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Pokémon (species)

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I think "outer space" is better. Also, changing to template, and "growth and development" is better for an encyclopedia than "growing up", in my opinion.
'''Pokémon''' (Japanese: '''ポケットモンスター''' ''Pocket Monsters''; '''ポケモン''' ''Pokémon'' for short) are {{numpkmn}} known species of creatures that inhabit the [[Pokémon world]], however, it is implied that there are more [[Future generations of Pokémon|waiting to be discovered]]. Inherent to them are several fantastic powers not demonstrated by most real animals, such as the manipulation of {{t|electric}}ity or {{t|fire}}. Pokémon are shown to exist instead of animals in their world, although animals are also seldom seen in older media. While most Pokémon resemble animals and may behave like them, there are many that do not resemble animals at all; taking on other forms such as plants, inanimate objects, machines, human-like forms or other more enigmatic and exotic appearances. Pokémon inhabit an extremely diverse range of habitats, ranging from the driest deserts to the lushest jungles, the deepest oceans to the highest mountains and everything else in-between, even [[Extraterrestrial Pokémon|outer space]] and other [[dimensions]]. Pokémon take up various ways of living in those places. However, all can be befriended and made into potential allies.
Many Pokémon are known to [[evolution|evolve]] from or into other Pokémon, a process that typically makes them larger and stronger, and could be seen as the equivalent to "growinggrowth up"and development. Pokémon typically know several [[move|techniques]] that they can use in {{pkmn|battle}} or elsewhere, either to defend themselves or their Trainer, or to perform a task. In the anime, most Pokémon are known only to say their name. In the games, each Pokémon has a [[cry|distinct voice associated with each species]].
==In the games==
Pokémon have been, from the very beginning, spoken of as friends and partners to the [[human]]s of the Pokémon world, used to help with various tasks from constructing buildings to exploration. Many people in the Pokémon world take Pokémon with them on a {{pkmn|journey}} to gather [[Badge]]s and compete in the various [[Pokémon League]]s as {{pkmn|Trainer}}s, using them in battles against Pokémon both owned by other Trainers and [[{{pkmn2|wild Pokémon|found in the wild]]}}. In [[Generation III]], the concept of [[Pokémon Contest]]s were introduced in which Trainers can compete with their Pokémon as an alternative to battling. This was replaced in [[Generation V]] by the [[Pokémon Musical]].
Across the six [[generation]]s of games, Pokémon are typically found in one of four manners: encountering them in [[tall grass]], finding them in caves or ruins, going [[fishing]] for them, or [[List of in-game trades|trading]] with an [[Non-player character|NPC]]. These are often joined by several more ways in which to encounter Pokémon, such as {{m|surf}}ing on water, {{m|headbutt}}ing trees, or using the [[Poké Radar]].

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