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Missingno. (Red/Blue) and Missingno. (Yellow) are very different from each other. They should be separate pages. Compare [1] and [2]. Also compare [3] and [4]. --SnorlaxMonster 11:17, 24 October 2009 (UTC)

Is there a tag for this? Because I can't find one. --SnorlaxMonster 05:58, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

No. It's still the same glitch, it just manifests different effects in different games. —darklordtrom 06:16, 27 October 2009 (UTC)
It's really as different as 'M and 3TrainerPoké, other than the fact that they have the same name. The stats are completely different, Yellow's types are Normal/Glitch whereas RB's types are Bird/Normal, Yellow's Starting moves are Water Gun, Bind, Pay Day whereas RB's starting moves are Water Gun, Water Gun, Sky Attack.--SnorlaxMonster 07:12, 27 October 2009 (UTC)
We count Missingno.'s Yellow version counterpart as an alternate form here. It's the same species. Missingno. Master wants YOU! Join the Order of the Glitch! (my talk page) 14:00, 3 November 2009 (UTC)
But that would make 3TrainerPoké an alternate form of 'M. The only difference between the relationship of those two, and the relationship of the two Missingno.s is that the Missingno.s have the same name. --SnorlaxMonster 06:07, 4 November 2009 (UTC)
And that difference makes all the difference. They're the same species, just as Sandy Cloak and Trash Cloak Wormadam are the same species, or Normal and Defense Deoxys. Missingno. Master wants YOU! Join the Order of the Glitch! (my talk page) 12:12, 9 November 2009 (UTC)
OK fine, but is there any way to have both Bird/Normal and Normal/999 in the top box? SnorlaxMonster

More rumours

Not mentioned on the rumours page is a theory about missingo's origin and why cubone and marowak seem so similar to kangaskhan. The theory is easy to believe even if it comes from a 4chan post. see [5] for a screencap of the argument. --Iain7 23:45, 17 December 2009 (GMT)

There are quite a few problems with that theory, the first being that its speculation and does not belong on the article. Secondly, I don't think it is that complex or time consuming to delete an evolution. Also, Missingno. is completely unrelated to both Kangaskhan and Cubone. Also, if you look at the Hex list, you'll see that Missingno. has multiple index numbers.--SnorlaxMonster. Help here 00:21, 17 December 2009 (UTC)

Can Yellow Missingno. replicate 128 of an item?

I read somewhere that Missingno. in Yellow can replicate 128 of an item, but elsewhere that it cannot. Which is true? Blueapple128 17:46, 21 February 2010 (UTC)

First another question, can Missingno. (in either game) replicate items when encountered using the Mew glitch? If no, then it cannot. If yes it might be able to. --SnorlaxMonster 06:40, 22 February 2010 (UTC)
Never mind, found the answer here:,5904.0.html. When encountered through the Mew glitch in any of RBY, it will still duplicate items. However, it will only do so in Yellow if the game doesn't freeze. Apparently it will always freeze in an emulator since it can't detect the glitchy game code properly, unlike a cartridge which has a small chance of not freezing. Blueapple128 03:38, 23 February 2010 (UTC)
You can do it on an emulator if you do the ditto glitch with a pokemon with special stat of 182 to 184 to get one of the fossil Missingno.ChemDog (talk) 22:29, 31 July 2012 (UTC)

Name Capitalization

Just wondering, why is MissingNo. spelled with a lowercase N in the article? It doesn't make sense. The "No." is obviously meant to be a separate word from "Missing", so it should be capitalized, just like what has been done to many names of moves and items in Generation IV. Now, before you say "But it's never been officially spelled like that!", it's also never been officially spelled with any lowercase letters, just in all capitals, so the current capitalization that you're using can't be considered officially correct, either. "MissingNo." with a capital N is the most logical capitalization, so why not use it? Also, using the current article's capitalization is just encouraging the common mispronunciation "Missing-No" instead of "Missing-Number", how it should be pronounced. —Tyeforce 07:36, 5 April 2010 (UTC)

Based on what you just said, your version of the capitalization is no more correct or incorrect than this one. This one just looks better. And based on the fact that nobody's changed it back in the months since I moved the page to this name indicates that the vast majority of Bulbapedia would agree with me. - unsigned comment from Missingno. Master (talkcontribs) 12:14, 5 April 2010 (UTC)
Perhaps even MISSINGNO. would be a better location. But for now, this location is fine. --SnorlaxMonster 12:24, 5 April 2010 (UTC)
But although the game refers to the 30 odd variations of these glitches as just "MISSINGNO." that doesn't mean we need to change the article names of Pikachu, Bulbasaur and Mewtwo to PIKACHU, BULBASAUR and MEWTWO either. We are a Pokémon encyclopaedia, not a Pokémon mechanics encyclopaedia. I can confirm though that Nintendo does refer to these glitches as "MissingNO" here [6] --Chickasaurus 12:31, 5 April 2010 (UTC)
We don't capitalize the Pokémon names because that's not the right way to spell them. They're in all capitals in the main games, but that's just because that's always how been. I'm sure they would have changed the capitalization format for Pokémon names in Generation IV if it weren't the Generation III compatibility (because that would look extremely weird if all the Pokémon you caught in your DS game had proper capitalization, while any Pokémon you migrated from your GBA games would be in all caps). We've seen Pokémon names spelled with correct capitalization in official places outside of the main games themselves, so it's safe to assume that the correct spelling of Pokémon names isn't in all caps. And you could take Nintendo's quotes as evidence, but they contradict themselves in the spelling. First they call it "MissngNO" with a capital "NO" and no period, and then they call "MissingNo", with the O being lowercase and still no period. Obviously, there's supposed to be a period in its name, so Nintendo's spellings of the name in that particular instance can't be correct. But even if it's not 100% correct, it does provide evidence that "Missing" is separate from "No." and should be capitalized to show that. Think of how some items and moves are spelled in Generation IV that were previously in all caps. SquirtBottle, SolarBeam, DynamicPunch, etc. It's just the most logical way to spell the name. —Tyeforce 15:59, 5 April 2010 (UTC)
Yes, a lot of things do use the camelcase to separate two words, but then Pokéwalker and Pokédex come up (there are other examples, but that's off the top of my head). Anyway, we won't be calling it MissingNO., but the rule here is that allcaps in the games goes to Proper noun. But when we're quoting the game we keep the original case (as seen in the Pokédex entries). --SnorlaxMonster 06:07, 6 April 2010 (UTC)
Pokéwalker and Pokédex are made up words, though. They're not two separate words fused together, like Missing and Number. "Missingno." just looks plain weird. It just looks better when written as "MissingNo.", and it implies that it's "Missing Number", not "Missingno". —Tyeforce 05:19, 7 April 2010 (UTC)
Pokéwalker is more two words than Pokédex, but you also have Pokégear. Anyway, allcaps in the games goes to Proper noun unless otherwise specified. And to me, MissingNo. looks much weirder than Missingno., plus saying that a word looks funny is no excuse. --SnorlaxMonster 08:28, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

(resetting indent) But the "Poké" in those words isn't a real word. Typically, words that being with "Poké" just flow together as a brand new word, without any capitalization other than the "P", like Pokémon, Pokédex, etc. Either that, or the "Poké" is a separate word and is followed by a space, in the case of Poké Ball, etc. But anyway, yes, I know that we can't change the spelling based on opinion, which is why I gave another reason; spelling it "MissingNo." implies that it's "Missing Number", not "Missingno", as many people think it is. That, and the fact that Nintendo has spelled it "MissingNO" and "MissingNo", in both cases capitalizing the "No." part. —Tyeforce 14:24, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

The Nintendo part does however seem unreliable due to the inconsistencies as well as lack of period after MissingNO and MissingNo. This discussion will not be enough to move a page on such a well known topic, especially a featured article, but since an official source decided to separate the two with camelcase, it should be moved. I suggest you take it to the editorial board to see what they think about it. But I do agree with you that "MISSING" and "NO." are separate and that "NO." clearly stands for number, it may not be appropriate to assume that it should be separated by camelcase. --SnorlaxMonster 00:06, 8 April 2010 (UTC)
Maybe we could have some sort of community poll? —Tyeforce 01:23, 8 April 2010 (UTC)
Bulbapedia is not a democracy. It's a policy somewhere. Anyway, you can make a poll and have people say why they think so, then the EB will review it and decide from their. I have made one below --SnorlaxMonster 01:46, 8 April 2010 (UTC)


Sign and say why you think it should be moved, kept here. If you vote "move it somewhere else" say where you want it moved to.

