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Porygon (the Virtual Pokémon) is an exceptionally rare Normal-type Pokémon found primarily among research laboratories only, though they are also quite popular among major Game Corners worldwide and are found in the wild in the Sinnoh and Unova regions on rare occasions and possibly the Hoenn region. As the first artificial Pokémon created from computers, Porygon are fascinating creatures that truly tread the line between the living and the non-living, making trainers love them, loathe them or simply scratch their heads in response to their existence. If you plan on battling with one, try not to focus on complex strategies too much, because unfortunately for trainers, these strange critters were never designed to exceed their programming!

Although they are commonly billed as the first artificial Pokémon, the members of the Porygon family are actually the most recent additions to this artificial world; it is true, however, that they were the first Pokémon created through computer technology. As every person familiar with computers and robotics in general knows, motions and actions seen within living organisms can in fact be replicated by taking them down all the way to a code or basic command; in the case of current computer technology, this common code is referred to as binary. By implementing the correct lines of codes in a sufficient amount of time, a machine can replicate and even improve upon the actions of a living thing, even to the point of thinking like one. In the mid-1990's, a group of researchers working under Silph Co. decided to attempt to create a computer program that could not only think and act like a living creature, but could also live outside of a computer module. By combining the efforts of the world's greatest programmers with recent advances in virtual reality and primitive 3D-printing technology, these researchers were able to create what is arguably the single-greatest advancement in computer technology yet: Porygon.

In stark contrast to other artificial Pokémon like Magnemite or Voltorb, Porygon and its evolutions are able to exist in the real world as pure Normal-types because they were essentially built from nothing but computer code. While their computer-based construct gives them access to an interesting array of moves (including Recover, Psybeam, Signal Beam and Zap Cannon), the two moves that make Porygon and their evolutions truly amazing are the Conversion and Conversion 2 techniques. These two techniques play off of the original programming of Porygon, which was designed to be adaptable to nearly any type of computer system, by allowing the user to change their type in response to certain attacks. Conversion allows the user to change their type to match the type of one of their known moves, granting that move in question a boost in power (if it's an attack); conversely, Conversion 2 changes the user's type into one that is either resistant or immune to the type of attack it was last hit with. In addition to these moves, Porygon and their evolutions can potentially possess an exceptionally unique Ability that only they and the legendary cyborg, Genesect, are known to have: Download. In essence, this Ability works to capitalize on the opposition's weakness by raising these creatures' Attack stat when their opponent's Defense is lower than their Special Defense and raising their Special Attack in the opposite case. Lastly, since every member of the Porygon family was designed individually as final evolutions, the Porygon family represents the only family where every single member is capable of learning both the Hyper Beam and Giga Impact TMs. All in all, the members of the Porygon family are built to play both an impressively offensive and defensive game in almost every situation, making trainers lucky enough to obtain one better off than most others.

Since Porygon were the first members of their family to be created, they are also the most limited in terms of battle potential and power. Porygon are able to transfer their physical form into a computer as a stream of binary in a fraction of a second, granting them free access to the technological world surrounding them; unfortunately, this has also made them a popular choice for hackers, as they can easily infiltrate unprotected systems to deliver nasty viruses at will (this is due to the fact that Porygon are not specifically equipped with firewalls but are nonetheless immune to basic computer viruses, thus enabling them to act as carriers). Porygon are essentially reliant on nothing for survival, not even requiring air or a proper degree of pressure to exist; it comes as no surprise, then, that many Porygon were bought by NASA shortly after their creation for use as exploration drones in outer space. Unfortunately, while Porygon do hover naturally and can use a variant of the Magnet Rise technique to produce an anti-gravitational field, they are unable to fly; this is further exacerbated by the fact that Porygon refuse to go into space at all, an error caused by a fault in their logic code that prevents them from recognizing outer space as physically existing and therefore traversable (this logic fault was corrected in the Porygon2 program, but the correction led to its own faults as well). What makes this issue and similar ones particularly difficult to deal with is that Porygon cannot be reprogrammed by current technological means. When the original Porygon was created, it was encapsulated in a copy-protected data file (which keeps others from activating or otherwise altering the program code of Porygon without an authorization code) in order to prevent rival researchers from stealing the project; this data file was never removed from subsequent generations and, while it does prevent anyone from simply hacking together a virtual-reality simulator and downloading a Porygon for their own use, it also means that Porygon are impossible to improve upon without the use of 'digital' evolution.

