There are old people in Pokemon but I have never seen any old Pokemon. Do Pokemon age and die? Also, if they get hurt too much, will they die of wounds? Have there been any deaths so far?

  • They do age and die. I remembered watching a really old school episode about this. Unfortunately, I am unable to reference and create an answer at this time because the last time I watched Pokemon was about 10 years ago.
    – krikara
    Feb 3, 2014 at 17:52
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    Do keep in mind that Ash has been ten years old his whole life.
    – Cattua
    Feb 3, 2014 at 23:17
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    we do know that Pokemon can die as the Pokemon Tower in Lavender Town has their graves, also like @krikara has said there is an episode about an old pokemon who died and i think the episode about the Pikachu who could sense waves died at the end but i'm not 100% sure
    – Memor-X
    Feb 3, 2014 at 23:38

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Pokemon could die in multiple ways, some of which are listed here:

  1. By Over Exertion: In the Movie, Celebi: Voice of the Forest, it is shown that a celebi goes out of control, wreaking havoc in the forest. It exerts itself so much that when it calms down it simply disintegrates and dies.

  2. By Sacrificing Themselves: It is seen in the movie, Pokemon Heroes, that a Latios sacrifices itself to protect the city of Alto Mare. How exactly does he die is unknown.

  3. By Getting Eaten: The pokedex entry for Wurmple states that it has to defend against Starly to prevent being eaten. We can assume that the same applies for Caterpie and other worms.

  4. Some Special Condition: Like Charmander, who will die if the flame on his tail goes out. This is also valid for its evolutions.

  5. Aging: Pokemon who do not die from the above causes can be assumed to die from aging. This assumption is validated by the existence of pokemon graveyards with the people visiting it remarking on the long companionship provided by pokemon.

Some anomalies which are unexplained:

  1. Existence of Legendary Pokemon: It is probable that legendary pokemon live forever. Pokemon like Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza are referred to as "super ancient pokemon" implying that they live forever. Same may be the case with other legendaries.

  2. Ghost Pokemon: Deaths of pokemon do not explain ghost-type pokemon. It is possible that they are born as ghosts. Pokemon after dying may become spirits, like the Marowak killed by team rocket.

In essence, the aspect of pokemon death may have been avoided in the franchise because it was designed primarily for children.

REFERENCE: How do Pokemon die? on Quora

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    Another thing unexplained might be fossil Pokemon.
    – krikara
    Feb 4, 2014 at 4:58
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    Now this made me curious. What if a Charmander die, say, the fire in his tail burned out. Will he become a Charmander ghost or another Gastly? Hm. Or should this be posted as another question?
    – xjshiya
    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:25
  • @xjshiya In the first generation there is a Marowak ghost (well, it actually looks like an amorphous blob but it clearly isn't a normal ghost type pokemon). This indicates that when pokemon die they become a ghost version of themselves rather than a ghost pokemon. Where the ghost pokemon then come from is unclear. Perhaps they are all that remains of extinct pokemon species
    – Lawton
    Feb 18, 2014 at 17:57
  • what about articuno level of legendary?
    – Esqarrouth
    Feb 19, 2014 at 12:09
  • Wait a minute. Just because these three Pokemon have lived since ancient times doesn't mean they're immortal, just that they've lived for quite a long time, and they age very slowly before dying. May 10, 2023 at 18:27

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