Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Oshawott  (Ankylutra diminituvus)
- Dewott  (A. euplocanthrus)
- Samurott  (A. ceracephalus)
Oshawott, the official Water-type starter Pokémon of the Unova region, is most definitely an unusual specimen. It is the only mammalian Water starter, and it evolves from a sad-looking diminuitive creature into one of the largest and most fearsome aquatic predators of the Unova region. Oshawott become very attached to their shells, which grow on their stomachs and eventually detach at a sufficient age. At this stage in their development, however, they rarely use it for more than cracking open particularily tough prey (usually brought to them by their mothers) and as a headrest or toy to play with. Occasionally, they may use it as a weapon, using it as a crude club or discus to frighten off predators. Oshawott are mostly hairless, and cannot swim in cold water for long.
Upon evolving into a Dewott, the creature’s fur and whiskers grow in fully, giving them a much more developed and fearsome appearance. Dewott are stronger and more independent than Oshawott, and their shell can be used to far more deadly ends, particularily when taught by a skilled Trainer. Dewott will often throw it at nearby objects as a form of target practice. Over the months, they will become increasingly more skilled with it. Dewott also tend to accumulate another shell during this time, and often wield one in each paw. These ‘shell blades’ also make a formidable melee weapon, and, working in tandem, are often used to crack open tough foods in the wild or to brain attackers.
A Samurott is one of the largest and deadliest creatures in the Unovan oceans. Such is the creatures’ bulk that it is reduced to a quadrupedal stance, but at the same time these predators are extremely muscular and capable of alarmingly quick movement. Both sexes possess a large set of vibrissae projecting from either sides of the face; these sensitive whiskers allow them to find their way around when hunting in dark waters as they are wont to do. Furthermore, all Samurott are clad in thick, bony armor, and posess a large and powerful horn. When a Samurott chooses to attack, it will rear up and attack the foe with Water-type moves, sharp fangs and teeth, its horn, and alarmingly precise swipes of its sword.
Samurott also play an important role in the mythology of native peoples. Some coast-dwelling Native Unovans believed that Samurott were responsible for creating the earth as it is today One such myth tells a tale of a lone Dewott diving to the bottom of the sea to collect dirt when the world was flooded, which later grew into the Unova region when brought to the surface. The gods blessed the Dewott by giving him a sword and helmet forged from the purest bone, transforming him into the first Samurott.
Oshawott and its evolutions are found in the northern regions of Unova, making their homes on beaches or coastlines. They are capable of diving many feet underwater; one mature male Samurott managing to dive almost fifty feet under the sea. However, they are still a very elusive species of Pokemon and it is a very lucky Trainer who will manage to find, subdue, and capture a wild one, instead of recieving one from their local Pokemon Center or Professor as a starter.
All three species are piscivorous. Young Oshawott will usually have their food regurgitated to them by their mothers. (Trainers raising an Oshawott can achieve the same effect by mashing Berries and meat in a blender.) Older Dewott and Samurott can be fed much like any other carnivorous Pokémon. When in the wild, female Samurott will hunt together, chasing shoals of prey into a central bait ball which can then be eaten at their leisure.
Oshawott are regarded as a relatively easy Pokémon to train. Their cuddly appearance belies their gentle and affectionate personality. They are often recommended for trainers who feel nervous or insecure starting out on their journey. Dewott and Samurott have a strong bond with their trainers, and they will fight to the death if need be to protect them. This is not to say that they cannot defend themselves if needed- a stroke of a Samurott’s sword can break bones, while even an errant Dewott shell can cause a concussion or severe bruises. The horn of a Samurott function as a very effective lance, and more than one would-be attacker has found themselves impaled to death by this means. Adding to their melee prowess is the line’s Water-typing, meaning that foes can be easily drowned or swept away by powerful currents.
Fortunately, the line dislikes fighting in general and will prefer to flee from such complications. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Samurott make excellent babysitters, treating young children with surprising care and even giving them rides on their back or head.
Courting and Childrearing
Male Samurott live in deeper waters, and will rarely come ashore. During mating season, in late autumn, Samurott will attempt to woo a female with a ‘gift’- usually a collection of food and shiny things found out at sea. Quite often, this will include discarded scales, tin cans, or even fragments of glass salvaged from shipwrecks. The Samurott with the largest such collection of appealing items will most often win mating rights, and will breed furiously over the next few days. Samurott may also settle mating disputes through nonlethal combat, using their horns and helmets to hold headbutting matches.
Females are pregnant for about 9 months, and litters of 3-5 Oshawott are born the next summer. The female Samurott will spend most of her time and effort caring for her babies until they evolve, and will usually regurgitate food from hunting trips for them. It is for this reason that it is not recommended to catch wild Oshawott, as quite often their mother will be nearby, and she will not take their capture well.
Female Samurott live in groups along the coastline, raising their children communally. Males live alone, often in caves or on islands, returning only to the mainland to mate.
Written by Locoman.