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Calling Dibs on the Wooloo Line.
Added "bipedal" to the Scorbunny line.
Since nobody objected when I asked I put dibs on Rolycoly.
Vulpix is a small, vulpine Pokémon with fur that ranges from crimson to velvet-red to cream beige. It possesses red-orange tufts of fur on its head that form bangs and curls, along with six red-orange tails that commonly curl at the end. Upon birth, however, it possesses a single snow-white tail that splits into the iconic six as it matures. It has a triangular snout, large brown eyes, and large ears with dark brown insides.
Ninetales is a larger vulpine Pokémon with golden-white fur, golden-yellow eyes, and nine tails that end in a bright orange tip. It sports a long crest of fur atop its head and a shorter mane around the neck. Its legs, body, and snout have also become longer and more slender.
The Alolan variant of the Vulpix line possesses snow-white fur with a touch of teal on their paws and the bases of their tails along with icy blue eyes. They also possess slightly shorter snouts and whispier fur, the latter becoming more prominent upon reaching the Ninetales stage. The coloration of their fur enables them to camouflage in snowstorms, enabling them to either get the jump on their prey or as a means of escape.
Unlike most other Fire-Types, with flames that burn outside their bodies, the Vulpix line possesses flames that burn inside their stomachs, giving them a certain warmth to them when touched. This grants them a unique means of metabolizing food: instead of processing it via digestive acids, they use the flames to burn up the food and use the resulting combustion as sustenance. This makes the line one of the few, if not the only, Fire-Type Pokémon capable of swimming. This is still taxing on them, however, as it drains them of precious body heat. Thus, they only do so as a last resort. On extremely hot days, they’ll exhale puffs of fire as a means of cooling off.
Ninetales is notable for being the smartest non-Psychic Pokémon on record, boasting intelligence that far exceeds that of the average human. In fact, one would likely have a pleasant conversation with Ninetales if it were capable of human speech. This, along with its reputation for pettiness, has led superstitious people to believe that it can cast a curse on those that slight it and that it can live for a thousand years. In reality, it’s just the Ninetales performing extremely elaborate pranks on the poor soul and their descendants, with the Ninetales even setting up measures so it can carry out its pranks posthumously.
In order to evolve a Vulpix into a Ninetales, a Fire Stone is required. Unlike most other instances, where a Pokémon requiring an Evolutionary Stone to evolve would merely touch the stone to evolve, a Vulpix actually ingests the stone to evolve. The sudden flux of power causes their tails to glow and create a sudden jolt of heat that some equate to a hot summer’s day.
Alolan Vulpix and Alolan Ninetales contrast from their standard counterparts in a number of ways. One notable change is how they have adapted out their internal flame and developed a means of internal refrigeration, allowing them to exhale breath as cold as 58 degrees below Fahrenheit, which they use to freeze prey and potential threats solid. It also generates a microscopic layer of frost around its fur when brought to warmer climates, likely as a means of maintaining body temperature. When that doesn’t work, they lower the temperature of the immediate area around it as a fallback, causing ice crystals to form. Alolan Vulpix also requires a newly discovered stone aptly called an Ice Stone in order to evolve. It still ingests it to absorb its power, causing their tails to glow and create a temperature flux that some describe as a brisk winter morning.
Both lines possess brains developed similarly to an early-stage Psychic-Type, enabling them to utilize a small pool of Psychic and Ghost-Type moves. While some believe it uses these abilities to cast curses on people, the closest it can do is either deplete your strength, cause you to lose control of your senses with an eerie light, or cause headaches with an odd, unseeable power.
There exist four subdivisions of this line in total. The first two are exclusive to the standard variant. One is entirely immune to Fire-Type attacks due to their internal flame; in fact, Fire-Type moves only make this subdivision stronger. Another is able to exert the heat generated by their internal fire to distort the air in the immediate area, creating a sort of magnifying glass-like effect that intensifies solar rays, thus empowering Fire-Types (and certain Grass-Types) and weakening Water-Types. The latter is rarer than the former. The next two are exclusive to the Alolan variant. One can camouflage themselves perfectly in a snowstorm, making them more difficult to track down. The other can summon their own snowstorm by dramatically lowering the temperature of the surrounding area to freezing levels. Once again, the latter is rarer than the former.
