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Sigilyph (the Avianoid Pokémon) is a relatively rare Psychic/Flying-type Pokémon found among ancient ruins within the Unova and Kalos regions. Incredibly bizarre in appearance and equally strange in terms of behavior, Sigilyph are fascinating creatures that seem to do very little outside of guarding ancient ruins in the wild. Though they might look more like brightly-painted ceramic dolls than living creatures, these strange organisms are certainly no weaklings; dare to attack their territory, and they'll show little mercy as they swoop down and pummel you with their psychic powers!

Much like the members of the Golett family, it is widely believed that Sigilyph are the artificial productions of ancient Unovan civilizations. As with the members of the Baltoy family, it appears that these creatures were originally clay dolls that were brought to life through some unknown means, granting them powerful psychic abilities in the process; unlike the Baltoy family, however, the clay used to construct these creatures is lightweight and actually conducts electricity. This at least gives a physical explanation behind their weakness to electricity while retaining the clay's apparent weakness against cold temperatures. In truth, though, the biggest difference between Sigilyph and the Baltoy family is the fact that Sigilyph can physically fly and not just levitate; this is in no part due to their 'wings', though, as they are wholly inefficient in providing lift. Instead, their ability to fly and therefore their Flying-type nature is a direct product of possessing psychic powers tuned to specifically affect wind currents, allowing them to artificially produce lift and utilize wind-based attacks such as the Gust, Air Cutter and Air Slash attacks. Oddly enough, they are also uniquely different from most other automatons in that they appear to demonstrate bird-like actions and activities, such as flapping their 'wings' and 'perching' on some walls by resting on the small protrusions found on the lower halves of their bodies, despite not resembling birds in any true fashion.

Stranger still, it appears that these artificial creatures still retain memories either individually experienced or brought down through generations from their original time of production. Sigilyph are exclusively found among ancient ruins throughout the Unova and Kalos regions (the latter only due to importation) and are always guarding said ruins from life forms that are deemed to be a threat to the structure's safety, following a set flight pattern that never seems to change; the moment someone or something is detected to have negative intentions towards their 'habitat', Sigilyph will swoop down in great numbers to fight off the invaders with their potent psychic powers and air-based attacks. As such, it seems only logical to believe that Sigilyph were originally designed with the intention of acting as mobile sentries and guardians for ancient palaces while they were still occupied by people, perhaps serving as the first line of defense against oncoming attackers. Why they continue to follow such orders today, however, even when the ruins they are guarding are falling to pieces, is still a relative mystery. It is quite possible that this lone task was psychically engraved within their minds through some method, but in purely scientific terms, there is no current evidence available to support any hypothesis fully. It should be noted, though, that if this duty was actually engraved upon them through their construction and animation, it could explain why the behavior is found in all members of the species with no exception.

Though they might seem too bizarre to be real, Sigilyph are fascinating creatures that demonstrate what the human mind is capable of with the proper resources and intentions. With the right combination of moves to take on a wide variety of positions in battle and as the only Pokémon known to normally possess the unique Wonder Skin Ability naturally, it can certainly be said that Sigilyph are worth training if you're a Psychic or are simply attracted to bizarre creatures. Just be careful to train yours far away from ancient ruins once you've captured it; old habits die hard with these creatures, so you might have some difficulty prying yours away from a site if it appeals to their sense of duty!

Professor Wormwood
A report on the Avianoid Pokemon, Sigilyph. Enjoy.
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BrightDark89 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Did you know that when the Relic Castle is threatened, any nearby Sigilyph will viciously attack the intruder with combined psychic blasts of a level far beyond what is seen in battles?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Writer
I see...well, I suppose that is not that surprising, given the prestige of the abandoned structure in ancient times...
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Betta132 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   General Artist
I know someone who trains one of these, and it's kind of an odd thing... For one, it LOVES being polished. The thing can't get much shinier, being clay, but it makes these little cooing noises and kind of shivers if someone starts polishing it with a cloth. For another thing... It apparently thinks it's an artist. It'll play with paints if it can get ahold of them, levitating paintbrushes and buckets and generally just kind of making a mess. Apparently it's making something, though... Just not anything anyone can identify.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Ah, the wonderfully complex and inexplicable behavior of automatons...
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Betta132 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   General Artist
I've stopped trying to figure it out. It's just a weird critter... And sort of cuddly for an automaton. Sometimes his trainer will sit down and suddenly find a Sigilyph in his lap wanting to be petted and polished.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Writer
Yeah...ah, the mysteries of the almost-natural world...
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Freelancer1989 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Before I set out for the Unova region, a professor I know invited me to check out some ancient ruins on a small island near Unova. I've wandered around my share of ruins in Sinnoh, and gotten lost in them on a few occasions, but these were different from the ones back home.

I saw quite a few pokemon in and around the ruins and I even captured a couple of them, a Golett and a Sigilyph. And I am not gonna lie, my mind was blown when I learned these two were made by humans in ancient times.

