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The Pokédex - Extended Fanon Edition:

No, not really:

Legendary Pokemon: Pokémon with a Base Stat Total of 580 or more, with no evolutionary relatives, which cannot produce more of itself via breeding, and, when avaliable, only one of them is obtainable per game save.

Phione would be the only thing to be close to a legend to not fit the criteria, but it seems to have had its legendary status recalled. Volcarona? The champion uses it. It is just like Metagross: An extra pseudo. Albeit a new kind of pseudo, a 2-stage one rather that a 3-stage, and with a BST of 550... between Togekiss and Arcanine...

Wait until the 6th generation... But I would say Volcarona is the new Snorlax.

 4052 Calamity Jane, Fri, 18th Mar '11 2:57:40 PM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Eriorguez, this is from an in-game perspective. Imagine if a Real Life Encyclopedia that took itself seriously and that people go to for reliable information said that Beavers had an HP of 150.
This is gonna take a while.
I swear I though I was at the general thread...

Combination of incredible individual powers, rarity, and unability to be bred and grown in captivity in normal circumstances? Even Mewtwo and his building blowing habits would fit, in my opinion.

 4054 Marioguy 128, Fri, 18th Mar '11 3:27:25 PM from various galaxies
Geomancer
Volcarona isn't a pseudo. Just a powerful Pokemon.

And yeah, Phione isn't a legendary. There are lots of Phione in Pokémon Ranger Guardian Signs.
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Outer Cloyster
This looks interesting...

If nobody else minds, I'd like to do articles on the Shellder line and the Misdreavus line, or at least contribute some ideas towards those two.

I was thinking that at least Mismagius may communicate through writing, like the phantom writing that supposedly appears with ghosts sometimes. Misdreavus could probably take it or leave it, but I feel that Mismagius would be significantly more intellectual than its unevolved form and more willing to "talk" in general. What do the rest of you think?

Outer Cloyster

Shellder Line

Morphs [Oak Catalog #]

  • Shellder [090]
  • Cloyster [091]

Shellder and Cloyster are both Pokemon encased almost completely in hard shells. Shellder is small, looking quite similar to a violet bulky scallop about 0.3 m tall. The most notable differences are four small protrusions extending from the shell near the opening, and a bright red tongue at least half as long again as the rest of the shell which is almost always hanging out of the shell. The shell is always at least slightly open, but apart from the tongue, only the eyes can be observed and only then with direct exposure to light.

Cloyster is several times larger, and naturally sits in a more upright position. It is closer to spherical and has many more protusions coming from the shell, including two which end in large spikes. It does not have Shellder's long tongue hanging out and the only soft parts of the body visible are now the eyes and mouth. A small white horn extends from above what is visible of the body, which is surrounded by a separate grey inner shell. Cloysters are naturally rare and most commonly seen when Shellder are exposed to a Water Stone.

A rare pigment mutation causes Shellder to have a bright orange shell. The same mutation in Cloyster causes the shell to appear a light blue colour. The mutation does not seem to be heritable, and so it is prized by collectors. Jewellers and artisans also appreciate the rare colouration when they can get access to it.

Notable Biology

The internal structure of Shellder and Cloyster was only determined recently, due to the difficulties involved in examining both organisms. The shells of both organisms are formed from a combination of chitin, protein and calcium salts, and much of the internal organs lie anchored in pockets within the shell. Any irritating foreign particles that are trapped within the shell get coated with layers of calcium carbonate. Once they form pearls, they are internally moved to sacs near the protrusions and spikes, which then add additional layers of the salt until the pearls form spikes. These spikes can then be launched by the Pokemon as an offensive and defensive mechanism, and both Pokemon have extensive organs revolving around extracting additional salts from their environment for use in this process. The substantially larger Cloyster has many more of these organs, as well as heat-exchanging sacs, as Cloyster develops the Ice type when it evolves. Both Pokemon contain water sacs which allow them to jet underwater, sometimes with surprising speed. They can also physically hop or roll along the ground, either above or under water, though this movement is very slow.

