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^ To be fair, they've been toying with the size and shape for ages. Just look at all of the egg patterns in the anime or if you want to stick with the games, Manaphy eggs. I think that the uniform egg shapes and sizes are there just so that way the devs can save on cart space. Also, I'm not sure what quirk of biology would enable a creature to be both oviparous and viviparous, did you have some sort of real-life precedent you were thinking of?
Maybe in the Breeding Centre, the animals aren't naturally reproducing, but are simply being cloned. The embryos are then injected into artificially-created eggs to grow. One of them is given to the trainer, and the other is held at the Centre and given to another Trainer.
No I don't. Its just something about the day cares and trainer-based breeding that seems off to me.
Yes, we need Nido love- I imagine they're actually a romantic symbol in the Pokémon world.
As for teleporter tiles: maybe they're based off of Psychic studies?
^Ironically, they can't breed.
That's probably fair to throw out. I imagine the non-game continuities would do that if the issue came up. (Didn't Special have two Nidoking fighting over a Queen?)
Well I can kinda solve the can't breed horrible bug for the royal evolutions (Nidoking/queen), based on the extreme physiological changes due to Moon Stone radiation, which also result in them somehow acquiring Ground-type. If I am not mistaken they are the only Pokémon acquiring a second type (or changing types at all) due to Moon Stone, but I'll work that out. It also helps me giving them a place in the social structure Nido colonies (I think they) have.
It's specifically Nidorina who is giving me trouble with the breeding stuff since there is no particular reason they can't breed considering Nidoran can, but after checking some Pokédex entries I think I can solve it too; otherwise I can always lastresort to something in the sort of "those painful poisonous rear spikes" in the wild + chemical agotation of Explosive Breeder capabilities as a basic Nido upon evolution for scientifical experimentation (which I think makes more sense in ecosystem macroscale) ∆ I'm sure Nidorino are too horny to even care if they get out dead from the deed anyways, after all "can't breed ≠ can't mate" / "can't have fun", but that's another matter entirely...
I had this ridiculous idea where the species as a whole are keeping a Masquerade to Mind Screw with humans For the Funnyz, but of course that won't make into the entry...
Practical question: is it OK if I add some headers to the template for the particular Nido entry? It spans wide enough in term of species(?) differences that I may have to add some stuff for their biological description and particular attributes.
EDIT: ↑Yes, in RBY Safari Zone, Red stumbles upon two Nidoking fighting over a Nidoqueen and thrashing all over the place (causing all other Pokémon around to run away I think); he eventually captures the winner, the loser and the Queen.
edited 15th Jun '10 12:07:55 PM by SilentReverence
Maybe they DO mate, but Nidoran are the only fertile ones for some reason.
^^ You can definitely add headers; the template's just an advised starting point.
You don't have to be consistent with the game code for reproduction. If you can make fun explanations for seeming bugs or Fridge Logic, then great!, but the goal is overall verisimilitude, not slavish devotion to any one continuity.
edited 15th Jun '10 12:17:07 PM by Tangent128
Vulpix is a small, foxlike pokemon. It is covered in rust color fur, with it's belly being cream colored and it's paws a darker shade of the rust color. It has six large, curly tails and three curly locks on it's head, both of which are a red-orange color.
In Ninetales, the cream color on the belly of Vulpix now covers the entire body; some specimens also retain the red-orange color on the tips of their tails. Ninetales has, as the name suggests, nine tails instead of Vulpix six, and the curly locks on Vulpix head have become a large crest of fur.
Unlike most fire pokemon, who have a fire somewhere on the outside of their bodies, the Vulpix line keeps it's fire completely internalized. This internal fire is actually their method of metabolizing food; ingested food is burned and the resulting heat energy used for sustenance. Due to this internalized system, the Vulpix line are some of the only fire pokemon able to swim in the water should the need arise, though it is still very taxing on them as it drains their body heat. During very hot weather, Vulpix and Ninetales will often let puffs of flame out of their mouths to help maintain their internal body temperature. This system of metabolizing heat also makes them essentially immune to fire attacks; they will actually get more powerful if hit by them.
Ninetales is one of the smartest non-psychic type pokemon in the world, and seem perfectly capable of understanding everyday human speech, unlike most pokemon who only understand simple commands and battle orders. One would likely be able to have a nice conversation with one, if they could talk back. Ninetales are also very vengeful pokemon, and have been known to hold grudges and utilize their intelligence to find unique ways to payback those who have wronged them, pokemon or human. They especially hate anyone that pulls on one of their tails.
