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Sorry about my lack of participation in the past few days, guys- I have been working on the Skitty line. It will be up soon.
Heh, as usual I draw time from my already-two-years-long-thesis to contribute to diverse stuff in diverse places, so don't feel bad about it — I can feel bad enough for everybody
I'm calling in the Surskit line for the near-to-medium future if noone else calls it as well.
I just wanted to say that I still call the Burmy line, and I'm also thinking about doing the Slowpoke Line. Since my summer English class is over, I'll have far more time.
I'll also do the Paras line.
...And here we go, it's time for the living tangle! As always, thoughts/criticism is welcome.
Tangela is small, black, roughly spherical. Its’ body is covered in large, hair-like, but fully prehensile blue vines, through which only the Pokemon’s eyes and a small area around them are visible. These vines are similar to seaweed in appearance. It uses two red vines which resemble shoes for locomotion.
Tangrowth is much larger and less spherical than Tangela, but is otherwise similar. Three especially long vines with a red tip on each sides form ‘arms’.
Tangela is very vulnerable without any vines, meaning it goes to great lengths to stop anyone or anything from removing the vines. As such, most trainers will never see what Tangela looks like under them. They often remain perfectly still for hours, camouflaging themselves as a small bush in order to attract prey. If discover, however, they will move and shift their vines non-stop in an effort to confuse and distract predators. Any vines which are severed grow back quickly, meaning Tangela will not hesitate to sacrifice a vine in order to escape.
Like Yanmega, Tangrowth is believed to be significantly older than Tangela; and was thought to be extinct until some were discovered in a remove rainforest. Tangrowth’s behavior and biology is very similar to Tangela’s in many respects, but Tangrowth also uses its’ long arms to grab any prey which is within its reach, unlike the less aggressive Tangela. It is also worth noting that Tangrowth’s vines grow much faster than Tangela’s
Tangela are fairly common in forested areas in Johto where the bushes they mimic are plentiful, but appear only rarely in other regions.
Only a few Tangrowth have been seen in the wild, but all sightings have been deep within rainforests.
Tangela is mostly insectivorous, but also is capable of photosynthesis. They have also been known to attempt to eat small mammals or birds in times of desperation.
Tangrowth are much less picky; and will eat anything small enough that happens to wander within reach of its’ arms.
Tangela are fairly docile; their first reaction to an apparent threat is to hide, or, if that fails, attempt to intimidate and deflect foes using their vines by moving them wildly. However, if provoked they will lash out violently, using their vines as rather effective whips.
Tangrowth are aggressive and unstable; and should therefore be approached carefully. Their vines are a good deal stronger, longer and faster than Tangela; easily able to cause serious injury. Additionally, small moving objects; such as pokemon, electronics, or even children, should not be allowed near Tangrowth, as it will attempt to eat them; though that it sometimes equally harmful to the Tamgrowth.
Female Tangela enter ‘heat’ once a year; secreting a special pheromone which alert any male Tangela that may be nearby that they are ready to mate. The competing male Tangela extend their vines as far as they can in an attempt to both intimidate each other and impress to female.
Baby Tangela are commonly hidden underneath a bush and abandoned.
The mating habits of Tangrowth have not observed, as so few have been found.
Tangela are mostly solitary, but are not particularly territorial either. It’s not uncommon to find two or more Tangela sheltering under the same tree, with little to no communication with each other.
Tangrowth are much more territorial, and will quickly chase out anything too large to eat that enters it’s territory. A presumed exception is made for potential mates, but this has never been observed.
edited 14th Jul '10 4:17:13 PM by Gilphon
Er...did you mean "prehensile" instead of "pensile"? Pensile means it hangs loosely and probably isn't prehensile
Hell, I didn't even know pensile was a real word until just now. Thanks
Funny, thought Pensile meant something else entirely.
I'm working on Regirock right now, it'll be done in a few days whenever I feel like it. Like I said before, if anyone wants to do Mewtwo, go ahead.
edited 14th Jul '10 5:16:30 PM by Neo_Crimson
Oddly enough, Tangrowth is the only Pokemon I have never seen. Huh. The article was quite good, however a few sentences could use restructuring; other than that, kudos.
I appologize for my lack of contribution over the last few weeks; if all goes well I should be able to have that Absol article I promised so long ago up by Friday.
Ooh Shiny can I get a sneak peak on Absol instead? pretty please with a cherry on top?
Wow, got this done a lot faster than anticipated. The usual applies, feedback and suggestions welcome.
