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Latias (the Eon Pokémon) is a legendary Dragon/Psychic-type Pokémon found in places all around the world, though only on rare occasions. Traveling in small herds and staying hidden from humans most of the time, Latias are beautiful creatures that are always willing to lend a help to Pokémon in need, even at the risk of their lives. Few trainers are ever lucky enough to see a Latias in their lifetime, but if you have a good heart and a kind spirit you have no need to worry, as you're almost guaranteed to see one before your time is done!

Latias possess a special type of down that naturally refracts light, in turn allowing them to stay hidden from sight almost 100% of the time. Although their movements can still be detected by radar, this is rarely ever an issue because they almost never appear near humans or even other Pokémon; unfortunately, this has in turn essentially made any studying of their social patterns extremely difficult if not entirely impossible. However, it is apparent that they possess some control over the functionality of this down as they can subtly cover it up with their other feathers in order to reveal themselves; in addition, Latias can utilize their psychic powers and their special down to actually change their appearance in the eyes of humans (as the human eye and the eyes of most Pokémon function by taking in light reflected by objects). Under combat situations, Latias can even combine this down with their natural psychic powers to produce an energized ball of down capable of damaging and restricting the special powers of an opponent (this attack, known as the Mist Ball attack, is completely unique to Latias). In this way, Latias can often travel and even live among humans for extended periods of time without ever being noticed; however, their one weakness in this scenario is that they lack the ability to actually speak in a human language. Instead, Latias communicate with people through telepathy. Despite this handicap, Latias are incredibly intelligent and are perfectly capable of understanding human speech. Furthermore, Latias are much like humans in that they are highly sensitive to emotions. If they sense any hostility in an individual, Latias will ruffle their feathers and cry shrilly in order to intimidate their enemy; if that doesn't work, they resort to running away in order to preserve their life. Not surprisingly, this also means that Latias tend to avoid cruel or mean-spirited people and instead prefer to live among kind-hearted people that they can trust with their secret in case it were to ever be revealed by accident.

Latias seem to share an interesting connection to Latios that goes beyond reproduction in that the two never interbreed. Latias and Latios tend to stay by themselves in separate herds, but every so often a pair will break off from their respective groups and decide to live together; not as a couple, though, but in more of a brother-sister relationship. This has proven to be an extremely difficult circumstance to understand, as it does not explain how Latias and Latios are born; Latias are always exclusively female while Latios are exclusively male, yet they are not capable of breeding with each other. This mystery has plagued scientists for many decades, but it appears that a study in Switzerland may have revealed part of the shocking (and perhaps grotesque) truth. Close analysis of the genomes of Latias and Latios have revealed that, while Latios are automatically born sterile, Latias are not; in fact, they are more than capable of producing eggs…but not with other Pokémon. This could mean that Latios are simply genetic abnormalities created due to the reactivation of normally-deactivated genes within the Latias lineage that alter the structure of their sex chromosomes, which might explain why Latias and Latios usually travel in separated herds. The most shocking revelation, however, is that there is one particularly type of organism that Latias could potentially breed with without encountering the issues normally associated with trans-species reproduction: humans. Despite how ridiculous it may sound, this would not only explain why Latias prefer to remain among themselves and humans but also why they are predisposed to react so strongly and human-like to emotions; until more evidence can be brought up in support of this hypothesis, however, the true answer behind the reproduction of Latias and Latios will remain a mystery.

In addition, there is one other particular object of interest that needs to be addressed in regards to both Latias and Latios: the Soul Dew. Soul Dews are exceptionally rare items that are said to be formed from the crystallized remains of Latios souls after the creatures' bodies die; while this has not truly been scientifically proven, the nature of Soul Dews is so mysterious that it nonetheless makes one pause in consideration. Imbued with mysterious power, Soul Dews are guarded by their owners and caretakers around the world because there are not many left; as written history has shown, most have been discarded or destroyed in ancient times because their significance was never considered. While little is known about them, Soul Dews do have one exceptional effect: When a Latias or Latios holds a Soul Dew, its Special Attack and Special Defense automatically increase by 50%. Although their true origins may be questionable, this at least proves that the items are somehow related to the creatures.

