In the aftermath of their battle against Lucemon in ancient times, the Warrior Ten left behind the Legendary Spirits in various places around the world, intending them to be used in case of some future crisis. When humans were summoned to the Digital World to use the Spirits, the result was a new species: Hybrid Digimon.
A connection has also been drawn between the origin of Hybrids and the creation of Dukemon: Crimson Mode, believed to have been made possible when the Spirit of a human Tamer mediated the resonance between Dukemon and ZERO-ARMS: Grani.
Hybrid Digimon are the result of humans fusing with the Legendary Spirits to become Digimon who have been granted the power of the Warrior Ten by the Spirits. They have been characterized as being born when the digital data-based Digimon are "transformative multiplied" by the innate potential of analog humans, and as having unknown power. However, despite the strong association between Hybrids and humans, use of the Spirits is not exclusive to humans, as Digimon are capable of doing so as well.
Each Hybrid Digimon has power over one of ten elemental powers—Fire, Light, Darkness, Thunder, Wind, Ice, Earth, Wood, Water, and Steel—derived from the Spirit(s) used to create it.
The power level of Hybrid Digimon varies, depending on the type and quantity of spirits that are used to create them, and can fall anywhere between Child-class to Ultimate-class power. Hybrid Digimon are all of the Variable attribute, meaning that their attribute changes in accordance with their current circumstances.
Although it is also created using Spirits, Susanoomon has never been classified as a Hybrid, and is instead a conventional Ultimate Digimon.
Hybrids are divided into five categories, called Forms (形態 Keitai), based on the type and quantity of spirits that are used to create them.
|(unnamed)||A half-human, half-beast Hybrid Digimon that is the result of a Human Form Hybrid Digimon losing its power. Despite the power reduction, Adult-class Digimon are still not a match for it.
Evolution Stage equivalent: Child
Dub: Human Hybrid)
|A Hybrid Digimon created using one Human Spirit. It excels in agility and stability, but the human side's strengths and weaknesses exert a significant influence.
Evolution Stage equivalent: Varies, usually Adult
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Dub: Beast Hybrid)
|A Hybrid Digimon created using one Beast Spirit. Its more animalistic nature has been unleashed, and while it boasts power that surpasses Ultimate Digimon, it struggles to control its savage impulses and is prone to running wild.
Evolution Stage equivalent: Varies, usually Adult to Perfect
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Dub: Fusion form/Hybrid Combo)
|A Hybrid Digimon created using both the Human Spirit and Beast Spirit of the same element. This "strongest Form" is the result of bringing the Human and Beast Forms into harmony, and fuses the human's intellect with the Digimon's vitality. It has inherited all of the might of one of the Warrior Ten and has therefore acquired unknown powers and transcended legend.
Evolution Stage equivalent: Varies, usually Perfect to Ultimate
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Dub: Transcendent form/Extra Hybrid)
|A Hybrid Digimon created using a specific combination of ten Spirits. It is said to have surpassed even the power of the Warrior Ten.
Evolution Stage equivalent: Ultimate
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It is common to rate the power levels of the Hybrid Digimon Forms on the scale of conventional Evolution Stages. The mechanics of video and card games often require that all Digimon, including Hybrids, be treated in some way as either equivalent to a conventional Evolution Stage, or treated as an ordinary Digimon who outright belongs to one of these Stages. However, attempts to do so have varied over the years and often disagree with each other.
- Digimon Frontier:
The concept of Evolution Stages is not mentioned at all, but the show presents each Form as a linear progression in power. Human Form Hybrids are depicted defeating Digimon as high-leveled as Perfect. Beast Form Hybrids are so much more powerful than Human Form Hybrids that defeating them is impossible without another Beast Form Hybrid. Fusion Form Hybrids are likewise significantly more powerful than Beast Form Hybrids, and Transcendent Form Hybrids are significantly more powerful than Fusion Form Hybrids and the only Hybrids who are a match for Ultimate-level opponents like Cherubimon and the Royal Knights. Duskmon and Velgrmon are major exceptions to this progression, as they are depicted as being a match for Fusion Form Hybrid Digimon.
