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Houndoom (the Dark Pokémon) is a rare Dark/Fire-type Pokémon found among forests within the Kanto, Sinnoh and Kalos regions as well as the Unova region on rare occasions. Dangerous to approach on even the fairest of days, Houndoom are menacing beasts that will gladly burn and devour anything foolish enough to stand in their way. They certainly might not be made to take much in the way of physical punishment, but the last thing you'll ever want is to go toe-to-toe with one of these beasts without plenty of protection against fire; don't expect any Burn Heals or berries to make much of a difference after these hounds are through, because if you ever get burned by them, you might as well consider it a permanent scar!

Upon evolving into Houndoom, these creatures finally gain access to their full array of Dark and Fire-type attacks (as well as the ability to learn the Thunder Fang attack with some practice) and instantly become devastating contenders on any battlefield. Aside from being able to strike with powerful moves like Crunch and Foul Play, Houndoom are particularly noted for their devastating Fire-type attacks and, perhaps more importantly, their distinctive 'toxic flame'. Like Houndour, Houndoom allow the toxic gases that build up from failed combustion to sit in their mouths in order to give them a slightly septic bite, but their manipulation of these toxins goes far beyond what their pre-evolved form could ever hope to accomplish. Instead of merely spewing out the rancid smoke that comes from their incomplete combustion, Houndoom inhale the gas back into their combustion chamber and allow it to sit there until needed; when Houndoom become exceptionally angry, they channel their frustration into then churning this gas and infusing it into the walls of their combustion chamber in such a way as to transfer the toxins present in the smoke directly into their flames, in turn making them the only Fire-type Pokémon able to naturally spew poisonous fire. In most cases, this does nothing if it strikes an armored enemy; if the flames actually come into contact with soft flesh and leave a burn, however, the toxins in the flame will be infused directly into the singed flesh and will remain there even after the skin heals, constantly inflicting terrible pain until death in some cases. Only the immediate and complete removal of singed flesh can prevent this sort of permanent pain from being inflicted.

As with Houndour, Houndoom are natural pack animals and are effectively unmatched in terms of coordination abilities because their cries are delivered at abnormal frequencies that are indecipherable to creatures outside of their own family. Moreover, the cries and howls of Houndoom are often considered to be among the most frightening of things one can hear at any time of the day, as it is almost a sure sign that a pack of these beasts will soon appear to ravage any prey they can get their teeth on; not surprisingly, this has led many people to see their 'evil' cries as a signal from the Grim Reaper himself. Since they are effectively adults and no longer have to worry so much about limited combat abilities, Houndoom often times bicker amongst themselves and actively fight for both entertainment purposes and for mating rights. The most highly-valued purpose of fighting among the species, however, is actually for the title of pack leader. Houndoom take great pride in their abilities and will sacrifice everything they have for the title of pack leader, as it not only allows them to lay claim to food reserves before anyone else but it grants them the same rights during mating season. While it usually doesn't do trainers much good when confronted with multiple Houndoom in the wild, it is fairly easy to tell which Houndoom is the pack leader as their horns will be raked back far more shapely than the others (it is believed that this is due to hormone changes that occur after they apparently become pack leader, though a full anatomical explanation has yet to be created). If the pack leader is taken out before any of the others, the chances of the remaining Houndoom stopping what they were doing and initiating fights with one another is quite high, but doing so is also at the risk of facing tremendous retribution from the remaining members as well. Overall, Houndoom are extremely dangerous to approach in the wild and should be avoided at all costs regardless of a trainer's skill.

It is lastly noted that Houndoom is one of only 46 species of Pokémon known to be capable of undergoing Mega Evolution. Tightly holding on to a Houndoominite, Mega Evolution radically changes Houndoom by forcing the growth of massive, bony extensions of their skeleton across their chest area and along their spine as well as considerable growth in their horns and a significant upward twist to their growth direction. The bony material now protruding from these beasts’ body is thicker than the rest of their bones and more than capable of resisting direct attack from just about any type of move, especially in regards to physical attacks. Despite the extra weight that this gives to Mega Houndoom, their muscles are also more well-developed in this form so they are more than capable of pulling the extra mass with little problem; moreover, they are able to make much more efficient use of their internal flame sac to scorch opponents in battle and tend to be a bit more ferocious than they already are initially. In terms of stats, this mutation within Mega Houndoom slightly increases their base Special Defense stat, moderately increases their base Speed stat, considerably increases their base Special Attack stat and critically increases their base Defense stat. In addition, the new outgrowth of bone material is different from the rest of the beast’s skeleton in that it can absorb and convert thermal energy it picks up from the heat of sunlight, granting these beasts the Solar Power Ability and in turn making them a dangerous beast to approach both at night and in the middle of an otherwise sunny, pleasant day.

