Lampent has a black, hat-like extremity with a point upon the top, resembling a lampshade. Its only facial features are two bright yellow eyes. It has a blue flame inside of its glassy head. It has two long, wavy arms with no fingers. It has a small body with a small point on the bottom.
Lampent can sense when someone is about to die. Lampent can move around by floating through the air.
Lampent visit dying people and steal spirit from the body. They wander through cities and hang around near hospitals to absorb the spirits of the fallen. Rarely, Lampent work alongside Litwick to lead people and Pokémon to the Ghost World while stealing their life energy.
Lampent are most often found living in the deep forest, but now live in cities as well, particularly near hospitals, where it waits for people to pass on so it can feed on their spirits.
Lampent may a combination of lamp and lambent (softly glowing, with connotations of otherworldliness) or repent (to feel sorrow or regret). It may also refer to lament (to feel sorrow or grief), a corruption of rampant (to be violent), bent (referring to Lampent's bent arms), or entity (based on Lampent's supernatural origins). It may also involve pent (to be trapped).