The Vulpix line prefers to live in places known for intense heat or plentiful sunlight, such as volcano bases or grasslands. Some have also been found in urban environs, especially abandoned buildings. Ninetales are much rarer in the wild due to their means of evolution, but some sightings have been made in volcanic areas, where Fire Stones are commonly found.
The Alolan variant lives at the snow-covered peak of Mt. Lanakila in dens facing the sun for warmth, though some skulks have been found in the Tapu Village at the base. Ninetales can only be found near the peak of Mt. Lanakila due to the amount of Ice Stones that can be found there, and even then sightings rarely happen if at all. Due to the Alolan line’s reclusive nature, their innate aversion towards humans, and the predominantly warm climate of Alola, no reports exist of either of the members in any other part of Alola excluding domestic settings.
Both lines are omnivorous, eating berries and Pokémon with little to no fuss, with the Alolan variant having more of a lean towards meat. When hunting, the standard variant will utilize balls of fire to confound, ensnare, and terminate their prey. Meanwhile, the Alolan variant will use surprise tactics and freeze their prey solid before shattering them and dividing the fragments among the skulk, with the leader (most often a Ninetales) getting first pick. Ninetales from both variants are known for eating carrion, but will only do so as an act of desperation.
The Vulpix line are fairly tame, preferring to avoid conflict rather than confront it, but when they do need to confront, they’ll usually do so via diplomacy rather than through force. Otherwise, they will not hesitate to end the conflict the moment it begins.
On hot days, one should be careful not to be too close to either member from either line whenever it attempts to cool itself off, lest they risk getting burnt or frozen.
Ninetales casting curses and controlling minds are nothing more than old wives’ tales, but one should still be careful when handling it. Ninetales are extremely vengeful, extremely methodical, and extremely petty. If you as much as touch one of its tails, even on accident, then it will dedicate its entire existence to making your life and your descendants' lives a living Distortion World. However, if a Trainer has established a strong enough connection with one, preferably while it’s still a Vulpix, then the worst one could expect would be a childish prank or two (Ex.: feces in sleeping bags, midnight wake-up calls, hidden articles of clothing, etc.) so long as it senses that you never truly intended malice to befall it.
While the Alolan variant is much more temperate than its standard counterpart, that does not make them any less dangerous. If you spot a wild Alolan Vulpix, do not be tempted to pet it, as there is always a Ninetales nearby ready to protect it and its territory. That said, if Ninetales senses that you are merely a lost traveler (and it most often will), it will guide you back to the beaten path without a second thought so as to non-verbally yet politely tell you to get lost. However, if it senses that you bear ill intent, it will not hesitate to freeze you to the bone.
As the female-to-male ratio of the species is 3:1, the females are usually the ones courting the males, though reports from various Pokémon daycares and the Paniola Ranch state that they do not mind breeding with other canine or vulpine Pokémon. Similar instances do occur in the wild, but rarely. When winter’s end draws near, the females present a present of food to a male of their choosing. If two females attempt to court the same male, a fight will ensue between the females, with the male going to the winner. After a female has chosen a male and the Vulpix kits are born, they will stay with the parents for seven months, with the mother caring for and protecting them and the father providing food. Vulpix kits are generally born with a single white tail, but when it splits into the iconic six red tails, it’s a sign that it’s ready to fend for itself.
The Alolan variants share many of the same courting traits as the standard variant, with the adage that females of the Alolan variant also attempt to court males by creating impressive displays of snow and light. When two or more females compete for the same male, they either compete in a test of strength or a test of spectacle, often choosing the latter.
Both lines can only reproduce when food is abundant, but when it is, they can give birth to as many as 14 kits at a time. Whether they mate for life or not depends on the amount of food and threats in the area.
Vulpix and Ninetales are generally solitary Pokémon, with females marking their territory with scorch and claw marks along the edges of their territory and males drifting from one area to the next. However, members of this line will team up against larger foes, especially if they happen to be from the same litter. In the rare instance that they do form a pack including a Ninetales, the Ninetales will always serve as the leader.
