This week’s winner is the loveable. malleable goo: Ditto!
Ditto is a Generation 1 normal type Pokémon and is a standalone Pokémon. Though Normal types have a weakness to fighting type moves, Ditto is unlike any other Pokémon (aside from Mew, but I’ll get to that) because Ditto has a move called ‘Transform.’ As you can discern from it’s name, Transform transforms Ditto into whatever Pokémon it is facing (or directly across from in double and triple battles) – Ditto, though, has a hidden ability known as ‘Imposter’ that will transform Ditto immediately upon entering a battle. After transformation Ditto will have the exact moveset and typing as the opponent it transformed into; for example, facing a Squirtle and Ditto transforms into a Squirtle would cause it to become water type.
Ditto also will copy the opponents base stats, but I am unsure if it fully copies the base stat totals or if only 3/4 of the stats – any information on this would be helpful. Nonetheless, Ditto becomes formidable or not – it all depends on the opponent!
In the Pokémon fandom, there has always been this rumor, or myth, that Ditto is actually the failed experiments to clone Mew (which eventually led to Mewtwo when the cloning became successful). Here is an excerpt from ‘Fantendo’ on the Ditto/Mew Myth:
- They are both pink. Although this does not prove much, it is possible that when Mew was being cloned in the creation of Mewtwo that the same color of Mew was necessary to make the Mewtwo-in-creation. Their shiny forms also both happen to be blue.
- They both know transform, and can technically both learn any move. It is possible that Mewtwo was supposed to know transform to make a successful clone. However, the real Mewtwo does not know Transform.
- They both weigh the same: 8.8 lbs. To make a successful clone, perhaps it was necessary for the two to weigh the same.
- Ditto’s appearance of a scientific blob – Ditto appears to have been man-made. However, there are more than one Ditto, speculating that it may reproduce asexually.
- Mewtwo’s Bio – Mewtwo was said to be the only successful copy of Mew, speculating that Ditto may be a failed clone.
- Ditto in the Pokémon Mansion. In Pokémon Yellow, the wild Pokémon roster for the burned out Pokémon Mansion on Cinnabar Island (where Mewtwo was implied to have been created) was updated to feature Ditto, speculating that Ditto may have been created in the Mansion as well. This change was carried over to Fire Red and Leaf Green, the remakes of the original Pokémon Red and Blue.
- Mew is said to contain the DNA of every single Pokemon, while Ditto can essentially breed with every single Pokémon (with very few exceptions outside of legendary Pokémon).
- Both Mew and Ditto have base stats that are the same in every category. Mew has 100 base in each stat, while Ditto has 48 base. The failed cloning process may have resulted in such diminished stats.
It could be true, but very rarely does GameFreak reveal much about anything from the Pokémon Universe. It is essentially up to the fan to decide what is true and what is not; that’s a good and bad thing because it allows for creativity, but it never allows for an exact answer.
Ditto is quite the interesting goo, no?
As always I put in a deviantArt piece from a talented artist, this week it’s ShendDaFlashPRo (CHECK OUT THEIR PAGE!) – all credit goes to ShengDaFlashPRo!
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