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All done with the Grimer page update. Thoughts? Also, if no one's already called dibs on the Koffing line update, I'm calling dibs on the Koffing line update (Assuming my stuff counts as done, of course).
Edited by KoffingMugg on Jan 2nd 2020 at 12:41:39 PM
I really like how the Grimer page has been done! You can claim the Koffing line; I have no objections.
On another note, I'm gonna start work on one of the other two pages sometime within the next couple of days (if not today), and the Clobbopus page has now been published.
Edited by AgentParadox on Jan 6th 2020 at 2:29:12 PM
Ok. Thanks! :D
I'm not interested in writing or claiming an article and I want to ask a question. Is it possible to gain permission to drastically update an article after it has been created by someone else?
Also, I found two spelling error in the Vullaby line article, the first one where it reads "Nobody knows what happens there, but seeing that when the Mandiuzz return they are rearing eggs," Mandibuzz is spelled as Mandiuzz. The second error is in the sentence "As said before, why only Vullaby are born to Mandubuzz" in which Mandibuzz is spelled as Mandubuzz suddenly in the article. Do I automatically have permission to fix small spelling errors like this, do I have to request somebody else to do it, or do I have to ask for others to give me permission?
Edited by Tag365 on Jan 7th 2020 at 12:04:54 PM
Fixing grammar doesn't require permission.
Like said, fixing spelling errors is cool without premission but if you want to update an article you have to ask to do a revision of it, in which you make your own version of it. The original article won't be scrapped (because someone worked hard on that) and your article will be linked below that one on the list as a revision.
Actually the content of the revisions is meant to replace the content of the original article (With a note of who the original author was), it's just that no one's actually gotten around to replacing the old content with the new stuff yet.
I just thought it was because people worked hard on those and it would be mean to remove them.
There's also the fact that a bunch of articles haven't actually been pushed to mainspace and are still merely forum posts.
Yeah, I'm not sure what's up with that. I haven't moved any of mine because I think I almost screwed up with my Nihilego article.
Started on the Silicobra article. What do you think?
All three members of the Koffing line resemble purple meteoroids surrounded by mustard-colored gas coming from their craters with discernible faces bearing fanged mouths. On average, Koffing measures at 2 feet in diameter and 2.2 pounds in weight. The standard variant of Weezing measures at 3 feet and 11 inches in height and 20.9 pounds in weight, while the Galarian variant measures at 9 feet and 10 inches in height and 35.3 pounds in weight.
Koffing is known for having two sensory organs resembling fangs on the upper half of its orifice, which is usually in the shape of a smile.
Weezing is not much different in terms of coloration. The main difference is that Weezing now sports two heads with a small growth connected to each head by a thin tube, each head sporting what some believe to be a pair of perpetually frowning faces. Some claim that they have seen Weezing with three heads instead of the usual two. It also has six sensory organs; two for the smaller head and four for the larger one, with the two on the upper half of its orifice resembling human incisors.
Galarian Weezing has a more washed-out, grayish shade of purple. It also appears to absorb toxic gas instead of producing it through its orifices (see Notable Biology below for more information), namely what some believe to be its faces, giving it thick "beards" on each face with the face on the smaller head gaining "eyebrows". It's also grown a pair of massive crests akin to a combination between a smokestack and a ten-gallon hat, through which comes concentrated purified air taking the appearance of white clouds. The more gases they accumulate, the taller the crests (see Notable Biology below for more information).
They bear markings depicting a number of patterns, mostly rings and stripes, but artists commonly depict all three members with skulls and crossbones below their faces. For both variants of Weezing, it's the larger head that bears the skull and crossbones marking.
Some believe that Koffing and Weezing are sentient meteoroids based on their texture. In reality, they’re actually semi-sentient fungus colonies with a pair of basic eyes capable of sensing light and orifices bearing sensory organs resembling fangs. Because of how these features are arranged, artists depict them as having discernable faces.
Due to Koffing's comparably light weight, it's more easily affected by wind than either variant of Weezing.
All members possess a malleable pseudo-dermal layer consistency that some equate to a balloon. Koffing's layer is the thinnest of the three, as one could see the gases they ingest swirling around a fungal mycelium if they were to either shine a light or press their face against it. Analysis shows that the mycelium houses three bacterial sub-colonies that act as its nervous, respiratory, and excretory systems.
All three members also possess fang-like sensory organs that function akin to noses located around their orifices. These organs are used to detect any potential food source based on the potency of the smell. If their organs turn yellow, it means there is plenty of food for them in the area. If they're white, then they move on to other places.
They also possess minor vocal chords that they use for communication via barks that sound like coughing and wheezing (hence their names) along with rudimentary reproductive organs capable of producing spores comprised of either sperm or eggs that can cause tumors to grow (see Hazards and Courting and Childrearing below for more information).