The Alolan variant is similar in much of the standard variant’s social patterns, such as Ninetales creating ice patterns along trees and rocks unique to each skulk as a means of marking their territory and teaming up against larger foes in times of need. However, larger packs of Vulpix and Ninetales have been spotted protecting larger areas as a means of ensuring kit survival.
Because of Vulpix’s tame and benign nature, most beginning Trainers are given one as a gift. It is also a popular choice for beginning Pokémon breeders, since their coats growing more lustrous is a sign that they are at peak physical condition. There are also some that keep members from either line as pets, but this has recently been outlawed in certain areas of Unova.
Vulpix and Ninetales are popular choices for contests with their natural appeal. It is this natural appeal that has also caused Ninetales to become a symbol for feminine sex appeal.
Many stories tell of Ninetales as either a benevolent spirit or a malicious trickster. All of them describe it as a being with divine connections and supernatural powers. There is even an old Kantonian legend stating that Ninetales came to be when nine sages coalesced their power and merged into one being with each tail representing a soul from each sage, thus serving as the source of Ninetales’ nigh-arcane capabilities. While all of these tales are obviously false, there does exist a rumor in Kanto of a Ninetales that was able to live for at least 200 years and create illusions as a means of communication with humans. However, this rumor has yet to be confirmed or denied.
Alolan Vulpix’s snow-white coat and ice-manipulation abilities has had some equate it to living snow. In fact, the elderly of Alola often call Alolan Vulpix “Keokeo” because of said coat.
Because of Alolan Ninetales’ nigh-ethereal abilities and innate aversion from humanity, some believe that it serves as a divine sentinel or a spirit of the mountains that appears with the snow and vanishes along with it, guiding the lost and weary to the nearest sanctuary (even though, as stated before, it’s basically telling them to scram).
Edited by KoffingMugg on Dec 24th 2019 at 7:28:23 AM
All done with the Vulpix page revision. Any thoughts? Also, is there going to be a page on regional variants or do we need to wait for at least one other game with its own region and its own regional variants?
Edited by KoffingMugg on Dec 23rd 2019 at 9:36:50 AM
Perhaps include info about how Vulpix and Ninetales are kept as pets. Some people have pet foxes in real life.
That sounds really illegal.
I mean in the real world, not in the Pokemon world.
I invite you to read this
Yep. Really illegal. At least, where I live (NY).
And also apparently not the best thing in the world. I'd love to have a fox as a pet but if domestic ones really act like that... yikes.
Edited by BackSet1 on Dec 24th 2019 at 6:02:05 AM
Should also be notied that the Nickit line are also foxes and are thieves. The Zorua line may also have certain complications attached. (The Fenneken line might be safe though relatively speaking)
The Fenniken line seems to be specifically chosen for the ease of young trainers who aren't ready to handle difficult Pokemon so it's probably fine.
Happy boxing day.
As a late christmas present have the Nickit and Thievul article.
I had to completely make up the breeding thing because irl foxes have very loud mating rituals which do not fit the stealthy Thievul at all.
Nickit is a primarily orange, quadrupedal vulpine Pokčmon. It has a white underbelly and black marks around its eyes, vaguely resembling a mask. The outside of its ears are black while the insides are orange and its eyes are yellow. It has a large, poofy tail with which it uses to both store stolen food and wipe away any footprints it leaves behind. The tail is primarily orange but is black towards the bottom. It’s feet are black and it’s front two feet resemble boots.
Thievul, while larger, largely resembles it’s pre-evolution with a few differences. It’s tail is now longer and the black marks around its eyes are now more pronounced and mask-like. It’s snout is longer and has two whiskers that resemble a mustache 1 Specifically, it resembles the mustache of an old black-and-white cartoon villain.. It’s white underbelly is slightly more fluffy eith part of it vaguely resembling a cravat. It shares the boot-like front feet of it’s pre-evolution and it’s yellow eyes as well.
Like all Pokčmon, a rare differently colored version of this line exists. Nickit and Thievul with this alternate coloration are gray with the black areas replaced with blue.