Most impressive of all, however, is Absol’s tactile sense; fine enough to detect subtle shifts and eddies in the atmosphere or faint vibrations in the lithosphere from across the globe, Absol’s incredibly refined sense of touch allows it limited precognition regarding the onset of natural disasters. In the past, when the species was both more numerous and more altruistic, they would often run into towns or villages in large prides and attempt to warn the inhabitants of impending destruction; however, as they frequently arrived too late to prevent these disasters—-and because of their somewhat threatening appearance and frequent attacks on livestock—-the popular misconception that Absol actually cause natural disasters became widespread, and they were hunted nearly to extinction. Now Absol is considered a Critically Endangered species of Pokémon, and trainers who successfully capture one are required to either turn them over to a Pokémon preserve, such as the Safari Zone, or fill out a small mountain of legal waivers signifying that they are not endangering the Absol or themselves by training it.
Finally, as with most Dark-type Pokémon Absol projects a strange mental “haze” which renders it immune to telepathy or psionic attack, and while it is vulnerable to Fighting-types, Absol can counter this with potent psychokinetic abilities of its own.
edited 15th Jul '10 5:12:11 AM by SullenFrog
Just a little nitpick, but you can't really call hunting "predation" if it's not for food...
Still can't get word from the author of the fanart piece I want for Zigzagoon and Linoone so I'll wait a little more to collect corrections to that entry. of course if you have corrections or suggestions for any of my entries they are welcome
In other news: because I don't value my sanity and time highly enough let's liveblog Sonichu I've been putting extra hours to prune and reparse the Nidoran entry. As a result, here it is! Finally!
The "Nido" family of Pokémon consisting of the very distinct Nidoran female and male and their evolutions, are among the weirdest yet more common Pokémon that can be observed in the wild. The basic forms are rabbit-size quadrupeds with uniform pink (male) or blue (female) colouration and except for their poisonous capabilities they don't exhibit any particularly unique feature that makes them notable among most Pokémon. They have short legs that end in two-clawed feet, sport long ears and notorious sets of spikes on their backs, a dorsal one in the male and two side-by-side lanes in the female, and have a very picky sense of touch. They move around by walking or hopping short distances and are very resourceful, managing to learn different attacks from other Pokémon in their area, such as Ice and Electric attacks. They are often compared to rabbits in the media (see Hazards), same media that often omits their fighting tendencies.
Nidorina and Nidorino are the adult forms, of a larger and heavier build and in general all the same traits but augmented, and maintain the same overall physiology.
Two superior evolutions exist, called Nidoqueen and Nidoking that are notoriously different from their pre-evolutions for reasons yet to be fully understood in such fundamental aspects such as being bipedal instead of quadrupedal. Refer to "Royal Evolutions" for more information.
Nidoran are dangerous creatures due to the fact that not only do their bodies produce venom for attacking and rendering prey, but also their very skin and blood tissue acquires poisonous traits during their lifetime, making the higher evolutions almost inedible and very dangerous to bare touch.
The underskin in the flanks of a Nidoran is coursed by alternating layers of poison glands and muscle tissue and covered by highly sensitive pressure receptors. The glands produce a substance that corrupts the transportation of enzymes in the prey organism, greatly lowering its metabolism; they also produce a crystalline substance sensitive to heat in which the actual venom is encased. When the skin of a Nidoran is even barely touched, the muscle layers expand and contract causing the poison glands to release the substances through a set of canals that bath Nidoran's spikes and parts of their exposed belly and hind legs skin. As the venom accumulates over "poison points" across the Nidoran's body, it is made very easy for the prey to get passed the venom when a wound is inflicted.
Nidoran also have another set of glands in their head producing a different type of poison. In the female this poison is channelled to the fangs and whiskers, giving it a venomous bite necessary to immobilize weakened prey; in the male the poison is channelled to their large forehead horn instead which is used in direct combat to pierce through the opponent's defenses and infect their tissue or blood vessels.
The overall Nidoran physiology (large ears and back spikes) protects Nidoran from aerial predation from young age and constitutes them as strong direct fighters. Parents will teach their cubs to battle since as early as four days old, and will get them used to be on their toes whenever another Nido of the same gender, always a potential contestant in the future, if present. Many members of the species extend such treatment to any foe whom they perceive as of the same gender.
Nidoran exhibit high gender dimorphism when compared to other species so such a high degree that, before the worldwide effort to recatalogue microscale gender differences (in cases such as Illumise and Volbeat versus, say, Venusaur), earlier versions of the Pokédex recorded them as completely different and monogendered species. To this day and in order to maintain full compatibility with the older and more limited "iPhokéx" series of products as required by law, current Pokédexes issued for Trainers still enumerate both genders of Nidoran as different species.
