Digivolution (進化 Shinka?, lit. "Evolution") is a term in the Digimon series. It is a process used by Digimon, monsters that inhabit a parallel universe called the Digital World that spawned from Earth's telecommunications network. Through Digivolution, a Digimon can develop into a more powerful being.
- 1 Concept
- 2 Effects of Digivolution
- 3 Forms of Digivolution
- 4 Special Digivolution Types
- 4.1 Dark Digivolution
- 4.2 Armor Digivolution
- 4.3 DNA Digivolution
- 4.4 Warp Digivolution / Ultimate Evolution / Double Warp Digivolution
- 4.5 Mode Change
- 4.6 Warp DNA Digivolution
- 4.7 Biomerge Digivolution
- 4.8 Shining Digivolution
- 4.9 Pseudo-Evolution
- 4.10 Bio-Hybrid Digivolution
- 4.11 Hyper Bio Extra Evolution
- 4.12 Burst Evolution
- 4.13 X-Evolution
- 4.14 Death-X Evolution
- 4.15 Blast Digivolution
- 5 Spirit Evolution
- 6 DigiFuse
- 7 App Fusion
- 8 Notes and references
Digimon reside in the Earth's various electronic networks as well as in the Digital World. As they are essentially computer data they can download additional data to themselves which makes them stronger. If they download enough data, Digivolution is triggered. During Digivolution, the Digimon's appearance changes and, in most instances, becomes significantly stronger than before. The resultant form of the Digimon almost always has a different name than the previous. However, the Digimon's consciousness remains unchanged. If a Digimon does not absorb enough data needed to maintain the form it will not be able to retain that form for long and revert to a lower Level in a matter of time.
Main Digivolution Stages (English adaptation terms with Japanese terms in brackets):
- Fresh (幼年期 I Younenki I?, lit. "Baby I")
- In-Training (幼年期 II Younenki II?, lit. "Baby II")
- Rookie (成長期 Seichouki?, lit. "Child")
- Champion (成熟期 Seijukuki?, lit. "Adult")
- Ultimate (完全体 Kanzentai?, lit. "Perfect")
- Mega (究極体 Kyuukyokutai?, lit. "Ultimate")
If left to its own devices a Digimon will naturally age, and over time may digivolve using data from the environment. Digivolving from the initial Fresh stage usually progresses but each subsequent level takes progressively more time. Because of this, only a sparse number of Digimon naturally reach their final forms. Anger and/or the necessity to survive in a great battle can often spur Digivolution. When Digimon are deleted they either regress completely into Digi-Eggs or break apart into innumerable pieces of errant data that can be easily absorbed or "loaded" by other Digimon.
However, when a Digimon forms a bond with a human, they may digivolve more quickly. Using a Digivice, humans can allow a Digimon to almost-instantaneously digivolve to a higher level by sharing their energy. This action takes a large amount of energy and cannot happen if the Digimon is weak, injured or hungry. Digimon who digivolve using a digivice will degenerate, or "de-digivolve" to a lower form after a certain amount of time or if sufficiently injured in a battle. Usually, a partner Digimon's default stage is Rookie; Gatomon from Digimon Adventure being a notable exception as she naturally digivolved before meeting her human partner Kari Kamiya. However, sufficient injury or energy loss can cause a Digimon to revert to an even lower form after naturally digivolving. A few other Digimon not partnered to humans also have the ability to temporarily digivolve to higher levels, then later revert to their base form with Hackmon from Digimon Adventure tri. being a notable example.
On top of the regular stages, special forms exist that can usually only obtained through special methods:
- Armor (アーマー体 Āmā-tai?, lit. "Armor Form"), an ancient form of digivolution which only a handful of Digimon are capable of. To gain this form, the Digimon needs to absorb the energy from one of the special Digi-Eggs (デジメンタル Digimental?). If a Digimon has multiple Digi-Eggs, its digivolved forms become progressively more powerful. An Armor Digimon's power is similar to that of a Champion's and were often equated as such in various card games, with some outright stating that they were the same. They are also considered equivalent to Ultimates in Digimon World DS, Digimon World Dawn and Dusk, and Digimon Story: Lost Evolution.
- Hybrid (ハイブリッド体 Haiburiddo-tai?, lit. "Hybrid Form") is a special level which is related to the Spirits of the Legendary Warriors; by merging with one or more of the Spirits, someone can turn into a special Digimon of this level.
- Human Hybrid is a form that transforms a human or digimon into a human-like Digimon, whose power rivals that of a Champion. To attain this, one requires the H Spirit of one of the Ten Legendary Warriors. Human Hybrids were treated as equivalent to Champions in Digital Monster Card Game and became Champions in Digital Monster Card Game α.
- Beast Hybrid is a form that transforms a human or digimon into a more bestial-looking Digimon whose power rivals that of an Ultimate's. To attain this, one requires the B Spirit of one of the Ten Legendary Warriors. Beast Hybrids were treated as equivalent to Ultimates in Digital Monster Card Game and became Ultimates in Digital Monster Card Game α.