Keep it at Missingno.

  • Nintendo hates Missingno., so their capitalization of it can hardly be called official. Besides, I think they just spell it "MissingNO." to emphasize the word "no" to subconsciously deter us from abusing the glitch. Plus, it'd look really weird that way. - unsigned comment from Missingno. Master (talkcontribs) 19:31, 9 April 2010 (UTC)
  • Yeah, I agree, Nintendo can't be trusted in this case. CuboneKing 23:48, 10 April 2010 (UTC)
  • Me too. - unsigned comment from TORTERRA (talkcontribs)
  • I agree. Nintendo didn't intend for it to be there, so it isn't really an official source. It just wants to get rid of it. Also, I've seen Missingno. used way more. Another thing, please sign your comments with ~~~~.Turtwig A (talk | contribs) 14:51, 2 May 2010 (UTC)
  • the no stands for numberarceusLX leveled up! 01:17, 7 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Agreed --veggieman (leave a message after the click?) 22:51, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
  • I think MissingNo or MissingNO or whatever looks weird. I say keep it.--TrickyB 19:12, 23 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Here are my thoughts on the matter (and I apologize for the length; go to the bottom for the TL;DR version):
  • First of all, Missingno.'s only TRUE official name is "MISSINGNO.", and thus both fan-created lower-cased names--"Missingno." and "MissingNo."--are technically incorrect. As such, if the article MUST be moved, it should be moved to "MISSINGNO." versus "MissingNo."
  • Furthermore, "Missingno." has since become this glitch's proper name to mostly everyone, versus being completely understood to be the abbreviation of "Missing Number" (just as "Feraligatr" is understood to be "Ferali-gator" and not "Ferali-gatt-are"). That is to say, I don't think I've EVER heard anyone refer to it as "Missing Number" but rather as "missing-know". But while I'll admit I haven't heard EVERYONE, even "MissingNo."'s supporters aren't referring to it as "Missing Number" but "MissingNo.", which I feel supports the idea that "Missing-know" has become its proper name.
  • Also consider that spelling it "Missingno." has precedent with other Pokémon names, such as Nidoking, Feraligatr and Farfetch'd, which are referred to by those names, versus by what is "obviously" their "real" names: "Nido King"/"NidoKing", "Feraligator" and "Farfetched"/"Far Fetch'd"/"FarFetched"/etc. The thing is, despite their names being based on two words and/or abbreviated for whatever reason (complete with punctuations), we accept those "incorrect" names as the PROPER NAMES for those Pokémon and spell them with only the first letter capitalized.
As such, MISSINGNO.'s proper name is NOT the phrase "Missing Number", it is simply "Missingno.". And just like the apostrophe in Farfecth'd's name which is now part of its identity and not to denote that its "real" name is "Farfetched", the period in Missingno.'s name is likewise simply part of its identity, versus used to denote an abbreviation. (Er, well, Missingno.'s name was definitely based on "missing number", just as Farfetch'd's name was based on "far fetched"... I'm not saying that it is. However, it doesn't MEAN "missing number", just as Farfetch'd's name doesn't mean " far fetched", and no one refers to Farfetch'd as "Far Fetched".)
  • TL;DR: Missingno.'s proper name IS 'Missingno." and not "Missing Number" (especially considering few people actually refer to it as "Missing Numver"). Therefore, the article should remain at "Missingno.". But if it MUST be moved, then it should be moved to "MISSINGNO.", which is its true and official name.
  • I hope this adds to the debate, and I expect the Bulbapedia staff to make the best decision..... which is to leave the article as it. :3 -- Nick15 19:50, 12 August 2011 (UTC)
I think MISSINGNO. is certainly a decent option, but the reason this has been brought up is the fact that "MissingNo." is not a fan name. The only official use of its name capitalized the "N" in all uses, while "issing" was always lowercase. 3/4 usages capitalized the "O", but the fandom uses "MissingNo.", never "MissingNO." (so there is a fan-generated aspect to it). MissingNo. was more common in the fandom, but since we moved it to Missingno., we influenced the fandom, making "Missingno." fall into more common usage. --SnorlaxMonster 03:40, 13 August 2011 (UTC)
  • MissingNo. is not the way to spell it. As someone else said, we have Nidoking, but has anyone ever debated that it is spelled NidoKing? Of course not. This is the main reason I believe this should stay as Missingno. ~ mpgiii
We also have Ho-Oh. Just because one thing isn't doesn't mean nothing else is. --SnorlaxMonster 12:33, 21 September 2011 (UTC)
  • Missingno. is a perfectly fine name. In the older games, where everything was WRITTEN LIKE THIS, we still knew that PIKACHU was really Pikachu. Ninendo's thing about calling it MissingNO. was probably inaccurate, due to the fact wha they were saying was inaccurate. Unless one of the editors is Billy Mays, we shouldn't move it to MISSINGNO. We also shouldn't move it to Nintendo's inaccurate MissingNO., MissingNO (No period), or any other names. Missingno. is fine. --PoatogurlTalk to meh! 20:41, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Here is the name used in the game; MISSINGNO. Here are the names created by fans; Missingno., MissingNo., MissingNO. Does that mean the same could go for Mr. Mime? It was originally MR. MIME, so it could be Mr. Mime as well as Mr. mime or Mr. MIME. Or, for all we know, a Pokemon could have been spelled with multiple differentiating capitals, like Mr. mImE. Anyone else agree? q~Bisumito Is Snazzy~p (Talk~) 17:20, 29 August 2012 (UTC)
    • We have sentence case versions of all Pokémon names (Gen V is the most obvious, but they are always sentence case in the TCG so we've had them for ages). That's how we know it is Ho-Oh and not Ho-oh. --SnorlaxMonster 08:24, 16 September 2012 (UTC)
  • I say that MissingNo. looks dumb. Digimon didn't call Wargreymon WarGreymon, did they? There is no official spelling either, as it's not an official thing. -ShiningComet222

Move it to MissingNo.

SnorlaxMonster 01:46, 8 April 2010 (UTC) - Nintendo has officially referred to it with a capital "n" in every case, despite other inconsistencies, also stands for Missing Number.

I agree with what many others have said: MissingNo. is a reference to "Missing Number." To have it written in the current format of Missingno. suggests that it is a word of its own or a single word, rather than a contraction of the two words, "Missing Number." Also, Nintendo has officially referred to it as MissingNO. Besides, it's a matter of basic English more than anything else; considering the fact that Nintendo doesn't really consider this an official Pokemon, we can't really go to them for the way it should be written, nor can we competently search for sources on the matter.--Aureol 07:42, 12 April 2010 (UTC)

Tyeforce 22:41, 10 April 2010 (UTC) - I'm all for the move, as I have stated here.

