One lunatic's love-hate relationship with the Pokémon franchise, and his addled musings on its rights, wrongs, ins and outs. Come one, come all, and indulge my delusions of grandeur as I inflict my opinions on anyone within shouting distance.
Why Nidorino & Nidorina evolve via Moon Stone? Clefairy, Jigglypuff and others are somewhat related to moon, night, or sleep. But I can’t find the connection with the Nido family.
Personally, I think it’s because they’re supposed to be – very loosely – based on rabbits (definitely the weirdest fµ¢£ing rabbits I’ve ever seen, though, I’ll give you that; maybe they’re influenced by jackalopes or wolpertingers or something). Rabbits are associated with the moon in China, Japan and Korea, because the shapes on the surface of the moon that we see as “The Man in the Moon” in culturally western countries are traditionally interpreted as a rabbit, often with a mortar and pestle, in east Asia. There are a bunch of different stories about exactly why the rabbit is up there and what the mortar and pestle are for, but the fact that it’s a rabbit is pretty well agreed, and this gets referenced a fair bit in Japanese pop culture (Dragon Ball had an anthropomorphic rabbit villain who wound up imprisoned on the moon; Sailor Moon’s real name, Tsukino Usagi, is a pun on tsuki no usagi, “moon rabbit”; Digimon World: Dusk gives the player a partner Digimon who is a rabbit with moon-related powers; etc). It’s a little tricky to be sure that’s the intent, but it’s the best explanation I can think of.
Ruby: So… this is what that Lucario meant by “through the looking-glass,” I suppose. Load of cryptic nonsense… And there’s no other way to Shalour City, Nidorino? Martial: None that I know of. But there may be a benefit to travelling through these caves. Somewhere within lies a Moon Stone that will allow me to evolve into a Nidoking. I was questing in search of it when I was attacked outside. [to Spruce] I would better be able to serve you in a greater form. However, you must not delay your own tasks on my account. It is your decision whether to search for the stone, my saviour. Spruce: Sure, we can look for it! Right, Ruby? Ruby: [raised eyebrow] He’s your minion, Spruce. What do you think? Is making him more powerful worth the investment of your time? Spruce: Um… y-yes? Ruby: Is that an answer, or another question? Spruce: Uh… I… yes. Yes! We’d be a lot stronger with a Nidoking on the team, even if it’s only temporary! Let’s do it! Ruby: As good a reason as any. Lead the way. Boreas: If the asking be not injurious, what was thy former quest, good sir? To what end didst thou seek after thy lunar gem? Martial: That is irrelevant now. If and when I am able to repay my life-debt, I will return to my former duty. Until then, it must be as though my life were forfeit. Spruce: But maybe if you tell us, we can help- Martial: I will not speak of it! If I had been killed, my cause would surely have been abandoned and lost. As things are, it is merely delayed. For that alone, my debt is almost beyond reckoning. I cannot and will not allow you to do more for me until it is repaid. Ruby: [muttering] Hmph. Doesn’t know how lucky he is. What I wouldn’t give for minions like that… Spruce: What was that, Ruby? Ruby: Nothing, nothing. Let’s get moving, shall we? Fisher: Truly, this place is a wonder… these marvellous crystal panes… like the great mirrors of ice in which Burrito the Lightbringer is said to have seen, reflected, the true soul of the Lazorgator, and the path for love to conquer hate… Ruby: Don’t stare at those too long. Fisher: My lady? Ruby: There’s powerful magic here. Old magic. You shouldn’t play with what you don’t understand. Spruce: But you do that all the time. Ruby: …well, yeah, but… Boreas: Thy care for thy fellows is admirable, milady, yet they are but mirrors. Ruby: Hey, who said I care!? Fine, gaze into whatever you like for as long as you like, just don’t come crying to me when your soul gets sucked into a gemstone or something…
Ruby: Look, human, just give me the Holo-Caster and- good. Thank you. Now leave me the hell alone; I have a call to make. Let’s see… ah; here we are… Lavoisier: Ruby! You look… different. Ruby: As do you. Evolution is treating you well, I hope? Lavoisier: Weeeell, I’ve lost some of my boyish good looks, but I got some really sweet dragon powers, and I can reach the textbooks on the third shelf now, so I’m not gonna complain! Anyway… what do you need? Ruby: What do I need? Can’t a girl place a holo-call just to chat with her little brother? Lavoisier: …sure, but you wouldn’t. Ruby: Mmm. Point taken. All right; I need more leads. I tracked down the second Mega Stone you pointed me to, and the results were quite interesting. Lavoisier: Interesting, as in…? [sigh] How many people died, Ruby? Ruby: To my knowledge, the net deaths resulting from the experiment were zero. Lavoisier: That’s… that’s a concerningly specific answer, sis. Ruby: Would I lie? Lavoisier: Yes. Ruby: To you? Lavoisier: Possibly. Ruby: …again, point taken. Anyway, where can I find more stones? Lavoisier: Ruby, I have no idea. We’ve just barely finished repairing the lab, and we’ve been having… other problems. Disappearances, and… Look, hunting for references to the location of Mega Stones is just not something I have time for right now. Ruby: Hmm. That’s unfortunate. You haven’t heard rumours about any other sorcerous artefacts, have you? I could always return to Lumiose City and take a look at your library myself, I suppose… Lavoisier: [alarmed] No! Uh… I mean… no, there’s no need for that. I, uh… if you want to pursue information on the Mega Stones yourself, you… could go to Geosenge Town. I guess. Ruby: The hick town up north? Why? Lavoisier: Well, I used to sort of know a couple of Pokémon who are there at the moment and… could help you. Maybe. Experts on the Mega Stones, who know a lot more than me about what they’re actually for. Ruby: We know what they’re for. They’re incredible sources of arcane power. Lavoisier: Okay, but you know you’re supposed to use them together with your human, right? Ruby: What, that idiot? [points at Chris] If that primate gets his hands on anything remotely resembling a magical artefact, he’ll vaporise himself in seconds. I wouldn’t terribly mind that, of course, except that there’s a good chance he would take me with him. Lavoisier: I… see. Well, you could at least try Geosenge Town. Look for two Lucario. Their names are Amaldos and Lelanthion. Ruby: I suppose that will have to do. It’s better than nothing, anyway. Lavoisier: You’re welcome, Ruby.