Nidoran produce two distinct kinds of agents: the first one acts as an enzymatic disruptor and makes their body highly poisonous, whereas the other is a blood-damaging venom. Production and effect of their natural agents is highly specialized to the point that Trainers can develop completely different strategies for each gender and evolutionary stage.
The poison is produced in glands across a Nidoran's back and belly underskin, as well as near the whiskers and the rear spikes in the female, whereas the venom is produced and delivered by organs in the head. Toxicity is also specialized: whereas the female's natural poison is very strong and even known to kill the males of the species, the male can produce venom almost continuously to the point that he needs to dispose of it regularly by rubbing their horn against bark or rocks. Even the delivery method is specialized: whereas the poison is released by bodily heat and intended to be transferred on touch to the opponent's wounds, or deposit in the body of Nidoran during the course of their life, the venom contains free-acting cells similar to cnidocites that infiltrate the blood stream and actively attack oxygen carrier cells.
Cases of inverted pigmentation have been observed (pink female, blue male), which was among the first hints for early researchers that they were dealing with a single species. Those Nidoran do not present any other difference against normal Nidoran and the origin of this divergence has not been explained. Research indicates that slightly less than one in eight thousand individuals in a Nidoran colony may exhibit alternate pigmentation, and the trait does not seem to be inherited.
When exposed to the radiation of a Moon Stone, a Nidorina or Nidorino will undergo an Egregious process of evolution — leading to the stages that have been names Nidoqueen and Nidoqueen. These forms are largely different to their preevolutions. They are bipedals whose body structure is most similar to that of highly evolved forms such as Aggron. Their fairly harder spikes and scales and the general complexion (thick legs and arms, exposed bellies) is revealing of an incredible growth in physical strength. The power that Nidoqueen and Nidoking gain in this stage is incredible and they are not afraid to show it, which during time has lead to them earning a particular fame. Tales of a Nidoqueen tackling and turning a military truck upside down or a Nidoking swinging their tail and tearing all trees ten meters around him from their roots are not only unheard of, but also relatively close to the truth.
For an unknown reason, the radiation of the Moon Stone triggers an additional process that modifies the microstructure of Nidoqueen and Nidoking's muscle and skin tissue. This grants their bodies with hardness akin to those of Ground-type Pokémon at the cost of permeability, and for all intents and purposes Nidoqueen and Nidoking are classified as Poison/Ground type Pokémon. It is revealing of their battle prowess that Giovanni Terremoto, famed leader of a Ground-type Gym in the region of Kanto before his fall as the leader of Team Rocket, dedicated two chapters to these final forms in his only known written work, "Mysteries of the Earth": one about their training as battlers and bodyguards and one instructing on how to [DATA EXPUNGED].
One particular trait upon evolution is that Nidoqueen becomes infertile. The specific mechanics of this process and its evolutionary meaning is unknown although it may be related to their new typing; further complicating the issue is that Nidoking remains fertile, although it shows very low sperm production and a natural behaviour adverse to mating.
Nidoran can be found roaming in the borderline and outer area of the larger grasslands. Small groups of individuals roam around a somewhat hidden core or colony, consisting of as many as six hundred adult individuals which can only be found by examination of the forests and mountains adjacent to the grasslands. Those groups can cover large areas spanning several cities such as what happens in the region of Johto where they can be found in all the areas immediate east and north of Goldenrod City.
It becomes surprising to some people that the members of the Nidoran family are primarily herbivorous, gathering in large groups to eat grass and collect fruit that has fallen from trees. It is the adult stages that adapt their diet to eat what they kill — only during the courting stage or when they are facing times of scarcity.
Nidoran and their evolutions, being Poison-type Pokémon, are inherently dangerous. They have a tendency to poke or bite any object in an exploratory manner, and from there kick, brush and ram against anything that they consider even a slight hint of a threat. Given that their venoms can cause both neurological and muscular damage, Trainers should always wear protective gloves and glasses and have antidote spray among their common resources if they plan to handle members of the Nidoran species.
While preferred by kids and young girls, basic-form Nidoran are not trivial to handle, feed or carry; since the poison glands in their spikes and whiskers are stimulated by tactile pressure, incorrectly grabbing them may force them to inject poison in your skin or blood vessels. To correctly grab a Nidoran it is important to give them "warning" such as tapping the base of their neck — something that you don't see the mothers doing on TV since they don't need to. Try to never raise them above the level of your head or hug them strongly if they haven't leapt upon you on their own accord.
Being larger and generally meaner, Nidorino and Nidorina are more difficult to handle. Trained ones are however very self-aware of the damage they may cause to you and will always move carefully in your presence so unless they feel particularly displeased you will not run into "accidents" with them. Take into consideration that activities that they find "displeasing" irrevocably include being administered medication or undergoing medical checks, so leave those tasks to experienced medical personnel.