Despite their lack of physical durability, Houndoom are vicious canines that can more than just sink their teeth into any opponent that dares to underestimate their vigor in battle. With impressive intelligence and a poisonous flame that all but the most heavily-armored of opponents fear, Houndoom are certainly the worst enemies you want to face without some serious type advantages on your side. Do yourself a favor and try not to fight with one of these beasts without giving them a cocktail of chemicals to neutralize their toxins; otherwise, you might find yourself paying for a few unnecessary hospital bills just because some trainer is foolish enough to fight with an unarmored Pokémon!

Professor Wormwood
A report on the Dark Pokemon, Houndoom. Enjoy.
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:iconcomannderrx:
ComannderrX Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
i would have liked if mega houndoom had 3 heads, then i could nickname it cerberus
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Professional Writer
Yeah...that should be kept to monsters like Hydreigon...
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
i guess...
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yuseizinski Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Houndoom is a very unique Pokémon. Even with all of the new discoveries in the last few years, Houndoom remains the only fully evolved Pokémon with the Dark/Fire type combination. And its Mega Evolution hits like a thermonuclear weapon in the sun, especially after a Nasty Plot.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Professional Writer
Indeed it does, provided that the opposition is not too fast for it to keep up.
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yuseizinski Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
And said opponent must have good endurance; otherwise, it will EASILY be knocked out.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Writer
Agreed.
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yuseizinski Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Also, said opponent CANNOT be weak to Fire or Dark attacks.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Writer
Of course.
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cas20 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014   Writer
Their poisonous flame is very dangerous, I had my Houndoom use Flamethrower on a Grizzly Bear to save a Pokemon Trainer once. He did not get hit but the bear got the full blast.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Writer
I feel sorry for the bear...
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:iconcas20:
cas20 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Writer
I do too, I regret that decision so I am doing research on a way to scare bears away using sound waves at a frequency they only hear.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Writer
Now that's the ticket; good show. :)
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:iconcas20:
cas20 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Writer
And my lab is the perfect place for testing, the centerpiece is a tower with 10 restricted access storage floors, 11th floor is a Public Observation deck with separate scenic elevator access and three mechanical floors for housing equipment.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Writer
I see...quite the fancy setup you have there...a lot more expensive than the lab I work in, but I guess I prefer working in modest conditions as long as my technology is state-of-the-art.
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:iconcas20:
cas20 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014   Writer
It used to be a hotel tower back in the 60's, except it went out of business when a family of bedbugs checked in, and multiplied like crazy.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Writer
Ah, yeah...bedbugs will ruin just about any establishment...
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demonhunter987 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Very nice report this is my favorite fire type though I never was able to catch one myself my father who had been a fan of pokemon as long as me had one and she was a wonderful pokemon, When my father grew ill she never left his side till a day before he passed. She is with me now and has been for three years I truly think we both helped each other through the roughest of it I may not have raised her but I know she won't be leaving my team, she'll be with me till either her or I cannot adventure and battle anymore.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Writer
I see...sounds like quite the loyal partner. :)

And thank you; I'm glad that you enjoyed it.
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Jordan171998 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Writer
Is it possible for Houndoom to not use the toxins?
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Writer
Yes, but it takes patience and skill to train them not to do so, especially if you have not raised them from a Houndour.
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Jordan171998 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Writer
Ah okau.
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starbutterfly7 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
My houndoom tries to eat my slurpuff, telling me that he looks like a giant smore, but actually he's a big puppy, and never uses his toxic flames.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Writer
I see...well, good for everyone nearby, then. :)
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Freelancer1989 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
a pokemon that breathes toxic flames omfg ..... that is just... wow... that's a new one. I had no earthly idea that anything could do something like that. I'm completely dumbfounded by that. :o

That certainly makes Houndoom pretty unique, never heard of a flame that can do that...
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Writer
It definitely is a rare sight to see in nature, but it nonetheless makes Houndoom powerful beasts beyond what their stats alone demonstrate.
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Freelancer1989 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Yeah... that is quite the unique characteristic. Reminds me of Freeze Shock and Ice Burn (though they belong to a legendary and are much more powerful than a Flamethrower or Fire Blast). Its kind of a shame that doesn't play out in the games, that would make Houndoom quite the unique fire-type, aside from it having a mega form. Granted, I think it gaining a mega form was a much appreciated upgrade.