It is further noted that Latias is one of only 46 species of Pokémon known to be capable of undergoing Mega Evolution. Triggered by the presence of a held Latiasite, Mega Evolution does not change the overall anatomy of these creatures very much but it does nonetheless make them far more of a threat in battle than ever before. In Mega Evolving, these creatures change color and size considerably, altering from their normal red coloration to purple and changing the structure of their front limbs into giant, makeshift wings. These structures do not add much in the way of additional flying expertise, but they do provide much more stability than normal in flight and in turn enable Mega Latias to soar high up in the sky even where the air might otherwise be turbulent or stormy. The reason why this change takes place in this fashion is not fully understood, but the strange purple coloration of their Mega Evolved state at least demonstrates that they and Latios without a doubt directly related genetically, seeing as it is a blending of their color patterns. Interestingly enough, if trainers have access to an item known as an Eon Flute and have the ability to make a Latias Mega Evolve, they can ride their Mega Latias high into the clouds and soar high above the ground, even where most Flying-type Pokémon prefer to stay away from due to turbulence. As such, they can serve as useful agents of transportation and do not seem to mind acting as such as long as the trainer summoning them is someone they feel that they can trust. In terms of stats, the act of Mega Evolving moderately increases Mega Latias’ base Attack and Special Defense stats and considerably increases their base Defense and Special Attack stats; in turn, they gain the highest base Special Defense stat out of all Dragon-type Pokémon (tied with Goodra). These creatures might not be extremely unique on their own, but there is no doubt that they are far stronger than your average Latias and are more than capable of putting their full power to the test when called upon in battle.

While Latias and Latios generally remain outside the viewing pleasure of the media, there is one recent event involving one of each species that should be mentioned: the Alto Mare Incident. The port town of Alto Mare is a beautiful resort town well-known for its intricate canals and homely atmosphere, but what most people don't know is that the town was once almost completely destroyed by a massive tsunami and a sudden attack by prehistoric Pokémon like Kabutops and Aerodactyl; the town was saved by the timely intervention of a sole Latios, though, which used its own power to stop and destroy the forces threatening the city. This so drained the creature of its life energy that its body died, leaving only the crystallized remains of its power behind in the form of a Soul Dew. Afterwards, the people of Alto Mare built a powerful weapon (the Defense Mechanism of Alto Mare, or DMA) that would protect the city in case such a crisis were to happen ever again; although the device was designed to utilize the Soul Dew as a power source, because it was never used, both the machine and the Soul Dew faded into history. 13 years ago, however, after the city's annual Tour de Alto Mare (a human-and-Pokémon swimming competition designed to give thanks to the great guardian that saved the city long ago), a pair of spies from the former criminal organization Team Rocket (known only as Annie and Oakley) attempted to take the DMA and use it as a weapon by capturing both of the descendants of the original Latios (a Latias and Latios) and using them in combination with the Soul Dew (all of which had been under the care of a local boat maker and his daughter) to activate the ancient machine. Unfortunately, the situation escalated out of control when the Soul Dew was used for too long and finally broke, causing the machine to go out of control and generate a massive tsunami capable of swallowing the entire town. Thanks to help of a few visiting trainers, however, both the Latias and Latios were freed, in turn allowing the Latios to do what its ancestor had done. This sacrifice deactivated the DMA and saved the town from destruction, but the massive loss in energy caused the Latios to die, leaving only a Soul Dew behind in its demise. Records of events following the incident, particularly involving the now sibling-less Latias, have been kept under close wraps by locals, most likely in an attempt to completely bury the town's history in case someone else were to reactivate the DMA again.

Although little might be known about their true lifestyles or social structures, it cannot be denied that Latias are beautiful and magnificent creatures. With an impressive variety of unique techniques and a kind nature sure to make just about anyone feel welcome, Latias are strong fighters that won't be afraid to take on opponents if they have to and will do so gladly. If you happen to be that opponent, be prepared for the worst; they might seem too delicate to do much damage, but you would be surprised to see how dangerous one of these elegant creatures can be if made uncomfortable!

