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Houndoom (the Dark Pokémon) is a relatively rare Dark/Fire-type Pokémon found among forests within the Kanto, Sinnoh, Kalos and Alola 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, as they are constantly being massaged by the intense heat that radiates from within their bodies; moreover, they are able to make much more efficient use of their internal flame sac to practically reduce opponents to ash with their fiery breath in battle, and they 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 turn, Mega Houndoom gain the highest base Special Attack stat out of all non-legendary Dark-type Pokémon. 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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cas20 Featured By Owner May 18, 2017   Writer
A rabid Houndoom somehow snuck onto my research ship while I was in the bow thruster room with a repairman when this thing glared at us, timed the door handle perfectly. The watertight door slammed onto the Houndoom killing it instantly. Nobody was hurt miraculously.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Professional Writer
Geez.....what a shame...but at least no one was hurt.
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cas20 Featured By Owner May 19, 2017   Writer
Yes, we were also wearing special suits which would have protected us from their venom.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Professional Writer
Good to hear.
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cas20 Featured By Owner May 26, 2017   Writer
But still, scary situation.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Professional Writer
Agreed.
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cas20 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017   Writer
Good thing our containment system worked.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Professional Writer
Indeed...
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zviewer21 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
During my trip to kalos I caught and raised a houndour all the way to a hound doom "effective fire/dark type". Named it Carl, surprisingly friendly during its houndour stage and it only got more friendly as it evolved... still not the type of pokemon I leave alone with small kids (obvious reasons). Carl gets along with Guppy (incineroar) rather well... probably due to them having the same type combination.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Writer
I see....well, he certainly does sound like an interesting partner.
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Flare-the-Night-Fury Featured By Owner Edited Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me and two other people were running from a pack of Houndoom but one of them didn't attack us. Instead, it helped us and attacked the other Houndoom. But he seemed more powerful than the others. He had a move a little similar to Night Daze but it looked like a fire type version and wasn't quite as large. Can you please explain why he went against the other Houndoom and why was he so powerful?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Professional Writer
It is likely that it was part of a different pack that was merely absorbed into the pack that attacked you; it's not an uncommon practice among the species. It probably didn't feel that much pack loyalty and saw you as an innocent bystander and not a direct threat.

Given your description, it may have been the alpha from a smaller group and was allowed to join the pack even though opposing alpha males are usually killed during pack absorption. It likely has learned how to amplify its attacks by more readily combining its thermal and negative-energy-based attributes.
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raptor92921 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
I have a team of Houndoom with the strongest being the one holding Houndoominite. I have trained them and my team of mightyena for search and rescue. My search and rescue team always consists of at least one Houndoom. Their sense of smell is amazing.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Professional Writer
Indeed it is.
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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I heard tales of a legendary, very powerful Houndoom that seemed to be much more like a ghost in it's abilities...

Some say it's a vicious monster out for blood...some however report that it attacks and goes after wicked people to bring them to justice...

Have you ever heard this before?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Professional Writer
Hmmmm...I don't believe that I have.
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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
They call him...

The black dog. 'Black Shuck'.

Sometimes, it is said to be a being of malevolence, sometimes, it is said to be hero that protects and defends innocent life from wicked people...
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Professional Writer
Interesting.....sounds very.....folk-tale-like...
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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Very true...

And we know Houndoom sometimes can have a soft spot for weak and defenseless creatures at times, despite their fearsome reputation...
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Writer
Well, in some cases, at least.
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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Very true...
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soulreapingalchemist Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Houndoom appears to have bony, shackle like growths on its legs, and they seem to snap apart when Mega Evolved. Is there a reason behind this feature?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Professional Writer
I would say that they are probably reabsorbed into the body to contribute material to the large bony outgrowth that is formed on their upper chest in Mega Evolving.
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MaskedManWithTheRedX Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear there is a anti-venom or something that makes the pain from the burns go away?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Professional Writer
Not unless you completely remove the flesh and force it to regrow from scratch.
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tailskofan999 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
houndour is my favorite of his line despite houndoom and mega houndoom being cooler(mega houndoom 2nd houndoom last,i dont like houndooms that much thanks to them looking like some kind of devil dogs,but houndour is ok)
i usually teach my houndoom fire fang crunch flamethrower foul play thunder fang among other attacks that suits him
i got my houndoom as an houndour at night on the route south of ecruteak,he was such a cool guy as a houndour,but now as an houndoom he is more intense and serious leader type,in battle he gives no mercy unless ordered to and there was one time after he was freshly evolved that he accidently burned an jumpluff and the poor jumpluff was hurting for days until they managed to remove the damaged tissue wich has regenerated a week afterwards(i paid for the pokemon center bill,and apologized to both trainer and pokemon)it never happened since tough since im more careful with houndoom in battles nowdays,despite being all serious no nonsense and intense towards others he is kind of a male tsundere towards friends and so kind and playful like a growlithe whenever we are alone with each other(so that neither his reputation nor his pride be damaged,its also to avoid embarrasmentXD)
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Writer
Quite the partner, I would say.
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tailskofan999 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
yup
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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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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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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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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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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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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Writer
I feel sorry for the bear...
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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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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Writer
Now that's the ticket; good show. :)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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