- Fusion Hybrid, also known as Fusion Form (融合形態 Yuugoukeitai?), is a powerful form, achieved using both an H-Spirit and B-Spirit. Fusion Hybrids were treated as equivalent to Megas in Digital Monster Card Game and became Megas in Digital Monster Card Game α.
- Unified Hybrid, also known as Transcend Form (超越形態 Chouetsukeitai?) uses five H-Spirits and five B-Spirits, combining to give a human or digimon an incredibly advanced and powerful form. Unified Hybrids were treated as equivalent to Megas in Digital Monster Card Game and became Megas in Digital Monster Card Game α.
- Burst Mode: Shown so far only in Digimon Data Squad and Digimon Masters, though Burst Mode Digimon appear in other media such as cards and games, Burst is "the power that exceeds Mega," though it may just be similar to a mode change where Digimon of a certain level transform to attain greater power such as Imperialdramon Dragon Mode. A Burst Digimon retains a similarity to their original form but has new attacks and a clear increase in power. It is its own special level in Digimon Masters.
- Ultra (超究極体 Chō Kyuukyokutai?, lit. "Super Ultimate") is a level even higher than Mega. Its existence was a major focus of Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01. Only a few Digimon are at this level and many times they are just classified as Mega for convenience, though more recent games have slowly started using it.
- Xros Wars (クロスウォーズ Kurosu Wōzu?, lit. "Xros Wars"): Levels are not mentioned in Digimon Fusion and its related media, and most of the Digimon created for the series are specified as being at the "Xros Wars" level in the Digimon Reference Book. Some media depict these Digimon as having no level at all.
In the anime and some other media a Digimon will usually shout out its type of Digivolution immediately before digivolving and then shout out its new name immediately after. Examples include: "Agumon digivolve to... Greymon (Agumon shinka! Greymon)!" and "Imperialdramon mode change to... Fighter Mode! (Imperialdramon Mode Change! Fighter Mode)!" Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth parodies this: when an Elecmon and Numemon shout out "Elecmon/Numemon digivolve to!" only for nothing to happen, they state they thought just yelling it was how you digivolve. This confuses the rest of the characters.
Effects of Digivolution
When a Digimon reaches the next its level of evolution its appearance may resemble its previous form or have no relationship at all such as Gatomon, who resembles a cat, digivolving to Angewomon, an Archangel Digimon. Usually, with the case of Digivolution to the Champion level the resultant Digimon is larger than the previous form, but Digivolution to the Ultimate level can often cause the Digimon to refine its strength and decrease its size at the same time, such as (e.g. Togemon to Lillymon). The same circumstances can arrive with Mega Digivolution such as MetalGreymon (Vaccine) to WarGreymon.
Forms of Digivolution
Digivolution (進化 Shinka?, lit. "Evolution") is one of a Digimon's special abilities. Digivolution is part of a Digimon's natural life cycle with Digimon digivolving to stronger forms as a result of age and experience. Not all Digimon may undergo it but it can happen naturally. They may gain armor and/or clothes. In the anime and other media Digimon can only stay in their Digivolution until their energy or data drops to zero. In the dubbed version of Digimon Adventure and its sequel Digivolution is accompanied by a sound reminiscent of a dial-up phone Internet connection, possibly to signify how they download data to become stronger.
In Digimon Tamers it is more difficult to trigger Digivolution in partner Digimon. In this universe, the ultimate source of Digivolution for every Digimon is Calumon, a Digimon created by the Digital World's gods the Digimon Sovereigns to put the power of Digivolution in a space small enough that it couldn't be detected by the malicious computer program D-Reaper. A Digimon's Tamer must swipe a card into their D-Power as an activator for Calumon to give them Digivolution energy. To digivolve to the Ultimate level a partner Digimon is sent the energy of a Blue Card via the D-Power as well as being given some of Calumon's energy.
In Digimon Data Squad a human partner evokes D.N.A. within themselves. D.N.A. is a manifestation of a human partner's emotions they can send to their Digimon to prompt Digivolution. Some non-partnered Digimon feed off the negative thoughts of people to digivolve in this series. The call is "D.N.A., Charge!".
In each series it is possible for a swarm of Fresh or In-Training Digimon to combine into one of a higher level. As this method of evolution produces a Digimon with one consciousness it cannot be considered a type of DNA Digivolution.
Super Digivolution / Matrix Evolution / Perfect Evolution / Warp Digivolution
Super Digivolution (超進化 Chou Shinka?, lit. "Super Evolution") is the term for when a Digimon digivolves from its Champion stage to its Ultimate form. However, in the English dub of the first two seasons this process is not given a unique term and was simply called Digivolution. This same term is also used in Digimon Fusion to describe temporary Digivolution or Digivolution at will, such as Shoutmon's Digivolution to OmniShoutmon and MetalGreymon's Digivolution to ZekeGreymon.
