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Rotom, known in Japanese as ロトム (Rotom) is a peculiar Pokémon of the Electric/Ghost type that appears in the Sinnoh region. It doesn't evolve, but it is able to change its form and typing by possessing old appliances. Therefor, Rotom has six forms:
- Its default form, which doesn't require an old appliance and is Electric/Ghost.
- Heat Rotom, which requires a Microwave Oven and is Electric/Fire.
- Wash Rotom, which requires a Washing Machine and is Electric/Water.
- Frost Rotom, which requires a Refrigerator and is Electric/Ice.
- Fan Rotom, which requires an Electric Fan and is Electric/Flying.
- Mow Rotom, which requires a Lawnmower and is Electric/Grass.
The room that includes those old appliances may differ per game. in Pokémon Platinum, there was a secret hidden room in the Team Galactic Eterna Building where those appliances stood, and it includes a notebook written by Charon. A similar room can be found in Saffron City in the Silph, Co. building. Rotom can also change forms in the storage room of Unova's Shopping Mall Nine, Sycamore's Lab in Lumiose City and Birch's Lab in Littleroot Town.
In all forms, Rotom has an orange, plasmic body, white oval eyes with a horizontal line, and a glowing aura of electricity, which also includes two limb-like lightning bolts that changes shape per form. Rotom's normal form is similarly shaped to a lightning rod and consists of a small, round body, a bigger, round head and a large spike atop the head. Its aura is cyan-colored, its pupils are deep navy and its limbs are shaped like a lightning bolt.
Heat Rotom, being a microwave oven, has an oven-like opening lid on its belly, though keeping the spike on top of it. Its aura and pupils are red and its limbs are shaped like oven mitts. Similarly, Wash Rotom is a washing machine, so it has an opening lid on its belly that is more circular. Wash Rotom has a sky blue aura and pupils, and its limbs are more clip-shaped. It holds a hose with its right limb.
Being a refrigerator, Frost Rotom is larger than any other Form, and has has two closet doors and a tray on its belly. Frost Rotom's aura and pupils are colored purple, and its limbs have a lightning shape as well. Fan Rotom looks more similar to the regular Rotom, but has the spike replaced by a hoop with three fan blades. Its gust-shaped limbs are also placed there. Fan Rotom's aura and eyes are colored yellow.
Mow Rotom, the last of the forms, is shaped like a lawnmower. It has an ovarian head with a handple protruding from it, as well as two black wheels and a tray. It also sports a large grin. Mow Rotom's eyes and aura are colored chartreuse green. Mow Rotom is the only form of Rotom that has one limb of plasmic electricity, and it appears to me shaped like a blade.
Rotom's main ability is to possess electronic devices, which it mainly does to cause pandemonium and scare humans. There's an ongoing research on Rotom, as researcher believe Rotom could become the source of a unique motor.
- Coincidentally, Rotom shares its height and weight with all members of the Lake Trio, Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf. By the order of the National Poxédex, Rotom also appears right before them.
- For some reason, when Rotom is encountered in the Old Chateau, the music is the same as most Legendary Pokémon in Sinnoh. However, Rotom isn't a Legendary Pokémon.
- Rotom is tied with Tynamo as the lightest Electric-type Pokémon.
Rotom's design appears to be slightly based on that of Pulseman, a character whose game is also made by Game Freak, but published by SEGA. Pulseman was designed by Ken Sugimori, who designed some of the more classic Pokémon.
Rotom might've also been inspired by the ball lightning phenomenon, and its Pokédex entries draw similarities to gremlins. Its ability to possess certain objects may be inspired by poltergeists, or the Tsukumogami. Rotom may or may not be an embodiment of magic smoke.
Rotom is "motor" spelled backwards.
Names in other Languages
|French||Motisma||From moteur and plasma.|
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