The layered shell of Shellder and especially Cloyster is incredibly durable, and particularly the latter has been compared to precious gemstones in terms of hardness. Even scratching the shell is difficult and studies have observed both Pokemon contain enzymes within the shell that rapidly repair scratches and cracks. This is invaluable if the Pokemon fractures its shell as a response to danger (see Hazards below).

Habitat

Shellder and Cloyster predominantly live underwater, though they can live on land for extended periods of time thanks to their internal water stores. They prefer rocky environments, and while some Shellder are seen on sandy sea floors, no Cloyster is ever seen in the wild away from rocky floor or coral reefs. Temperature does not seem to have a huge influence, with wild colonies being observed in places ranging from the Seafoam Islands to Undella Bay - indeed, the only stable wild Cloyster colonies are in Undella. Because of a need to extract salts to form the spikes they use, Shellder and Cloyster are never found within fresh water.

Diet

Both Shellder and Cloyster are carnivorous. Shellder are predominantly ambush predators who usually sit in a spot with their bright red tongue acting out. The tongue acts as a lure, and when something small enough moves towards it or nibbles on it, the Shellder quickly surges forward and snaps down on it. In times of famine, some Shellder will abandon this approach and instead jet around, and try to impale something edible with launched spikes. This behaviour has not been observed to be universal, however.

Cloyster can rarely succeed as an ambush predator, having difficulties hiding compared to the much smaller Shellder and lacking anything that can act as an inviting lure. A Cloyster will instead set up a hunting ground in a rocky area near a more open area of water. When something edible moves close enough to the Cloyster, it will propel itself out of the rocks and attempt to shoot it with spikes. Both species attack prey that are close to themselves in size, and in Cloyster's case, they'll attack even bigger things if they are desperate or aggressive enough.

Both Pokemon also need to eat rocks, minerals or other substances to increase the rate at which they produce the pearl spikes. They do this by crushing the rock with its shell and then absorbing the salt as normal, though of course it is more concentrated.

Hazards

Wild Shellder are only a threat if they are particularly hungry or a person antagonises them somehow, usually by seeking to capture them or accidentally stepping on them if they are in a shallow pool. A Shellder that is stepped on will typically respond by shifting backwards and snapping shut on the offending foot. This can be very painful, and a Shellder so clamping is very difficult to remove by physical force. A Shellder's spikes can cause painful puncture wounds, but they are rarely anything that warrants significant medical care. Cloyster are potentially more dangerous, though at least it's impossible to accidentally step on them. They tend to only attack when hungry or disturbed, and do so almost solely through their spikes. As a Cloyster's spikes are much larger and shot with more force, being injured is a much more serious matter. Some members of each species have been observed to have a phenomenal accuracy with launched spikes, able to strike a target in almost the exact same place even if it moves. Injuries caused by this subspecies of Shellder and Cloyster are much more localised, but also much more severe. This ability is not universal, and there are no obvious differences between the Pokemon with this ability and the Pokemon without.

Finally, a handful of Shellder and Cloyster have been observed, when seriously stressed, to fracture their own shells. This triggers a massive sympathetic response, far beyond an ordinary adrenaline response, and begins launching tiny pieces of their own shell. While smaller, these pieces of shell are far harder and sharper than the spikes they normally use, and tests have shown that a Cloyster under these conditions can puncture even heavy armour used in vehicles designed to travel in mountains and survive the blows of Pokemon like Aggron and Steelix. Its reflexes are sharper and it is capable of moving much faster than it otherwise could. However, the fractured shell is weaker and the stress the technique puts on its body means any injuries suffered by the Pokemon are much more likely to be permanent or fatal. It is unlikely that a human would disturb a Shellder or Cloyster seriously enough to provoke them to use this technique, so it is only recorded to note that if you see a Shellder or Cloyster with a fractured shell, stay away from it and contact your local Pokemon Ranger group. Thanks to the shell's repair mechanism, if the Pokemon is able to rest for a short time, it can mend its shell and return to its normal resting state.

If you are properly prepared, neither Shellder or Cloyster is much of a threat. Like all water Pokemon, electric and grass attacks can repel them, and in the case of Cloyster, fighting and rock attacks also work well. Finally, while the structure of the shells repels physical blows very well, they are essentially worthless against non-contact attacks which will easily drive them off.

