- May 27, 2018
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Stupid headcanon time: Ethan, Lyra and Kris moved to Galar after the events in their games, where they made it big selling burgers. You can guess why I'm saying this.
But beings are sentient.Where does meat come from in the Pokemon world? Well, that's a tough question if they've all got human-like intelligence, or sentience. I've spent a while thinking about this.
That has an impact on the way people live their lives.
- Carrion: Pokemon will eat the random dead bodies they find in the forest, as long as it's not the same species as them. Their guts are strong enough to handle the bacteria and fungi on a rotting corpse, although they prefer fresh bodies.
- Hunting: I lied. Not all Pokemon are sentient, and humans and Pokemon will kill them for meat. Since their population is small, humans and Pokemon hunt them rarely and their fresh meat is considered a delicacy. Usually, it's standalone Pokemon with no evolutionary line that aren't sentient. There are plenty of exceptions to this rule, though. Seedot isn't sentient but it does evolve, while Audino is sentient but has no evolutionary line.
- Sharing: This isn't strictly meat, but Pokemon which produce and store their own food, like Chansey and their eggs, may share their products with friends or sell them.
- Battling: Not all species are content with carrion. Many sentient Pokemon try to knock out other sentient Pokemon. Once their opponent has fainted, they kill it and start eating. This is risky because the attacker might get knocked out and killed themselves, so it's generally quite rare. It's better for Pokemon to form bonds with each other to avoid this behaviour.
- Funerals: Excarnation, where a dead body has its flesh removed so that only the bones are left behind, may also be a source of meat for Pokemon and humans. Again, Pokemon will avoid eating friends, relatives, or those of the same species.
edited to address Nitro's comment.
- Pokemon will only do battle for trainers they trust to protect them. This is because fainting in the wild is so risky. Fainting itself isn't harmful to Pokemon, and they'll wake up after a minute or two. It's the vulnerability that comes with it that is so dangerous.
- Wild Pokemon also get into groups to sleep and travel. These may be of the same species or a bunch of different species.
- Sleeping wild Pokemon usually have a watchman or guard in case a predator arrives. Humans also do this; their cities and towns usually have nightwatchmen and guards.
- Funerals generally take the form of leaving wild Pokemon to eat the body's flesh and then storing the bones in a memorial jar. This jar might be buried or cremated. Not all regions practice this.
- Humans are particularly weak compared to other Pokemon. Humans won't travel outside their homes without a friendly Pokemon which has agreed to defend them.
- Human healing technology is considered very valuable, and this gives Pokemon an incentive not to kill them.
- Another incentive not to kill a human is the fear of a reprisal from other humans, which are very social creatures and have strong bonds with each other. This applies for social species of Pokemon as well.