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Tangent128 from Virginia Relationship Status: Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
Aug 18th 2010 at 11:03:57 PM

Silent Reverence: Even if hosting it elsewhere, I imagine the bulk of the actual work would still take place in this thread for the foreseeable future.

Edit: I think this is the first legally-protected Legendary we have. Nice to see The Legend of Thunder referenced.

edited 18th Aug '10 11:09:48 PM by Tangent128

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Pykrete NOT THE BEES from Viridian Forest
NOT THE BEES
Aug 18th 2010 at 11:15:59 PM

I felt like the remote-fire thundercloud Raikou used on the reflecting machine was awesome enough to warrant the existence of that cinematic abortion. tongue

Actually, I eventually got fed up with the dub and found a fansub of it on Youtube. I was surprised to find it was actually decent.

edited 18th Aug '10 11:21:42 PM by Pykrete

Chronix Better than a cross.
Better than a cross.
Aug 18th 2010 at 11:37:31 PM

Our rival over at Serebii used a Webs.com account to host the archive. Perhaps we could do the same.

Closet DCLAU fan.
CaptainNapalm Totally Not a Schoolboy from a closet.
Totally Not a Schoolboy
Aug 19th 2010 at 6:52:47 AM

^ We don't have rivals, just counterparts...

EDIT: If we're going to keep our page on the main wiki, should we consider reorganizing our stuff into bloc subpages? (e.g. TOW's "Pokemon by Pokedex Number" pages...)

edited 19th Aug '10 6:55:52 AM by CaptainNapalm

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rmctagg09 The Wanderer (he/him) from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer (he/him)
Aug 19th 2010 at 12:20:40 PM

Slowpoke Line

Morphs [Oak Catalog #]

  • Slowpoke [079]
  • Slowbro [080]
  • Slowking [199]

Notable Biology

Slowpoke are pink, quadrupedal Pokemon with long tails that spend most of their time at the water's edge, fishing using said appendage. [[Trainer's Note: There are occassional sighting of blue Slowpoke which are prized by collectors.]] Slowpoke get their name from the fact that they are incredibly slow-witted, despite their part-Psychic typing. Their pain receptors are so deadened that a Slowpoke can take more than a day to feel pain if it is bitten on the tail, which is probably the pain-insensitive part of it's body. The tail also creates a sweet sap, which it uses to attract fish. Though the sap has no nutritional value, the tail is considered very pleasant to chew on. As a result, Slowpoke poachers will cut off their tails and sell them on the black market for a hefty price, including the infamous Team Rocket poaching operation at the Slowpoke Well near Azalea Town in Johto. This is especially cruel to the Slowpoke because they cannot hunt while their tails grow back. While they can survive a long time without eating due to their slow metabolisms, in the interim it puts them at a severe disadvantage.

Slowpoke evolve into two different forms depending on where they are bitten if they catch a Shellder. When a Shellder bites a Slowpoke's tail, the Shellder's poison combines with the Slowpoke's tail sap to create a compound similar to the chemical makeup of a Rare Candy. This causes the Slowpoke to evolve into Slowbro. Slowbro are very similar in body plan to Slowpoke except for their lower bellies having cream-colored scales, and the fact that the Shellder on their tail has now become conical with sharp teeth. Unlike Slowpoke, Slowbro are far more active due to the Shellder on their tail preventing them from using it to fish. [[Trainer's Note: The Shellder is near-impossible to remove from its host, but if it does come off, the Pokemon will revert back to its original form, due to the lack of the Shellder to make the compound.]] Slowbro are completely unable to feel pain, due to the Shellder poison dulling it's pain receptors even further, and are far more physically powerful due to the Shellder making them go bipedal and freeing their hands. While Slowbro on average tend to be as dull-witted as their original form, the Shellder on their tail can cause them to have rare moments of insight when it bites down. The relationship skirts a fine line between symbiosis and parasitism, with the Shellder more or less making the Slowpoke its slave but the latter getting stronger in return.

