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The PokÚdex - Extended Fanon Edition:

 7001 Udthe Imp, Thu, 7th Jun '12 5:34:52 PM from Stamford, CT
Screw the Lion!
Wait, what? *checks serebii.net*

Huh.......Rufflets ARE exclusively male.

  • checks serebii.net again*

And Vullabies are all female. Fascinating........though I doubt THESE two could be considered male and female of the same line as Tauros and Milktank though, right?
There are three constants in the universe: creation, destruction, and Fate. Guess which one am I? - Id the Imp
 7002 rmctagg09, Thu, 7th Jun '12 5:35:41 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
Well...
Hugging a Vanilluxe will give you frostbite.

It's typed rmctagg09.
 7003 Udthe Imp, Thu, 7th Jun '12 5:45:00 PM from Stamford, CT
Screw the Lion!
DANG. A conundrum so perplexing that even the fine crackpots here at TV Tropes could only come with something that's halfassed at best.

edited 7th Jun '12 9:10:14 PM by UdtheImp

There are three constants in the universe: creation, destruction, and Fate. Guess which one am I? - Id the Imp
 7004 Umbramatic, Thu, 7th Jun '12 9:01:31 PM from WAAPT or PEFE Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
Er... What was ah sayin' again?
Yeah, I left it ambiguous for a reason... >_>
"I would totally Bullet Punch a fairy." - my cousin
 7005 Blissey 1, Thu, 7th Jun '12 9:25:08 PM from a random PokŔcenter Relationship Status: I know
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well, at least for all female species, we can go with Parthenogenesis, which is what i did for the Chansey article.

Between that and Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism, we really only have to worry about the hitmon line...
 7006 rmctagg09, Thu, 7th Jun '12 9:27:04 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
And Sawk & Throh (Which I'll write. Eventually.)
Hugging a Vanilluxe will give you frostbite.

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 7007 Blissey 1, Thu, 7th Jun '12 9:29:03 PM from a random PokŔcenter Relationship Status: I know
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oh right, those two...

what is it with fighting types?
 7008 rmctagg09, Thu, 7th Jun '12 9:40:05 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
Stereotypes, man.
Hugging a Vanilluxe will give you frostbite.

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 7009 Regitnui, Fri, 8th Jun '12 5:24:42 AM from Blind Eternities
Worldweaver Spider
We all know that women are supposed to be meek and mild, so they're horrible fighters. *Female Machamp cracks knuckles threateningly*

But seriously, they missed an opportunity in Gen II to have a gender-diverting evolution: Female tyrogue could have evolved into a draped Lady of War styled fighter, but no, they had to add hitmontop instead... *sigh* Game Freak, why must you leave us with such a problem? Have you no care for the internal logic of PokÚmon?
I'm obviously such a cuddly,inoffensive soul.
Outer Cloyster
Damn, that would have been cool...

 7011 Regitnui, Wed, 13th Jun '12 3:43:49 AM from Blind Eternities
Worldweaver Spider
At the risk of disturbing the spiders that were just starting to build their cobwebs, I present my Lotad Article (preliminary)

Lotad Line

Morphs [Oak Catalog #]

  • Lotad [#069]

  • Lombre [#070]

  • Ludicolo [#071]

Notable Biology

The Lotad line are a lake-dwelling species endemic to the Hoenn region, whose members are noted for having lilypads atop their heads and a beak-like protrusion around their mouths. This line are good-natured, mostly harmless and herbivourous pokemon, making them good choices for beginning trainers.

All three of these pokemon are capable of undergoing a metamorphosis when deprived of water, shedding their normal, porous skins for a hard shell-like casing. While this is unlikely to occur in their native region of Hoenn, Lotad and Lombre have been noted to enter this state of suspended animation in the Orre region when abandoned. This is largely an involuntary survival response, as introduction to a large enough body of water usually revives the pokemon swiftly. [TRAINER'S NOTE: Forcing your pokemon to enter this state is considered abuse and will be dealt with appropriately.]