Professor Wormwood
A report on the Eon Pokemon, Latias. Enjoy.
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:iconsoleviatis:
Soleviatis Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It sure is great to have a Latias as partner. For some reason Shiwayasa prefers using her Mega Evolution to do battles as opposed to soaring high in the sky. Then again she's quite the competitive one so that might be just natural. Maybe I should teach her to be a bit more calm in fights, as she tends to overdo it and thus gets in trouble sometimes.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Writer
Well, if you want to, but I say an ambitious battle spirit is never a wholly bad thing. :)
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:iconsoleviatis:
Soleviatis Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That might be true, yet I must teach her to go a bit easier in friendly competitions. ^^;
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional Writer
Well, yes, I can agree on that.
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Tdbreslawski Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014   Artist
the dma.....my god.......that thing.....that thing is like a hyper condensed ultimate weapon. ugggh.......anyways, i'm actually friends with a latias. when we first meet i was wondering around Alto Mare, i actually noticed someone fallowing me, and thinking i did something stupid that they took severe offence to, i buggered off. next thing i know i'm running off and not looking where i was going, i ran right through a wall. not in the traditional "destroyed" run through. i think that latias and latios might have a much less powerful version of the ability a zorua has. i say a zorua for comparative purposes, as it was deffinatily nowhere near a zoroarks level. but next thing i know i feel the wind rush by, and being the stupidly naive person i am, i walked into a hidden garden and actually meet the stranger again, only to find out from a nice girl who was playing with the other pokemon there, that it was latias. after that a lot of seemingly cartoon events happened and we ended up as good friends. we even ended up running off a erupting volcano together, laughing so stupidly the entire time!.....and please don't think i mean running as in on the ground. we jut flew off and booked it!
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Writer
I see...well it certainly sounds like one heck of an adventurous encounter. :)
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:icontdbreslawski:
Tdbreslawski Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014   Artist
quite!.....though.....she does act.....oddly sometimes. i've even convinced her to go into a pokemon center a few times, and they say she's as fine as they can tell.....you know, since it's not everyday someone brings in a possibly near extinct species......what're your thoughts on it?
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional Writer
What exactly do you mean by "oddly"?
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:icontdbreslawski:
Tdbreslawski Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014   Artist
um.....welp, odd behavior, flying oddly, and just straight up acting a bit like a untrained gardvoir at times..... not to mention that she has a weird tendency to hug me from behind.........one time she nearly sent me sprawling off a cliff side by back huging me........ it's even weirder when ever i'm around my gardevoir, lucario, zoroark, and even my best friends lopunny (she wasn't around when the whole "mega" incedent happened, just so you know) it's serriously odd.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional Writer
Well, it sounds like that it is just very affectionate. :)
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:icontdbreslawski:
Tdbreslawski Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015   Artist
please tell me you don't mean more to that.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Professional Writer
Your mind went there first, not mine.
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CerisBeech Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student Writer
One of these recently joined my team-I didn't have to fight it or anything and it had a mega stone with it. She has a strong emotional bond with me...should I be...concerned...about this, given what you say in your report? If this is possible, as you say, could it be possible with others?
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Professional Writer
If things happen, they happen; what can I say? It could certainly be possible with others, but I couldn't say without observing her behavior firsthand or at least getting a full account of her behavior.
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:iconcerisbeech:
CerisBeech Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Writer
She seems to truly enjoy my company and often does like to play with me, with isn't too concerning...until she starts appearing to me in human shape...which is when...well...she tends to try to seduce me.
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:iconcerisbeech:
CerisBeech Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Student Writer
She liked to...appear as alluring to me as possible in her human shape...
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:iconcomannderrx:
ComannderrX Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
maybe she just wants you to f**k her, i dunno
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:iconcerisbeech:
CerisBeech Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Student Writer
...It certainly seems that way. I am unsure of what to do...
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:iconcomannderrx:
ComannderrX Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
im not sure either
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:iconcerisbeech:
CerisBeech Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Student Writer
...Indeed...although she is very kind-hearted to me and is quite affectionate...

But do I accept this or reject it?
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KirlianaFeynman Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Great article Professor!
I got a few questions for you:
1. If Latios cannot breed, how do their genetic mutation still occur in the gene pool. If the genotype of a species cannot be passed on, it would be eradicated from the gene pool because of its weakness
2. Why do Latias need to breed with human?
3. How is the first one conceived anyways?
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Writer
1 That is an error on my part; I have changed the report to better state this issue. What I meant to say was that Latios are possibly created due to the random activation of normally-deactivated genes that control the structure of sex chromosomes, potentially mutating a Y chromosome into an X instead. This is still highly speculative mind you, but this seems like the best explanation for what has been observed so far.

2: The nature of the above genes may be why Latios are sterile and in turn incapable of breeding with their 'siblings'. We don't know why humans were chosen as the next closest candidate, to be honest...in all truth, it may just be more about personal emotion than biological need, but at the moment, we don't know for certain.

3: If we knew that one, it would answer all of the above questions. Sadly, finding patient zero at this point may be all but impossible without a seriously large genetic sampling...
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:iconcomannderrx:
ComannderrX Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
wait a second... latias can breed with peope? WHAT THE FUCK!
alo what is ths DMA thingy this article mentione?
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Professional Writer
I know that it sounds strange, but that seems to be the conclusion that collected data indicates...

