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The Lavender Town Legend In Pokemon That Was Completely Fake

Pokemon has been riding the waves of success. Ever since Nintendo and Game Freak developed a partnership, the Pokemon franchise has risen to prominence, and players around the world have tried their hand at becoming the very best that no one ever was. Pokemon has been known for its cheery atmosphere, but not everything is always as it seems.


Pokemon has been around for a long time, so it's no surprise that the games and the series have been the subject of a number of rumors and urban legends. Some of the stories, such as the famously banned Pokemon episode, are undeniably true, while other rumors have made their way around the Pokemon community multiple times, only to be proven false. There's no real way to obtain Yoshi in Pokemon Red or Blue, and most importantly, Lavender Town definitely did not push people to suicide.

How did such a sinister legend make its way to the cheerful world of Pokemon?

The music made them do it

Lavender Town is home to deceased Pokemon, and it's arguably one of the most iconic towns in the Pokemon universe. The legend is referred to as "Lavender Town Syndrome" and describes a tragic episode during the release of Pokemon Red and Green in Japan. According to the legend, "there were over 100 suicides among children ages 10-15." Rumors state that the suicides were a result of the Lavender Town music and its "extremely high frequencies," which only young people could hear.


Fortunately, this creepypasta has been debunked. No gamer wants to believe that one of the games from their childhood caused mass suicide — the thought itself is terrifying. The Lavender Town music is creepy but has some technical elements that make it simple yet truly unique. In short, no, Pokemon's Lavender Town music will not lead anyone to suicide, but tread carefully as you walk through the city. You never know who's watching.

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline​ at​ 1-800-273-TALK (8255)​.