I agree with Aureol. What else is No. supposed to be? --Valorum27 22:00, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

But Missingno. IS a word of its own- the name of a Pokémon. Beedrill is made up of the words bee and drill, and yet we don't spell it BeeDrill. Besides, how do we do this with anything else? We spell it with just the first letter capitalized until OFFICIAL AND RELIABLE sources contradict this! The garbage source SnorlaxMonster gives us means nothing, as it also says that capturing Missingno. is harmful to your game and to fix the graphic scrambling, you have to release Missingno., and if that doesn't work, to restart your game! Bull****! - unsigned comment from Missingno. Master (talkcontribs) 22:46, 8 May 2010 (UTC)
Beedrill is a name that is always spelt Beedrill by official sources (or BEEDRILL on other occasions). Some Pokémon like Ho-Oh are capitalised mid-name, because that's what their names are. All official sources use a capital N; there are NO official sources that use "Missingno.", or anything that is closer to "Missingno." than to "MissingNo.". Regardless of reliability, it is all we have, so it's what we use. If Nintendo/Game Freak/The Pokémon Company International came out and spelled MISSINGNO. differently, we would use that.--SnorlaxMonster 14:35, 9 May 2010 (UTC)

I agree it should be moved to MissingNo. based on spellings from official sources.--Nintenfreak 02:21, 17 May 2010 (UTC)

Have you not been paying attention? There IS no official source. Closest thing we have is one page where it's capitalized 2 different ways! - unsigned comment from Missingno. Master (talkcontribs) 10:54, 17 May 2010 (UTC)
Maybe you haven't been paying attention. It's OFFICIAL, but not overly RELIABLE; however, more reliable than nothing at all (which is the official sources for its current location).--SnorlaxMonster 12:30, 17 May 2010 (UTC)
"Not overly reliable" is an understatement. It has two different capitalizations on the same friggin' page! And which of those are you considering for this page, anyway? MissingNo or MissingNO? They don't even add the period at the end, which is undeniably part of the name, in either instance. They don't even spell the name correctly, and you want to use one of their two contradiction capitalizations as Missingno.'s official name? I don't think so. And SnorlaxMonster, why are you all of a sudden so for the move? In the section above, you spoke against the move. - unsigned comment from Missingno. Master (talkcontribs) 13:27, 2 June 2010 (UTC)
I was against the move before, but I changed my mind and saw that it was more reasonable to go by official sources than to assume. Sure they don't use the period at the end of the name, but I'm not suggesting we move it. I suggesting that we go by the ONLY official source there is. There is no reason to leave it at Missingno. when we have a source (and Wikipedia) spelling it MissingNo. --SnorlaxMonster 08:38, 3 June 2010 (UTC)
We're going by a source that contradicts itself by using two different capitalizations.... and Wikipedia? The same Wikipedia that decided that not all Pokémon were notable enough for their own articles? The same Wikipedia that some bum off the street can edit? The same Wikipedia that once claimed that Woodrow Wilson invented dental floss, for several consecutive months? THAT Wikipedia??? Not to mention, your source also claims that the only way to fix the glitched graphics Missingno. sometimes causes is to release it, and if that fails, to restart the game. Says absolutely nothing about looking at another Pokémon's stats. So let's see... Your basis for moving the page is, number one, a source that offers two different capitalizations of the name, which are, for all intents and purposes, misspelled in every instance, and gives false information on how to fix the glitched graphics, and number two, an online encyclopedia that any old bum off the street can come in and edit. When I was in high school, they NEVER allowed us to use Wikipedia as a source for reports. They were always very specific about that. And that source? It's like trusting a small-time fansite that's "revealing" a trick to obtain Pikablu or some PokéGod. - unsigned comment from Missingno. Master (talkcontribs) 11:29, 3 June 2010 (UTC)
Per nom 14:28, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
I agree that "Missingno." should be moved to "MissingNo.". A lot of things about this issue were talked, in addition to those things I'd like to add this: some people would said it should be better to move it to "Missing No." because the name doesn't has separation because of the 10 chars space... But... Nintendo wrote MissingNo and MissingNO without the dot, what gave them the chance to write it with the space between Missing and No, but they choose not to do this, that is clearly a way to show us there's no such space separation. They predicted we would discuss MissingNo. name right now and left a hidden message to us: "there's no separation, look here, even with the space left of the dot we haven't wrote it separated!" ;) AND MORE: one time they wrote it MissingNo and just after it they wrote it MissingNO, which was a mental pulse of the writer, a way to mask us that Nintendo doesn't cares about MissingNo.: by leaving the last character of what they wrote one time uppercase and in the other time lowercase they meant "we don't really care about MissingNo. we just write it like we don't care if the o turned out uppercase or lowercase". The uppercase N doesn't changes in the two writings. And my conclusion is that's why it should be called "MissingNo." and no other thing. ^^ From someone who doesn't cares about this discussion but UnderstaND --Rafaelluik 06:44, 26 July 2010 (UTC)
I agree. Or they should call it Missing#!--Ethan brendan lucas 19:46, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

I think it should be moved to MissingNo. because that's how I've always thought of it. In fact, before coming to the Missingno. page today I had never seen it written any way except "MissingNo." I♥Togetic 05:33, 4 February 2011 (UTC)

Since Nintendo only refers to it as "MissingNO" and "MissingNo" i think it should be moved to either one of these (though i would prefer to use "MissingNo"). I mean, keeping it at "Missigno" is retarded since no official source mentions it. (If "" isn't considered as an "official source" then i don't really know what is). (Yes, i know this topic is kinda old, but i don't really give a crap and if you really read what i wrote, you will understand why) -.- MasterZeroFlash 18:27, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

Move it somewhere else

Obviously it should be moved to MISSI░░N░▒▒FU▒▒▓▓▓▓ 梅子 01:57, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

No, it shouldn't be MissingNo, that's too depressing. MissingYes, however, is definitely better, don't you all agree? LocoforLudicolo 22:11, 9 May 2010 (UTC)
The 'no.' in MissingNo. means 'number'. Missingno. should be moved to MissingNo..--TepigROX! (The Tepig can TALK!) 12:02, 11 May 2011 (UTC)
The official source that admits the existence of this Pokémon spells it MissingNO, so that should at least be considered. It's suspect, though, because it forgets the dot at the end of the name. callforjudgement 02:14, 11 June 2011 (UTC)
The thing about that source is that it spells it "MissingNO" and "MissingNo". While both omit the dot (which we will not remove from the name), they both capitalize the 'N'. --SnorlaxMonster 02:38, 11 June 2011 (UTC)

While we're at it

Let's move Ash's Pikachu to Ash's PIKACHU. After all, all instances of species names are in all-caps. TTEchidna 01:50, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

I have official merchandise which refers to them as Proper nouns rather than allcaps. --SnorlaxMonster 02:10, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

Don't move this page

What is the point of it? It's just one letter turned to caps, isn't it? Why don't we just make the 8th letter in every article capital? Breawycker 17:14, 10 April 2010 (UTC)

