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[[File:Paras Mushroom.png|thumb|left|Paras removing its tochukaso]]
Tochukaso spores are attached to Paras {{pkmn|Egg}}s, causing hatched Parashatchlings to be doused in them when theyupon hatchbirth. 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;. thisThis 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 potionwhich restoresimproves a Pokémon's attack power, defenses, concentration and, determination, and make it smarterintellect. Eventually herHer Paras evolveseventually evolved, andso hershe and [[Cassandra's grandmother|her grandmother]] set up a business to produce and sell miracle potions.
{{wp|Ophiocordyceps sinensis|Tochukaso}} is a {{wp|Parasitoid|endoparasitoid}} 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|TinyMushroomTiny Mushroom}}s and {{DL|Exchangeable item|Big Mushroom}}s may be tochukaso.
==See also==