Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
Notable BiologyThe Tyrogue line, also known as the "Hitmon" line, are natural born fighters, both mentally and physically, possessing slender flexible bodies that allow them to perform a wide variety of defensive moves. Fully grown members fare really well in the wild, but the majority of their juvenile members often fail to reach maturity because of their incredibly headstrong attitude, which leads them to start a fight with anything that poses a challenge - even something such as a Tauros which is far bigger and stronger - leading to tragic deaths. Because of this, adults are even harder to find in the wild than the younglings, which are already rare on their own. For this reason, some of them have become domestic to enjoy greater survival rates. One curious characteristic of this family of Pokemon is that all specimens found up to date are males, both in the wild and in captivity. Unlike the Nido family, where a female counterpart is present, the Hitmon family has no females, and has thus adapted to mate with other Pokémon of the Humanshape group. Since no female specimens have been sighted, it has been speculated by Pokemon experts that females went extinct several thousands of years ago, and thus the males were forced to adapt their genetic material to be compatible with other Pokemon of the same egg group.
The Hitmon evolutionsThe Hitmon family's body and metabolism develop rapidly and become a completley different morph depending on the way the Tyrogue uses its combat abilities.
HabitatTyrogues aren't common in the wild, but could perhaps be found nearby mountain ranges and caves where they train alongside Machop and Makuhita, and often break out in violent fights with them for territory. These Pokemon, however, are incredibly common and far more successful in urban areas, and a few are known to escape the dojos from which they are trained and scavenge for food.
DietThey are omnivores, but have a preference for berries and different kinds of vegetables. A hungry Tyrogue might eat the occasional Caterpie or Wurmple if desperate enough. They also seem to enjoy and benefit from human food with no ill effects, making them relatively easy to feed. They never seem to use their combat skills to kill prey, even if fully capable of doing so.
HazardsWhile not particularly dangerous on its own, a wild Tyrogue might want to start a fight with passerby trainers. Fighting it and catching it may be tempting, but please, DO NOT respond to its challenge. Most of the Tyrogue-related accidents report 3 or more Tyrogues and even species from the Mankey line (See Social Line) surrounding the victim, then proceeding to knock him/her out and steal his or her supplies. If one, by any chance, encounters a lone Tyrogue, there are two possibilities:
TrainingTraining a Tyrogue is no easy task and it's no job for a beginner. If your child wants a Fighting-*type Pokemon, the less gutsy and more pleasable Machop is a better choice. (And please, PLEASE don't give your child a Mankey unless you are that kind of parent.) Tyrogue need to fight on a regular (by which we mean very frequent) basis to feel happy and accomplished. Make it know that you are its mentor and that it should obey your orders. Make its limits known; don't let your Tyrogue get into a fight you know it can't win, even if it insists. But don't get him to fight easy fights all the time either, as it will become bored of you and stop obeying. Geodude, Graveler, and other Rock type Pokemon found in caves seem to be the best choice for Tyrogue training (due to the type advantage), but avoid Zubats at all costs; Zubat is highly resistant to Fighting-type attacks, and can strike back with devastating poison and super-effective Flying-type moves. Therefore, a Tyrogue that engages a Zubat will almost inevitably wind up as a purple, swollen, and dead Tyrogue. Treat your Tyrogue with love and care, always compliment it after a victory, and cheer it up after a defeat. Doing so will form a deep bond between you and your Pokémon that shall last forever. If you insist in treating it badly, your Pokémon will hurt you. Another hard part of Tyrogue training is aiming for a specific morph (ask your local Dojo master on how to train your Tyrogue to become a specific morph), but vitamins and nutritional complements also seem to be incredibly helpful on that aspect, although incredibly pricey. Don't depend too much on vitamins though, as your Pokémon might get overdosed and not feel very well afterwards. A fully grown morph should still be carefully maintained with a healthy protein-abundant diet, daily exercise, and constant training so it stays in shape. Be always sure to give it a break once in a while and reward it with its favorite food, as a stressed Pokemon might fall sick very often. Be also sure to teach your adult morphs to properly control their strength, as a friendly competition has become a tragic fight one too many times in the hands of inexperienced trainers. Some tournaments require signed Hitmonlee and Hitmontop to get their nails trimmed before the competition, lest the offending Pokemon stab another.
Courting and ChildrearingPokémon of this line become fertile once they morph into Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, or Hitmontop. Being a male only species, the Hitmon family must breed with other Pokemon of the Humanshape group, like Jynx, Magmar, Electabuzz, Machamp, and Alakazam. The resulting children often aquire one of the mother's skills after birth. While their mating habits haven't been recorded in the wild, in captivity, the Hitmon line's mating rituals are often seen at night, and each strain of the Hitmon line has a specific way to attract a female. A Hitmonlee performs an agile mating dance upon seeing his love interest, and waits until the female is interested and comes closer to him. The couple then dances together, and after finishing, they proceed to go to a private place. A Hitmonchan will often bring a gift to the intended mate in hopes that she likes it, then starts "flexing" to further appeal to her. A Hitmontop will burrow a den with his head and decorate it with shiny trinkets, perfume it with herbs, and invite his mate in an activity akin to a romantic dinner. But, it has also been noticed that the Hitmon family are attracted not only to Humanshape Pokemon mating rituals, but also to human mating rituals. This has led to a heated controversy when a woman from Johto stated that she fell in love with her Hitmonchan, and then stated that she wanted to marry him after a rare case of a Human-Pokemon romantic relationship. The amount of offspring depends on the mother's birth rate.
Social StructureThe fully mature morphs forms a permanent pair with their mate through their entire lives. The role of protecting the nest often befalls on the Hitmon, while the mate goes in search for food (with the exception of Electabuzz, which defends the nest instead of the Hitmon). When Tyrogues are big enough, they leave the nest and live on their own. Some Tyroges form gangs of up to 5 members, which often include a member of the Mankey line. These gangs often have more chances to survive than lone Tyrogues. There has also been an observation of a lone Hitmonlee leading a troop of Tyrogues. It is possible that Hitmonchan and Hitmontop can lead Tyrogues as well.