Pokemon Neko's RealDex (PGO! Alternative)

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  1. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    I don't play PGO, but I enjoy taking pictures of interesting insects, plants, etc. and sometimes stumble across things that have (or may have) inspired Pokémon. Here are some "Pokémon" I've caught (on film) IRL—feel free to share some of your own!

    (Some of these may not be species-specific, but I feel that they would still translate into these Pokémon.)

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    Bulbasaur and Ivysaur were confirmed in an interview to be based on frogs. They may draw inspiration from tree frogs given their Grass typing.
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    Being stockier than Bulbasaur and having obvious warts, Venusaur is most likely based on toads.
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    Charmander's English name suggests that it may be based on salamanders, which are associated with the element of fire in Japanese mythology.
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    Caterpie is based on swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. Some species (including this one) extend a foul-smelling Y-shaped defensive organ from above their head when threatened.
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    Weedle represents the larval stage of a wasp. It also has characteristics of stinging caterpillars, called "kemushi" in Japan (which is also Weedle's Japanese category).
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    While it may represent wasp or bee pupae in general, Kakuna's characteristic of dangling from a silk thread (as seen in the anime and some side games) seems to have been inspired by hanging parasitoid wasp cocoons.
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    While based on an Asian giant hornet, Beedrill's green and blue Shiny palette may draw inspiration from cuckoo wasps.
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    Though it could be based on a variety of small birds, Pidgey bears a striking resemblance to the Carolina wren.
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    Pikachu was confirmed to draw inspiration from squirrels, particularly its tail and cheek pouches. Since tree squirrels don't have cheek pouches, Pikachu may draw inspiration from chipmunks (aka "striped squirrels" in Japan) or similar-looking ground squirrels. The upright position of its tail while running is more consistent with chipmunks than tree or ground squirrels.
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    Paras and Parasect are based on insects that have fallen victim to a parasitoid fungus.

    The base insect appears to be a cicada nymph (see Nincada), but Parasect also bears an uncanny resemblance to red velvet mites, which themselves are parasites.
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    Despite its name, Venonat seems to be based (at least partially) on hairy, venomous caterpillars. Megalopyge-genus caterpillars are particularly round, so it may draw inspiration from those.
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    Venomoth seems to combine the idea of toxic moths (tiger moths) with the appearance of toxic swallowtail butterflies, such as the Pipevine Swallowtail (which may explain its Shiny colors).

    (NOTE: This is a Spicebush Swallowtail, a mimic of the toxic Pipevine Swallowtail. However, according to author Phillip J. Schappert, there's indication that even this species may be distasteful.)
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    Meowth and Persian draw inspiration from Siamese cats.

    While only Meowth has the col0r-tipped feet and tail characteristic of Siamese cats, Persian is classified as a Siamese Cat (Shamuneko) Pokémon in the Japanese games.
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    Poliwhirl may be based on metamorph froglets (tadpoles with all four legs), despite lacking a tail. Poliwag would represent the tadpole with hindlegs, Poliwrath a froglet, and Politoed an adult frog.
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    Though I'm not sure if it draws inspiration from them, Koffing (and Weezing) share some similarities with false puffball slime molds.
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    Tangela is based on tangled vines, possibly leafless, parasitic vines such as the dodder (aka hairweed and witch's hair).
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    Scyther is based on the Japanese Giant Mantis. While these don't occur in the US, the Chinese Mantis (North America's largest mantid) belongs to the same genus and was once considered part of the same species.
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    Pinsir is based on stag beetles.
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    The Helix Fossil (Omanyte) is based on ammonoid, ancient spiral-shelled squid, fossils.
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    Spinarak is based on spiders with face-like abdominal markings. Its build resembles that of a jumping spider.
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    Ariados appears to draw inspiration from various spiders, especially orb-weavers.
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    This family is based on the life cycle of a dandelion.
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    While based on the Banded Darter dragonfly, Yanma's Shiny palette may draw inspiration from the Blue Dasher (or blue dragonflies in general).
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    Umbreon seems to be based on black cats. Several TCG cards suggest that Umbreon is more cat-like than other speculated origins (such as foxes and rabbits).
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    Murkrow is based on crows.
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    Pineco is based on bagworms whose cases superficially resemble pine cones, such as the Evergreen Bagworm. It also has characteristics of grenades or caltrops, perhaps referencing this species' destructive habits.
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    Though it more closely resembles a giant clam, Forretress may also draw inspiration from worms residing in walnut husks/shells.
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    Dunsparce is based on the snake-like Tsuchinoko cryptid of Japan. While this creature has yet to be proven to exist, hornworms are sometimes mistaken for it.

