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Just general Pokemon lore hc’s

  • Owning a pseudo legendary requires a license and training.
  • There are only a few pokemon that can be legally given to children. Few of the bunch are Clefairy, Eevee, Magicarp and Growlithe.
  • A trainers starter depends on where they live. If the pokemon population around them is diverce, they have multiple choises, where as someone from a town surrounded by ice types gets to choose from fire types, as they are both strong against ice types, and because they can keep their trainer warm.
  • Some people believe ghost types aren’t a bad omen, but instead dead relatives and friends visiting them.

Furthermore, if a yamask is seen around a dying person, it’s wildly believed it’s someone the dying person held dear that came to comfort and help them navigate afterlife.

Gonna keep with the ghost types, but many people see it as bad fortune to seperate ghost types as many believe it’s a reunited family.

While usually pokemon evolve at a set pace, there have been cases reported that when their trainer is in near death situation, they can evolve before their time, or even skip a stage. Such occurances are rare but do happen occasionally if the bond between the trainer and the pokemon is strong, and such occurance is more common in protective pokemon such as Lucario or starter pokemons.

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Originally posted by bearie

  • The Pokedex states that Swirlix only eats sweets. This is true, but it may be misleading to some in how it’s phrased! Swirlix also enjoy sweet, naturally occurring foods such as the Pecha berry. However, they may have to eat more of such foods a day to get enough sugar.
  • Because of how much they rely on sugar, it’s very common for Swirlix diets to consist of human foods like cookies, candy, cakes, etc. rather than Pokemon food. Trainers that plan on primarily feeding their Swirlix Pokemon food will need to either find a variety that is specially for Swirlix and Slurpuff, or be ready to add sugar supplements.
  • Swirlix fur is edible! In fact, Swirlix need to have excess fur removed every so often. If you’re able to take fur from your Swirlix, or it gives its fur to you, it’s a sign of a healthy bond and trust with the Pokemon!
  • Trainers often make the mistake of overfeeding their new Swirlix at the beginning. Swirlix are almost always eager to eat any sweets you put before them, and this can be misinterpreted as hunger by trainers. While they will gladly eat, overeating can cause them to become overly hyper and irritable. This biggest sign of this occurring is the Swirlix growing fur at an extremely fast rate. In contrast, an underfed Swirlix will be sluggish and have very little fur, though this is a much less frequent problem.
  • Swirlix clean themselves; baths are very rarely necessary. Sometimes it can appear like the Swirlix is trying to eat its own fur, but this is highly unlikely. Swirlix are only known to actually eat at their fur when extremely hungry or when there are other issues present.
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Be careful with how you express your affection. It’s true that banette feel an incredible amount of discomfort towards huge or traditional shows of affection (that is, don’t shower your banette with gifts or hugs), but it can feel quite at home if you just give it attention (train it often, give it compliments, keep your distance but show that you appreciate it). The main curiosity with humans with regards to pokémon, I think, is that they often apply human standards of affection towards everything, without realizing that beings that aren’t human often have their own forms of physical language, and thus, certain gestures mean something entirely different to pokémon than it does to us. In a banette’s case, it’s not love that drives them away but rather the gestures humans use to express love, which are often seen negatively to them.

In short, the best thing you can do for your banette is be careful about body language. Banette will stay if you respect and love them, but they’ll leave if you try to express that physically and treat them like dolls (even if they might resemble them).

Best of luck!

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Imagine, if you will, a long night in the break room of Nacrene Museum’s fossil restoration department. The full Galarian Pokédex has just been released a day ago. None of us have slept since it was released. There are anatomical diagrams on every wall, comparing the bone structure of Aerodacyl and Flapple and Archeops. The researchers have split into two very angry groups, both on opposing sides of the argument. Someone has gotten punched.

Imagine this, and you will know a fraction of my suffering that day.

