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The Pokédex - Extended Fanon Edition:

 6326 Marioguy 128, Thu, 24th Nov '11 7:00:35 PM from various galaxies
Geomancer
Overall, it looks good. I did have a slight issue with one part.

they attack in swarms of potentially thousands of individuals.

While I don't mind the part where they attack in swarms, saying that there's potentially thousands of them, is a bit much. Because that is a VERY VERY LARGE group, and I'm not sure if such a group is possible. Tone it down a bit, like hundreds or something.
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 6327 Umbramatic, Thu, 24th Nov '11 7:01:32 PM from WAAPT or PEFE Relationship Status: Dating Catwoman
How many Caster avvies do I have now?
[up] Yeah, I thought that seemed iffy. I'll change it.

EDIT: Locoman said I could spruce up his Ratatta article. Since I just got done with Spearow though, it won't be until tomorrow at the earliest.

edited 24th Nov '11 8:05:10 PM by Umbramatic

 6328 rmctagg09, Thu, 24th Nov '11 9:34:54 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
No mention of Drill Run? Also, you might want to fix this:

They live at nearly altitude - from sea level to high above.

edited 24th Nov '11 9:37:19 PM by rmctagg09

Hugging a Vanilluxe will give you frostbite.

It's typed rmctagg09.
 6329 Blissey 1, Thu, 24th Nov '11 10:17:32 PM from a random Pokčcenter Relationship Status: I know
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the only issue I see is "neurons of the attack-use section of the brain". I think procedural memory may be a better term.

also, you changed thousands to hundreds in the hazards section, but it still says thousand in the social structure section.

edited 24th Nov '11 10:17:51 PM by Blissey1

 6330 Umbramatic, Fri, 25th Nov '11 12:42:47 AM from WAAPT or PEFE Relationship Status: Dating Catwoman
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[up][up] + [up] - Fixing all those.

EDIT: Forgot to put in a little "joke"... doing it now.

edited 25th Nov '11 12:54:59 AM by Umbramatic

 6331 Umbramatic, Fri, 25th Nov '11 7:34:56 AM from WAAPT or PEFE Relationship Status: Dating Catwoman
How many Caster avvies do I have now?
...That was done sooner than I thought.

Anyway, this is revision #3, my version of Crow T... er, Locoman's Ratatta article. Big thanks to him - these are also among my favorite Com Mons, (and one of the only Pokemon where I like the design of the first evolution better than the final). Again, I tired to incorporate ideas from the original whenever possible.

Rodents Of Unusual Size? They do exist...

Ratatta Line

Morphs [Oak Catalog #]

  • Ratatta [#19]
  • Raticate [#20]

Physical Description

Ratatta and Raticate are both rodent Pokémon, but they have relatively different appearances for Pokémon in the same line.

Ratatta are small, with short fur that’s purple except for their white bellies and paws. They have red eyes, round ears, large upper incisors that stick out of their mouth even when it’s closed, a long, short-furred tail that ends in a curl, and a pair of whiskers.

Raticate are much larger, and are more rotund in appearance. While their belly fur is still creamy in color, the rest is tan. The paws are devoid of fur, as is the tail, which is now segmented. They have jagged ears, three whiskers (which may serve to aid it in balance as well as touch), and most distinctively of all, two oversized incisors that constantly grind together.

One extremely rare phenotype has golden fur and blue eyes as a Ratatta, trading it for rust-red fur as a Raticate. These “diamonds in the rough” are highly sought after.

Notable Biology

While not necessarily in the top percentage of battlers, this line is valued for its ease of care and its surprising intelligence, making it easy to train and a popular choice for a first Pokémon.

This species, being Normal-type, can learn a wide variety of attacks by Technical Machine and other methods. However, they favor melee attacks, and naturally learn many Normal and Dark-type moves. They can use their bodies and tails for offense if necessary, but their favored weapons are their huge, hard teeth.

The three strains of this line are very different. One has enhanced reflexes and reaction time, allowing it flee from foes more easily; however, it is not as useful when the Ratatta or Raticate has to fight. The second gets a boost of adrenaline when the body is damaged in certain ways, giving the Pokémon increased attacking power. Finally, the third, rarest strain has increased testosterone levels, causing it to attack with more power but less precision.