Despite their setbacks, Porygon are impressive creatures that shockingly demonstrate how easily life can be replicated with the right ambitions and technological abilities. They might not be the most conventional of fighters or even easy to find, but if you ever do get the chance to obtain one, don't miss out on the opportunity. You may have to train them a while until you get exactly what you want out of them, but don't think that makes them pushovers in the least; even with limited programming, these veritable Swiss army knives can certainly prove that there's more reality in cyberspace than meets the eye!

Professor Wormwood
A report on the Virtual Pokemon, Porygon. Enjoy.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
i thought team rocket made these
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Professional Writer
Nope.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
"we WHERE trying to make something like this, the result...wa an horrible abomination of space and time... only known as MISSINGNO!"-joe
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Professional Writer
Yeah...you guys screwed up pretty badly with that one...
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
"damn primitive 90s tech"-joe
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Writer
Yeah...
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
:icony-u-noplz: 90s tech... Y UNO MOAR ADVANCED!?-joe
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Professional Writer
Well, the latest advancements in science have given us Porygon-Z, so things really haven't gotten much better.
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tailskofan999 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
i love porygon,he is so cool^^

ps:i usually teach my porygon sharpen conversion signal beam and psybeam among other attacks that suits him.
pps:my porygon was created by a contact i have in silph co who gave it to me,hes quite calm but love to enter my videogames cyberspace,it makes me laugh whenever he freaks the main character of a videogame out whenever he enters their game out of nowhereXD
ppps:i have contacts in all the regions ranging giovanni and dr charles(he was a surviving scientist that was working on the mewtwo project) of the disbanded team rocket-archer of the disbanded neo team rocket-maxie and archie of the disbanded team magma and team aqua-the go rock quad-the leader of the now disbanded team dim sun(cant remember the name)-gonzap of the former team snagem-miror b of the former team cipher and that blue haired guy that is one of greevils sons(cant remember his name)also from cipher-cyrus from team galactic-n and cress(i dont remember whether or not that was his name) of team plasma-one of the societea-nobunaga from the ransei region and lysandre of team flare,i also has contacts in the various corporations(some of my contacts are former criminals and others have always been law abiding people)its not all of my contacts wether criminal former criminal or always law abiding but it is some of them(miror b being an old friend of mine)
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Professional Writer
I see...fascinating...
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tailskofan999 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
yup
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LittleNudibranch Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student General Artist
If Porygons are made from nothing but computer code, why is it possible to breed one with a Ditto...? :?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Writer
Ditto can change their genetic form to replicate any type of life-form, even if it might not technically be a living creature.  Blame that on the strangeness of Ditto and not the members of the Porygon family...
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LittleNudibranch Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm well aware of Ditto's weirdness. O_O
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S0FT-C00KIE Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My brother's Porygon-Z recently lost its virgi- :O ahem! What I meant to say, was that I had it and my Ditto produce a new Porygon in the Day Care for me. I'm not sure how you hatch a computer program from an egg, but... so what? :shrug: It's so cute! I traded it to myself in Pokemon Pearl to give it the Up-Grade I had there, then traded it back to myself in Pokemon HeartGold to evolve it to Porygon2! :D I think that made it happy, because it said that Porygon2 seemed happy to see me. :blushes: Aww, it's so cute...
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moonstoneface Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I think the egg is a Digiegg (to crossover digimon :P)
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S0FT-C00KIE Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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moonstoneface Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
I thought about that too!!!!! Yay Voyager!
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Writer
How cute; it certainly sounds like an interesting bundle of joy. :)
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S0FT-C00KIE Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it's very sweet. But... now I feel nervous about using my brother's Dubious Disk to evolve it to Porygon-Z.
Because from what I read in your Porygon-Z report, the malware infection essentially gives it the computer program equivalent of Tourette syndrome. And just imagining my cute little Porygon2 going through what I showed you in :iconhugo-h2p:'s picture, is kind of unsettling.
And then of course, there's the fact that :iconthegreekweegee: denounced Porygon-Z as an abomination, which makes me feel even more guilty about wanting to use the Disk.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Writer
Well, the choice is up to you. It's power versus stability for this evolutionary path.
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TipsyRa1d3n Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I beg your pardon, but I have a question.

I'm attempting to do a report on Porygon as of now. So far I've figured that their goal was to make an AI computer system that could physically exist but I'm kind of confused about its actual compositon.

My theory: Inside it are nanotechnologically-composed components which give it a "brain" of some sorts, a weapon module where its head is, and nanowires to transmit commands. I figured that these connect to light emmitors that come into contact with "sheets" which effectively trap and "harden" the light. As well as being able to break down its components and travel in a computer system but something tells me this theory is off.

