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Baby don't hurt me by Bummerdude Baby don't hurt me by Bummerdude
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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TailsRox Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
ChungKeePanda Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
AW. That's so sad....

In a funny kind of way
TheStupidRaptor Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
This made me both laugh and cry.
TotalDramaFan90 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Poor thing =(
Plutonian-Frostmonky Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student Writer
poor guy...or girl....big snowflake thing?
Carnie-Vorex Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Maybe this pokemon is supposed to look pretty, glittering and all. It has to attract Meowths and Murkrows then.
Newaga Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is by far my favorite of your comics! I always see myself coming back :)
Pastel--Puppy Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cryogonal is kinda scaring me in those last two panels. I'm frightened for those Pidove and Drilbur and Minccino
Zman-666 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013 more....
ThisLittleSnowflake Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
This is so beautiful i__i
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