Habitat

This species is one of the most adaptable and ubiquitous Pokémon species known. Due to their versatile diet and fast breeding, while they are thought to have originated in Kanto, they have spread to pretty much every corner of the world and leave only the most extreme habitats untouched. They live in mountains, valleys, pine forests, jungles, grasslands, and even the busiest of cities without much trouble. They’re also incredibly populous wherever they live – a common urban legend is that if one sees one Ratatta, there are 40 more living in the area – and it’s probably not far from the truth. They are the most numerous mammal Pokémon (and may outnumber humans as well), and among the most numerous of all Pokémon.

All of the above applies to both Ratatta and Raticate, but with one exception: Raticate prefer to live near some kind of water. However, this extends to any kind of freshwater environment – including sewers.

Diet

It would probably be easier to describe what these Pokémon don’t eat. They are truly omnivorous, in every sense of the word. Their ultra-efficient digestive systems are only rivaled by those of the Munchlax and Gulpin lines, as well as Giratina. They prefer hard foods to wear down their constantly-growing teeth, but they can derive sustenance from just about anything. Meat, bones, fruits, seeds, nuts, plants, wood, cinder walls, concrete… if it’s not too poisonous or dangerous, it’s potential food.

Ratatta spend most of their day foraging and scavenging for food scraps and looking for live prey. Typically, said prey are very young members of other Pokémon species, but they can work together to take down larger meals – Professor Rowan, on a visit to Kanto, once observed a group of Ratatta taking down an Ivysaur. However, they must always be cautious – for while they eat pretty much anything, pretty much every predator likes to eat them, so Ratatta must remain ever vigilant, swiveling their ears even while sleeping.

Raticate is larger, and not only does it have to worry less about predators, but it is more of one itself as well. Raticate mildly favor aquatic fare, and have some webbing on their back feet in order to swim after Water Pokémon (as well as feeding on water plants). Some Raticate have actually been observed to eat Ratatta when hungry enough.

Hazards

Lone Ratatta aren’t dangerous – their bites can pierce skin, but they prefer to run away from perceived threats. However, groups of Ratatta can be a threat to a lone human – especially if they are very hungry or angry and/or said human is in a helpless position.

Raticate are larger and more aggressive, and so represent a threat even by themselves. Their huge teeth allow them to pierce a person’s body to the bone, and there are reports of wild ones attacking small human children.

In addition, both stages are prone to a number of diseases capable of infecting humans – like the infamous Purple Pox (see “In Human Culture”).

Captive-raised Ratatta and Raticate are far less aggressive towards humans, and aren’t as likely to be diseased. However, they still have their appetites, which can lead them to destroy property.

Courting and Childrearing

Part of the reason this line is so common is that it breeds very frequently – there is now true breeding season, and females can be found raising young every year, and even multiple times a year. They can breed at a young age - Ratatta is one of the few Pokémon to naturally, frequently breed in its first evolutionary stage.

Mating ceremonies are nonexistent – mating is, in fact, the default response when two unrelated members of this species meet while foraging. The female nests in a burrow or other sheltered area and gives birth to around seven offspring, although they can reach twice that number. They wean off her milk and grow independent quickly, allowing them to continue the cycle soon after.

Social Structure

Ratatta live in groups of up to sixty individuals. They make nests close by to each other, and often in high places – Ratatta are good climbers. They forage on their own, though sometimes they will work together to take down large prey or find a good source of food, and share the spoils.

Raticate live similarly, though due to predators being less worrisome, and their lack of climbing skill compared to Ratatta, they typically live on the ground. Raticate societies are also more hierarchical, with higher-ranking members getting first “dibs” on shared food resources. As a result, in hard times the lower-ranking ones tend to die off first, but the others breed more to compensate.