The other, far more rare evolution of Slowpoke is Slowking. A Slowking is created when a Slowpoke that has acquired a King's Rock is bitten directly on the head by a Shellder. The poison from the Shellder leaks directly into its brain and causes a boost in intelligence and Psychic power. The Shellder morphs into a form resembling a crown, with a ruby-like pearl in front, and the Slowpoke gains a ruff, belly scales, becomes bipedal, and loses the white on the end of their tales. Slowking are extremely intelligent, with cognitive abilities matching that of humans. They serve as leaders for their Slowpoke and Slowbro brethren, and spend their time learning anything they can about the world. A few are actually capable of human speech, though this is a very rare ability. If the Shellder on its head is removed, however, it forgets everything that it has learnt, or more accurately, it forgets how to access its knowledge. Due to the Shellder expanding its intelligence as opposed to the simple increase in intuition it provides to Slowbro, scientists are studying Shellder poison to see if it can help people who have suffered brain damage in the past.

Habitat

Slowpoke and its evolutions are fairly common within Kanto and Johto, with the largest population being found inside the Slowpoke Well. People in nearby Azalea Town have a legend that states that a Slowpoke can cause rain by yawning. It is likely that what they are referring to is Rain Dance.

Diet

The Slowpoke line is piscivorious, living mainly off of fish, though Slowbro and Slowking tend to be more active hunters. They are also opportunistic enough to eat Pokemon eggs if they come across any.

Hazards

The Slowpoke line is very docile and poses very little threat to humans. However, they are not to be underestimated. Slowpoke's main method of defense against a threat is to use Yawn, which uses a gas exhaled from Slowpoke's lungs to put an opponent to sleep while it gets away. If that doesn't work, Slowpoke will attack with Confusion, Headbutt, or Water Pulse. Slowbro are far more physically powerful, and their inability to feel pain means that an enraged Slowbro will fight until it is physically unable to go on. Slowking prefer to avoid conflict, but if they are attacked they will use powerful Psychic moves to defend themselves. Luckily, it takes a lot to cause them to become hostile.

Courting and Childrearing

All members of the Slowpoke line can breed. Their mating ritual consists of a female simply releasing pheromones that attract males and mating with every one she meets. She then lays 10 eggs and watches them for two weeks until they hatch, at which point she leaves them.

Social Structure

Slowpoke and Slowbro live in loosely defined groups led by Slowking. Some Slowking get frustrated and decide to either travel on their own or join up with humans for further intellectual stimulation.

edited 20th Aug '10 9:51:02 AM by rmctagg09

Hugging a Vanillite will give you frostbite. "The wheel will turn ever more, but I see pain. I see victory, but pain.
Blissey1 insert title here from a random Pokčcenter Relationship Status: I know
insert title here
Aug 19th 2010 at 12:34:53 PM

you think that a Slowking, watching over their slow brethren, ever feel that they're Surrounded by Idiots?

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SullenFrog Wait, he isn't dead! Shia Surprise! from Voormithadreth Relationship Status: I wanna know about these strangers like me
Wait, he isn't dead! Shia Surprise!
Aug 19th 2010 at 12:37:54 PM

that was the impression I got, yeah.

If nobody objects, I'll be doing Zapdos or Moltres next.

The Danse Macabre Codex
rmctagg09 The Wanderer (he/him) from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer (he/him)
Aug 19th 2010 at 12:50:38 PM

I'd have to agree.

Hugging a Vanillite will give you frostbite. "The wheel will turn ever more, but I see pain. I see victory, but pain.
SullenFrog Wait, he isn't dead! Shia Surprise! from Voormithadreth Relationship Status: I wanna know about these strangers like me
Wait, he isn't dead! Shia Surprise!
Aug 19th 2010 at 1:47:32 PM

Here she be, boys! Commentary is welcome, of course.

Zapdos

Morphs [Oak Catalog #]

  • Zapdos [145]

Physical Descriptions

Zapdos is a large avian Pokémon that stands as tall as the average man. It is immediately recognizable from its yellow and black plumage, its cranial feathers which flare out in a jagged frill and its large wings and tail feathers, whose pinions resemble lightning bolts or thunderheads when spread. The creature possesses dark patches around its eyes and a long thin beak, giving it a distinctive and ferocious appearance. Notably, the Zapdos’ feathers are constantly crackling with electricity, more so in flight than when at rest.

