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- Jun 9, 2014
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You kind of did, lol.My assumption was more like, Eternatus's energy affected existing fungi on the Isle, and caused those to mutate into Max Mushrooms.
But let's run with your idea for a moment. I mean, we should probably start off with a disclaimer, that not only is this Pokémon - which doesn't strictly follow real-world biology - but also that Eternatus in particular is an alien being, so it could abide by biological standards that we can't properly comprehend.
That aside, I think the most important think to ask would be, what separates fungi from plants and animals? Well, unlike plants, fungi are not capable of synthesizing their own food, so they must consume external energy much like animals do. But unlike animals, fungi possess a cell wall within their cellular structure (although it is not made of the same material as the cell walls of plants).
We know that the first statement is accurate to Eternatus, because it is said in the Pokédex to consume energy radiating from the Galar region, and Rose revives it by feeding it the energy contained in Wishing Stars. But we can't really verify the second statement, because we do not have access to a microscope and a sample of Eternatus's cells. However, we do know that organisms with cell walls require them so that they can remain upright and rigid in lieu of having a skeletal structure. If animals had cell walls, we would be incapable of movement (although there certainly are some examples of sessile animals such as coral, they are that way for a different reason). And we can clearly see that Eternatus is quite capable of mobility (although I do want to at least make some mention of its relative stillness in its Eternamax form, but even then, it can still move to an extent).
Generally speaking, this lack of mobility in fungi is the very reason why most of them reproduce by releasing spores. Therefore, Eternatus would logically not have much of a reason to reproduce in that way, since it is capable of movement. Therefore, I don't think we should assume that its cells possess cell walls... but then again, there is some irony in the fact that it's essentially a mobile skeleton, so one can already fairly question how it does manage to move around despite its lack of a corresponding muscular system. Like I said, it being an alien creature leaves a lot of unanswered questions as to how it functions. And of course, it's a bit rich for me to cite immobility as a disqualifying factor for the possibility of Eternatus being a fungal lifeform, when there are already two Pokémon based directly on mushrooms that can, in fact, walk around, and utilize spores as a form of offense instead.
... I basically just went in a big old circle, didn't I?
You raise a good point there about fungi immobility, though I think I might have an answer to that: Given its space-warping property, perhaps Eternatus isn’t physically moving itself so much as warping the space around it as its form of transportation instead.