art by Bummer
End evolution discrimination, Game Freak!
Starting now, we're going to create evolutions for all those Pokemon that never maxed out at three stages in their family. Every few days I'll post a slate and it's up to you to help design their new evolutions and/or pre-evolutions. The goal here isn't to create a bunch of wild, new Pokemon, but rather to finish the evolutionary families as organically as possible.
When the families are posted, users will copy the template provided and fill in the blanks with their own submissions. After a few days we will vote and the winning submissions will be added to the Pokedex. Any sections of a template marked with [[ ]] are locked and cannot be changed. Names generally won't be changed, either, but if I see a particularly snappy one who knows. The method of evolution, height/weight, and design are all optional.
After the winners are announced, we will hold a short cooldown period to discuss the new Pokemon and their competitive value, if any.
Here are some general guidelines to follow when submitting:
- Most Pokemon do not lose stats upon evolution. However, instances of lower Speed are the most common while lowering Attack, Defense, Special Attack, or Special Defense are pretty rare. The only instance of less HP is with Shedinja, so avoid lowering that stat at all costs.
- Families typically follow patterns. Sometimes they add stats in the same intervals. Sometimes they keep two stats identical as they evolve. Try to honor these patterns where possible.
- Don't min/max your submissions either!
- Make sure to follow the BST caps listed. You are allowed to go lower.
- Pokemon usually keep their abilities and the number of abilities while evolving. However, if an ability is going to change it's more likely to be the Hidden Ability.
- Remember, we aren't making Mega formes here, so don't get too crazy if you give a new ability. Value flavor more than anything.
- It's rare for a Pokemon to change typing upon evolution, but adding a new type to a single-typed Pokemon is reasonable.
- It's even rarer for a Pokemon to lose a typing to be replaced by another or to be dropped altogether. The only example of the latter that I can think of is Gloom -> Bellossom.
- Again, flavor should be at the forefront if you're considering a new type.
- Newly evolved Pokemon often learn new moves with their increase in power. Sometimes a new move is even the catalyst for the evolution!
- A good example is how most Pokemon don't learn Earthquake until their last evolution. (We're sweeping that under a rug with some of our redesigns, however.) The same can be said for Focus Blast. If a Pokemon doesn't learn one of those moves, maybe now is a good time to let it with its final evolution.
(credit to unfixable for the Pet Mod that gave pre-evolutions to all Pokemon.)
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