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Shellder (Pokémon)

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Biology: rearranging/updating (Kingler is just said to be able to open Shellder - not stated to eat them)
Shellder is a black pearl-like Pokémon encased within a spiky, blue-violet bivalve shell. It has two round white eyes with tiny black pupils. Its enormously long red tongue is used to burrow itself into sand to sleep overnight, and also to lure and capture prey. ItThe typicallytongue huntsprotrudes alongeven thewhen {{DL|Listits ofshell Pokémonis byclosed habitat|seafloor}}.and It can make pearls from accumulated sand, thoughtugging it discardswill themcause asthe itshell canto affect itspop huntingopen. Its soft and tender body is well-protected by its extremely durable shell, which is purported to be harder than diamonds and has historically been used by people to make shields. Prehistoric ShellderIt werecan apparentlymake preyedpearls uponfrom byaccumulated {{p|Omastar}}sand, whosethough powerfulit bitesdiscards werethem capableas ofthey breakingare throughtypically in its shell. {{p|Kingler}}, {{p|Rufflet}}, and {{p|Bruxish}} also prey on Shellderway.
Shellder has an unusually strong appetite for the tail of a {{p|Slowpoke}}, and can develop a symbiotic relationship with the Dopey Pokémon. After attaching itself to the Slowpoke's tail, the two undergo a metamorphosis and together evolve into {{p|Slowbro}}. Alternatively, if it attaches to the head of a Slowpoke in possession of a [[King's Rock]], the two will instead evolve into {{p|Slowking}}. These relationships allow it to travel onto land and obtainbegin a new stage in its life cycle.
Regardless of which form the two Pokémon evolve into, Shellder's shell transforms into a spiny, spiraled cone with several tiers. Sharp teeth develop around the rim of the shell to anchor it securely to the evolved Slowpoke, and its eyes now peek out from the bottom rim of the shell. In its crown form, Shellder will have a red jewel on its underside and a large horn on either side of its shell.
While in its crown form, Shellder will periodically release its venom into Slowking's brain. This is actually beneficial to Slowking, as it causes the Regal Pokémon's intelligence to increase. Higher quantities of venom intensify this effect, and Shellder is easily provoked into releasing more whenever Slowking yawns. However, Shellder's poison makes Slowbro more sluggish as it continues to drain nutrients from its host's body.
Shellder has two former [[signature move]]s. It can shoot spears of ice by using {{m|Icicle Spear}}, or clamp tightly to its opponents using {{m|Clamp}}. Despite its hard shell, clamping on to an opponent will reveal its vulnerable parts. Because of this, it will only clamp itself to a foe as a last resort. It swims around its {{DL|List of Pokémon by habitat|seafloor home}} by rapidly opening and closing its shell while facing backward. Prehistoric Shellder were apparently preyed upon by {{p|Omastar}}, whose powerful bites were capable of breaking through its shell. {{p|Rufflet}}, and {{p|Bruxish}} are modern predators of Shellder.
==In the anime==