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The PokÚdex - Extended Fanon Edition:

 5876 Swampertrox, Fri, 8th Jul '11 9:23:25 AM from Abandoned Ship Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Mage of Life
[up] They can certainly understand human speech, but humans can't naturally understand them.
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 5877 Sparky Lurkdragon, Fri, 8th Jul '11 10:13:46 AM from Southeastern Oregon, USA
The PokeHelper is strictly human to Pikachu ingame, but I don't see why you couldn't flip a switch, hand it to a Pikachu, and provided they didn't fry it have a little device that interprets simple things like "hungy - apple".

I'd imagine the vocalization/body language ratio varies from species to species; maybe Pikachu are a good combination of naturally intelligent and vocally active to make good candidates for that kind of research.

Then again I also think humans are mostly unintentionally uplifting the 'mons, given how we go from a range of "barely smart enough to understand orders to full sapient" to "every species has at least one sapient member" in PokÚmon Mystery Dungeon, but the researchers of the Fanon Pokedex are in the middle of this processes, so it'd be harder to notice. I think the assumption would explain a lot, though.
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 5878 Kexruct, Fri, 8th Jul '11 3:24:04 PM from Vvardenfell
nonarySpade
I have an idea: maybe we should do articles on different types. If we should, here's a template I thought of:

Common Characteristics

(Characteristics most/all Pokemon of this type (make sure to list exceptions!) have. Also includes special needs most/all of them(exceptions here as well!) might have.

Strengths

(Explanation for why they are strong against different types)

Weaknesses

(Same as above, only with weaknesses.)

In human society

(Human's perception of the type, portrayal in popular culture, etc.)

edited 8th Jul '11 3:24:51 PM by Kexruct

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 5879 memyselfand I 2, Fri, 8th Jul '11 8:42:04 PM from The Biosphere Relationship Status: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Brrr.
Well, there's already an article on the Ghost type.
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Outer Cloyster
I like that idea.

If it's agreed upon, I'd like to do the Flying type.

 5881 Kexruct, Sun, 10th Jul '11 3:16:24 AM from Vvardenfell
nonarySpade
If it's agreed upon, I call dibs on dragons. cool
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 5882 Neo Crimson, Sun, 10th Jul '11 6:11:39 AM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
Damn I was going to call Dragons.

Ah well, can I PM you some of the ideas I had?
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 5883 Kexruct, Sun, 10th Jul '11 10:20:20 AM from Vvardenfell
nonarySpade
Wait a minute, don't we need approval for this idea first or something?

Also, [up] yes, you can.
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 5884 Tangent 128, Sun, 10th Jul '11 10:52:47 AM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
dy/dx
Type articles are fine. Welcome, even.

Just keep in mind that they are descriptive classifications, not an inherent fact of biology. So the classifications are sometimes fuzzy, but generally convenient.

And prone to periodic revision. I like to think that, prior to ratification of a new classification system in the 90s, Steel types were mostly placed in the Rock group, and Dark types were seen as a bizarre, dishonorable Fighting subclass. After the Dark and Steel classifications were introduced, Magnemite was added to the latter group, due to its unusual resistance to many attacks, but vulnerability to heat.

edited 10th Jul '11 10:54:53 AM by Tangent128

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 5885 Silent Reverence, Sun, 10th Jul '11 10:58:10 AM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
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I'd very much like to see types articles yeah. I offer my support to write the Poison Type article (duh).

Of a note, IMHO type interactions should be brought in and discussed as late as possible after the basic tenets and metric of each type have been discussed. This should minimize the time neded to clean articles of potential mismatches in their interaction descriptions.

Are the dibs on these separate from the main article dibs? I'd like to do fighting if that's the case.

Either way, I swear I'm almost done with the Venipede article, so that should be up sometime this week.

Outer Cloyster
[up][up] I agree with that, since I can't necessarily figure out what universal qualities would make a flying-type vulnerable to electricity. Ice I can figure out (cold temperatures and expanding ice crystals wreck some parts of the common physical structure)

 5888 Kexruct, Sun, 10th Jul '11 11:27:29 AM from Vvardenfell
nonarySpade
Simple; lightning grounds them. Getting sent to the ground that quickly would hurt.
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 5889 Neo Crimson, Sun, 10th Jul '11 11:33:24 AM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
That's not what grounding means...
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 5890 Swampertrox, Sun, 10th Jul '11 12:25:34 PM from Abandoned Ship Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Mage of Life
[up] It forces them to the ground.
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 5891 Silent Reverence, Sun, 10th Jul '11 12:51:22 PM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
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I think he means grounding them. It wouldn't work the other way because the birds are already on the ground so next electric attacks wouldn't have nearly as much impact.

 5892 rmctagg09, Sun, 10th Jul '11 2:11:40 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
Calling Dibs on the Marill Line.
Hugging a Vanilluxe will give you frostbite.

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 5893 Anomalocaris 20, Sun, 10th Jul '11 2:44:58 PM from Mr. Bones' Wild Ride Relationship Status: In another castle
Even evil kings need fiber in their diet.
Technically it's the Azurill line, but I'm guessing we sort it by the first one introduced, right?
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 5894 Sullen Frog, Sun, 10th Jul '11 2:47:36 PM from Voormithadreth Relationship Status: I wanna know about these strangers like me
Whisperer in Darkness
I coulda sworn that somebody already wrote an article for Azurill...
 5895 rmctagg09, Sun, 10th Jul '11 3:01:09 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
[up][up] Yeah, that's how we normally do it.

[up] From what I can tell, it hasn't been done yet.

edited 10th Jul '11 3:05:56 PM by rmctagg09

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Outer Cloyster
Why would electricity force them to the ground any more or less than any other attack, though?

 5897 Kexruct, Sun, 10th Jul '11 8:56:52 PM from Vvardenfell
nonarySpade
Or maybe the types have some sort of effect on the Pokemon's biology. For example, Flying types have some sort of (insert thing here) which causes them to resist bug, grass, and fighting, but is able to take a shot of lightning. Rock would beat flying because it would crush the Pokemon.

edited 10th Jul '11 8:57:45 PM by Kexruct

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 5898 Silent Reverence, Sun, 10th Jul '11 8:58:11 PM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
adopting kitteh
It wouldn't. The word "grounding" is wrongly used there. What electricity does is jump very easily to and from their bodies since they are higher than any nearby object and are not electrically grounded.
 5899 Kexruct, Sun, 10th Jul '11 9:04:09 PM from Vvardenfell
nonarySpade
I'm gonna be honest- I did zero research when I said "grounded". I basically meant it sends them crashing down.
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 5900 The Hero Hartmut, Mon, 11th Jul '11 5:19:58 AM from Ireland Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
And that, as they say, is that.
Faulkner mentions something about electric attacks clipping the wings of Flying types before his Gym battle in Gold/Silver.
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