Baltoy (the Clay Doll Pokémon) is an uncommon Ground/Psychic-type Pokémon found among abandoned ruins and desert environments within the Hoenn and Unova regions as well as the Kanto and Sinnoh regions on rare occasions. Though perhaps a bit too unusual in appearance and mannerisms for some to handle, Baltoy are energetic creatures that can certainly make things difficult for traditional fighters with their unique mix of powerful attacks and techniques. They may not be able to deal much in the way of damage against most opponents, but at the very least, these little automatons can take a hit; do yourself a favor and try not to anger them too much in battle, lest you end up on the receiving end of a Self-Destruct attack!
Baltoy and Claydol were originally discovered among ancient ruins (which are believed to have been originally built about 20,000 years ago) in the Hoenn region. These ruins were heavily decorated with primitive wall paintings, many of which featured both Baltoy and Claydol among human figures in a variety of social standings and ritualistic procedures. From what leading archaeologists have been able to decipher, we know that both Baltoy and Claydol were originally handcrafted clay dolls made by an ancient human civilization. Under circumstances that still remain to be understood, these clay dolls came to life when they were exposed to some sort of mysterious energy ray; while it is strongly believed today that the ray must have consisted of an exotic form of psychic energy, it is unknown whether or not these dolls were exposed to the ray intentionally or by accident. Regardless, it is clear that these strange creatures are far more than they seem, as they naturally gain access to a wide variety of Psychic-type moves and learn very little in the way of offensive Ground-type attacks despite it being their primary type; moreover, these creatures are somehow able to utilize their psychic energy to short out the space around them and detonate their bodies in decent Self-Destruct and Explosion attacks, but the mechanism behind the explosion is as mysterious as the power that courses through them. Furthermore, it has yet to be exactly determined how and why Baltoy are able to evolve into Claydol at all, as the two species seem to have originally been created separate and are only truly related by the moves they learn. At this point, little is truly known about these creatures form an origin standpoint, but ongoing research will hopefully be able to reveal more about them in the future.
Baltoy possess an amazing sense of balance and are almost always seen balancing and spinning on their single small foot despite the fact that they have the Levitate Ability. While this balancing expertise is partially due to the fact that their bodies are built to balance perfectly, the mental concentration needed for such balance is easier for them to obtain because of their psychic powers. On occasion, though, Baltoy have also been seen spinning and balancing on their top-like heads; it is believed that Baltoy do this only when they are trying to solve complex problems, but some have been known to simply do it for fun. It is also noted that Baltoy are very social creatures and do not appear to be afraid to appear in front of other Pokémon or people if they really want to. This often makes them good partners for beginning trainers that live in desert environments, but it is still highly advised that trainers avoid taking their Baltoy near any others in the wild. When a Baltoy sees another of its kind, it quickly congregates with them and begins to cry noisily, trying to attract others of its kind; this noisy cry isn't strong enough to damage your eardrums, but it is extremely annoying and can cause massive headaches if heard for long periods of time, so avoiding the issue altogether is probably the best option that can be taken.
Although Baltoy are almost never seen outside of a desert environment, their odd appearance and interesting mix of attacks makes them a good addition to any team. While they may not be as hard-hitting as some other Ground-types, you can be assured that you will have some fun battling with these odd little tops from a defensive standpoint. Just be careful about taking one outside of a desert environment for too long if you don't particularly like the weather of their native environment; Baltoy have been known to randomly use the Sandstorm technique when they feel really homesick, and this likely not to go over too well with any neighbors you might have in the middle of the summer!