Classification: The Snow Tick Pokémon
Description: Arctick are born in snowball nests rolled by their parents. Being born in the snow means that Arctick have an extremely low body temperature. In order to compensate, they must suck the body heat of other Pokémon, causing the Pokémon to become colder while Arctick warms itself.
Evolves into Beetundra at level 17
Trivia: Travelers to regularly cold, snow-covered areas are advised to to make sure that all skin is covered completely to avoid having Arctick latch onto them and sap their heat, therefore increasing the rate at which a person can contract hypothermia.
Classification: The Snow Roller Pokémon
Description: This Pokémon will never be caught without its snowball, which it creates in artic plains, using only the highest quality of snow. Inside the snowball, Beetundra will store its food in a frozen state.
Evolves from Artick at level 17 and into Carapice at level 39
Trivia: Beetundra is based off of a dung beetle, but its choice of ball building materials is a more child-friendly snow instead of dung. Being separated from its snowball causes this Pokémon extreme anxiety.
This episode marks the beginning of a special 20th Anniversary arc that will conclude on the day of the anniversary. For a while I had been planning on bringing back Misty for the 20th Anniversary. My original idea was to do it just for one episode. At some point a few weeks ago though, I was thinking about how at least once a region, the show seems to introduce a temporary traveling companion that tags along with Ash and the gang for a few episodes. I figured I should probably make plans to do that at some point. When I started planning for this episode, I was trying to figure out who the side character should be. I figured it would be best for the episode if they were afraid of bugs. Then it clicked. Misty is afraid of bugs, I wanted to bring her in soon anyways, and she would be the perfect candidate for temporary travelling companion. It all fit together perfectly, so I made it happen. In my opinion, Misty’s return is something that really needs to happen at some point. I’m not saying she needs to return as a main character, but whether seeing her in something like Chronicles, or having her return as temporary companion in the show again would be really nice. It’s been so long, and we need to catch up with her.
On the other side of things, I’d like to talk about the design of my new Pokémon, Vespidron. The original idea for Vespidron came to me when I was young. Obviously as a young boy, when I saw that only female Combee could evolve, I thought this was unfair. When I started making my own Pokémon later, Vesidron was one of them. As opposed to going with a more stereotypical “Vespiking,” I thought that a drone would be a better representation of a beehive’s social structure and hence be more believable as a Pokémon. To reference the fact that Vespiquen is both a queen bee and a royal queen in design, I made Vespidron also act as a knight, furthering the analogy between a beehive and medieval society.
Classification: The Hive Defender Pokémon
Description: When a Combee hive needs protection, the ruling Vespiquen will release a special pheromone, inducing Combee to Evolve in order to better protect the hive. Vespidron will sacrifice anything, even themselves, to protect their queen and hive.
Evolves from male Combee by leveling up with a Vespiquen knowing the move Attack Pheromones in the party
Trivia: In normal day-to-day life in a Combee hive, there is no need for Vespidron soldiers, as they have little to no ability at honey production, so none can be found. But when Vespiquen and the hive needs protection, Combee will Evolve on command. Once their duties defending the hive are through, Vespidron will selflessly leave, as not to be a drain on the hive’s resources. With an ability like Hive Mind, and moves like Helping Hand, Rage Powder, and Swarm Strike, Vespidron battle best in Double and Triple Battles teamed up with other Bug-Types, namely Vespiquen. Especially when said Vespiquen can power it up with moves like Attack, Defense, and Retreat Pheromones.
The 20th Anniversary celebrations are beginning to kick into full gear with this episode.
When coming across a forest and being told they shouldn’t cross, Ash, Brock, and Brenda meet up with an old friend. Together the group travels into the forbidden forest and tries to avert an all-out war between two rival hives of Bug Pokémon.
Also, the Pokédex and Attackdex have been updated accordingly.
Classification: The Chainsaw Stag Pokémon
Description: This Pokémon is known for its mandibles that double as powerful chainsaws, allowing it to cut down trees with ease. It cuts down trees so that it can eat the woody interior, hollowing out the inside of the trunk in the process.
Does not Evolve
Trivia: Buzzsaw is based off of both the Saw Stag Beetle, and the Cyclommatus Stag Beetle. Saw Stag obviously because of the chainsaw pun, and the Cylommatus because it’s known for its massively over-sized pincers.
Classification: The Mini Bee Pokémon
Description: Honbee are the most basic form in a hive of Combee, serving as the individuals that will eventually combine to form a Combee. They train with older Combee in order to learn how to most efficiently gather honey.
Evolves into Combee through friendship while holding Honey.
Only Obtainable by breeding a Vespiquen and a Vespidron.
Trivia: The Pokédex claims that Combee are a combination of three different Pokémon, Honbee are those Pokémon. Supposedly, the reason Honbee are not normally seen in the wild is because they normally form together at a young age, but when bred by a trainer, they don’t have this chance right away.