Researchers used to believe that neither Koffing nor Weezing needed oxygen in order to survive based on their preferred habitat. This is not true; despite their preferred food source, the Koffing lines need oxygen as much as any other being on this planet. Some reports even state that Koffing and Weezing developed health issues due to the lack of breathable air, with the standard variant suffering a decline because of it.
Koffing's dermal layer is noticeably more malleable than either of the Weezings', as it is able to display a range of expressions akin to emotions depending on the stimuli (smiles for positive ones, frowns for negative ones, etc). They mix around their gases by simply absorbing and expelling varying amounts of them via their respiratory and excretory systems.
Both Weezing variants have a somewhat harder layer, or at the very least, can control how hard or soft it is to suit their needs. This is most prominent when their heads swell and deflate based on how they mix their internal gases. They do so using the respiratory systems of their two mycelia, with the mycelium of one “sucking” the gases into the other and repeating until desired results are reached. Because of Weezing's more complex biology, Weezing's gases are more complex than Koffing's. The Galarian variant has even developed a means of expelling a concentrated stream of gas with an as-of-this-writing unknown chemical makeup as a means of self-defense.
Galarian Weezing has developed a small number of adaptations in retaliation to air pollution. One noticeable factor is that their excretory system purifies the foul air they consume and expels it through their crests, with the first known cases dating as far back as the early days of Galar's Industrial Age. Another change is their more ravenous appetite for toxic vapors, giving them the appearance of beards and eyebrows. The height of their crests appears to be connected with how much toxic gas they accumulate, as researchers have noted that Galarian Weezing with more gas on their faces have taller crests than those with less. This is likely to minimize the amount of purified air that gets contaminated by the gas on Weezing's faces.
There exists a number of theories in regards to how a Koffing matures into a Weezing. Some say Weezing is actually an intermediary stage of Koffing reproduction. Others say it's the result of two or more Koffing congregating closely together in a poison gas cloud, either over the course of many years or instantly due to a sudden mutation. The introduction of the Galarian variant has elected these theories for refutal.
There exist four subdivisions of this line in total. While all lines are able to maintain buoyancy in the air via lighter-than-air gases, some can produce such a high amount of these gases at such low densities, they can levitate high above the ground as if they were flying. However, they lack the ability to move as nimbly in the air as other Pokémon, namely those capable of true flight such as Pikipek or Braviary, thus it is not classified as a true Flying-Type. This subdivision has seen a decline in population as of late due to more industries switching to cleaner fuels (see Habitat below for more information).
Another is a bit rarer than most, though some feel it's for the best. This subdivision can exude heavy foul-smelling gases that some equate to a burning garbage barge. This stench is so potent, some Pokémon give this subdivision a wide berth, even in battle. Some say that the stench even seeps through its Poké Ball.
The next two have recently been discovered in Galar. The first one can emit odorless gases that neutralize certain latent Pokémon abilities as long as they are within its vicinity.
The last one is deemed the rarest of all, as it is exclusive to Galarian Weezing. This one is able to bathe the field in purified air that some describe as having a sweet smell to it rather than a rancid one, an ability synonymous with Fairy-Types. This "fairy mist", as some call it, is said to have healing properties and can debilitate Dragon-Type moves to the point where they're only at half their usual power.
Old historical texts state that they once lived near the peak of volcanoes to feed off the ash and soot that spouted upwards, along with the debris produced during wildfires after eruptions. However, upon the start of the Industrial Age, their population began to boom across the world, becoming mainstays at factories, ports, and train yards. Now, with a switch to cleaner energy sources (solar energy, biofuels, Dynamax energy, etc.) the largest known population today can only be found near Motostoke's outskirts and riverbanks in Galar. However, former Gym Challenger Hop claims he saw some Galarian Weezing near places some believe are connected to the immaterial world, such as the Lake of Outrage and the Slumbering Weald.
Both lines feed off dust, soot, ash, and microbes commonly found in refuse bins, but they are famously known for eating polluted air, namely air rich in hydrocarbon byproducts, hence their congregation near factories. In fact, before the push for cleaner fuel sources, some factories kept them on hand to curb air pollution.
The gases emitted by both lines are not only foul-smelling, but given the appropriate chemical composition, they can also prove lethal. Numerous terrorist groups and even some armies would feed them various chemical vapors to create toxins such as cyanide or mustard gas as weapons in chemical warfare. Because of this, the Pokémon League Association has deemed it illegal to own a member from either line without a license, and even then, precautions must be taken so as not to overexpose yourself to the toxic fumes.
These gases can also prove explosive with the right composition, thus it would be wise not to expose any member to any fire, heat, or electricity. This is especially true if you happen to be hosting an outdoor barbecue and you happen to burn the food, as the smell of char will attract any and all Koffing and Weezing to the area like Dustox to a Lampent, especially towards the grill, unaware to the fact that they turned themselves into floating bombs. That, and the fact that the smell is sure to kill everyone's appetite.
