Pokéology: Rotom

So, you can probably guess the focus of this article. Unexpected, right? The biology behind a ghost?  Yup; that’s what’s fun about this time.

So, without further ado, let’s get onto the basis.



Yeah, that image should kinda creep you out, but also remind you of your little ghosty friend.. Rotom!

Quite obviously, Rotom is a poltergeist– that is, a ghost that can manipulate physical forces. However, they can manifest as multiple forms; this can be as vary from mist, wind, electricity, plasma, to even invisible entities.  Most reports are of the invisible kind, where violent forces have attacked rooms, or even attacked people. It’s hard to put any record on this actually happening, as most reports go without any form of evidence. But these kind of things have been reported for years.

I’d say that Rotom manifests itself as “Ball Lightning”.

Look like Rotom? It should! That’s no mystical creature, that’s ball lightning. Ball lightning is an unexplained phenomena in weather, where lightning does not simply strike, rather, it forms into a ball and can streak across the sky. It can last up to 20 seconds before the lightning finally vanishes. In this time, it has been seen to burn through anything that it touches, and was even reported to move through walls. Freaky right?

What’s worse is that it’s not quite known what causes ball lightning, but most scientists have started  attempting to recreate them. The closest they’ve come is vaporized silicon, but even this has not truly explained the phenomena.  So this could happen to you the next time a thunderstorm rolls around, a ball of fire just flies through your walls and burns everything it touches. But just don’t expect it to happen; it’s very rare, though it has been found to happen in some places more than other.

So not only is Rotom a ghost, it’s a paranormal force representing itself as an unexplained scientific phenomena.

Betcha you’re wondering about the science behind it now.



Biology and zoology



Here’s an oddball. You probably think that it’s just designed, and that there’s nothing to talk about. Nah, there’s more to it than that. Think about it– one could assume ghosts can choose how they manifest themselves, and thus Rotom must have had some idea in its head when it shaped itself.

So, let’s start at the point on its head. That looks like an antenna to me, no? Rotom manifested itself into an electrical force, and the best way to get electrical energy is lightning. A single thunderbolt has 6 billion volts. That is a heck-of-a-ton, why not use it to charge yourself? This would be my choice if I was an electrical ghost, and I think most dead people would agree with me (if they could talk, that is).

The main ‘mass’ of Rotom is most likely plasma, and is not truly solid, and since this poltergeist is already dead, it has nothing to worry about when it comes to camouflage. The bright orange, however, is typical of plasma, and this explains the colour in the first place.

The bottom tip and mass could easily be a self-righting tool, such as a compass point. This would allow it to have a sense of what direction is down, and not have to worry about direction when fighting an enemy in a three-dimensional space. A ghost would have no sense of direction as it lacks ear drums; this leads to trouble. For example, fighter pilots have been known to have spacial disorientation when dog-fighting, and this can end badly when they’re in a high stress battle. Rotom could avoid this by using this mass, and that’s my opinion on that part.

Naturally, a poltergeist must have some ability to manipulate its surroundings, and the two electrical arms coming off the main mass seem to be its manipulation tool.

I’m pretty sure these forms speak for themselves, however, I will get into a few details with these few.

With all of them, someone could assume that the plasma super-heats the machines, turning them orange. However, there’s more to each than just that.  As it’s very possible that Rotom is remembering a key feature of each, and manifesting its electrical arms to do what it remembers about that item.

Wash forme has clothes pins for washing; as if it remembers washing clothing. Spin forme has swirls of air, remembering the cool blowing wind of the fans. Heat forme has oven mitts, remembering its days of cooking.. Frost could be seen as a snowman arms or gloves, remembering how cold the air around it is.. And finally, Mow forme remembers the blades and cutting power of the lawn mower, possibly why it looks psychotic– the mind focused on the cutting ability of the lawn mower.


So as always, feel free to discuss! I want to know– what’s your favourite forme? Suggestions, questions, comments? Go! I’ll read all of them and try to reply.




  1. Yay, I love these articles, they’re sooooo informative as well as entertaining and easy on the eye!!!
    Keep up fhe great work and I eagerly look forward to the next one

  2. Another great article!! Rotom is such a cool ‘mon 🙂
    Btw, are ghost pokemon really dead? It’s confusing since they can breed…

    1. Thanks! 😀

      Many ghost Pokemon reference the afterlife, or being the remains of a lost soul.

      Like Yamask, their Pokedex says “Yamask arose from the spirits of people interred in graves. Each retains memory from its former life.”

  3. Wow! This is nice again, ive always look Rotom as a sparkplug and the Lightning Ball thing is new to me. Im looking forward for more of this (here’s hoping that you could do some Kanto because by far Kanto mons really interests me esp. If it’s eevee, snorlax or ditto :p )

    great article and a fun read.

    1. That’s one way to look at it! 😀 And thank you!

      I’ll be sure to do as many as I can, I’m gonna be doing this article as long as I can hold up.

