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The Alola Pokedex

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by Rediamond, Jun 2, 2018.

  1. Rediamond

    Rediamond Middle of nowhere

    Hi! This is a guidebook to every species in the USUM pokedex, as would be useful to a young trainer on an island quest. Everything in here is canon in guidance, my alola journey fic. A few convention notes to begin with:

    -The evolutionary line as a whole is referred to as the most evolved pokemon of the same type as the base form. Thus Alolan!Geodude's line is referred to as "golem" and vikavolt's line is referred to as "grubbin."
    -I don't treat pokedex entries as canon, although some parts of some entries are inspired by them.
    -Ordinary animals and plants exist in the universe of guidance.
    -I don't necessarily consider all information given in any game, including USUM, to be canon.
    -This is rated E. If you can handle the average show on Animal Planet (or whatever the non-American equivalent is), you should be fine. Sometimes I'll talk in some detail about how a predator kills their prey, which can include humans. It will be mostly in academic language (talking about what gets pierced and with what force rather than how much blood gets splattered).
    -I shamelessly stole the idea from Cutlerine, who did it much better here.


    Table of Contents:
    -Dartrix

    -Torracat

    -Brionne
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2018 at 5:05 PM
  2. Rediamond

    Rediamond Middle of nowhere

    Dartrix (Rowlet, Decidueye)

    Overview

    Rowlet is one of the three traditional starters in the Alola region, alongside litten and popplio. Of the three, it is the easiest to take care of and the most sociable. This is in large part due to the coevolution of the species and the Polynesians who scattered them across the Pacific Ocean. While they are not domesticated, and very much untamed colonies exist (see Acquisition), they are easily adjusted to working with humans and rowlet born in captivity seem to accept humans as large, featherless decidueye.

    Rowlet and dartrix are recognized as belonging to the grass and flying type classes. Decidueye officially belong to grass and ghost, although there is some controversy over whether or not they should retain the flying classification as well. This guidebook will not delve into the controversy over the so-called triple-typings and adheres to the official rulings of the Department of Agriculture.

    Physiology

    All stages of dartrix possess excellent hearing and night vision. Rowlet and dartrix can see perfectly well on cloudy nights with a new moon. Captive decidueye have been able to strike targets in near-perfect darkness in laboratories. It is presently unclear how they manage this, as there is no evidence they use echolocation at this time. Rowlet are born pure white and slowly develop their colors as photosynthetic symbiote colonies grow inside of their feathers.

    Rowlet resemble a small, almost spherical owl with pale brown body feathers, a white mask and a green crest on their chest. It is widely, and incorrectly, believed that this crest forms two intersecting ovals in the rough shape of deciduous leafs. While some Rowlet do have crests like this, the exact shape and shade is unique to each rowlet. The crests of related rowlets are usually similar, allowing them to serve as an identifier.

    Dartrix are slightly wider than rowlet. Adults in Alola are roughly two feet tall although, with controlled diet, humidty and sunlight, some captive dartrix have grown up to three feet tall. They gain a green headcrest and the brown feathers on their body darken considerably. Mature dartrix have developed projectile “blade feathers” that aren’t actually feathers at all, but rather thin hairs coated in keratin. These replace their talons as their main form of defense.

    Decidueye are usually between five and six feet tall. Their green crests grow to surround their entire head and an orange one forms where their crest originally was as a rowlet. Decidueye wings are dark brown. Their quills are much sharper and harder than those of dartrix, and a trained decidueye is capable of shooting them at speeds of up to fifty meters per second at ranges of up to five-hundred meters.

    Dartrix can live up to thirty years in the wild and twenty-five in captivity. It is unclear whether or not decidueye ever die of old age in the presence of combat and stress.

    Behavior

    Wild rowlet are nocturnal, although captive rowlet can be quickly trained to be crepuscular or diurnal. They perch on top of the highest trees in their area and spread their wings to allow their symbiotic bacteria to photosynthesize. At night, they leave their perches and eat leaves. This is both for nutritional reasons and to clear up more space to roost in direct sunlight during the day. In spite of their representation in folklore as powerful hunters, all stages of the evolutionary line are strictly herbivorous (this is not true for all subspecies, see Subspecies).

    Their reputation comes from the hunts of decidueye. When dartrix colonies face predators, the decidueye in the flock are known to set out at night (or, for diurnal predators, in the day) and assassinate all members of the predator species within a several kilometer radius. Some subspecies have also been documented killing predators who did not hunt dartrix so, in the future, those species will aggressively cull those that do prey on them.

    In captivity, rowlet are intensely social while awake and prefer to rest in direct sunlight or cuddle against warm-blooded animals or other rowlet for warmth. When allowed to do so, they will frequently perch on top of their trainers. Dartrix, thankfully, grow out of this practice. They still enjoy engulfing their trainer in their wings. The exact purpose of this behavior is unclear.

    Decidueye’s behavioral differences will be further detailed in the Evolution section.

    Husbandry

    It is best to acquire a member of the line while it is still in its first evolutionary stage. As it develops into an adult (see Evolution), it should seldom be placed inside of a pokéball or separated from its trainer for more than twenty-four hours at a time. Separation for any length of time is stressful for very young rowlet and should be avoided whenever possible. It should be exposed to direct sunlight for at least six hours a day, five days a week. If this is infeasible, most Pokémon Centers in Alola have rooms which can simulate natural sunlight. These rooms in the busiest Centers are typically filled with rowlet and dartrix, allowing for socialization (and an exercise in remembering your rowlet’s crest). During periods of particular stress, rowlet prefer to be cradled by humans or dartrix or, at the very least, given a cramped space to hide in.

    The dartrix line have very inefficient digestive systems and, like most birds, they tend to defecate whenever they get ready to fly. Thankfully, rowlet and dartrix much prefer short hops and walking on their talons to flight (see Battling). They are still quite difficult to house train and the only real consolation is that their waste is more solid, and thus easier to clean up, than most birds. There is a five hundred dollar fine for not cleaning up your dartrix’s waste in a public area.