If any of your Pokémon are afflicted by Koffing or Weezing spores, especially if they're Grass-Types, take them to a Pokémon Center immediately for them to either save them or (in the utmost extreme cases) euthanize them properly and humanely.
If you inhale Koffing or Weezing spores, seek medical attention immediately, as there are cases of tuberculosis or even lung cancer caused by their spores.
In a similar vein to the Grimer lines, one should also be wary if they have a weak stomach, as their toxic fumes have caused numerous Trainers to regurgitate.
When a member from either line that has entered heat encounters a plant or Grass-Type with reproductive organs opposite to their gender, they'll release spores that latch onto them, creating cancerous tumors that can debilitate or even kill the host note Grass/Poison-Types, like Venusaur or Victreebel, as well as Grass/Ghost-Types like Phantump or Pumpkaboo don't seem to be affected though. . These tumors persist until they mature into Koffing. If the host has a large number of these tumors, then it may also exhibit changes in behavior, serving to protect them rather than get rid of them. After the Koffing mature, they move to the nearest source of food for them either by wind current or by themselves.
According to Professor Birch, Koffing also possesses a means of asexual reproduction as well. If one happens to get torn to pieces for whatever reason, then the pieces will grow into new Koffing provided the pieces are large enough and that there is enough food for the new Koffing to grow note Hydrocarbon byproducts appear to be the most ideal. , similar to the Staryu line. This might be a means of self-preservation given the Koffing lines' preferred habitat and their susceptibility to high winds, thus granting them a means of recovery after getting sucked into a factory air vent and getting shredded by the fan. This is exclusive to Koffing though, possibly due to it's more malleable biology, thus making it softer and easier to rip apart than Weezing.
Koffing and Weezing don't normally form social groups, as they are primarily solitary and any congregation of them would be purely situational. In fact, the closest they get to in terms of socialization is letting others know how much food is in the area. However, some say that there exists a massive group of Koffing and Ekans headed by a Weezing and Arbok somewhere in the Hoenn region. The reason why is unknown, but they appear to have a massive aversion towards humans, up to the point where they react violently to any who bear ill intent.
Much like the Grimer and Trubbish lines, the Koffing lines are a mainstay in anti-pollution media.
Due to the popular skull and crossbone pattern splayed directly below Koffing and Weezing's faces, they have become associated with punk cultures across various regions. Rumors persist that they were used by a shinobi clan in Kanto ages ago as part of their techniques. Some specimens were also used by terrorist groups and yakuza for various misdeeds, most infamously Team Rocket, thus causing numerous controversies almost thirty years ago as of this writing. However, they've recently begun a resurgence with Gym Leader Roxie using a Koffing in Unova's professional circuit and former Gym Leader Opal using a Galarian Weezing in Galar's.
Reports in Kanto state that an aristocratic family's son received a Koffing as a holiday present. The whereabouts of the son and his Koffing remain unknown to this day.
Miners keep these Pokémon on hand, primarily Galarian Weezing, as a means of detecting and curbing gas leaks. Firefighters and rescue teams also keep some on hand to clear the smoke and ash produced by fires.
Galarian Industrial Age factory owners often kept the Galarian variant as status symbols if they did not wish to grow beards or wear hats; the taller the crests and the more toxins they accumulate, the more recognition their owners would garner from their peers.
The Galarian variant has also served as the inspiration for a recurring character from a children's show known for his ridiculously tall hat and his penchant for the letter D, though some say they've seen a few bongs painted in its appearance as well.
Some claim that Koffing's barks sound like it's trying to say "coffee." This has spurred on the development of a chain of coffee shops themed around Koffing and both variants of Weezing.
Koffing line page is done. Thoughts? Also, if no one's already called dibs, I'd like to claim these articles:
Edited by KoffingMugg on Feb 1st 2020 at 9:38:06 AM
The Zigzagoon update needs to have a reference to the band Kiss.
No prob! ;)
Hi, I'm new here. Can I call dibs on an article right away or is there something I have to do before I can contribute?
Nope. You can call dibs on any article that hasn't already been made or claimed.
Edited by BackSet1 on Mar 18th 2020 at 7:57:28 AM
In that case, I'd like to call dibs on the Patrat line.
Zigzagoon is a small Pokémon with brown/cream fur patterned in a zigzag fashion, from which it gained its name. The fur starts brown and alternates between brown and cream, ending on the cream-colored tuft at the end of its tail. It also has a black stripe between its large brown eyes. Despite its vague similarities to canine Pokémon (hyperactivity, playfulness, innate curiosity), it's actually more closely related to rodent-like Pokémon, such as Rattata or Patrat. Zigzagoon are generally 1 foot 4 inches in length and about 39 lbs in weight.
