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Groudon (the Continent Pokemon) is a legendary Ground-type Pokemon believed to be somewhere beneath the surface of the earth.  Almost never seen by human eyes, Groudon is a wondrous beast that has long been believed to be the creature responsible for the creation of the continents.  Although little is known about the creature in terms of biology, what's most evident is this creature's power; when it comes to legendaries, this beast of a monster is one of the mightiest!

Long ago, when the Earth had just been formed, only four Pokemon existed: Arceus, Giratina, Palkia, and Dialga.  After some time, it seems that the planet itself had begun to live (in a sense), and from within its deepest depths, two new Pokemon emerged suddenly: Kyogre and Groudon.  While Kyogre created the oceans upon its birth and became eternally tied to them, Groudon was born from the Earth's mantle and was equally tied to the land.  Groudon, in an act of defiance, used its powers to raise huge sections of earth from the bottom of the sea, forming the first continents; this upset Kyogre greatly, as it felt that its territory was being violated.  The two fought with great vigor, wracking the planet with their waves of destruction and contempt.  If the fight had continued on long enough, the planet would have torn itself apart; however, intervention from a third deity proved to be the Earth's saving grace.  From out of nowhere, a monstrous dragon was born from the sky: Rayquaza.  Rayquaza descended from the sky and, with a single cry, calmed the two deities below.  Exhausted from their battle, Kyogre and Groudon descended deep into the Earth (Kyogre into a deep-sea trench and Groudon into the mantle) and fell asleep, hopefully never to awaken again.  This is the legend held in Hoenn mythology as the explanation behind these creatures' existence, but in truth, it is actually unknown where or how these beasts came to be.

However, we do know that this peace was not meant to be; over the millennia, Kyogre and Groudon have reawakened numerous times to reignite their battle, only to be calmed by Rayquaza time and time again.  The last time before their most recent appearance, humans were lucky enough to not only witness these beings clashing, but to also find remains of their flesh scattered among the ocean and the ground, in addition to a single scale from Rayquaza; from these, they crafted three types of orbs made from solid glass, each infused with the power of their associated deities.  As early humans soon found out unexpectedly, these orbs held the power to awaken the deities from their slumber…but they could not control them.  As such, they kept the Red, Blue, and Jade Orbs hidden from the sights of outsiders within their native land, now known as the Hoenn region.  It is noted that they did not keep their knowledge of the creatures completely within the region, though, as on the outskirts of the Johto region, they built a magnificent tower that was said to once reach the sky.  Today, the Embedded Tower has mostly fallen to pieces through time, but it still represents an important part of their culture.  The Embedded Tower did indeed once reach the sky (and is still rather tall), but it is also built on top of a cliff and it reaches all the way down into the ocean; as such, it essentially unifies land, water, and sky.  Some say that the three orbs are somehow connected to the tower, but the reality of their importance is still under debate.  This mystery is only made worse by the fact that most of these orbs have been lost in history, in turn leaving the secrets behind their power to decay and disappear like the Embedded Tower.

While the Jade Orb in the Hoenn region has remained under relatively close care, the Red and Blue Orbs recently made national headlines when two conflicting groups, known as Team Aqua and Team Magma in the Hoenn region, attempted to use the two orbs to control both Kyogre and Groudon for their own nefarious purposes.  However, Archie and Maxie (the respective leaders of Teams Aqua and Magma) soon found out that the orbs could only awaken Kyogre and Groudon, not control them; as a result, Kyogre and Groudon began to resume their eternal struggle for dominance, and modern civilization was thrown in between them.  Thankfully, a resourceful young trainer managed to climb a local monument, known as the Sky Pillar, and awakened the mighty Rayquaza from a deep slumber; when Rayquaza let its mighty cry ring out in the presence of the two deities, they calmed down.  Rayquaza then returned to the Sky Pillar for a short time and then to the ozone layer, its only home, and has only been seen clearly on one other occasion since.  Both Team Aqua and Team Magma disbanded afterwards, and neither Archie nor Maxie have been seen since; both Kyogre and Groudon, however, are still active today and continue to live within the planet, both far from asleep and far from each other's presence.