While I personally prefer Arcanine over Houndoom, they're both great Fire-types. But having that "toxic flames" play out in the games, that might give Houndoom something to make it stand out among its fellow Fire-types
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Writer

Indeed, and I agree; at least Mega Houndoom has a chance of surviving a few blows in battle before fainting.

That is true, though Arcanine is still a far superior canine overall as a result of its wide move pool via TM/HM.

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:iconcas20:
cas20 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013   Writer
Very interesting report, I wonder what kind of toxins are in their flames?
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Writer
Probably some basic acidic compounds; nothing too special, but has the effect of making a flame stick and burn straight into the deeper layers of skin.
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:iconcas20:
cas20 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013   Writer
Oh wow.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Writer
And since the toxins are within the flame itself, it in turn burns the acidic compounds deep into the flesh, creating a festering scar that can continue to sting and cause great pain for the duration of one's lifetime in many cases.
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cas20 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013   Writer
Geez, and there's no cure?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Treatment can involve removal of the toxic burn, but given how deep in the skin it is, it can lead to complications involving skin necrosis (if the toxins are brought back to the surface and accidentally spread to healthy tissue surrounding the scar) and sepsis.  It can be cured, but it is very costly and the recovery afterwards leaves one medically vulnerable and in excruciating pain for a significant amount of time.
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Soleviatis Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These canines are really interesting. Back in Johto I've met one, that was a pack leader and he seemed to work with the others for the police. When fighting a group of criminals and their Pokemon he got in trouble because his team was faced with a bunch of Krokorok and a Krookodile. Just in time I got to the fight and thanks to Feraligatr we turned the tides of this battle. After the criminals finally got arrested I had a conversation with the trainer of the Houndoom. It was an officer who had just a few days going on before retirement.

He told me how he wanted his loyal partners to leave the whole crime fighting scene behind and how their leader kept refusing this. Then I was offered to take Hades (that's his name since he led the pack) along with me. At the start he was uneasy with the new situation but upon fighting the first criminals together with my team he got used to it. Hades knows how these guys work and he's been a great help since then.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Writer
Sounds like quite the interesting partner. :)
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Soleviatis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He certainly is and he also goes rather easy on criminals. Only upon a serious threat would he use the toxic properties of his flames, whereas other situations still end up painful for his enemies but not with the livelong kind of pain. Since he tends to have high amounts of toxic gases within his body I thought about teaching him a Poison-type move, as he might have a talent for these. Indeed he knows how to make good use of a Sludge Bomb. Other than that he has Flamethrower and Dark Pulse at his disposal. While not used as often he'll always do the Nasty Plot technique whenever the opposition leaves him unchecked. Worked quite well so far and the Mega Evolution will put this to the max. :)
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Writer

I see...very interesting...

Lucky you getting such a powerful specimen, then. :)

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:iconsoleviatis:
Soleviatis Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This sure will make him happy to hear. :)
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Writer
I hope so. :)
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TotalDramaFan16 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I was tracking a Houndoom for about a week or longer, once I had her cornered she shot Flamethrower at me
It grazed my right arm
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Writer
I see...sorry to hear about that...
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TotalDramaFan16 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
its was'nt so bad
I Caught her anyway
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Writer
I see...well, good for you. :)
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Libertades Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, enough foolish? I think being four years old doesn't count when that happened; a Houndoom bit my mounth, of course it was an awful problem, I will never forget that.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Writer
I see...sorry to hear that...
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:iconlibertades:
Libertades Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That thing just came from nowhere... if the owner hadn't stopped him I would probably not be alive...
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Writer
I see...well, we all have moments sometimes. I once had a steel pipe driven right into my spine. If the blow had been half an inch up, it would have broken an important vertebrae and effectively killed me.
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ShiningRayWolf Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
One-headed Cerberus, I see :)
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Writer
Indeed. :)
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