Like other Grass types, Tropius can obtain supplemental energy through photosynthesis via their Chlorophyll
. However, as Flying types, their energy needs are far more demanding; as such, the core of their metabolic needs is met through their diet.
In nature, Tropius are almost exclusively frugivorous- the high sugar content of berries, apples, and other fruit make for ideal concentrated energy sources. A wild Tropius spends much of its day foraging around a large territory (with the aid of its flight), seeking out freshly-ripened fruit to consume.
Tropius do not possess teeth capable of thoroughly chewing their food; rather, mechanical breakdown of their food is performed by a gizzard. They will ingest new grit by taking mouthfuls of soil, to the eternal delight of any children watching. They can also extract supplemental minerals from the soil they ingest.
With surplus resources, Tropius produce a fruit from their necks, which they can Harvest
as an emergency food reserve. In their preferred habitats, Tropius find food sufficiently plentiful that they can afford to gift these fruits to humans and Pokémon as snacks.
Wild Tropius seem to have a fondness for banana species, but Berries are more plentiful and cheaper for a Trainer to obtain. Try to provide a mixture of berry varieties, but feel free to indulge any particular preferences your Tropius may express. Due to their similarities to bananas, Nanab berries will likely prove popular. Also provide nuts frequently for protein.
As long as your Tropius is allowed outside daily, it should be able to obtain grit for itself. To ensure optimal digestion, allow its own instincts to regulate its intake; there is no need to force any mud on it.
Do NOT attempt to feed your Tropius meat; it will cause terrible indigestion at best. Many common Pokémon food mixes are similarly ill-suited to Tropius's frugivorous digestion; if a fruit-and-nut diet is infeasible, consult with your local Pokémon Center to find an acceptable feed mix.
- probably add a note to the habitat thing that they seek areas where they can find fruit-bearing plants year-round. (Given the insanely rapid growth rate of Berries, this shouldn't be as constraining, but still.)
- a given area can't support too large a population of Tropius, but their rarity is offset by the high visibility provided by their bulk and foraging habits.
- probably requires an avian-style respiratory system
- maybe the fruit is a symbiotic plant instead? Allows for significantly different varieties of fruit per individual to make sense.
edited 27th Dec '10 10:40:27 AM by Tangent128