Lore and History

Zapdos has long been venerated by the inhabitants of Kanto and the Orange Islands as the Avatar of Lightning, being superior to Moltres, Avatar of Flame and inferior to Articuno, Avatar of Frost. In this way, the three birds form a sacred Triad of Fire, Ice and Lightning that preserves the equilibrium of the world; should their balance be disrupted, a great cataclysm would befall our world.

Zapdos is seen as both a benefactor and a destroyer. When it is in balance with its siblings, its storms bring rain to parched lands to end droughts or provide vast amounts of electrical power, and its coming heralds the onset of summer and fall; when the balance is disrupted, however, it descends upon the world of men at the head of horrific storms and hurricanes, and its lightning bolts scour the earth clean of everything in its path. Perhaps as a result of the immense power it wields, Zapdos is the proudest and most volatile of the Triad, and it is quick to visit its wrath upon anyone who does not pay it the proper respect.

Known Sightings

As it spends much of its time on the wing, Zapdos is rarely seen by the populace at large. While it is typically sighted only within large storm fronts, there was a well-known incident where the Avatar of Lightning was drawn to the raw electrical power generated by Kanto’s Route 10 Power Plant and took up residence there, filling the facility with numerous electrical Pokémon and preventing anyone from safely entering the edifice until a certain trainer braved the hazards and caught Zapdos.

Red was not able to handle Zapdos’ fierce pride or volatile temperament, however, and was forced to release the creature into the wild; it has not returned to the Power Plant since. In the years that have passed since its defeat, the Avatar of Lightning has been witness roaming the skies of distant Sinnoh on several occasions, and it was believed to have been involved with the Cipher incident in Orre several years ago; since that time, Zapdos has become increasingly violent and hateful of humans, and Pokémon Rangers have had little success in calming the creature’s rage.

Diet (if any)

Although Zapdos’ fearsome countenance, sharp beak and grasping talons would indicate that it is a predator, the bird has never actually been observed while feeding; this, combined with its tendency to frequent areas of immense electrical power, has given rise to the theory that it sustains itself on electricity itself, causing storms for the sole purpose of consuming the resulting thunderbolts.

Abilities

Zapdos’ body continuously generates an intense electrical current, and its pinions act as external capacitors in order to avoid a catastrophic and fatal build-up of energy; because of this, every flap of the creature’s wings is accompanied by the crackle and snap of static discharge, rapidly altering the barometric pressure of the immediate area and causing intense storms. These storms erupt with no warning and vary wildly in intensity; some are simple rainshowers with the occasional rumble of thunder, while others rapidly become f-5 tornadoes.

In addition to its astonishing meteorological abilities, Zapdos has displayed numerous electrokinetic powers that range from generating intense static fields which numb the muscles of all creatures within its vicinity, projecting potent bolts of lightning from its wings, and even calling thunderbolts down from the heavens. As with most other legendaries, it also displays potent psionic powers which it uses to increase its agility and speed, throw up telekinetic barriers to weaken special attacks, and even read an opponent’s mind to determine what action they will take next, and react accordingly in order to evade them.

Additionally, Zapdos appears to emit a strong presence of regal might, a trait it shares with its siblings. Simply put, Pokémon who are ordered to attack any member of the Legendary Birds will only do so reluctantly and with great difficulty, as though some sort of geass were compelling them not to lift so much as a finger against them.

Hazards

As the above paragraph indicates, Zapdos is not to be trifled with. Its devastating storms and electrical powers, when combined with its fierce pride, have given rise to a well-known saying amongst those who have had past encounters with Zapdos: “Anger the Lightning, and it will strike you once. Attack the Lightning, and it will strike you dead.” If the creature is attacked, it will respond with overwhelming force, using its meteorological powers to boost the potency of its already-formidable lightning. Furthermore, the bird has been known to seize its attackers in its talons and carry them high into the air before dropping them to their deaths, and its beak can easily impale even the toughest of Rock-type Pokémon after a dive. If you should encounter Zapdos in the wild, it is advised to avoid making eye contact with the creature as it will see this as a profound insult and attack; if escape is not possible, have strong Ground-types on hand and hammer the bird with Rock and Ice-type moves until it decides that it has had enough.

