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Escafil Device
Escafil Device
General information
Creators Escafil
Use Bestowing the ability to morph
Behind the scenes
First appearance The Invasion
Last appearance The Beginning
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"That blue box represented more power than half the weapons in the world combined. That little blue box could give anyone morphing power."
Marco[src]

An Escafil device is the technical term for the morphing cube that gives an individual the power to morph. It goes by other names, but is most well-known as the Escafil device, named after the Andalite scientist Escafil, who helped create the morphing technology. It's a light blue cube that is operated by touch contact, and apparently one person, the "giver" who should already have the morphing ability has to touch one side of it, while those receiving the morphing ability touch other sides. When touched, it gives the user the permanent ability to acquire DNA from live animals and change ("morph") into the animal. Once an individual gains the morphing ability, they do not need to use the Escafil device again.

The morphing technology's exact function is not known, but it is speculated to be a vast network of thousands of microbionic units. These units would be contained in the Escafil device, the central computer for the smaller morphing units.

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The Escafil Device.

Although the Animorphs had long believed that the Escafil device that Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul used to give them their powers was destroyed when his ship was destroyed by the Yeerks, it was later recovered by David, with the Animorphs subsequently reclaiming it. It was briefly used as a power source by the Helmacrons before it was recovered, the Animorphs keeping its location secret due to the dangers of sharing the morphing technology with others.

Ax has disassembled it at times into smaller components, demonstrating that it was able to be broken down.

Trivia

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Escafil device as illustrated on the inside cover of The Andalite's Gift

  • David identifies the Escafil Device in The Discovery as being inscribed with symbols, presumably Andalite writing. However, in most official depictions of the Escafil Device it is shown as a featureless cube with no symbols or inscriptions.
  • Some inconsistency exists as to how the Escafil Device is operated - in The Invasion and The Discovery, an existing morpher must touch the cube in order to activate it. However, in The Hidden, an ant and a buffalo are able to acquire the morphing ability simply by touching the cube. This creates an inconsistency since David handled the cube for days without ever gaining the morphing ability. The latter example is most likely a KASU.
Technology
Andalite technology Dome Ship | Escafil Device | Hirac delest | Mirrorwave call | Z-space transponder | Morphing | Mag-Hover Truck | Quantum Virus | Shredder | Gleet Bio-Filter | Prion Virus
Yeerk Technology Anti-morphing ray | Dracon beam | Gleet Bio-Filter | Kandrona | Kandrona Rays | Nova-class Empire Ship | Pool ship | Blade ship | Mag-Lev Train | Hunter Robot | Yeerk Pool | Bug fighter
Ketran Technology Explorer | Time Matrix | Mapping Crystal Quadrant 3 | Uninet | Adge
Other Dropshaft | Ixcila (Arn) | Pemalite crystal | Pemalite ship | Skrit Na Saucer | Hawjabran Colony Ship | Hawjabran Freighter