    All stages of the dartrix line should be fed a special blend of leaf-based food sold in all Pokémon Centers in Alola, and most pokémon equipment and sporting goods stores. Adult dartrix can be held in pokeballs for considerable lengths of time, although most find this irritating and using their pokéball frequently will undermine their trust in you as their trainer. Dartrix without a photosynthesis-condusive pokéball should get thirty hours of direct or simulated sunlight a week. Decidueye need only three hours of sunlight per week, although they will become more active if exposed to more light. Decidueye also tend not to have strong feelings on being held in their pokéballs.

    Illness

    The most common illness by far for all stages of the dartrix line is feather bleaching. During a bleaching episode, a dartrix loses all color in their feathers and become pure-white across their entire body. Bleaching can be caused by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, severe injury, inadequate exposure to sunlight, too little humidity, isolation, disease, starvation, overeating or for no apparent reason at all. So long as conditions are quickly rectified and the dartrix is given a few days to rest and either exposure to other dartrix or injections of symbiotic bacteria the problem will usually be resolved within a week. If your dartrix begins to bleach, immediately consult a veterinarian.

    It should be noted that molting, the loss of feathers in certain parts of the body and slow regrowth of initially white feathers, is separate from bleaching. Unless feathers don’t gain color for over a month in an adult or three months in a juvenile or molting occurs across the entire body at once it is not necessary to consult a veterinarian.

    Evolution

    Rowlet naturally evolve into dartrix provided food, sunlight, companionship and time. The formal point where a rowlet becomes a dartrix is the growth of a full headcrest. This typically occurs when a rowlet is nine months old. It takes another five for a dartrix to fully mature and become ready for their next evolution.

    Wild decidueye are exceedingly rare. In times of great external stress, such as pandemics, sudden habitat loss, natural disasters, competition for their roosting spaces or predation, the eldest dartrix in a colony will begin to rapidly gain size and start to develop projectile quills. This will continue to happen with more dartrix evolving one by one until the crisis is resolved. Decidueye only live for one to three years after the most recent crisis.

    In captivity, projectile quills can be surgically removed, rendering evolution impossible. Otherwise, a dartrix exposed to enough battles over the course of roughly one year (or a handful of particularly dire ones in rapid succession) will begin to evolve on its own. During evolution, dartrix should be offered greatly increased amounts of food and sunlight and given as much as it wants of both.

    For a variety of reasons, dartrix evolution is not recommended for all but the most serious of trainers. Decidueye cut off from frequent, high-level battles tend to rapidly decline in health and die within a year. This makes retirement effectively impossible for decidueye trainers. Decidueye also undergo a temperamental change arguably greater than their physical ones. Decidueye sleep less than two hours a day and spend the remainder of their time hyper-vigilant and seeking out battles. If no opponents are presented to them in formal engagement, they will tend to pick their own fights.

    They otherwise lose almost all of the cuddly and expressive nature that dartrix are known for. While they will usually not decline physical affection, they will almost never initiate it. They will stand guard for their trainer when outside of their pokéball and do little else. Because of this, many trainers who evolve their dartrix complain about a death of personality in their beloved pet and some will lose interest and abandon their decidueye. The shock of losing the “colony” they evolved to protect and the combat withdrawal will usually kill the decidueye within six months. Decidueye seldom accept new trainers once abandoned.

    Battle

    Rowlet and dartrix are relatively durable pokémon and both are far more clever than they would appear. They have naturally good aim for the handful of projectile attacks they have. Unfortunately, they are not so capable at flying as to be able to dodge projectile attacks. Most dartrix and all rowlet are unable to dodge melee moves from average-size pokémon. They also tend to loathe battling and must be bribed into each individual fight. As such, they are not the recommended starter for trainers interested in serious battling.

    Decidueye, as mentioned above, are addicted to combat and violence. They are much more adept fliers than dartrix, have near-silent movement and can put their natural aim to much better use with their quills. Their only real counters are pokémon capable of taking a quill to any point of their body and continuing to fight. Otherwise, projectile moves that manipulate temperatures to either extreme are damaging to their tissue and symbiotes and should be avoided. Very fast attacks from behind can also throw a decidueye into a panic. Decidueye tend not to surrender fights until they are physically incapable of continuing, so a trainer should be mindful of the above and withdraw their decidueye if they appear to be visibly hurt.

    Acquisition

    Children between the ages of ten and twenty can obtain a rowlet from certified distributors free of charge with a Class I certification. Children who have cleared the grand trial on at least one island and did not receive a rowlet as a starter can purchase or adopt an additional one. Dartrix in licensed shelters can be adopted with a Class II license or higher. Decidueye adoptions are handled on a case-by-case basis.

    Dartrix colonies are found in Poni Meadow, Exeggutor Island, Tapu Forest and Lush Jungle. It is illegal to collect any member of the line from the wild without explicit government approval. It is also entirely unnecessary given the strength of captive breeding programs.

    Breeding

    Requires a Class IV license with an additional certification in dartrix breeding. The certification course has further information.

    Subspecies

    As island-dwellers with limited flight, there are nearly two dozen subspecies of dartrix. As such, this section will not cover them all in detail.

    Indonesian and Filipino dartrix (Filipino, Sumatran, Javan, Bornean, Guinean) typically have wingspans twice those of their Alolan counterparts at all stages. They are also much more capable fliers, and even some rowlet are capable of sustained, powered flight for a kilometer or more. Most of these subspecies are omnivorous during the wet season. However, their quills are not nearly as developed as the other subspecies and they hunt primarily through a combination of their talons and their silent flight.

    The Queensland dartrix is the only subspecies with naturally venomous quills. Queensland decidueye are less than a meter tall and their dartrix are correspondingly small and their quills take several weeks to regenerate. As such, they have not gained much popularity in the competitive battling scene.

    The small islands of the Pacific are littered with different dartrix subspecies. Most of them are quite similar to the Alolan dartrix, but smaller. Almost all are endangered. The Heahea conservatory has an exhibit showcasing several of these subspecies.