DMA stands for the Defense Mechanism of Alto Mare, a weapon that could be used to protect the city, albeit in a fairly menacing and destructive way.
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:iconcomannderrx:
ComannderrX Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
but... thats simply impossible!!
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Professional Writer
Not impossible; just improbable.
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:iconcomannderrx:
ComannderrX Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
has there been any recorded instances of something like this
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Writer
Yes there has been, which is why we know this to be true.
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:iconcomannderrx:
ComannderrX Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
where are the records for such things?
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Writer
They are everywhere; you just have to take the time to look for them.
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:iconcomannderrx:
ComannderrX Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
ive studied the genetics of this pokemon,and it seems that its apparently capable of mega evolution. is that true?
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:iconcreator-of-chaos:
Latias are strange but wonderful creatures and to see them in motion or even battle is breath taking. I recommend it to any trainer to go see them atleast once in there Life Its well worth the experience. Not certain about owning one tho....I befriended one (not caught) a year or 2 back and to this day I'm still not sure weather its a good thing. Calling herself Leaf She's fun and friendly but like's getting me in trouble, plays tricks and is constantly drinking my teas >.> whenever she decides to show up (Between her and Mawile I rarely get hot drinks). Leaf Has helped me out of a few badspots tho and will be accompanying me up mt silver when I set out to climb it which I'm thankful for. How she new I was going there baffles me especially if her claim of flying from the otherside of kalos to reach Johto is true. Might just be another example of there telepathic powers

One thing I will say tho there Psychic power especially there ability to disguise themselves and hide among humans are incredible even when injured so you never really know. Wish I could learn more about there social patterns, why they choose to associate with certain people and ignore others but I fear I will never know :(. Atleast I have honour of knowing Leaf I guess
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Writer
Indeed, and you should be proud of it.  The relationship between Latias and humans is still a strange one with a lot of unanswered questions, so don't feel bad if you find it a bit confusing; everyone does.
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:iconcreator-of-chaos:
Thanks. You are right about the confusion but regardless leaf is wonderful to have around when she shows up. Just a tad to excitable sometimes but never a dull moment. Perhaps part of the relationship with humanity could just be simple curiousity? We are both sentient creatures after all and many of our creations would inspire intrigue. But nothing is ever really that simple and there sheer psychic strength and secretive natures are testament to that. Oneday leaf may tell me something or she'll keep playing tricks on me. I'll keep you updated either way

Good report :P

BTW I heard from a friend in heonn that there capable of mega evolution. I wonder what a mega evolved latias would be capable of?.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Writer
Indeed...curiosity is a powerful force...and thank you; I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

And we may find out sooner than you think...
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:iconcreator-of-chaos:
I guess we will. Tho Im not sure giving an excitable latias a mega stone is such a good idea. Who knows how she would react. But we will see
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Writer
Agreed...
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:iconcreator-of-chaos:
Welp not only can latias mega evolve my Lati friend Leaf somehow got a mega-stone and she wants me to use it even tho she is technically wild. Not sure what the reaction could be but she wants to try it. Wish me luck cause I'm gonna need it 0.0 
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Writer
Indeed I will; let me know how the flight goes. :)
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IgelFullmetal Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aparently, recent studies have reported latios and latias may be capable of mega evolution.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Writer
I have heard such as well, but I am waiting for additional information before I make an official statement on it.
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:iconcas20:
cas20 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013   Writer
Nice report. Alto Mare is a beautiful city.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Writer
Indeed it is...and thank you.
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:iconcas20:
cas20 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013   Writer
The waterways make it easy for my Lifeboat Tenders to dock.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Writer
I see...
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Prometheus-II Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
One other thing. Based on my time with Jet, I've picked up a few tidbits of information. I've come up with a hypothesis to solve the Latios-Latias breeding puzzle. Latias can actually breed, genetically speaking, with Latios. However, Latios are sterile. From small bits of info I've picked up from Jet, when Latias and Latios have "become partners," an act which takes around 100 years-hence their name as Eon Pokemon-their combined psychic powers actually change the DNA of Latios just long enough for it to become fertile. I don't know what happens after.

Jett's giggling telepathically as I write this, so either I'm completely wrong or she's the equivalent of a teenager in sex ed.
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Writer
Well, it is certainly a strange and misunderstood form of reproduction, and it is likely that it will remain a mystery for some time until more data can be gathered.
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:iconprometheus-ii:
Prometheus-II Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
I am apparently really lucky. Did you know that if you expose a Soul Dew to specific radiations as you'd find if trade energies were Dragon-type, you cause the Dew to effectively become a homing beacon to Latios and Latias? Well, I'm guessing Latios as well; Jet tells me it was like a magnet for her at least. She was the only one around, she says, and her Dragon Pulse shut down and nearly shattered the Soul Dew.

Now, my question. I know Latios and Latias are both capable of hypersonic speeds. So, could a skillful Latias using Aerial Ace create a poor-man's SonicBoom technique to go with it for increased damage?
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Writer
I see...interesting...

And I suppose so, though it is doubtful that the effects would be the same due to its abnormal execution style.
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:iconprometheus-ii:
Prometheus-II Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Fair enough.
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