A Vulpix require a Firestone in order to evolve into a Ninetales. They actually ingest the stone, causing their internal fire to burn much hotter for a short time. The extra energy provided triggers and is used for the process of evolving.
Vulpix live mostly in volcanic, mountainous regions. However, they can also be found in grassy plains and occasionally even in urban environs, especially in abandoned buildings. Ninetales are extremely rare in the wild, and what few of them there are can only be found in volcanic regions, were Firestones can naturally occur.
Both Vulpix and Ninetales are omnivorous, eating most anything they can find from berries to other animals or pokemon. This is thanks to their previously mentioned system of metabolizing food; as long as it can burn, they can eat it. However, Nintales are much more picky about their food, and will only stoop to eating carrion in dire circumstances. Both hunt by quickly pouncing on their prey and immediatly letting of a fire attack at point blank range, usually an ember for Vulpix and a flamethrower for Nintales.
Vulpix are fairly tame pokemon; about the only thing to worry about is to not put your hand in front of them on hot days, as they may incidentally singe you while letting out some fire to maintain their body temperature.
Ninetales on the other hand, require much more caution. It is advised never to interact with one unless you intend to catch it, especially so if you live in the area. Ninetails have been known to exact revenge on people who have needlessly harmed them years after the fact. This even extends to trainers who own a Ninetales, though to a much less dangerous extent. If your Ninetails should faint needlessly in battle, don't be surprised later when some kind of intricate practical joke is sprung on you.
Since the ratio of females to males is about 3:1 in Vulpix and Ninetales, it is the females that must court the males. Once a year, towards the end of winter, females will catch some fresh food and present it to the male they wish to mate with, if there are multiple females after the same male, there may be some fighting between them. After the Vulpix kits are born, the female and male will stay with them for about a month, the female watching over them and the male providing food. After that time, the all involved will go there separate ways.
Vulpix are generally solitary creatures, each female claiming an area by leaving special scorch marks at the edges of their territory, while the males are wanderers. However, they have been known to team up in times of desperation in order to take down larger prey, especially if the Vulpix in question were liter mates.
edited 15th Jun '10 8:41:51 PM by Blissey1
^ Seems alright, I'm not sure if I would have gone with Vulpix and Ninetales having live flames inside their body, but that's a stylistic issue on my part. All in all, very good work...
EDIT: v In that case, good job with sticking with and justifying the official biology...
edited 16th Jun '10 2:06:25 PM by CaptainNapalm
the internal flame thing came straight offa Bulbapedia, but it turned out to be a useful way of explaining their Flash Fire ability and firestone evolution.
edited 16th Jun '10 1:55:22 PM by Blissey1
That works. Though I'm not really sure where Bulbapedia gets some of their species information, honestly.
Seems inefficient to burn food and absorb the heat directly via combustion. Instead of breaking it down and using it to produce ATP. But the Pokemon universe regularly makes the Second Law of Thermodynamics its bitch, so I can't really complain.
I was thinking the same thing too at first. Then I thought "Wait a second, there's pokemon that literally eat dreams" and it didn't seem so odd anymore.
Something a little different today: (We should start doing some city/town writeups as well, IMHO)
Pallet Town is a relatively new housing development in the southern Kanto Reigon. Founded some 25 years ago during the construction boom of the era, Pallet Town is well known for the quality and high technology of its houses. In addition to this, it is the home of the famous Professor Oak and his laboratory, regarded as one of the top Pokémon authorities in the nation.
Pallet Town is a coastal town, and is only a short distance away from Cinnabar Island. A Trainer with a skilled Water Pokémon can make the trip in about an hour. Though there is no full-time ferry service to and from the two currently, recently there has been talk of installing one. To the north of Pallet Town, accessable by Route 1, is Viridian City, home of the Ground-type leader Blue.
At one time, Pallet Town was a home of primary industry, but this has dried up since most manufacturing has been moved to Saffron City. At present, many Pallet Town residents work from home and telecommute for large corporations like Silph Co. and Devon. In addition, many people work as assistants and aides for Professor Oak and his lab, and help to take care of the myriad Pokémon that come and go every day.
Many, if not all, aspiring Kanto Trainers will visit Pallet Town at least once in their careers. In fact, most will begin their journey by visiting the area to receive one of three free Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak. Native Pokémon of the area are relatively tame and easily caught, providing a quick and easiy addition to any team.
Pallet Town has generally been cleared of the wilder inhabitants that live in other parts of the country. The meadows surrounding the town are well-kept. Occasionally, a larger Pokémon from farther afield may be found in the area, such as Pikachu.
