Johto Starters and Evolutions: The Totodile Line

By: Jo

It’s small, blue, and has a rather big mouth. Totodile, the Big Jaw Pokemon, is the Johto region’s water-type starter. Totodile are known to be playful and silly, and always find the time to laugh at themselves as well as others. They enjoy biting on things and sometimes even end up biting their trainers too.

According to its pokedex entries, Totodile enjoy chomping down on anything that seems to move. At times, that includes its trainer. Though because of its well-developed jaws, it has to be careful because even a nip to them can end up causing a serious injury. Though it is small, it is considered ‘rough and tough’ which may be a reference to its skin. Totodile is the tallest and heaviest of all water-type starters. Along with Turtwig, Totodile evolves at the highest level a starter Pokemon can evolve at. Totodile is the only Pokemon able to learn Dragon Claw through breeding, though can’t learn it through TM (that was reversed in Generation V). Totodile is based off from a baby crocodile. Its name is most-likely a combination of the words ‘tot’ and ‘crocodile’.

Once Totodile reaches level 18, it will then evolve into Croconaw. Croconaw is a bit larger than Totodile and has a slight belly. Croconaw’s pokedex entries state that its teeth grow so that they slant backwards. It says that once a Croconaw bites down, the prey has no chance of escaping. If it were to lose any fangs while biting, they grow back in quickly. Croconaw evolves quicker than any other water-type starter and actually reaches its final evolution before any other starter. Like Totodile, it’s based off from crocodiles. The pattern on its stomach and the spikes on its head hold resemblance to what cavemen would wear. Croconaw’s name is most-likely made up of the words ‘crocodile’ and ‘gnaw’.

Croconaw evolves again not too long after once it reaches level 30 into a Feraligatr. Feraligatr is the tallest of all fully evolved water-type starters. In Pokemon Gold and Silver, its normal and shiny sprites had the same color covering its body. That was later changed in Pokemon Crystal. Feraligatr’s pokedex entries state that once it bites down, it shakes its head and savagely tears through its opponent’s flesh. Though it moves easily through the water, it doesn’t like walking on land as it hurts to walk on its feet. Still, it can get along on all fours quite quickly. In battle, it will open its mouth and show its opponents its mighty fangs to intimidate them. Feraligatr’s name lacks a vowel between the ‘T’ and the ‘R’ in its name because of the 10 character nickname limit. This reptile-like creature shares the same base stats with Blastoise, though the order of them varies. Feraligatr is based off from an alligator. Its name seems to be a mix between the words ‘ferocious’ and ‘alligator’.

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