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Old 09-09-2013, 12:12 PM   #17
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The Slugma Line

Slugma and Magcargo are known for being the Pokémon with the highest body temperature, due to the fact they are living piles of lava. Nothing can even come close to one without sustaining some sort of damage from the heat. However, even without physical contact, that doesn’t stop someone from training one or me from studying one.

Species Name: Slugma
Entomology: The Lava Pokémon
Typing: Fire
Height: 2 feet 4 inches or 0.7 meters
Weight: 77.2 lb or 35.0 kg
Evolution: Evolves into Magcargo

Species Name: Magcargo
Entomology: The Lava Pokemon
Typing: Fire/Rock
Height: 2 feet 7 inches or 0.8 meters
Weight: 121.3 lb or 55.0 kg
Evolution: Evolves from Slugma

Areas Found: Slugma, and to a lesser extent, Magcargo are found anywhere where there are active volcanos. These volcanos include Mt. Ember on One Island in Kanto, Mt. Chimney in Hoenn and Stark Mountain in Sinnoh. Slugma and Magcargo are attracted to the heat and open lava, which without they would cool and die. Though curiously, some Slugma live along the cycling road in Kanto where there are no volcanos. Though interestingly enough, they first appeared there around the time Cinnabar Island erupted. They may have been displaced there during the disaster; it is the closest part of land. And though I think it would have been discovered during construction of the road, there may be some sort of underwater connection to the Cinnabar Island volcano near there allowing the Slugma that live there access to the lava.

Physical Make-up: I’m going to come right out and say it. The pokedex entries that say that a Magcargo’s body temperature is around 18,000 degrees Fahrenheit (10,000 degrees Celsius) are flat out wrong. The temperature of standard lava is only about a tenth of that, so why would Magcargo be ten times hotter than lava? Seeing as Slugma and Magcargo receive energy from lava, why would they be hotter than lava? Also Magcargo actually has a slightly cooler body temperature than Slugma, you can tell because part of it has become cool enough to harden, and it’s a little redder than its pre-evolution.

With that little rant done, Slugma and Magcargo are primarily made out of molten rock. These rocks are the type you would typically see in lava. They actually have a primitive circulatory system within their bodies to regulate their body heat. The rock shell on a Magcargo’s back is a pillow basalt type rock, so it’s actually more fragile than it looks, though it is easy to heal by having it flow some lava through the area so a new shell cools. While Slugma and Magcargo primarily sustain themselves with lava from an active volcano, provided that they can sustain their body temperatures, the can make do with sand. Small rocks could do, but they take much longer to ‘digest’.

Don’t ask why a mound of lava became animated, I have no sweet clue.

History: Slugma and Magcargo are an old species, judging by old stories of lava beasts. While they have been known about, there haven’t been many details about them because of people’s fears of them, as well as their hostile habitat. The Numel line were a much more prolific species because they were renowned for being beasts of burden and they were less hazardous to train. The Slugma line also wasn’t too popular with trainers because of its low mobility and poor typing put them behind pretty much all other fire types. As far as I know, the only notable trainer who regularly uses the Slugma line is Lavaridge Gym Leader Flannery. However, some breeders use them as incubators for hatching eggs.

Behaviour: Slugma are solitary creatures, and while many may mass in volcanic centers, they don’t form groups. They aren’t overly intelligent and are quiet besides moaning and noises associated with active lava. While usually docile, they are very aggressive if provoked. Because so few Pokémon can handle the heat a Slugma produces, they are rarely found with Pokémon from other species. They love sources of heat and if they are removed from their volcano home, they will flock to the warmest nearby object. Unfortunately, this has led Slugma to chase humans and Pokémon for their body heat.

Lifespan: In the wild, a Slugma’s lifespan is tied directly to its volcanic home. If it’s removed from its home or the volcano goes extinct, it only has a few days to find a new volcanic center. Otherwise it will harden and die. Capturing one in a pokeball resets the cooling so trainers only need to worry about it if they leave it out of its pokeball for extended periods of time. If you take care of your Slugma/Magcargo, it can live practically indefinitely.

Reproduction: While Slugma and Magcargo can be male and female, they are actually hermaphrodites and as such, can change gender if the situation requires. However, because of their rather long lifespan, they spawn rarely and when they do, only a few members do so. They lay a few eggs deep in a pool of lava to incubate them and protect them from anything that might harm them. Depending on the make up of the lava, it may take from a few months to a couple decades. Once born, it doesn’t take long for a Slugma to become full grown.

Training Tips: The number one when handling a Slugma or Magcargo is that you shouldn’t put anything flammable within a metre of its body. And yes, a part of your body counts as something flammable. Always treat these Pokémon with caution, otherwise you may end up charged with arson.

Besides these warnings, Slugma and Magcargo are rather easy to care for. Keep in mind that they are much more comfortable in in warm places than cold ones. Try to ‘feed’ your Slugma sand in order to keep up its body. When you can, take it to the heart of a volcano or another source of lava for it to bathe in. Other than that, try not to keep it out of its pokeball for extended periods of time, otherwise it will cool and harden.

If you want to try and catch a Slugma, be prepared to take the heat. Seeing as they live in volcanos, you must come ready to deal with the temperature. A water type Pokémon would be recommended, not only to hit the Slugma with super effective moves, but for a source of water as well. Slugma are slow, but due to the environment and the Slugma’s body heat, it may be a tough battle. These notes also apply to if you want to capture a Magcargo. Their shell provide them with extra defence, but also adds to their type weaknesses. It is recommended that to try battling these Pokémon from a distance.

Notes:

-If you use a Slugma/Magcargo in battle, don’t use it defensively. Due to its speed and weaknesses, it is best to deal as much damage as you can before it goes down.

-If for some reason you need to make physical contact with a Slugma’s body, I suggest you use a strong rock type Pokémon as that’s the only thing that can withstand the heat without harming the Slugma.

-There is a myth that if you feed a Slugma enough metal and somehow increase its body temperature, it will eventually turn into a Heatran. While I haven’t tested this myth, I doubt it would happen and I wouldn’t recommend trying it.

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