Because MISSING and NO. are separate words. --SnorlaxMonster 07:38, 13 April 2010 (UTC)
Unless official sources that care back you up on this, no they're not, not in this case. - unsigned comment from Missingno. Master (talkcontribs) 12:02, 13 April 2010 (UTC)
This is the official source that specifically separates the two words. Also, while not an official source, Wikipedia is generally tough on accuracy and verifiability and look at their article on MissingNo..--SnorlaxMonster 09:53, 15 April 2010 (UTC)
Also, why is this a special case assuming there is no source? If there is no source, shouldn't we go to the format that clearly states its meaning as "Missing Number," rather than go to a name that suggests it means something else entirely? According to the way we write, MissingNo. = Missing Number, while Missingno. = some other abbreviation, where "Missingno" is a part of that abbreviation. While, if we wanted to be perfectly correct, we would go and write it out as "Missing No." or "Missing Number," but MissingNo. is far more correct than Missingno., and MissingNo. is recognizable enough. While most of us would see Missingno. as the glitch we're discussing, someone who wasn't aware of Missingno. would look at the name and might not be able to find what it means, while it'd be much easier to deduce that MissingNo. is actually two words instead of one.--Aureol 22:45, 15 April 2010 (UTC)
It's name is one word, if only due to the 10char limit for names. Same reason Feraligatr and Victreebel aren't spelled "Feraligator" or "Victreebell" anywhere, least of all here. - unsigned comment from Missingno. Master (talkcontribs) 20:31, 26 April 2010 (UTC)
Exactly. Its name is Missing + Number, as confirmed by the Japanese name. MissingNo. is the two words forced together to fit the 10 character limit. Nintendo illustrated this fact by capitalizing the N in No. every time that they referred to it. For the same reason, we should too. Feraligatr and Victreebel are spelt like that everywhere, and Nintendo has always referred to them as such (anime, manga, games, TCG, TFG). MissingNo. has only ever been referred to with a capital N. --SnorlaxMonster 11:58, 28 April 2010 (UTC)
But there's a difference. Nintendo doesn't care about Missingno., so they wouldn't care about how they spelled it, would they? Besides, they spell it "MissingNO.", which I think is their not-so-subtle way of trying to dissuade people from going after it. - unsigned comment from Missingno. Master (talkcontribs) 18:59, 28 April 2010 (UTC)
That is some terrible speculation. Capitalizing NO is MISSINGNO. does not mean that they are trying to say "No" subliminally to discourage the use of the glitch (if that's what you're trying to say, without ever actually saying it). As for "Nintendo doesn't care about Missingno.", if they did not care about it then they would never have mentioned it. And even if they did not care about it, that would not impact on whether or not they choose to capitalize it in a certain way. --SnorlaxMonster 12:06, 29 April 2010 (UTC)
Well, as it turns out, your "official source" is unreliable, so why should we trust it? First paragraph spells it "MissingNO", second paragraph spells it "MissingNo". Neither one adds the period at the end of Missingno.'s name. Unless we get something consistant and different from a reliable source, the article should stay as is. And as if that weren't enough, this same so-called "reliable" source also says that restarting the game is the only way to fix the scrambled graphics Missingno. causes sometimes. And that the flashing screen happens with burns and freezing as well as poison. Yeah, I don't think so. - unsigned comment from Missingno. Master (talkcontribs) 23:04, 30 April 2010 (UTC)
While it is true that it inconsistent, does not use a period and is not very reliable, it is much more reliable that assuming. The "O" changes, but there is always a capital "N". Unless we find a reliable source that uses something other than a capital "N" in "NO.", then the article should stay at the more accurate, logical and official location. Nintendo most likely didn't bother doing a large amount of research into solving the glitch (due to the age of the game), and simply told people to do the obvious approach. --SnorlaxMonster 02:03, 2 May 2010 (UTC)
Just leave it here, that is the easiest thing to do. Besides it is just a letter.--theMEWTHREEspy 16:41, 30 May 2010 (UTC)

We don't work on ease, we work on accuracy. It would be easier to just read Bulbapedia, but we choose to edit. --SnorlaxMonster 13:16, 31 May 2010 (UTC)

Yes I agree, we should move it if it's needed, but is it really needed?If something else is more accurate than Missingno,move it, otherwise leave it.--theMEWTHREEspy 20:03, 31 May 2010 (UTC)
yeah, TMS is right. one letter doesn't make a difference.but i don't want to get sucked into this fanwar, so i'll leave it at this: if a featured article loses its featured article award after it's moved, don't move it. it's just one letter and it wouldn't be a featured article anymore. but if it would stay as a featured article after moving it, go and move it.----TepigROX! (The Tepig can TALK!) 12:19, 11 May 2011 (UTC)

No, moving does not affect featured status. --SnorlaxMonster 12:31, 11 May 2011 (UTC)

The article tends to focus too much on one index number of Missingno. in Pokémon Yellow

Although variations of glitch Pokémon which use the name "Missingno." do indeed exist in Pokémon Yellow, this does not mean that there is just one index number of Missingno. in Pokémon Yellow. Different Missingno. in Pokémon Yellow commonly use different sprites, different base stats, different cries and have completely different movesets. Not all "yellow Missingno." are of the 999 type either, I think this article needs rewording to address that problem, its not as if there are 5 distinctive forms of Missingno. there are in fact (39*2) in Red/Blue and Yellow alone, not including different language games. --Chickasaurus 12:33, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

You raise a valid point. However, new comments go at the bottom of talk pages. That said, you are right. We do need information on the other Yellow Missingno. formes... - unsigned comment from Missingno. Master (talkcontribs) 13:15, 2 June 2010 (UTC)
OK thanks. --Chickasaurus 13:24, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

i dont know how to make a new section but when used a gameshark code to make it appear in the wild i caught it then it turned into a rhydon why??arceusLX leveled up! 01:23, 7 July 2010 (UTC)

Its the internal error trap (as Rhydon has an index number of 01) for when the game brings up a new Pokédex entry for an invalid Pokémon. Try capturing it again, so that the "New Pokédex entry" interface doesn't pop up again. --Chickasaurus 14:24, 8 July 2010 (UTC)

Some possibly helpful questions

1. It seems the list of characters in a player's name that can trigger Missingno.'s various forms is not exhaustive. Does anyone know what Pokemon would appear when one of those characters is used in the appropriate spot? It might be useful to have this information in the article, even if it's just a simple "having other characters in these positions will not produce Missingno. but, instead, some other Pokemon to appear".

2. The next one is more of a general programming question regarding this comment: Due to the limited space in the Game Boy memory, the programmers decided to use the space where data for wild Pokémon found in the grass is stored (which is completely blank in Viridian City; only Surfing and Fishing data is used) to save the player's name temporarily. Are there any other circumstances where a player's name has to be stored into this space? Starscream 17:06, 19 July 2010 (UTC)

1. This page should actually list less of that. That is the old man glitch. Missingno. is one possible result, so most of this info should be moved there and this to link there as a main article. In addition, Missingno. can be found via the Mew glitch, but this section only explains how it works via the old man glitch. I will fix this after replying.
2. No, not in Generation I. If there was, that would have been exploited a long time ago. --SnorlaxMonster 06:52, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
2. Regarding surfing on land strips, there is another process which could be exploited legitimately, although it is less practical than entering an Old Man battle. It is possible to make a trade within Cinnibar's Lab (as name data is stored within the RAM and recalled after trading) and then surf along any 'coast'. There are several other processes, but realistically unless messing with the RAM itself (e.g. save corruption, select bugs) they would require an external device, e.g. Professor Oak's battle mode used for catching the starter Pikachu and then surfing along a coast without encountering another Pokémon. --Chickasaurus 16:31, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

Missingno.'s exp. group?

For such a well-known glitch, I'd think that there would be some sort of investigation on this. Is there such a levelling formula? Ztobor 03:35, 11 August 2010 (UTC)

It's not a topic of focus when discussion glitches, but from screenshots that I've seen, it appears to be the formula that yields 1000000 at level 100 (like with most Pokémon). Ultraflame 04:00, 11 August 2010 (UTC)


This page should be moved to its redirect page. - unsigned comment from Ethan brendan lucas (talkcontribs)

We've been discussing it here. --ZestyCactus 15:16, 23 August 2010 (UTC)

Make a verdict already!

