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Often this subject appears in talks a lot, so we decided to explain how this is handled in the world of PMDe, so that various player characters’ backstories can be better put together.

When Pokemon procreate with another, there's a chance that an offspring happens in the form of an egg.

Since there is a wide range of different Pokemon species, cross breeding is bound to happen. As such, over the centuries, almost all forms of breeding and compatibility has been verified and documented in various genealogy books in PMD-e’s world.

What is known and documented is considered a "hard compatibility," in which procreation is certain between a male and a female. All listed examples are seen in the website veekun.com, like for example: Seviper & Serperior will produce an offspring. Also taken into account is that Nidorina and Nidoqueen follow the same hard compatibility as Nidoran female for this world (Nidoqueen and Nidorina cannot breed in the games).

Another thing to consider in the world of PMDe is that the species of the offspring isn't determined by the female. As an example, a male Lucario and a female Zangoose may have Riolu or Zangoose as children. Or if a clutch of eggs was made, perhaps both.

Some Pokemon species may have absolute sexes. For example, Kangaskhan are always female, while Tauros are always male. They may decide to identify themselves as the opposite gender, if they wish.

Sometimes, female Pokemon may lay unfertilized eggs. They appear as a wholly white egg, with no distinct features. Fertilized eggs will have a color pattern on their shell.

Pokemon with mythical status, such as Lugia, are capable of procreation themselves, and do indeed have a sex.

Material Pokemon that have no sex, such as Magnemite and Voltorb, do not procreate regularly, as their origin is a mystery. However, the very special Ditto is able to procreate and produce offspring of not only Material Pokemon, but Organic Pokemon as well.

Finally, not only are there "hard compatibilities"--such as in the main games-- but there are "soft compatibilities" as well for this world. These are incredibly rare, and as such are undocumented, however procreation is possible with scant odds. They seem to happen with Pokemon that are similar in features... for an example, Hydreigon & Flygon were never documented, so their chances are procreation are nil. But because they both are dragon-monsters, the chance does exist. Keep in mind that some Pokemon absolutely cannot breed with another, like a Finneon with a Teddiursa.  They share no common traits! Obviously, we can’t oversee every “soft compatible” breeding example, so try to be reasonable.  It stands that most mammalian-like Pokemon should have this slim chance of breeding with each other, most lizard-like ones with each other, etc... So use your best judgment if you’re using this for backstory or storyline related purposes, please.  (And keep in mind, even if your Pokemon starts a family, they can’t add in the baby to their team without an appropriate recruit opportunity.)
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dar-a Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
sadly we cannot breed skitty with wailord in pmde. XD
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Pinksneasel Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Yes we can. They are still in the same egg group, even if they don't look alike. The restriction is only on Pokemon who aren't in the same egg group and have NOTHING in common to justify breeding.
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Ladlebug Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Since we're on the topic of eggs and the article mentions Kangaskhan, I just wanted to ask this question. If you were to get a Kangaskhan egg and it hatches you'd get a full grown Kangaskhan, not the little baby in the pouch...or would it be a cubone...
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LynionPoe Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Writer
Since the cubone thing is only a rumour, you'd get a baby kanghaskhan.
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OneTrueSoul Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
so lemme get this straight:

pmd-e follows egg groups and breeding rules as set by the games.

however, in the case of two pokemon not compatible but it should seem that way (because of similar looks), there's a very slim chance of a child coming along.

am i right?
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MissFluffyKitty Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very slim, I believe.
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Saberstar1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
does the chart only show the first form of the compatible pokemon?
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drakke148 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
by chart it means the egg groups, and egg groups include the evolved forms as well.
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:iconsaberstar1:
Saberstar1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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SapphireMiuJewel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OwO Oh~ I see~
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Hawkfire11111 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sounds good to me. very reasonable.
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:iconkidariko:
Kidariko Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I wonder if these can be based on moves as well since I know most Psychic type can learn the move Psychic so can Lucario so I wonder if that would work. I do like the explained rule though one pairing that I have going on may never be able to have kids which is sad for me.