Pokémon normally found on Route 1 include:
edited 17th Jun '10 8:34:00 AM by CrowT.Robot
Ah, yes. Looks good! Though starters probably aren't all given by one regional authority; many trainers start with passed-down or befriended Pokémon. I think there was some discussion on starters back a little before the Trainer's Card entry, but I haven't time to track it down at the moment.
Still, being on the shortest route from Cinnabar to the mainland, most Trainers will certainly pass through, and Oak's Lab is sure to be an attraction.
I'd like to do the Cinnabar entry in a couple days, by the way.
Maybe these are the "official" starters of the reigon according to tradition, breeding, or analysis of skills/powers.
edited 17th Jun '10 11:21:19 AM by CrowT.Robot
considering how annoying it is to get a female starter, breeding may indeed have something to do with it.
edited 17th Jun '10 11:56:34 AM by Blissey1
The final starter, explored.
The most notable feature of a Treecko is the bright, vivid green skin. This skin contains small amounts of chlorophyll. All three morphs obtain their sustenance from external sources, but they rely on their chlorophyll as a quicker method of obtaining energy rather than eating. This special skin lining also means that they are capable of using Grass-type moves with ease, and thus Treecko are also the official Grass starter of the Hoenn League.
The first form, the Treecko, is the smallest. Almost wholly arboreal, wild Treecko may never leave the trees. It is nocturnal, and relies on it's keen sense of touch and large, bulbous eyes to find it's way in the dark. Their hands and feet are covered with microscopic ridges, which allows them to clamber up almost any structure. When moving full tilt from branch to branch, Treecko rival Chimchar in terms of agility. Treecko are very intelligent, and many are posessed with a mischevious streak. (TRAINER'S NOTE: If your Treecko goes missing, look up. Chances are that it is hanging just above your head.)
The adolescent form, the Grovyle, are larger, yet even more agile than their smaller cousins. Unlike Treecko, they also posess leaves on the underside of their arms, their rears and on their head- it is believed that these plants are symbiotic growths that provide simple sugars for the animal. However, they will only become sexually mature in the species's final evolution.
A fully grown Sceptile is a force to be reckoned with. Lithe and agile, a Sceptile can blend in with the foliage around it and render itself nigh-invisible. They are posessed of a keen intelligence and can navigate themselves through three-dimensional environments with ease. Despite this size and strength, they are relatively docile and will spend most of the day sleeping. The tail of a Sceptile is ringed with symbiotic plants akin to that of Grovyle. Curiously enough, only male plants will grow on the animal. The female plant is an independant epyphite. The male plants constantly emit microscopic pollen in the chance that one will fertilize a female plant nearby. (TRAINER'S NOTE- Trainers with hay fever or allergies should not choose a Treecko as their starter.)
Treecko, Grovyle, and Sceptile are arboreal. Some may never leave the trees. They are very rare in the wild, and, being a Starter Pokémon, most are found in captivity, under the care of Trainers.
All three animals are carnivorous. Owing to their cold-blooded metabolism and their photosynthetic supplements, they do not need to eat as much as other carnivores of the reigon. Treecko are insectivorous, and is preferential to small Wurmple and Nincada. Grovyle will occasioanlly make forays onto the ground to hunt larger prey. After killing a smaller Pokémon (such as a Taillow or Wingull) they will retreat to the trees to enjoy their kill in peace. Wholly carnivorous, Sceptile have been known to attack humans, but will most often eat Linoone and Swellow.
All three animals are posessed of a strong independant streak. They do not like to be held or touched, and some may respond to such a disturbance with violence. In addition, their simple stimulus-response prey identification system means that they are prone to wandering off in search of food, sometimes in the midst of battle. In addition, Sceptile are immensly strong, and can shatter a man's arm bones with a bite, if sufficiently angry.
Solitary by nature, Sceptile will rarely encounter another of their species. If the two are of the same gender, they will ignore one another or get into a fight. If they are different genders, a brief, informal coupling will take place, with the female laying eggs a few months later. The female Sceptile will lay eggs in the ground and abandon them. The baby Treecko will hatch three months later and part ways.
All Pokémon of this line are solitary. They will stake claims using claw marks on trees to mark their territory.
edited 17th Jun '10 1:34:16 PM by CrowT.Robot
^ A little nitpicky on my part, but reptiles (or for that matter, non-mammals) kinda don't urinate...
You kinda put all the "Diet" info in the "Notable Biology" section
Eh. Their diet changes as they evolve.
edited 17th Jun '10 1:28:08 PM by CrowT.Robot
so divide up the "Diet" section into 1 paragraph for each evo just like the "Notable Biology" section!
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