Pokémon Movepool Oddities & Explanations

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I realized after looking through move sets that Ekans and Arbok learn Poison Sting

So uhh, where's the stinger on them?
Also, if the anime is anything to go by, Poison Sting is more of a projectile move where it just fires the poison barbs; Arbok specifically firing it from its mouth. While Poison Sting is a Physical move, it also doesn't make contact supporting this.
 
I just learned about the craziness of Cryogonal's level-up movepool, which includes Solar Beam, Acid Armor, Ancient Power, Confuse Ray, and Bind.

Bind is the most perplexing one for me.



Like, what the heck does even it use to bind the opponent? That string of beads on its mouth?
 
I just learned about the craziness of Cryogonal's level-up movepool, which includes Solar Beam, Acid Armor, Ancient Power, Confuse Ray, and Bind.

Bind is the most perplexing one for me.



Like, what the heck does even it use to bind the opponent? That string of beads on its mouth?
Yes.
Pokemon White/X/Omega Ruby said:
"They are born in snow clouds. They use chains made of ice crystals to capture prey."
Pokemon Black 2/White 2/Y/Alpha Sapphire said:
"They are composed of ice crystals. They capture prey with chains of ice, freezing the prey at -148 degrees Fahrenheit."
Its sprite in the gen 5 games does show the chain of ice crystals at the bottom extending and contracting regularly, so it's probably not a stretch to assume it can extend them as much as needed to bind its target while it proceeds to chill them.

Solar Beam seems odd, though. You'd think trying to store the necessary sunlight would cause it to melt, and it certainly wants no part of strong sunlight considering that's just asking for a fiery bad time.
 

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Solar Beam seems odd, though. You'd think trying to store the necessary sunlight would cause it to melt, and it certainly wants no part of strong sunlight considering that's just asking for a fiery bad time.
My guess about this is that it uses its shiny icy face to reflect light (that's how ice actually works, after all) and send it straight to an opponent.
That said, there are two problems: Cryogonal appears blue, meaning it actually absorbs part of the visible spectrum (unlike real ice, which is white), and I don't know where the "storing" part would come from either.
 

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I just learned about the craziness of Cryogonal's level-up movepool, which includes Solar Beam, Acid Armor, Ancient Power, Confuse Ray, and Bind.
To address the other moves:

Acid Armor's Japanese name is "Liquefy" which snowflakes are very good at doing. :P And if you're wondering why Liquefy is a Poison-type move its probably because it was primarily learned by Grimer and Muk in Gen I, though it oddly got more associated with Vaporeon. Not like the Type matters for what it does (aside what Z-Crystal it needs to power it up).

Ancient Power is a bit of an odd inclusion, then again what is a snowflake but frozen water and, aside from the minerals that make up the Earth itself, what is the oldest thing on Earth other then that?

Like with Solar Beam, Confuse Ray can also probably be explained by it reflecting light.

That said, there are two problems: Cryogonal appears blue, meaning it actually absorbs part of the visible spectrum (unlike real ice, which is white), and I don't know where the "storing" part would come from either.
Actually ice is translucent. Light can pass through it but it gets distorted and bent around resulting in it leaving at a different angle then it entered with.

But back to Cryogonal, underneath its ice sheets there seems to be some kind of energy creature that's preventing light from going through it. If anything the blue parts of Cryogonal isn't the ice but this creature which we partly see its blue eyes and "chains". Its using the ice to give itself a physical form, and absorbs light through this ice body to give itself energy to move and act.
 

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