Although a relatively new ability introduced in Gen VI, Symbiosis has come up several times across your blog history (see https://pokemaniacal.com/?s=Symbiosis) and it sticks out as an ability that is oddly specific, to the point it’s arguably not useful except for passing on items to allies in double, triple, etc battles that have consumed their own … Continue reading Ace Trainer Alvaro asks:
oh hey it’s a month and apparently monthly State of the Blog addresses are a thing I do now uh Καλό μήνα! (in Greece people literally wish each other “good month!” on the first of each month – like, just as a standard greeting; I’ve had supermarket cashiers say this to me – and I … Continue reading State of the Blog – May
Some Pokémon are just… weird. And frankly I kind of have a soft spot for them. Heatmor? Someone jammed a blast furnace through an anteater and thought it would make a cool Pokémon; I love it. Spoink? It’s a spring-loaded pig’s head that can’t ever stop moving or its heart will explode. Perfection. Gligar? I… … Continue reading Dhelmise
Making strange arguments and dubious assertions about Pokémon lore is an important branch of my schtick. Normally this comes up in questions addressed to this blog, or in whatever mad articles I decide to write in between generational Pokémon reviews, or occasionally in my musings on playthroughs of new games. It’s relatively unusual for a … Continue reading Oranguru
Okay, I’m just going to come out and say it: I have no idea how to pronounce this Pokémon’s name. Under standard French orthography, Florges would be pronounced… Florj? That doesn’t sound right. Florjé? Florjéz? Florjis? Florghés? I don’t know; just imagine me mispronouncing it in the most ludicrous way you can think of whenever … Continue reading Flabébé, Floette and Florges
Interesting question. Purely from a practical perspective, the Shellder is sort of the ‘passive’ partner in the symbiosis; it just feeds off the Slowpoke’s scraps and moves wherever the Slowpoke decides to go. Assuming the Slowpoke remains loyal to its trainer, it makes sense that the Shellder would be dragged along for the ride. This, … Continue reading There’s a “Philosoraptor” meme going around the internet that goes like this: If two trainers with a Slowpoke and a Shelder respectively are battling, and the Shelder bites the tail of the Slowpoke, who gets the resulting Slowbro? An episode of the anime seems to state that the Slowpoke retains the control and allegiance for the Slowbro even if the Slowpoke is wild, but it got me thinking about symbiotic relationships in Pokemon. Mantine & Remoraid are another interesting pair. Thoughts on this?
Oh, Bulbasaur; I know you aren’t as popular as Squirtle or Charmander, but my heart will always belong to you… Today is basically going to be one huge nostalgia trip for me, since we’ll be looking at my first Pokémon ever: Bulbasaur, the first-generation Grass-type starter Pokémon. It’s hard for me to express how … Continue reading Bulbasaur, Ivysaur and Venusaur