A Nidoran's horn is no less worry than the large amount of spikes in their bodies. All forms will ram with incredible force, although it is the male who presents the most danger due to the fact that he will gleefully swing his head so that the horn pierces more and more organs while more and MORE venom keeps being poured in the victim body. Plus all forms are capable of striking successively and with good enough precision, reason why an adult Nido's horn must be blunt for them to be accepted in official competitions (see notes below on Nidoking however).
If you find yourself alone or unprepared against a Nidoqueen in a bad mood, check for the location of a den or a source of food nearby and, once you find it, head away from that direction slowly, never turning your back on her and never halting, even if you trip or back against a wall or tree. She will give you periodical warning growls to make sure that you keep doing what she says and will let you off-the-hook once you are far from her area of interest.
Were you to find yourself against a Nidoking in any mood (or worse, two Nidoking fighting), make use of any rough feature of the landscape to put distance between you and them — even if that means choosing between a ~30m leap to a wild river over turning and facing him directly. The longer they chase you, the lest likely they are to abandon the chase. Beyond that we can only wish you luck and invite you to come to our main offices in [DATA EXPUNGED] so that we can archive your story.
Due to their strength and tenacity, in theory a Nidoking's first horn thurst to hit is already a lethal, irrecoverable injury. In practice this is not the case for Trained Nidoking because as they are required to have their horns blunt for admission, something that Nidoking deem as the highest offense and humiliation, they react poorly to it and Trainers are recommended not to try — any Nidoking undergoing such a procedure will most likely kill their own Trainer if anything less than the winner's trophy in a golden platter is achieved, leaving only the most experienced Trainers who rely on periodic tournaments as a manner of training to have Nidoking accepting of the procedure.
Both the basic forms and the middle-stage forms (Nidorino and Nidorina) can breed, although their capacity to do so is largely different. Young Nidoran will breed two times a year, producing anywhere from four to eight cubs a time; Nidorino and Nidorina breed so rarely (once every four years in some cases) that before the introduction of hybrid helicameras by Kidd Industries it was widely assumed that Nidorina was actually infertile.
Their mating rituals are also vastly different: whereas the basic forms take part in seasonal private meetings in a manner very similar to that of human dating (a reason why the media takes so much advantage of them), Nidorino will pack and take part in Battle Royales that start as displays of skill and battle ability and end as wild beatings. In all cases it is the female who will pick a male of her choosing, by picking a moment after he is tired and calmer to beat him into submission, leaving him little to no option. Afterwards she will keep close to him for a long time — it is not rare for Nidorina to get her claws dirty on competitors or on their own male if he decides to ignore her.
Nidoqueen are infertile and Nidoking are biologically adverse to breeding; even with this they will still take part in seasonal courtship rituals with motivation currently unknown, although it is speculated that it may serve to the younger forms as teaching by example or as a way to pass the metrics that females should use to seek potential companions.
For Trainers: Once your Nidoran couple have grown accustomed and spend more time around each other than other members of your party or their species, you may observe a particular behaviour where the fermale is in an isolated but visible place and the male will go to the outside and start crying very loudly and scratching the surface of trees and walls. While the media has labelled this behaviour as "romantic serenades" for marketing purposes, you, the experienced Trainer, surely know better: this is actually the male announcing to his surroundings that he has found a "new" female and is willing to take any challengers in place to get her. Since such fights are carried in presence of the female and end only when she chooses so, it is very likely that they will last until only one or two males are in condition to walk, let alone to mate. For this and other reasons, hotels and resorts in grassland areas require signing up your Nidoran or Nidorino in advance and impose punishment ranging from fines to a lifetime ban on Trainers who let their Nidoran explore alone or don't keep them under rigid control.
All basic forms live together in the core colony with their parents and venture to the outside in sibling groups. The colony itself is led by a cabal of Nidorina. During the winter or times of high activity those Nidorina disband the colony and lead child-raising groups on their own, leaving the adult males to group together in packs and roam the surrounding areas to secure a new area.
Protection of the outer rings of the colony is carried out by some Nidorino who are "awarded" the position of guards after surrounding the colony for some time, and who group in pairs to perform night-to-night watches from key spots. In their spare time, some Nidorino go back to the core to teach the young advanced techniques, in particular adequate horn fencing and pressure attacks (for the young to avoid having their ears pierced by an incoming horn).