The Nickit line appears to have specifically adapted for stealth and thievery. Their feet have pads on them that muffle the sound of their footsteps to the point where only Pokemon with very sensitive ears or humans with specialized equipment can hear them. Their tails are also useful in thievery. They are partially prehensile and used by the line to cover their tracks by brushing away their footprints. Additionally, their tails make good places to store stolen goods.
Nickit and Thievul tend to live in forests. They live in burrows, also called dens, and store their stolen food and other goods there. These dens are built so as to keep the Nickit line warm during winters. Occasionally, the line will steal Fire Stones or Ice Stones if the temperature of the den is not to their liking.
The Nickit line is omnivorous and will eat both plants and pokemon. Though they prefer to steal their food 2 It has been theorized that the line has a naturally ingrained belief that stolen food tastes better than food that has been obtained through other means. if there is no one around, human or Pokčmon, to steal from they are perfectly capable of obtaining food via hunting or foraging.
Both Nickit and Thievul are rather cowardly. When antagonized the Pokčmon prefer to run away rather than fight. Make no mistake, though, when forced to fight this line, especially Thievul, are just as dangerous as any other Pokčmon. Both members of the line have sharp teeth and claws that can cause some serious scarring.
For some reason, Thievul seem to absolutely loathe Boltund and will abandon their cowardly nature to attack them.
Thievul 3 Nickit do not breed. choose mates based off of one factor: stealthy-ness. A Thievul wishing to attract a mate must first try to sneak up and attack the other Thievul. If a prospective mate turns around and attacks a Thievul it is deemed not stealthy enough and not worth mating with. After mating the incubation lasts 52 days during which the two Thievul will stay together until the egg(s) hatch at which point the Thievul will part ways, the female one keeping the egg(s).
Thievul are solitary creatures and live alone in their dens and finding Thievul in groups is very rare. The only exceptions to this are the 52 day incubation period where they live with their mate and, for the females, the following unspecified time period in which she raises the baby Nickit until they evolve.
Like the Vulpix line, the Nickit line are often portrayed as tricksters, though in a more mundane sense. Whereas Vulpix and Ninetails are often depicted as trickster spirits and deities, Nickit and Thievul are more often depicted as thieves and master criminals.
A prime example of this would be the appearance of a bipedal Theivul as the antagonist of a children’s cartoon who routinely shows up and steals (or attempts to steal) a plot important item from the main characters.
A different bipedal Thievul features as a main character in a popular animated film where the Thievul, a con-artist, teams up with the other main character, a Police Officer Raboot, to solve a crime.
There is a children's show featuring a family of two Thievul and three Nickit.
Edited by BackSet1 on Dec 29th 2019 at 1:58:27 PM
Is it cool if I call dibs on the Mimikyu article?
Yup. Added it to your dibs.
There's a children's show adapted from a book, known as Pablo The Little Red Fox. I think considering both this show's UK basis and Galar's UK basis, it'd be kinda cool to include something like this in the Human Culture section.
Edited by AgentParadox on Dec 29th 2019 at 11:12:49 AM
Started a draft for the Clobbopus line. What do you think? Any improvement suggestions?
Edited by AgentParadox on Jan 1st 2020 at 12:32:46 PM
You forgot the "Little" part.
I'd mention how Golisopod and Grapploct are known rivals in the wild that are known to fight to the death.
BTW is there an article on Eternatus or the Dynamaxing phenomina?
No. I'm not sure if a general Dynamax Phenomenon article can be claimed, but you can claim Eternatus itself, if you like.
Added now. I cannot believe I forgot about that. Pokémon rivalries are really interesting.
Anything else I should add?
Since Grapploct is called the Jujitsu Pokémon I'd also bring up how their fighting techniques resemble that of a jujitsu practitioner.
I've now added that to the Human Culture section.
I've also expanded on the tentacles and mentioned their method of locomotion.
I know this isn't really a thread for idle chitchat but for some reason I'd feel kind of wrong for not wishing y'all a happy New Year. So, well Happy New Year.
Wish I had an article or a suggestion or a dibs or something to make this post on topic. But, eh, whatcha gonna do.