In Digimon Adventure the power of a Crest is required. At first it requires the DigiDestined to display the trait of their Crest (e.g. Taichi "Tai" Kamiya, courage or Sora Takenouchi, love) in order to achieve Ultimate. Afterwards, it is easier to digivolve to Ultimate but the main activation required an enormous display of the trait in question. Incorrectly displaying that trait results in Dark Digivolution. However towards the end of Digimon Adventure 02 the original eight Digimon are able to digivolve into their Ultimate forms using the power of Azulongmon's DigiCore.
In the Japanese version of Digimon Tamers, both the Champion-to-Ultimate and Rookie-to-Mega progression are proceeded with the words Matrix Evolution. However, only with the latter is the phrase exclaimed by the human partner. In the English adaptation, only evolution to Ultimate is referred to as Matrix Digivolution; the latter referred to as Biomerging. Champion-to-Ultimate Matrix Digivolution is triggered through the aforementioned examples of Calumon and the Blue Cards.
In Digimon Data Squad Perfect Evolution is a method used by the members of DATS to evoke a stronger version of the D.N.A. and evolve their Digimon partner to its Ultimate form. It can be used to digivolve to a Champion stage, or used on a Rookie and have it digivolve straight to Ultimate. The term "Warp Digivolve" is used in the English Dub for the evolution from Rookie to Ultimate. The call is "D.N.A., Full Charge!". There is no prefix used here either.
In Digimon ReArise, Filmon digivolves to Stefilmon using Super Digivolution. Kabuterimon tries to Super Digivolve but is stopped by an Infermon though is able to Super Digivolve to MegaKabuterimon due to Filmon buying time for Kabuterimon by fighting the Infermon.
In Digimon Adventure:, Greymon, Garurumon, Kabuterimon, Birdramon, Ikkakumon, Togemon, and SkullKnightmon use this form of digivolution to digivolve to MetalGreymon, WereGarurumon, MegaKabuterimon, Garudamon, Zudomon, Lillymon, and AxeKnightmon.
Mega Digivolution (究極進化 Kyuukyoku Shinka?, lit. "Ultimate Evolution") is a Digivolution method that allows an Ultimate Digimon to digivolve to Mega.
In Digimon Adventure 02, it is initially used by Paildramon to digivolve to Imperialdramon. Like Digimon Tamers, this series has the Digimon Sovereigns, though only Azulongmon appears here. Azulongmon shares the energy of a DigiCore with the Adventure 02 partner Digimon, a ball of powerful energy that catalyzes Digivolution in a similar way to what Calumon does in Tamers. Combining the power of their Digivices with that of Azulongmon, the other Digimon who were at the In-Training level at the time digivolve to Rookies but the Ultimate-level Paildramon, who is fighting a losing battle against Mummymon and a Triceramon at the time is given the ability to mega digivolve to Imperialdramon. By the time of Digimon Adventure tri., it is also used by Zudomon, Lillymon, MegaKabuterimon, Garudamon, MagnaAngemon, MetalGreymon, WereGarurumon and Angewomon so they can reach their Mega forms, Vikemon, Rosemon, HerculesKabuterimon, Hououmon, Seraphimon, WarGreymon, MetalGarurumon and Magnadramon. The dub however, only refers to it as "digivolution".
Degeneration (退化 Taika?), or De-Digivolution is the opposite of Digivolution. In this process a Digimon reverts to a lower form; this usually occurs when they lose enough of their data, either through falling in battle or simply consuming a temporary boost of energy.
In the anime a Digimon that has used up all the energy from a temporary Digivolution will generally de-digivolve further depending on how high of a form they had been using; Champion to Rookie, Ultimate to In-Training and Mega to Fresh. This first happens in Digimon Adventure when Angemon reverts to Digi-Egg form after using his energy to defeat Devimon. As the Digimon uses the higher form more often they acclimate to it and do not fall so far when it expires. One of the first actual uses of the term "De-Digivolve" in the anime is by Koushiro "Izzy" Izumi.
In Digimon World DS the protagonist can have a Digimon degenerate in order to increase its total Aptitude (i.e. maximum attainable level), as well as to improve its stats generally when compared to a new Digimon of the same form and follow alternative Digivolution paths some Digivolution paths require the increase in Aptitude, as the necessary level is higher than the Digimon's initial Aptitude. In addition, the Mystic Energy forces nearly all of the Digimon citizens of CITY to degenerate to Digi-Eggs when it attacks and steals their data. The Cyber Sleuth games replaces aptitude with ABI, though it works mostly the same way whilst max level was changed to be its own mechanic.
In Digimon Adventure Apocalymon can forcefully revert a Digimon to the lowest form they are able to maintain (Reverse Digivolution).
In Digimon Tamers Antylamon was stripped of her abilities and reverted to Lopmon as punishment for protecting Suzie Wong but was eventually able to regain her former power. In Digimon World 3 Persiamon can use a technique (Helter Skelter) which forces its target to de-digivolve into its Rookie form.
Special Digivolution Types
These methods branch out from normal Digivolution.