    Zealand previously had two subspecies of dartrix. The North Island dartrix is now extinct and the South Island dartrix at risk of extirpation. South Island dartrix regularly evolve into decidueye, regardless of external stressors. They are also nearly as large as the Sumatran decidueye and have much thicker coats. Despite their wingspan, they are nearly flightless and only use their wings for getting into and out of trees and slowing falls. Their primary weapon are their quills, by far the largest of any subspecies of decidueye. Photosynthesis aside, South Island decidueye are almost entirely carnivorous. During the summer they stay nearly stationary with their wings spread out in a field. In the long winter nights, they take up position on a low tree branch and wait to kill anything that crosses by.

    South Island decidueye form mated pairs until their chicks evolve into dartrix, at which point the pairs split up and leave the dartrix on their own.

    While they have nearly been hunted to extinction in Zealand, an invasive population in the Canadian boreal has become rather large. The latest estimates placed the decidueye population in Alberta alone at over ten thousand. They have become a major safety risk for humans in the area, as they will kill and eat any human who enters their territory in the winter and it is all but impossible to notice a decidueye before it notices you.

    Due to legalized hunting and capture of Canadian decidueye, they are quite common on the international battling scene. They are also the ninth most lethal pokémon worldwide and require a Class V license to possess in the United States.
     
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2018
  3. Cutlerine

    Cutlerine a lonesome harp guitar

    Something like this is made or broken (oof. that sounds way worse in the passive voice, huh, darn irregular verbs) by its tone, and that's really what you've nailed here. It reads exactly as it should – and unlike some other fictional encyclopedias I've read, it contains enough actual information (or, well, not actual information, but you know what I mean) to feel like I'm reading a real in-universe encyclopedia, rather than just a factual summary of some things that the author wanted to tell me about their world.

    Another thing you do really well is set up questions to be answered later in the entry. There's a couple of different ways you can make an encyclopedia-style fic interesting; one is to let the writer intrude on the text and let some kind of human interest emerge, but another is to give individual entries the kind of structural integrity you might normally expect of a chapter of narrative fiction. That line about decidueye possibly never dying in the presence of combat and stress is a case in point; it's confusing at first, even seeming like it might be a typo for “absence”, but then you read on and gradually, as details are added, it becomes clear. It takes a lot of organisational nous to do this in such a way as to give your chapters this sense of unfolding mystery without making it feel forced, but you manage it – not least because of the strength of your tonal mimicry here.

    And like, this is just a side fic! Man, I need to catch up with your actual main story at some point; I feel like at this point I've left that way too long. Anyway, it's really impressive, and I think you do a disservice to yourself and your achievement here by comparing it to Coriolanus Rowland's Guide to Pokémon Husbandry; that fic is trying to do something very different to what you're doing here, and there's definitely room for both approaches within the format of “fun pokédex encyclopedia thing”. (That's the official term for the genre, I think? Yeah, probably.)

    Anyway, here are some other miscellaneous things I liked: symbiotic photosynthetic bacteria, which is a great idea; gradual evolutions, which is a concept I always like, though of course the varied physiology of pokémon means that it's feasible for some to be gradual and some sudden, so I look forward to seeing what variations you have in store for us there; the fact that most dartrix don't evolve, since I feel like there's too often an unwritten assumption in fic that all pokémon introduced will have evolved by the end, and that seems to me to not really reflect the variety of experiences any credible world must contain, and also because I like the idea that not evolving can have advantage to it, that to evolve is not always to become better but rather to become different, which may or may not help you in a particular situation; and finally, I love all the nods to various Pacific nations' bird life in the subspecies – I'm not enough of a bird buff to recognise them all, but a fair few of them, especially the New Zealand species, seem to me to contain a few references to species I recognise.

    Finally, here's a typo:

    I'm pretty sure that's meant to be 'crepuscular'.

    But yeah. This is a really strong start. The USUM Alola dex is a long one; that means there's an awful lot of this kind of thing for me to look forward to. Which strikes me as excellent news.
     
  4. Rediamond

    Rediamond Middle of nowhere

    @Cutlerine

    Thank you for the review!

    As a kid I adored and poured over guidebooks for children on the fauna of the world. As a young adult in university, I was mad that there weren't versions of those for actual scientists. This is an attempt to balance the two tones with unusual real-life-inspired biology and ecology that tends not to make it to books aimed at five-year-olds with the relative simplicity and flow of an encyclopedia meant for people without a science degree. I'm glad that you think it worked.

    Quite a few things in here are based on real organisms. The bacteria in dartrix are based heavily on the zooxanthellae of coral. I also borrowed bleaching from coral reefs. The Polynesian Dartrix were based heavily on little endangered birds like the guam rail and micronesian kingfisher. Australian dartrix were just a nod from everything on that continent being venomous whether it makes sense or not (hello platypi...). The South Island decidueye were inspired by a mix of great horned and eurasian eagle owls, the moa, kiwi, etc. The Indonesian dartrix weren't based on anything in particular beyond, I guess the Phillipine and Harpy Eagles.

    Evolution will be weird and varied throughout this. Kind of the message of the story is that pokemon evolution and husbandry is really, really varied and a trainer in this universe with a team of six pokemon would probably spend most of their time trying to tend to their team's various needs. Six pokemon is less of a hard tech limit or a gun control measure and more a way of keeping overly ambitious children from overtaxing themselves and hurting some animals in the process. And, yes, there will be occasional flash of light evolutions. Incineroar, tomorrow, has something like one.

    I'm glad you enjoyed it! Update schedule should be once every Saturday, as I already have most of the first dozen written or planned/researched, which is really most of the work for this project.
     
  5. Rediamond

    Rediamond Middle of nowhere

    Torracat (Litten, Incineroar)

    Overview

    Fire-type starter pokémon have a reputation for being temperamental, difficult to control, and quite capable of dishing out the hurt in their final evolutionary stages. Torracat play with these tropes in curious ways. They are mostly pack hunters who use traps and tactics in the wild, rather than brute force instruments. Incineroar, however, plays the reputation straight. Torracat are difficult to control, incineroar generally aren’t if raised by the same trainer as a litten or torracat. And Torracat are the tamest and friendliest of the Alolan feline pokémon, even if their means of expressing affection can come off as detached and distant to those unused to working with cats. Incineroar have odder behaviors, but are perhaps friendlier to humans while in captivity.

