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20 Interesting Things You Probably Didn't Know About Reptile Pokemon

May 5, 2021 485 votes 62 voters 10.1k views20 items

Do you love lizards, turtles, snakes, or reptiles in general? If your answer to that question is yes, you might also have an affinity for reptile Pokemon. Though not an official category, there are tons of Pokemon who were clearly inspired by these real-world creatures.

In the interest of making it more likely that we're actually talking about things you didn't know about reptile Pokemon, we're going to be skipping Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur and their evolutions, who are all reptile-inspired. Instead, we'll be focusing on less-discussed Pokemon like Helioptile and Scraggy - did you know that Helioptile doesn't need to eat food and that Scraggy evolves when it stretches out its skin too much? Don't worry, we'll also be bringing in other starters like Treecko and legendaries like Rayquaza. There's a lot of cool stuff to learn, so let's go!

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    Snivy & Its Evolutions Are Inspired By French Royalty

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    In an untranslated interview, Ken Sugimori explained that Snivy, Servine, and Serperior were all inspired by French royalty. However, this was less about actual French royalty and more about the version depicted in an influential shojo manga called The Rose of Versailles.

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    Inteleon's Water Gun Is Faster Than The Speed Of Sound

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    Inteleon's sniperlike moves would be cool enough if they didn't break the sound barrier, but Pokemon's just got to be extra. It can shoot water from its fingers at Mach 3 (three times the speed of sound). In its Gigantamax form, that speed goes up to Mach 7.

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    Rayquaza Doesn't Need A Mega Stone

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    In order to Mega Evolve, most Pokemon require a Mega Stone. Rayquaza is an exception. Rayquaza has an organ called the mikado organ, which stores energy from the meteoroids it eats, and eventually allows it to Mega Evolve. In the games, this translates to knowing the move Dragon Ascent, and not holding a Z Crystal. 

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    Croconaw Has An Endless Supply Of Teeth

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    Croconaw is constantly biting people with its slanted, fishhook-shaped teeth. Sometimes, it loses a tooth in the process, but whenever that happens a new one instantly grows in its place. It's never without its 48 teeth for more than a few moments at a time. 

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