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Baby don't hurt me



Out of all of the Pokémon designs I don't like, Cryogonal rests like a crown at the top of
said pile, and is probably one reason why the Gen V species has gotten a cold shoulder
from many fans. It's sprite is a garbled mess of geometric shapes and angles, along with a
cracked face that only a Regice could embrace. In short, it was a Pokémon I didn't expect to
get too involved with, and caught it for the sole reason of filling up another slot in my

Until I learned that it could be taught Attract. Now, Mew has been the first genderless
species to learn that Move since Gen II, as it can learn all TMs by default. Cryogonal, on the
other hand, has no such privilegie, and yet it can learn that move anyway. Despite the fact
that genderless Pokémon cannot attract opponents at all, regardless of their orientation.
Which is a bigger joke than this strip could ever hope to be.

Now, we could probably discuss for hours on end about how the move Attract really
function, but my take on it is that it's a psychological move, and not just dousing the
opponent with pheromones. This psychic link is what makes it difficult for the opponent to
attack during its infatuated state, and why it could easily backfire if it's also holding a
Destiny Knot (which never happens because no one uses those). Cryogonal would have no
understanding of the two gender roles due to a lack of its own, and so, it has no clue how
to manipulate either. But since it can still use the move, it means that it still attempts to get
a grasp of it, despite the impossibility to pull off. Which is straight up saddening.

With that said, I still don't like Cryogonal. But I just can't bring myself to hate it.


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