    The primary appeal of torracat as a starter rests in their typicality. Children who grew up in a household with a pet feline, pokémon or otherwise, or even a species of fox Pokémon, already have a headstart in caring for and understanding their first partner. Additionally, torracat avert the typical territoriality of felines and are quite quick to accept new partners.

    Champion Luna’s incineroar has inspired a great many trainers hoping to get into serious battling to pick a litten as their first pokémon. It should be noted here that incineroar evolution takes time, luck and a willingness to go without the torracat for a while. Unevolved torracat are still loveable and capable of winning even moderately high level battles if used well. Going without evolution is a perfectly reasonable choice for a trainer on an island quest.

    Physiology

    Litten have a rather typical feline bodyshape, with the exception of a larger-than-average head for their size. They are colored black with red stripes on their legs and a red crest on their forehead. The exact hue and the shape of the crest vary by age and individual. Litten possess an internal flame sac right below the junction of their neck and torso. All stages of the torracat line have thick, flame-resistant skin. Their fur is surprisingly flammable. It is the fur they collect during grooming that serves as their primary flame source. However, due to the time required for fur to regrow this does provide a limit to how much fire they are able to use in a given period of time, even with diet supplements.

    Torracat are physiologically similar. They are far larger than their juvenile counterpart, growing up to roughly 0.75 meters in height at the shoulder, but the growth is mostly proportional. Torracat gain red stripes on their back and tail, and their head crest becomes more prominent. They also gain pronounced red whiskers that give them a sense of the thermal gradient around them. The most significant change is the growth of a bell-like structure protruding from the flame sack. The bell is not metallic, rather, it is made of bone and coated in natural oils. The bell helps regulate the release of flames, something litten tend to struggle with. They are also capable of emitting a variety of sounds that other torracat can pick up on up to two kilometers away.

    Incineroar are far larger with external flames around their waist. They typically reach roughly one meter in height at the shoulder. Contrary to popular belief, incineroar are primarily quadrupeds that sometimes rear up on two legs to reach higher, deliver more powerful blows with their forelegs or intimidate opponents. Their paws, claws and teeth are proportionally larger than torracat’s, and their muscles are more powerful and prominent. The incineroar’s headcrest has grown to encompass almost the entire head. Incineroar have replaced their reproductive system with additional flame sacs, allowing for more control and power. These replace the torracat’s bell.

    Torracat can live up to twenty-five years in captivity and fifteen in the wild. Incineroar typically live about ten years after evolution, regardless of their age beforehand.

    Behavior

    Torracat, like most felines, understand human behaviors and desires through the lens of their own. Many people are vexed by their tendency to stay within the same room as their trainers, but seldom initiate physical affection. They will even frequently reject petting or grooming from even longtime trainers. This is not because of a lack of love, although many litten are initially skeptical of terrifyingly large non-torracat mammals with unknown intentions, but rather a belief that humans desire the same personal space as a torracat does.

    Additionally, due to the use of fur as a fuel source, it is extremely uncommon for a torracat to allow another torracat to groom them, with the exception of mothers with very young litten or an adult torracat to very sick individuals they are friendly towards. As such, the offer of grooming (which is what they interpret petting as) is an insult to them. They sometimes allow humans to do it for reasons currently unexplained by science, and this should be treated as a great honor.

    In captivity, torracat will frequently approach other mammals and offer to groom them to build up their fuel reserves. They will even do this with humans, although their preferred method of doing so is licking human eyebrows with their rather coarse tongues. They can be trained not to do this through simple negative reinforcement with a spray bottle filled with water. Many trainers are reluctant to irritate their pets, but torracat are quick to pick up on humans’ boundaries with regards to grooming and will usually stop after the first one or two reprimands. To humans they have respect for, anyway. They will often weather water sprays just to irritate a human a torracat doesn’t like. This is a good first sign that either the litten needs replaced with a more compatible companion or serious effort needs to be put in to earning the litten’s respect. A torracat licking a human’s eyebrows after several reprimands is an indication that the cat should be donated to the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) breeding program before the insubordination escalates.

    Torracat seldom harm humans in the wild or captivity and very well-trained torracat can be trusted alone with infants and toddlers.

    Incineroar spend most of their time caring for their young in the wild. Typically one incineroar in a pair will hunt or sleep while the other watches the litten. Once a pair’s litten have evolved and left them, they will often appear to be lost and sleep far more than they previously did. They will sometimes seek to rectify this situation by adopting orphaned babies of other pokémon species. Sometimes they will even adopt babies that are orphaned because of the incineroar’s hunts.

    Husbandry

    At eighteen months of age, litten can be used in battle or gifted to trainers without a Class I breeding license and DNR approval. At this point litten have fully developed coats and flame sacks. The litten provided to trainers are almost all male, as female litten are retained in the breeding program. Sometimes a female litten that is particularly curious or combative will be given to trainers alongside the males, or a male litten that is physically or tempermentally unsuitable to be given to children will be retained.

    Litten will generally provide their own exercise if allowed out of their pokéball for at least twenty hours a week for non-battling purposes. This exercise may be detrimental to the integrity of furniture and camping supplies, so it is advised to let them blow off steam in battle or more structured play with other team members or their trainer.

    Even when properly exercised, torracat and litten are well-known to scratch furniture and walls to mark their territory. This makes them somewhat unsuitable to be indoor pets for retired trainers without either extensive training and a close bond or a professionally done cat-proofing. They do not mark their territory through urination and are easily trained in the use of litter boxes and, on walks, vacant lots while no other humans are around.

    All stages of the torracat line are not averse to rain and quite enjoy playing in it. They will even take submerging baths if water is provided, although they will not do so if they are forced to take them. Torracat can not be safely submerged for more than ten minutes at a time. Incineroar can not be safely submerged for any length of time (see Illness).

    Torracat and litten are omnivores. They will happily eat feline pokémon food sold in every Pokémon Center and pet shop in Alola, although they will require roughly 30% more food than recommended for a generic feline pokémon as they literally burn more calories than other cats. They will also happily eat most produce given to them. They prefer dried produce as it is more easily ignited. Torracat will not eat more dried fruit than they need. As such, it is advised to give them an overabundance at meal times and then simply remove and repackage what was not eaten.

