Very well then. Today's "Digimon Corner" focuses on a well known but little understood aspect of the franchise. This begins our look at Armor Evolution.
Armor Evolution and its triggering items, the Digimentals
were introduced in the second digimon series, Digimon Adventure 02
. In that series, the Digimentals allowed the new heroes Daisuke, Miyako, Iori (Davis, Yolei, and Cody) to join Hikari and Takeru (Kari and T.K.) in battling the Digimon Kaizer (Digimon Emperor) by circumventing the lock on normal evolution caused by the Kaiser's Black Towers (Control Spires). Each Digimental was based on the crests belonging to each of the previous Chosen Children (Digi-Destined): Courage, Friendship, Love, Purity (Sincerity), Knowledge, Faith (Reliability), Hope, and Light. Furthermore, three new "crests" were symbolized by Miracles, Kindness, and Fate (though only Kindness was made mention of in the story).
Though Armor Evolution was largely left behind after the storyarc with the Digimon Kaiser ended, they nonetheless remained a notable concept in the franchise with depth well beyond what was seen in the anime. Today, we will be looking at the first Digimental to be seen, the Digimental of Courage.
The first Digimental to be shown had a rather cut and dry theme. Based thematically on the evolved forms of Agumon from Digimon Adventure
, this Digimental was all about fire.
"Fladramon! Burning With Courage!"/"Flamedramon! The Fire of Courage!"Fladramon
, known as Flamedramon in the dub, was V-mon's
evolved form with this Digimental, and was shown in the series' very first episode. A Dragon Man digimon, he had the ability to throw fireballs from his claws ("Fire Knuckle"), or surround himself with flames and shoot forward like a rocket ("Fire Rocket"). Though Fladramon lost focus with the introduction of XV-mon, Fladramon remained a prominent and recognized mascot, even beating out XV-mon as V-mon's first evolved form in Digimon Rumble Arena 2
That said, though it wasn't shown in the anime, in the D3 and D-Terminal virtual pets released at the time of Adventure 02
, every partner digimon from the series had the ability to equip the Digimental of Courage and take on a new form.
Shadramon is the evolved form of Wormmon
with the Digimental of Courage. Despite his name, he is an Insect digimon. According to Bandai's profiles, equipping the Digimental has caused Shadramon to become brutal and take on a wicked personality. His attacks are Flare Buster, Psychic Wave, and Indent Screw. Sadly, Shadramon has not been featured in any of the various anime series, though he was attainable in Digimon World Dawn
Allomon is the Courage Armor Evolved form of Hawkmon
. As you can see, this is where the various Armor Evolutions start to look less like their pre-evolved forms in armor, and more free form. A Dinosaur digimon, Allomon is characterized by Bandai as the rival of the previously existing digimon, Tyrannomon. His attacks are "Dino Burst", a blast of fire, and "Dynamite Head", a head-butt. Allomon made an appearance in season 3, where he battled and was defeated by Ruki's partner, Renamon. He also appeared in Dawn
Boarmon, the Armor Evolved form of Armadimon
(Armadillomon) with the Digimental of Courage. Personally, I would have thought that he'd fit better as an evolution of Patamon... Nevertheless, Boarmon holds the dubious distinction of being the first pig-based digimon. He's a Beast type, and his attacks are "Nose Blaster" and "Bullet Attack." Boarmon has made two appearances, one as infantry in the Digimon Frontier
movie and in the same role in Digimon Savers.
Baromon, known as Baronmon in the dub, is the Armor Evolved form of Patamon
. In the original, he's named after "Barong", the king of spirits in the mythology of Bali, while his US name is taken from the word "Baron." Bandai writes him as a guardian of ruins and temples, and states that his third eye can see into the future. He has a number of attacks, the most prominent of which is "Meteor Dance", which is... well, a dance that summons meteors. Baromon has since appeared in the first Digimon Tamers
movie, as well as in both Digimon Frontier
and Digimon Savers
, in addition to several video game appearances.
Lynxmon, who evolves from Tailmon, who is likely better known to you folks as Gatomon. Bandai's profile for this one is rather sparse, commenting on how she is "always on fire" (never would have guessed) and that Lynxmon sees Garurumon as its rival. Lynxmon has the distinction of being one of the first digimon seen in the premiere of Digimon Tamers
, where it was defeated by Renamon. Lynxmon also appeared briefly attacking Kurata in a flashback during Digimon Savers
, thus beginning the scientist's fear of all digimon. Yeah, nice job there, Lynxmon. You created one of the greatest psychopaths in the franchise.
You may think that brings this segment of "Digimon Corner" to a close, but Bandai, never content to make an aspect of the Digimon unconfusing, introduced several new
Armor Digimon well after Adventure 02
Say hello to FlaWizarmon
. They were introduced in the card game, with several random Child (Rookie) digimon in their evolution requirements. They're not nailed down to a specific previous form like their predecessors, though. FlaWizarmon is a Demon Man digimon who hails from an alternate dimension called "Witchelny", where all wizard digimon come from, and practices fire magic. Salamandemon is a Amphibian digimon who breathes out jets of hot air. FlaWizarmon appeared in the Digimon Frontier
movie as a member of the "Human" digimon army soon after his appearance in the card game; while Salamandemon didn't get an appearance until a number of years later, where he showed up as a member of the Dragon Land army in Digimon Xros Wars
under the command of Dorbickmon the Fire Fury.
That concludes this segment of "Digimon Corner." Next time, we'll be looking at the Digimental of Friendship and the digimon connected to it.