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    Default How can pokemon attack with elements?

    While observing the posts on the Delibird Thread, I had this question - how can a pokemon attack with elements? I'll take the starters for example

    How can Torchic blow Fire? Does it have a gas stove inside it?

    How can Squirtle shoot a lot of Water when it has such a small body?

    How can Snivy use Leaf Storm when it only has one leaf on its tail?


    I know the games have PPs - thus, after we use the moves for a certain amount of times, we can't use them anymore.

    But the question is, how do they acquire the elements? How do they restore it? How do they attack with it?

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    Queen, at this rate you're gonna overheat my brain from overthinking these interesting points of yours XD

    Honestly, I have no idea :p

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    This one can't be explained scientifically, I'm afraid—the only explanation is magic.
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    It's shorter to list what actually makes sense in the games rather than what doesn't.

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    It's like asking Goku how the hell he creates a Spirit Bomb out of no where.

    It's probably like Qi or something, just with elements...
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    Sometimes they explain it in their Pokedex information, such as several Fire Pokemon having body temperatures that exceed anything a normal animal could live through. I know they've said in the anime that Pikachu's red cheeks store electricity that has built up inside of it.

    I wouldn't exactly call it "magic" though. Pokemon are just creatures that have special talents for elemental powers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force Fire View Post
    It's like asking Goku how the hell he creates a Spirit Bomb out of no where.

    It's probably like Qi or something, just with elements...
    I had once suggested that all these elemental attacks were a result of life-energy being given an elemental overtone, kind of like the nature transformations of chakra in Naruto. Obviously, it didn't get quite popular.

    But I still stand by it, there's a life energy (regardless of whether its aura or not) that Pokemon manipulate, and these energy take on elemental overtones.
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    There are animals that can blow fire, give electric shocks, etc. but in Pocket Monsters it's just a lot more powerful, because it's a game/anime. It's like trying to explain "hammer space".
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    I've come across this question numerous times and my theory on this is that Pokemon seem to draw in the elements from other sources by means of a magical ritual. Moves like Fiery Dance and Rain Dance are a perfect example of how they summon the elements to the battle ground. So a Squirtle that uses a Hydro Pump is actually summoning the water from the sea, or from the water in the air to perform an attack.

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    They probably do it the same way as in Naruto, just without the finger signs:

    Numel used "Fire-style! Flamethrower attack!".
    Numel's chakra has developed enough to allow it to evolve into Camerupt.
    Camerupt used "Earth-style! Fissure attack!"
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    Default Re: How can pokemon attack with elements?

    They probably do it the same way as in Naruto, just without the finger signs:

    Numel used "Fire-style! Flamethrower attack!".
    Numel's chakra has developed enough to allow it to evolve into Camerupt.
    Camerupt used "Earth-style! Fissure attack!"
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    I believe that pokemon are creatures with a unique kind of DNA that allows them to use the powers of earth and the universe to manifest different supernatural powers. But there has to be a connection with nature or any elements for it to occur.

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    Pokemon use something in their DNA to draw materials or energy for their moves from a parallel universe filled with VoidEther. Pokemon also use this to heal themselves, and go there for a nanosecond when they Teleport. (This is speculative)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glitchipedia View Post
    This one can't be explained scientifically, I'm afraid—the only explanation is magic.
    Stop right there!

    Water: the Pokémon uses quantum tunneling (physically possible) to get the water from the sea.

    Fire: two glands produce chemicals that ignite when they come in contact with each other.

    Electric: Muscles with a material attached that can produce large amounts of static electricity, limbs are non-conductive.

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    Guys, guys, guys, you're over-thinking this. The truth is, everything that you see happen is a carefully engineered effect using common items. Hyper Beam? Just a spot light. Flamethrower? A Zippo lighter. Explosion? Fertilizer and a match. Water Gun? It's just spit. Vine Whip? It's actually a green blanket. But Pokéfeelings are easily hurt, which is why these "attacks" work.

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