    Unlike most felines, torracat crave additional fur to eat. This makes pokémon with high maintenance needs and thick fur, such as furfrou, lopunny or cinccino, ideal partners. Vulpix also qualify provided the torracat or litten is adopted first. See the entry on vulpix for more information. If it is not possible to provide a mammalian partner, fur supplements can be purchased in Pokémon Centers. However, these supplements, especially the high quality ones, are rather expensive for pokémon food.

    Incineroar are carnivores and apex predators and will require very large amounts of calories and fur to sustain themselves. The exact details vary by incineroar, but it is best to assume they will need 20% of their body weight in meat and 10% in fur every week. Incineroar will continue to groom team members that allow them to do so, but most pokémon that did not grow up with the incineroar while it was a torracat will be too nervous to allow it.

    Incineroar are fiercely protective of anything they see as their baby, which often applies to young trainers as well as small or unevolved pokémon on their team. They will often growl or rear up on their hind legs if they perceive another human as threatening their trainer, or if they see one of their teammates hurt in battle. It is recommended that incineroar be withdrawn during battles, not used in double battles and kept away from stressful situations.

    All stages of the evolutionary line require scratching posts to keep their claws in check. Otherwise they will seek out wood, be it forest logs or furniture, and take care of their needs.

    Wild torracat can live in mated pairs, litter groups, groups of multiple mated pairs, mixed groups or solitarily. They can adapt to almost all team dynamics in captivity.

    Illness

    All stages of the evolutionary line have illnesses similar to most felines, animal or pokémon. A torracat exposed to particularly heavy rains or submersion for long periods of time will develop waterlogged hypothermia, the most common illness for all fire-types. A waterlogged torracat will become very inactive, refuse to eat and obsessively groom its own fur to the point of ripping out entire patches and even tearing into the skin. They will not produce flames. Waterlogging is rather easily cured in torracat with the provision of oils under the supervision of a veterinarian. If a torracat becomes waterlogged and there is not a Pokémon Center readily available, withdraw it and keep it in its ball. Drop it off at a veterinarian or Pokémon Center as soon as possible.

    Parasites are particularly tricky to deal with in torracat as they will almost never allow a human to groom them. Fortunately, the few parasites that do prey on the species are usually near-harmless. Make sure your torracat has a full checkup by a veterinarian at least once a year.

    Any immersion of an incineroar’s open flames in water should be assumed to be life-threatening.

    Evolution

    Litten naturally progress into torracat as they age. This process usually takes roughly two years. The formal demarcation between litten and torracat is the first vocalization with their bell.

    Torracat evolve after reproducing with another torracat. The male will begin to eat and hunt more while the female is pregnant and begin the process of evolving, which will be completed by the time the female gives birth. After delivering a litter, the female will begin to evolve in turn.

    In captivity, all torracat breeding and evolutions are handled by DNR approved breeding facilities. Contact the DNR if interested in evolving a male torracat. Female torracat can be handed over for evolution, but they will only be returned to their trainer after their litten have been adopted out.

    Battle

    Wild litten and torracat primarily hunt with their claws and save their fire for self-defense, distractions, intimidation and mating displays. They can be trained to use fire more regularly in captivity, although their diet will need to be adjusted to compensate. Torracat are capable of fighting at range with (relatively inaccurate) embers and streams of flame, or up close with their claws and teeth. As such, they should be trained in a variety of strategies and the one picked in battle should be determined by their opponent.

    In the wild, torracat hunt through the use of rough terrain and large packs communicating over long distances to set up traps. In captivity this strategy is often unable to be replicated, as only the most experienced of trainers will be able to understand their torracat’s vocalizations in any detail and double battles are rare in Alola. It does mean that torracat are quite clever and can pick up on new moves and tactics quickly. This, combined with their reluctance to use fire, makes them less directly powerful than brionne or dartrix, but capable of using more complex maneuvers to compensate.

    They are most easily countered by rock-types that can shrug off their claws and aren’t seriously hurt by fire. Very accurate or powerful water- or ground-types can also force a torracat into surrender by targeting its bell. Litten are not particularly water averse and have no direct opening to their flame sacs, allowing them to take hits from those attacks more easily.

    Incineroar in the wild hunt with powerful flame blasts, bites and paw strikes. This makes them far more direct battlers than torracat in captivity. However, like most carnivores, they sometimes have trouble holding back. Incineroar seldom bother to defend themselves if they weren’t trained in defensive maneuvers as a litten. Instead they prefer to rush their opponents, rear up to bring their flame belt into play, and start scorching and slashing until one pokémon or the other is knocked out.

    Acquisition

    Children between the ages of ten and twenty can obtain a litten from certified distributors free of charge with a Class I certification. Children who have cleared the grand trial on at least one island and did not receive a litten as a starter can purchase or adopt an additional one. Torracat in licensed shelters can be adopted with a Class II license or higher. Incineroar can be adopted by trainers aged 16 or under with a Class II license. Trainers above the age of 16 require a Class IV license, as they are often unwilling to cooperate with an adult human.

    Wild torracat colonies exist within Poni Island National Park. It is forbidden to capture wild litten or torracat without the explicit approval of the National Park Service. Following the introduction of pyroar to Poni Island a fierce territorial dispute has emerged. The pyroar have all but entirely won the conflict through their greater size and social cohesion. Incineroar without a current litter will frequently hunt and kill pyroar in an attempt to reduce the threat to torracat and incineroar.

    Wild incineroar will often attack adult humans on sight, or younger humans if they get too close to their litten. Trainers are advised not to enter Poni Island National Park alone without a pokémon capable of reliably defeating a wild incineroar. Never approach a wild litten in the park, as at least one of its parents will always be close by.

    All feral torracat encountered outside of Poni Island National Park are the property of the Commonwealth of Alola and, if captured, must be dropped off at a pokémon center within thirty days. Due to abuse of the system, bounties for returned torracat are no longer offered.

    Breeding

    Torracat breeding with other torracat is handled by the DNR.