Courting and Childrearing

Both Shellder and Cloyster are fertile, and neither Pokemon courts nor cares for offspring. Males and females release clouds of genetic material during summer, which drift until fertilization occurs. In locations with many Shellder and Cloyster, potentially thousands of offspring can be produced. However, young Shellder are vulnerable during early life as their shells have not yet fully developed, and so many of them get eaten by other Pokemon.

Social Structure

Shellder ignore any other Shellders nearby. They do not communicate, coordinate, and only compete in the sense that each Shellder tongue in the area decreases each Shellder's chance of eating. Because of this, Shellders tend to end up in small groups based on the amount of food available, as unlucky Shellders go hungry and try to find food elsewhere. The few wild Cloyster that exist rarely come into contact with each other, and are only barely more social than Shellder. If two want to occupy the same piece of rock, they may come into conflict with each other if there is not enough room. Again, if there is not enough food, the Cloyster who is simply not getting as much food moves on of its own will.

In Popular Culture

Beyond one-shot comedic gags in beach settings, Shellder and Cloyster rarely show up as characters in fictional works. However, parts of their body show up a lot more. Both the shells and the pearls, the precursors to the spikes, are highly valued for their beauty and several priceless artefacts consist wholly or in part of Shellder or Cloyster shell or pearl in real life. This is increased in fiction to the point where anything that is symbolically linked with water has a good chance of being made of Shellder or Cloyster, and a handful of fictional characters have entire suits of heavy armour made of Cloyster shell. Cloyster Plate also regularly occurs as a rare armour in role-playing games.

I went back and touched up the article a bit. Skill Link and Shell Smash are no longer mentioned by name, and I added something about increasing their salt intake.

I did check that Shellder and Misdreavus hadn't been done or had anyone call dibs on them already. I've been lurking for a bit. Thanks for the criticism and support.

edited 20th Mar '11 7:24:48 PM by Smiggins

 4057 Calamity Jane, Sun, 20th Mar '11 8:03:23 AM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
In Pop Culture is relatively new, but I'm all for it's inclusion so I'm not complaining. The article itself looks pretty solid, but it feels a little weird having someone churn out an article the post right after they call it. I suggest you take a look at the Dibs page to see if here are any claims to articles you wanted to do and the Main Page index to see if the article has already been made.
This is gonna take a while.
 4058 Blissey 1, Sun, 20th Mar '11 8:35:38 AM from a random Pokčcenter Relationship Status: I know
insert title here
two Issues I can see.

While spikes actually being pearls sounds interesting, pearl formation is a fairly lengthy process unless I'm mistaken, and it seems that, at least with Cloysters used in battle, they'd need a faster method of regrowing spikes. Maybe there's some kinda special food supplement fed to Cloysters used in battle to speed the process up?

Also, actually referring to Skill Link by name kinda irks me. It feels kinda like mentioning a mons attack stat, something you wouldn't see in-universe. I like the section mentioning it, I'd personally just avoid actually calling it Skill Link.

other than that, great article! I liked the mention of Cloyster armor being used in games.

edited 20th Mar '11 8:36:46 AM by Blissey1

 4059 Neo Crimson, Sun, 20th Mar '11 9:20:22 AM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
The hazard sections seems a little disproportionately large compared to the others. But besides that it's a very good article, especially for your first try.

edited 20th Mar '11 9:20:33 AM by Neo_Crimson

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 4060 Hydrall, Sun, 20th Mar '11 10:42:30 AM from The Bodhi System Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
The Republic Lives
Thinking about it, wouldn't games, movies, and television all have pokemon or pokemon-like substitutes to a prominent degree? Sort've like how having pokemon is, to us, fantastical, they would have trouble imagining a world without them.

Be interesting to see how their RPGs would be... Probably not having 'real' pokemon fighting... -goes off on thought process-

Don't mind me, I'm fluffing.
 4061 Neo Crimson, Sun, 20th Mar '11 10:46:04 AM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
[up]If certain NPC dialogue is correct, then you can play Pokemon games in Pokemon.

I'd guess that they're for people who want to battle Pokemon without having to put in the effort of training a real Pokemon. They'd also be classified as Sports games rather than RP Gs, possibly.
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 4062 Tangent 128, Sun, 20th Mar '11 12:41:58 PM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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[up] Probably, yeah.

