-Favorite Bug Type-

#213 Shuckle, the Mold Pokémon

Shuckle is an interesting Pokémon. You’d think it was a water type, because it looks like a turtle of sorts, or maybe rock, due to it’s shell. But that is not the case. Shuckle is, curiously enough, a Bug/Rock type. The Bug type probably comes from it being based on scale insects (small insects that poop honeydew after consuming tree sap (which might explain Shuckles ability to ferment berries inside it’s shell)), along with a weird mix of endoliths (organisms that live inside of rocks, explaining it’s Rock subtype and shell, aswell as why it’s the “Mold Pokémon”), mollusks and a turtle.

But, enough of my (hopefully accurate) babbling about the real-life inspirations of Pokémon (I find this stuff really interesting though, Game Freak sure is resourceful!).

Gameplay wise, Shuckle is also rather interesting. In it’s first appearance in Gold and Silver, you could give it a Berry to hold and after a while, it’d ferment into Berry Juice, which would restore twice as much HP as a regular Berry. Aside from that interesting note, Shuckle has the highest base Defense (not counting Mega Aggron, who ties with it) and Special Defense of all Pokémon, with 230 in both. It’s other stats are very, VERY low. A mere 20 HP, 10 in Attack and Special Attack and only 5 Speed.

It’s movepool has many interesting supporting moves, such as Sticky Web, Power Trick, Power Split, Guard Split, Gastro Acid, Encore and Helping Hand. Shuckle is quite amazing at stalling and supporting partners in double/triple battles.

It also has the best german name of all Pokémon: Pottrott.

Personally, I like Shuckle because of it’s most amazing german name, it’s dopey, calm expression (which it has whenever it’s not drawn by me, everything I touch turns angry), it’s goofy design and it’s unique way of working in battle, being all defense and nothing else.

And that concludes Day 1. I hope me writing all this trivia about a Pokémon won’t be too annoying, because I’ll be doing that every day.

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“Cute Legendary” Theme Poll

It’s been a few days so let’s choose what we want the chibi legendary’s theme to be! You get ONE vote!

Here are your choices:

  1. Outer Space
  2. Love / Romance
  3. Hope
  4. Courage
  5. Purgatory
  6. Charity
  7. Death
  8. Technology
  9. The Moon
  10. Equality
  11. Generosity
  12. Joy
  13. Celebration
  14. Zen
  15. Peace
  16. Change
  17. Infinity
  18. Willpower
  19. The Universe
  20. Cycles
  21. The Passage of Time
  22. Justice
  23. Dreams
  24. Renewal
  25. Eternity
  26. Prosperity
  27. Evolution
  28. Life Cycle
  29. Dimensions
  30. Reality
  31. Understanding
  32. Forgiveness
  33. Remembrance
  34. Happiness
  35. Lucid Dreaming
  36. Space Travel
  37. Fame
  38. The Senses
  39. Stonehenge
  40. Life
  41. Light and Darkness
  42. Energy
  43. Soul
  44. Loyalty
  45. Storms
  46. Times of Day
  47. Climate Change
  48. Dance
  49. Serenity
  50. Purity
  51. Pride
  52. Destiny
  53. Feminism
  54. Belie
  55. Mind
  56. Trust
  57. Gravity
  58. Inspiration
  59. Emotions
  60. Leadership
  61. Peaceful Death
  62. Summer Breeze
  63. Guardian
  64. Childhood
  65. Stars
  66. Nature
  67. Fluffiness
  68. Sports
  69. Serendipity
  70. Snowflakes
  71. Fate

Which is your favorite!?