing, as shown by the Slowpoke Song, which has a very reggae feel to it. Other times, these songs can tug at the heartstrings, as shown by Mimikyu’s Song, which serves as an attempt by the Pokemon to convince a hypothetical Pokemon trainer to take it home with them.