    In captivity, torracat will mate with other felines and even some non-canine mammalian fire types, as well as subspecies of fire-types that are not themselves fire-types, such as Lanakilan vulpix. This reproduction will not trigger evolution and the babies will seldom be fertile, if reproduction is even possible. Torracat pregnancies typically last eight months. They should not be withdrawn into pokéballs once the pregnancy becomes visible, and neither the mother nor her litten should not be withdrawn into their pokeballs until the babies are six months old.

    Litten typically abandon their parents at eighteen months of age in the wild. Litten of this age can be gifted to the DNR. Trainers will receive a $1200 tax break per litten handed over.

    Subspecies

    None known.
     
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  6. Rediamond

    Rediamond Middle of nowhere

    NOTICE: I have made extensive updates to the incineroar entry, as I felt it made for an awful starter pokémon. I may recycle some of the concepts later on.

    Brionne (Popplio, Primarina)

    Overview

    The first and most important thing to note about brionne to those who would choose popplio as their starter is that it is not mammalian. In fact, it is classified as an amphibian pokémon. As such, their needs, husbandry and even battle strengths and weaknesses are all often unfamiliar to the beginning trainer. The disadvantages of this are obvious. But, those trainers that manage to raise a thriving brionne will find themselves with the fundamentals needed to tame and care for the oddest of species in the future. And as the amphibian with by far the greatest support network in terms of knowledgeable veternarians and publicly available information, they’re probably the best way to get into the raising of unusual species.

    Beyond that very important note, brionne have the least problematic evolution when compared to the length period of absence required for a torracat evolution and the difficulties of caring for a decidueye in the long term. While primarina are mostly famous for their popularity in zoos and circuses worldwide, they are very competent battlers that are difficult for an unprepared trainer to counter. They also get more friendly and gregarious as they evolve, and primarina tend to take on a motherly role towards their teammates and trainer.

    Physiology

    Popplio are dark blue almost everywhere on their body. Their shape is typically pinniped, with two large front flippers used for movement on land and two smaller back flippers used for movement in water. Their muzzle is colored white and ends in a pink orb. There is a pale blue frill around their neck. Popplio use this frill to breathe and help regulate internal temperature and salinity. The frill is also used for regulating internal water supply and analyzing the properties of the water around them. The orb on popplio’s nose is used to sense and produce vibrations to view the world in echolocation. It is believed that this is their primary sense.

    Popplio skin is quite thick and rough, aside from the frill. As they evolve, their skin becomes thinner and slimier.

    Brionne are lighter in coloration and the tips of their flippers are white. They gain two more frills around their midsection. The most notable change is the development of two antennae on their head. These are used to produce vibrations and help with controlling the water around them. Adult brionne are roughly one meter long.

    While brionne mostly look like larger popplio, primarina have quite a few major external and internal differences from popplio. Their body as a whole is thinner and sleeker relative to their size, and their frills (now located on their forehead, the start of their hind flippers, the start of their tail and the area around their front flippers) are proportionally smaller. Their tail is longer and bulkier than a brionne’s and dark blue in coloration. The skin on their tail is similar to a popplio’s. The rest of their body proper is white. Primarina can grow to around two meters in length.

    The biggest difference is that the brionne’s antennae are replaced with thousands of long, fine hairs. These are used to sense and modify vibrations, allowing for much more complex sounds to be created.

    The brionne line use sonics and slime to channel their hydrokinesis. More complex sounds allow for more complicated water attacks and more nimble movement when submerged. More slime in an area allows for more water to be manipulated. Primarina have some of the most complex vocal chords of all pokémon and can produce sounds several octaves above and below the range of human hearing. Their frills gain the ability to aid in manipulating sound upon a primarina’s final evolution.

    Brionne can live up to fifteen years in the wild or thirty in captivity. Primarina can live up to sixty years in both the wild and captivity.

    Behavior

    Popplio are naturally curious and playful. They will attempt to mimic almost all sounds that they hear and will practice their attacks and singing ability constantly. In the wild they are prone to huddling together with other members of their evolutionary line. They will not do this with humans or any other species. This is for the best (see Illness). Unlike the other stages of their evolutionary line, popplio sleep on land during the night and enjoy playing on beaches during the dusk and dawn. Usually a small group of popplio or the choir’s primarina will supervise them during this time.

    During the day, wild popplio typically play with each other and forage around the choir’s resting place.

    Brionne are perhaps even more curious about sounds, but they now possess the proper anatomy to replicate them. In the wild they will frequently beach near human settlements to listen to music and urban sounds. They also frequent bird rookeries to listen to bird calls. In captivity, they are fascinated by sports and dancing. Brionne sleep during the day by hooking themselves to sea grass or rocks at the bottom of water between two and ten meters deep.

    Wild primarina spend most of the day resting. At night they teach their songs to the choir’s brionne (see Evolution) or beach on land to learn new sounds or forcefully introduce theirs to anyone in range. They are also known to forage for pearls, sea stars or anything they consider to be beautiful. They subsequently adorn their hair with these items. The purpose of this is unclear.

    In the wild popplio hunt small birds and insects through ambush tactics. One of their favorite strategies is to sneak up on a flock of small seabirds, make a loud noise to startle them into flight and then attempt to pick off one with a well-aimed burst of water. Their diet is supplemented by shellfish, benthic fish and invertebrates and insects provided by the older members of their choir.

    Brionne typically hunt in groups. They will find large schools of small fish and swim around them in a group while emitting very loud cries. Individual brionne will break out of the circle and swim into the school, picking out as many fish as they please.

    Primarina hunt by stunning or killing fish. They can also use their hydrokinesis to propel themselves up to 15 meters per second for short distances. Primarina can also use one of their songs to kill almost all insects in a thirty meter radius. Primarina will only eat insects when desperate. Insect kills are either done for sport or to feed their young.

    Husbandry

    The biggest challenge with caring for all stages of the brionne line is meeting their need for stimulation. In the wild popplio play with each other and the older members of their choir. This is hard to replicate in captivity as most humans do not have the patience to play with their popplio for several hours a day every day, and most pokémon’s idea of play is too rough for popplio (and especially for brionne). Popplio will need at least four hours a day of enrichment. Brionne require at least three. This can be done by giving the pokémon a toy such as a ball or rattle or just by putting an MP3 player on. Brionne in particular are quite fond of children’s television featuring dancing, singing humans.

