Classification: The Toxic Smoke Pokémon
Description: One whiff of Hazeard’s fumes can lead to intense stomach sickness. It is advised to hold your breath when in the vicinity of this Pokémon.
Evolves from Noxic at level 26 and into Venimbus at level 41
Trivia: Hazeard is formed primarily from a unique combination of ozone, carbon dioxide, methane, and sulfur gases. Despite it being formed from heavy pollution, it also consumes these gases, so some scientists are looking into using it to reverse air pollution.
Classification: The Antivenom Pokémon
Description: Heala may have a nasty venom, but they are better known for the natural antivenom they produce, which can neutralize nearly any poison.
Evolves into Curemodo at level 38
Trivia: Heala’s antivenom works not just to counteract the effects of venom, but other toxins, such as pollutants, poisons, and even radioactivity. Because of this, ample supplies of its antivenom are kept on hand at all time at most hospitals around the world.
For a while I’ve been messing around with the idea of Dragon/Poison-Type Pokémon that’s based off of a Gila monster and evolves into a Komodo dragon, but I was never able to come up with a solid concept. When attempting to come up with a name for said Gila monster Pokémon, I remembered that Gila is not pronounce gil-a, but rather hil-a with an h sound instead of a g. When trying to come up with names based off of that, I thought of the name Heala, and the concept of an antivenom Pokémon came to mind pretty fast. I felt like it was a unique enough idea to go ahead and make the Pokémon. Basically, this entire episode formed as a way to display this concept. It might have been a tad on the morbid/violent side for Pokémon, but that kind of came with the territory.
Classification: The Fire Snake Pokémon
Description: This Pokémon is known for producing a potent venom which will cause a burning sensation while also remaining toxic. Vipyre has troubles keeping its flames lit in the cold, so it must seek areas of warmth to live in.
Evolves from Pyrethon at level 25
Trivia: Despite being a Fire-Type, Vipyre’s coldblooded nature often times makes it ineffective at fighting Ice-Type Pokémon. When it comes time for it to shed its skin, the old scales will burn away in a near instantaneous flash of fiery incandescence. This display is often claimed to be a sight of great beauty.
Classification: The Poison Ivy Pokémon
Description: Its leaves secrete an irritating oil that cause any who touch to instantly be overcome with an itching sensation. If the contact is prolonged, bad rashes can form as well.
Evolves from Tangela by leveling up while knowing the move Ivy Whip
Trivia: The Pokémon Tangela Evolves into is determined by what move it knows. A Tangela will learn both Ancient Power and Ivy Whip at the same level. If Tangela is taught both moves, then it will Evolve in accordance with the move that is first in list of moves.
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.
Hmm…it’s been so long…let’s see what I can remember.
The way Neutrina battled in this episode was based off of what I see her team being built to do in the games. As she has a team of Poison-Types with many different ways to cause damage over time, I really wanted to emphasize that here. As for the way I had Ash battle, I’m really trying to use gym battles as a way to show off how skilled Ash is, while also showing some growth at the same time. In his first gym battle against Crate, he won using mostly brute force with some minor strategy thrown in. His second battle, against Skyler, demonstrated that Ash can be adaptable. Now, this battle’s purpose was to show that Ash can keep a cool head and make the right choices when he needs to. You can expect this progression to continue as Ash continues his journey to the Tenno League.