Grimer and Muk can best be described as living blobs of purple sludge. The only notable difference between Grimer and Muk would be that Muk is bigger, but the best way to know for certain is that Muk possesses a much worse stench than Grimer. They will extend pseudopods resembling hands from time to time and open orifices some mistake for functioning mouths, but that’s the extent of their physical descriptions (See Notable Biology below for more information). On average, Grimer stands at around 2 feet and 11 inches, while Muk stands at 3 feet 11 inches. Both members weigh around 66 pounds.
The Alolan variant has a markedly different look from its standard variant, due to a change in diet. Now standing at an average height of 2 feet and 4 inches and weighing 92 pounds, Grimer also possesses a putrid green coloration with a line of yellow encircling the entirety of its "head" serving as the lower lip to its "mouth" with two crystals made from solidified toxins arranged similarly to teeth. As for Muk, its coloration bears numerous similarities to an oil-tainted puddle with constantly changing green, pink, blue, and yellow stripes all over its body. The crystals that were also previously located solely in its "mouth" as Grimer have also begun to form all over its body, especially its pseudopods, serving as claws. Alolan Muk stands at 3 feet and 3 inches and weighs around 114 pounds.
Note: The height and weight dimensions are based on a majority estimate. The actual size and weight of both lines can vary based on their diet and how they shape their gelatinous bodies.
While Grimer and Muk appear to be singular organisms, they're actually colonies of millions upon trillions of microorganisms that give off trace levels of X-ray radiation operating under what is assumed to be a conglomerate will or simply raw instinct. They also possess grey spots at their very tops that are always right above where their orifices open. Because of this, artists commonly mistake Grimer and Muk as having recognizable faces. They also possess a sub-colony that operates similarly to a digestive system. Because of their diet, they produce excrement comprised of pure black sludge that can cause serious environmental damage if not properly disposed of. However, Trainers have discovered that other Poison-Types can use it to rejuvenate themselves a little.
Their gelatinous bodies can be contorted and compressed in any way they see fit. Because of this, they can squeeze through the tiniest of cracks and vents with minimal difficulty. The crystals on the Alolan variant do inhibit this ability, though it doesn't seem to bother them in any significant way.
Due to more industries switching to cleaner and more efficient means of energy providence, the Alolan variant has developed notable changes in their biology, such as a more complex digestive system for breaking down solids and the ability to crystalize their radiation and toxins around their orifices and pseudopods to store the radiation and chemicals their standard counterparts are infamous for (which are still dangerous. See Hazards below for more information). This is to make it easier for them to interact with humans and other Pokémon as a means of obtaining more garbage for them to consume.
Because both lines emit trace amounts of X-ray radiation, researchers believe they were brought to life via X-ray radiation from the moon. However, such an event has yet to be recreated in a laboratory setting.
There exist five subdivisions of this line in total. The first two are exclusive to the standard variant. While Grimer and Muk do not make their infamous stench a secret, one subdivision can make it seep through the Poké Ball used to capture them, making them a handy (albeit unpleasant and borderline impractical) means of keeping wild Pokémon away, as it serves as a natural deterrent to Pokémon on and off the field of battle. Another has a pseudo-dermal layer that functions similarly to super glue, making it difficult to steal or knock away items from them. The next one is mutually found in both lines, although it is more commonly found in the Alolan variant. This one can congregate their toxins into the tips of their pseudopods to poison any and all Pokémon it makes contact with. The last two are exclusive to the Alolan variant. One subdivision has a hyperactive metabolism, thus it gets hungrier more quickly and will resort to eating anything edible it has on hand whenever it needs a quick pick-me-up. The last subdivision is a bit rarer than the rest. This one can apparently mimic any and all latent abilities of those it perceives as an ally (biology permitting) by altering its body chemistry enough to the point where it's recreated an exact replica of those abilities.
Grimer and Muk were once a mainstay at numerous industrial facilities. Some factory owners kept them on hand as a means of waste management, while others saw fit to rout them on sight due to colonies nesting near vents and similar ports. However, due to the switch to cleaner energy sources (Ex.: hydroelectricity, nuclear energy, Electric-Types, etc.), the standard variant's population has begun to decline in various parts of the world. Some believe that there are small populations of the standard variant in more urban areas of Galar, such as Motostoke or Wyndon, though they may be avoiding the public eye out of fear of extermination.
