Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Slakoth [#287]
- Vigoroth [#288]
- Slaking [#289]
Notable BiologySlakoth is a tan-colored creature with brown stripes and rings around its eyes. Its paws, both the front and back, end in long, sharp claws. It is notable for being among the laziest creatures in existence; on the miraculous occasion you'd find one standing upright, it would measure anywhere between two and three feet tall. Vigoroth are usually around five feet tall, white-furred beasts with an odd red crest on its black face, with a similarly colored mark on its paw. Its claws are now black, and have become even more murderously sharp than as a Slakoth. Unlike Slakoth and Slaking, Vigoroth are among the most active and energetic Pokemon in existence. They do not sleep, having spent their entire existence thus far in a sort of suspended animation as a Slakoth. In the wild, the Vigoroth stage of development lasts an average of three weeks, but in rare cases may last more two or three months. Slaking are six-foot-long (as we cannot declare a creature that rarely stands to be "tall") tan-colored behemoths. Their paws are now five-fingered, with claws that are slightly less sharp than Vigoroth's, used for self-grooming more often than combat. They have outgrown their energetic Vigoroth stage and have once again become lazy; they barely move, except to find food (usually a few steps away, at most) or to battle. They are the strongest species of Pokemon other than the legendaries, which is only offset by its fortunately lazy and docile behavior.
HabitatThe Slakoth line lives in forests, where Food can be found in abundance lying on the ground. Some can be found among Bamboo or Coconut forests in tropical climates.
DietAlthough technically an omnivore, the Slakoth line has preferences to food supplementation. Slakoth and Slaking are far too lazy to bother chasing after wild prey, and instead prefer the comfort of reaching out to a nearby food source, most often plants. Vigoroth, on the other hand, will consume practically anything edible due to its high metabolism and constant movement, and as such it prefers live prey or foods high in lipids and sugars.
HazardsThe obvious danger here is the claws. Vigoroth's speed can tear apart enemies in moments. And slow as Slakoth and Slaking may be, they know how to use those claws when threatened. Slaking, while docile, are the strongest Non-Legendary Pokemon currently known. It is highly recommended that you do not provoke it by attempting to catch one in the wild or attempting to attack it or its colony unless your team is extremely experienced. Slaking's arms can be used as a makeshift hammer and are capable of leaving craters in the ground. Furthermore, it possess absurdly high endurance, strength, and reflexes, and despite its appearance, is very, very fast. In a situation where you are faced with multiple Slaking, it is best to utilize a Pokedoll.
Courting and ChildrearingThe main reason for the complete 180 degree personality change (twice) is that Slaking line is most fertile during its "teenage" years, and have adapted to be more active during that time. Vigoroth do not sleep, because they spend at least sixteen hours of every day copulating. The remaining 8 are spent consuming food so as to be ready for the next session. Usually, they will spend two hours in copulation, and then one hour eating in preparation for the next two hours. Courtship is almost nonexistent; it is simply a matter of "hurry up and get on, before I move to someone else." Copulation lasts for about five minutes, and then it's on to the next one. Any squabbles for mates are resolved by either comparing the sizes of claws for males, or the red crests for females. Females are polyestrous: They can become pregnant and bear children for as many as seven males at once; gestation only lasts about two to three weeks, due to their high rate of metabolism. After a few days of rearing their young, they go back into the mating business. Male Slaking no longer mate, but a male Vigoroth may be so inclined to mate with a female Slaking if there are not enough other Vigoroth around. In such a case, gestation lasts up to three months, after which time the baby Slakoth are given to a Vigoroth to care for.
Social StructureSlakoth and its line live in huge colonies of up to 100 or more. Slakoth are raised by their mothers for the first few days, until they learn to find food for themselves. They do not do much other than awaiting sexual maturity. Once a Vigoroth evolves into Slaking, it guards the rest of the brood. Slaking often engage intruders in "Triple Battles," attacking and defending in turns against one foe. Vigoroth that are not mating will occasionally join the roster for guard duty. However, in the event that a large group of carnivorous Pokemon finds the colony, the Slaking will form a barrier with their bodies and stand to full height and attack with everything they have until overwhelmed so that the Vigoroth can carry off as many Slakoth as they can to safety. In such cases, the "mating season" is extended and they start a colony all over again.
Trainer's NotesSlakoth are docile enough to be recommended for use by first-time trainers. They are obedient and good-natured, posing no threat unless they themselves feel threatened or abused. Slakoth that are trained well enough show less lethargy than in the wild; still, they tend to need constant rest, even in battle. Furthermore, the exercise Slakoth get in Pokemon Battles has shown to decrease the excitable nature of the Vigoroth stage by a considerable degree. However, it is suggested that Trainers neuter their Vigoroth soon after evolution to prevent them from getting too excited during or after a battle. A properly trained Slaking is a loyal, lifelong companion. They are most protective of their trainers, and in battle, they will fight to the brink of exhaustion. Do note that Slaking's enormous body, coupled with its excessive amounts of power, requires an immense amount of energy to regulate, and produces extreme exothermic heat after a small amount of movement. The resting period in between turns is actually Slaking attempting to cool down its body temperature before launching another attack. While it is possible to induce a Slaking to intensify its offensive and defensive efforts with a technique such as Skill Swap (albeit only in a Double or Triple battle), excessive use of such tactics may result in fatal overheating.
Written by Sal Fish Fin.