The 13th pokémovie is titled Zoroark: Master of Illusions, and in it we see one very powerful Zoroark (and her child) project her illusions and transform into even the legendary beasts:
Zorua, as we know has this same ability, but seemingly less powerful. The dex says that Zorua can change its appearance, but Zoroark can even change its surroundings: just look at the suicune gif.
But here’s the catch: they don’t actually transform themselves like ditto or rotom do. Both Zorua and Zoroark’s powers lie in illusions. In other words, they don’t actually change at all. You only see them that way.
Zorua and Zoroark’s power lie in manipulative hallucination. A Hallucination is defined as “a perception in the abscence of external stimulus that has qualities of real perception.” So, seeing things that aren’t there, hearing voices that aren’t making sounds, or seeing a Suicune when it’s actually a Zoroark. Neurobiologically, this happens from abnormal activity in the sensory area of your brain, such as the parts associated with sight or touch. Or, hallucinations can be caused by miscommunications in the pathways of your brains. Usually, its a combination of both.
Something that creates a hallucination is called a hallucinogen, and while there are many types of them, the most common tamper with serotonin levels in the brain. But, the hallucinations that result from that are wildly unpredictable and often associated with only one sense, where Zorua/ark can manipulate exactly what you see, hear, and feel.
In this way, Zorua’s illusions are more like dreams. In fact, there are a lot of neurological similarities between dreams and hallucinations, which is why hallucinations can often occur when you’re sleep deprived. The difference between the two, obviously, is that dreams occur solely when you sleep.
The entire sleep cycle takes about 90 minutes, and goes through several steps:
So now we have to talk about brain waves. Brain waves are electrical pulses from neurons that communicate with each other. Just like any wave or electrical signal, they have a frequency that can be measured in Hertz, and is actually how we categorize them.
Delta Waves (.5 to 3 Hz) are only present in dreamless sleep. They suspend external awareness and promote the healing process.
Theta Waves (3 to 8 Hz) are present in sleep and deep meditation. External senses are withdrawn and only internal signals are considered, resulting in vivid imagery and fleeting intuition. These are associated with dreaming.
Alpha Waves (8 to 12 Hz) are your primary thought waves when you are awake. Associated with coordination, calmness, focus, and learning.
Beta Waves (12 to 38 Hz) correspond to fast brain activity: strong concentration, problem solving, information processing, anxiety or excitement.
So, rather than a traditional hallucination, what if Zorua/ark manipulated you into a more dream-like state? Imagine, you’re walking down the street and you encounter a Zorua. You brain is transmitting alpha and beta waves as normal, you were thinking normal walking-down-the-street thoughts, but now you have frightened this poor Zorua. In this panic, Zorua slows down your brain waves, changing some of the alpha and beta into theta waves. Now, suddenly, you see the Zorua transform into a little girl, because that’s exactly what she wants you to see.
Zoroark is more powerful, and can manipulate the brains of multiple people at a time. Furthermore, if Zorua can only slow down some of your brain, Zoroark can control even more of them, allowing her to change how you percieve your surroundings rather than just her. It also explains why Zorua specifically transforms into a silent child. Zorua can manipulate sight but not sound.
Zorua and Zoroark slow down the communications in your brain, changing alpha and beta brain waves into sleep-like theta or delta brain waves. This causes you to “dream” even while awake, perceiving, seeing, hearing, and feeling the foxes as the illusions they want to project.
Whether this is a chemical or an electrical stimulus is a completely separate question we’ll have to go into another day.
Mewtwo Strikes Back (M!A Payback):
Muse has a clone. However, the clone is the exact opposite of them in personality and have some dark brown markings to prove it.
The Power of One (M!A Power of One):
Muse is captured by "collectors" and are tortured by them, all for getting something important.
Spell of the Unown (M!A Spell):
Muse is slowly crystallizing. Unless another were to pray or wish, the crystals will encase them whole.
Voice of the Forest (M!A Forest Voice):
Muse is brainwashed by the first person they are approached by.
Jirachi; Wish Maker (M!A Wishmaker):
Muse has the ability to grant wishes... but only for the amount of time the anon specifies.
Destiny Deoxys (M!A Destiny):
Muse has the ability of self regeneration... but only if the gem embedded in (anon specifies) is kept safe.
Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (M!A Mystery):
Muse can see and use aura, but unfortunately they are trapped in the object that anon specifies until they are unleashed.
Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (M!A Sea Prince):
Muse has swapped bodies with another muse of the anon's choosing! Both muns must agree.
The Rise of Darkrai (M!A Rise):
Muse is slowly, literally, dissapearing. The M!A ends when they are either saved by a friend or when time runs out.
Giratina and the Sky Warrior (M!A Sky):
Muse is much livelier when wearing a flower that anon specifies. However, they are very tired when it's cold, night, or when they are not holding the flower.
Arceus and the Jewel of Life (M!A Jewel of Life):
Muse has traveled to the past and is captured and thrown in prison. Unfortunately, previous jails were not very well-kept.
Zoroark; Master of Illusions (M!A Illusions):
Muse can control illusions! However, they are sought after for just this reason.
Black/White - Victini and Reshiram/Zekrom (M!A Black and White):
Muse can grant vigor and victory to those they touch. However, they can't leave (anon specifies location).
Kyurem VS. the Sword of Justice (M!A Justice):
Muse is a master swordsman, complete with an energy beam sword. However, frozen enemies are after them. Can they defeat them all?
Genesect and the Legend Awakened (M!A Legend):
Muse has turned into a robot and has lost their free will. Suddenly, they are attacking the largest city they could find. The M!A ends when they are truly defeated.
Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (M!A Cocoon):
Your muse is petrified! So... not much there; they can't move, though.