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The Pokédex - Extended Fanon Edition:

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Guess what, we've never seen it in the entire Pokemon universe either. In fact, Pokemon have been shown to understand humans right from the get-go, even if they hatched a few days ago.

It's not A Wizard Did It because Aura does exist and its characteristics have been documented. I just expanded upon the fact that experienced Aura manipulators have extreme empathy with other beings. Since Aura is a field that every being emnates, perhaps Aura reinforces the conveyance of meaning and feelings between even humans and Pokemon.

edited 18th Apr '11 6:38:43 AM by Thrombin

 5002 Calamity Jane, Mon, 18th Apr '11 6:37:52 AM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Second in Command
So it would be like a chemical aide to body language and friendship? Like some sort of tasty air or something?
It's Mallow, not shallow.
Mecha-maniac
It's probably got an enormous swim bladder to allow it to rise/sink.
excellent
...? Aura is a chemical reaction? Huh?

 5005 Calamity Jane, Mon, 18th Apr '11 6:45:46 AM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Second in Command
That's the only SCIENTIFIC way to explain aura. Otherwise it's just a supernatural... well, aura.
It's Mallow, not shallow.
Mecha-maniac
Obviously, Aura is heroin for Pokemon. tongue
excellent
Well the thing is that we can't really assume that our physical laws work there. It's entirely possible that energy can actually be made and destroyed easily. Or it could be an electromagnetic field, perhaps? Energy powers are never really explained in the Pokeverse, so any good theory is a possibility.

 5008 Blissey 1, Mon, 18th Apr '11 7:15:21 AM from a random Pokčcenter Relationship Status: I know
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That's the only SCIENTIFIC way to explain aura. Otherwise it's just a supernatural... well, aura.

as has been said before, the pokeverse is full of things like documented psychics and PokeGod. Leaving some things as supernatural seems OK to me.

edited 18th Apr '11 7:15:38 AM by Blissey1

 5009 Neo Crimson, Mon, 18th Apr '11 7:19:24 AM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
It's still a stretch to go from normal conditioning to Aura. Just because it's a fantasy world doesn't mean that mundane explanations must be swept under the rug.
Sorry, I can't hear you from my FLYING METAL BOX!
 5010 Calamity Jane, Mon, 18th Apr '11 7:20:21 AM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Second in Command
Don't real life domesticated animals usually understand what a human wants them to do? If you call out a cat's name, it'll run to you, and if you combine words with hand signals you can easily train a dog.
It's Mallow, not shallow.
Mecha-maniac
Because they've been domesticated. If you went out and brought a stray dog to your house, it wouldn't immediately obey you.
 5012 Calamity Jane, Mon, 18th Apr '11 7:24:13 AM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Second in Command
And catching a pokemon doesn't immediately equal domestication, right? Hmmm...
It's Mallow, not shallow.
 5013 Neo Crimson, Mon, 18th Apr '11 7:27:52 AM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
Again this is where other pokemon come in. Like Tangent said, one of the purposes of a Starter is to be a pre-domesticated pokemon that can act as a liasion between the trainer and freshly caught pokemon.
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 5014 Calamity Jane, Mon, 18th Apr '11 7:28:43 AM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Second in Command
So it's like going to China with your best friend who is a Chinese Immigrant?
It's Mallow, not shallow.
 5015 Neo Crimson, Mon, 18th Apr '11 7:31:11 AM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
More like having an interpreter to help you communicate with your new Chinese friend.
Sorry, I can't hear you from my FLYING METAL BOX!
 5016 Blissey 1, Mon, 18th Apr '11 7:33:36 AM from a random Pokčcenter Relationship Status: I know
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yeah, having an easy means of communication speeds up training to basically "When [trainers name] says [name of move], do [move]."

of course, that means people who's first catch was a wild mon would still have to train the old fashioned way. Unless they caught a psychic type.

edited 18th Apr '11 7:35:22 AM by Blissey1

 5017 Ajbcool, Mon, 18th Apr '11 7:36:43 AM from Here, obviously.
The Omnibot
Unless (and I like this theory), that Pokeballs include a crash course in understanding trainers inside...though with all the tech in there already, it might be hard to fit in...
 5018 Calamity Jane, Mon, 18th Apr '11 7:37:39 AM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Second in Command
Well, this depends on whether pokemon are able to communicate with the party while inside the pokeball.
It's Mallow, not shallow.
 5019 Silent Reverence, Mon, 18th Apr '11 7:40:07 AM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
adopting kitteh
They already are aware of their surroundings, and having Pokéball inner-environments interconnected also helps justify that a machine is necessary for simple trading. Plus, it helps to build team spirit and the party can get some "training" on the inside.

Also, whohoo page #201!

edited 18th Apr '11 7:40:35 AM by SilentReverence

 5020 Tangent 128, Mon, 18th Apr '11 8:02:10 AM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
dy/dx
The significance of that number is Unown to me. tongue

I suspect brainwashing Pokéballs are too far on the Grim Dark side, if nothing else. (Though really, once that fact got out, we'd be seeing all-out war.)

Though yeah, training a Pokémon is a very involved process. Teaching your language is often needed, though some wild ones may have a grasp of the local human dialect already (say, the local Machop population likes listening to the early-morning exercise program on a scavenged radio). The Starter and other experienced team members assist this education, briefing a new catch on things like the Trainer's name, basic rules of behavior around humans, etc.

And teaching a new move almost certainly can take days of work, assuming the Pokémon is mature enough to handle it at all. I think the variations in level-up moves between games can be attributed to having different protagonists- different trainers will have different knowledge of moves, different skills in teaching them, and so forth.

Attaching Pokéballs on a team? I can see why that would be appealing... need to work out how that would operate, though. Two balls could probably synchronize their pocket universes to make the inner containers physically adjacent, but then there's still the actual walls to pass...
Conversation is a contact sport.
 5021 Calamity Jane, Mon, 18th Apr '11 8:13:10 AM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Second in Command
Perhaps it's easier to make a Collective Pocket Universe for the Pokeball-Belt than tiny, individual universes for each individual pokemon? That would definitely make trading more than just switching pokeballs; the pokemon has to want and be ready to go into the other Collective Universe in order to properly be traded.

That could also have Trade Evos make more sense; the Universe-Transfer changes the pokemon's form as well as its home.
It's Mallow, not shallow.
 5022 Silent Reverence, Mon, 18th Apr '11 8:13:32 AM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
adopting kitteh
Tangent 128: The significance of that number is Unown to me.

(Let's see if this plays instantly over the internets)

Ba-dum-tsssh [lol]

edited 18th Apr '11 8:20:59 AM by SilentReverence

 5023 Swampertrox, Mon, 18th Apr '11 9:02:27 AM from Abandoned Ship Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Mage of Life
@Calamity Jane form page 200: Not everybody speaks English/Japanese/etc. Go to Veilstone in DP Pt or Route 11 in BW.

edited 18th Apr '11 9:51:39 AM by Swampertrox

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You complete me.
The first epiosdes of the Anime would be a good source to see the start of the Ash-Pikachu bond. Anyone got any links? (I remember them from memory)

edited 18th Apr '11 12:53:57 PM by JusticeMan

 5025 memyselfand I 2, Mon, 18th Apr '11 11:39:37 AM from The Biosphere Relationship Status: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Brrr.
Didn't Pikachu hate Ash and everything about him at first?
Ice to meet you.
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