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Let's Dissect Froakie, A Generation VI (6) Starter Pokémon

By Kevin on Jan 10 2013 12:45 PM
To date, a total of 654 different Pokémon have been confirmed. Genesect, the Bug/ Steel-type Paleozoic species Pokémon is #649 in the National Pokédex. It also happens to be the final Pokémon for the Generation V (5) series of Pocket Monsters. With the unveiling of the Generation VI (6) Pokémon, in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, a total of five brand-new Pokémon have been confirmed.

We've seen the three Starter-type Pokémon; Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie. The two mascot Legendary Pokémon, Xerneas and Yveltal, have also made their swift appearance. Of the three Starter-type Pokémon, Froakie, the Water-type Pokémon is likely the most underrated of the three. No one's really sure why that is, but it's obvious that Pokémon Trainers would rather be setting things ablaze or radiating opponents with SolarBeam, a powerful Grass-type move.

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Let's take a nostalgic trip back to Biology class and dissect Froakie, our Water-type, Frog-looking, Starter-type Pokémon. At first glance, it appears as though Froakie is just a plain old Water-type Starter that shares many common attributes associated with frogs. A further look reveals something quite interesting, however. Froakie's Japanese name, Keromatsu (ケロマツ), contains the word matsu, meaning bubble or foam.

Some species of frog can use this special type of foam to provide moisture and protection for their eggs. So, would this mean that Froakie's gender is female? This foam can also be used to protect the eggs hungry predators and doubles as a great way to carry the eggs to and from. Sometimes, the frog ends up covering its own body in the process of excreting the foam, as seen on Froakie's back. This stuff is pretty foamtastic, wouldn't you say?

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(Image credit: Artrica's Tumblr) Japanese folklore humor shows a thief stealing foam. As seen in the image above, the thief has tied the ends of a furoshiki (風呂敷), a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, and is fleeing the scene.

Any way you dice or dissect Froakie, we now know more about its design inspiration, and possibly gender. Not only that, but we've also learned an interesting Biology lesson! If you thought this was an interesting article, you should check out The Natural Origins of Pokemon, an extensive and comprehensive article we wrote that has more awesome Pokémon Biology!

Thanks to Carolanne Plourde for giving the the idea to share this!


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Comments: 9

This is really cool. I mean I knew there had to be more to Froakie than meets the eye (Transformers quote). Just like when we all thought Woobat was just an odd attempt at a unique Pokemon. It turned out that puff ball was based off of a real animal. A frog that uses bubbles in various ways is pretty sweet. I can guarantee that this Pokemon knows bubblebeam! Hehe.
Say what you want, but Froakie's not gonna stand a chance against my Chespin! ::Strikes a Pokémon trainer pose::

But seriously, this was cool to learn about! I love learning about Japan! I think as a child I knew Nintendo was a Japanese company, that we were playing games that were carefully translated, but it didn't really register with me until I got older. I got into anime and manga, and I learned little gems about Japanese culture and customs that way. But it was games like Pokémon and Animal Crossing with lots of characters and events which were so clearly built on a foundation of Japanese folklore and culture that Nintendo has provided this window into Japan that I really enjoy. It's just cool to me that Froakie can teach us all a little something. (With the great help of a friendly Tumblr blogger.)

Also, it's always amazing how much thought can go into Pokémon designs. It's why I usually like the latest generation the most. :ashamed:
Me and my friend think it might end up being a water flying type.. how neat would that be?? cus, like, bubbles have air in them and float? Plus alot of pkmn are from folk lores or legends so maybe theres a frog demon/spirit/guardian in japanese stuff or in france? Who knows im just looking super forward to seeing what these babies look like as they evolve!! fire steel fire steel *crosses fingers*
Whilst the article is interesting, I have to say I have my own theories on the new starters! Froakie, going on just its physical attributes, I would say (and God I hope this is true) is a Water/Psychic. Why? Well it is obviously a water type, no more needs to be said there. But psychic, the hand by its temple, a well-known position for psychics in many cultures. Also the bubble's look to me as if they are like long hair at the back and a short moustache and beard, typically associated with wise/mystics, so probably represented by psychic types.
This page is actually the second result if you search for "Froakie" on Google. Sometimes, it really astounds me how far we've come.

A Water/Psychic typing might make the decision between Fennekin and Froakie agonizingly hard.

View PostChris, on 11 January 2013 - 07:37 PM, said:

This page is actually the second result if you search for "Froakie" on Google. Sometimes, it really astounds me how far we've come.

You should see how much traffic we've received from the Meet Your Generation VI (6) Starter Pokémon article. I'm still mind-blown at what took place that day, and what continues to take place. Go ahead and give it a whirl. Try searching for numerous search terms having to do with Gen VI Starter Pokémon.

Additionally, you can gauge the magnitude that the article has by looking at how many Facebook Likes it has (currently 109), located near the bottom of the article. I'm pretty proud of that...for us! I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Social networking and interaction with fans within those communities is a must for future success. There's no other way to put it. I'm a firm believer in not putting all of my eggs in one basket.

Put it this way, that single article alone has become the most viewed "thing" on our site. I seriously almost felt like crying the other day out of sheer joy!
hmm... i kinda like froakie, ive been thinkn about goin with tht 1

View Postruss, on 17 January 2013 - 05:25 AM, said:

hmm... i kinda like froakie, ive been thinkn about goin with tht 1

Even though Froakie is the underfrog, he/she still has advantages and disadvantages just like any other Pokémon. So, I can't really blame you here. All in all, it really doesn't matter. I personally like setting things on fire, though.

View PostDackall, on 11 January 2013 - 06:54 PM, said:

Whilst the article is interesting, I have to say I have my own theories on the new starters! Froakie, going on just its physical attributes, I would say (and God I hope this is true) is a Water/Psychic. Why? Well it is obviously a water type, no more needs to be said there. But psychic, the hand by its temple, a well-known position for psychics in many cultures. Also the bubble's look to me as if they are like long hair at the back and a short moustache and beard, typically associated with wise/mystics, so probably represented by psychic types.

Ya' know, I had not looked at Froakie in that manner. Reading your post and looking at its image I totally see what you are saying! Though we now know that the white parts are based of frogs who use foam, it does also appear to be hair. I doubt he will be psychic because if so I am sure the trailer would have showcased its ability to use a psychic move like they did with Fennekin.