Linoone is noticeably more different than Zigzagoon is, sporting a longer body and legs, as well as a predominantly cream-colored body with stripes running across its body that artists commonly depict as arrows. It also sports a pair of sky blue eyes, as well as whiskers that go beyond its neck to where its shoulders would be. Its tail, once moderately long, slim, and round, has now become short, flat, and wide. Because of how different Linoone is from Zigzagoon, early Hoennian researchers believed they were completely unrelated species. Linoone are generally 1 foot 7 inches in length and about 72 lbs in weight.
The Galarian variant is no different in terms of physicality (save Obstagoon), with the main differences being that Zigzagoon and Linoone are colored black and white instead of brown and cream. They also possess sharper teeth, red eyes, and longer tongues which they use for taunting those it wishes to test its mettle against to hone its battle and survival instincts (see Notable Biology and Social Structure below for more information). Galarian Linoone also grows ash grey tufts of fur around its forelimbs, resembling cuffs or bracelets. Triangle-shaped spots of black fur decorate the faces of Galarian Zigzagoon and Galarian Linoone, though some claim to have seen some with the eye spots resembling stars instead.
Obstagoon is the most unique of the three. It gains a more humanoid build while still retaining some of the more rodent-like aspects of its previous evolutions. Tufts of ash grey fur decorate its back, forearms, and ankles, giving the impression of a vest, grieves, and boots respectively. Numerous scars from those it's provoked into attacking can be seen across their bodies, with some claiming to have seen a few resembling Xs on the shoulders. Obstagoon are generally 5 feet 1 inch in height and about 101 lbs in weight.
Both variants possess fur that some equate to velcro. They utilize this fur as a means of marking their territory by rubbing it against trees and rocks, as well as repelling predators and for terminating more mobile prey from a distance. Some people even use brushes made from the fur either for grooming or painting.
Both variants of Zigzagoon and Linoone are capable of standing upright, though this trait is more commonly exhibited by the Galarain variant. They're also nocturnal, though this trait is more commonly seen in the Galarian variant.
The standard variant of Zigzagoon will mark its territory using its back and tail fur. Due to its innate curiosity, however, it often marks more than it should. It also runs in a zig-zag pattern as a means of making them harder for predators to catch them. Should it feel threatened in any way, it will slow down its heart rate and shut off its pulse to give the impression that it's dead.
Linoone of the standard variant show a vast difference in terms of muscular and skeletal structure, being built for a combination between speed and strength. The keratin in its claws, namely its front claws, hardens significantly to the point where it can use them for digging and offense. It also possesses expandable cheek pouches as a means of storing food to bring back to their dens. It rushes at potential prey at 60 mph, jumping and slashing their throats or headbutting their torsos at the last minute. However, since it lacks any means of shifting its weight while running at full speed, it often misses. For this reason, it tends to rely on ambushes or packs when hunting. While it is capable of making sharp turns by using its claws as a pivoting point, it has a more difficult time running along gentle curves.
The Galarian variant appears to act more aggressively than the standard variant, constantly attacking foes human and Pokémon alike not for food but for a sort of training. It's likely that, either due to Galar's more extreme conditions or Hoenn's more temperate ones, the Galarian variant has developed a more pragmatic and erratic nature. It's possible that it's meant to guarantee cub survival, as the traits the Galarian variant are most known for are not evident until they reach near-adolescence. However, some claim that there are a number of individuals who simply attack others for sport. These reports have yet to be confirmed or denied, but it's been witnessed that those that partake in numerous combative situations evolve into Obstagoon sooner than those that don't, thus guaranteed survival in Galar's more extreme climates. Thus, it's theorised that the reason the Galarian variant has three stages and the standard variant has two is because there are fewer stimuli to react to in Hoenn, and thus fewer reasons to evolve any further than the Linoone stage.
What makes the Galarian variant truly distinct from the standard variant is that it possesses a third stage named Obstagoon. It has now become bipedal and has grown considerably in terms of size and muscle mass, being built more for strength than speed. Research is still being conducted in how a quadrupedal Pokémon becomes a biped, though it's speculated that it's a form of adapting to harsher climates and more extreme situations, as bipedal Pokémon often prove more capable than quadrupedal ones; case in point, Obstagoon is not only able to unleash cries loud enough to cause hearing loss at close range using its highly developed vocal cords, it can also tense up the muscles in its arms to the point where any direct attacks are rendered ineffective.
There exists three subdivisions of this line. The first subdivision has a more honed hoarding instinct; basically, if something grabs their attention and it's not too large or nailed down, they'll steal it without a second thought. The second has a more hyperactive metabolism, leading them to eat the first edible they can find whenever they need a quick pick-me-up. The last one is much rarer than the rest. This subdivision appears to have more developed adrenal glands that send more adrenaline through their systems when they find themselves poisoned, burned, paralyzed, etc. When the Galarian variant reaches the Obstagoon stage, these subdivisions experience much more drastic changes. The first subdivision loses their hoarding instincts and instead gains more developed muscular and skeletal systems with the adage of suppressed self-preservation instincts, making them act more reckless than the other subdivisions. The second one adapts out its hyperactive metabolism for a special gland that produces a special hormone whenever the specimen is poisoned, paralyzed, burned, etc. as a means of bolstering physical strength. The last one appears to have specially developed adrenal glands that produce a special type of adrenaline that is commonly found in the Pawniard line; should anything happen that would render a specimen from this subdivision slower, weaker, etc. then this adrenaline would bolster its physical attack in response.
