Why does the Lucario in the picture have such short aura sensors? Does he have weaker powers because of it?
Greys Lucario is without aura abilities. Genetics left him with no nubs, and thus no ability to harness that power.
He makes up for it with gumption, tenacity, and brute force. He’s sweet, team orientated, if not a little dumb at times. Maybe dense is the word for it.
Will help ANY Pokemon with bright enthusiasm and joy, very sturdy, a one-pokemon cheer squad!
((‘I’ll add his name when IRL grey is home, because I cannot remember what it is right now haha))
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What's your opinion on Pokemon Safari Zones? You spoke of a 'catch zone' on the island, though from what it sounds like, yours and the more common 'minigame' style seem very differently managed. While I'm not too sure how common they are anymore, I remember they bordered on cruel with their methods. Using rocks or bait doesn't seem like the way to cultivate a strong partnership!
Safari zones are kind of a grey area. Sure you can go in and act kindly, choose a non-violent method of befriending Pokemon, and do your best to make a strong connection, over catch a hundred Pokemon who hate you for throwing rocks at them. It’s a choice you the trainer can make. There’s always many ways to befriend or bond to a Pokemon, and if rock throwing is your go-to answer, well, sorry the education system did you dirty like that. ((worth noting here, the blog doesn’t run completely by the games rules, they’re too linear to take into account all the time))
That being said, they’ve adapted to the public cries for care and concern, and usually are wonderful places to rehome recovered and otherwise happy, healthy Pokemon back into a wilder environment. A lot of our recoveries ready for a new life go to the safari zone over in Kanto, and I’ve first hand seen their care facilities. They have on sight nurses, encouraging the Pokemon within to come to them for help, and usually run health and safety courses for new trainers who visit. Rangers and strong qualified trainers are employed to roam around with their teams to keep pokemon and people safe, and they don’t encourage youngsters of 16 and under to partake, as it’s quite unsafe and has led to a few dicey lawsuits.
They’ve adapted, and I think that’s admirable. Though their old methods seem a little outdated now, the facilities themselves offer a lot to the community. Researchers often go to these locations to meet and study pokemon in a mostly natural, but controlled environment, giving them insight into new and rare species. They also often house breeding programs for rarer or over hunted species, working hard to keep actual wild populations at healthy numbers.
Compared to how we work here, the regular safari zones are a lot more complex. We don’t give our “catch zone” a big radius, it’s a medium sized plaza in a well walked area. No balls or rocks are to be thrown, we ask people to make connections, play, we lay out games, organise sports events for the Pokemon and potential new trainers to show off, there’s special open days with food and drinks catered by local businesses, and of course all the accessories you could want for your new Pokemon with our resident groomers, and labs. Should you find a good match, we encourage both parties to come to the main office, and fill out an adoption form (more for us to know what’s coming and going), and get basic care instructions for the pokemons needs. If they’re young and live with family, we ask that we meet the adults and get an idea of where we’re sending the Pokemon, wether they can cope with the care, or special needs of the species.
Think of us like an adoption centre, more so than a safari zone. There’s a lot more to do here to make sure the Pokemon come first, but we see them go of their own free will and choice, which is top priority. Handling the cases we do, many of these pokemon may have health conditions or little quirks we can inform new trainers of, and we can provide care should issues develop down the road. Our policy is that if we’ve helped that Pokemon before, we will always help them again, no matter the issue.
We do however get many a disgruntled kid who finds a Pokemon they want, who is not in any way interested in being caught or kept. They come crying to us like they deserve to own and control them, and we have to be very diplomatic in saying that the Pokemon has as much choice and freedom as they have, and that forcing them to do something they don’t want to is unfair. Posing the question on them usually makes them think twice, and give up, or try to find a better fit.
I personally have few issues with the safari zones, they provide safe environments for many species who would suffer at the hands of poachers, and act as a bridge for Pokemon and humans to meet for a wide variety of reasons, be it study, capture, photography, hell, you can mountain bike around a lot of those places, offering great exercise for some who enjoy that kind of thing! They’re a multi-faceted infrastructure that has moved forwards in its approach to handling Pokemon. They have evolved.
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