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The "Fire" type is unique in its members' ability to create or control fire. Apparently, their cells are protected with a flame-retardant cocktail, while sulfur, phosphorus, and carbon are stored in special organs to produce the flame.  These Pokemon tend to be colored with "warm" tones, and since they are virtually fire-proof, can live in incredibly hot conditions (e.g. the inside of a volcano). Fire Pokemon tend to devour metals and minerals straight from the rock, since their cells are unable to properly digest normal food.

"Water"-type Pokemon are generally aquatic or partially so. There is not much of a cellular difference between Water types and Normal types, but they do possess the ability to absorb and release vast quantities of water. Some such Pokemon have the ability to change the weather, generate a wall of concentrated water, and even blast a never-seen plasma form of water.

The "Grass" type is similar in ways to the Bug type, but instead of a primitive mite living in the bloodstream, algae (Xenoalgus supernaturum) shares a symbiotic relationship with a Grass-type Pokemon's cells. In exchange for protection and some carbon dioxide, the algae grant the Pokemon with oxygen, sugars, and special abilities. In some cases, the algae appear as a visible vegetable organ or apparatus (e.g. leaves, flowers, vines, etc.), and in some such Pokemon, there is more plant than animal material controlling the organism, resulting in them commonly being mistaken as a form of sentient plant.
What strikes Pokemon out from any other kind of life-form is its extra-sensory abilities, or “super-powers” to put it bluntly. The various powers are unlike anything ever seen before, and some Pokemon seem to be able to use specific types of powers, or “moves”, based on their physical make-up on the cellular levels. With these cellular properties, Pokemon are sometimes divided up into 17, sometimes 18 (depending on who you ask) elemental “types”.

Presented here are the first 3 "starter" elemental types of Pokemon: Fire, Water, and Grass.
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Shinwa-Tsuki Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Very nice!
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Megalemon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist
Nice job! I like the practical part of Pokemon, so this is right up my alley.
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rosutu Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Thanks.
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ArgentDandelion Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Here is a basic question: Do Fire-types are large gullets? They must have, for the appropriate fire-generating mechanisms they possess.

"Inside Vulpix's body burns a flame that never goes out. During the daytime, when the temperatures rise, this Pokémon releases flames from its mouth to prevent its body from growing too hot."~Sapphire Pokédex entry, Bulbapedia

I presume Vulpix's body's cells may be flame-retardant---that is, impervious from being burned---but not impervious to being overheated.

How is this "inner flame" defined? An active, ongoing chemical process, like digestion, rather than a typically dormant process of or containing phosphorous, carbon, and sulfur? Does Vulpix have a higher capacity for procuring and using fire-producing materials and substances than typical? (as for expelling flames so often, and not for defensive purposes, during the daytime, would be a waste of valuable resources otherwise)

Additionally.....if Fire-type Pokémon have sulfur, then do they smell like broccoli, which also has sulfurous compounds? (a contrived statement made for the purpose of humor, for I would like to go up to my Blaziken, take a deep sniff out of its shoulder, and say, "You smell like broccoli.")
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rosutu Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Indeed, Fire-types tend to possess large crops, or at least crops larger than their stomachs.

The "inner flame" is actually an entirely figurative term. Indeed, Vulpix can often be seen shooting fire more frequently on hot days than on cold ones, but exactly why is unknown. It might not even be for the escape of heat; spitting flame may be stimulating the Pokemon's cooling processes.

And...sort of. It's not really much on a scientific standpoint (as you could imagine), but some Pokemon who use fire end up smelling like something. Most Fire-types have bad-smelling breath, though.
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ArgentDandelion Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Vegetable organs...hah. What an amusing phrase.

How do Fire-type Pokémon cool down? Fire is quite hot, especially if expelled from one's mouth.

Are Fire-type Pokémon warm-blooded or cold-blooded? Are Grass-type Pokémon warm-blooded or cold-blooded? I know the terms exothermic, endothermic, and the less dramatic states in between, but I ask a more general inquiry with the common terms.
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rosutu Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
The research behind the cooling methods of Fire-type Pokemon is surprisingly scarce. There seem to be tubes running alongside the gullet that pump some liquid around, but what that liquid is, and how said liquid assists in the cooling process, is unknown. That doesn't stop speculation, though; several scientists believe the tubes pump liquid nitrogen.

In terms of thermy, Grass types are generally cold-blooded, with some merely having a very low metabolism, since their lifestyles tend to be slower when compared to other Pokemon. Fire-types, however, are stranger. They seem to be cold-blooded, but some of the heat they generate seems to make them almost warm-blooded by principle. They, in contrast, are very active creatures.
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SmashBrosDude Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
The 18th is Light
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rosutu Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Not exactly.
The 18th type I refer to is the "???" type.
The move "Curse" is this type, but no Pokemon seem to possess it.
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SmashBrosDude Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
oh ok
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