Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
Notable BiologyPoliwag is a small Pokémon, about 2’ in height. Its actual skin colour is black, but a oily covering makes it look blue. The most memorable thing about the line is their semitransparent skin. This is most notable on Poliwag, with its intestines being quite visible. Elastic skin protects the body from being ripped open from bites, slices, or cuts, the former being common due to Poliwag’s poor balance on land. When Poliwag evolves into Poliwhirl, the former’s noticeable mouth gets smaller, almost to invisibility to the untrained eye, but the nostrils become noticeable. The Poliwhirl also has arms, ending in hands that appear to be gloved. It is at this point that the Poliwhirl begins its main duty – hunting. It uses the undulation of its innards (having changed position since Poliwhirl) to mesmerize more stupid prey, such as Magikarp. It is also useful for escaping predators, such as Ekans. Poliwrath are much larger than Poliwhirl, with much greater muscles and a less docile appearance and temperament. But other than that, they are very similar. It is also very fit. Natural evolution to a Poliwrath is quite rare (only happening at the same time as a Politoed evolution), but it can be induced artificially with a Water Stone. Politoed is an alternate evolution from Poliwhirl, and is very distinct from the others in the line. This version is raniformed, with ungloved hands and toed feet. They have a curled growth growing from their now-distinct heads. Longer curls seem to be a status symbol, as Politoed with shorter curls have been seen to take orders from those with longer curls. Natural evolution from a Poliwhirl to a Politoed is even rarer than Poliwhirl to Poliwrath, but it can still be artificially induced by trading it with a King's Stone attached. Each Poliwhirl has a gene that determines what they will evolve into upon the death of their monarch (see below). In the majority, it is naturally set so that they won’t evolve. The next most common setting is for Poliwrath and the least common is for Politoed. This can, of course, be altered artificially, although the switch causes the Poliwhirl to evolve immediately. A ‘death pheromone’ from the Politoed triggers this gene (and only the death of the parent), so if a Poliwhirl misses the death of its parent monarch, it will never evolve naturally.
HabitatThe line is usually found around freshwater lakes in wooded areas, both temperate and tropical. Tropical areas are preferred, as the regular rain means that the delicate Poliwag aren't in danger of drying out. As many families as possible will make nests along the shore, the territories as big as what the family can protect. The lake itself, however, is neutral territory, with food being first come, first serve.
DietThe line is omnivorous. Poliwag prefers plants found at the bottom and around the shore of the lake, but will eat bug Pokémon that Poliwhirl catch, as well as scraps of water Pokémon. The Poliwhirl themselves will eat the same things, though they dare not eat the water Pokémon they catch. That is because large catches go to the monarch and his or her bodyguards. As mentioned above, whatever they don't eat will be eaten by the Poliwag. It is not unusual for Poliwrath to eat something they've killed, like a Furret, during the defense of the family as a reward.
HazardsPoliwag, Poliwhirl, and Politoed are quite docile Pokémon, and the former two should be no danger to a novice. Indeed, a Poliwhirl makes quite a proficient guard for children, as they can keep a dangerous creature mesmerized while the child runs away. Politoed might be a bit too clever for a novice and should be handled with caution, as evolutionary pressure has given them cunning far beyond their somewhat stupid-looking appearance suggests. Poliwrath are dangerous (although not the most dangerous thing a trainer could encounter) and should be treated with respect. They might not snap at the drop of a hat, but they can be quite violent if provoked.
Courting and ChildrearingA male monarch will fertilize the eggs that female Poliwrath spawn. A female monarch will lay thousands of eggs (usually more than what all the female Poliwrath in a family could lay) that will be fertilized by male Poliwrath. When the Poliwag are born, the Poliwhirl of the family cares for them. A Poliwhirl divides his or her time either by hunting for water Pokémon (which usually goes to the monarch and its retinue) or looking after the Poliwag.
Social StructureA family is ruled over by a Politoed ‘monarch’, either male or female, with a significant bodyguard of Poliwrath to guard both itself and the family. But most of the family is made up of Poliwhirl and Poliwrath. When the monarch of the family dies, there is a rush of natural evolution (as described above). There then comes a few weeks of fighting, with each Politoed creating their own factions made up of Poliwrath while the younger forms stay out of the way, until a dominant Politoed asserts himself or herself. Generally, the new monarch will allow the losing Politoeds and whatever survives of their retinue to be exiled. Exiles usually start up their own, new family. It begins by drawing Poliwag and Poliwhirl, one whose families have been torn apart by the ‘heir-finding ceremony’, a not uncommon occurrence, to it via croaking very loudly. This may lead to some fighting in small areas. As such, the death of a prolific monarch around a small freshwater lake will cause a cascade of disaster, as losing Politoed try to find space, come up against other families, which may lead to a death of another monarch and make a bad situation worse.
Written by Haseri.