Dark Digivolution (暗黒進化 Ankoku Shinka?, lit. "Dark Evolution") is a corrupt form of regular Digivolution, usually resulting in evil Digimon. A Digimon dark digivolves when someone coerces it to digivolve forcefully with a clouded mind or dark power. A Digimon digivolved through this method is evil and perceives nothing but its urges to destroy, making it very dangerous.
In Digimon Adventure Taichi "Tai" Kamiya pressures his partner Greymon to digivolve to his Ultimate stage resulting in SkullGreymon. Greymon dark digivolves to SkullGreymon again and then into a virus version of MetalGreymon in Digimon Adventure 02 as a result of the Digimon Emperor's Dark Ring, Dark Spiral and his black D-3.
In Digimon Adventure 02: Digimon Hurricane Landing!!/Transcendent Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals, Lopmon dark digivolved to Endigomon due to loneliness.
In Digimon Tamers Takato Matsuki, enraged by the death of Jeri's partner Leomon wills WarGrowlmon to become Megidramon, a Digimon so viciously powerful it threatens the entire Digital World, unleashing the power of the Digital Hazard symbol on its chest. .
In Digimon Adventure tri., Meicoomon dark digivolves to Meicrackmon Vicious Mode. Later, Kari's fear of losing her brother who disappeared alongside Daigo Nishijima after the fissure opened after the battle between Omnimon, Raguelmon, Jesmon and Alphamon caused Nyaromon to warp dark digivolve to Ophanimon Falldown Mode.
In Digimon Next Barbamon's infusion of dark energy combined with MagnaAngemon's negative thoughts force a Dark Digivolution to Murmukusmon and when Barbamon's Commandments murders Trailmon, an enraged Yuu causes Gaomon to digivolve to BlackGaogamon . Shou Kahara's use of the Dark Area and the Dark Digisoul to digivolve Peckmon to Crowmon is also a form of Dark Digivolution.
In Digimon World: Next Order Kouta Hirose abuses his Growlmon partner Yukimura in an attempt to have him digivolve into a Machinedramon so that he would be strong enough to take on the enemy Machinedramon that had been terrorizing the Digital World. However, Yukimura instead dark digivolves into a SkullGreymon who goes on a rampage until killed by the Hero's partners. Shoma Tsuzuki uses the same process to turn his Omegamon Zwart D Enforcer into Omegamon Alter-B, who is defeated by the Hero shortly afterwards. Unlike Yukimura, Alter-B remains in this form and manages to gain control of himself, then later becomes the official partner of Shoma in this same form.
In Digimon ReArise a Tyrannomon attacks the town and then dark digivolves into SkullGreymon. Some time later a group of Spiral fuse with Stefilmon and force it to dark digivolve to Rasenmon Fury Mode.
Armor Digivolution (アーマー進化 Āmā Shinka?, lit. "Armor Evolution") is the fusion of a Digimon with a Digi-Egg (デジメンタル Digimentaru?, "Digimental"). It is featured in Digimon Adventure 02, the card game, manga, drama CDs, and video games. It is an ancient form of Digivolution that was developed when the Digital World was young and it was almost impossible to digivolve even to the Champion level without assistance. It is later used in Digimon Adventure 02, when the Digimon Emperor's D-3 and the presence of Control Spires prevent Digimon from digivolving to the Champion level.
A DigiDestined activates Armor Digivolution by shouting, "Digi-Armor Energize!" or "Digimental Up!". In the English dub, a golden Digi-Egg is activated by shouting "Golden Armor Energize!"
DNA Digivolution is a method of Digivolution in the English dub, first used in Our War Game!. It combines the similar processes of Jogres Evolution (ジョグレス進化 Joguresu Shinka?) and Fusion Evolution (合体進化 Gattai Shinka?).
The name "Jogres" is a portmanteau of the words "Joint" and Progress". DNA Digivolution allows two or more Digimon to combine into a single Digimon.
In Digimon Adventure 02, the two original Digimon consciousnesses join into one, and the combined Digimon can speak with both voices—often simultaneously. Gatomon's tail ring, in the possession of Gennai, gives the partner Digimon the power to DNA digivolve.
In the English dub of Revenge of Diaboromon, Warp DNA Digivolution allows two Rookie-level Digimon to skip Digivolution to the required stage for combining and go straight to the DNA digivolved form. Agumon and Gabumon are the only ones to have used this, becoming Omnimon without warp-digivolving to WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon.
DNA Digivolution is handled differently in some video games. In Digimon World 2, Digimon Adventure 02: Tag Tamers, Digimon Adventure 02: D-1 Tamers, and Digimon World Dawn and Dusk, DNA digivolving two Digimon together will permanently fuse them into one new Digimon with increased stats, sometimes forming a new one but other times not. Depending on the game, the resulting Digimon can be either a higher or lower level than its components.
