Lotad’s Rain Dish ability by Ra-ooo

 


Rain Dish

“The Pokémon gradually regains HP in rain.”

Rain Dish is a Pokemon ability that was first introduced in Generation III. It allows the user to regain 1/16 of their health when the weather conditions during a battle are rainy.

Outside of battle unfortunately this ability has no effect, so even if it’s raining while a trainer is walking the rain won’t do anything to their Pokemon’s health!


 

 


Grass Knot

“The user snares the foe with grass and trips it. The heavier the foe, the greater the damage.”

 

Grass Knot is a Grass-type move introduced in Generation IV, so when the Hoenn games first came out, Lotad wouldn’t have actually been able to learn this move at all!  Since Diamond and Pearl, it can learn the move through TM86.

It shares the same sort of dynamic as Low Kick and the damage is based off the weight of the opposing Pokemon. Pokemon 200kg and over receive a whopping 120 damage!


#270 Lotad

“This Pokémon lives in ponds with clean water. It is known to ferry small Pokémon across ponds by carrying them on the broad leaf on its head.”

Lotad is a dual water / grass type Pokémon and one of Generation III’s version exclusives, appearing in Sapphire and Emeralds in a couple of routes where Seedot would normally appear in Ruby.  It evolves into Lombre at level 14 and then becomes Ludicolo when exposed to a Water Stone.

This Pokémon typically lives in ponds and lakes, preferably with clean water, where they float along the surface.  It relies on water to stop the broad leaf on its head from wilting, but if the pond’s water quality ends up being unsatisfactory, it can head onto dry land in pursuit of better fluids.  If it struggles to find clean water, the broad leaf would die and Lotad would become weak.  This leaf is key to its survival as it’s too big to live on land otherwise, plus it can assist local land-dwelling Pokémon by using it to ferry them across the water.

In the animé, one of Brock’s partner Pokémon was a Lotad.  Originally, it was part of a pack that lived near the flower shop between Petalburg City and Rustboro City with their assigned job to water the shop’s garden.  This Lotad was dense and a slow learner, but thanks to Brock’s encouragement it did eventually do its job with the rest of the group.  After its group was kidnapped by Team Rocket and quickly saved, Lotad decided to join Brock as his second Hoenn Pokémon.  Said mental density can be compared to Misty’s Psyduck from earlier seasons, but with Brock handling it more patiently.

 

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