Wooper’s new evolution was inspired by a seriously messed up lizard

Wooper’s newly developed form is inspired by one of the strangest species of lizards in Spain. The Paldean regional variant of Wooper is a noticeably browner version of the well-known amphibious Pokemon. Unlike the normal version of Wooper, which is a Water/Ground-type Pokemon, Paldean Wooper is a Poison/Ground-type. It also evolves into an all-new Pokemon – Clodsire, which is described as a “Spiny Fish” Pokemon. While the normal version of Wooper evolves into Quagsire at level 20, Paldean Wooper evolves into Clodsire at level 20.

A strange bit about Clodsire concerns the spines that occasionally protrude from his back. The Pokedex notes that when these spikes come out, Clodsire “risks everything”, but doesn’t elaborate. This is likely a reference to the Iberian ribbed salamander, a lizard native to Spain and Portugal with sharp ribs that can pierce its skin when attacked. The ribs actually serve as a defense mechanism for the salamander, as the salamander begins to secrete venom when the ribs break through the skin, turning them into rudimentary stingers. Basically, when a predator clamps down on a salamander, the salamander’s ribs will break through the skin and pierce the predator’s mouth, poisoning it. The nature of the newt’s immune system and ability to heal means that the newt takes remarkably little damage when its ribs literally break out of its body.

For those interested in getting a Wooper that doesn’t evolve into a self-damaging landfish, players can get a normal Wooper in Cascarrafa. A girl offers to trade a Paldean Wooper for a normal Wooper named Manchester. This Wooper evolves into a Quagsire as normal, although Quagsire is not required to complete the Paldean Pokedex.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is now available for purchase on Nintendo Switch. You can read our full review of the game here.

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