House Bronzong: Tradition, Justice, Memory
Do you consider bronzong to step on claydol’s toes?
Hmm. Interesting question.
They’re definitely very similar aesthetically, as artefact Pokémon with mystical powers that move by levitating and are pretty much inscrutable. I think there are some important differences, though, particularly Claydol being vaguely humanoid, and Bronzong having a very particular cultural inspiration (Japanese Iron Age ritual bells that were used, among other things, to pray for rain – this is why Bronzong can remember Rain Dance and Sunny Day via Heart Scales). They’re both very closely tied up with the ancient civilisations of the Pokémon world, but in different ways; Bronzong was actually worshipped for its specific powers, whereas it’s sort of unclear whether Claydol were ever actually alive in ancient times, or just came to life somehow afterwards (perhaps even relatively recently). You can do very different things with them, I think.
Are bronzor and bronzong made out of copper? AFAIK bronze rusts into a ruddy red/brown color, and copper rusts into the teal color we see on bronzor and bronzong.
Speaking as someone who has actually dug legit 3500-year-old bronze objects out of the dirt, no; corroded bronze is blue-green, much like copper. Largely because bronze is, y’know, 90% copper.