All of these pokemon are largely amphibious, capable of absorbing water directly through their skin so are almost never found away from a source of fresh water, usually a pond, lake or river. [TRAINER'S NOTE: Tap water will poison your Lotad, due to chemicals present in the purification process. An artificial pond or water feature is highly recommended before you keep Lotad as a pet.] Their lilypads are especially absorbent, allowing certain members of this species to gain nutrition from rainwater or stored lakewater.

Lotad, the most basic form of the line, is a small, blue creature, unusual amongst non-bug type pokemon for having six stubby legs. These aren't part of the pokemon's skeleton, but rather cartiliginous nubs that serve as steering. The pokemon's bony limbs are within its body to avoid damage to the partially formed bones.

However, easily the most notable feature of Lotad is the massive lilypad along its back. This is actually its primary food source, as the beak present in the later forms is underdeveloped here. This beak is only present on the upper lip for most of its life as a lotad. Once the lower jaw begins to develop, it is close to evolution.

Lombre is the next form and is radically different from the larval lotad. The pokemon now has four fully articulated limbs and a full, red beak. This nocturnal pokemon uses the rough inner surface of the beak to strip both underwater and lakeside plants of their leaves. Though it is strictly herbivourous, it seems to enjoy snatching lures off fishing lines, natural or artificial.

Though the lilypad atop its head may seem to be smaller, this is simply due to the Lombre's increased size. Now approximately 1m (3 feet) tall, it is able to walk on its stocky hind legs. The forelimbs are used mostly for swimming, being used in a stroke that is reminiscent of, and indeed inspired, Hoennian pearl divers. When cornered, the lombre will often strike out with claws on its forelimbs, a technique similar to the Skitty line's 'Fury Swipes'.

Lombre's green skin is covered in a slippery, foul-smelling, foul-tasting slime. This slime serves the dual purpose of retaining water when on land and discouraging predators such as Zangoose or Corphish. Tests show that the beak is little more than a hardened buildup of this film, though the exact nature of the hardening process is poorly understood.

When exposed to radiation from a water stone, lombre will evolve into the aptly-named 'carefree pokemon', otherwise known as Ludicolo. Resembling a pineapple more than its previous evolutions, Ludicolo retains both the bipedal stance and lilypad from its time as a Lombre. This radical difference is mostly due to a covering of watertight, brown-striped yellow hairs. This is a far more efficient method of retaining water, allowing Ludicolo to spend periods of time up to a week away from a source of water.

This pokemon's most famous habit, however, must be its habit of dancing. This is due to its heartrate being influenced by rapid beats, like Lombre's alarm call. In the presence of music, adrenaline and sugars are released into the pokemon's bloodstream, inciting a rush of energy meant for defense of its home. While domestic Ludicolo do enjoy this period of heightened activity, overexposure can cause problems with the pokemon's circulatory system. Therefore it is recommended that you remove your pokemon from the sound if it begins to tire.

Habitat

Lotad are often mistaken for lilypads, as they spend almost all of their time floating just beneath the surface, photosynthesising for food. These quiet creatures may even be seen gathered in slack water areas within rivers, huddled together to resist the current.

Lombre are seldom seen during the day, but can be seen during the early morning and late evening either swimming or ambling along the banks. During the day, Lombre retreat to dens dug into the soil, then covered over with vegetation. During breeding season, Lotad eggs may be found tucked into a concealed corner.

Ludicolo are understandably rare outside of captivity, but wild specimens can possibly be seen near large populations of their pre-evolutions, dozing just beneath the water's surface. They, like Lombre, become more active at night, and will venture away from their homes to browse on larger woody plants. Many old-growth lakeside forests in Hoenn host a relatively substantial population of these pokemon.