Both variants prefer to live in fields and forests, developing a stronger preference for the former upon nearing the Linoone stage. The Galarian variant also seems to prefer living near lakesides or riverbanks, such as around Giant's Cap or along Route 2 in Galar. Old Galarian records state that the Galarian line has existed for generations longer than the standard line has in Hoenn.
Obstagoon prefer to live in these areas as well, though they generally tend to make their dens along major roads, thus branding them a nuisance across Galar.
Both variants of Zigzagoon and Linoone are omnivorous, with Linoone, Galarian Zigzagoon, and Galarian Linoone having more of a lean towards meat. Obstagoon appears to be primarily carnivorous, though it will eat the odd berry or Grass-Type on occasion.
Zigzagoon and Linoone of the standard line have an affinity for a certain fruit extant only to Hoenn known for having a sweet flavor akin to fruit punch. Due to the high sugar content, they eat this fruit as a means of maintaining their energy.
Zigzagoon have been known to gnaw on anything that spurs its curiosity, including people. If it gnaws on you or your Pokémon, wash the afflicted area and seek medical attention immediately, as it may be rabid. Also, bear in mind that the Galarian variant has a higher probability to carry rabies than the standard variant.
Both variants of Linoone can run at 60 mph, making them impossible to outrun on foot. If one happens to be running your way, either have one of your Pokémon note preferably ones that know Fighting-Type moves or, for the Galarian variant, Fairy and Bug-Type moves take it on, have one of your flying or levitating Pokémon carry you out of danger, or simply duck out of its path. Keep in mind that, while both variants are known for not taking sharp turns well, it's only when they're running at full speed, which the Galarian variant does not do often. Also keep in mind to move in a direction where a Linoone wouldn't be able to follow you, as it would be able to chase you without issue if you move at a right angle.
The Galarian variants of Zigzagoon and Linoone are known for running erratically about, making their movements impossible to predict. Regardless, one should always keep their guard up when encountering either of these Pokémon, as they will attack the moment their target lets their guard down.
Obstagoon may be more reactive than its previous stages, but that does not make it any less dangerous. At times, it will wait for its foes to make the first move, and if they don't, then Obstagoon will make the first move instead. And when it does, it will not hesitate to end the fight right then and there. note It's speculated it does so as punishment for insulting its pride.
On a somewhat less hazardous note, Zigzagoon living in urban or suburban areas are notorious for rooting through open trash cans, thus making them hotbeds for disease. They're also known for knocking them over simply to get a quick meal. Thus, it's crucial that you keep any trash can lids closed as tightly as possible lest you be left to clean up the mess afterwards.
Both lines breed during late winter or early spring. Upon entering heat, they tend to choose mates within the same stage of life, though various reports from various breeding facilities the world over state that they won't mind interstage breeding at times, though rarely.
As a means of attracting a mate, members from either line are known to fluff up and raise their tails as a symbol of arousal. Upon finding a mate, a male of the standard variant will stay with the female for the entire gestation period and a month or so after the cubs are born. Afterwards, the male will leave to find a new mate. Male Zigzagoon and Linoone of the standard variant can have two or three mates within the same breeding period. The Galarian variant, however, is the opposite. While males are known to mate with a single female for life, females are known to have multiple mates during the same breeding period.note This trait is more prevalent in Linoone. At times, though, Zigzagoon and Linoone of the standard variant will stay with another until a mate is found. It's unknown why they do this, but it's speculated that one acts as the other's "wing man", for want of a better term.
Obstagoon has a somewhat different breeding pattern, most likely due to the vastly different body types of its previous evolutions. Obstagoon breeds with other Obstagoon exclusively, and when the time to mate draws near, Obstagoon will belt out various calls that some equate to singing. Should two Obstagoon compete for the same mate, a fight will ensue, with the mate going to the winner. Afterwards, they'll seclude themselves in a small burrow that will serve as the home for their offspring.
Both lines exhibit pack instincts, gathering in groups of their own kind. However, it's not uncommon for some mixing between the stages to occur. These instincts seem to be more prevalent in the Galarian line, though. In the standard line, the only reason packs of Zigzagoon would form would be for social reasons, such as breeding. The Galarian variant will also imply some sparring matches with others within the same pack as a sort of coming-of-age ritual. Those that pass are allowed to venture out into the world, while those that fail are left to die.
