Riolu

250px-447RioluRiolu is a a small canine with blue and black fur and bright red eyes. Although unable to use Psychic-type moves, they seem to be able to read the auras of people and Pokémon, and take these into account in battle, often meaning they appear to read the minds of those they encounter.

They are native to Egypt, although occasionally found in neighbouring countries (namely Syria, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Libya). They, like their evolution, are supposedly the inspiration behind the ancient god Anubis.

Officially classified as a Baby Pokémon rather than a Basic Pokémon, their powers are not quite yet at their most volatile. While they’re speedy and have pretty good attack power for their size, their defences are no match for larger and stronger Pokémon.

They are mostly nocturnal, hunting out small mammalian Pokémon and slow Bug-types, although they are also known to scavenge larger carcasses, their red eyes in the dark said to be enough to scare off whatever did the killing. They travel in small groups away from Lucario, and their tenaciousness has led, in Indian and Pakistani cultures, to give them the same suggestion as courage often given to species like Luxray and Pyroar.

Personal Dispatches
Having never visited Egypt, I have yet to encounter Riolu in the wild. I have battled them on a couple of occasions, but due to my personal beliefs regarding baby Pokémon, I have not used one myself nor have any intention of doing so.

Carbink

250px-703CarbinkRecently discovered in a diamond mine in South Africa, Carbink is a Rock/Fairy Pokémon with incredible defences. It’s grey with light blue crystals and flat, rhomboid ears. It is said to be able to fire beams from the crystal on its head.

Carbink’s camouflage is so excellent that it is only in the last few years that it has been recognised as a Pokémon. Since then, they have been found almost everywhere that diamonds are mined. Scientists are split as to why this is the case, with some believing that they feed on the diamonds and therefore seek them out, while others suggest that they are somehow created from high pressures and temperatures underground.

Due to their recent discovery, very little is known about them. They appear in groups, but it is unclear if this is because they are social, or just simply due to the nature of the small, enclosed spaces in which they make their homes. Their eggs have never been viewed in the wild, but captive specimens have produced eggs that are grey with flecks of blue.

Personal Dispatches
Not being generally knowledgeable about Fairy types, Carbink remains a mystery to me. I am not much interested in the species, save for the rumours that it may evolve under strange circumstances that are still not understood by science.

Pelipper

250px-279PelipperPelipper are large water birds with white and blue plumage and a large yellow bill. Its wings are each split into three finger-like endings. It has small blue feet but rarely walks, being ungainly and awkward on land. The average individual is about 3′ 11″ in height and weighs 61.7 lbs.

They are found on all continents excepting Antarctica, but prefer warm coastal regions. They build nests on steep cliff faces where they can raise a small brood of two or three Wingull chicks. They tend to mate for life and will enter a period of mourning if their partner dies or is captured, but within a couple of months will look for another mate. Their eggs are oval, white and blue, and coarse to the touch, which stops them from rolling out of nests and into the sea.

They can swim fairly well, but prefer to fly, having some of the strongest wings in the Pokémon kingdom. This is believed to be so that they can still maintain an airbourne state with a bill full of water or food. It feeds on fish and other sea-based Pokémon, skimming the surface of the water with  its bill and then swallowing whatever it catches. This can be dangerous for it, and the rise of sea pollution is blamed for the rising number of wild Pelipper deaths, who choke to death on accidentally swallowed plastic and metal.

They are a gregarious species and where you find one, you will usually find a whole colony. They are said to be tricky to deal with when recently caught as they pine for their groups. However, once they have gained your trust, they are a loyal friend, freely carrying items and even eggs in their large bill. There is a story from mythology that said that during a flood that covered the whole world, an army of Pelipper worked to save smaller Pokémon from certain death by scooping them up in their bills and moving them to higher ground.

As expected in battle, most of their attacks are Water or Flying, but they are also capable of learning Ice and Dark moves with relative ease, and if bred with the right Pokémon, can even learn the Dragon move Twister. As such, they can be a formidable opponent if trained with patience and care.

Personal Dispatches
I have never used a Pelipper for battle, but I admire them as a species and find their appearance comical. My sister is scared to the point of phobia of the species, although I’ve never been able to get an adequate explanation from her as to why this is.

Croagunk

453CroagunkWith a typing unique to only itself and its evolution, Toxicroak, Croagunk is already unusual. Found across many of the rainforests of Central and Southern America, it is still relatively unknown outside of the Americas and, as such, appears in few league teams. Their bright colours do not hide them in their jungle homes, but rather lets them stick out so that predators know not to eat them. They tend to hunt slow-moving Pokémon by sneaking up on them and jabbing them with their central orange finger, which contains a deadly poison, fatal to several species, but which usually produces merely the effect of paralysis.