If you can see what's shaky about this theory, I'd be happy to correct it, cuz Porygon's a CONFUSING Pokemon.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Writer
To be honest, Porygon and its evolutions do not have an internal anatomy. That's the brilliance of their design; they are little more than pure AI-programming brought into the real world through advanced AR and hologram technology. In a sense, they are little more than a giant computer file that has been brought to life; that's also why every single member behaves in almost the exact same fashion, though variances do start to occur once you get to Porygon2 and Porygon-Z.
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TipsyRa1d3n Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
....:iconconfuzzledplz:

Thank you! Even though I'm still a bit thrown off! ^^;

Not that you werent helpful of course! But I'm just still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that computer data can exist in our world as something other than 2 dimensional...stuff, like pixels on our computer.

I always thought there was some kind of device inside it that hardened light, but MAN, I am wondering how they do that without one!
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Writer
It's hard to understand, yes, but in a sense, Porygon are just extremely advanced holograms encoded with AI technology. It's as simple as that, taken to the point of physically altering matter to create a physical body.
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S0FT-C00KIE Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconmutitus::iconsaysplz:In a sense, Porygon are just extremely advanced holograms encoded with AI technology. It's as simple as that-
:icons0ft-c00kie::iconsaysplz:Holograms? But you can touch them!
:iconmutitus::iconsaysplz:...taken to the point of physically altering matter to create a physical body.
:icons0ft-c00kie::iconsaysplz:Oh.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Writer
It's a hard concept to grasp, I know.
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Swagga252 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
intresting report, also a group of porygon live in white forest as well, they are the only porygon that can be found in the wild.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Actually, there are probably several populations of wild Porygon out there; considering their world-wide distribution, it wouldn't surprsie me if there are several places where they have been released into the wild.
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Pfaccioxx Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011   General Artist
Porygon are VERY interesting, beings, thare functions may be quite limited (unliss you upgrade thim to V2), but even so thay are fascinating
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Writer
I couldn't agree more.
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Pfaccioxx Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011   General Artist
:)
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Jphyper Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Copy-protected? Don't you mean write-protected? The facts that more were made and that it's breedable with a Ditto seem to indicate it was quite copyable. However, write-protection presents other problems. If Porygon was indeed write-protected, then it wouldn't be able to learn anything beyond the moves it had when it left production.

Instead of copy- or write-protection, it probably has some sort of security system that only allows authorized Sylph Corporation employees access the root data. Clearly this security isn't perfect, as evidenced by the existence of Porygon-Z, but it does explain how evolutions were made possible.

Also, it is not true that changes are impossible. Its natural level-up moveset has changed quite a bit over time. As with most Pokemon, it has gained new moves and lost old ones with each new generation of main-series games. This indicates some form of upgrades.

This is a really good article for generating some discussion.
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ShiningRayWolf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
There was a time where a Porygon embarked a group of kids and a man into a computer program. From what I understood, the anti-virus of the computer detected them and tried to destroy them (its weapon was in the shape of a missile). One of the kid ordered his Pokémon to destroy it, causing the surounding to flash in many colors, like a seizure. I don't know what happened next, though.

Oddly enough, Porygon can produce eggs with a Ditto. I guess it's how much Porygon can replicate real-life things. :)
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Indeed; that incident, in my opinion, is better left forgotten...

While Porygon are man-made, they are not completely 'mechanical' (due to being constructed out of computer code); in physical terms, they are more like Geodude than they are Magnemite.
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Aquatic-Knight Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Thank You, my friend! Where do you get all this info on the creation of several pokemon?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Personal research and a few close 'contacts'; knowing a lot of different people tends to pay off in spades. :)

I'm glad that you enjoyed it.
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Aquatic-Knight Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
So you dont know everything, but your contacts make it seem like it. The best contacts I have are gym leaders and elite for of the ghostlier variety.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Writer
I see; that's where the issues lie, then. I have close contacts in many parts of the world, most of which have been involved in...less than pleasurable organizations in the past. As such, I have access to data that few others do, such as information behind the Mewtwo Project...
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Aquatic-Knight Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Maybe I should talk to some of my older contacts.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Writer
You never know what could turn up. :)
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Aquatic-Knight Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
What could turn up?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Writer
You won't know until you start sniffing around.
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Souledge-master Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
while i can easily accept the fact that there are many pokemon that we havn't descovered yet, it took me a week to wrap my head around the fact that porygons were just computor codes.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Writer
When you combine computers with virtual reality, anything is possible; Porygon proves that fact without a doubt. :)
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MasterMitosi Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my faves! I use mine to teleport myself to a virtual world: Lyoko.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Writer
I see; sounds like fun. :)
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MasterMitosi Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep!
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