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Death is the final stage of a Tamagotchi's life cycle. When the death sequence appears, the Tamagotchi will be lost forever. The user must restart their game afterwards, either by pressing buttons A and C together, or by pressing the Reset button on the back of the device.
There are several factors that lead to the death of a Tamagotchi:
- Care Mistakes are the most common factor. Allowing too many care mistakes to accumulate would trigger the Tamagotchi's death. The threshold of how many care mistakes are needed has increased with modern releases.
- Sickness is another current common factor. Leaving a Tamagotchi ill over an extended period of time will cause the Tamagotchi to pass away.
- Old Age is a factor limited to older releases. In this case, each Tamagotchi character has a specific life span, and how you care for it will determine if it is expanded or shortened. As the life span grows longer, the Tamagotchi will become much more needy for food and attention, until it finally passes away. This factor has been negated on modern releases; Tamagotchi pets will now live for as long as the user cares for it and prevents Care Mistakes.
- Predators is a factor limited to the Tamagotchi Ocean and Mori de Hakken! Tamagotch. In this case, a Tamagotchi can die from being attacked by another creature. The Tamagotchi Ocean features a polar bear, while the Morino Tamagotch features a human foot or a frog.
Classic Pets (1996 - 1998)
The original pets featured the Tamagotchi to stop moving on-screen, looking upset. The Tamagotchi will start to beep in the pattern of an electrocardiogram (heart rate monitor), slowing down as time passes on. If the Tamagotchi is a healthy adult, it will lay an egg just before the end of the sequence. Afterward, the death screen will appear with the sound of a flatline.
There were minor variations of the process itself between releases. The classic Tamagotchi and the Mesutchi and Osutchi both featured the chatacter looking upset with a Skull flashing beside them. The second generation Tamagotchi removes the skull, and shows the character in their bed (if they sleep in one). The Tamagotchi Ocean and Mori de Hakken! Tamagotch showed the same animations, but with no egg-laying.
The Tamagotchi Angel features two deaths. If the Angel passes away of old age, it will have a "good end" death, featuring the Angel ascending to heaven. A starry sky appears on English versions, while the Japanese shows the word "Thanks!". Turning out the lights repeatedly when the Angel is awake, or consistant neglect results in a "bad end". On English toys, the Angel will transform into a black egg and the words "Bye bye!" appear. On the Japanese edition, the Angel turns into Debirutchi.
Deaths variate between regions in later Tamagotchi virtual pet releases near the end of 1998. The two original Tamagotchi pets, in their original Japanese form, showed Obaketchi next to a headstone with a large cross on top. The first generation English release showed an angel among sparkling stars, while the second generation showed a UFO flying away. The Japanese version of Tamagotchi Ocean showed an underwater headstone with a seaweed-like Obaketchi, while the English edition shows a submarine. The Morino Tamagotchi showed a hedge with a cross (a hedgestone) with a bug-like Obaketchi. Mesutchi and Osutchi both show a small graveyard. After 6 PM, it showed a headstone with Obaketchi (whose appearance is different between the two pets).
Modern Pets (2004 - Present)
With the release of the Tamagotchi Plus, the sequence of death adjusted. The new sequence features the Tamagotchi falling on the floor as a Skull appears beside them. An unusual, haunting beeping sound is heard between six and thirty times before the Tamagotchi begins to float up the screen. A flatline sound is heard before the screen flashes between an image of the Tamagotchi character and the final death screen.
The Japanese editions kept the original death screen from the classic pets by retaining the headstone and Obaketchi floating around. As of the Keitai Kaitsuu Tamagotchi Plus, a spirit known as the Death God appears, replacing the skull. The Family releases features all of the characters dying together and shows a family grave with Obaketchi present. The Tamagotchi Plus Color shows the interior of the house, with Obaketchi hovering next to a small altar dedicated to the deceased Tamagotchi. The Keitai Kaitsuu Tamagotchi Plus and Tamagotchi Plus Color offers the owner a few chances to prevent death.
English releases are often criticized for their heavy attempts to censor Tamagotchi death. The Tamagotchi Connection replaces the headstone and Obaketchi with an image of an egg with wings and halo. The halo does not appear on the Tamagotchi Connection Version 2 or any release afterward. The Tamagotchi Connection Version 5 and the Tamagotchi Connection Version 5 Celebrity shows the Tamagotchi family getting angry and leaving back to Tamagotchi Planet in a UFO. The section where Obaketchi is replaced with stars. The recent English Tamagotchi releases feature the Tamagotchi getting angry at the owner and leaving. An envelope will appear on-screen and the words "Bye Bye" will appear.
Tamagotchi releases from the Tamagotchi iD and onward features two possible variations of death. From the baby to teen stages, if the user severely neglects the Tamagotchi, it will become ill. If the user does not select the "Clover" icon in time, the Tamagotchi will pass away, leaving a shrine and an Obaketchi. At the adult stage, the Tamagotchi will get upset, pack its bags and attempt to run away. If the user doesn't stop the process by pressing the "Clover" icon, the Tamagotchi departs, leaving a screen showing a letter with wings. The English edition of the iD L shows a helicopter carrying a letter for both death screens.
Preventing your Tamagotchi from dying
If you need to leave your Tamagotchi, pause it to keep it from dying. Also, try to take really good care of it. If your Tamagotchi is dying, quickly hit the reset button while the death sequence is on and select download, that should help you keep your Tamagotchi alive.
The reset-download trick does not work on the modern Japanese models - it is counted as a major event, and the unit will save its progess when the Death God first arrives. (Only use the reset on modern Tamagotchi pets because on the older Tamagotchis it will reset them for good and you can't get your Tamagotchi back.)
- Despite heavy censorship in English-language releases, the programming of death remains the same in all releases.