In Human Culture

These Pokémon are regarded as some of the worst pests in history. They destroy property, feed on stored food, and, most notoriously of all, pass diseases on to humans. The dreaded Purple Pox, which killed millions of people in regions all across the world in medieval times, started in this species and then spread to humans. Extermination campaigns are waged against them, and they’ve invaded places they’re not normally native to (though local predators usually keep them under control). Villainous fictional portrayals of this line in every medium are as numerous as the real thing, and nigh-impossible to completely list. (One powerful entertainment company has a mascot known as Petey Pikachu; the company’s detractors often suggest it should be replaced with a Ratatta.)

However, there are some bright spots in human-Ratatta/Raticate relations. They are often bred in captivity, and the resulting, more docile individuals are popular as pets, laboratory Pokemon and as beginner Pokémon for Trainers. While rare, sympathetic fictional portrayals exist; one features a pet Ratatta that finds himself in the world of sewer Ratatta, and another stars a Ratatta that dreams of being a gourmet chef.

It's still shorter than my usual stuff, so advice on how to expand it would be nice.

And I'm taking a break for real this time. Don't want to get burned out before writing the Kami Trio's articles.

edited 25th Nov '11 6:25:47 PM by Umbramatic

 6332 Kexruct, Fri, 25th Nov '11 8:49:06 AM from Vvardenfell
nonarySpade
What I've always wondered is if there aren't any human fauna in the Pokemon universe, how do they come up with the species... name... thingies? (like how Pikachu is the Mouse pokemon)
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 6333 Kostya, Fri, 25th Nov '11 8:53:30 AM from Everywhere
The Razruchityel
I've noticed this thread but I never really payed attention to it. Anybody mind if I start contributing?

[up] The original games and the first season of the anime show/reference normal creatures co-existing with Pokemon. It seems like Pokemon were initially just a weird subset of animals/supernatural beings. Over time they must completely took the place of ordinary species.

 6334 Kexruct, Fri, 25th Nov '11 9:15:53 AM from Vvardenfell
nonarySpade
You mean people just stopped noticing "real" animals, or they all went extinct because of Pokemon? If it's the latter, then that really doesn't make much sense.
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 6335 Kostya, Fri, 25th Nov '11 9:22:49 AM from Everywhere
The Razruchityel
[up] No, I mean they seem to have slowly retconned real animals out of the pokemonverse starting around Gen 3.

Although them driving real animals to extinction would be interesting and totally plausible. However I doubt they meant it to be taken that way.

 6336 Kexruct, Fri, 25th Nov '11 10:10:43 AM from Vvardenfell
nonarySpade
It's not even remotely plausible. Even in predator/prey relationships, it's kept in balance, so if they weren't competing with animals, how would they go extinct?
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 6337 Tangent 128, Fri, 25th Nov '11 10:35:55 AM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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In a hypothetical animal-Pokémon competition, the latter would fare quite well...
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 6338 Kexruct, Fri, 25th Nov '11 11:45:33 AM from Vvardenfell
nonarySpade
That's like saying that earthworms shouldn't exist because we have crocodiles.
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 6339 Neo Crimson, Fri, 25th Nov '11 11:56:37 AM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
[up]Not a fair comparison since they fill vastly different niches. A better example would be two species of raccoons, the first species would win because it can shoot lightning and the other can't.

Regardless it's a moot point because we are going under the assumption that normal animals don't exist in the Pokeverse, and whatever animals that don't have a Pokemon equivalent will stay "off-screen" until Game Freak makes them up.
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 6340 Kexruct, Fri, 25th Nov '11 12:29:06 PM from Vvardenfell
nonarySpade
I would say most Pokemon would fill different niches because they have different powers. I agree that it's a moot point, but I don't think that this is very good reasoning for why.

Besides, it's entirely possible that Pokemon are only abundant in the locations in game, and that in the "real world" they are either rare or nonexistant.

edited 25th Nov '11 12:30:47 PM by Kexruct

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 6341 The Hero Hartmut, Fri, 25th Nov '11 12:38:46 PM from Ireland Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
And that, as they say, is that.
With regards to the Rattata article, ought some reference be made to the usefulness of rats as test subjects in laboratories?
 6342 Justice Man, Fri, 25th Nov '11 2:00:19 PM from Maryland !
You complete me.
[up][up]You want quick bio lesson?