Digimon Tamers: Brave Tamer features Calumon cards which provide the DNA Digivolution function during battle to two Digimon who are equipped with them. The combined Digimon will be the next Digivolution stage of the Digimon who has the lower digivolutionary level or, if the digivolutionary levels are the same, the one who initiates the DNA Digivolution. Digimon World 3 instead provides the capability for two Digimon of specific species, one active and one on the bench, to merge into a single Digimon and perform an attack. It then acts as a tagging maneuver, allowing the benched Digimon to take the place of the active one. Some Digimon are also only available through DNA Digivolution.
Fusion Evolution is often synonymous with Jogres Evolution but sometimes treated as a separate phenomenon. In the virtual pets and other media "Fusion" is used to refer to Digivolutions in which, unlike Jogress Evolution, the resulting Digimon remains the same Level as its components.[please confirm] This generally only applies to Digimon formed from the combination of Mega Digimon in continuities that lack the Ultra level. This is not to be confused with the dub term "Fusion Evolution" used in Digimon Frontier.
Extra Cross Evolution
Extra Cross Evolution, also shortened to EXE, is a form of digivolution exclusive to Digimon World: Next Order. It is similar to DNA Digivolution, the difference being that DNA is permanent in Next Order, whilst EXE is temporary and only available during Battle. DNA is specific to only certain Digimon, EXE however, can be achieved by every single Mega level Digimon. Every Mega can perform EXE with every other Mega and Ultimate level Digimon, leading to thousands of combinations. The resulting Digimon will be one of the Yellow Mega level Digimon. Both of the Hero's partner Digimon's stats will be combined, though this cannot cause stats to go above the maximum. EXE can be performed manually, although, there is a small chance of an EXE evolution after they are defeated in battle, which will cause them to be fully healed when the EXE is complete.
Warp Digivolution / Ultimate Evolution / Double Warp Digivolution
Warp Digivolution (ワープ進化 Wāpu Shinka?, lit. "Warp Evolution") is a digivolution process where a Digimon can reach a higher level directly bypassing any intermediate phases. Notable Digimon who have used this, although only implicitly in some cases, are Agumon, Gabumon, Leomon, Angemon, Keramon, Lopmon, and Impmon. In few cases, particularly Agumon, Gabumon, and Angemon, they do not actually bypass any intermediate phases—they simply go through it very quickly. This is shown by Agumon and Gabumon having their Champion and Ultimate forms appear during their respective Warp Digivolution, and MagnaAngemon appears briefly when Angemon warp digivolves to Seraphimon.
In Digimon Data Squad it is called Ultimate Evolution; with enough D.N.A., a Digimon can evolve straight from Rookie to Mega, much like Warp Digivolution from the first two seasons. However, during evolution, the Digimon simply uses the term shinka without any prefix. The call is "D.N.A., Charge! Overdrive!". In the English dub, this is called "Double Warp Digivolution", and while this is functionally identical to standard Warp Digivolution there is one subtle difference; during Warp Digivolution the intermediate phases of the Digimon are shown, but during Double Warp Digivolution all intermediate phases are skipped and not shown at all.
A Mode Change (モード・チェンジ Mōdo Chenji?) occurs when a Digimon becomes a different version of its current species. The new mode is usually more powerful than the previous. In Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth and Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory Mode Changes differ from standard Digivolutions in that they allow the Digimon to freely shift between Mode Change forms.
Digimon known to Mode Change are:
- UlforceVeedramon to Future Mode
- Daemon to Beast Mode
- Apocalymon to Creepy Mode
- Imperialdramon Dragon Mode to Fighter Mode and Paladin Mode
- BlackImperialdramon Dragon Mode to Fighter Mode
- Gallantmon to Crimson Mode
- ChaosGallantmon to Chaos Mode
- Beelzemon to Blast Mode
- Lucemon to Chaos Mode, Shadowlord Mode, and Larva Mode
- MagnaGarurumon to MagnaGarurumon (SV)
- ShineGreymon to Ruin Mode
- ShineGreymon, MirageGaogamon, Rosemon, Ravemon, BanchoLeomon, and Agumon (2006 anime) to Burst Mode
- Belphemon Sleep Mode to Rage Mode
- Leopardmon to Leopard Mode
- MadLeomon to Armed Mode, Orochi Mode, and Final Mode
- SkullKnightmon to Arrow Mode, Cavalier Mode, Naginata Mode, and Mighty Axe Mode
- Dorbickmon, NeoMyotismon, Splashmon, Gravimon, and Apollomon to Darkness Mode
- Shoutmon X7 and Arresterdramon to Superior Mode
- GrandisKuwagamon to Honeybee Mode
- Deckerdramon to Float Mode
- Sethmon to Wild Mode
- Knightmon to Wise Sword Mode
- Chronomon DM to Holy Mode
- Ophanimon to Falldown Mode
- Cerberumon to Werewolf Mode
- Jupitermon to Wrath Mode
- Junomon to Hysteric Mode
- Omnimon to Merciful Mode
- MetalGreymon to Alterous Mode
- WereGarurumon to Sagittarius Mode
Warp DNA Digivolution
Warp DNA Digivolution is a simultaneous performance of Warp Digivolution and DNA Digivolution, allowing two Digimon to go straight from lower levels to a higher level that is normally a result of DNA Digivolution.