Okay. If you want to move it, put your name on 11.1. if you don't, add your name on 11.2. I'll count up the votes and see if we should move it. Finally.--Ethan brendan lucas 23:59, 4 November 2010 (UTC)

Umm... that's not how it works. Regular users can't just put an article's future status up to a vote. It'd need to be staff if the vote is to have any real authority. --AndyPKMN 01:12, 5 November 2010 (UTC)
oh.--Ethan brendan lucas 19:10, 5 November 2010 (UTC)

Ethan brendan lucas MasterZeroFlash (i'll put my name here anyway) MasterZeroFlash 18:19, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

Don't Move

Aerodactyl fossil MissingNo.

When I caught this version in Yellow, it has Normal/Flying type. Tried Thunder at another Aerodactyl fossil MissingNo. and it was super effective. Caugh another one and... wtf it was Grass/Poison O.o Another one and... Rock/Water (lol). Too bad that I took picture of only Grass/Poison version Marked +-+-+ 17:52, 11 November 2010 (UTC)

IIRC the non-000 dex family MISSINGNO. will derive their types and base stats depending on what was the last Pokémon loaded in memory, though its a very long time since I've messed with them. --Chickasaurus 22:53, 11 November 2010 (UTC)

Alternate sprite

While playing on Pokémon Blue, I ran into Missingno. using the old man glitch. When the battle started it appeared flipped around (facing the other way and to the left) after I attacked it flipped back around like a normal Missingno. but I noticed that this one looked different. I have a picture if it and was wanting to know if it was worth doing anything with it, or giving it to some one. It had the same shape as a normal Missingno. but has a different glitchy pattern.SchattenMajora 05:22, 16 November 2010 (UTC)

This sounds contrived; surely somebody would have noticed this by now... «hexagonTHEORY» 05:25, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
The Mew glitch went unproven for years. There's no real reason this can't be true...—Loveはドコ? (talk contribs) 01:21, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
I've seen a reversed sprite Missingno. like you mentioned before, in a video, with a different pattern when it was reversed. I just can't remember the video or the channel, and I won't guess as I'm new to this forum, so I don't want to violate any rules... ERROR2401 3:11 9, February 2019 (UTC)


I ink this article and Missingno are the same thing 4Jmaster 21:35, 24 November 2010 (UTC) 4Jmaster

They are. --SnorlaxMonster 13:10, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

Why don't we move it?

I mean, MissingNo.'s in-game name really means "Missing Number," it's as if the game's trying to tell you that the Pokémon you're encountering is missing, and it's index number is 0. All a Pokémon name is is a permanently nicknamed number, for example, Mew's index equivalent is 21. The game thinks "21 used (index number of a move)! It's super effective!" but the game translates it to "Mew used Psychic! It's super effective!" To recap what I have just said, as you are probably thinking "What is this kid getting at?" what I mean is, MissingNo.'s name is an abbreviated message, not an actual name. Cheers! Alex128 18:47, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

Wouldn't that be like moving Mew's page to 21 then? →ΑΧΧΟΝΝfire 18:54, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

@Axxonn: Not really. It's like the game knows 21=Mew, or 000=Missingno. (Or in this case, MissingNo.) Alex128 01:36, 19 December 2010 (UTC)

Missingno. is not index number 000, that is 'M. Missingno. has a Pokédex number of 000 ('M does too), but has a large number of different index numbers (see the infobox). --SnorlaxMonster 01:42, 19 December 2010 (UTC)

@SnorlaxMonster: Enlighten me. Why does MissingNo. revert to Rhydon when certain forms are caught? If Rhydon's index number is 001, MissingNo. has to revert to the next valid index number, 001. That means MissingNo. has to be 000. It's Pokédex number is also 000. 'M could possibly share index 000 with MissingNo. Alex128 00:27, 21 December 2010 (UTC)

Its only if a glitch Pokémon displays its Pokédex entry upon capture and has an invalid Pokédex number that it reverts to Rhydon (see new Rhydon glitch article). This is not specific to Yellow Missingno. as many glitch Pokémon have high Pokédex numbers and revert back to Rhydon after their Pokédex entry is registered. Its not possible to have more than one Pokémon with the same index number in the same game. You can have multiple glitch Pokémon with the same Pokédex number or 'family', but not index number. --Chickasaurus 02:44, 21 December 2010 (UTC)
(conflicted)It is impossible for two Pokémon to be at the same index number in the same game (Pokédex numbers are different). All non-hybrid glitch Pokémon revert to Rhydon when their Pokédex entry is viewed after being caught, because it has the first valid index number. p T would also revert to Rhydon, despite clearly not being 00 in any aspect. It's called the Rhydon glitch. --SnorlaxMonster 02:49, 21 December 2010 (UTC)

Okay, I'll admit I'm wrong. I had forgotten that MissingNo. takes up multiple index numbers, and one of them was Index 000. I apologize for my mistake, but let it be known that I support its movement. Go MissingNo.! Alex128 17:48, 24 December 2010 (UTC)

GBA Missingno

I've seen videos on youtube demonstrating how to catch missingno in the GBA Pokemon games.

Here's one of them just to clarify.

We know about them but refer to them here as glitch Pokémon rather than Missingno. here please. The name "Missingno." is the error handler used for placeholder/formatted species and only 39 instances used this in the GB/C games (with the other 107 being generic invalid Pokémon). ? is the closest approximation to its function (25 empty spaces), though we still call it ? because that's what the game calls it. ?????????? and others are essentially invalid Pokémon (like the past 107 generic glitch Pokémon) but improved error handling techniques dummy out their names. Thanks. --Chickasaurus 16:56, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

Trivia And More!

For the trivia, couldn't it be stated that Missing No. is the first pokemon to have alternate forms?

Also, should Missing No.'s alternate forms be added to the Form Change page? Super Glitch-Missing No. 22:42, 15 April 2011 (UTC)Super Glitch-Missing No.

Possibly, but as long as it is only mentioned on this page
Absolutely not. The form differences page is only for true Pokémon. Missingno. would get no more than a trivia mention there. --SnorlaxMonster 10:44, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

So I can add the Forme Differences onto Missing No.'s trivia, but not on the page? And technically, Missing No. is a real pokemon, but not obtained by normal means with some side effects. It is still a pokemon.--User:Super Glitch-Missing No.

No, Missingno. is NOT a Pokémon. It's a glitch encountered when a wild Pokémon is encountered in an area where wild Pokémon are not meant to appear. Therefore Missingno. appears because the numerical data (no.) for which Pokémon should appear are missing. Thus the "name" isn't even a name so much as an error message. This argument has been had a number of times on this wiki, and the conclusion has always been that "Glitch Pokémon" are not technically real Pokémon. --AndyPKMN (talk) 23:29, 16 April 2011 (UTC)
If it is encountered in Tall Grass, isn't it a Pokémon?--higejolly 20:05, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
Did you not read what was above your post? "Glitch Pokémon" Are not real Pokémon. It appears when you encounter a wild pokemon. --Pokemaster97 20:39, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

I've been looking around google images, for fun, for images of missingno, and I've stumbled across it's concept art, looking like a bird, like it's type. and I've noticed from this art that it has very similar colors to it's in-game palette as a glitch, just missing one or two colors from its sprite as a glitch, should this be mentioned in the trivia? --ERROR2401 15:10 22 November 2018 (UTC)

What is This? Missingno in IV Generation?

Alysson-A 20:12, 5 June 2011 (UTC)

Yes there are more glitch Pokémon in Generation IV exclusive to Pokémon Platinum and IIRC HeartGold and SoulSilver which normally freeze the game in Diamond and Pearl, for example see [7] but Bulbapedia only have articles about -----, Generation IV hybrids, Bad Egg and I suppose by that logic we should have Generation IV glitch Egg. I don't know if the staff here would consider anything else notable, seeing as you technically have 64,546 identifiers to experiment with taking into the account the glitch Pokémon and valid Pokémon already accepted. --Chickasaurus 20:57, 5 June 2011 (UTC)

Not all Glitch Pokémon are MissingNo.