Groudon, as the living essence of the land and the interior of the planet, specializes in super-heating the air around it in order to intensify the effects of the sun's rays, in turn allowing it to dry up any body of water on the land.  This incredible power is so strong that it seems to happen automatically within Groudon's presence and has thus been recognized as a unique Ability, Drought.  Groudon's true power has remained somewhat of a mystery due its elusive nature, but from what little information is available, it is clear that this creature possesses amazing physical strength and is more than capable of taking blow after blow without even flinching.  Groudon is also noted for being the heaviest Pokemon known to exist, which really isn't too surprising considering its association with the earth.  What makes Groudon truly unique, however, is its diverse array of moves; besides Ground-type moves, Groudon also possesses the powerful Solar Beam attack and is the only non-Fire-type Pokemon able to learn the Lava Plume, Fire Blast and Eruption attacks naturally (all of which are amplified by its Ability).  This array of techniques essentially allows Groudon to easily face and hurt Kyogre despite a type disadvantage, which is probably why the two have gone undefeated despite multiple conflicts.  Groudon makes the entire inner Earth and the continents its home, but it dwells where no others can: within the deepest reservoirs of magma beneath the Earth's surface.  In these areas, the pressures are too great for Pokemon like Slugma or Magcargo to exist and the heat is enough to melt all other types of Pokemon; as a result, unlike Kyogre, Groudon lives completely alone.  This is probably for the best, as Groudon is often recognized as violent and uncaring towards the existence of other life forms; this is likely because life began in the oceans and not on land, leading to some obvious resentment.  As a result of its isolated lifestyle, Groudon has not been seen since the incident with Teams Aqua and Magma.  However, a failed Groudon clone has appeared in recent times.  During the Millennium Comet Incident, a scientist who formally worked for Team Magma tried to create a Groudon clone using a fossilized section of its hide and the power of another legendary Pokemon, Jirachi.  Unfortunately, the experiment did not go as expected and instead of a true Groudon being created, a demonic mockery was formed; this manifestation of pure evil attempted to suck the energy out of every living thing in its path and there seemed to be nothing capable of stopping it.  However, thanks to the heroic actions of a young trainer, the Jirachi involved was given enough time to power up and launch its Doom Desire attack, destroying the fake Pokemon completely.

It is likely that we may never have the chance to witness this monster's true power, but for the sake of water-dependent life forms such as ourselves, this is probably a good thing.  With the highest base Attack stat and base stat total out of all Ground-type Pokemon and a devastating Ability capable of literally scorching the planet dry, it goes without saying that Groudon is an impressive deity unrivaled in on and within the land.  Whether or not this titan will ever openly show itself to the world again is anybody's guess, but one thing is for certain: If it does, you can bet that a few jugs of water aren't going to save you at all from this beast's earth-shattering might!

Professor Wormwood
A report on the Continent Pokemon, Groudon. Enjoy.
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Ink-of-Ice Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now when I'm preparing for the Hoenn journey (OmegaRuby), it's good to know what I'm hunting, eh?
Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional Writer
I couldn't agree more. :)
Ink-of-Ice Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm aiming to capture him... and since he's a giant, I gave it the name Hrungnir. Suits the violent titan well.

I wonder if I should attack his neck, would that be his weak point... since this colossus must stand at least 60 meters tall! Should I get his servant Regigigas for back up first? Notice the irony...
Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Writer
At the moment, I think few could say for certain...
Ink-of-Ice Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh well, just in case...

(Grabs a sword for sharpening and a map of Sinnoh.)
Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Writer
Ink-of-Ice Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I witnessed something f*cking awesome - A Groudon emerged from an ocean! And we caught it - Me and my team. Oh my god all the fireworks...!

Just... how could he have swam all the way from Kalos... :confused: 
Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Professional Writer
I see...well, good for you.

And legends can certainly move in mysterious ways...
Kiranta Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
I know a Groudon that lives under the ranch I own. While I was having my ground types to help dig a water well, they found a cavern. I went down to investigate because a cavern might mean fossils, and to my surprise, I came face to face with a Groudon. But the one I met looked way different than the ones that have usually been reported. This one looked far more ancient, the black lines on it were glowing like lava was flowing beneath its skin. Despite it's fearsome look, it was actually a gentle giant and happy to have some company. I took a small DNA sample, with its permission of course, and decided to compare it to another Groudon DNA sample my cousin had sent me. I compared the two and found the one I had was slightly different, it had one gene the one I compared it to didn't. I checked and it turns out this one was not just a Ground type, but a Ground/Fire type! I think I stumbled onto an ancient form of the Groudon.
Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Writer
Interesting...I am highly doubtful of such a claim, but this sounds like an interesting encounter nonetheless...
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