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Paras/ect: the bug is not a pokemon

majeston.

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First, I think it's important to note that the relationship between the fungus and the bug is entirely symbiotic and mutually beneficial. The bug lives longer and is more likely to reproduce and the fungus receives nutrients, mobility, etc.

It would seem that we should be tracking the evolution of the fungus and not the bug, and when we think of Paras (or Parasect) we should only be thinking of the fungus.

It makes sense: the fungus is an intelligent pokemon that sustains and perpetuates itself via a symbiotic relationship with a dumb bug.

As a Paras, they focus on acquiring nutrients (frequently mentioned in the dex entries) until they merge, forming the carapace shape, and then it is able to control the functions of the bug.

Now here's where it gets interesting:—maybe the bug just lets that happen. Parasect mushrooms are often referred to in the dex as healing items with life-prolonging powers. Maybe at this point, the nervous system of the bug has repurposed to apply vitality to and maintain the health of the mushroom?

So it seems pretty plausible that the Paras line is just a fungus that needs a bug to so its thing.
 

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You're assuming that there IS a fungus inside (and that the bug isn't smart), though, I don't really get?
Like, if there is one inside, it makes sense, but if the fungus is inside and is an intelligent Pokemon, why is that not in the Pokedex instead of the Paras line?
 

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Technically wouldn't the bug be intelligent and the mushroom just be a mushroom which controls the bug's desires like the real-life equivalent? Sorry, its been a long time since I read its pokédex info

But your thinking about the context surrounding the healing properties of the mushroom is really cool
 
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This Paras and Parasect talk reminds me of this documentary I saw. I guess I should give a warning to the squeamish.
 

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To me, it would be inconclusive. There are a number of times multiple creatures are all considered one pokemon, and we have not seen either part of Paras or Parasect individually. With no other source of information, we don't know what's going on. Even if it's now controlled by the fungus, that doesn't mean that the other part was not a pokemon, just that it lost it's consciousness to the fungus. The question then becomes "does consciousness define pokemon?" It would appear to be, since nothing other than pokemon (and humans since they seem to be considered separate) has consciousness. I guess in that sense, it is no longer a pokemon, but that still doesn't mean it wasn't a pokemon before.
 
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