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Old 05-25-2009, 07:19 AM
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Default EPA: The Science Behind Poison

The Science Behind Poison.
By DarkUmbreon

This work has no relations with GameFreak, Nintendo or any other company involved with Pokemon, or their statements on this matter. The writer of this article holds full copyright, and has only given the admin of PokemonElite2000 permission to publish this work online or any other way.

Well, Poison typed Pokemons are the most likely to walk around on the face of this planet. Looking at the most obvious living examples, there are already poisonous Pokemon around us. Snakes! Okay, they still lack some aspects of Poison types, but they can pretty much do everything Pokemon can do.

The basic characteristics of the Poison type are:
- The presence of some kind of poison making gland or something like that.
- Means of transporting the poison around the body, preferably without damaging yourself.
- Means of getting it into the opponents system.

If the Pokemon in question would have all three characteristics, it would be enough to use Poison typed attacks.

Snakes in our world do have these characteristic, but they lack self-control. Most snake poison numbs the enemy so bad that they end up suffocating. So as long as snake venom is this strong, snakes would be lethal opponents.

Are there ways too degrade the effectiveness of their venom? Yes, but why would a lean, mean killing machine want to do that? It’s not like he wants to take the risk of getting his butt kicked every time he wants to feed himself. If we want them to become good fighting machines, we could make everyone and everything more or less resistant to them. This would be quite a stupid action, because natural selection would immediately pick out the snakes with the strongest venom, and dump the others.

No, this wouldn’t be the right course of action. Instead, the snakes, and of course the other poisonous creatures, should change their method of hunting. They should start to use strength draining venom, instead of the usual paralyzing ones. But how would this change happen? A reasonable assumption would be that poisonous creatures suddenly decide that they want their prey alive. This could happen when their prey happens to be more valuable alive than dead. In such a case, the animals with the weakest forms of poison would be the one chosen by natural selection, so that they can pass on their genes.

Let’s get on the type of poison. Poison can be found in plenty of varieties, ranging from liquid snake venom to solid spores from plants to poisonous gasses. In the Pokemon world they all share on common trait: they do not kill, provided they are treated within a reasonable amount of time. But how do they work?

Judging from what can be seen in the games and anime, they attack only the sensorial nerves, and not the motorial ones. This is because, when something hits the motorial nerves, which handle the muscle movements, one loses his ability to use his strength normally. As opposed to hitting the sensorial nerves, which leads to multiple types of pain ranging from a soft tingling to excruciating bashing.

One way to do this is to stimulate the nerves using special components into believing that you’re, for instance, dipped into hot, molten lava, while in reality you’re not. The brain then thinks that the body is in trouble, and orders the muscles to get him the hell out of there. However, the pain will grow as time passes, until a special defense mechanism becomes activated. This mechanism makes the body shut down, so that it won’t get damaged any further. The victim keeps on living, though he has only fainted.

Another way is to force the victim’s body to make poisonous substances, which then temporarily disturbs the victim’s internal systems, so that it loses its health gradually.
Although the latter one is easier to pull off, it is also the less effective one, and can have nasty side effects.

So, all in all, Poison types are most likely Pokemon to exist in the future, though they have to make their venom a little bit weaker to be good fighting machines. Even so, the diversity of types of poison makes it likely that this will happen.

This concludes this explanation of a type. See you next time.

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Old 05-29-2009, 06:26 PM
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Default Re: EPA: The Science Behind Poison

Interesting stuff there. However, aren't normal or fighting types more likely to exist, or does that not count since they already exist (sorta)? Furthermore, a Pokemon's poison can kill, and instantly I may add, according to Muk's DPP Pokedex entry:

"A toxic fluid seeps from its body. The fluid instantly kills plants and trees on contact. "

Yet, Muk's entry is the only one I could find mentioning killing. So it could be an exception.
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:51 AM
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Very interesting article. It just goes to show you what evolution can do, in both real life and in the pokemon world. Poisons can have various effects, whether it's to kill instantly or slowly, or even just to paralyze.

When food is scarce, snakes and other creatures need a poison that will kill instantly, rather than a poison that works slowly. They don't want to waste energy chasing after prey. And when food is plentiful, they don't need as much of a potent poison.

And it may depend on what kind of poison they use. Such as whether they use a poison for disabling sensory or motoral damage. Depending on where they live, one kind would more effective than the other.
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