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The Mystery of N's Puzzle Cube

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by , 6th March 2012 at 07:20 PM (5013 Views)
Update 3/8: I misinterpreted the Abyssal Ruins prophecy, so the alternate timeline/universe theory is out. However, the original dragon is definitely still in.
Update 3/7: Added translation of Puzzle Cube notes, amended a few terms used, and tweaked my theories a bit.

I think this is worth documenting in my blog and I've fleshed it out a little more with my thoughts about the Pokemon within the Puzzle Cube and the key required to open it upon solving it.

So how about we talk about this:

Quote Originally Posted by Bulbapedia
N's concept artwork and the accompanying notes indicate that the puzzle cube might eventually become relevant to the game's plot and show that a central cube with a keyhole will appear when the puzzle is solved, locking away something mysterious in its core, which is implied to be a Pokémon.
Quote Originally Posted by Silktree View Post
But having checked with my friend GlitterBerri, I can confirm that whoever added to Bulbapedia missed a very important point. The highlight of the notes is: "In the middle, a TV broadcasting some sort of Pokémon?" To further this impression, the key is also referred to as a button. Finally, there is also a note about six colors, akin to those of the Rubik's Cube, where the "ornamentation is a motif in the shape of something meaningful". The object's official name is "N's Puzzle Cube"; the notes don't mention a Void Cube, let alone a Menger sponge.
Concept art for N's Puzzle Cube

I don't know about you, but it sounds like N's Puzzle Cube could be an elaborate type of Poke Ball. What could be inside? If it is a Pokemon, which one could it be? It might seem unlikely, but I think it could be a Gen VI Pokemon. If not, then maybe a Pokemon related to the Tao Trio.

Initially I dismissed the possibility of it being the original dragon, but what if this Puzzle Cube is acting as a time capsule? Since the Puzzle Cube most likely contains the projection of a Pokemon, it's possible that the Abyssal Ruins civilization sealed a projection of the original dragon inside the Puzzle Cube in anticipation of their long-awaited King. Since the split of the original dragon most likely cannot be undone, they did this as a bit of extra insurance for if and when the King awakened. Now that I understand the motives of the Abyssal Ruins civilization a little better, I can say that they probably intended for the split to occur for the sole purpose of awakening their King, even if it would cause much conflict and chaos. And the projection of the original dragon inside the Puzzle Cube can exist in any time, even after the split.

At first I thought maybe Ghetsis had something to do with this, since this Puzzle Cube was given to N as a child. But, to me, it seems like something like this is way beyond Ghetsis' level of thinking. Unless Ghetsis knows more then he's letting on, perhaps someone else gave it to N. The problem is that we don't have enough background information on Ghetsis to know what he's thinking or what his next move is. So I'm sort of stuck on who could've given the Puzzle Cube to N. Concordia and Anthea are also possible candidates. Originally I thought they were a bit too tight-lipped for this role, but they could easily expand their exposition roles in B2/W2. It's also possible that Concordia and Anthea are descendants of the Abyssal Ruins civilization.

As for N actually solving this Puzzle Cube, I was reminded of this part of the Abyssal Ruins prophecy:

King turns 2nd corner.
King turns 3rd corner.
King turns 5th corner.
King turns 7th corner.
In order to solve any puzzle cube, you need to turn the different sides of the cube until each face of the cube is uniform. If you only focus on the numbers in each line (Turn 2, Turn 3, etc.), perhaps this is a hint for solving N's Puzzle Cube? If the Puzzle Cube is indeed related to the Abyssal Ruins, then the Puzzle Cube may be much older then we realize, and it may even hint at a connection between N and the original King. The designs on the Puzzle Cube do look like they could date back to the time of the Abyssal Ruins.

There's no indication that this will actually be covered in B2/W2, but I think this is a very interesting bit of information. I really hope it doesn't get the GS Ball treatment.