    The hoop snake is essentially America's version of the Tsuchinoko. Long rumored to give chase to humans, some believe that racers (along with other colubrids) may have inspired tales of this cryptid. (Hoop snake is one of the black racer's common names.)
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    Gligar's design seems to be a pun on "scorpionfly."
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    Mega Heracross is based on Hercules Beetles.
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    Beautifly is based on swallowtail butterflies.
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    Dustox is based on the Japanese Moon Moth, a close relative and lookalike of the American Luna Moth.
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    Seedot is based on acorns.
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    Surskit is based on water striders.
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    Masquerain seems to combine aspects of damselflies and moths with eyespots.
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    This family is based on the life cycle of a cicada—nymph, adult, and shed skin.
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    Trapinch is based on the larval stage of an antlion.
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    While representative of an adult antlion, Vibrava appears to draw more visual inspiration from mayflies. This may be a reference to the Japanese word for an adult antlion translating "thin-winged mayfly."
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    Flygon represents the adult stage of an antlion. Its design and association with sandstorms may be a pun on "sanddragon" dragonflies.
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    Corphish and Crawdaunt are based on crayfish.
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    The Root Fossil (Lileep) is based on crinoid—or "sea lily"—fossils.

    (NOTE: This isn't a whole specimen, just the stalk.)
     
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  2. ninetales1234 Biscuit Taste-Tester
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    Lilligant is on-point with the colors! Wonder what the creator of this Pokémon was thinking about?

    Catch a real-life Vileplume and that will be really impressive!
     
  3. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    GEN. 4–8
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    Turtwig may be based on land turtles (aka box turtles).
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    Starly is based on fledgling starlings.
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    Kricketot is based on crickets.
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    Burmy is based on bagworms.
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    Mothim represents the adult stage of a bagworm, such as the Evergreen Bagworm Moth (first photo), which only emerge from their bags if male. However, its behavior and appearance draw more inspiration from hawk moths—especially Death's Head Hawkmoths.

    While these honey-thieving moths don't occur in the US, we do have species from the same tribe (such as the Laurel Sphinx pictured in the second photo). Mothim's split wingtips suggest that it may draw inspiration from the irregular outer margin of some species outside this tribe (such as the Small-Eyed Sphinx in the third photo), so Mothim could be interpreted as a general representation of Sphingidae.

    Mothim may also draw some inspiration from Crambidae, a family of moths known for their nose-like mouthparts.
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    Combee is based on honey bees.
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    Yanmega is based on the Darner family of dragonflies (though it may also draw inspiration from ancient griffinflies).
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    Leafeon, like Persian, shares similarities with Siamese cats. In particular, it may be based on sub-breeds/mixes with plumed tails, such as the Balinese.

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    Purrloin appears to be based on bicolor (tuxedo) cats. Its "eyebrows" suggest that it may be based on tuxedo tabbies.

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    Pidove is based primarily on pigeons.
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    Sewaddle is believed to draw visual inspiration from Silver-Spotted Skipper caterpillars.
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    Whirlipede is based on the defensive or resting position of a millipede.
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    Lilligant is based on lilies. Since it evolves via Sun Stone, it may be based on daylilies.
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    Minccino is based on chinchillas.

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    This family is based on snow and icicles, but stylized to resemble ice cream.
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    Sawsbuck is based on deer.
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    Joltik's behavior is based on a tick. However, its appearance seems to draw more inspiration from jumping spiders.
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    Ferroseed seems to be based on cockelburs.
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    Mandibuzz is based on vultures.
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    Shiny Volcarona's spotted yellow wings bring to mind Imperial Moths, a type of giant silkmoth.
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    Noibat is based on vesper bats.
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    Zygarde cells are believed to be based on planarians, flatworms with amazing regenerative abilities.

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    Litten and Torracat are based on tabby cats (though the latter may also draw inspiration from tigers).

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    Pikipek is based on woodpeckers. (If the rumor about "regional evolutions" is true, I imagine that Pikipek would take a different path.)

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    Cutiefly and Ribimbee are based on bee flies. Ribombee may be based specifically on the Greater Bee Fly, being larger in size and having a dark patch (its scarf).

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    Rockruff is based on Spitz breeds.

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    Though its English name is derived from a different genus, Morelull seems to draw more inspiration from "bonnet" mushrooms (Mycena), some of which display bioluminescence.
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    Dottler seems to be based on a ladybird beetle pupa.
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    Drednaw is based on snapping turtles.
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    Centiskorch seems to be a visual pun on "fire centipede."
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    Rolycoly is based on coal.
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    While it appears to draw more inspiration from the Indian Moon Moth (not pictured), Frosmoth's Chinese names suggest that may also draw inspiration from flannel moths.

    No corpse flowers around here, sadly, but maybe I'll try finding one if I ever decide to travel. Not too many "Grass Pokémon" around here besides Hoppip and family (dandelions).
     
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  4. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Added Venusaur, Weedle, and Hoppip.
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2019
  5. FourteenAlmonds Roasted, but not salty
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    It's pretty cool how Pokémon was originally based on bug collecting, and here you are "collecting" these real-life Pokémon!

    Were all these photos taken by you, or are you using photos taken by others as well?
     
  6. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Yep! I'm not sure if it was Pokémon that sparked my general interest in insects, but I do blame Pokémon for my interest in moths at least. I've been into them ever since I found a Rosy Maple Moth that reminded me of my favorite Pokémon, Shiny Dunsparce.

