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Like many Grass types, their genome is bifurcated into plantlike and animal sections, which each take dominance in different organs. The most notable plantlike sections of Tropius are the leaf wings growing out of their back, though even these are densely packed with motor proteins, nerve tissue, and active circulatory vessels. At the base of these wings, the vegetable tissue encircles their neck, forming a shieldlike covering for their torso.
Also quickly noticed is the "cap" growing around a Tropius's head. In addition to shielding the Pokémon's eyes from the sunlight they love to bask in, the cap includes a pocket filled with a tangle of modified, sticky leaves. Seeds from chewed Berries may, if the Tropius likes the particular fruit, be transferred to and lodged in this pocket. The pocket provides the seeds with moisture and nutrients, and the nestlike leaves allow the resulting berry plant's roots to securely anchor themselves. The grown berries are visible as fruit adorning the Tropius's neck, and provide them with an energy reserve.
Most Tropius decide not to take the risk of living in or near a volcano, and instead situate themselves in the tropics, where the humidity is high and rainfalls are plentiful. Their herbivorous diet consists for lots of plants, such as those that grow on Large Trees or the tall grass found in Hoenn’s Route 119.
When found near the mountains, they always choose the warmest climate around said mountain, ranging from the south side of the mountain to the closest proximity towards the top of a volcano. Volcanoes are a favorite pick for Tropius in the mountains, since the soil is fertile and grows good plants, as well as providing heat and sunlight for photosynthesis.
The Tropius of Sinnoh mainly stay close to the Great Marsh, noted by most natives as the warmest and muddiest place in the entire region. The regular intervals of rain available in the Great Marsh plus the unnaturally humid climate makes it a good candidate for Tropius to gather, though the current number of Tropius in the area is unknown and they are rare to find.
In nature, Tropius are almost exclusively frugivorous- the high sugar content of berries, apples, and other fruit make for ideal concentrated energy sources. A wild Tropius spends much of its day foraging around a large territory (with the aid of its flight), seeking out freshly-ripened fruit to consume.
Tropius do not possess teeth capable of thoroughly chewing their food; rather, mechanical breakdown of their food is performed by a gizzard. They will ingest new grit by taking mouthfuls of soil, to the eternal delight of any children watching. They can also extract supplemental minerals from the soil they ingest.
With surplus resources, Tropius produce a fruit from their necks, which they can Harvest as an emergency food reserve. In their preferred habitats, Tropius find food sufficiently plentiful that they can afford to gift these fruits to humans and Pokémon as snacks.
Wild Tropius seem to have a fondness for banana species, but Berries are more plentiful and cheaper for a Trainer to obtain. Try to provide a mixture of berry varieties, but feel free to indulge any particular preferences your Tropius may express. Due to their similarities to bananas, Nanab berries will likely prove popular. Also provide nuts frequently for protein.
As long as your Tropius is allowed outside daily, it should be able to obtain grit for itself. To ensure optimal digestion, allow its own instincts to regulate its intake; there is no need to force any mud on it.
Do NOT attempt to feed your Tropius meat; it will cause terrible indigestion at best. Many common Pokémon food mixes are similarly ill-suited to Tropius's frugivorous digestion; if a fruit-and-nut diet is infeasible, consult with your local Pokémon Center to find an acceptable feed mix.
If angered, a Tropius may chase after you, aiming to take you down. Most Tropius in this case will take in the sunlight to either make themselves faster, or stronger. In the case of the former, it is heavily advised to use a Pokemon that can change the weather to something other than a Sunny Day so that you have a chance of getting away. In the case of the latter, it is heavily advised that a trainer has some way of protecting themselves from their attacks, as the Tropius will tire out after a while.
During the mating/breeding time the males remain largely stationary, releasing pollen and maintaining other Pokémon species relatively close as a means to "ornament" their territory. As per the females, they fly around and evaluate potential mates without making contact, guiding themselves by anemotaxis and visual examination of close landmarks such as tall trees. This is because they need to make sure their fruit is still protected and available for a long time after mating.
Given the shape of their leaves and their standard tropical habitat, Tropius mark and share territory in a north-south fashion in order to minimize the opportunity cost of absorbing sunlight while they go watching their territory.
edited 12th May '11 9:56:26 PM by CalamityJane
Oh, and Captain Napalm, I think you might want to turn some of the Walls of Text you have on your Team Aqua article into paragraphs, because it's kind of hard for me to read.
I just had a thought. How would Beedrill and Combee interact where their ranges overlap?
Imagine something like this.
Nature is friggin terrifying.
edited 1st Jan '11 3:21:42 PM by Scroolly
More like fucking awesome.
...Does it mean something bad with me if I think that the video was awesome and the music was adequately relaxing?
Of course, Japanese Honeybees can defend themselves. They swarm the giant hornets and cover them with their bodies. Then they vibrate their wings to create friction and raise their body temperatures. Then they cook the hornets.
I knew that, I saw the documentary back in 8th grade.
Aww, I always hoped it's be something like my avatar.
Bees and hornets HATE each other and will always go for the kill, this is supposed to be a bit realistic. Would explain why Combee isn't abundant in Kanto and Johto, and Weedle is rare in Sinnoh.
Just a heads up, I'm sorry about not having Kyogre finished when I said it would be. Lots of things were holding me up.
Bumping this cause I dont want this awesome thread slipping into oblivion
Oh yeah right! I still have to write up that article for Kyogre...
Now you know how I feel. Speaking of which, I should get to work on Swinub...
I may be doing an article on Mantyke/Mantine in the near future. I have some preliminary ideas, I just have to get myself to actually put them together into a coherent whole...
Has anyone taken the Shroomish line yet?
Not that I can remember. Go for it!
Dude, can I just comment that what you're doing is awesome? :D I love this project!
Hmm. What hazards would a Breloom provide? I know Shroomish can inflict a lot of stuff.
Isn't breloom a fighting type or something?
Well, Breloom could do similar things to Shroomish, plus it has Fighting-type abilities. In the games, its attack stat is pretty high, so probably one of the biggest hazards would be if you got a Breloom angry at you, it could punch and kick you pretty hard.
And let's not forget the size of those talons; I'm pretty sure that an enraged Breloom would be able to disembowel someone with a single kick. Plus, they're pretty much kangaroos...and a kangaroo is by no means a harmless animal.
I stopped momentarily on Swablu, but it should be done by Sunday.
"Sorry, just an inability to concen-Oooh, what's this new thread?'
edited 10th Jan '11 4:39:51 PM by Scardoll
Bah, I was supposed to write a Tropius section and index and stuff, too.... and hopefully then start on Snover...
But for the next couple days I need to be responsible and get settled into the semester.
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