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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
pokédex.

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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:iconrandomemaster360:
randomemaster360 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, now I feel bad for the little snow flake :(
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:icontailsrox:
TailsRox Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Ditto 
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:iconchungkeepanda:
ChungKeePanda Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
AW. That's so sad....

In a funny kind of way
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:iconthestupidraptor:
TheStupidRaptor Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
This made me both laugh and cry.
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:iconhungryscorpion:
HungryScorpion Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Poor thing =(
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:iconplutonian-frostmonky:
Plutonian-Frostmonky Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student Writer
poor guy...or girl....big snowflake thing?
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:iconcarnie-vorex:
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.
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:iconnewaga:
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 :)
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:iconpastel--puppy:
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
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:iconzman-666:
Zman-666 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
...no more....
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:iconthislittlesnowflake:
ThisLittleSnowflake Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
This is so beautiful i__i
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:iconask-shadow-zorua:
Ask-Shadow-Zorua Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
true dat T-T
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:iconrobloxlittle:
robloxlittle Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
i thought ditto and chansey were genderless.
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:iconxteamstarr:
xTeamStarr Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ditto is genderless, but because it can transform, it can transform into the OPPOSITE gender of pokemon, allowing it to breed with even genderless pokemon. (Legendaries are the only pokemon who cant breed with ditto, though)
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:iconrobloxlittle:
robloxlittle Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
then why doesnt it have sex with ditto?
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:iconxteamstarr:
xTeamStarr Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ikr? Cryogonal can always fall in love with ditto.
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:iconrobloxlittle:
robloxlittle Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
maybe it doesnt like the pimky purpley colour it has :o
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:iconxteamstarr:
xTeamStarr Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:iconcryogonalplz::iconsaysplz: Maaayyybeee....
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:iconrobloxlittle:
robloxlittle Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
YOU PINKIST BITCH!
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:iconbigbluaceg4:
BigbluaceG4 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Don't fret, Cryogonal. You've always got Ditto!
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:iconwoodfencer:
woodfencer Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's a pokemon?
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:icon12luigi:
12luigi Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay wow your so good with words your comic strips are amazing
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:iconmenialmunk:
MenialMunk Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
So sad.
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:iconbummerdude:
Bummerdude Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Just like life.
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:iconproject-heavy:
Project-HEAVY Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
deep
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:iconbummerdude:
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
word
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:iconkohaku-dono:
kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
I actually kind of like Cryogonal. But I also agree with everything you've said.
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:icontakisan111:
Takisan111 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Ditto might understand. But then again, Ditto is a whore.
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:iconoogiansun5:
Oogiansun5 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Yep,almost every pokemon on my white 2 has bred with it.
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:iconmenialmunk:
MenialMunk Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
lul
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:iconcrystal-of-ix:
crystal-of-ix Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:cries:
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Garvals Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Digital Artist
PS: Also love how you made its face look like an evil robot. I googled his original artwork and it has ^_^ - like face.
meh...your's cooler. And adds some more "dramatic personality" to this genderless poke-being.
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:iconbummerdude:
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Yeah, making it seem happy would have severaly ruined the atmosphere. Was one of many challenges behind it!
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Garvals Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Digital Artist
One of your best pages ever.
I loved just to sit here and think about Cryogonal life. How he floats around...seing pickachus or psyducks having sex and watching it with a stone-cold face.
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:iconbummerdude:
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Some fates are worse than death.
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:iconfizzyice:
FizzyIce Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Cryogonal is the best pokemon in existence (way more better then pikachu) and it is not "a garbled mess of geometric shapes and angles" It is based on a snowflake WHICH lot`s of people find beautiful. Cryogonal are loved by each other AND can produce eggs. It has wonderful glowing eyes and a cool ice crystal mouth. I love Cryogonal and have one in my party.
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:iconbummerdude:
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Good of you to have a favorite pokémon, not many are as decisive. Although the fact that it's based on a snowflake didn't escape me, I'm afraid my opinion of its sprite remains the same, but that's entirely a preference of my own which shall have no effect on your own personal taste. They can only make eggs with Dittos though, but your guess is as good as mine when it comes to how it behaves with its own kin.

Thanks for the fave and comment!
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daft667 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
"Cryogonal will never understand." Hilarious and a little sad.
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:iconpika-seizures:
Pika-Seizures Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I always enjoy your comics because not only are they funny, but they bring up very interesting points about the Pokemon world that give me a new perspective
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:iconbummerdude:
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Warms my heart. Thanks!
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SombreAria Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
TM45; Why you taunt Cryogonal, so?!
You teach how to attract...no-one... It's almost like Silph Co is trolling Cryogonal by making said Technical Machine.

It's like Umbreon with Syncronoise...
The only difference is, Cryogonal is my favourite of it's type...& Syncronoise is an egg move...
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:iconbummerdude:
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Ahaha, I didn't know that about Umbreon. Doubt I'd make a comic about it, but it's humorous enough as it is.

I hope you didn't feel that this strip beat down on Cryogonal more so than other pokémon in other strips. The point was to illustrate the nonsense of it all, and not that Cryogonal is a bad choice.
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SombreAria Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Well Shedinja can learn Final Gambit...
Yush, a 1HP Kamikaze attack, that'll hurt so much.[/sarc]

Don't worry, I know what you meant. I found it rather funny as such, which why I fave it.
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Crystalitar Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i must admit; everytime the opponent send it out. i forgot wich pokemon had that name, this one is one of the most worthless designs ever...

also, an ice crystal with a mustache?, they should have replaced tha mustache!
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darachusi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   General Artist
I think of them like molecules. The net positivity and negativity polarities of their steady-states; that's their "orientation". Sometimes they get repolarized or depolarized; that's like crushing on someone. Or sometimes they just happen to 'want' to condense together as a team to precipitate, or lower their effective energy state and thus gain stability; that's like a group hug. So maybe cryos don't feel "love", in that biologically or emotionally-complex way that other organisms do, but in a molecular, binary, push-and-pull way?

I like your theory on the psychic link aspect of Attract. Maybe Attract is a lot more insidious than any of us initially thought. Maybe that move stimulates obsession, or madness, in any opponent. I'm thinking the Reapers from Mass Effect; indoctrination. Attract could be a less... absolute form of control.
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:iconmcfarnsworth:
McFarnsworth Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Well a very nice pansexual pokemon (someone who loves a person regardless of their gender) could give all the loving Cryogonal wants!
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:icontearoses:
TeaRoses Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Suddenly I want to write that fanfic. ... Probably I should restrain myself.
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:iconmcfarnsworth:
McFarnsworth Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
go for it!
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HyperShadic123 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
:iconcryogonalplz:>:iconforeveraloneplz:
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:icontearoses:
TeaRoses Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I don't really hate Cryagonal, or at least it's certainly not on the bottom of the pile for me. But anyway this was funny and a bit sad to be honest.
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