Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Feebas (#349)
- Milotic (#350)
Notable BiologyFeebas is often compared to Magikarp as being a weak fish that is not worth training. Its weak physiology and repulsive appearance causes many trainers, especially women, to turn it away as worthless. Milotic, on the other hand, has been renowned in song and story for its captivatingly elegant appearance, which has inspired many works of art. Milotic is said to have the ability to calm those in conflict by removing its negative emotions. Feebas is known for being exceptionally rare to find, which, despite its repulsive appearance, gives it a high value to fishermen. Managing to find and catch one is held as an achievement among those who fish for them; catching ones with gleaming scales (explained below) is considered an even greater one. As a Feebas matures, its scales may start to gleam like diamond, some having more gleaming scales than others. These “Prism Scales” are considered a mark of health and beauty among Feebas, thus, Feebas with more Prism Scales are also more successful in reproduction. Individuals with enough of these Prism Scales are destined to evolve into Milotic. Milotic have high concentrations of these Prism Scales in its tail and some on its body. These also help in Milotic choosing their mates. Milotic has the unique ability "Marvel Scale", which is only shared with special cases of Dratini. It causes its scales to harden while under stress, such as poison or burning. This adaptation allows it to effectively endure more physical harm while it defends itself from attackers. It is not active all of the time since it uses much energy to activate and its hide impedes quick movement. Special Milotic are able to use its beauty to enchant the opponent with the "Cute Charm" ability.
HabitatFeebas congregate in areas choked by masses of seaweed and other water plants. This ensures that they have enough cover to hide effectively from predators. The most easily accessed of these areas are the Hoenn Route 119 River and the Unova Route 1 River. These spots are frequented by those who wish to catch this elusive fish. A small population has been found in an underground lake inside Sinnoh’s Mt. Coronet, but this spot isn’t as frequented by fishermen due to fogginess and attacks by other Pokémon. Milotic are extremely hard to find and catch in the wild, since it lives at the bottom of large lakes and in deep sea areas.
DietFeebas mostly eats small insects and plankton found in the kelp in which it lives in. Milotic eats plankton and small fish and crustaceans by straining the water through special structures in its mouth.
HazardsFeebas are generally docile and do not pose much threat to humans. Its Tackle and Flail may leave a mark, but will not cause lasting injury. However, a few Feebas are known to know powerful attacks like Surf, Ice Beam, and DragonBreath, though these cases are known to be rare and may be the spawn of feral Feebas or Milotic. Milotic has a gentle and peaceful nature and will not attack unless provoked excessively. However, if it does attack, it is strong enough to destroy large cruise ships and decimate coastal regions. Its Hydro Pump is particularly strong.
Courting and ReproductionMating between Feebas occurs during the spring. Male Feebas release a pheromone that signals females that it is time to mate. The females then choose to mate with males that have higher numbers of Prism Scales. This ensures that the healthiest, most beautiful Feebas will be produced. The eggs are fertilized internally in mating, and 3-7 of them are generally produced. The female then hides the eggs among the kelp to ensure that predators like Carvanha and Basculin don’t eat them. Milotic mate from late spring to early-mid fall. Male Milotic similarly release a pheromone that signal females and the females choose males with more colorful and shining tails studded with more Prism Scales. The eggs are fertilized internally, and a single spawn generally ranges from 10-13 Feebas. After fertilization, the female will search for a suitable mass of seaweed to lay its eggs in and hide the eggs to protect the spawn from predation.
Social StructureFeebas live in schools of 15-20 individuals. The male with the highest amount of Prism Scales is chosen to lead the school. Milotic are generally solitary, only congregating to mate.
Written by Waxing Name, open to editing