This exercise should come as little surprise after listening to last week's episode. It was all about using D&D monsters in a way that is more akin to Pokemon, so the question is where do some of the most memorable monsters rank in the evolutionary scale. I have used some of my GoogleFu to get a gauge on what would be some of the most memorable monsters that could be, and here is a list fo some:
Grab one from this list, or any monster you think of that inspires you and decide a few intersting Pokemon type things!
Where is it in terms of evolution? Did it evolve from something, or can it evolve into something else? If it has evolved or can evolve was it from a known creature, or are you inspired to make the evolved form of a Displacer Beast!? What is it's type of creature? Where can it most commonly be found and captured?
I think I am going to have to take the mimic! Because they are just too awesome.
I think mimics would be at the bottom of the evolution at first, based on the size of things they can disguise themselves as. Also, I just think they would be the BEST for low level Monster Hunters to encounter and try to train. (Just a the mental image of a guy throwing a pokeball at a bench is hilarious to me).
I think that mimics would evolve into various things the more you train them. Starting out as simple things like drinking fountains and chests, but would eventually grow into larger and larger objects. For instance, it eventually could turn into a full-size wagon at its higher evolutions. Offering utility, as well as having built in security. The other option would be for the mimic to be able to attune itself to an element (like Eevee) and be able to turn into specifically objects that are imbued with those types of properties. Like a fire mimic would disguise itself as an inviting campfire for travelers to rest at and then BAM the fire turns out to be a giant mouth and eats you.
It would have to be a psychic type monster due to its ability to manipulate your perception of the creature. Or (as I mentioned above) the element changes based on which type of things the mimic will be turning into. It would be found close to the starting areas of the world, and would live near human settlements. Mainly because it knows that it can disguise itself as things humans would want and would have easy prey when dealing with new hunters.
"That dragon...the big one....I am going to surf down its back."
Man it is hard to come up with pre-evolutions that don't feel like babies. But here it goes.
Holden: A small crab like creature that looks like just the top half of a beholder jaw, and it walks around on stalk legs that are capped with teeth like talons. On its top of its body is 3 short swivel eyestalks. It's gaze causes hold person.
Beholder: As its mid evolution
Beroamin: Has the central eye and mouth of a Beholder, but it is twice the size and not eyestalks. The eyestalks have detached from the main body and have grow to half the size of the central eye. They float independently (though still under the bodies control) and look bubbly and foamy around the eye.
I was inspired by the Rust Monster. Rather than treat that as a Pokémon (such an un-Pokémon-like name), I'm using it as a template.
This requires a new type (Rust) which will be almost exclusively good against steel. I envision it as being super effective against steel and immune to steel moves. I sadly am several editions behind, so I don't know all the types. I would welcome a more complete map of effectiveness by the more-informed pokémaniacs. Obviously, it is also a bug-type.
Smallest form, Rustling: a small, millipede-like Pokémon. It leaves spots of rust wherever it walks. Middle evolution, Corrosion: Standard Rust Monster, as we are used to it. Final evolution, Aerudo: Stands on hind legs now, think Centaur/Drider only more cockroach-like.
Roughly 1 in 100 chance of catching in lower levels of caves. Cannot be caught outside.
Most of its attacks are debuffs to attack and defense.