Preliminary Bellsprout article done. Criticism wanted!! I used the species name as a common noun rather than a proper one, since we don't go around writing about Zebras and Elephants. By the way, who do I ask about a scientific name? I'm thinking Nepenthes something...
Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Bellsprout [#069]
- Weepinbell [#070]
- Victreebel [#071]
"The bellsprout line are a family of grass/poison pokemon native to swamps and tropical forests. Their most distinctive feature is the 'bell' for which they are named. This bell, while resembling the instrument, is actually an oversized, adapted leaf that acts as their primary method of capturing prey.
Within this bell they produce two kinds of liquids. The most notable of these is an acidic compound that is both their primary method of dissolving food and primary method of defence. When irritated, the members of this line have a tendency to 'vomit' this acid at the offending party.
The second of these liquids is produced in lesser quantities, and prevents the acid from dissolving the walls of the bell. This compound is so effective at its job that it has become the basis for most acid-neutralizing formulas in the modern world.
Bellsprout is the juvenile of the line, and feeds on small insects which it traps in its vines. It can also, like normal plants, gain food from photosynthesis, as it has two leaves on either side of its vine 'body'. However, it still needs to catch and eat prey on a regular basis. Bellsprout's defining feature is its ability to run on its stiff roots. This, combined with its accuracy at flinging its vine, makes bellsprout an efficient predator. This same flexibility also makes it extremely difficult to hit.
After about two years, bellsprout will hook itself onto a root or branch by its vine and evolve into weepinbell. In this form, it has lost its vine, hanging now by a short, wooden 'hook'. The Weepinbell now takes up life as a sedentary hunter. [Trainer's Note: Your weepinbell may dislike this stage of relative immobility. Allow it to ride either on your shoulder or on a sufficiently large pokemon and this will soon pass.]
Its bell is larger, allowing it to eat larger prey. It acid is now also stronger, and while reports of it dissolving steel are a little far-fetched, weepinbell's acid is more than capable of dissolving flesh (see Hazards). Weepinbell will attempt to eat anything that walks past by spitting this acid and drawing the victim into its mouth.
It retains the leaves it had in its previous form, but these are now located on either side of the bell. These leaves are used to cut larger meals down into chunks small enough to be digested. This ability has been dubbed 'Razor Leaf' by the trainer community, and is a staple battling technique.
Many weepinbell remain in this stage for the remainder of their lives, but those who are exposed to radiation from a Leaf Stone evolve into victreebel. As a victreebel, they are significantly larger and heavier. They now rest with the mouth of their bell upwards. To prevent rain from filling the bell, victreebel has grown a leaf 'lid' which they can close over their bells.
Along with this, they now possess a whip-like vine which they can use as a prehensile limb. Victreebel have been observed moving with an awkward hopping, but these pokemon often retain the sedentary lifestyle of their previous form. Nevertheless, they remain deadly predators. Now equipped with four sharp, wooden 'teeth', they attract prey with sweet scented acid, then clamp down, trapping the prey inside their bell."
"The bellsprout line can be found in forests and swamps of Kanto and Johto, with sightings in Sinnoh. Bellsprout are often seen running along the forest floor, either in pursuit of prey or being pursued by predators.
Weepinbell can be found in bushes and trees, patiently waiting for prey to come by. Occasionally a weepinbell will fall out of its perch onto the forest floor. They will generally make their way into a bush or long grass where they can hide. If a weepinbell's bell fills with rain, a mankey or primeape may take the weepinbell and drink from it.
Victreebel can be found near their preevolutions, and are rumoured to live in colonies deep within the heart of forests. However, most scientists and trainers who have set out to confirm these rumours haven't returned."
The diet of any member of the bellsprout line is limited by what they can reasonably fit within their bell. Bellsprout eats insects, and will often chase a prey item that catches their eye and dodges their vine.
Weepinbell will take small animals in addition to insects. Rattata and ledyba have been found eaten by these pokemon. Larger pokemon have also been subdued and eaten by blundering into an area particularly thick with weepinbell.
Victreebel will eat almost anything, even some pokemon the same size as them. Persistent rumours have victreebel eating unwary trainers, but this may merely be brought about by victreebel's habit of 'hugging' people it is particularly fond of by clamping them between its leaf and 'mouth'."
"The bellsprout line has a number of hazards which the prospective trainer must prepare for. Firstly, every member of the line produces sweet-smelling acid within their bell. while this acid in bellsprout is little more than a lure, in the later members of the line it can inflict painful chemical burns.
While most trained members of this line have control over the amount of acid they use in a typical attack, wild varieties don't, and will attack at the slightest provocation. Thick fabrics are a must when travelling through areas known to be weepinbell habitats.
While secondary to their acid, the leaves of the bellsprout line are sharp, and many members can whip up a storm of these sharp leaves if they feel threatened. Again, these scale with evolutionary level. While a bellsprout can inflict little more than a papercut, Victreebel are able to cut to the bone if sufficiently pressed."
Courting and Childrearing
"All forms of the bellsprout line are capable of breeding, though most breeding in the wild is done by victreebel. Female victreebel will carry unfertilized bellsprout eggs/seeds under her bell, and a male will fertilize them by coating them with pollen using his vine. The eggs are then deposited in a secluded place. The eggs are then abandoned, with the bellsprout hatching two weeks later."
"The members of the bellsprout line are generally solitary. Several bellsprout running around independantly of each other is be a common sight within the forests of Kanto and Johto. While Weepinbell have been known to exhibit cooperative behaviour in large groups, these are mostly accidental, with no additional social behaviour noted.
However, on occasion victreebel has been seen providing weepinbell with leaf stones, allowing them to evolve. It is unclear whether this is a case of intentional behaviour or merely instinct."
I'm obviously such a cuddly,inoffensive soul.