Other

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Tangent128 from Virginia Relationship Status: Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
Aug 19th 2010 at 2:28:46 PM

I'm not a neurology expert, but I don't think losing a brain stimulant would cause a Slowking to forget what it's learned. It may be unable to correctly access the memories, and likely couldn't process them on the same level regardless.

Oh! Zapdos. Looks decent; is the HG/SS appearance relevant, though, or simply a chance flyby? And are we accepting any of the events in The Power of One?

As for the wiki issue: I can't see subpage blocs working; either there are so many entries per page that the Walls of Text could furnish the Sears Tower, or there are so many bloc pages that it's not worth the organizational hassle.

I think the subpages could be done, if the main page was sufficiently Troped and the index moved to a subpage. Alternatively, an external site could be used. If so, controlling the server gives us the most options, but it would be slower to set up.

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CaptainNapalm Totally Not a Schoolboy from a closet.
Totally Not a Schoolboy
Aug 19th 2010 at 2:45:01 PM

Hmm, I guess I'll look for some relevant tropes to add to the page...

EDIT: So wait, does this mean that we can start making (a couple) subpages again?

edited 19th Aug '10 3:10:45 PM by CaptainNapalm

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rmctagg09 The Wanderer (he/him) from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer (he/him)
Aug 19th 2010 at 11:36:55 PM

Shouldn't we add this to Troper Works as well?

Hugging a Vanillite will give you frostbite. "The wheel will turn ever more, but I see pain. I see victory, but pain.
CaptainNapalm Totally Not a Schoolboy from a closet.
Totally Not a Schoolboy
Aug 20th 2010 at 8:43:56 AM

^ We'd just simply re-index the page...

Let's play a game about Pokémon...
rmctagg09 The Wanderer (he/him) from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer (he/him)
Aug 20th 2010 at 10:51:43 AM

I guess I'll do the Voltorb line next.

Hugging a Vanillite will give you frostbite. "The wheel will turn ever more, but I see pain. I see victory, but pain.
Tangent128 from Virginia Relationship Status: Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
Aug 20th 2010 at 11:05:29 AM

For the record, I will be in transit Saturday morning through Sunday evening, and will then have to get settled in at school. Expect to not see me much for a little bit.

Do you highlight everything looking for secret messages?
Aug 20th 2010 at 1:13:11 PM

Somebody needs to do less animalistic Pokémon, like Bronzor.


Paras Line

Morphs [Oak Catalogue #]

  • Paras [#046]
    • An orange arthropod with a fungal infection closely resembling tochukaso growing on its back.
  • Parasect [#047]
    • The fungus has fully covered the host, leaving it a near-mindless husk weighed down by the large cap that now grows on its back.

Notable Biology

There is an argument among biologists regarding which is the Pokémon here - the poor arthropod or the tochukaso-like fungus growing on the creature's back. Tests have shown neither can live without the other - the fungus does not grow on any other Pokémon, not even the Paras' closest relative, the Nincada, and the host creature has come to depend on the fungus to add extra protection.

The fungus grows on the back of the host from birth. It is an symbiotic relationship, weighed heavily in favour of the fungus - the fungus has a platform to move around on, claws to defend itself with and a handy place to get nutrients from. What the host seems to get from this are spores to drive off large predators.

Eventually, the fungus grows so big that any nutrients that the host takes goes directly to the fungus, and the host is only a little more than a chitinous puppet [Trainer Note: Using a daily dose of a specially modified version of the Antidote, availaible from all good Pokémarts, can slow down this growth]. Minimal brain activity has been recorded, the Parasect acting totally on the primal urge of eat. The fungus can sustain itself almost indefinitely as long as there are enough nutrients around. This has given rise to the idea that the fungus has some health properties. While the defensive spores of the Paras family are used in local anaesthetics, any evidence that they increase longevity or just general health has not been uncovered.

One question Parasect researchers are often asked is 'what is underneath the cap?' The answer is a pulpy mess of dissolved chitin and organs, with the fungi's hyphae branching into it, replacing the host's vital organs and much of the nervous system.