In the natural world, all existence is dominated b the three Fs: Food, Fighting and Fucking. To exist as a continued species any organism needs access to significant amounts of the three.

Food, potential mates, and various defense operations all are limited so the way species survive is by working into niches.

If one animal eats Fruit and the other eats grass, they can both occupy the same area without competing, it's be like Microsoft running Heinz out of business (thus why your stupid Alagator-Worm analogy breaks don)

In the Pokemon world many pokemon groups fill the same ecological niches as there base animals; for example, the Ratatta line subs for irl Rats. This means that in a scenario were they both existed they would have the same land, at the same food, and generally be in direct competition with each other.

Thus, the rat that DIIDNT have goddamn superpowers would either quickly go extinct from the competition or be forced to find a different niche.

Ergo, it's quite likely that if they had animals they would all go extinct.

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 6343 Silent Reverence, Fri, 25th Nov '11 2:58:05 PM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
adopting kitteh
Of note: animals being "retgoned" from the anime or game verses is pretty unlikely — note how the same trees, pretty Earth-like ones, still exist. If anything, they are likely scarce and kept out of the series's focus (just like meathouses), because Earth-like plants without Earth-like animals doesn't make much sense. Biodiversity and all that stuff. There's also the consideration of fleas, plankton and other organisms fulfilling similar ecological roles.

Then again I'm a proponent of the Generation Ship theory of the Pokéverse, so this doesn't trouble me in any way.
 6344 Kexruct, Fri, 25th Nov '11 3:00:12 PM from Vvardenfell
nonarySpade
Not necessarily. Read my other post. Besides, there are quite a few species in the natural world, heck, even in the Pokemon world, in direct competition, where one seems to greatly overpower each other, where both species survive.
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 6345 Silent Reverence, Fri, 25th Nov '11 3:03:13 PM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
adopting kitteh
@Kexcruct: Yeah, I was like, 5×ninjask'd tongue

Still, I think the base point stands — there's no reason there would be no earth-like animals in the Pokéverse. Perhaps the ones for which there are similar Pokémon would be ran over ecologically speaking, but so long as we don't see true worm and flea Pokémon, there's lot of room to have animals and not see them.

Plus, considering how overpowered even the basic morphs are, would anyone not want to be able to pet a non-worlddestroying kitten?

 6346 Swampertrox, Fri, 25th Nov '11 3:49:29 PM from Abandoned Ship Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Mage of Life
[up] I think the general theory has all major animals replaced by pokemon, with plants, bacteria, unicellular organisms, and smaller stuff you wouldn't notice in games, anime, etc existing.
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"A better example would be two species of raccoons, the first species would win because it can shoot lightning and the other can't."

I seriously laughed at this. Also I'm fairly new to this and thought it was interesting so hello all.

This looks cool; I've read a bunch of these, as well as several of the supplementary articles. I think I'll start writing Carnivine, since nobody's called dibs on that yet.
 
 6349 Umbramatic, Fri, 25th Nov '11 6:23:49 PM from WAAPT or PEFE Relationship Status: Dating Catwoman
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Oh dear, a lot's happened since I've been gone.

@ Kostya, Grenedle and Gilded ATM: Welcome to the project! Feel free to start writing something that isn't already written or claimed, or make suggestions.

@ The Hero Hartmut: Oh yeah, I was gonna add that. Will do so now.

@ Tangent 128: What do you think of my take on Spearow?

@ The whole "Do real animals exist" debate: I like Swampertrox's theory the best (I actually used something similar in a fic once) - real-world plants and "protists", bacteria, very small animals like insects, etc. exist in the Pokeverse. We've seen plenty of normal plants, and without the others, the ecosystem would collapse.

edited 25th Nov '11 6:24:17 PM by Umbramatic

 6350 Blissey 1, Fri, 25th Nov '11 7:19:50 PM from a random Pokčcenter Relationship Status: I know
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real-world plants and "protists", bacteria, very small animals like insects, etc. exist in the Pokeverse.

this is my theory as well. Lets face it, most insects in the pokeverse are about 10 times bigger than RL insects; the only one that even comes close to being realistically sized is joltik. RL bugs would fill a different ecological niche purely based on their size alone.
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