I hear people talk about "MissingNo. from Ruby/Sapphire, MissingNo. from Diamond and Pearl, they should all be moved to Missingno." The truth is that MissingNo. is a placeholding Glitch Pokémon, and therefore isn't meant to be found. So I don't think that other Glitch Pokémon should be moved to MissingNo.'s page. Cheers! Alex128 16:04, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

No need to worry, they won't be. OwnageMuch 23:40, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

Stop changing the translation

The correct translation for Missingno. is 欠番. Please stop changing it. Eman9405 15:12, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

SnorlaxMonster is the leader of Project GlitchDex, so if he reverts your edit, you probably shouldn't change it back. - unsigned comment from Missingno. Master (talkcontribs) 15:21, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
Lol, Kanji didn't even exist in main games until BW. Here's proof it's けつばん.--Den Zen 15:50, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
The reason you were reverted was because it was incorrect. It is not a translation, it is what actually appears in the Japanese games, as shown in the link Dennou Zenshi provided. While what you provided is the correct rendition of けつばん in kanji, games prior to Generation V didn't have kanji. I would have mentioned specifically why in my edit summary, but because you made multiple edits, I used an administrative tool called "rollback" which does not allow me to provide an edit summary. --SnorlaxMonster 15:14, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Featured article, and move

Missingno is todays Featured Article on Wikipedia, would this be worth noting?

Also, will this page ever be moved? I dont think it is right for a (Bulbapedia) Featured Article, apparently "one of the best articles produced on Bulbapedia", to have this issue ignored, or to even have the issue in the first place. XVuvuzela2010X 03:42, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

It's probably not going to get moved. People seem to think that Nintendo's inconsistent spellings and capitalizations constitute a need to change the name, that's all. - unsigned comment from Missingno. Master (talkcontribs) 11:35, 14 September 2011 (UTC)
Or is it that the name used just as often in the fandom is the one used by Nintendo themselves, even with their inconsistencies? Although I agree, at this rate, it is not going to get moved. --SnorlaxMonster 12:33, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

Big question

Ok Comic reviewer Linkara has used Missingno as a major plot point in many of his reviews during the month. Should we add this to trivia or what? I mean he is popular and so on. Just asking --Brengarrett 05:39, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

We don't usually note fan things like that. I don't think that we should. --SnorlaxMonster 07:39, 2 November 2011 (UTC)


I recently caught a MISSINGNO. on Blue. It was level 168 and had the sprite of the Aerodactyl fossil. When I battled it, I Mimiced it and it had Supersonic, Auroa Beam, Clamp, and Spike Cannon. When I caught it, it had just Wing Attack and Supersonic. (I battled it with my Aerodactyl, which had Fly as well. As stated, it "grew" to level 100 after just one battle. I saved it here, and when I start my game, after a couple battles, it "grows" to level 70, with its screen stating that it took 12,000 or so exp to level up. I got it down to 9,000 exp, and flew to Viridian Forest. It then said that it needed 98,000 or so exp. When its screen was checked, it was an "Electric" type, yet Water and Ice type moves were super effective. Today it was Rock and Ground, so Normal type moves were not very effective, but Rock-type moves were. Soon it changed to Rock Flying. In Pokémon Tower, after I checked the screen of one of my non-glitch Pokémon, its back sprite was changed to Aerodactyl. Also, I've noticed that while opposing Pokémon's sprites were reversed, they only got spliced when they "changed," like when they flash after Wing Attack or when they use Withdraw.

I was just wondering if we should add any of this information. Jdrawer 16:47, 5 February 2012 (UTC)

I believe that defined-sprite Missingno. doesn't actually copy the moves of an individual Pokémon, but takes what moves it would have at that level if it were of that species. So a level 168 Cloyster would have that first mentioned set of attacks, meaning it was the last Pokémon loaded (just hearing its cry can do this, or so I've heard). Why it had those moves after Aerodactyl, I have no idea; further testing should probably be conducted. "Growing" to level 100 after gaining experience when above level 100 is mentioned here. The changing to level 70 and changing experience to next level is likely due to copying another Pokémon's experience group, then copying a different experience group, throwing it all around the place like that.
Now, what is interesting in your research is that it shows defined-sprite Missingno. behaving remarkably similar to unstable hybrid Pokémon. This would also explain why its battle types don't match its display types. Now, what I'm interested in is what would happen if it was attempted to be stabilized via Daycare, and what would happen if it was turned into an unstable hybrid.
For now, I think the sprite thing could be noted, while the other observations can continue to be researched here. --SnorlaxMonster 10:55, 6 February 2012 (UTC)
Sadly, I restarted my game (I got bored, and research was not my main priority), but you can replicate the results with the name FeLix (that MISSINGNO., the Cloyster, and an 'M (I forgot the level) were all there in the strip. When I beat the game again, I'll try to replicate it so I can find out more.Jdrawer 06:16, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

Accidentally, Corrupt my save game in gen V and a MissingNo in my party

I was wanted to move my joltik using pokegen, when my card reader disconnected while pokegen is saved. I dont know it corrupted my savegame until i played black and found my supposed joltik transformed to a missingno.

Name: ????????????????????? (endless) Sprite: a big ? Lvl: 1 No stats, no ability, no move, fainted

is Gen V having a missingno as well? (Passlogin 05:28, 6 March 2012 (UTC))

There is no Missingno. in any generation but I. In Generation V, there is instead something called -----. --SnorlaxMonster 08:59, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

At least add some information to Passlogin 06:05, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

How the fossil and ghost Missingnos. work

The game doesn't just leave pieces of the source base stats structure in the game. There's a special case for those four IDs that makes it so almost all of the data, besides the front sprite and a couple other things, is not overwritten. FSX 22:26, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

MissingNo. spelling

Like someone said long ago, I think the spelling should be changed. It's obviously two words... the only reason it's written like that in the game is the 10 character limit. If there was no character limit and there was no convention of capitalizing every letter, I'm pretty sure it would appear in the game as "Missing Number" or "Missing number".

According to the official source ( ), the spelling is "MissingNO" (with the spelling of "MissingNo" one time)... a period is never included and the capitalization changes when it gets to the "number" (I would think that "MissingNo" is a typo, not an inconsistancy, as it only occurs with a lowercase 'o' once).

Wouldn't it make more sense to go with the official spelling of "MissingNO" than "Missingno."? Not that I personally like this spelling any better... I actually prefer "MissingNo." (lowercase 'o' with a period). But when an official spelling is available, it would make more sense to use it. Dannyjenn 16:13, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

Edit - actually, much of what I said can be ignored. When I posted that, I wasn't thinking of the obvious fact that even though that's an official source, perhaps what's on that page isn't an "official" spelling, but rather, the writer's preference (i.e. if I worked for Nintendo and was put into the position to make the reply, I would have spelled it "MissingNo."... which wouldn't necessarily be "official").