    This will inevitably prove necessary as even humans who want to play with their popplio will quickly discover that their pokémon has more energy and stamina than they do. However, it is recommended to spend as much of this time as possible playing with the pokémon yourself or with your team members. Since popplio and brionne’s play enhances their battling prowess, this time can be used to work on moves and strategies. Indeed, one of the biggest strengths of the line is that they never need to be cajoled or bribed into practicing.

    During the remainder of the day popplio and brionne are almost always fine with resting in their pokéballs.

    Food designed specifically for brionne is sold in every Pokémon Center in Alola. Trainers are encouraged to allow their pokémon to hunt and forage on their own at least once a month.

    The best partners for brionne are musically inclined pokémon. Toucannon, crobat, noibat, mismagisus, torracat and oricorio all make good teammates for brionne and can save their trainer time and energy in enrichment. It is recommended that trainers who intend to evolve their brionne get some form of musical training as it will be a good bonding tool with the pokémon and a necessity for understanding how to command one in battle (see Battling).

    Wild primarina never have any relationships with an equal partner, platonic or otherwise. As such they tend to adopt a maternal attitude towards their trainers. They will frequently embrace their trainer or even fall asleep on them if allowed to. It is recommended to minimize skin contact while they are doing this and allow them a chance to swim shortly after. Primarina require less in the way of enrichment than their pre-evolutions, but they become quite protective of their trainer and will want to spend several hours a day in the same space as them. They also very much enjoy singing to and, especially, with their trainer.

    All stages of the line are amphibians and brionne and primarina are primarily aquatic in the wild. As such, it is important to allow them to soak in seawater whenever possible. Brionne and primarina will need to sleep in the ocean at least once a week for optimal health. It is important to note that tap water drawn in a bathtub can be toxic to all stages of the line and should never be used as a replacement for seawater. Almost all large, inland Pokémon Centers have saltwater pools that can be used as a substitute when necessary.

    Primarina are long-lived, intelligent and social. Many will begin to learn human languages, although their pronunciation is often jarring due to the different structure of their vocal chords. As such, they don’t learn commands through reinforcement of behaviors and the building of trust so much as through actually reasoning through their trainer’s words. This has obvious advantages. It also means that sometimes an amphibian will tell you you’re being an idiot in as many words. The feeling this creates is difficult to describe. Primarina are frequently conversational in multiple pokémon languages and will usually be willing to translate the wishes of other team members. Of course, by the time a trainer has taught a primarina to do this they will likely have a good idea what their pokémon’s behaviors mean.

    A final word of caution: primarina frequently steal jewelry and other shiny objects from their trainer to adorn their hair. They will refuse to give these objects back and, if the objects are taken from them, they will scream loudly and incessantly until they are returned. Watch your valuables around primarina.

    Illness

    The most common illness affecting all stages of the evolutionary line is damage to the skin. Brionne and primarina skin is thin, slimy and porous. This means that attacks that would leave thin scratches on mammalian or avian pokémon can quickly become gaping tears on amphibians. Fortunately, they heal somewhat faster than most other pokémon when allowed to submerge in clean seawater. Make sure to watch how rough your pokémon are playing with your brionne and be willing to withdraw them from battle early in melee exchanges.

    The next major problem with brionne skin is that it is very susceptible to dehydration. This is mostly a problem for brionne, as popplio have thicker skin and primarina are capable of rehydrating themselves in sufficiently moist environments. A dehydrated brionne will become sluggish and unwilling to play or eat. Their skin will look and feel dry and brittle. Fortunately, this can be cured by immediately bathing them in seawater. It should be noted that a brionne subjected to prolonged dehydration may appear to recover after a bath only to die shortly after of organ failure.

    Finally, brionne skin, and especially brionne frills, are very susceptible to foreign contaminants. This includes the oils on mammal’s skin. A brionne with damaged frills will typically begin to cry out in pain or pull away from direct contact. They will attempt to climb out of water with contaminants, including fluoride and chlorine. If a primarina initiates skin-to-skin contact with their trainer, allow them to soak soon afterwards. See if the primarina is willing to have a blanket or other barrier between her and her trainer.

    If any symptoms do not go away following immersion in seawater for six hours, consult a veterinarian.

    Evolution

    Healthy popplio naturally progress to brionne over the course of roughly three years, although constant exposure to enrichments, clean water, battle, and food can accelerate the process. The development of the third frill is the formal demarcation point between popplio and brionne.

    All popplio and brionne are male. All primarina are female. Every choir has exactly one primarina. When there is no primarina, the dominant brionne begins to evolve and changes sex in the process. They then form a reverse harem with the brionne in the choir. A solitary brionne will never evolve. As such, it is necessary to either train multiple brionne, which may be advisable simply due to their social needs, or to loan your brionne to a primarina collective.

    In primarina collectives, captive brionne on loan from other breeding programs or trainers, as well as injured wild brionne that could not be returned to the wild, are held inside a large enclosure. When a primarina evolves, they are removed. This does not stress the brionne as primarina frequently depart from their choirs in the wild and outside brionne frequently join them (see Breeding).

    Primarina songs are more inherited than improvised. In order to develop properly, a primarina must spend time with either another primarina after evolving or a wild-raised primarina before evolving. The wild brionne inside of primarina collectives help fulfill this purpose.

    Licensed primarina collectives are run by the Commonwealth of Alola through the Hau’oli Aquarium, Heahea Conservatory and Malie Zoo. Privately owned collectives can be found in Brooklet Shire, Seafolk Village, Heahea City and West Beach City

    Wild primarina are often willing to teach songs to their captive counterparts. See Acquisition for the locations where they are most commonly found in Alola.

    Battle

    Popplio have a reputation as glass cannons. They can take far fewer hits than the other traditional Alolan starters but have relatively powerful projectile attacks and are clever enough to learn a variety of moves rather quickly. Brionne, with their thinner skin but more powerful voices, are even more so.