    These are all my photos. :)
     
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  7. The Ωmega One Aspiring Trainer
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    These are really cool! I'm kinda jealous of the fact you get to encounter all of these beautiful bugs on what seems like a regular basis
     
  8. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Added Jumpluff and Pidove. Not super interesting origins, but I figured I'd take pics anyway for the sake of the RealDex.

    Also, though I've been waiting for a bagworm moth to add Mothim to the list, it turns out that Mothim may be more closely-related to hawk moths (despite evolving from a bagworm). More specifically, it seems draw inspiration from Death's-Head Hawkmoths, as both have an orange-banded abdomen, a light marking on their thorax, and a tendency to steal honey from beehives as opposed to finding their own nectar.

    This isn't to say that Mothim's design doesn't draw from bagworm moths at all. The feather-like shape of its antennae and its "tail" may come from bagworm moths.

    There aren't any Death's-Head Hawkmoths here in the US, but we do have some species belonging to the same tribe (Sphingini). Of these, I've gotten photos of the Southern Pine Sphinx, Five-Spotted Hawkmoth, and Laurel Sphinx, but I'm not sure if any of these would really translate into Mothim. (Then again, I did use a box turtle for Squirtle...)

    I'm also reluctant to add Oddish. We've not got any true mandrakes here, but we do have mayapples (aka American mandrakes). These, however, look nothing like Oddish. They're a bit more reminiscent of Bellsprout (also said to be a type of mandrake), having a stem, leaves for "hands," and a yellow "head" (when ripe). If I ever find a native pitcher plant, I may combine the mayapple with Bellsprout's entry.

    EDIT: Taking another look at Mothim, its split wingtips may nod to the irregular wingtips/outer margin of some other sphinx moth species (such as the Small-Eyed Sphinx). Its tail, rather than being based on the Evergreen Bagworm Moth's "tail" (genitals), may represent the tailfeather-like poof at the end of others (like hummingbird clearwings). In either case, Mothim could be interpreted as a general representation of sphinx moths, not just the Death's-Head Hawkmoth. I think I'll add it to the list after all. :)

    Benefits of living near the woodline. :)

    EDIT: Added Joltik.
     
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  9. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Added Scyther and Ariados. I also had to divide the list into multiple post due to image limit.
     
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  10. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Added Kakuna and updated Dunsparce and Mothim with additional photos.

    Note: One of the black racer's common names is "Hoop Snake," though it shares this with several other species.
     
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  11. FourteenAlmonds Roasted, but not salty
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    I always thought the hoop snake was an Australian thing, like the drop bear, the yowie or the magpie.

    They bite their tail and roll around the bush like a wheel (hence, "hoop snake") until they come upon a confused human to eat...

    Spoopy :O
     
  12. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    The US, Canada, and Australia all have their own take on the hoop snake. I've never heard about them eating humans, just rolling after and killing them with their scorpion-like stinger. Granted, I haven't really looked into the Australian legends.
     
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  13. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    I found a Trapinch!

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    Antlion larvae, also called doodlebugs, lie in wait at the bottom of loose sand pits. When prey, such as an ant, wonders too close to the edge of the pit, it tumbles downward, unable to regain its footing, into the jaws of this voracious predator. Adults somewhat resemble dragonflies.

    I also added Yanmega, Combee, Ferroseed, Litten/Torracat, Skiploom, and Seedot.
     
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  14. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    The strange creature was sucked into the Zygarde Cube!

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    Planarians, flatworms with amazing regenerative abilities, are likely the inspiration behind Zygarde cells. Look at that derpy face!

    I also added Scolipede, Whirlipede, and Lileep (Root Fossil) and updated Corphish/Crawdaunt's pic.

    I actually found the "Root Fossil" a few years ago, but I was reluctant to add it since the fossil was missing the iconic crown (head). However, given that Mewtwo was created from a fossilized eyebrow and Aerodactyl from a preserved blood sample, I imagine that even just the stalk of a crinoid could be revived as Lileep.
     
  15. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    Added Spinarak, Morelull, Murkrow, and Rolycoly, as well as another contender for Ariados, a tick (yuck) to Joltik's entry, and a kitten to better represent Litten. I also swapped Spearow for Pidgey, realizing that Pidgey has more in common with sparrows than the Pokémon named after them.

    Also, though I'm thinking it's supposed to be a virus pathogen as seen under a microscope, possibly mixed with a gunpowder caltrop and/or tear gas grenade, I couldn't help but think of Koffing when I saw this false puffball (a slime mold) the other day. It's round, has a lumpy texture, and spewed smoke-like spores when I poked it with a stick.

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    Trivia: Slime molds aren't actually molds or fungi—they're amoebae!
     
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  16. Nekoban Ryo Schizoid Manchild
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    • Now including family pets, not just wild/feral animals
    • Swapped Squirtle's entry for Turtwig based on the the species’ terrestrial habits
    • Replaced Pidgey’s entry with a more likely candidate
    • Added Meowth/Persian, Forretress, Kricketot, Leafeon, Purrloin, Minccino, the Vanillite line, Sawsbuck, Mandibuzz, Rockruff, Dottler, Drednaw, and Frosmoth
    • Swapped Scolipede’s entry for Centiskorch
     
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