I’ve always had a thing for ghost-types, ever since I was little. They’re unique and have dark back stories, which can either spook you out or draw you in. Most of the time I’m draw in, though every now and then the creators come out with a Pokemon that I really don’t know what to make of. Yamask and its evolution, Cofagrigus, made me do a double-take. And that was before I even read what the pokedex had to say of them.
Yamask is small and has an Egyptian look to it. It is known as the Spirit Pokemon. Its body seems to be made up of a black shadow with red eyes and arms coming off from its head like Froslass. Its face is similar to a death mask, a plaster mask that was made of a loved one’s face after they’d passed away. Death masks allowed a person to live on after death, their face-structure preserved while their real one was buried with the rest of the person’s remains. According to its pokedex entries, each Yamask carries a mask that used to be its face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry. They apparently rose from spirits of people interred in graves of past ages. It is said that each retain their memories of their past life.
Yamask is the first Pokemon that is supposed to be an actual ghost, something that hasn’t ever been done before this generation. Other ghost-types have been based off from the lost items of children and other inanimate objects, but Yamask are supposed to be the souls of dead humans. Its name most-likely comes from the words ‘yami’ (“darkness” in Japanese), ‘ya’ (“bad” in Japanese), and ‘mask’ (a possible reference to the face it keeps).
Once it reaches level 34, Yamask evolves into Cofagrigus. Cofagrigus, like Yamask, has Egyptian-like characteristics and appears to be based off from an Egyptian sarcophagus. Shadow-like arms reach out from under its lid and it has glowing red eyes below what appears to be its former face. Cofagrigus has the highest base Defense stat of any ghost-type Pokemon, as well as all other Generation V pokemon. However, it and its pre-evolution have the lowest Speed stat of any ghost-type. Cofagrigus’s pokedex entries state that it has been said that they swallow those who get too close and turn them into mummies. They apparently like to eat gold nuggets. They pretend to be elaborate coffins to teach lessons to grave robbers. Their bodies are said to be covered in pure gold. Cofagrigus is most-likely based off from the legends of cursed Egyptian tombs. In the legends, people who break into the tombs are “cursed” and eventually learn to never break into the death’s resting place ever again. Cofagrigus’s name seems to be a combination of the words ‘sarcophagus’, ‘grief’, and ‘coffin’.