Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Voltorb [#100]
- Electrode [#101]
Voltorb are small, spherical Pokemon that resemble a Poke Ball due to their coloration. What appear to be eyes are actually LED systems that serve the same purpose. Their origin is completely unknown, but they were first sighted in Kanto shortly after Silph Co. invented the modern Poke Ball. While Silph Co. executives continually insist that the company had nothing to do with their creation, some people theorize that they were an accident created during the Poke Ball creation process that escaped, due to Silph Co. keeping its Poke Ball secrets under wraps. They are most infamous for being an extremely volatile, bad-tempered species, violently exploding at the slightest provocation. They feed on electricity, and are commonly found in the vicinity of power plants. When a Voltorb absorbs too much power, it will explode to release some of its excess energy, usually without giving any sort of prior warning. They are also very fast, and can roll at speeds at up to 55 mph.
Electrode, Voltorb's evolved form, is very similar, except for being bigger (at nearly four feet in the average specimen), having a reversed color scheme, and having a mouth, which it uses to absorb more energy. Just like Voltorb, Electrode will explode at the slightest provocation; in many instances, no provocation is required, with the Electrode exploding just for fun. This has led to Electrode's nickname being "the Bomb Ball". They feed on far more electricity than Voltorb, due to their mouths, and large amounts of them are capable of causing citywide blackouts. For this reason, power plants often have special fences and Ground Pokemon to discourage them from getting closer.
Voltorb and Electrode are commonly found in cities near power plants. During the time when Zapdos made its roost inside the at the time abandoned Kanto Power Plant, large amounts of both Pokemon, among other Electric types, crowded the place and made it impossible for it to be used until Red came and caught Zapdos. Another famous infestation was the one inside the New Mauville power plant in Hoenn. Within Kalos, they can be spotted within the ruins of the Lost Hotel, though their reasoning for picking that spot remain unknown.
The Voltorb line feeds off of pure electrical energy. This energy is normally acquired from power plants, though Voltorb and Electrode are capable of feeding off the energy produced by lighting bolts if need be.
The Voltorb line, due to being generally temperamental in disposition and literally explosive, is considered to be extremely dangerous. A Voltorb's Selfdestruct is capable of taking out everything in a 30 ft radius, and Electrode's Explosion is powerful enough to blow a small building to pieces. For this reason, any trainer owning Voltorb or its evolved form must have a permit, and can only allow it to use Selfdestruct or Explosion if the area is suitably protected and open. In fact, the Voltorb line's penchant for exploding has been used in the past by terrorists, especially suicide bombers who wear Voltorb belts and have them explode on command. While the Pokemon themselves are fine afterwards (aside from the fact that the move causes them to faint, which just means that they cannot battle or explode again for some time afterwards until they have recovered,) their adversaries tend not to be. [Trainer's Note: The most common cause of death involving Voltorb involves having an ignorant trainer mistaking one for a Poke Ball and picking it up, due to the fact that they sleep with their eyes closed, causing it to explode.]
Besides the most obvious danger of a violent explosion, Voltorb and Electrode are Electric Pokemon, and will defend themselves with moves such as Spark and Charge Beam. They can also emit an ear-piercing screech; while this is not harmful in and of itself (aside from the possibility of repeated exposure leading to possible ear damage), the sheer unpleasantness tends to make its victim lower its guard and leave itself open to a vicious attack. Voltorb and Electrode can also attack with Sonicboom, which can cause serious internal injury. [Trainer's Note: Considering the Voltorb line's temperament, anything other than an explosion is considered lucky. If you meet one, your best bet is to move away slowly, making no sudden movements.]
Courting and Childrearing
Voltorb mate by simply combining some of the electrical energy from both parents into a new Pokemon. The Voltorb line does not practice parental care.
Voltorb and Electrode can be found in groups, but possess no true grouping instincts.
Written by rmctagg09