Anyway, no, I don’t consider Flapple a pterosaur Pokémon, and if Satomi is reading this and wants to argue about it she can come to my office herself instead of vagueing about me on the staff forums. 

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Oh my goodness, that’s absolutely horrible! The hair of Grimmsnarl is incredibly important for its health, as I’m sure you know.

I’m so sorry to say this, but this will most likely result in stunting his further growth at the very least, and might disrupt any further battling you may participate in. I’d be incredibly careful from now on, as it might be easy for him to injure himself again.

Until his hair has completely grown back, the sweaters are a great idea to start with. You’ll also want to moisturize his skin, which is… not a job for the faint of heart, unfortunately, but it’s necessary, as he no longer has the pelt to do it for him. He’ll probably be very snappish about it at first, but make sure you explain how important it is, and he’ll probably come around. Neither of you want cracking skin or rashes.

Other than that, make sure he gets enough exercise. When stripped of their hair, it’s very easy for Grimmsnarl muscles to deteriorate, and they might never get their strength back. Going through this won’t be easy, but with some luck, he’ll be back to health soon. Expect a few uncomfortable months, though.

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Originally posted by ntendo

Hello! It’s very nice to meet you all. I’m Professor Cherry, and I run my lab in the beautiful region of Kalos, with occasional assistance from my partner, George!

In my labs, I focus my studies on Pokemon nutrition. My partner George studied Pokemon breeding and evolutionary stones! Have any questions about your Pokemon? Feel free to ask away and I’ll do my best to help!

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It actually varies by species. If you mean from a common canine ancestor, then the answer for all of them is about twelve million years ago. If you mean just fennekin, nicket, and vulpix from each other, roughly thirty thousand years ago. Then you have eevee, which is an even more recent emergence from an ancestor that had branched off from the others—at roughly ten thousand years. (Eevee’s is actually a fascinating story. While all of its relatives had evolved for survival one way or another, it’s thought that eevee is that but in a hyperactive state. That is, it came about because the end of the last Ice Age forced it to evolve extreme adaptational techniques—that is, a broad evolutionary line.)

As for reviving fossils of that common ancestor, strangely, attempts haven’t ever been made, despite the fact that we have found what we think are fossils of these ancestral pokémon. That I think would be the explanation: we think we’ve found them, but in truth, a lot of the fossil history of these ancient canine pokémon are shrouded in a lot of mystery.

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There’s a legend about a chosen for everything, to be honest, including some pokémon that turned out to not be legendaries in the first place. (There’s a chosen one for slowpoke, for example.) It’s what happens when you’re surrounded by magical creatures your ancestors didn’t fully understand, if I’m frank. You start to develop stories about them, which often involve humans becoming champions on one level or another.

That having been said, I’ve heard rumors. The one from Pallet Town, yes?

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  • Though ninetales are designed to be carnivores, they’re actually more scavengers than predators and will eat practically anything available. For this reason, it’s highly advised that trainers hide their food and garbage if there’s been a wild ninetales sighting. Otherwise, they’ll wake up to a ninetales with its face half-buried in your things. (Suburban and rural areas where ninetales are known to roam tend to have a problem with ninetales knocking off the lids to garbage cans and scavenging for food, in fact.)


  • It’s been scientifically proven that flareon is the cuddliest of all pokémon.
  • I’ve been told by my editor that this isn’t acceptable, so therefore, an addition: Though flareon’s flame-based abilities are generated from internal fire (meaning its fur isn’t flammable), it still possesses a thick, warm fur coat that can be harvested and either spun into a particularly warm yarn or cleaned and used as-is as a fur lining. The process for harvesting is typically very humane and consists of combing a flareon with a special brush that gently collects loose fur. (Flareon enjoy this, in fact.) Said fur has the added advantage of also being flammable, making any garment made with it highly durable.


