It’s thought there was only one Groudon left in the wild. Groudon consumes large quantities of rock and expels them, while heated by his furnace-like stomach, as lava. It can’t actually cause the sun to warm the atmosphere like proclaimed; its body produces heat waves to its surroundings, leading some to create the myth that it can control the sun. Magmar is the volcanic cousin of the aquatic Golduck and is seen here fleeing the presence of Groudon with its young Magby precariously held by one ankle. Magcargo and Slugma are terrestrial cephalopods, thought to be close relatives to Gastrodon. Though their bodies appear malleable, they can withstand and produce extreme temperatures. Larvesta is the juvenile stage of the impressive Volcarona, which is dangerously near extinction as it can take as long as fifty-nine months to fully develop. Torkoal is thought to be the cause of the decline in the Groudon population; it would move in herds akin to school of Carvanha, able to cleave all meat from a large animal in a very short period. The overpopulated Torkoal species came to an end as turtle shell soup became extremely popular; the species was depleted to the brink of extinction before it was made illegal to consume the soup. So IS Torkoal the harbinger of Groudon’s demise?
Groudon, by RJ Palmer.