Protection of the inner circle, dedicated to the raising of the youth and the collection of berries and vegetables, is carried out by the Nidorina themselves — but it is not often that they face trouble: any attacker that manages to reach the core is usually already dying from the males's blood-eating venom when they are ambushed and finished by the females, their bodies later collected as food.
The exact place of wild Nidoqueen and Nidoking in the colonies is not completely understood. Each colony has two or three Nidoqueen—Nidoking couples freely roaming around the core of the colony, but they don't seem to usually participate in colony activities and don't compete between them or against the lead Nidos for any sort of position or power. Outside of the core however they become ferocious partners who keep close, but not too close, to the groups of Nidos roaming around the landscape.
OK... technically this is about half-complete. I'm missing some things in the aspect of diet and I'm sure my Fan Myopia got in in more places than is healthy, but since I usually work in Rolling Updates mode that won't be an issue for long.
edited 16th Jul '10 6:52:22 PM by SilentReverence
You sure as hell didn't disappoint, Reverence. Don't beat yourself up over it—this is probably one of the best articles in this thread.
You mean Nidoqueen and Nidoking, right? Just spotting a typo. I'm still not through with this huge article... Nice!
Anyone one else starting to get the feeling that the people writing this dex are a little shady?
I mean, between the detailed descriptions of all the ways pokemon can kill someone, in-depth knowledge of crime syndicates and the [DATA EXPUNGED] thing, one has to wonder...
But yeah, Nidoran entry was worth the wait.
^ Perhaps Professor Oak isn't such a kindly old man as he seems?
^I remember reading some sort of thing about how the first gen Pokedex said stuff about Geodude withstanding dynamite and cutting off Raticate whiskers, stuff that presumably had to be researched to discover. Considering that Oak hires a ten year old child to go and do this research...
I mean, between the detailed descriptions of all the ways pokemon can kill someone, in-depth knowledge of crime syndicates and the [DATA EXPUNGED] thing, one has to wonder...
Anyways, I'm voting fot Gliphon to be the one who writes ads for our project.
Also, thanks for the thumbs up and I'll fix the mistakes in short time. I have to fix the Zigzagoon entry — I hope I get yes or nay on the fanart thing, to solidify the entry. After that, on to Surskit!
And remember people, Nidos still need more love. Fanart, fanfic, a badge in your site, a slot in your team (but not as an HM slave!), gift a Nido plushie (of the adequate gender) to your significant other... whatever.
edited 16th Jul '10 8:07:50 PM by SilentReverence
The DATA EXPUNGED thing doesn't really fit the in-universe style so well, though. We probably should settle on a point-of-view for these entries.
We can at least assume they aren't the "shipping" revisions, to allow for censoring too-fun-to-answer mysteries under a professor's annotation.
But yeah, once the well-deserved praise for this entry settles down, we may want to get meta and hash out an entry on the Pokédex in general and this edition in particular.
Edit: who's up for a Nido avatar theme?
edited 16th Jul '10 8:11:39 PM by Tangent128
I obviously am. The size doesn't help matters much but my avatar is a Nidorino paladin or something...
Also I found out how to do the garbled text trick as it appears in the Index for "The Cinnabar Anomaly". It's all in the handling of some specific ranges of Unicode characters and diacritics. The reproducible effect is something like: ͬ͛ͨÀ͖̗͖ͣd̊v͌ͪ̉eͪ̚nt̙̩͎̺ ̈ͧ̊ͫ҉͚͍̣Ơ̵̡͈͙͕̹̜̤͍̬̥̽͋ͤ̊ͭͣ̑͒ͬ͛ͨ̎f̑̒̇̓ͩ̔̎̀ ̭͈͖̗̝A̧̩̺͊̾̇r͍̳͕̞͠c̛̜̟͍̙̣̰̻ͭ̎e̙̻̤̯̥̞ͧ̉ͦͅu҉̻̼s͇:
I guess most of us know that already, it is just that I'm doing a bit of experimentation on how to adapt the effect better.
As for the [DATA EXPUNGED] I just wanted to stay in the current style of some of the entries. I mean, if the leader of Team Rocket wrote on how to use Nidoking for an incredibly dangerous task then the publishers definitively do not want the knowledge to be commonplace. So I'd guess this E Ncyclopedia is a pre-release screening or something. WE'll have Arceus and Mewtwo entries after all, right?
Off to another matters... such as sleeping.
EDITed for ad: remember to gift your girl with a cute and warm (just like you) Nidoran(M) plushie!
edited 16th Jul '10 9:27:45 PM by SilentReverence
Oh if you are still looking for Nido art, what about this thing that Tangent put up over on the Pokemon Elimination Game back when it was hosted on the Video Games forum?
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How well does it match the trope?