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Meganium (the Herb Pokémon) is an exceptionally rare Grass-type Pokémon found among grassy fields within the Johto region. Loved for their calming scents and miraculous healing powers, Meganium are interesting creatures that certainly take being both offensive and defensive to new levels of pain. They might not be able to severely damage heavily-armored foes, but it can't be argued that any unarmored foes will be feeling a little bit flatter after they experience the full brunt of these plants' Body Slam attack!

The members of the Chikorita family are unique in that their cellular structure, while primarily plant-like in composition, demonstrates features found only in animals. For one thing, the members of the Chikorita family possess distinguishable organs, such as a heart, stomach, brain and lungs, which plants obviously do not possess under normal circumstances. Secondly, these creatures possess animal-like forms that, aside from granting them advanced mobility for plants, allow them to deliver punishing physical blows with attacks like Body Slam later on in life; this is only surprising when one considers the fact that the only other plants capable of learning the attack are Tropius, and even then only because of their large size and similar body construction. From what can be told from genetic analyses, the answer behind these features is truly stranger than fiction: The members of the Chikorita family represent the only known case of animals turning into plants through natural evolution. From what can be told, it appears that the members of the Chikorita family mutated eons ago from herbivorous animals into plant/animal hybrids in order to adjust to local food shortages; as plants only need sunlight, water and a limited supply of nutrients for survival, such a drastic change does make some sense, if only by a stretch of the imagination. The reversal does not work, however, because advanced animal traits would take far longer to naturally develop within similar creatures than their genetics suggest; as such, the previously-mentioned hypothesis stands as the only plausible explanation.

Upon evolving into Meganium, Bayleef lose the parasitic tree shoots on their neck and instead develop a massive blossom. While they might still be able to utilize their blossom to deliver devastating Petal Dance and Petal Blizzard attacks, Meganium produce no pollen and are therefore only able to reproduce through traditional animalistic methods. Nonetheless, they still retain the ability to produce a potent fragrance from their necks, though it differs tremendously from that of Bayleef and in fact shares much more in common with that of Chikorita in that it has a calming and not an exciting effect. In battle, Meganium will often release vast quantities of this scent in order to dull their opponent's fighting spirit, thus giving them the chance to raise defensive walls with Reflect and Light Screen techniques before commencing with an offensive assault. It is also dually noted that the scent is potent enough to be used in aromatherapy candles and, as odd as it may seem, Meganium-scented candles are actually quite popular among people in the Johto region. What truly makes Meganium unique, however, is that they have the physical ability to revive dead plants with their breath. Unlike most plants, which breathe out oxygen, Meganium physically break down water and biomaterial taken in orally to produce a breath loaded with oxygen, carbon dioxide and many natural healing compounds that can effectively revitalize and rehydrate dead or dying plants. The exact process that takes place, however, is somewhat of a mystery and has yet to be completely deduced, as their life energy appears to play an important role in the process; until the functions of their life energy relative to their special powers are better understood, this ability can only be called an absolute miracle.

Although they might not have the offenses needed to deal considerable damage to many foes without the use of TMs or HMs, Meganium are nonetheless powerful combatants that can effectively combine defense with natural abilities to produce a devastating combination. With Petal Dance, Petal Blizzard and Body Slam attacks sure to leave a mark and a vibrant smell that can take off an opponent's edge, Meganium can certainly prove to be worthwhile opponents for trainers that don't know how to overcome simple defensive strategies. If you plan on facing these creatures head-on, make sure to bring a fighter with a move like Brick Break or Slash, because once these strange plants start raising barriers, you'll be hard-pressed to survive their onslaughts if you can't find a way to break the walls down!

Professor Wormwood
A report on the Herb Pokemon, Meganium. Enjoy.
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tailskofan999 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
i love my meganium(chikorita is my top fav meganium 2nd and bayleef last)
i usually teach my meganium body slam petal blizzard/dance(depends on generation,my fictional one knows petal blizzard tough)strenght frenzy plant and various other moves that suits her.

ps:i got my meganium in johto as my starter,she was a kind and caring chikorita but she grew up to be a nice meganium thats kind to everyone,but if you hurt her loved ones be sure to face her wrath,wich basically means shes gonna body slam the offender outside of that she is pretty harmless.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Professional Writer
I see...sounds like quite the partner. :)
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tailskofan999 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
yup
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
probably my least favorite gen 2 starter. it doesn't learn enough attacking moves
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Professional Writer
Agreed.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
:icontyploshionplz: FTW
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MWTM Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Professor Wormwood, what starter was your starter pokemon? My starter was a chikorita, whom I initially didnt want, but eventually sparked a wonderful friendship with her. Do Professors have to give up thier pokemon? I heard professor Juniper in Unova had a Miccino in her office, or at least that is what people tell me.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Writer

In the Johto region, my starter was a Totodile, mainly because Feraligatr are one of the strongest Water-type starters out there.

 

As for giving up Pokemon, certainly not; heck, I still have around a shiny Hypno (his name is Miguel) that served as one of my main fighters on my very first Pokemon team (the other members were a Charizard, Mr. Mime, Lapras and Farfetch'd).

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MWTM Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Okay. I was just curious. I had considered becoming a professor myself and was afraid I had to give up my team. Thanks for the clarification!
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Writer
Glad to be of service. :)
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ShiningRayWolf Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
In Plants VS Zombies, Meganiums would be a great asset for fallent plants. But in the end, doesn't that make those revived plants "zombies" themselves ? :iconphilosoraptorplz:

:iconweskerplz: Who cares, my zombies are winning !
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Writer
Hmmmmmm...things to ponder...
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ShiningRayWolf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
If a poison has an expired date... Does that makes it less poisonous or more poisonous ? :iconphilosoraptorplz:
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Writer
Less, seeing as that would mean that the toxins have broken down into harmless chemicals.
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ShiningRayWolf Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Thanks for the answer :)
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Writer
No problem.
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Kyuzeth Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
A very great job on the Chikorita family.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks; I'm glad that you enjoyed them.
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Kyuzeth Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Not a problem. :)
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MasterMitosi Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My Meganium's pretty tough!
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Writer
I would assume so. :)
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MasterMitosi Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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ShiningRayWolf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Meganium is a great supporter for any team. I would take this Pokémon anyday in my team over a Blissey !
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Writer
Defense-wise, definitely...but Blissey actually have a considerably higher base Special Defense stat.
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luccario8 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Through not much in way of Attack/Sp.Attack. Also, a well timed Drain Punch would wreck a Blissey as well as healing the opponent by a considrably high number.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Writer
Agreed.
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