An important note for anyone spending time or living near a lake in which this line is known to live is the attractiveness of human settlements to this pokemon. While this is usually attributed to this line's love of play, it is more likely to be due to the lake of predators than any desire for company. If you happen to find either Lotad or Lombre in your garden, simply call the local pokemon authorities. In the case of a Ludicolo, simply wait and turn off any music playing, and the pokemon will leave after eating its fill.

Diet

Herbivourous creatures, the lotad line rely on a mixture of photosynthesis and plant material for food. Lotad hardly eat at all, their large lilypad-like leaves giving them all the nutrition they need to develop. Lombre may also photosynthesize, but due to their nocturnal lifestyle feed on both aquatic and lakeside plants, being especially partial to aquatic mosses. Ludicolo, due to their furry skin, are unable to photosynthesize, instead spending most of their time awake eating. While still preferring aquatic plants, Ludicolo may wander from their territorial lakes to browse woody or terrestrial vegetation.

Hazards

Despite, as stated above, being generally amiable pokemon, there are a number of things to be cautious about when dealing with members of this line. Lombre's claws are capable of inflicting quite a nasty wound if left untreated, and their slime is quite toxic when ingested. Lombre's habit of startling people, while not dangerous by itself, can lead to any number of dangerous situations, especially around its preferred, watery habitats.

Ludicolo, being a large pokemon, can be quite boisterous, capable of breaking bones if startled or allowed to get too out of hand. For this reason, it is recommended to not allow drums, bass guitars or rock concerts near your Ludicolo, as their increased heartrate will encourage them to greater activity.

On the whole, the greatest danger posed by these pokemon to humans is their tendency to forget that children cannot breathe underwater. Though due to mandatory swimming and training lessons the rate of drowning has dropped steeply over the past decade, families with toddlers or children below schoolgoing age are advised not to let their Lotad evolve until their children and pokemon understand water safety, or another reliable person or pokemon is present.

Courting and Childrearing

While both Lotad and Ludicolo are capable of reproduction, breeding in the wild is done by Lombre. At the beginning of spring, male Lombre will start decorating their nests with brightly-coloured objects, including pilfered fishing lures. The male will supplement this with dance-like displays, meant to show off his strength and agility.

These displays can become brawls between males, if a male sets up his nest too close to another. Females are also known to fight, especially if a male puts on an impressive display. Combat is usually nonfatal, resulting in little more than chipped leaves and bruised egos.

After mating, the female will retire to her own nest, where she will lay two to four Lotad eggs in a specially prepared, damp corner. These eggs incubate for two weeks under a mat of vegetation. When the eggs hatch, the female will carry her offspring to the nearest body of water, where she will release them. [TRAINER'S NOTE: A breeding female will defend any Lotad, not just her own. It is therefore recommended to capture Lotad during the late summer or early autumn.]

The young Lotad will spend approximately a year in the basic stage, after which they will evolve.

Social Structure

Lotad and Lombre form colonies in lakes and rivers all around Hoenn, filling a similar ecological niche to the Poliwag line of Kanto and Johto. At any time, the colony can consist of up to a hundred Lombre and their offspring. There is no strict role definitions, all members of the colony defending and helping each other as necessary. Neither is there any needless sentimentality, though; once a member of the colony is caught, either by a predator or trainer, the colony will scatter.

Ludicolo will only appear in large or well established colonies, where they play the role of guardians to their earlier evolutions. Summoned by the clacking of a Lombre's beak, all the Ludicolo in a particular colony will respond to drive off the intruder. It is not uncommon to see a Ludicolo surrounded by Lotad that will hang onto the large pokemon for protection and stability in the current.

