There is a popular brand of honeycomb biscuits known as Combites, which are moulded and iced to look like cutesy combees. They come in a variety of flavours, including ginger, orange, strawberry, and chocolate, but honey is naturally the classic.
Despite the fact that vespiquen’s body is lightweight and partially hollow, scientists are still baffled as to how it manages to fly.
Even though combees have three faces, they all share one brain, and thus have one personality. This separates them from other many-headed species such as zweilous and dodrio, whose heads have distinct identities.
Although vespiquen cannot sting, they can nip with their pincers and even draw blood with their tiny claws. For them to attack is uncommon, however - more likely they will release a wall of combee and retreat from harm’s way.
Combee honey is good for sore throats. Trainers often feed it to their fire-breathing pokémon, as it can act as a salve after a particularly active battle.
There are records of lone vespiquen attempting to control other small bugs with pheromones just as they do combees. It never works.
Trainers can buy moulded compartments containing combee-shaped slots for their pokémon to sleep in. This has the effect of making them feel that they are nestled in close to masses of other combees, which is how they would sleep in the wild.
Research suggests that female combees are no less common than male ones, but that vespiquen will oust many female combees from the hive out of fear that they will evolve and usurp them.
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When Sinnohan Trainer Access Schemes were first established, many criticised the choice to include piplup as one of the starters. Given its proud and stubborn nature, it is much less amiable than most starter pokémon, making it a challenge for novice trainers to bond with and direct. As a consequence, it is the least popular of the three choices.
As it takes so much time and effort to establish a bond with an empoleon, such bonds are typically iron-cast by the time they are formed. Trained empoleons are, consequentially, incredibly defensive of their trainers, to the point that they will attack if their trainer’s pride is damaged.
Prinplups are nigh on impossible to raise in a group. Pokémon breeders are forced to separate siblings at this stage in their lives, as they become unbearably hostile and aggressive towards members of the same species. They mellow out a little as empoleons, but still operate better as individuals.
Empoleons are sometimes poached illegally for their pronged horns, which are made of a rigid, metallic material unique to the species. This material tends to be used in the making of jewellery and traditional medicine - certain ice-dwelling communities believe that adorning oneself with the horns of an empoleon brings great fortune and power.
Buttoned, double-breasted cardigans are colloquially known as ‘prinplup cardigans’, as they bear a resemblance to the markings on the species’ stomach.
‘Better a shelmet and a karrablast than a pair of prinplups’ is a particularly notable Unovan idiom. It suggests that it’s actually more productive to work with your natural opposite than somebody who is the same as yourself, as embracing differences can help you ‘evolve’ as a person.