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Shellder (Pokémon)

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==Biology==
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. The tongue protrudes even when its shell is closed and tugging it will cause the shell to pop open. 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. It can make pearls from accumulated sand, though it discards them as they are typically in its way.
 
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 begin a new stage in its life cycle.
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{{Dex/Gen/12|gen=III|reg1=Hoenn|reg2=Kanto|num1num2=090}}
{{Dex/Entry2|v=Ruby|v2=Sapphire|t=FFF|t2=FFF|entry=At night, this Pokémon uses its broad tongue to burrow a hole in the seafloor sand and then sleep in it. While it is sleeping, Shellder closes its shell, but leaves its tongue hanging out.}}
{{Dex/Entry1|v=Emerald|t=FFF|entry=At night, it burrows a hole in the seafloor with its broad tongue to make a place to sleep. While asleep, it closes its shell, but leaves its tongue hanging out.}}
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{{Dex/Gen/12|gen=IV|reg1=Sinnoh|reg2=Johto|num1num2=171}}
{{Dex/Entry3|v=Diamond|v2=Pearl|v3=Platinum|entry=It swims backward by opening and closing its two shells. Its large tongue is always kept hanging out.}}
{{Dex/Entry1|v=HeartGold|entry=It swims facing backward by opening and closing its two-piece shell. It is surprisingly fast.}}
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{{Dex/Gen/1|gen=V|reg1=Unova}}
{{Dex/Entry2|v=Black|v2=White|t=FFF|entry=It swims backward by opening and closing its two shells. Its large tongue is always kept hanging out.}}
{{Dex/Entry2|v=Black 2|v2=White 2|t=FFF|entry=It swims backward by opening and closing its two shells. Its large tongue is always kept hanging out.}}
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{{Dex/Gen/12|gen=VI|reg1=Kalos|num1=036|label1=Coastal|reg2=Hoenn}}
{{Dex/Entry1|v=X|t=FFF|entry=Its hard shell repels any kind of attack. It is vulnerable only when its shell is open.}}
{{Dex/Entry1|v=Y|entry=Clamping on to an opponent reveals its vulnerable parts, so it uses this move only as a last resort.}}
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