Alolan Grimer and Muk can usually be found in urban areas, especially at waste disposal plants. With a combination of dwindling supplies of industrial waste and an ever-present supply of garbage, this line has conversely begun to boom in population.
Both lines subside on garbage and industrial waste, though the Alolan line has a major preference for the former due to its ever-present abundance. Members of the Alolan line also don't mind eating their own crystals, possibly due to their nature as living trash compactors.
The standard variant emits low amounts of X-ray radiation that can cause minor radiation poisoning to all within its vicinity, including its Trainer. Because of this, the Pokémon League Association has outlawed its use in professional circuits.
While both lines don't appear to possess any semblance of sentience, they do appear to understand the concepts of complementation, insultation, and pride, meaning they will react violently should anyone insult their stench, which they take great pride in. Conversely, one should be wary of those that have grown attached to their Trainers, as they tend to express their affection with big, smothering, foul-smelling hugs that have lead to some unfortunate circumstances. When this happens, simply have one of your other Pokémon pull you out and take a decontamination bath immediately afterwards.
If you find yourself in a confrontation against a Grimer or a Muk, your only option is to stand your ground and fight them off. Trying to escape would be pointless, as they can infiltrate anywhere through even the tiniest openings.
While the crystals that ornate Alolan Grimer and Muk are beautiful to look at, DO NOT TOUCH THEM. Because they are made of the toxins that gave the standard variant its infamous smell and are irradiated with its X-ray radiation, reckless handling of the crystals will lead to radiation poisoning. If a crystal falls off, do not pick it up, but do not leave it be either. Instead, have your Alolan Grimer line member eat it; otherwise, have a Pokémon capable of indirectly holding objects or a Ghost, Steel, or Poison-Type Pokémon handle it so as to deliver it to the nearest waste-disposal plant note Not a Grass/Poison-Type, like Roselia or Foongus, as the radiation would weaken their plant-like biology. Also, make sure your Steel-Type can handle the crystals in a way that doesn't compromise their internal biology, like Bisharp or Scizor.
It is also important to remember to always keep your Alolan Grimer line member very well-fed, especially if it's a Muk, as they are known for breaking furniture and even houses apart so that it can make its own trash to consume with little to no regard for the collateral damage they cause.
One should also be prepared for what to do should a member from either line perish, as even their corpses can release toxins and bacteria so maliciously potent, nothing and no one can live in that area ever again. Your best option would be to have a Fire-Type on hand to burn away as much of the blight as possible, a Psychic or Fairy-Type to remove as much radiation as they can, and a Grass-Type to rejuvenate any lost plantlife.
On a less hazardous note, it is strongly advised that you do not train a standard variant of Grimer or Muk if you have a weak stomach, as Trainers with weak stomachs have been known to violently regurgitate the moment they're downwind of either member.
Both lines breed asexually. When a Grimer or Muk has eaten enough, they'll split into anywhere between three to five individuals, consisting of Grimer and the original.
Grimer and Muk are mostly solitary creatures, but in the rare occasion they do form organized colonies, they will do so in large numbers with the largest and most powerful (usually a Muk) serving as the leader. The Alolan Grimer line is no different.
The standard variant is a mainstay in anti-pollution media and has even served as the inspiration for the most iconic enemy of not just a long-running RPG franchise, but of role-playing games in general. A Muk made of sweets and taffy also serves as a minor antagonist of an old children's movie, while another made of feces with corn for teeth serves a similar role in a platforming game starring an extremely foul-mouthed and violent Greedent.
Disaster aid organizations will bring the Alolan variants along with them as a means of cleaning up any rubble, thus aiding them in clean-up and rescue.
One myth at the Melemele Trainer Academy in Alola involved a man made of sludge walking up and down the halls at night, eating everything and everyone in its path to ease its insatiable hunger. According to Principal Asuka of the academy, this was brought on by some pranksters who simply witnessed their school janitor working alongside his Grimer.
Edited by KoffingMugg on Jan 26th 2020 at 2:25:17 AM
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