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Updated 5th May 2012 at 12:17 PM by smalllady

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  1. Garren's Avatar
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    Wow, I never thought about the Abyssal Ruins referring to turns of a Rubix Cube-esque puzzle as opposed to taking literal turns through a maze. :0
  2. Karamazov's Avatar
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    Woah, that is genius.
  3. Momoka's Avatar
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    Whoa. Neat stuff there. Although I don't think the Pokemon inside idea is accurate, since N would not condone a Pokemon in a Pokeball.
  4. Luminosity's Avatar
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    [QUOTE=NfiNity;bt214836]Whoa. Neat stuff there. Although I don't think the Pokemon inside idea is accurate, since N would not condone a Pokemon in a Pokeball.[/QUOTE]
    It could be that someone else long ago sealed a Pokemon in there and N is trying to solve it to free the Pokemon.
  5. smalllady's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by NfiNity
    Whoa. Neat stuff there. Although I don't think the Pokemon inside idea is accurate, since N would not condone a Pokemon in a Pokeball.
    I think its safe to say that N has no idea about the Void Cube's true nature. Since he was given the Void Cube as a child, whoever gave it to him most likely just told him to try and solve it, and nothing else was ever said about it.
  6. TheMissingno.'s Avatar
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    I saw this when you posted it in the BW2 thread. This is very well thought out. I hope something like this actually does happen.

    If it does, I hope the player gets to solve it.
  7. TheMissingno.'s Avatar
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    Also, Darkrai would be pretty logical for the void cube I think. Plot-wise it wouldn't make much sense though.
  8. $aturn¥oshi's Avatar
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    Maybe it's just a harmless menger sponge.
  9. Garren's Avatar
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    What if the ORIGINAL hero (Black or White, whichever version would be the one N aligns with) is sealed inside...


  10. Force Fire's Avatar
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    Since when did it imply that there was a Pokémon in the cube?
  11. smalllady's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force Fire
    Since when did it imply that there was a Pokémon in the cube?


    I included the concept art for N's Void Cube in the spoiler tags above. Where the red arrow is pointing, the text mentions the core of the Void Cube. The text is hard to make out, but the last word does translate to Pokemon with a ? at the end. I'm guessing somebody else just recently translated the Void Cube notes.
  12. El_'s Avatar
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    Wow this is some amazing stuff. If its a Pokemon locked inside there it has to be important, I can't help but only thinking of a legendary Pokemon. If it was the Original Dragon, then that means that Reshiram/Zekrom/Kyurem are unable to fuse together again after spilitting apart.

    On the other hand, what about the possibility of N's puzzle being a key item? Is it possible that it could unlock some function in the ruins, or even an ingame event for the Original Dragon? Perhaps after the event then you could use it as a Pokeball to catch the Original Dragon, a special Pokeball that wouldn't restrict its power like all the others.

    Whatever the case, its definitely fascinating. Hope that the mystery behind this will be answered in the sequels.
  13. Mijzelffan's Avatar
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    I never knew bulbapedia allowed speculation.
  14. smalllady's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by El_
    On the other hand, what about the possibility of N's puzzle being a key item? Is it possible that it could unlock some function in the ruins, or even an ingame event for the Original Dragon? Perhaps after the event then you could use it as a Pokeball to catch the Original Dragon, a special Pokeball that wouldn't restrict its power like all the others.
    I could see N entrusting the Puzzle Cube to the player character. The notes have been translated more thoroughly, and it appears that there is a projection of a Pokemon at the core of the Puzzle Cube. Perhaps the Puzzle Cube would be a necessary key item for summoning/obtaining the original dragon.
  15. feralidos's Avatar
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    I think smalllady is right about the connection between the two. Ever noticed that the abyssal ruins and the puzzle cube are basicly twins
  16. feralidos's Avatar
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    I think smalllady is right about the connection between the two. Ever noticed that the abyssal ruins and the puzzle cube are basicly twins,but where would we get the puzzle cube to solve it?
  17. smalllady's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by feralidos
    I think smalllady is right about the connection between the two. Ever noticed that the abyssal ruins and the puzzle cube are basicly twins,but where would we get the puzzle cube to solve it?
    This Puzzle Cube belongs to N, so N most likely still has it. As I said before, it's possible that N could entrust the Puzzle Cube to the player character, making it a key item related to the original dragon. But I think N will be the one to solve the Puzzle Cube.

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