Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Gible [#443]
- Gabite [#444]
- Garchomp [#445]
Notable BiologyGible are small, pudgy Dragon/Ground Pokemon that live inside small hollows in cave walls. When prey gets too close, it will jump out and kill it with a bone-crushing bite to the head, often hurting itself in the process. In fact, the first instinct that a Gible has upon meeting something new is to bite it, though an exploratory bite only causes discomfort. Gible and their evolutions are cold-blooded, an unusual trait for the northern Sinnoh region, which has led scientists to believe that Sinnoh may have been warmer in the past. Gabite are larger than Gible and much faster, due to their ability to run at high speed. Territorial and aggressive, they hunt Pokemon such as Bronzor and Lairon inside caves. They love shiny things, and often make piles filled with gems, which thieves often try to steal. This, along with the belief that Gabite scales can serve as a panacea for illnesses, has led to Gabite poaching in some places. Garchomp, Gible's fully evolved form, are apex predators, eating almost any Pokemon they can find that looks appetizing. Their most famous ability is their sonic gliding, which allows them to chase down prey at speeds up to 768 mph - Mach 1, or the speed of sound. Much like Gabite, they also collect gems, placing them inside huge gem piles in their dens.
HabitatGible and its evolutions live deep inside caves near geothermal vents, where the temperature is much warmer. In ancient times they could be found in tropical forests. There is also a small population of Gible that has been introduced to the Johto Safari Zone, and they can also be found around the Kalos Power Plant that dominates Route 13 of the Lumiose Badlands. Following the attempts to awaken the super ancient Pokémon, Gible Line members have been spotted in the desert of Hoenn's Route 111.
DietGible and its evolutions are carnivores, eating just about anything they can catch. Gible have the habit of eating almost any material they come across, including metal and rock, or Aron and Geodude. They do, however, share a fondness for the bittersweet Haban Berry, which can also serve against as a safeguard against attacks that share its Dragon-type.
HazardsIf you see Gible hollows, do not get close as the Pokemon will assume you're prey and try to eat you, or just bite you really hard. A common deterrent is the spraying of Repel to discourage them from getting closer, or striking them on their nose to stun them. Improperly trained Gible may try to eat your other Pokemon, especially cave-dwelling species such as Aron. Never approach Gabite gem piles, as the Pokemon is often close by and have been known to eat humans. It is not unknown for explorers to find earrings, other body piercings, and various kinds of trainer gear inside Gabite gem piles, often from poachers. Gabite are also very opportunistic predators, and would probably eat you just the same as anything else. Garchomp are much like Gabite, except that their gliding ability makes them much harder to escape from. One researcher got chased by a Garchomp and only escaped because the Gastrodon he had on hand was able to knock it out with an Ice Beam aimed directly for its face at close range. They are also far more physically powerful and are capable of killing a human instantly with Dragon Rush, a powerful move that involves the Pokemon cloaking itself with Aura before slamming into an opponent. Also, take care when your Garchomp is gliding, as they move so fast that they can fell trees due to their wings making blades of wind. The entire Gible line are often very loyal to their trainers, and will kill any threat to their safety, real or percieved. [[Trainer's Note: For this reason, acquaint your Gible or its evolved forms with all of your loved ones.]] Their natural ferocity has led to bans on their use in smaller leagues, though the Big Four (Kanto-Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, and Unova) still allow them in official tournaments as of the time of this article.
Courting and Hatchling CareWhen it is time to mate, male Gabite and Garchomp will make cries to entice potential mates to examine their gem piles. Once the female arrives, the male will do a mating dance similar to that of birds of paradise. If the female is impressed, she will mate with the male and lay 10 eggs inside her den, which she guards jealously until they hatch, when she leaves them.
Social StructureGible hollows are not far away from each other, though they start becoming more solitary just before they evolve. Gabite and Garchomp are completely solitary, coming together only to mate.
Written by rmctagg09