So? Comments, criticisms?
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 7012 rmctagg09, Wed, 13th Jun '12 11:17:55 AM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
You should probably mention the specific places where they can be found in Habitat (Including Sinnoh). Also, it seems kind of weird that Lotad Line members would have trouble being cognizant of the fact that children can't swim when they're known to ferry non-swimming species across water.

edited 13th Jun '12 11:39:49 AM by rmctagg09

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I don't think both of those are mutually exclusive though. Do you think that dogs know that humans can't smell as well as they can? They still smell things for humans becuase they were taught to. Not that the Lotad line were taught to ferry smaller pokemon, but it could be an instinctual thing or maybe even just being empathetic (ie seeing the smaller pokemon in distress trying to cross the body of water).

edited 13th Jun '12 12:49:49 PM by Grenedle

 7014 Udthe Imp, Wed, 13th Jun '12 2:37:58 PM from Stamford, CT
Screw the Lion!
[up]Or probably a Lotad ferrying a struggling Pokemon to the other side of a body of water.....but ACTUALLY want to get back to the same side they were on.
There are three constants in the universe: creation, destruction, and Fate. Guess which one am I? - Id the Imp
 7015 Regitnui, Thu, 14th Jun '12 9:48:56 AM from Blind Eternities
Worldweaver Spider
I chose to see the 'ferryman' part of lotad as more an accidental thing misinterpreted by humans. Given the natural friendliness of Lombre and Ludicolo, humans see, say, a young budew that has wandered onto a lotad's leaf being carried as the lotad sculls across the pond and assume the lotad is ferrying the smaller pokemon rather than not noticing the budew at all.
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 7016 rmctagg09, Thu, 14th Jun '12 3:39:14 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
It also seems to be missing anything on shiny forms and Own Tempo. Also, that makes me wonder how a Lotad would fail to notice the Budew on their head.
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Maybe Own Tempo causes them to not notice? Or I might be mistaking that with something else.

 7018 Regitnui, Fri, 15th Jun '12 1:26:42 AM from Blind Eternities
Worldweaver Spider
Own Tempo... That's the anti-confusion (Dream World) ability. How are status effects like confused handled in our version of Real Life?

The Shiny forms are just blue where these are green, lotad's body being red. I suppose I can mention that somewhere.

I don't mention that 'ferryman' thing entirely beacuse there are few Hoennian pokemon that weigh less that lotad itself, and the lilypad wouldn't be any bigger than it needs to be to support the rest of lotad, its primary function.

edited 15th Jun '12 1:32:23 AM by Regitnui

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 7019 Blissey 1, Fri, 15th Jun '12 9:29:24 AM from a random PokŔcenter Relationship Status: I know
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you could totally mention the ferryman lotad as a folk tale of sorts under "in Human Culture" (which you don't have yet), then explain how their lillypad can hardly support themselves and the story was probably started by someone seeing the Budew thing you mentioned earlier.

Bring it all together!

edited 15th Jun '12 9:29:55 AM by Blissey1

 7020 Regitnui, Sat, 16th Jun '12 8:51:52 AM from Blind Eternities
Worldweaver Spider
The frog and the scorpion translated into the Lotad and the Roselia. That works well as a traditional Hoennian folk tale.

edited 16th Jun '12 8:58:20 AM by Regitnui

I'm obviously such a cuddly,inoffensive soul.
Wouldn't a Gligar or Skorupi be better? Not too sure about any size differences but if either of them is too big, it could be put down to Artistic License.

 7022 Regitnui, Sun, 17th Jun '12 1:40:42 AM from Blind Eternities
Worldweaver Spider
Roselia is native to Hoenn, while Gligar and Skorupi are both Sinnoh-native PokÚmon.
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 7023 rmctagg09, Sun, 17th Jun '12 9:00:53 AM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
There are Lotad in Sinnoh, so a Sinnoh variant of the tale could have a Skorupi.
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 7024 Regitnui, Sun, 17th Jun '12 12:04:18 PM from Blind Eternities
Worldweaver Spider
Do we count the dual slot thing? I ignored it because it isn't the 'natural state' of the game, and Lotad isn't in the Sinnoh PokÚdex.
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 7025 rmctagg09, Sun, 17th Jun '12 12:56:09 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
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Yes, we do.
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