And yes, I'd agree that removing the name of "Skill Link" is probably good. The description of the ability is just fine, though. Might be a bit vaguer about physical vs special attacks, but then again, those could well exist in the world as informal classifications anyways.
Conversation is a contact sport.
 4063 Calamity Jane, Sun, 20th Mar '11 12:43:41 PM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Perhaps if you really want to mention the name, you could say that it was dubbed 'Skill Link' by some trainer or the Pokemon League or something. Like how Giratina's "Shadow Force" was dubbed so by Cynthia.
This is gonna take a while.
excellent
While writing up the Ghost Pokemon article, I realise I took too many liberties when I read the Giratina article. I need input from the people who have res'ed/already written/are planning to write articles for Ghost Pokemon. Or anyone else, for that matter.

Here's what I have so far. Please note that some sections are still incomplete. If it's too short, it probably is.

EDIT: I'm done. More or less.

I've deleted the Origins and Life Cycles section, or what I have drafted anyway, as they are rather superfluous and would most likely end up being exclusive to Ghost Pokemon, since most of the other types display a lot more variety in terms of species.

General Characteristics

Ghost Pokemon are one of the most poorly understood type classification in the Pokemon kingdom. In ancient times, Ghost Pokemon were believed to be actual ghosts and were both revered and hated, with many a legend warning of their malice. This was in part, due to their tendecy to play sometimes extreme pranks on humans and other Pokemon and their behaviour was often, and sometimes still is mistakenly attributed to evil intent. Their predisposition to inhabit areas associated with death and their ethereal characteristics also helped to fuel the misunderstanding.

It is rarely the case, however, that pure malevolence is the motivation behind such actions. Many Ghost Pokemon depend on strong negative emotions for subsistence and Spiritomb in particular have been known to orchestrate elaborate feuds when strife was scarce in order to feed on the emotions of furious parties.

In fact, while their mischief-making can sometimes be very destructive, Ghost Pokemon play a critical role in controlling outbreaks of negative emotions in their environment, especially human establishments. In times of war and conflict, Ghost Pokemon have been known to scour the land for grieving, despairing people and Pokemon, absorbing their negative emotions and relieving them of their anguish, although they were often misconstrued as harbingers of death as a consequence. For this reason, Ghost Pokemon are tolerated, if not welcome today in most modern human societies.

Ghost Pokemon have no specific behavioural adaptations to avoid predation as their ability to phase, sensitivity to their surroundings and illusory abilities are sufficient to evade most predators. Ghost Pokemon are largely ignored by most other Pokemon as a food source as their bodies consist of bad-tasting umbrate and inorganic substances. In the wild, their only natural predators are Dark Pokemon, which have the advantage in terms of typing and are also well adapted to strike before Ghost Pokemon can notice them. Dark Pokemon are also the only Pokemon to have a distinct partiality for umbrate.

Even today, while great advancements have been made in understanding and explaining the biology of other type classifications, human knowledge of Ghost Pokemon is comparatively sketchy, with enduring debates among scientists on everything from their neurology to their origins.

Powers

Ghost Pokemon possess the ability to modify substances within their body on a molecular scale and studies have shown that they may have even more control of their body matter than previously thought. While many other Pokemon have some control over the molecular structure of their bodily substances, there are few Pokemon that can match the flexibility of the molecular manipulation that Ghost Pokemon possess.

Ghost Pokemon rely heavily on molecular modification for locomotion, growth, fighting, assimilation of foreign matter and many other critical bodily functions. Most of their young are born with very little finesse in the technique and master it only after years of use. However, under the guide of skilled Trainers, young Ghost Pokemon may acquire a level of skill in molecular manipulation on par with a typical mature wild individual within weeks.

While Ghost Pokemon do create certain sensory organs for themselves such as eyes, they also possess the ability to create psychic sensory fields in the same manner Psychic Pokemon do. Psychic sensing is important for the location of food sources (especially intangible ones), finding mates and evasion of most enemies.