Habitat

The Paras line must live in dark, damp climates like caves and large temperate forests, although the best place for them would be a tropical rainforest.

Diet

Paras are usually found on tree roots, taking in nutrients from there. The Pokémon could spend its entire time as a Paras on a tree with particularly big roots.

Parasect are more demanding, swarming entire trees en masse until the trees are dry husks.

Hazards

As mentioned above, they can wreak hell in forested areas, killing a large number of trees in a very short space of time. As such, Paras colonies are regularly culled to bring them down to a manageable number.

Note that the spores of the Paras line are for the most part defensive and will not cause any lasting harm as long as treatment with an Antidote or Paralyse Heal is given in a timely manner. The spores are not known to affect humans beyond numbness or slight nausea.

Despite its popularity for being the origins of zombies in recent films (apt though it may be, given its affect on the host) and a popular (though debunked by snopes) urban legend, there is no verifiable evidence that the breeding spores (see below) has any affect on any other creature than the host species.

Reproduction

Before partially disabling the brain, one of the last acts of the fungus is apparently to fertilise the eggs in the egg sac of the host. This was discovered totally by accident after researchers dissected what they thought was a Parasect (the cap had nearly engulfed the body), but found the brain was largely untouched. The eggs, however were fertilised.

It seems as though that the fungus infects the eggs, mutating the cells to stop the offspring from being perfect clones. When the brain is finally infected, a biochemical signal is sent to the egg sac, causing the creature to lay the eggs in the tree the Parasect colony is currently eating from. Usually eggs are eaten in the process, but there is little concern as hundreds of thousands of eggs are laid.

When they hatch a few days later, the colony has moved on, leaving a dead tree with millions of breeding spores that the fungus deposited while eating. Those spores will then infect the hatchlings, which it will then direct to find a new tree to feast on.

Social Structure

Paras live in colonies of hundreds, moving from tree to tree.


That OK?

edited 25th Aug '10 2:49:09 AM by Haseri

Colonial1.1 Crazed Lawrencian from The Marvelous River City Relationship Status: In season
Crazed Lawrencian
Aug 20th 2010 at 1:24:43 PM

Hello Body Horror.

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CaptainNapalm Totally Not a Schoolboy from a closet.
Totally Not a Schoolboy
Aug 20th 2010 at 1:24:47 PM

^^ The entry needs the line's name...

Also, it's "wreak" not "wreck"...

Other than that, I think it looks pretty good...

edited 20th Aug '10 1:26:10 PM by CaptainNapalm

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SullenFrog Wait, he isn't dead! Shia Surprise! from Voormithadreth Relationship Status: I wanna know about these strangers like me
Wait, he isn't dead! Shia Surprise!
Aug 20th 2010 at 1:29:49 PM

I like it; it's short and to the point.

I must say, though, you've certainly put a rather horrific spin on Paras and Parasect. Were you inspired by the Cordyceps fungus, by any chance?

The Danse Macabre Codex
Aug 20th 2010 at 1:43:10 PM

Yes, I was. One of my favourite parts of biology was doing a presentation on that.

But mostly I was inspired by On the Origins of Species on Bulbapedia.

edited 20th Aug '10 1:43:42 PM by Haseri

Gilphon Trustworthy from The Third Sound Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Trustworthy
Aug 20th 2010 at 2:21:55 PM

nitpick: If the fungus offers it protection, it's a symbiotic relationship, not parasitical one, regardless of end effects.

Also, fungi... typically aren't really smart enough to manage complex things like walking, so shutting down Parasect's brain entirely is a bit too much, in my opinion.

"Canada Day is over, and now begins the endless dark of the Canada Night."
Chronix Better than a cross.
Better than a cross.
Aug 20th 2010 at 2:35:00 PM

Hmm. Would it be pertinent to question whether the Fungus takes over the host brain or merley melds with it? The reltionship seems to be more symbiotic than parasitic; the fungus is the primaryt weapon of the line.

But on to later things. This is a question that popped up during one of my sessions in the Battle Factory. Are their gay Pokemon?

