Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Hitmonlee [#106] Bellatorbestia acerpes
- A dark beige humanoid with oval shaped torso and long segmented legs tipped with large feet.
- Hitmonchan [#107] B. pugnus
- A brownish colored crested humanoid with large shoulderpads and hands resembling boxing gloves. Also appears to be wearing a pale purple tunic, skirt, and shoes.
- Tyrogue [#236] B. discipulus
- A small pink humanoid with three crests on its head. Its brown pelvis and feet resemble shorts and shoes, respectively.
- Hitmontop [#237] B. rotocapitis
- Tan colored humanoid with a round top shaped head, a blue round body, two long legs with wide clawed feet, and a tail tipped with a pointy blue ball.
The 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 evolutions
The Hitmon family's body and metabolism develop rapidly and become a completley different morph depending on the way the Tyrogue uses its combat abilities.
- If a Tyrogue focuses on offensive techniques, it will eventually become Hitmonlee, whose long, powerful legs can potentially knock out or even kill enemy Pokemon. With thick hides like the Aron and the Rhydon lines, some experienced Hitmonlee can even envelop their feet in flames via a volatile secretion on their flame-retardant soles.
- If Tyrogue decides to focus on defense, it will morph into Hitmonchan, which has thick keratinous shoulderpads, hard cranial crests, and a set of gloves that protect its fists (which helps it to block attacks and wear out the enemy with fast-paced punches.) Hitmonchan are also known to have remarkable reflexes, as well as the ability to use concentrated fire, ice, and electricity in its punches.
- If it builds up both skills equally, it becomes a Hitmontop. Hitmontop make up for their slow on-feet speed with thick protective crests on its head and punishing kicks using their weaponized feet and tail as its spins rapidly on the top of its head. It spins with such force that it can break free from the tight grip of an Arbok and sometimes dig its way underground.
These Pokemon are highly valued by trainers for their amazing fighting potential and loyalty, but due their rarity in the wild, Dojo masters raise them domestically and give them out only to the ones worthy enough for the task of their difficult training.
Tyrogues 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.
They 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.
While 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:
- It has strayed from the nest and its parents might be looking for it.
- It's truly alone and available for capture.
Its still inadvisable to attempt to catch one, as it's hard to tell whether or not its parents might be following. Also, an inexperienced trainer's Pokemon might accidentally seriously harm and even kill it. Such an act is severely punished if on the watch of a Pokemon Ranger. (Note: Wild Tyrogues are more stubborn and less likely to like its Trainer than domestic Tyrogues, so the trouble is not really worth it.)
If you ever happen to find one of the extremely rare mature morphs in the wild, you mustn't antagonize any of them under any
circumstances. Wild mature morphs, due to being raised in a hostile environment, will consider any thick-headed trainer a threat at the first sign of aggression and won't stop their pursuit until their aggressor is disabled or even dead if the attacker insists. The previous scenario is even worse if you happen to harm or steal a Tyrogue under the watch of its father.
If one happens to be on the territories of a moody Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, or Hitmontop, avoid eye contact, don't make any sudden moves, and be as quiet as possible, being always sure to appear smaller and to avoid the nest (if present). (Note: DON'T. CATCH. THESE. A captured fully grown morph will be so mad at its captor that it will always seek the chance to either escape or murder its captor. So please, DON'T
Under the circumstances of being pursued by a wild Hitmonchan, find a tall place like a tree or a small cliff to climb. Another option is lying on the ground, as if unconscious, and wait until the Pokémon assumes you are no longer a threat. Try to outrun the Hitmonchan if it insists on chasing you; fortunately, they cannot run for long before becoming exhausted.
Hitmonlee, on the other hand, can easily outrun a human being, and they are much more temperamental
than the other morphs. One can neither climb a tree or cliff to evade them, since Hitmonlee is a powerful jumper. Encounters with wild Hitmonlees are almost followed by severe injuries and death. Just play dead like one would with Hitmonchan, and the Pokémon will probably leave you alone.
When threatened, wild Hitmontop will start spinning in a stationary state. Please step away from its presence intermediately, as it will give you at least 5 seconds before giving chase. While spinning, a Hitmontop can easily catch up with you and break all the bones in your body once it gets you. Once again, lie down, pretend that you are knocked out, and wait for the creature to leave.
In contrast, well-trained domestic members of this line are particularity friendly towards people and can even be left around young children without any major problems, aside from getting too close to an enthusiastic spinning Hitmontop. However, unscrupulous people like Team Rocket might use this species to help them with their petty crimes. If you ever encounter a Hitmontop, Hitmonchan, or Hitmonlee owned by Team Rocket or a similar organization, avoid engaging them in battle if it is at all possible, and warn the respective authorities immediately. A squad of Pokemon Rangers shall arrive and confiscate the according Pokémon immediately.
Another problem arises from feral members of this line, which go around towns stealing food and playing pranks on its inhabitants, becoming pests wherever they appear. Please don't attempt to fight or capture these; let a trained specialist take care of the situation.
Training 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
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 Childrearing
Pokémon 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.
The 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.
Written by Heartlessmushroom.