Morphs [Oak Catalogue #]
- Drowzee [#096]
- Hypno [#097]
Notable BiologyPerhaps one of the striking things about the Drowzee line is their skill in hypnosis; in Hypno's case, it is also infamous for its skill in mind control (an ability which is far more potent than mere hypnosis.) Skill in sending other creatures to sleep is vital to the Drowzee's survival; as the legends famously have it, they do feed on dreams (which raises the question of if Hypno has a mouth, as well as why Drowzee has one). Quite how this is possible has baffled Pokémon researchers for decades, much like any psychic Pokémon. Tests have shown that putting Drowzee in an enclosure with nothing except mundane plants and fish causes it to eventually starve. It appears as though once we learn more about dreams, we may learn more about how the Drowzee feeds. The evolution, Hypno, is a lot more sinister. Hypno does much more than merely hypnotise the subject (which is little more than suggestion —a hypnotised individual cannot be influenced to do what he/she does not want to do). It controls them. Something of note is the pendulum a Hypno is always seen to carry. Even tame Hypno are unwilling to divulge what the pendulum actually is. Many believe it is similar to the spoons Kadabra and Alakazam hold.
HabitatThey have been found in very tall grass, by muddy rivers, in savannahs, and occasionally in ancient temples and tombs. Since people have begun moving away from countryside and into the city, many Drowzee have begun to become urbanised. It is uncommon, but many city dwellers have had rude awakenings of Drowzee standing over them (and if they are really unlucky, on them), eating their dreams. It is very rare for a wild Hypno to be seen near humans, as it prefers to stay on remote roads, waiting for a hapless traveller to walk by so it can put him/her to sleep and feed on his/her dreams. That isn't to say that a Hypno has never come near a town. For a fascinating study into a Hypno essentially attacking a town for a number of months, I suggest The Pied Pokémon of Pallet, By Professor B. Palm, where an oddly coloured Hypno stole children from Pallet Town for no discernible reason. They were later found, safe but unable to remember anything about the incident. In the book, Palm suggests that the Hypno took children almost exclusively as a replacement for its own, recently lost child.
DietAs mentioned above, Drowzee and Hypno feed on dreams, making them oneirovores. Note that the line can go for many nights without feeding.
HazardsThere is little to fear from a Drowzee. They are strictly shy, nocturnal creatures, and the only damage they are likely to cause is property damage that occurs as they are attempting to get into a house to consume the dreams of the occupants. Those with a phobia of Drowzee have started to put up dream catchers, with the intent to make sure they don't wake up with the 3' creatures looking down at them. Hypno, on the other hand, have quite the reputation. They are known to waylay travellers by guiding them off the road and eating their dreams in a highly remote area. This has caused the deaths of many travellers before the advent of mobile phones. Perhaps even more distressing is what the tame ones have been put to use for in recent years. As mentioned above, they don't have mere hypnotism, they have mind control, which can make people do things they don't want to do. This has led them to be used in similar ways as knives and guns are used in muggings. It is quite intelligent—nobody gets hurt, and the victim might not realise anything is gone until he or she checks. However, their use in sexual crimes - some involving children (SEE: "Celadon Cops uncover Drowzee/Hypno breeding facility while smashing paedophile ring", Kanto Informer, 27/10/200X) has opened discussion among politicians considering the legality of keeping such a powerful Pokémon.
Courting and ChildrearingHypno only come together to breed. The female will take care of the baby Drowzee for about 2 years before leaving it to fend for itself.
Social StructureThey are solitary creatures, bar the short mother-child relationships.
Written by Haseri.