I still don't like "Missingno.", but whatever. Dannyjenn 16:38, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

Japanese variation

I don't know if any of this is worth mentioning, but the Japanese games have different data regarding MissingNo. First off, I hear the Old Man glitch doesn't work in Red and Green (I haven't gotten far enough in the game to try it yet). But he can be obtained through the Mew glitch... although I hear that (with the exception of his Ghost, Kabutops fossil, and Aerodactyl fossil formes) he freezes the game (again, haven't tried this for myself yet). Anyway, his height is 1m and his weight is 10.0kg, rather than the literal values obtained by converting its height and weight (from the international versions) to metric, so that part is wrong and should be changed. He has Pokédex text in Blue (I believe he doesn't have any in Red and Green)... it's "コメント さくせいちゅう" (I think it means "comment to be written"). The types are different. Also, the Ghost forme's name is "ゴースト Ghost' rather than "けつばん Ketsuban" (does anyone know if this happens in the localizations as well?). His regular formes have a different sprite as well. I have no idea if his moveset is the same. Dannyjenn 18:41, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

The thing about glitch Pokémon is that they are considered separate if they appear in a different game version (between RB and Y) or language. Japanese けつばん really should be considered a separate glitch Pokémon to Missingno. However, I take two issues with creating pages for Japanese glitch Pokémon: 1) We don't even have decent pages for the English ones, we don't need more to create and clean and 2) Japanese glitch Pokémon will add 4 more sets to the currently existing 2. I think that the metric weight/height should be removed altogether, and a "In the Japanese versions" section should be created for けつばん. --SnorlaxMonster 12:19, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
I agree that this information needs to be added, either in this article or a separate one. The height/weight and Pokédex info are already on there, but not the moveset or the type info. I'd add it myself, but I'm not sure how to go about doing it.--Poliwhirl (talk) 17:14, 11 August 2013 (UTC)


I always find this annoying: "The five forms of Missingno (clockwise from left: Normal, Ghost, Aerodactyl, Yellow, Kabutops)"

It's not confusing (as it's obvious as to which forme is which), but why write it in "clockwise" order? Why not just from left to right?

Also, MissingNo. has a different look in the Japanese games. Maybe his Japanese sprite should be added to those 5? Dannyjenn 01:01, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

actually, every language that has a MissingNo. has a different sprite for it, even though some may look similar, like the English and the German Red language variations of it. ERROR2401 (talk) 16:51, 7 April 2019 (UTC)

TMTRAINER/super glitch method

Hey, recently on GCL someone found a video of a way to get Japanese Blue Missningno., and the method also works on English Blue (and probably Yellow too, but I don't own one to test it). Once full testing has ben done would it be worthwhile adding? It involves using Ditto's super glitch move and then stablilsing the glitch after catching the opposing pokémon (this is very vague). It also has a way to prevent the game from freezing after super glitch, which is extremely intereting. (It might be worth adding to the TMTRAINER effect page too). OwnageMuch (talk) 22:00, 16 August 2012 (UTC)

If you could write up an article on it, that would be great. --SnorlaxMonster 08:24, 16 September 2012 (UTC)


If this is in the arcticle please point out where. How does Ketsuban come from the Japanese term for Missing Number? Is it named differently in European or other foreign language releases? --Abcboy (talk) 00:01, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

けつばん ketsuban literally translates to missing number. In foreign languages it is also called Missingno. --SnorlaxMonster 08:41, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

Pokédex Entry?

"If Missingno.'s Pokédex data is viewed, it will consist of a very long string of glitchy sounds, much like ゥ .4 or h POKé's entries." Does it say 'sounds' on purpose? It seems like 'characters' would make more sense. Mew! 02:55, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

It is referring to the sounds the game makes, not the characters that appear on the screen. However, it was unclear so I have rephrased it. --SnorlaxMonster 05:02, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

MissingNo. is you?

This is just something I came across and is almost defiantly untrue... but is it just me or does it look like MissingNo. takes your sprite (the sprite of the trainer) and scrambles it? this would explain why the shape of MissingNo. is the way it is (with the big white rectangle in the same place as the trainers) and possibly explain where the game is drawing data from for the sprite. And if it isn't copying the sprite and scrambling it, could it at least be using the same color palette (as suggested in yellow) as you? PLEASE let me know of ANY thoughts you have on this. It's been in my head for ages.

44h why (talk) 14:59, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Not replying

In red and green the player can walk through walls after catching missingno, the old man glitch does not work in these versions so the player has to use the mew glitch. Source tammashi heroka YouTube.Kingsisle (talk) 16:48, 5 June 2013 (UTC)

A mistake in the article, or am I misunderstanding all this?

I own a Missingno. on an actual Yellow cartridge. It's the B7 variant, but it has the Aerodactyl Fossil sprite like it would have in Red/Blue, only that it's using Pikachu's palette. I've preformed the Mew Glitch multiple times, and I can confirm that the Special stat of 183 for the Ditto method of the Mew glitch only gives out the Aerodactyl Fossil sprite. Where do the glitch-sprite variants come from, such as this: Also, my Missingno. does not go down to Level 1 when it gets experience like the article says it does; it levels up like any normal Pokémon would. Am I just misreading the article, or is there a flaw in the article? SkyEmerald (talk) 23:46, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Wrong the spirits depend on how you name your trainer

What people don't understand is the forms of Missingno depend on how you're trainers name is spelled depending on the letters used to spell you're trainer. Depending on what letters you use is how the spirit turns out. Example using letters like A E I O U every few letters like Erica is how the form turns out ~~Missingno Master~~ (September 21, 2013)

Yellow special Missingno. don't have 'unique forms'

The article is wrong. If you encounter a B6, B7 or B8 Missingno. using the species modifier code (i.e. 01xxD7CF in Yellow), then it will use an incorrect sprite but this is a side effect of the code that happens with other Pokémon. When you encounter it using the Ditto glitch, which triggers as if it was a field Pokémon battle (like using 01xx58D0) it will use the correct sprite (i.e. of the Kabutops Fossil, Aerodactyl Fossil or Ghost). As the Ditto glitch is the only non-cheating way of getting a special Missingno. on the opponent's side besides link battle, where it appears as one of the correct sprites too, I don't think the article should mention these 'Yellow-only forms', and the image should be reverted. There are similar cheating only forms for the Red/Blue fossil Missingno. too. --Chickasaurus (talk) 17:53, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

HUGE error in article.

In the article, it says that Missingno.'s yellow B6, B7, and B8 variants occupy special 182, 183, and 184 of the Mew glitch. This is not true. They are occupied by Missingno.'s Kabutops, Aerodactyl, and Ghost forms, respectively.- unsigned comment from Irtehmrepic (talkcontribs)

Official Nintendo Statement

The article states "Nintendo claimed that Missingno. appears after performing a trick involving the Safari Zone, while the real method has nothing to do with that." this is only partially incorrect as I know the Nintendo website was referring to the fact that you can exploit the coast on Cinnabar Island to fight against Safari Zone Pokémon in battle (as seen in Old man glitch#Other coast related exploits. (Yeah, on the old Pokémon website, they actually encouraged you to exploit this glitch haha.) anyway, I think the statement that it has "nothing do to with that" is somewhat misleading as while you won't see Safari Pokémon and Missingno simultaneously, it's similar method relating to this glitch. Anyone else believe that statement should be removed? --ZestyCactus 00:12, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

If the sentence is kept, I would change it to something like, "Nintendo claimed that Missingno. appears after performing a trick involving the Safari Zone, however the actual method is the Old Man Glitch of which the Safari Zone trick is a subset of it," or something similar. Nintendo was right, but only at the time as the Old Man Glitch does not seem to have been known about. --Super goku (talk) 05:19, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

Image and a few other things...

