Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Croagunk  (Dendrobates histrionicus)
- Toxicroak  (D. aggressor)
The Croagunk line comprises a series of large, bipedal, and very aggressive amphibians. Both members of the line, despite not being classified as a Water-type, are as agile in the water as they are on the land. Their bright blue and orange coloration serves two purposes- as a way of attracting mates, and, more imporatntly, to warn predators of the extremely lethal toxins secreted from their body (see Hazards). The sacs on the head (located either on the cheeks or throat, depending on the morph) can inflate to produce loud sounds that serve as a way of attracting mates. This is often accompanied by a vocal cry from the individual, and their calls can carry for over a kilometre. Another unique feature of the species is the fact that their teeth are almost perpetually bared in what appears to be a disturbing grin
; this is part of their threat display which they continually broadcast to almost any creatures around.
Both members of the species are also extremely muscular and agile, and can move faster than a human being. When behaving agressively, a Toxicroak will continually shift it's weight from one foot to the other, in a manner comically reminiscient of a human boxer. A Croagunk's prefered method of attack is to leap into the air (mature Toxicroak can jump upwards of eight feet) before landing on the opponent and smothering it with thick layers of slime. Another notable featue of a Toxicroak are the two 'spurs' on either side of the fist. These spikes are actually hollow, and are filled with a numbing venom. When one of them makes contact, specialized muscles at the base of the wrist push the poisons into the victim's body, much in the same way as a hypodermic syringe. Coupled with blows powerful enough to destroy sheet metal and a poisonous skin, a Toxicroak is a force to be reckoned with.
Both species also posses an usual battery of senses that can, to some limited degree, predict the moves and skills of an opponent. This sense is not nearly as refined as those of a Psychic-type but it is still being investigated by researchers to determine exactly how it works.
Croagunk and Toxicroak are extremely territorial and aggressive. The level of violence depends on exactly what is threatening it, which may range from a simple threat display to a full-out attack. Because of this, the species is a common sight in the shady 'underground Leagues', where many people bet on matches, frequently between Fighting-types, that are usually far more brutal than official Leagues. The aggressive behaviour of this species has also drawn the attention of Team Galactic, who often equip their higher-ranking members with Croagunk.
Croagunk and Toxicroak are happiest in warm, humid areas such as swamps or marshes. Mature Toxicroak often stake out a patch of swamp (usually about 100 square feet) as their territory, and will agressively chase out any and all creatures. A Toxicroak habitat also usually has what biologists refer to as a "perch"- a flat, dry area, often a lily pad or rocky outcrop- where the animal will rest, sleep, eat, and call. Croagunk, on the other ahnd, are migratory, and will move from place to place. They will frequently challenge Toxicroak with established territories- although these usually end in a loss for the hapless Pokémon. The largest concentration of Croagunk and Toxicroak today is in the Great Marsh of Sinnoh, where they can be caught or photographed.
Being carnivores, both species frequently lurk just below the surface, waiting for choice prey, commonly Marill or Wooper. The species can remain motionless for long periods of time, and one Toxicroak has been observed standing still for three hours while quietly stalking a Quagsire.
Croagunk and Toxicroak are both covered with a thick, toxic slime that both moisturizes their skin and protects them from any predator foolish enough to attack. While ingesting or touching a Croagunk's skin secretions will only cause vomiting and nausea, a Toxicroak's venom can cause seizures, paralysis, or even death. It should also benoted that both members of the species are extremely territorial and will behave aggressively towards most any creature nearby, even members of their own species. It is recommended that only experienced Trainers catch one of these creatures, as they can prove to be extremely dangerous to the unwary.
Courting and Childrearing
When two Toxicroak of the opposite sex meet, ritualized combat will take place. This usually involves a threat display, followed by a mocko-fight using moves like Poison Jab or Force Palm. This combat can last for hours, after which point coupling takes place and the female is impregnated. For several months, the two will stay together; although upon laying the eggs the (smaller) female will leave, leaving the eggs in the care of the male
. The eggs (usually 5-10 in a clutch) are laid carefully on the perch by the male, and he will guard them from most any threat with extreme violence
. When the eggs, hatch, however, the young Croagunk are on their own- they are aggressively chased off from their father's territory and forced to live life alone.
Croagunk and Toxicroak act antagonistically to others of their own kind- they are uncomfortable in the presence of others and as such live most of their lives alone.