On average, Croagunk are around 2′ 0o” tall, but the tallest are 2′ 06″, weighing usually somewhere in the region of 23kg. They are bipedal and have blue skin, yellow eyes, black markings across its body and a white belly. Males and females are distinguised by these white stripes – they are slightly higher up on the females than males. They are a matriarchal society, living in small groups of their own kind led by a single female Toxicroak. Once old enough, the female Croagunk leave to evolve and form their own tribe.

Croagunk has huge implications for the world of medical research, the extent of which is only just coming to light. The healing powers of their fluid is far from fatal to humans (as native jungle societies have known for centuries), and while in its natural form will cause some pain to humans, once diluted and distilled, contains ingredients vital to remedies for lower back pain. Thus, the Poison typing is understandable, but the Fighting secondary type is perhaps less expected. Although a mild Pokémon that will only fight to protect itself and its siblings, the methods by which it attacks usually involve jabs, punches and occasionally kicks, making it useful for battle.

As well as learning Poison moves naturally, it also learns a number of Dark-type moves. If bred with Hitmonchan, they are capable of learning the Bullet Punch move. They are slowly becoming better known in league battles, but this is a long, laborious procress as is always the case when trying to move Poison Pokémon around the world. Their biggest weakeness is Psychic-type Pokémon, as their typing makes them especially weak to moves of that kind.

Personal Dispatches
I have never used a Croagunk, but being an enthusiast of Poison-types, it is one I have deep interest in. Once they become more readily available the world over (I have neither the time or inclination at moment of writing to return to South America), I don’t doubt that one will find its way onto my team.

Fennekin

250px-653Fennekin[1]Fennekin, the Fox Pokémon, is the first in a three-stage-evolutionary line of Fire-types. Although it will later develop a Psychic element as well, at this stage it prefers to use its fire for battle. They are small quadrupeds (an average size of around 1′ 04″, weighing just over 20 lbs) with yellow fur and a white muzzle. Their eyes and tail tips are both a deep orange, as are the large puffs of fur in their ears.

Like all Fire-types, they have an internalised fire sac that allows them to produce fire-based attacks. Fennekin have, however, evolved a very novel method of keeping cool despite this. Their overlarge ears, while also providing the ability to hear over long distances, vent the hot air, which can reach temperatures of 390o F (198o C). Fennekin are also known to chew twigs, which many scientists theorise stoke the internal fires of the Pokémon. As we know, as it evolves, it develops other uses for those twigs.

As is normal with Fire-types, it is advisable to keep Fennekin away from water as much as possible, although since it has no external fire, the necessity is slightly less than other Pokémon, such as Charmander. Although it can learn the full gamut of Psychic attacks available to Delphox, trainers often find that this is far from a worthy pastime, due to the brain capacity of the Fennekin not quite yet being big enough to control the attacks. This does not, however, mean that this Pokémon is unintelligent, and indeed shows great empathy and excels at puzzle solving skills, although all but the smartest are still confused by mirrors.

They are found across most of Northern Africa and are one of the very few mammals to call the Sahara Desert home. It is particularly revered in Algeria, where it is the National Pokémon. They are, perhaps surprisingly, omnivores, eating plants and roots as well as killing small Pokémon and stealing eggs. Due to their desert habitat, they have developed in such a way that they rarely require water. Until they evolve, they can be prey to some larger Pokémon, in particular African Noctowl that can carry a small one off in their talons.

Fennekin live in small groups, often watched over by a mating pair of Braixen (Delphox are solitary) and leave to form their own tribe when they evolve. Like all first stage Pokémon, they are incapable of breeding themselves.

The population is thought to be stable, but no one is really sure. As a popular starter Pokémon (particularly in South America, which lacks many fire-types of its own), there are many captive breeding colonies as well as some in the wild that are monitored. Although most desert travellers do eventually stumble across one or two, it’s unknown how many there actually are out there. They used to be hunted for their skins, which were sometimes used to turn into cloaks that stayed permanently warm, but this has now been banned, although there is still a small demand on the black market. It is punishable by prisonment.

Personal Dispatches
While in South America, I picked up a Fennekin (named Fauntleroy) which has since evolved twice and is now a Delphox, also being one of the strongest Fire-types in my arsenal. Although I’ve never been much into Fire-types, this is one that I have a lot of time for and find it is a loyal friend with an excellent temperament. He has fought with me in at least eight gyms and through one Elite Four Championship.