Ghost Pokemon are one of the few organisms that have the ability to phase. The only other Pokemon known to possess innate phasing abilities are Darkrai and Palkia. Although the vast majority of research on Ghost Pokemon specifically concentrates on their phasing power, little progress has been made in understanding the mechanism behind it. Modification of their bodily substances appears to be important to successful phasing and it is not unusual for juveniles inexperienced in such techniques to be unable to phase.

Recently, research by the space energy company Team Galactic has found very brief and minute disturbances in the local space when Ghost Pokemon phase. This new discovery was made possible due to new, very sensitive instruments that specialise in detecting anomalies in space-time. It has been speculated that a space-manipulation technique, similar to how Pokeballs store Pokemon, may be involved in phasing.

Morphology

Ghost Pokemon are distinguished by the presence of a material called umbrate on their bodies. Freshly produced umbrate is a soft, dull purple powder-like substance which is usually arranged in a cutaneous, organ-like as well as a vein-like fashion held in place by electromagnetic forces, although it is trivially easy for Ghost Pokemon to manipulate their umbrate into any formation they like. Umbrate is an all-purpose building block used to create everything from limbs to ocular organs. The collective formations of umbrate is therefore considered the Ghost Pokemon's body. While umbrate normally appears purple, Ghost Pokemon can change its molecular structure to absorb different wavelengths of light, giving rise to colours from the yellow bands of a Dusknoir's belly to the sky blue head of a male Jellicent.

While a Ghost Pokemon's body may be said to be its umbrate formations, Ghost Pokemon can exist purely as a mass of electromagnetic fields. In this state, Ghost Pokemon are still able to move, think and execute rudimentary attacks. It has been theorised that collectively, these fields make up the brain as Ghost Pokemon do not appear to have a discrete nervous system.

Such a form is usually taken when the Ghost Pokemon is too weak to maintain its structure and permanent dissapation of the individual's electromagnetic fields (or 'death') may follow. Fainted Ghost Pokemon do not take on this form, but it can occur if a Ghost Pokemon has been starved of its normal diet for too long. It is unusual for a Ghost Pokemon to take this form if the individual is otherwise healthy, however, the more ethereal species, such as Gastly, have been occasionally observed in the wild to adopt a slightly more corporeal version of such a form for extended periods of time, by spreading their umbrate across the sky. It is likely that this behaviour may be a regulating mechanism to purge their umbrate formations of unwanted debris as Ghost Pokemon do not have a self-regulating excretory system, indeed, they must consciously push undesirable substances out of their bodies. There are also speculations that it is used as kind of pleasure-seeking tool as the pyschological after-effects bears a resemblance to that of artificially-induced euphoria in humans.

Umbrate is highly conductive of Ghost-specific energy and less so for other type-specific energies. As such, it plays an important role in Ghost Pokemon for the channeling and concentrating of their powers, in addition to its role as material for the body. Cutaceous umbrate is usually saturated with Ghost-specific energy and acts as a protective outer layer.

In most species, umbrate is created very slowly inside the main body and a certain critical mass of umbrate is requisite for evolution in many species. Juveniles approaching maturity and individuals with damaged bodies can accelerate the production of new umbrate to the point where the growth can easily be seen in real time, however, it is very physically taxing and unaccustomed juveniles may fall into a fainted state for some time. Umbrate is not known to be found anywhere else in the wild but certain species, such as Dusknoir, regularly shed some of their umbrate.

Discarded umbrate can retain the physical characteristics it had when it was seperated from the main body for a very long time and has been exploited for centuries as a luxury textile. Umbrate dating is also an important paleontological technique in ruins, which Ghost Pokemon tend to inhabit. Even today, opportunistic Trainers sometimes hunt for these sheddings and trade them as valuable items.

While all Ghost Pokemon have umbrate on some part of their bodies, the majority integrate other materials from their environments into themselves, presumely for defense. Such materials are usually modified on a molecular scale when integrated, however, they will instantly revert to their original state should their users discard them - a classical example is Rotom. In the case of Rotom, some individuals in Unova have reportedly even been able to modify their umbrate to take on the elemental characteristics of the appliances they possess under the guidance of their Trainers.

Although the modification of extraneous substances appears to help Ghost Pokemon to phase without leaving their adopted load behind, assimilation of larger volumes foreign matter appears to hinder the ease of phasing somewhat and in a few species, such as Golurk, only vestigial phasing abilities are present.

