Wouldn't it be more likely for Fletchling to be a combination of Fledgling and Hatchling than Fleching and Hatchling. A Fledgling is a young bird, and Fletchling is a basic Pokémon, also, I don't really see how the feathers on an arrow have anything to do with it's name. -EVsandIVsaurs 13:54, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
- It's the design of the tail that somewhat resembles arrow fletchings, but it could also be fledgeling. Ya is also arrow in Japanese, come to think of it. Luna Tiger * the Arc Toraph 14:07, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
- Hatchling doesn't really factor into it, if you ask me. It's a fairly obvious combination of "fledgling" and "fletching". The words sound very similar and both factor into the Pokemon's design: Fletchling is a baby bird (fledgling) with tail feathers resembling those of an arrow and a white arrowpoint-mark on its tail (fletching). The only part related to "hatchling" is the "ling" which is already covered by "fledgling", and since Fletchling can fly it is technically a fledgling anyway, not a hatchling. Plus, as ArcToraphim pointed out, the mention of arrows has been included in both its English and Japanese name, probably for reasons that will become more apparent when we see it in action or see its evolution(s). Also as an interesting note, "fletching" comes from the French word for "arrow", and the Kalos region is based on France. Food for thought. ~Destruction on Wings~ (talk) 16:58, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
Thought I'd write up a base paragraph now that we have clear art, battle screenshots, and gameplay footage. Feel free to use and edit.
"Fletchling is a small, avian Pokemon, similar in appearance to a robin. Its head is large compared to its body and is reddish-orange in coloration. It has thin, black beak and large, round eyes. The eyes are dark with a small white circle, and a yellow marking extends from the back of each eye in a small triangle shape. Fletchling's body is gray in color, and the boundary between the colors of its head and body is a sharp line except for a few gray, fluffy-looking feathers on its front. It has relatively long, spindly legs which are black like its beak. Each foot has two toes facing forward and one pointing backward. Fletchling's wings are white on the underside and their uppersides are gray except for the first two primary feathers, which are white. When it folds its wings, they are ovular in shape and appear all gray with only the two white feathers showing. Fletchling has a long tail which it holds cocked at an upward angle. The tail feathers are black with a white arrow-marking pointing forward. The overall shape of the tail resembles the fletching on an arrow, with two larger main feathers and a smaller feather at the base on each side."