  • Right around the turn of the twentieth century, it became fashionable to decorate a house with chandelure instead of ordinary gas lighting. This was largely in part due to chandelure’s brilliant, violet glow when feeding, which was said to pair well with the brilliant, green wallpaper that was also fashionable during that time. While it’s often said that funerals were common in households that decorated with chandelure, it’s hard to say whether or not that was the chandelure’s fault. Certainly, it’s true that chandelure has quite an interesting reputation to it … but it’s also true that the wallpaper was made with arsenic too.


  • Although it’s nearly impossible to get to a magcargo to shatter its shell without dying, some magcargo trainers use specialized tools to gently break and gather shell fragments from their teams. (This process doesn’t hurt the magcargo, as they can grow back broken shells and in fact need to do this frequently thanks to the brittleness of their shell.) As for why anyone would want to do this, it’s because magcargo dust is a highly versatile substance that can be used to fertilize plants, repel insects, and even color glass.


  • Despite its alarming appearance, houndoom is not actually a feared pokémon in most cultures. In fact, it’s often valued, as its loyalty and intelligence make it an ideal working dog (pokémon). Many people use it as a guard pokémon, but it’s most commonly known for being an excellent herding pokémon, thanks to its speed and the fact that although it’s not a pokémon people fear, it’s certainly one that herd pokémon do.


  • Researchers have no idea how this pokémon can fly. Its “wings” aren’t wings at all but rather flippers, and it’s not psychic, which all-in-all means that delibird is doing the equivalent of a human flapping their arms rapidly and still flying. The most popular theory is that delibird can fly because “it believes in itself enough,” but understandably, this isn’t a commonly accepted theory.
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Oh, the explanation is quite simple. You see, eons ago, pokémon that currently can only evolve if they know this move were once perfectly capable of evolving on their own. Over time, they lost access to these forms, but this technique unlocks primordial energies that mimic whatever evolutionary requirements they had lost to time.

In other words, the reason why these pokémon look ancient is because … they are ancient. They’re evolved forms that most pokémon haven’t been able to achieve, until occurrences around the Sinnoh area unlocked their ability to learn Ancient Power and reclaim their evolutions.

Of course, research is still ongoing as to how their evolutions were locked away for so long and what, precisely, enabled them to learn this move and unlock their evolved forms, but at the very least, we know this much about them.

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Many people who raise Vulpix from eggs never see them evolve, meanwhile those who do experience their Pokémon’s evolution caught them in the wild.

Most people believe that the Vulpix has to be several centuries old to unlock evolution, while others think it’s because the sorrow of watching their trainer or friends pass makes them ready for the next stage in their lives.

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… “Bilbo.” That’s a new one.

Anyway, I do agree that dragon-types are fascinating creatures, and that the ones discovered in Galar are particularly so. Really, all of them are highly mysterious; there’s so much that we don’t know, which is to say you’re entering into a prime field of pokémon research.

On that note, I suppose the most exciting new development may just be the discovery of a dragon-type regi, not previously referenced in the Hoenn texts. Few people have been able to access the ruins associated with them just yet, but texts surfaced from prehistoric dig sites around Crown Tundra detail a terrifying beast of ancient Galarian lore. According to the story, the people of Crown Tundra once feared a legendary dragon that terrorized the lands from the skies. To combat it, the people summoned legendary golems of rock, ice, and steel—the titans themselves—to combat this devastating foe. Their battle raged day and night for nine days straight, and at the end, the dragon fell to the earth. To ensure that it never rose again, the people used the power they had wielded to summon the golems in order to fashion a new golem from the heart and skull of the dragon, and the excess energy pooled into a nearby statue to create a sixth golem of electricity. These two golems are supposedly housed at the very site where the dragon was slain.

But of course, that’s just a story, as far as we know. Some of the biggest research into dragon-type pokémon is really focused on the location of the ruins, never mind the golem itself.

Aside from that, to answer your other question, I’ve been partial to dragonite for some time—and I’m in fact still working on locating and making contact with a particularly legendary member of the species—but I must admit I’m growing more and more partial to flygon for, well. Personal reasons.

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