- Digital Monster Card Game:
Hybrid Digimon (excluding Flamon and Strabimon, who are just assigned Level III (Child)) are always marked as belonging to the Hybrid level in the conventional Evolution Stage field of the card, but some Hybrid Digimon cards also denote a class. Human Form Hybrid Digimon are rated as Level IV (Adult) Class; Beast Form Hybrid Digimon are rated as Perfect Class; and Fusion Form and Transcendent Form Hybrid Digimon are rated as Ultimate Class.
- Digimon Racing:
Agnimon's three playable forms are all assigned natural Evolution Stages. Flamon is a Baby II Digimon, Agnimon is a Child Digimon, and Vritramon is an Adult Digimon.
- Digital Monster Card Game Alpha:
Hybrid Digimon are always marked as belonging to the Hybrid level in the conventional Evolution Stage field of the card, but each include errata that instructs the player to treat the card as if it belongs to a specified natural Evolution Stage. Human Form Hybrid Digimon are treated as Level IV (Adult) Digimon; Beast Form Hybrid Digimon are treated as Perfect Digimon; and Fusion Form Hybrid Digimon are treated as Ultimate Digimon. Transcendent Form Hybrids are not present, and neither are Flamon or Strabimon.
- Digimon Masters:
Each Form has its own separate Evolution Stage, which are each classed as roughly equivalent in power to a natural Evolution Stage. The "H-Hybrid" (Human Form Hybrid) stage is Adult-class, but slightly stronger; the "B-Hybrid" (Beast Form Hybrid) stage is Perfect-class; and the "Z-Hybrid" (Transcendent Form Hybrid) stage is Ultimate-class. Fusion Form Hybrids are not present, and neither are Flamon or Strabimon.
- Digimon World -next 0rder-:
Agnimon (Human Form Hybrid) is assigned the Perfect level; and Transcendent Form Hybrid Digimon assigned the Ultimate level. No Beast Form or Fusion Form Hybrid Digimon are present, and neither are Flamon or Strabimon.
- Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory:
Agnimon and Wolfmon (Human Form Hybrids) are assigned the Adult level; Vritramon and Garummon (Beast Form Hybrids) are assigned the Perfect level; and Transcendent Form Hybrid Digimon are assigned the Ultimate level. Fusion Form Hybris are not present, and neither are Flamon or Strabimon.
- Digimon Card Game:
Hybrid Digimon are labeled accordingly in the Evolution Stage field on card errata, but for gameplay purposes they are also folded into the numerical "Level" system of Evolution Stages. Flamon and Strabimon are Lv.3 (Child); Human Form and Beast Form Hybrid Digimon are Lv.4 (Adult); Fusion Form Hybrid Digimon are Lv.5 (Perfect); and Transcendent Form Hybrid Digimon are Lv.6 (Ultimate).
- Vital Bracelet Digital Monster:
Hybrid Digimon are assigned conventional Evolution Stages based on their Form. Flamon and Strabimon are assigned the Child level; Human Form Hybrid Digimon are assigned the Adult level; Beast Form and Fusion Form Hybrid Digimon are assigned the Perfect level; and Transcendent Form Hybrid Digimon are assigned the Ultimate level.
When Hybrid Digimon are incorporated into evolution lines in traditional Digimon virtual pets, there is little to no consistency of assignment to Evolution Stages. For example, looking at Beast Form Hybrid Digimon, the Digimon Pendulum Z depicts Vritramon as an Adult Digimon, but the Digimon Accel Ultimate Genome depicts Bolgmon as an Ultimate Digimon.
The term "Hybrid"—sometimes given as 「超融合」, i.e. as furigana for the kanji 超融合 chōyūgō (lit. "super fusion")—refers to how these Digimon can be literal hybrids of humans and Digimon, who are created when a human fuses with a Spirit. However, use of the Spirits is not exclusive to humans.
|Digitama ⇒ Baby I ⇒ Baby II ⇒ Child ⇒ Adult ⇒ Perfect ⇒ Ultimate|