Morphs [Oak Dex #]
Physical DescriptionChingling is a small Pokémon, at only .2 meters and .6 kilograms. Its main body is a large yellow sphere, with small black eyes and a thin mouth decorated at either end with a large black spot. Chingling has tiny, round arms and legs, which cannot be used reliably for locomotion (see Notable Biology). Chingling’s most notable features (Which make up most of its height) are two long flotation sacs, which are striped with red and white and end in three round tips. It has a small, round tail. Chimecho is barely larger than Chingling, at .6 meters and 1 kilogram. Its central sphere, and most of its body, has turned a pale blue (with a red zigzag running around its back and sides), and its twin flotation sacs have fused into a single one, which bears a resemblance to a bell (see Notable Biology). Its hands have shrunk into tiny paws, and its feet have fused and lengthened into a long ribbon-like protuberance, which makes up most of its height. A large red splotch decorates the lower half of the ribbon. Chimecho’s eyes and mouth have moved closer together (the eyes are now located at the corners of the mouth), and have turned yellow. Its tail has changed into a short stub. On very rare occasions (approximately one in eight thousand), Chingling are born with a lighter-colored body, and orange replacing the red sections of their flotation sacs. Chingling with this mutation evolve into primarily green Chimecho, with an orange zigzag and splotch.
Notable BiologyBoth Chingling and Chimecho have fairly potent psychic abilities. First and foremost, they use a local field of telekinesis to lighten themselves, and ease their passage through the skies (Though while Chimecho can float indefinitely, Chingling usually move in short hops unless the winds are strong). They can also use these abilities in battle, from throwing an opponent around with telekinesis, to attacking their minds, to healing their allies. On very rare occasions, Chimecho have been found possessing the ability to release absolutely deafening screams and psychic waves capable of putting an opponent to sleep. Average Chimecho seem incapable of doing this, and several professors are researching these odd variations. If left un-evolved, Chingling gain access to two moves of note. Firstly, they can imprint a short-term psychic ability onto the opponent, suppressing some of their natural qualities and giving them the Chimecho line’s natural levitation. Second, when all other attacks fail, Chingling will occasionally execute a move of devastating power. This attack has been dubbed Last Resort, as Chingling almost never use it unless given no choice, and it tends to leave them too exhausted to continue battling afterwards. Like most Psychic-types, the Chimecho line can learn a great number of TM moves. Captive Chimecho are frequently seen using electricity, florokinesis, or even obscura. Both the Chingling and Chimecho lines are noted for their bells. The chiming tones of a Chimecho’s bell are frequently used in music, and Chimecho can mix these chimes with psychic bursts to achieve various effects, including disorientation and raw physical force. Well-trained Chimecho can also stimulate a listener’s immune system, helping it heal injuries more quickly than normal. Chingling will not evolve into Chimecho under normal circumstances, and it has been so far almost impossible to cause the evolution under lab conditions. Chingling seem to only evolve into Chimecho at night, and the evolution must be triggered by an extreme release of endorphins. This is usually caused by the Chingling in question’s attachment to its trainer (in the wild, the attachment is usually to a parent or friend), though some have replicated this through overuse of vitamins (not recommended). To complement this odd quality, Chimecho eggs will not hatch into Chingling unless the eggs are specially treated. The reason for this is that due to the large amount of Ghost and Dark-types in the areas where Chimecho are common, the Chimecho living in those areas have evolved to hatch into Chimecho immediately, avoiding the weaker Chingling stage. However, if a combination of plants from areas where wild Chingling live are found and mashed up and and an incense of the mixture is placed around the mother Chimecho during mating, the smell can stimulate hormones that cause the mother to give birth to a Chingling instead of a Chimecho.