Zigzagoon are often regarded throughout Hoenn as illusionists capable of turning leaves, garbage, or even feces into luxury items and money just to get a laugh. They're also hailed as symbols of good fortune and wealth due to their "lucky sacks", though some often confuse it for a symbol of male fertility.
Some Linoone are known for having an obsession for round objects. This has caused some people in Hoenn to regard it as a natural-born treasure hunter whose skin can cure all illnesses.
Zigzagoon and Linoone from both lines were once hunted for their fur, with the standard variant being hunted for luxury items and the Galarian variant being hunted for sport. Zigzagoon and Linoone hunts for sport have been outlawed in Hoenn as of late, but this practice is still prevalent in Galar (though to not as great an extreme).
A trio of Zigzagoon are portrayed as recurring business owners in a franchise known for playing as a human in a town of talking Pokémon. While the eldest of the three has received some criticism for keeping the player character in debt throughout the series, it's actually not that far off from how actual homeownership works.
A Unovan glam metal band owes their signature appearance to the Galarian variant, namely their vocalist/guitarist owing his appearance to Obstagoon, as well as his habit of flicking his tongue during a performance. They even have an Obstagoon as their official mascot/bodyguard.
An Obstagoon acts as the frontman for the popular Galarian punk rock band, the Maximizers. Because the band consists of said Obstagoon, a Rillaboom, and a pair of Amped and Low Key Toxtricity, fans often refer to them as ROTT as tribute to their Unovan counterpart and in reference to a web series known for utilizing a similar naming scheme. Recently as of this writing, they were booked to play the closing ceremony of the Galar Championship Finals.
An author of a series of critically-acclaimed books taking place in a magical world features a Galarian Linoone on the crest of one of four houses, the others being a Corviknight, a male Pyroar, and a Seviper.
A famous comic book superhero team involves a character that resembles a Galarian Zigzagoon, though there are at least two conflicting continuities. One states that he's an alien that happens to look like a Galarian Zigzagoon and another stating that he's a cyborg/genetic experiment based on a Galarian Zigzagoon.
Edited by KoffingMugg on Mar 30th 2020 at 7:41:20 AM
All done with the Zigzagoon line update. Thoughts?
There's not really much of the original in it from what I can see.
Also, there's not much sense in Zigzagoon and Linoone having different genuses when they're that closely related.
Edited by rmctagg09 on Mar 29th 2020 at 1:34:40 PM
Fixed it. Also, done with the Yamask line. Thoughts?
Yamask resembles a small, vaguely humanoid shadow with two tendril-like arms ending in three fingers and a long thin tail attached to its head. It has red eyes with circular markings below, making it look as if it were crying. It is always seen carrying a terracotta mask that, some say, bears the face of a human (see In Human Culture below for more information).
Galarian Yamask has purple eyes instead of red ones and bears a second tear-like marking on its face. Instead of carrying a mask, it is bound to an umbrate-infused clay slab.
Cofagrigus dwells within a shell composed of sapphire, gold, and umbrate resembling an old Unovan sarcophagus bearing what might have been a traditional headdress for royalty in those times and a fanged smile, with a miniature version of Yamask's mask on what would be its forehead. No one knows what Cofagrigus' true body looks like (if it has one), but it bears a pair of red eyes and at least four retractable humanoid hands composed of umbrate.
Runerigus dwells within a fractured runestone composed of the same material as the clay slab it bore as a Galarian Yamask, depicting the image of a serpentine-like Pokémon. Like Cofagrigus, its true body is composed of pure umbrate. Unlike Cofagrigus, it bears a single purple eye on the piece bearing the serpent's head. Some of the pieces of the runestone serve as Runerigus' arms, head, and tail.
As Ghost-Types, neither member of either line conforms to conventional biology. The closest they have in terms of conventional biology is a functioning nervous system. Studies show that their bodies are comprised of umbrate-infused precious metals for the standard variant and umbrate-infused clay for the Galarian variant note Umbrate seems to be the primary composition for the standard variant, thus Yamask retaining its pure Ghost-Type after evolution. This has led researchers to believe that, in a similar vein to other Pokémon of similar composition and origin, such as Sigilyph or the Golett line, they were created as vessels for guardian spirits (see In Human Culture below for more information).
Like many Ghost-Types, both lines are capable of phasing through solid objects, lowering the atmospheric temperature by a few degrees, become invisible, and float. Both variants of Yamask are notable for these traits between the lines, whereas Cofagrigus and Runerigus prefer to remain visible and solid.
Studies show that standard Yamask's mask contains trace amounts of umbrate as well, most likely from being carried around by said Yamask. Sometimes, this causes atmospheric moisture to coalesce near the eyes, giving the impression that it's crying.
Yamask displays a number of behavioral traits commonly found in humans, such as casual socialization or rational thought. At times, whenever it looks at its mask, it will belt out haunting wails akin to crying. No one knows why, but some believe that Yamask is actually a human reborn as a Pokémon and its mask is actually a death mask made to represent its face as a human.