  4. Electric/Ghost is such a cool typing… I wish Rotom had another forme that retained it’s original typing with good stats similar to those of the ‘possessions’… *sigh*

    1. I agree with you! Rotom itself I find a hard time using competitively, but it would be great if it had an evolution or new form that kept its typing. Electric/ghost is a great combo.

      1. I think that it’d be cool if Rotom had a television forme…I mean it is found by talking to a television if I remember right. That way it could keep it’s Electric type (television’s need electricity to be powered). That’s just my two cents 🙂

        1. I could totes see that happen. It’d be awesome, I originally thought that fridge forme’s silhouette was a television, but it ended up a fridge. No big deal!

          I’ll just look forward to a Rotom evolution, since there’s plenty they could do! 😀

  5. I thought it was also based, partially, on the tsukumogami. Of course, tsukumogami are said to come from non-electrical items but I still think it could be alsobased on it because of the ghost-typing and possession of objects. Well, either way it’s a cool article. Good job 😉

    1. Similar to a poltergeist, but I felt that poltergeist fit better as they can go in and out of objects.
      Thanks man! 😀

  6. my favourite rotom forme is the one that look like a fan
    your next article should be about a legendary pokemon

    1. So you’re a fan of the fan? xD

      Thanks for the suggestion! 😀 I have a good idea of what legendaries(!) I’m going to do for the next article. Expect it next Tuesday! 😀

  7. I absolutely enjoy this type of articles!
    And Rotom is awesome, I like Frost Rotom a lot.
    Hopefully you can create a Pokeology article about the Electabuzz family.

    1. Thanks man! 😀 Frost form is pretty chill. I always loved the Mow form though.

      I’ll try to! 😀

        1. They all have their plus sides, but I love the character in Mow forme! It stands out with the crazy eyes.

  8. I love these post they are really interesting. I am looking forward to seeing these on Tuesdays.

  9. I don’t want to bash your article, but what’s about pulseman? I think, the “inspiration” of the producers should be considered.
    I really like this kind of series, but they should’nt be too obvious. Also, your first article wasn’t very well choosen – the similarity with the bulbagarden series is too strong, when you take one of the few series presented there.
    And really, common… Orange is a common sign of plasma? WTF?!
    And also your explanations of the “hands” of the Frost and Mow form are very speculative. Really, they just muck the qualitiy of the article.
    And just a note: You think, that ghost need ears to navigate? That’s like “a gas needs a sense to follow the wind” Oo
    Don’t want to sound mean, but the base of the series is good – just keep it being improved!

    1. Pulseman wasn’t a biological basis, it fits as a design choice, but it is not biological, and I didn’t feel like bringing that into the real-world basis of the pokemon.

      Scolipede is my favorite pokemon, I naturally wrote that article up because they asked me to do a B/W pokemon, and if you went on the forums, you would know me for my obsession with Scolipede. I ‘m unaware that Bulbapedia ever did an article on Scolipede, and I highly doubt they mention the House centipede.

      Next up, plasma is a state of matter that is superheated. No, those purple balls in stores are not plasma. Plasma is typically very, very bright, but when dimmed, such as the sun, tends to end up orange. It wasn’t a choice or anything related to Rotom, it was a simple statement that the colour was just what it was made of.

      As for the hands, it was a logical choice that fit with my idea of what the arms fit with. It makes no sense for a ghost to just happen to have oven mitts when it possesses an oven. It makes much for sense for them to be remembering what happens. Plus, the article is in the opinions section for a reason, I’m sorry if you don’t agree with my opinion.

      Finally, no, it’s not at all like a gas needing a sense of direction to follow the wind. A ghost is a being with no gravity to it, thus why it hovers. It makes no sense that a being with no gravity would have a sense of the magnetism of the world. A ghost is an entity with no being. It’s not a gas. It’s a creature.

        1. Well, the sun isn’t really orange, but white… It’s the atmosphere that makes it look orange. But I have seen orange being associated to plasma a lot. Also, those plasma globes are actual plasma, and so are electric sparks and thunderbolts.

    1. Thanks man! 😀

      I wanted to spice things up a bit, ya’know? Ghosts seemed like just an out there thing to do.

  10. Great article! 😀 I will never get tired of these. Hey, would you mind doing entei, raikou, suicune, and/or mew? I’ve always been curious about them.

    1. Thanks man! 😀

      I’ll be sure to keep those in mind for one of the next ones, though I’m pretty full of articles to do, I promise they’ll get done! 😀

  11. Shame on me, I didn’t post a comment on my first favorite Ghostie ever!
    I hope that PJ makes a section for you on the front page, it’s been a great journey with you seeing the very enriched research you’ve compiled of all Pokeologies.
    Yeah I too think Rotom could use an evo. That evo could inhabit the same motors and become even more awesome.

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