Diet

Ghost Pokemon have some of the most unusual diets in the Pokemon kingdom. All known Ghost Pokemon are able to absorb negative emotions as sustenace although their dependency on it varies among species. The more mature morphs of the Litwick life cycle have evolved to become almost entirely dependent on the emotions expressed during death, such as grief and regret, while the juveline morph specialises in encouraging and then absorbing feelings of fatigue. In contrast, Cofagrigus live largely on a diet of gold and other precious substances, although they will also take in feelings of greed and envy when the opportunity presents itself. Jellicents are on the extreme end of a diet lacking in anima - they are almost exclusively carnivores. However, even Jellicents will occasionally hitch a risky ride on a raging Gyarados and feed on its often inexplicable fury.

It is unknown exactly how Ghost Pokemon are able to discriminate among and absorb emotions or why they are only capable of feeding on negative emotions. It has been theorised that they are able to convert strong feelings into usable energy in a way similar to how Aura outwardly manifests itself.

All Ghost Pokemon can assimilate organic food into their body and as with all Pokemon, enjoy Berries and treats made from Berries. They do not directly digest their food, unlike most other organisms. Instead, useful substances in the food are simply extracted, subjected to molecular modification and integrated into the body, while the rest is duly discarded.

Breeding

Despite their classification nomenclature, most Ghost Pokemon do breed and engage in courtship rituals. Species are usually either monogamic or gather in swarms to breed. In some swarming species, breeding cycles are tied to the phases of the moon. However, their breeding behaviour is poorly understood as parts of it are largely unobservable, even through very sensitive instruments such as the Silph Scope.

All mating Ghost Pokemon undergo a special period towards the end of the courtship process called obscura, where the mating pair seemingly disappears completely from all sensual and instrumental observation, then reappear some time later in the same locale with the female carrying an egg. During this period, strong electromagnetic radiation emitting from their original location surround the immediate area. Swarming species are often considered pests for this reason as the radiation from their combined obscurae can easily damage unshielded electronics within a large radius of the swarm. With the exception of Giratina, Ghost Pokemon appear to be unable to reproduce the effects of obscura when not mating, even when coerced or ordered to.

The legendary Pokemon Giratina appears to have spliced some kind of otherworldly material into its umbrate and preliminary findings suggests that it employs a highly precise and instantaneous technique, similar to the effects of the obscura mating process, to pass through matter rather than phase directly. Giratina is also capable of exploiting the vanishing effect for short periods of time to gather energy for an attack. As Giratina's control of dimensions is well documented, it is likely that obscura involves the manipulation of dimensions.

What can be directly observed of their breeding behaviour is mostly limited to their courtship rituals and as such, they are the most well documented aspect of Ghost Pokemon breeding. Monogamic species often have extremely convoluted rituals while swarming species have more simplistic mating processes. The courtship ritual for Gengars has been observed to last for exactly seven days, with the male carefully shadowing the female while she attempts to shake off his tail with illusions and trickery. In comparison, swarming Jellicents release pheromones unique to each individual into the water and the individuals then move to the source of the pheromones that they are attracted to the most, with males fighting off other potential mates with all manner of actions such as battle moves, dancing and even singing. Interspecies courting often display elements from the rituals of both species and can vary wildly among different pairs and even the same pair may not exhibit consistent behaviour.

edited 31st Mar '11 6:27:20 PM by Thrombin

 4065 Blissey 1, Sun, 20th Mar '11 3:52:39 PM from a random Pokčcenter Relationship Status: I know
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I actually really like it, especially since some of it fits so well with our current theories. Assuming that ghosts pokemon are native to the Distortion World who hang out here becasue we have such tasty, delicious emotions, then the obscura thing could totally be them popping back to the distortion world to do the deed.

The only issue I have is that, since 5th gen, Rotom looses his ghost typing when taking a new form, meaning he's actually one of the only ghost pokemon to not alter the molecular structure of materials they incorporate into themselves.

edited 20th Mar '11 3:56:57 PM by Blissey1

excellent
I'm aware of that. I'll add what I've thought of later with the rest but basically, some Rotom specimens are able to change their own molecular structure to be type-specific to their appliance. Which means they dabble in molecule-altering more than most other Ghost Pokemon.