    It is wrong to apply that term to primarina. They are not projectile glass cannons who either knock out their opponents before they can cross the field or get knocked out in turn. Instead, they are powerful arena shapers when well trained and played well. While they still might get taken out by one good serrating hit or a few blunt force attacks, they use their control of the battlefield to prevent most grounded physical attackers from ever reaching them.

    Primarina use their slime and hydrokinesis to condense water from the air and fill durable slime bubbles with it. They will then either use these bubbles as projectiles, trapping moves or, most commonly, for riding around the arena. This serves both as a way for them to move quickly on land and to coat the arena in a thin layer of slime that allows for more control of the water. They will then use the slime and water coating the battlefield to lock down their opponent’s movements, all the while bombarding them with sonic attacks, moonblasts, hydro pumps and other powerful ranged attacks.

    If primarina have a drawback, it is that their trainers can almost never understand exactly how their song works. They have limitations that can sometimes seem pointless but are not easily fixed without overhauling the entire song, something that would take multiple lifetimes for them to do completely. Because primarina songs are mostly inherited, this allows opponents to come up with primarina counter-strategies that work against almost all members of the species.

    Birds durable enough to take a ranged hit or two and fast enough to outpace a moving primarina can also reliable counters. Toucannon often find it difficult to fly between their beak’s weight and rapidly condensing water in the air, but their bullet seeds and rock blasts are often able to knock out a primarina in one or two volleys.

    Despite this, primarina have always had a niche in competitive battling. So long as they aren’t too popular in a given metagame, few trainers will have bothered to come up with a counter strategy. And it is rather difficult to stop a powerful, mobile arena controller without having a plan in place at the start. This is especially true as some primarina have learned how to emit sounds that disrupt complex thoughts in humans without being readily detectable. Because primarina trainers are seldom much use in the heat of battle, this almost always works to their advantage.

    The discovery of this ability has led to the ban of primarina from the Pan-African and European Union leagues. The primary leagues in China, Australia and Japan allow them provided that the exact frequency they use against humans is monitored during the battle. The Global Battling Federation and United States Competitive Pokémon Association currently allow primarina with no restrictions.

    Acquisition

    Children between the ages of ten and twenty can obtain a popplio from certified distributors free of charge with a Class I certification. Children who have cleared the grand trial on at least one island and did not receive a popplio as a starter can purchase or adopt an additional one. Brionne or primarina in licensed shelters can be adopted with a Class II license or higher.

    Wild brionne are frequently found at Exeggutor Island, Kala’e Bay, Hano Beach, or the coastline of Poni Island National Park. It is illegal to capture a wild specimen at any stage of the evolutionary line without the approval of the Department of Natural Resources. However, these colonies will happily play with and teach songs to wild popplio or brionne. Wild primarina seldom interact with each other. However, if a captive and a wild primarina are allowed to bond for several days the wild one will often agree to teach her songs to the captive primarina.

    Breeding

    Primarina lay egg sacs in early spring. The brionne then take turns fertilizing some of the eggs. The primarina will then coat the sac in additional layers of slime and form it into a bubble she will carry with her for two months, at which point the eggs will hatch in to twenty to thirty popplio. These popplio are typically only six to eight inches long and are under constant watch by the primarina and brionne of the choir until they reach roughly six months of age, at which point they are roughly forty centimeters long. At this point popplio are given more leeway to play and explore, albeit with a brionne or primarina always keeping a watchful eye on them.

    If conditions are not ideal to continue raising popplio, a primarina will take her egg sac and swim elsewhere, taking a few brionne with her. The dominant brionne that remains will evolve. Brionne frequently leave their choirs to join new ones. The impetus for this is unclear, but it serves the purpose of diversifying the gene pools of any given choir.

    Subspecies

    There are four major subspecies of primarina, with disputed reports of a fifth. The primarina given out as a starter in the Alola region is the pelagic primarina.

    Reef primarina have brightly colored hair that flows beyond the end of their tail. Their hair contains nematocysts which emit a neurotoxin. They hunt by floating slowly through coral reefs and waiting for fish to die in their hair. The primarina then eats these fish. Due to differences in jaw structure, primarina can eat a fish or pokémon up to thirty percent of their body size. However, this has left them mostly unable to control sonics. Popplio and brionne in these regions have similar vocal chords and hunting strategies to their pelagic counterparts. The main difference in them is an immunity to most toxins and slightly more maneuverability in the water at the cost of being slightly slower on land. Reef primarina are entirely aquatic and they have virtually no presence in the international competitive battling scene. They are a popular attraction in aquariums worldwide due to their bright colors, large size and odd movement patterns.

    Mangrove primarina are brionne are roughly half the size of their reef and pelagic counterparts. They are mottled green and brown and tend to hunt insects, fish and small birds and mammals through the use of sonic attacks, slime webs and traps they build in the mud. They rest in seagrasses off shore during the day and lie waiting in ambush between the roots of mangrove trees at night. Mangrove primarina are officially classified as water and ground types, as opposed to the water and fairy typing of pelagic primarina and the water and poison typing of reef primarina.

    Abyssal primarina are the least studied of the confirmed primarina subspecies. They live at depths between one and three kilometers in the ocean and are unable to survive on land. Abyssal brionne are roughly three meters long. The largest abyssal primarina ever recorded was seven meters long from nose to tail. Abyssal brionne have far larger and more complex frills. They use slight control of water currents to create large nets of gelatinous material to create traps for plankton and other microorganisms. They then absorb the nets into their body, process the food and excrete the net material to be refashioned and used again. No abyssal brionne has been held in captivity for more than seven hours. If abyssal brionne have a popplio stage, they have never been observed.

    There are reports of a fifth subspecies of brionne, tentatively referred to as the hadal brionne. The evidence for their existence amounts to a single bloated and mangled corpse that washed up on the shores of Peru in 1983 and an account from a manned expedition to the Galapagos Triple Junction where something the explorers described as a twenty-plus meter organism resembling an abyssal primarina that disrupted their equipment and let out a low, eerie moan as it passed by. It is speculated that hadal primarina may have led to the abrupt disappearance of several submarines and exploration vehicles in the past.
     

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