Biomerge Digivolution, or simply just Biomerge (マトリックス・エボリューション Matorikkusu Eboryūshon?, lit. "Matrix Evolution") is used only in Digimon Tamers. It is a form of Warp Digivolution similar to DNA Digivolution and Digifuse, in that a partner Digimon merges with its human Tamer to rocket to the Mega level. Like DNA Digivolution and Digifuse, the Digivolution is unlocked as a result of the components, in this case the Digimon and their Tamer, being united in a single overriding goal, and yet the original consciousnesses still exist independently within the resultant Digimon on a spiritual level. In a Biomerge, this is represented as the human Tamer lying naked within his or her partner, surrounded by a bubble of light named the Tamer Ball (テイマー・ボール Teimā Bōru?), Unlike DNA Digivolution and Digifuse, Biomerge Digivolution can normally only be performed in the Digital World, where both the human and Digimon components are composed of data, but in Digimon Tamers this is rectified when Dobermon delivers power from the Digimon Sovereigns to be used as an interface. Within the fiction, the four Digimon shown to have biomerged are indicated to be quite powerful, even for their Mega level.
A Tamer activates Biomerging by commanding, "Biomerge Activate!" in the English dub. In the Japanese version, the term Matrix Evolution was used both for evolution to Ultimate and Biomerging.
Tamers and Digimon known to use Biomerging in the anime are:
- Takato Matsuki and Guilmon to Gallantmon
- Henry Wong and Terriermon to MegaGargomon
- Rika Nonaka and Renamon to Sakuyamon
- Ryo Akiyama and Cyberdramon to Justimon
Erika Mishima does something similar with her Wormmon in Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory, merging with him to become Hudiemon whilst in Cyberspace EDEN, though Hudiemon is at the Champion level, and the digivolution is permanent.
Shining Digivolution is Calumon's attack. In Digimon Tamers, when Calumon releases all of his Digivolution energy, he causes every Digimon in the Digital World to digivolve to Mega. It is called the "Light of Digivolution" in Digimon World DS.
Pseudo-Evolution (ぎじ進化 Giji Shinka?) is what Akihiro Kurata terms the process he uses to digivolve Gizumon into Gizumon-AT and then Gizumon-XT, with the use of an artificial D.N.A. There is no official term for the process in the English version.
Bio-Hybrid Digivolution (ハイパー・バイオ・エボリューション Haipā Baio Eboryūshon?, lit. "Hyper Bio Evolution"), is used in Digimon Data Squad. It enables Kouki Tsubasa, Nanami, and Ivan to become their first Digimon forms, based on three Armor Digimon. However, the resulting forms are far more powerful than regular Armor types. This type of digivolution caused by injecting a Digimon's scattered data in Gizumon into a human body, so the data can merge into human's D.N.A. and when the D.N.A. is released the Digimon form can take over human body and merge powers (human and Digimon). When the Bio evolution is completed, the Digimon data reverts back into a Digi-Egg and leaves the human body, and the human cannot evolve into a Digimon again unless re-injected. The call is "Bio Hybrid D.N.A. Charge".
The Bio-Hybrids first forms are:
Hyper Bio Extra Evolution
Hyper Bio Extra Evolution (ハイパー・バイオ・エクストラ・エボリューション Haipā Baio Ekusutora Eboryūshon?) is used in Data Squad. Hyper Bio Extra evolution caused by Akihiro Kurata re-inject more powerful digimon data into Kouki Tsubasa, Ivan, and Nanami using data gathered from Gizumon-AT and Gizumon-XT. This power is very dangerous because if the human body cannot contain the digimon data, they also are killed. However, these three overcome this situation and receive mega power from digimon. The call is "Bio Hybrid D.N.A. Full Charge".
The Bio-Hybrids new forms are:
Burst Evolution (バースト・エボリューション Bāsuto Eboryūshon?), also known as Burst Digivolution, is used in Digimon Data Squad and in Digimon Next. In Data Squad, it is a Mode Change, it enables a Mega Digimon to reach its Burst Mode; an even more-powerful form. The call is "Charge! D.N.A. Burst Mode!" in English, and "Charge! Digisoul Burst!" in Japanese. ShineGreymon, MirageGaogamon, Rosemon, Ravemon, BanchoLeomon, and Agumon all manage to get to Burst Mode.
In Next, it is simply a way to digivolve to Mega in the absence of a Digivice; however, it quickly consumes the tamer's life-force, and is dangerous to use. It is invoked by calling out "Burst Charge!". Sho Kahara uses it to digivolve Peckmon to Ravemon , while Yu Inui attempts the same to get out of a bad situation so that Tsurugi Tatsuno can continue on.
Death-X Evolution (死のX-進化 Shi no X-Shinka?) is a form of X Evolution activated when a Digimon dies. Dorugamon, DoruGreymon, and Dorugoramon can each perform Death-X Evolution to become DexDorugamon, DexDoruGreymon, and DexDorugoramon.