Hello. First off, I have uploaded a new version of Missingno_Glitch_Walking_Players.png. While it appears to not have fully updated yet, the "bad image" text should be removed.
In addition, I have a few other edits that I would like done (but cannot make myself, due to not being autoconfirmed). For one, the text It is unknown why this happens. in the first section should be removed or changed. The glitch sounds occur for the same reason as regular glitch dialog boxes do: The game reads the text as something that should do sound. (Used with bill for instance).
Then, there is the Pokédex entries. One thing that should be fixed with them is the {{{yellowdex}}} text in them. In fact, that entire table for Pokédex entries is only used to display the one for Japanese blue. If that is changed, the images should probably be moved as well.
Then there is this text: The correct way to fix these issues is to view the Pokédex data or stat page of a hybrid glitch Pokémon or official Pokémon. in Section official Nintendo statement. There isn't a big issue with that, but if someone were trying to use that as a guide they would first think of getting a hybrid Pokémon. The text should be reversed. --Pokechu22 (talk) 02:42, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

I believe MissingNO. Is HO-OH. HO-OH was first debuted in the first episode of the Pokèmon anime, and so I can only guess that they were going to implement HO-OH into the original Red/Blue versions. However, they must have removed it, but not entirely, thus giving it data for a pokemon. However, the glitch must have corrupted other unused data, thus giving them a place up the game. If you were to put it in X/Y, it might be read as a "Mystery Egg" data block. Due to imperfection of code back in the nineties, they must have overlooked the glitches, and used players to look for bugs. Should they have tested for every possible glitch in the game, they might have removed all the glitch pokemon and trainers. Space1255 (talk) 13:47, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Wrong section to post that in, sorry. Space1255 (talk) 10:42, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Screenshot of moveset

I wanted to upload this image and add it next to Missingno's moveset to demonstrate that listing Water Gun twice isn't an error, but I don't appear to have permission to upload files. (talk) 13:12, 11 August 2014 (UTC)


Yes, this discussion again. All the arguments against it are not very good because it's clear that it means Missing Number, which is further supported by the Japanese name. There is no valid reason (other than effort) for not changing this to the proper capitalization. SatoMew 23:49, 31 August 2015 (UTC)

Having re-read everything, I agree. The only argument with any substance for keeping it spelled Missingno. is that when a Pokemon has a name like Mewtwo or Dugtrio, only the first letter is capitalized. Two problems with this argument:
  • Missingno isn't actually a Pokemon, in the sense that it was never designed by the developers.
  • Missingno has a period at the end of it's name, giving validity to the idea that MissingNO is intended to be separate words.
The real reason that it hasn't been moved is the inconsistent spelling in official responses to the glitch. My theory for the inconsistency is that someone assumed that the proper abbreviation for number was NO. Mzxrules (talk) 14:32, 7 September 2015 (UTC)
There is no official spelling besides MISSINGNO., as far as I'm concerned, and nobody has suggested that would be used. Nintendo's page was likely written by some tech support person with no direct connection to whoever added it into the game. "MissingNo." might technically have more to do with the components of the name, but I personally like the way "Missingno." looks better. --FSX (talk) 22:07, 15 October 2015 (UTC)
"No." is the standard English-language abbreviation for the word "number", thus MissingNo. (Missing Number). The games simply present it as MISSINGNO. because Pokémon names are in ALLCAPS anyway. SatoMew2 (talk) 22:17, 15 October 2015 (UTC)

Yellow Missingno.

There's a bit more to the Yellow Missingno. than that "it can crash the game". Whether or not the game will crash when you encounter it depends on an unused section of SRAM (the save file). It'll also write a bunch of data there when it's encountered and that's why it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. A lot of emulators initialize that area to all 0x00s, which means the player has to encounter Missingno. 14 times for it to work. The real GameBoy initializes it to 0xFFs, which grants two consecutive successful encounters. Relevant: [8] By the way, when the memory is at first 0x00s, the (successful) 14 attempt will give a "true cry" (about 7 minute's worth of glitch sounds). I'd add all this in, but I can't edit the page. --Telinc1 (talk) 15:52, 27 March 2016 (UTC)

New Pokemon Red/Blue/Green Appearance

As you all know, Blue, Red, and Yellow are all being re-released for 3DS. Don't you think this page would need confirmation if he was going to show up as an official Pokemon in the new ones? I've heard from multiple friends that he'll be in the game, just with the glitches removed. If I could have some sort of confirmation as to if this is true, it could help expand an already outstanding article, AND we could move him off of Project Glitchdex.--MechaMew3 (talk) 01:18, 29 March 2016 (UTC)MechaMew3

Missingno. Lv. 1 in Yellow

I feel like something about Missingno. becoming Lv. 1 if it gains EXP in Yellow should be added. Mattjod (talk) 00:39, 3 May 2016 (UTC)

MissingNo unique cries = not deleted pokemon cries?

In the article, it said that the unique cries of some MissingNo supports the theory that MissingNo was actually deleted Pokémon. Since the cries are "located in a table in between real Pokémon cries", what if the game has a "field" of cries located somewhere in data, and the MissingNos (and other glitch Pokémon) draw upon cry-unrelated data to determine which cry that pokemon has, and some MissingNos simply draw upon data that it interprets as data pointing to cries that just happen to be present in non-glitch pokemon. The MissingNos that are all 00 values is the game just jumping to default, because it can't interpret the data it's found as a cry.

Note: I know pretty much nothing about how the games actually work, this is as speculative as the theory that MissingNo is a deleted pokemon, except it needs more assumptions, and is probably wrong. If you are working for a company or something, this theory is NOT the theory you should use about unique MissingNo cries. This is just a crazy possibility.


Aaay (talk) 10:02, 26 August 2016 (UTC)

This peculiarity of the MissingNo. spanish version should be added to the article

I wanted to add the information about the spanish version MissingNo., which has the peculiarity of "modify" his sprite if the player goes to watch the stats of any Pokémon of the team (I don't know if this is allowed, but I let here a video as a proof: I wanted to add this in the section of his forms, including the video. What do you think? Thanks for reading! - unsigned comment from Hagun (talkcontribs)

Kangaskhan/Clefairy evolution?

Is it okay to say Kanga evolves into Missi on Kanga's page and Clefa evolves into Missi as well?

Oops, I meant to move this to'M (00).- unsigned comment from Gmaxwell (talkcontribs)

Pokedex entry and Gen 2 Pokemon

I have 2 questions: 1. What does its PokeDex entry mean and what does it mean when it says "Comment to be written"? 2. Is it true that the reason MissingNo. was around was because GameFreak Originally wanted to put Gen 2 Pokemon but deleted them creating MissingNo.? - unsigned comment from Necrozma800 (talkcontribs)

  1. The Pokédex entry is most likely a standard placeholder written during development, never intended to be read.
  2. No, that's not true, but MissingNo. did replace other Pokémon designs.
Also, per the talk page policy, please don't use talk pages for casual discussions; there's forums for that. Nescientist (talk) 17:09, 11 May 2020 (UTC)


The Nintendo statement was so wrong! The only way to fix the sprites is to look at the stats screen of a normal Pokémon. Does the Nintendo statement even belong on our wiki, where we use correct information? GalarChamp Cinderace (talk) 18:02, 23 March 2021 (UTC)

It is an official statement on the subject, and as such it should be, of course. It is even directly followed by "Nintendo's statement is incorrect (...)" and an explanation/correction, which is even better. Nescientist (talk) 21:29, 24 March 2021 (UTC)

Yellow TMs

I think that the moves Yellow MissingNo can learn is wrong: it seems it can learn no TMs whatsoever, while it is indeed able to learn at least a few. I verified first-hand it can learn TM24 Thunderbolt; the full list I found is the following:

  • TM01 Mega Punch
  • TM02 Razor Wind
  • TM03 Swords Dance
  • TM05 Mega Kick
  • TM06 Toxic
  • TM10 Double-Edge
  • TM11 BubbleBeam
  • TM17 Submission
  • TM19 Seismic Toss
  • TM20 Rage
  • TM22 SolarBeam
  • TM24 Thunderbolt
  • TM34 Bide
  • TM35 Metronome
  • TM37 Egg Bomb
  • TM41 Softboiled
  • TM43 Sky Attack
  • TM44 Rest
  • HM02 Fly

Rainbow Metal Pigeon (talk) 07:58, 16 April 2022 (UTC)

Return to "MissingNo." page.