- Type: Fire
- Attribute: Special
- Strength (in Base Power units or BP): 95
DescriptionThe user fires a prolonged stream of ignited gas or liquid at a single target. Has a chance of causing severe burns.
MechanicsFlamethrower is, among many, the quintessential fire attack. Favored by trainers for its strength, range, and reliability. It starts with the Pokemon's internal Pyro-Sac, a heavily flame-retardant, bladder-like organ usually situated in the chest or abdominal cavities and controlled via a secondary diaphragm. This organ is lined with glands that produce a highly flammable oil, most often this oil is aerosolized, and ejected out of a secondary esophagus known as a "flame tunnel". The oil is then ignited by weak bio-electric organs at the back of the throat known as "spark plugs". Though in some cases the spark-plugs may be located inside the Pyro-sac itself. Other times the liquid is not aerosolized and is ignited as is, as a sort of natural Napalm. Pokemon that exhibit that type of Pyro-projection usually have larger Pyro-sacs and produce more viscous oils. All Fire-type Pokemon have some form of internal Pyro-sac, and can learn Flamethrower. Though some more inexperienced Pokemon will need instruction in order to control the amount, and velocity, of fuel ejected in order to achieve the stream indicative of a proper Flamethrower. (Trainer's Tip: Consult the manual included in the Flamethrower Technical Machine for more details). Despite the specialized equipment required to perform Flamethrower, a surprising amount of non-Fire types have been observed to be able to use this technique, including Pokemon like Snorlax and Gyarados. This is due to a multi-purpose organ known as an "Omni-sac" that, with proper conditioning, can mimic the function of a conventional Pyro-sac, albeit with reduced strength.
Hazards (Hazard Level: 10/10)As with all Fire attacks, Flamethrower is classified as "extremely dangerous". Trainers should proceed with great caution when fielding Pokemon using this move. Even grazing blows can cause third-degree burns on human skin. Houndoom's Flamethrower is particularly infamous, as the Napalm like substance it fires causes severe, and more often than not, permanent nerve damage. Pokemon are generally more resistant but severe injury and accidental death via immolation is not uncommon at the hands of this move. Trainers in sanctioned matches are encouraged to train Pokemon with more intense Pyro-projection abilities not aim directly at their targets, but target the space near the target, or miss intentionally by a few feet. Anyone injured by this move should have their wounds treated by Burn Heal and be rushed to a Hospital/Pokemon Center immediately. Trainers who regularly work with Fire Pokemon and other Flamethrower users are encouraged to carry fire-retardant clothing, such as Sharpedo leather gloves, chaps, etc., on hand. Use of this move and other fire attacks are strictly forbidden in heavily wooded areas, tightly packed urban or residential districts, and areas where flammable materials are present. There have been several, highly publicized, cases of large scale fires breaking out due to irresponsible trainers using Flamethrower and other Fire attacks. In most countries, causing fires due to mishandling Fire Pokemon is a criminal offense. Trainers can be charged with criminal negligence or, depending on the circumstances, arson and punishable by revoking their Trainer's License and a minimum of 10 years jail time. —- Rolling updates are in effect. This is a rather experimental entry and I'm looking for ways to improve it.
edited 11th May '11 12:33:56 PM by Neo_Crimson
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