In Digimon World 3, When a Digimon fills its Blast Gauge by taking damage from the enemy or using certain item (DV Plug), the Digimon will digivolve into a new Digimon based on its current level for several turns. That Digimon will be fully healed and have access to its personal finisher. Furthermore, any technique used during that state costs no MP. During that state, the Digimon cannot use DNA DV.
In Pendulum X 3.0 and D-Cyber Ultimate, Blast Digivolution has Digimon temporarily digivolve into a higher form for one attack. Orange will have them digivolve one level higher, whilst green will digivolve them two levels higher. Megas digivolve into more powerful Megas. There are multiple Digimon only available via Blast Digivolution.
The concept of Sudden Evolution (突発進化 Toppatsu Shinka?) in Digimon World DS is similar. By using the "Digivolution Disk" item, a Digimon can attain a Mega Digimon form related to its family, which will then perform a single attack before reverting.
These Digivolutions appear in Digimon Frontier, the card game, manga, drama CDs, and video games. They refer exclusively to when a person or a Digimon, uses one or more Spirits to digivolve into a Digimon associated with the Spirit(s).
Spirit Evolution (スピリット・エボリューション Supiritto Eboryūshon?) categorizes the use of a Spirit to digivolve. Spirit Evolution results in a Human Hybrid, a humanoid Digimon, or a Beast Hybrid, which produces a Digimon more similar to an animal but not necessarily devoid of humanoid features. In Digimon Frontier, The DigiDestined must release a ring of their own Fractal Code, hold the Digivice and scan it. The Japanese version of Frontier refers to both types of evolution as Spirit Evolution, while in the English version, the call is "Execute! Spirit Evolution!" for Human Spirits and "Execute! Beast Spirit Evolution!" for Beast Spirits. The evolution is represented by the child's clothes disintegrating, then being replaced by the armor pieces of the Spirit. The Beast evolution is very similar, with the child being shrouded in their respective element while combining with the armor, and their Fractal Code taking the shape of a sphere. The children are depicted roaring throughout this process.
Slide Evolution (スライド・エボリューション Suraido Eboryūshon?) is a form of evolution that does not actually push a Digimon to a higher level, like Mode Change. It is primarily a way for a Hybrid Digimon to switch back and forth between its Human and Beast forms, such as Grumblemon to Gigasmon , but it is also commonly used by non-Hybrid Digimon to switch between its pure and evil forms, such as Monzaemon to WaruMonzaemon.
Fusion Evolution (ダブル・スピリット・エボリューション Daburu Supiritto Eboryūshon?, "Double Spirit Evolution") is the merging of a Human and Beast spirit of the same element to a "Fusion Form" (融合形態 Yuugou Keitai?), a Digimon that has twice the power than what a single Human or Beast spirit can carry. Only two of the DigiDestined, Takuya Kanbara and Koji Minamoto, use Fusion Evolution in Frontier. The appearance of a Fusion Hybrid Digimon can vary, but in the case of Takuya to Aldamon and Koji to BeoWolfmon, they are literally a mixture of features of their respective Human and Beast counterparts. In the English dub, Takuya's call is "Execute, Now! Fusion Evolution!" and Koji's is just "Execute! Fusion Evolution!". This evolution is represented identically to Beast Spirit Evolutions. This is not to be confused with the Fusion Evolution similar to DNA Digivolution.
Unified Spirit Evolution
Unified Spirit Evolution (ハイパー・スピリット・エボリューション Haipā Supiritto Eboryūshon?, lit. "Hyper Spirit Evolution") is a form of digivolution.
In Digimon Frontier, Unified Spirit Evolution is where in the person evolving uses ten of the twenty Spirits to evolve to a "Transcendent Form" (超越形態 Chouetsu Keitai?). Takuya Kanbara and Koji Minamoto are the only children to evolve in this way. Takuya uses the Spirits of Flame, Wind, Ice, Earth, and Wood to become EmperorGreymon, and Koji takes the Spirits of Light, Thunder, Darkness, Water, and Steel to digivolve into MagnaGarurumon. The Spirits of the other children are returned to them when EmperorGreymon and MagnaGarurumon revert to Takuya and Koji. In the English dub, their call is "Unity Execute! Unified Spirit Evolution!". This evolution is represented similarly to Beast Spirit Evolutions, but instead of showing the armor pieces of the Spirit combining with the child, the Spirits are instead shown directly fusing with the child while transforming into the child's respective element, and their Fractal Code takes the shape of a sphere orbited by a ring.
