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'''{{wp[[File:047Parasect.png|Caterpillar fungusthumb|Tochukaso}}''' (Japanese: '''冬虫夏草''' ''tōchūkasō'') areParasect, a speciesPokémon ofcontrolled mushroomby thatthe growstochukaso on certainits Pokémon. Two Pokémon possess such mushrooms:back]]
'''Tochukaso''' (Japanese: '''{{tt|冬虫夏草|とうちゅうかそう}}''' ''tōchūkasō'') is a rare species of parasitic mushroom that grows on {{p|Paras}} and {{p|Parasect}}.
* '''{{p|Paras}}'''==Behavior==
*[[File:Paras '''{{pMushroom.png|Parasect}}'''thumb|left|Paras removing its tochukaso]]
Tochukaso spores are attached to Paras {{-pkmn|Egg}}s, causing hatched Paras to be doused in them when they hatch. As the Paras grows, so does the tochukaso. The tochukaso orders its host to suck nutrients from tree roots and trunks, then absorbs most of the nutrition itself. When the Paras evolves into Parasect, the tochukaso takes complete control of the host and does all the thinking.
Tochukaso prefer damp, dark places, so Parasect are typically found in those locations due to it being controlled entirely by the fungus. The fungus scatters its toxic spores from the mushroom cap, and uses the host to help distribute these spores.
In ''[[EP006|Clefairy and the Moon Stone]]'', the lighting {{TRT}} hung up in [[Mt. Moon]] confused the Paras, causing them to remove their tochukaso and plant them in the ground, as the fungus dislikes bright light.
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Tochukaso spores can be used to make a herbal medicine which can be used to extend life; this medicine is commonly made in {{wp|China}}.
In ''[[EP044|The Problem with Paras]]'', [[Cassandra]] is tried to evolve her Paras into Parasect in order to harvest its spores to produce a miracle potion; a miracle potion restores a Pokémon attack power, defenses, concentration and determination, and make it smarter. Eventually her Paras evolves, and her and [[Cassandra's grandmother|her grandmother]] set up a business to produce and sell miracle potions.
{{wp|Ophiocordyceps sinensis|Tochukaso}} is a fungus in the real world that is an {{wp|Parasitoid|endoparasitoid}} that replaces the host tissue and can affect the behavior of its insect host. In Parasect, the tochukaso has caused {{wp|neoteny}}. The fungus is often used in {{wp|traditional Chinese medicine}}, specifically as an {{wp|aphrodisiac}} and for treatment for ailments such as {{wp|fatigue (medical)|fatigue}} and {{wp|cancer}}.
* As Paras and Parasect are often found in the wild holding them, and due to their visual similarity, {{DL|Exchangeable item|TinyMushroom}}s and {{DL|Exchangeable item|Big Mushroom}}s may be tochukasu.
==See also==
{{bulbanews|On the Origin of Species: Paras and Parasect}}
* {{wp|Ophiocordyceps sinensis|Wikipedia article on tochukaso}}
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