Yamask constantly consume precious metals and gems to form a second layer of "skin" that's more akin to a shell. When this shell becomes large enough, it becomes a Cofagrigus. Cofagrigus can retract itself into its shell to camouflage itself amongst other sarcophagi, thus letting grave robbers lower their guard to drain their vitality. It can also extend and retract at least four humanoid hands as a means of self-defense.
Runerigus bears a number of similarities to Cofagrigus. Much like its Unovan cousin, it can also camouflage itself to blend into various areas. It can also extend various limbs as a means of self defense. Unlike its Unovan cousin, which can commonly be found in ruins, Runerigus are reported to have been sighted in various parts of Galar, namely the Dusty Bowl arch.
Both members of the Galarian line can not only drain the vitality of those they come into physical contact with, they can also create nightmare scenarios in their minds based on the runes across their bodies (see Hazards for more information).
There exist two subdivisions of this line. The first is exclusive to the standard line. This subdivision can disable certain latent abilities of certain Pokémon that make physical contact with it. Unlike other cases of Pokémon having their latent abilities suppressed or disabled, this subdivision can drain those foolish or unlucky enough to physically touch it of any vitality and free will, making them act like zombies. Not only that, but direct contact with those afflicted will cause the affliction to spread. It has yet to be confirmed or denied whether this is due to inhalation of umbrate particulates, bacteria, or something else.
The second is exclusive to the Galarian line. This one can "swap" abilities with those that come within close proximity with it. Like the standard line, this one can spread as well, as Trainers have found numerous Pokémon affected by the Galarian line to have abilities that would otherwise be impossible, such as Machop with microscopic poisonous barbs across their bodies or Wooloo with heightened battle instincts and more-developed adrenaline glands inhibiting their otherwise peaceful nature.
Standard Yamask and Cofagrigus have only been seen in the Relic Castle in Unova. However, some claim to have seen Cofagrigus on some uncharted islands in Hoenn, though these reports have yet to be confirmed or denied.
Galarian Yamask have only been seen near the ruins just outside Stow-on-Side in Galar, whereas Runerigus have been seen near the massive stone arch of Dusty Bowl. Archaeological diggers have seen a number of runestone shards containing umbrate beneath that arch, leading them to believe that there is a connection between Galarian Yamask, Runerigus, and the various runestones across Galar. After the diggers became gravely ill under as-of-yet unknown circumstances, any further archaeological investigations have been cancelled.
Neither member from the standard line seems to eat anything apart from eating precious metals and jewels, and even then they don't seem to eat them for nourishment, as they can go for months without eating. Instead, they gain nourishment from the vitality they drain from Pokémon or people. The Galarian line relies on this exclusively with a preference for people.
That said, the standard line seems to go into a state of panic if they don't have a steady supply of precious metals, namely gold, to consume.
One should always be wary to give either member from the standard line a wide berth, as the afflictions they cause can affect humans as well as Pokémon, and any that have been afflicted for too long will eventually die. Decontamination baths will not work, but Trainers have discovered that defeating the Yamask or Cofagrigus responsible will undo the damage done. This also applies to the Galarian line, with the adage that those afflicted by one of them will begin to experience mental issues such as dissociative identity disorder or mild psychosis. Again, defeating the Galarian Yamask or Runerigus responsible will undo the damage done, but one should see a therapist after the encounter.
Yamask views its mask as more valuable than life itself. If you do anything that would cause its mask to be lost or destroyed, it will not show any relent or mercy towards you. Conversely, if you aid it in recovering or repairing its mask, it will be eternally indebted to you, even as a Cofagrigus.
Striaton City Gym Leader Cilas claims that Yamask can possess people through its mask, forcing them to do the Yamask's bidding note He was recommended psychiatric therapy after giving this claim . Security footage from the Nacrene City Museum offers some credence to his claims, as he began throwing fireballs after a Yamask's mask forcibly latched itself onto his face. While this may have been a publicity stunt, the trace amounts of umbrate in Yamask's mask and on his skin does support his claims even further somewhat. With this in mind, one should always be wary of any mysteriously floating masks.
Cofagrigus instinctively lashes out at those who are foolish enough to get too close to its precious metals, regardless if they're friend or foe, trapping them within its hollow body to drain them until there is nothing left of them but mummified corpses.
Galarian Yamask seems to be more actively malign than its standard counterpart, ranging from malicious prankster to deliberate saboteur. From stealing and hiding medications to waking up dangerous Pokémon, Galarian Yamask you have not bonded with yet will care nothing for your personal safety.
Touching a Galarian Yamask or Runerigus for whatever reason is extremely ill-advised, as those that have touched it claim to have experienced numerous horrific events first hand, such as being flayed alive or being forced to drink hot metal. The vast majority of these people have either passed out from the shock of such events at best, died from the shock at worst. Some manage to reflexively take their hands off of them before any severe damage is done, but a Runerigus will grab your hand and make sure you don't stop touching it. If this happens, try to poke it in its eye or step on its tail and retaliate with any Dark, Grass, or Water-Type Pokémon you have on hand immediately. Afterwards, seek medical and psychiatric aid immediately.
