The Timburr Line

By Jo

Fighting-type Pokemon have always been pretty unique. While some are very visibly based off from certain animals, others are harder to place what they’re based off from. Timburr and its evolutions all have mammal-like features, though it isn’t exactly apparent what sort of mammals they might be based off from.

Timburr is small and has rodent-like features, as well as a body that is primarily grey in color. It has large, pink veins coming from its head, upper arms, and legs. It carries a large slab of wood under its arm. According to its pokedex entries, Timburr fight by swinging a piece of lumber around. Apparently when it can handle the wood without difficulty, it is close to evolving. They are known to appear at building sites and help out with construction. It’s said that they always carry their squared logs around. Timburr appears to be based off from a construction worker and possibly a carnie considering its clown-like nose. Its name seems to be a corruption of the word ‘timber’, a possible reference to what it is known to carry. The word ‘burly’ may also be part of its name as well, referencing its “muscles”.

Once Timburr reaches level 25, it evolves into Gurdurr. Gurdurr, like Timburr, is mostly grey in color, though does have large, veiny bands on its arms, shoulders, pectorals, and thighs. It carries an I-beam girder above its head and has some sort of curly hair. Its pokedex entries state that it is so muscular and strongly built that even a group of wrestlers could not make it budge an inch from its spot. They apparently strengthen their bodies by carrying steel beams about. They enjoy showing off their large muscles to other Pokemon. Like Timburr, Gurdurr seems to be based off from construction workers as well as muscle men carnies often shown in carnival and circus sideshows. Its name seems to be a corruption of the word ‘girder’, which means an iron or steel beam.

And finally, once it is traded, Gurdurr will evolve into Conkeldurr. Conkeldurr is largely built and sandy colored, not the grayish shade its pre-evolutions were. It has meaty arms and cords of muscle stretching around its arms like swimming floaties. It also has veins on its arms and legs and prominent ‘veins’ criss-crossing its back. According to its pokedex entries, it is thought that Conkeldurr taught humans how to make concrete more than 2,000 years ago. They use the concrete pillars that they make as walking canes. They apparently know moves that enable them to swing the pillars freely in battle. Conkeldurr’s savage appearance may have been based off from ogres of legend. Like its pre-evolutions, though, Conkeldurr’s design most-likely came from constructions workers and possibly musclemen carnies. It’s name seems to come from the words ‘concrete’ and ‘elder’.

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