HabitatDespite having been first discovered in Hoenn (at the very peak of Mt. Pyre), the Chimecho line is native to Sinnoh. Chimecho are found mostly at the Sendoff Spring, though during a period of time when Sinnoh became suddenly colder they moved into the Turnback Cave. They have also been sighted in the area around Mt. Coronet. Chimecho have also been found in Unova, in a small forested area near Route 14. They are not frequently seen, but people entering the Abundant Shrine seeking to find Landorus have occasionally mentioned Chimecho in their reports. It is believed that these Pokémon are native, rather than being an invasive species. Wild Chingling are found in both Sinnoh, and oddly Johto and Kanto. In Sinnoh, Chingling are found on Route 111, around Lake Valor, around Mt. Coronet, and around Lake Acuity. During cold seasons, the populations at the Lakes migrate to Sendoff Spring and Turnback Cave to be with their elders, however. In Johto and Kanto, Chingling live almost everywhere. They primarily dwell in caves, only occasionally coming out to explore the surrounding areas. Chingling colonies usually take up residence in natural crevices and hiding spaces. It is not uncommon for a slit in a cave wall or a large hole in a tree to be completely filled with massed Chingling, as the clumping helps keep them from being blown away in strong winds. Chimecho, in sharp contrast, will use their psychic abilities to create homes of varying sizes for themselves. Chimecho usually dwell alone in these homes.
DietChimecho and Chingling are herbivorous, usually eating small berries and nuts. While individual morphs eat very little, Chingling swarms will frequently stake out entire clumps of trees for the purpose of harvesting food. Chingling and Chimecho are frequently found holding Colbur Berries, most likely due to the protection they offer against Dark-type attacks. It is believed that they hoard these berries and use them when they need to explore.
HazardsOn the whole, Chingling are quite peaceful, and will not attack others. When they do, however, it’s most likely best to run. Wild Chingling fight in large groups, using overwhelming waves of psychic assault to drive off or incapacitate opponents. Coupled with small bursts of Obscura, loud screams, and intimidating cries to reduce the opponent’s will to fight back, Chingling swarms can be a credible threat to other wild Pokémon and even unprepared trainers. Chimecho, due to their comparative rarity, usually do not fight in groups. However, one is usually enough to drive off anything threatening them. Chimecho fight in mostly the same manner as Chingling, but on a higher level. While a Chingling’s psychic bursts can stun or disorient, a psychic assault from a Chimecho is frequently enough to render an aggressor unconscious long enough for the Chimecho to make an escape. Chimecho also possess a far wider range of non-Psychic attacks, such as reckless charges (which unfortunately frequently cause damage to the Chimecho as well as the target), chemical sprays that leave an opponent drowsy and eventually asleep, and protective shields that stop the Chimecho from suffering poisons, burns, paralysis, sleep, or freezing for the duration of their existence.
Social StructureChingling form large swarms, of between 30-50 members. These swarms are mostly inseparable (though members of a swarm who evolve will usually leave the swarm), and use each other as protection from predators. Chimecho, on the other hand, are far more solitary. Chimecho are almost never seen in groups of more than two (and these couples are usually mating pairs).
Courtship and ChildrearingChingling are not sexually mature, and as such are completely incapable of breeding. Even tests involving Ditto do not produce offspring. Chimecho breed, but rarely. When a Chimecho is receptive to mating, it will use its bell to create a specific pattern, psychically amplifying it to be heard for miles. Interested Chimecho will respond with their own cries. This frequently causes chains of partnerships, as many Chimecho, both male and female, may end up joining the network of chimes. Upon hearing mating songs, pairs of Chimecho will locate each other, meet up in the skies, and retreat to hiding places to mate and lay eggs. Chimecho eggs take approximately half a year to hatch. Once the hatchlings begin to show psychic ability, the parents will abandon them. A clutch of Chingling hatchlings will at this point form a colony in or near the area of their hatching, while Chimecho will go their separate ways as soon as they can realistically survive on their own.
In Human SocietyBoth Chingling and Chimecho are popular with humans, due to their perceived cuteness, their usual friendliness, and their ability to assist greatly in medical emergencies. Chimecho particularly are frequently put to use in hospitals, similarly to the Chansey and Audino lines.
Written by MeMyselfAndI2.