Trainers that own a member from the standard line claim that they have experienced dreams of them bearing witness to their own gruesome deaths. No definitive research exists to support why this is, but some claim it is a subliminal message from their Pokémon as a warning of what will become of them should they not change for the better, as all who have experienced such dreams always see a shadowy humanoid figure of sorts commiting the deed and waking up to see the Poké Ball of their Yamask or Cofagrigus right next to them. There may be some truth to this claim, as those that have had a reputation for wickedness and have owned a member from either line are known to go missing for months on end only to be discovered as mummified corpses with the Poké Ball of their Yamask line member in their mouths. The record for anyone staving off such a death the longest is held by Ghetsis Harmonia Gropius, standing at two years, and even then it's stated that he suffered increasingly declining mental health, insomnia, and numerous mood swings. His corpse was ultimately found along the shores of one of his off-site labs, only recognized by forensic DNA analysis and the few scraps of the robes on his back as various Pokémon had already eaten the better part of his corpse, with his Cofagrigus' Poké Ball in his mouth. Investigators officially ruled these deaths as the acts of a serial killer, but some claim that those deaths are the acts of the Yamask or Cofagrigus passing judgement on a soul heavy with sin. In short, if you had a horrific nightmare involving your death and you find the Poké Ball of your Yamask line member within arm's reach, take it as a sign that you need to change your ways.
One should be wary to keep an eye on any jewelry or other luxury items they have in their possession, especially if they incorporate gold. If they own a member of the standard variant, they will not care about the emotional value of the item in question or if the person they're stealing it from is still wearing the item in question. All that matters to them is that it's made of precious metal and gemstones.
Like many Ghost-Types, neither line reproduces using conventional means.
The standard variant gathers various precious metals, such as gold or silver, and an appropriate amount of umbrate to create an effigy resembling a Yamask. Afterwards, they create a small orb crafted from the creator's umbrate and umbrate donated from another member of the speciesnote Reports from various daycares state that they tend to use blood from other Pokémon if they lack sufficient umbrate. Afterwards, the effigy is buried for four months, at which time it becomes a Yamask. No one knows how it happens, as the effigy and the Yamask bear little to no resemblance to one another and the Yamask is "born" with a mask unique to it and it alone, whereas the effigy had no mask to speak of. This has led people to believe that Yamask is actually a deceased human soul reborn as a Yamask.
The Galarian variant has a similar process with clay tablets they fashion themselves, though neither the runes nor the serpentine marks are present until it becomes a Yamask.
Both variants of Yamask and Runerigus are mostly solitary and socialize only to "breed". Any congregations of Runerigus are coincidental.
Cofagrigus are similarly solitary, but they have been known to congregate in great numbers along with Yamask and even Sigilyph to protect their precious metals. One notable instance of such an occurrence involving the above Pokémon and a handful of Darmantian was made public by Professors Cedric and Aurea Juniper after exploring the Relic Castle and noting that they were protecting a pair of black and white spheres, said to be the Dragons of Truth and Ideals, Reshiram and Zekrom, turned to stone.
Tales in Unova and Galar abound about Yamask, Cofagrigus, and Runerigus, painting the differing Pokémon in numerous perspectives.
In ancient Unova, when a person dies, their body undergoes several ritualistic mummification rites. This is done to prepare their bodies for the afterlife. However, there are cases where the mummification process fails. Thus, alternate measures are taken. Instead of trying to save the body, they create a new one. This new body eventually becomes a Yamask.
There are also records where guards who served royalty in life and were felled in battle were mummified using a different ritual, where their soul would be bound to a specially-made sarcophagus that would be used as a last line of defense against those hungry for the royal family's treasures. Whether the ritual was a success or a failure is unknown, but this form of mummification would eventually create a Cofagrigus.
In ancient Galar, when a person dies, a stone is erected over their final resting place as a means of sharing their story with those that would pass by. However, they would often place curses on them, binding those that would dare defile these stones to the very stones they destroyed. This would beget a Runerigus, while fragments would beget a Galarian Yamask.
The serpentine images on the runestones that Runerigus dwell in were originally meant to ward off bad omens, now apparently serving to keep them in. Closer examination shows that they also bear a large number of feats in a forgotten language associated with various people unique to each runestone.
Both lines' unique abilities have evolved in various tales as a means of cursing individuals, even making its way into popular culture.
Edited by KoffingMugg on Apr 1st 2020 at 3:46:06 AM
Ghetsis being an alias is asinine and should be removed.
Jack Hanna, a zoologist, influenced how I view the Pokemon species themselves, which in turn influenced many of my articles on here.
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How well does it match the trope?