It is an evolutionary adaptation courtesy of generations of hopping freely between and manipulating appliances and its purpose is essentially to better conduct their powers in whatever form they take (aka STAB). Since they already employ appliances to morph into better formes, why not take their niche further and make it so that the powers granted by the appliances get even more powered up?

edited 20th Mar '11 4:08:22 PM by Thrombin

Mecha-maniac
What about Golett and Golurk? What I have for them so far is that they're actually a ghost Pokemon permanently 'grounded' into a clay body through some unknown ritual.
excellent
I'd have to actually write the articles for these Pokemon to give a thorough explanation. The Ghost Pokemon article's scope covers the type in general only.

It's actually pretty easy. We could just say that the ritual permanently binds Golurk's umbrate to the shell. In fact, it fits perfectly with the blurb that says that Golurk has very little phasing abilities.

edited 20th Mar '11 4:10:32 PM by Thrombin

 4069 Calamity Jane, Sun, 20th Mar '11 4:08:01 PM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
I have no time to actually read the article because I have to go to eat in a few minutes. :(
This is gonna take a while.
 4070 Silent Reverence, Sun, 20th Mar '11 4:18:44 PM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
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Minor but important nitpick: wouldn't Ghost Pokémon being from the Distortion World and popping in-and-out pretty much on their own mean that movement between the DW and "our" world is not only notlimited to Giratina's particular purview (which at least Movie 11 seems to imply but then again I disregard several things in the anime), but also be a most normal thing in the world, considering what other Pokémon can do? [Considering that, if the movement is related to the mating season, there needs to be a force capable to influence both Ghost Pokémon and a fundamental attribute of the universe that tells "this kind of entity can undergo this procedure only when matching this pattern of entropy"] Why is then the DW "empty" (sans Giratina)? What is happening when a Ghost Pokémon "fades out" while grabbing or traversing an object (hi Rotom)? How does that affect the "DW is a representation of antimatter" perspective?

I definitively think I don't like putting the DW as a common field reachable by Ghost Pokémon just because, considering some particular trends of Ghost-type availability (eg.: does Mt. Pyre have a connection to the Distortion World? What about, oh yeah, Rotom?).

edited 20th Mar '11 4:25:14 PM by SilentReverence

 4071 Calamity Jane, Sun, 20th Mar '11 4:21:08 PM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
I honestly just thought they were once in the Distortion World, kind of like how the human ancestor was all once in Africa, but now they can't get back in.
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The article never stated that Ghost Pokemon can enter the Distortion World. I'd like to think of the obscura process as an interdimensional cocktail of energy and lovemaking right here in this world.

It is not Giratina->DW->Ghost Pokemon can also access DW. It's more like Giratina->manipulation of dimensions->obscura=manipulation of dimensions. Remember that our world also has dimensions. The DW is likely just a habitat for Giratina and nothing more.

edited 20th Mar '11 4:29:51 PM by Thrombin

 4073 Silent Reverence, Sun, 20th Mar '11 4:31:21 PM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
adopting kitteh
Hm, good point, I seem to have misread it when comparing to Giratina "vanishing".

So it would be more precise, from the perspective of what the scientists there (can't) observe, to say that Ghost Pokémon "dillute" dimensionally at the end of their breeding period, rather than "moving away"? (if they could prove it)
excellent
Yes, that's the general idea. As for Giratina, his usage of obscura is a reference to faster-than-light travel, since he can manipulate space-time as he pleases.

edited 20th Mar '11 4:34:35 PM by Thrombin

 4075 Neo Crimson, Sun, 20th Mar '11 4:36:30 PM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
Silent brings up a very good point. What is the Distortion World in comparison to Ghosts? Is it their home dimension, a special section that acts as Giratina's "throne", entirely unrelated?

Also the article doesn't really give the feeling that Ghosts are poorly understood. A lot of it sounds like concrete fact instead of theories that scientists have developed to somewhat rationalize the apparently supernatural traits of Ghosts.

EDIT: Saw the posts pertaining to the first point.

edited 20th Mar '11 4:40:09 PM by Neo_Crimson

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