Ancient Spirit Evolution
Ancient Spirit Evolution (エンシェント・スピリット・エボリューション Enshento Supiritto Eboryūshon?) is the most powerful evolution in Digimon Frontier. All of the Legendary Warrior spirits combine at once to form Susanoomon, the most powerful Digimon obtained through a spirit. Susanoomon appears twice in Frontier; first Takuya Kanbara and Koji Minamoto evolve into him and then in the final battle of the series all the DigiDestined, except Koichi Kimura, combine to form him. In the English dub, The first call is "Ancient Spirits Unite!", while the second one is "Execute! Ancient Spirit Evolution!". The two times this evolution is depicted in Digimon Frontier, it is animated differently. The first time, Takuya and Koji's clothes rip from pure power as they are surrounded by their half of the Spirits. They then merge together into the center point between them as the Spirits circle them, forming Susanoomon. The second time, all five of the component DigiDestined perform form fractal code rings similar to their Human Spirit Evolution before pointing their Digivices into the center point of the them, from which Susanoomon emerges. Similar to Biomerge Digivolution, the DigiDestined's consciousnesses are depicted within Susanoomon as naked forms without visible genitalia.
DigiFuse (デジクロス DejiKurosu?, lit. "DigiXros") is a form of Digivolution that is central to the plot of Digimon Fusion, Digimon Xros Wars (manga), Digimon Story: Super Xros Wars Blue and Red, Digimon All-Star Rumble and other media. It is similar to DNA Digivolution in that it involves multiple Digimon, here known as "DigiXros Units" combining into stronger forms, but also involves attributes of Mode Changing, allowing the Units to rearrange their data and became body-parts or weapons for the new form. The gestalt entity is usually controlled by the Unit with the most powerful soul, but especially for Dark DigiFuses the lead Unit can change if one member's soul overpowers the others.
DigiFuse can be achieved using a Fusion Loader held by its chosen General or Hunter and most powerful DigiFuses require the "core" Unit to have the mental fortitude to support the unity of the gestalt. So far, the largest DigiFuses involve seven Units with certain groups such as the Starmons or PawnChessmons, being treated as one Unit. The Darkness Loader, on the other hand allows the Forced DigiFuse (強制デジクロス Kyōsei DejiKurosu?, lit. "Forced DigiXros") , also known as the Dark DigiFuse where the participants aren't necessarily willing.
There are higher "forms" of DigiFuse, although the distinctions seems to be more in name than in effect. Double Fusion (ダブルクロス Daburu Kurosu?, lit. "Double Xros") is a type of DigiFuse performed between two Generals. The Double Fusion can be further empowered through a Grand Xros (グランドクロス Gurando Kurosu?), although this only involves adding more of the current Generals' Digimon. When Christopher finally opens his heart to Mikey and Nene, they become able to perform the Great Fusion (グレートクロス Gurēto Kurosu?, lit. "Great Xros"), which involves three or more Generals operating in harmony. With a multitude of Generals, it is possible to form an Evolution Xros (エヴォリューションクロス Evoryūshon Kurosu?) of multiple Warp Evolved Digimon. However, the ultimate form of DigiFuse is the Final Fusion (ファイナルクロス Fainaru Kurosu?, lit. "Final Xros"), which is enabled with the help of the Code Crown; it allows Mikey to combine Shoutmon with all of his allies and nearly every Digimon in the Digital World.
Within the DigiQuartz, a Fusion Loader can only digifuse two of a Hunter's Digimon together. This particular modality is called Xros Up (クロスアップ kurosu Appu?). Workarounds exist when Hunters cooperate with each other, as two can use Double Fusion to combine up to four Digimon while four can fuse seven, presumably up to eight, with Great Fusion.
Generals can disengage a DigiFuse through Disengage Fuse (クロスオープン Kurosu Ōpun?, lit. "Xros Open") also known as a Digi-Defuse and a Forced DigiFuse through Forced Xros Open (強制クロスオープン Kyōsei Kurosu Ōpun?).
In Digimon Story: Super Xros Wars Blue and Red there are also two extra different types of DigiFuse: DigiFusion (デジフュージョン Dejifuyūjon?), which is akin to DNA Digivolution in previous titles where the components permanently fuse into the result, and Jogress Up (ジョグレスアップ Joguresu Appu?).
Notes and references
- Some Japanese products use the localised term "Digivolution", such as the Digivolving Spirits.
- In the Digimon Tamers universe there is a version of the Digital Monster Card Game that is popular with children all over the world. If a child becomes the Tamer of a Digimon they can use these special trading cards to modify various aspects of their Digimon by performing a Digi-Modify. They can temporarily give them extra power, weapons or in this case get them to digivolve.
- Mikey: "Bagramon! Did you hand the Shademon larva to your brother... Just to hand him despair...!?" / Bagramon: "!? What are you talking about...!!" / Mikey: "I'm talking about the possibilities that you've created without even knowing!! The Digivolution of Shademon that took place when it was fed with hearts of despair... You could say that's one form of Dark Digivolution!"
- Chiaki J. Konaka's Digimon Tamers Resources: Aramaki Works
- Although the name is written as "テイマー・ボール" in Chiaki J. Konaka's Digimon Tamers Resources, it is written without the interpunct as "テイマーボール" in the Digimon Series Memorial Book: Digimon Animation Chronicle.
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