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It's pretty common knowledge that Cubone wields the skull of it's deceased mother. But how does the mother die? Do Cubone's kill their mother at birth, or do they just die after giving birth?

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I was under the impression it was killed by Team Rocket. –  キルア May 20 at 23:11
    
I always thought he was born like that... –  Oshino Shinobu May 21 at 2:35

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Can't say for sure but, if Cubone's do kill their mothers at birth I would think it is not intentional at least from the sad tone of it's Pokedex entries.

Source: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Cubone_(Pok%C3%A9mon) (Scroll down to Pokedex entries)

This one seems to have the most detail about the mother's death, but I don't think it is very clear (Generation I).

It lost its mother after its birth. It wears its mother's skull, never revealing its true face.

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Thanks for the edit –  user2716766 May 12 at 1:37

One theory is that Pokedex entries are based mostly on folklore that trainers have collated over the years. Which would account for many entries which seem exaggerated. For example:

Shedinja: Shedinja's hard body doesn't move - not even a twitch. In fact, its body appears to be merely a hollow shell. It is believed that this Pokémon will steal the spirit of anyone peering into its hollow body from its back.

The pokemon Arceus is said to have emerged from an egg in a place where there was nothing, then shaped the world.

The later series seem to specify information that are not fact or proven more reliably than the earlier series.

So potentially, the information about Cubone wearing its mother skull is nothing more than a rumour.

Supporting this theory, any Cubone that produces an egg in the day care center in the video games do not die afterwards.

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How awesome would it be if it did, though? :P –  Madara Uchiha Jun 8 at 12:02

There is a fan theory that fits your question but is, of course, a theory. Cubone is the child of a kangaskhan whose mother is deceased but has not aged enough to become a kangaskhan. The mother's skull is, therefore, fiting as the pokemon would only appear if the mother was dead. The only way to explain how a species could exist if it every birth yields 1 child with 100% mortality rate for the mother is to say that it isn't really a different species but a special evolution that occurs under some very depressing circumstances.

There are several viable counterarguements to this theory based on color differences, breeding, and evolutions. This theory only really worked, therefore, during the generation 1 games but it was the answer I thought most believable and striking at the time.

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To answer the question better, this would imply that the cubone appears mourning its mother if any only if she dies while s/he is still a child. There would, therefore, be no reason for the young Kangaskhan to have killed the elder. The death would be from any imaginable causes that can kill a pokemon. –  kaine Jun 25 at 19:53

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