Sigilyph was a bit of a pain to catch, but totally worth it. My Sigilyph currently knows Psychic, Air Slash, Ice Beam, Heat Wave (took a while to get that final move but it was worth it) and has the ability Magic Guard. Sigilyph is handy pokemon to have
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Writer
I see...sounds like quite the interesting fighter. They are fascinating creatures to be sure, and not too bad when it comes to handling their business in battle (at least up to a point).
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Freelancer1989 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
to a point? what do you mean by that?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Writer
They are great fighters, yes, but even then they are only mid-tier fighters at best; they just don't have the stats needed to survive against high-power, fully-evolved Pokemon.
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ThunderRemix8 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I do love these distinct Pokémon. Although it does bother me that they have eyespots that look like actual eyes, unlike Claydol. I spent a good 10 minutes staring at my Sigilyph, Atoko, until I realized he couldn't blink, and even longer to figure out the "eyes" were just markings.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Writer
It happens to the best of us. :)
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ThunderRemix8 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
And now Atoko flits away if he notices me staring at him...
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Writer
:)
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ShiningRayWolf Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I was traveling into the Desert Resort, when I found a Sigilyph. I thought to myself, "I never got one of these before", so I went to capture it. Upon checking the PC Storage, I found out it was a Sigilyph who was released in the wild. I didn't expect the name of the original trainer at all : it was N's Sigilyph !

And from the looks of it, that Pokémon is quite stronger than most Sigilyph I've found. Fascinating...
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Writer
That's because all of N's Pokemon have nearly-perfect IV stats. They are the best one can get outside of an AR code.
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ShiningRayWolf Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Mmm, I see. It's quite ironic, since N isn't one to battle for fun.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Writer
True, but he does have a habit of finding powerful Pokemon...
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Yellow-chanViridian Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
This is awesome!!! Just love it, and all the humour inside
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks; I'm glad that you enjoyed it. :)
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SpacialDraco Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the top one is the true eye. i saw it in the anime
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Indeed.
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SpacialDraco Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i am not known for consistently cyber-lying
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Writer
I never said that you were.
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SpacialDraco Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry I gave the impression that I was arguing... Amazing work!
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Writer
No worries; I'm glad that you enjoyed it. :)
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SpacialDraco Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ok! your welcome!
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timothyu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Which are Sigilyph's real eyes? The top one or the bottom ones?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Writer
Techically, they really don't have eyes; they see through psychic energy. That's the territory you have to deal with when talking about automatons.
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cas20 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Writer
A very interesting Pokemon, but you can't protect a castle from nature.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Perhaps not, but Sigilyph don't seem to mind that anyways; they just guard places like nothing has ever happened...
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cas20 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012   Writer
It's interesting that they remember their duty.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Writer
Yes....it's one of the more abnormal traits about the species that we have yet to fully understand.
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cas20 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012   Writer
I wonder how they "perch"
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Writer
I imagine they simply balance on the small barbs extending from their lower half.
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cas20 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012   Writer
Who knows.
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MasterMitosi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They seem based on Native American fables.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Writer
They are actually based on the Naztec lines, but that's just an out-of-character fact.
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MasterMitosi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!
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S-O-A-M Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
A great report all around but one thing left me wondering: Why is there no mention of Sigilyph's ability to naturally learn Gravity? A trait that out of non-legendaries only Clefairy, Dusclops, Probopass, Dusknoir and Sigilyph are capable of. This alone sems to imply that Sigilyphs powers seem to run much deeper than just using wind currents and 'standard' psychic powers, and such is definitely worth mentioning. This also may have something to do with Sigilyph's ability to fly...

S.O.A.M is off.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Writer
The ability to actually intensify gravity is a poorly-understood power, so I honestly couldn't give you a straight answer if I tried. The only thing I can say for the moment is that it likely has to do with access to advanced electromagnetic powers (which, oddly enough, are what psychic powers are actually based off of).
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S-O-A-M Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Ok, good luck for your research!
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks; I'll do my best. :)
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Darkrai-X Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011   Digital Artist
Ah yes, Sigilyph... These things are notorious for using a rather devastating Cosmic Power->Stored Power combo.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Writer
Indeed...that, and they are fairly bizarre enough that first-time trainers often have a hard time just dealing with their appearances...
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sunflowergirl15 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
I lulled one of these to sleep, though the eyes were still open! How do Sigilyph ''fly'' when their minds are surely asleep, please?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Writer
Psychic powers can be operated completely independent of the conscious mind, so one does not have to be awake to use their psychic powers. Abra are a key example of this fact.
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sunflowergirl15 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Oh, I thought they were an isolated case! In any way, thank you.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Writer
No problem. :)
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Kendell2 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
These guys are indeed quite cool, and powerful. The first time I saw one my reaction is "what the heck is that thing? Oh whatever, it's wicked looking and I want it!" I didn't find out until after that it was based off the Nazca Lines, which really intrested me. I didn't use the one I caught then, but in my replay, I am using one.
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