Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
Notable BiologyAll three morphs have pink, extremely round cephalothoracic bodies. Because of their need to be able to inflate themselves with lots of air, most of their organs are concentrated around their spinal column. This leaves room for their gigantic lungs, which can inflate to an enormous degree, puffing up the entire Pokémon’s body to much bigger proportions than their default, deflated height. For this ability, their lungs are very sturdy and flexible, and are much more resistant to puncture and injury than human lungs. If one were to shave the pink fur off of one of these Pokémon, one would find skin of a similar color. However, Igglybuff have a unique difference in skin color, as mentioned below. Igglybuff are obviously the smallest, with a size of only 1 foot tall, or 0.3 m. They have odd, bumpy lumps on the top of their heads, and a slight curl of black fur on their foreheads. Unlike their evolved forms, they have not developed sufficient melanin, a pigment, and thus have red eyes and when their pink fur is shaved off, one can see that their skin is much lighter than the skin of full-grown Jigglypuff and Wigglytuff. Jigglypuff, the most commonly seen of the species, have a similar spherical shape to Igglybuff. Their ears are bigger and more noticeable, having a triangular shape similar to cat ears. The lump on an Igglybuff’s head has changed to a very fluffy puff of hair that curls above the Jigglypuff’s eyes. Jigglypuff are slightly bigger, being 1’ 08”/0.5 m. Wigglytuff have a slightly different body shape than their unevolved forms, with a more oval shape to their bodies. This also gives them a more distinct “head, ” as their eyes and mouth are now distinctly at the top of their bodies. Their ears have lengthened considerably, and are more like the shape of rabbit ears. They also have white fur on their tummies, and their fur in general is known to be very luxurious and soft.
HabitatThese Pokémon tend to live in warm grassland areas, usually near places known to have an abundance of Moon Stones, such as Mt. Moon in Kanto. Young Igglybuff are usually raised around water sources, as these young ones’ vocal capacities are still developing, and they need plently of water when they get sore throats. They are generally rare, but are found in Kanto, Johto and even in Hoenn. The colder climate of Sinnoh makes it more difficult for these Pokémon to expand their lungs and sing effectively, and thus they do not usually live in that region.
DietThese Pokémon generally eat fruits and berries, being herbivores. While they aren’t usually picky eaters, most members of this species prefer apples to other fruits, especially very big, tasty apples that are known in some places as “Perfect Apples.”
HazardsThe main danger that members of the Jigglypuff line pose is their hypnotic singing that can make anyone who listens to it fall asleep, barring Pokémon with abilities such as Soundproof or Insomnia that prevent this effect from working. While merely falling asleep is not normally dangerous, it could potentially be so if one heard a Jigglypuff’s song while engaged in an activity where alertness is essential, such as operating machinery or crossing a raging river. While most Pokémon of this species know that their song has this effect, there are a few individuals, mainly young, newly-evolved Jigglypuff, who don’t understand why people and Pokémon fall asleep when they sing. Thinking it is because no one likes their singing, some of these individuals are likely to pull a prank on or even attack those who fall asleep during their singing. While the Jigglypuff line is normally peaceful, the moves they employ in battle can still be dangerous, and it is not advised to anger one, especially a full-grown Wigglytuff. Their Doubleslap attack is vicious, as well as their ability to Body Slam and Bounce on their victims. Probably the most dangerous move a Pokémon of this line can use is Hyper Voice, which has been known to cause small earthquakes, deafen those who are foolish enough to not protect their ears, and it can certainly shatter glass when used in human urban areas. Some very powerful Wigglytuff become feared by even otherwise more powerful Pokémon for their use of Hyper Voice, most particularly one who leads a band of Pokémon who do rescue work.
Courting and ChildrearingThis species has a gender ratio of only 1 male for every 3 females, and thus female Jigglypuff and Wigglytuff compete for mates. Usually the alpha females are first in line, and they compete by having mock battles where they bounce around in a ring, the winner being the one who stays in the ring the longest without being bounced out. Socialization is an extremely important part of raising baby Igglybuff, as it is forming strong bonds of trust and having fun with friends that helps them evolve into Jigglypuff. Sometimes these bonds are formed either with family members such as parents or siblings, but socializing with other Pokémon is encouraged, especially other Pokémon like Chatot and Whismur who have similarly vocal communication methods. When Igglybuff evolve and leave the family, they usually pair up with their beloved partners, either other members of their species or other Pokémon, though finding trainers to pair up with is not unknown.
Social StructureLike humans, they tend to live in small, nuclear family structures, though sometimes with members of the extended family as well. Because there are so many more females, they have a matriarchal structure, although it is not unknown for males to have positions of power as well. Because of the gender ratio, it is not uncommon for there to be several females, usually lower in hierarchy, who never reproduce. These usually act as guardians for individual families, scaring away predators with their vocal attacks.