Closet DCLAU fan.
SullenFrog Wait, he isn't dead! Shia Surprise! from Voormithadreth Relationship Status: I wanna know about these strangers like me
Pykrete NOT THE BEES from Viridian Forest
NOT THE BEES
Aug 20th 2010 at 2:40:31 PM

There are if the Internet has anything to say about it.

On a more scholarly note, it wouldn't be unheard of, and given the usual approach of semi-to-full sentience in this 'verse it's basically a given somewhere in the world.

Bah, ninja'd.

edited 20th Aug '10 2:43:22 PM by Pykrete

rmctagg09 The Wanderer (he/him) from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer (he/him)
Aug 20th 2010 at 3:17:19 PM

Voltorb Line

Morphs [Oak Catalog #]

  • Voltorb [100]
  • Electrode [101]

Notable Biology

Voltorb are small, spherical Pokemon that resemble a Poke Ball due to their coloration. What appear to be eyes are actually LED systems that serve the same purpose. Their origin is completely unknown, but they were first sighted in Kanto shortly after Silph Co. invented the modern Poke Ball. While Silph Co. executives continually insist that the company had nothing to do with their creation, some people theorize that they were an accident created during the Poke Ball creation process that escaped, due to Silph Co. keeping its Poke Ball secrets under wraps. They are most infamous for being an extremely volatile, bad-tempered species, violently exploding at the slightest provacation. They feed on electricity, and are commonly found in the vicinity of power plants. When a Voltorb absorbs too much power, it will explode to release some of its excess energy with no warning. They are also very fast, and can roll at speeds at up to 55 mph.

Electrode, Voltorb's evolved form, is very similar except for being bigger, at nearly four feet in the average specimen, having a reversed color scheme, and having a mouth, which it uses to absorb more energy. Just like Voltorb, Electrode will explode at the slightest provocation, often just for fun. This has led to Electrode's nickname being "the Bomb Ball". They feed on far more electricity than Voltorb, due to their mouths, and large amounts of them are capable of causing citywide blackouts. For this reason, power plants often have special fences and Ground Pokemon to discourage them from getting closer.

Habitat

Voltorb and Electrode are commonly found in cities near power plants. Three years ago, when Zapdos made its roost inside the Kanto Power Plant, large amounts of both Pokemon, among other Electric types, crowded the place and made it impossible for it to be used until Red came and caught Zapdos. Another famous infestation was the one inside the New Mauville power plant in Hoenn.

Diet

The Voltorb line feeds off of pure electrical energy.

Hazards

The Voltorb line, due to being generally temperamental in disposition, are considered extremely dangerous. A Voltorb's Selfdestruct is capable of taking out everything in a 30 ft radius, and Electrode's Explosion is powerful to blow a small building to pieces. For this reason, any trainer owing Voltorb or it's evolved form must have a permit, and can only allow it to use Selfdestruct or Explosion if the area is suitably protected and open. This ability has been used in the past by terrorists, especially suicide bomber who wear Voltorb belts and have them explode on command. While the Pokemon themselves are fine afterwards, their adversaries tend not to be. [[Trainer's Note: The most common cause of death involving Voltorb involve having an ignorant trainer mistaking one for a Poke Ball and picking it up, due to the fact that they sleep with their eyes closed, causing it to explode.]]

Besides the most obvious danger of a violent explosion, Voltorb and Electrode are Electric Pokemon, and will defend themselves with moves such as Spark and Charge Beam. They can also emit an ear-piercing screech and attack with Sonicboom, which can cause serious internal injury. [[Trainer's Note: Considering the Voltorb line's temperament, anything other than an explosion is considered lucky. If you meet one, your best bet is to move away slowly, making no sudden movements.]]

Courting and Childrearing

Voltorb mate by simply combining some of the electrical energy from both parents into a new Pokemon. The Voltorb line does not practice parental care.

Social Structure

Voltorb and Electrode can be found in groups, but possess no true grouping instincts.

edited 21st Aug '10 8:26:24 AM by rmctagg09

Hugging a Vanillite will give you frostbite. "The wheel will turn ever more, but I see pain. I see victory, but pain.

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