Though question: Does this mean Mike and Opal can't have kids? Or can they since I guess a dragon is like a reptile....
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michael2021 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Veekun.com states that Seviper & Charmander line are compatible, so it is a Hard Compatibility and yes they can have children.
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:iconkidariko:
Kidariko Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well that's cool! I'm sure Syrup would be happy.
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michael2021 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I bet huh............
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SketchingBulbasaur Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm a little confused... I checked out veekun.com, and they have two separate areas on the pokemons' profile, breeding and compatibility. For instance, Porygon-Z and Trubbish are in the same egg group (mineral), but they are not listed as compatible.
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michael2021 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Actually, I'm here to correct PK. Yes, Porygon-Z is mineral egg group, but it is genderless. So it cannot breed with something of it's egg group (like Trubbish).

The only way to make one though, like Veekun.com lists, is with a Ditto. Or there's the idea of synthetic creation of a Porygon....
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Ainiayo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why is this if it can breed normally in game?
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michael2021 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
It cannot. Didn't you hear me? It's genderless.
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SketchingBulbasaur Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So if I'm trying to find a boyfriend for Pop (my trubbish), do I go by egg groups with the exceptions of genderless pokemon, or by the compatibility chart?
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michael2021 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Go by that Compatibility Chart.
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purplekecleon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Follow the egg groups
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IHMH1464 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I assumed that a Manectric and Raichu could, (ahem) procreate, and have a Pichu as a result. I think I was right. That's good.
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MarlKitty Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
you some kinda weirdo buddy?? that's gross
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IHMH1464 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
-_-
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michael2021 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Yeah
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IHMH1464 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Right, then.
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sevvicat Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Oh ok then! I will keep this in mind for family tree memes and such.
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Fargosis16 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
does this mean any one of the 'lux'(Luxray, luxio and shix that are molested) evolvoloutions cant have children outside the specious unless its with Raikou?
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michael2021 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Huh??? Just when is Raikou ever going to copulate with a Luxio?

It'd be safe to say that 'legendaries' are out of bounds.
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Fargosis16 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
K, this was kinda half joke half for seriousness idk I don't get egg groups- I always thought that it was like
Charmander can not have babies wi squritel because, water and fire
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Mischievous-Ekoro Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Actually they can.

Egg Groups get veeeery confusing.
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:iconfargosis16:
Fargosis16 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
They are
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:iconpurplekecleon:
purplekecleon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No? Where did you get that idea? They can breed with anything within their egg group in the games.
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Fargosis16 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I suck with egg groups XD
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Fargosis16 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Holy shit, does this mean like a carnivore pokemon can like eat its period?
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:iconmichael2021:
michael2021 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
What????
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:iconfargosis16:
Fargosis16 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Females bleed regularly on is body clock thing
Pokemon and animals lay eggs regularly
Pokeperiod
But because animals don't eat their eggs but a pokemon might
Omnomnomnom
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rarkorn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I think they're referring to the idea of a carnivorous Pokemon eating its own unfertilized eggs (or fertilized if they really want to, I guess).
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:iconmichael2021:
michael2021 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Oh, yeah. I mean we eat Ruben & Puzelle's eggs, so......
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:iconpurplekecleon:
purplekecleon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah basically
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:iconfargosis16:
Fargosis16 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
That's so cool on so many levels
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Axel-Rill Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
we all wanted and expected so much a post like this! Thanks.^^
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Dragon-Paragon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Thank you so much for finally putting a definitive answer out there!
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scaper12123 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Writer
ok. i'll keep that in mind
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bellberrystar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I did not expect that male and female of different species can produce children of either species. I find it odd, personally, as I prefer the in-game mechanic for that. However, Pokemon of similar features can have children is a good addition to the group, as it happens in real life.
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Hawkeye-Ryuu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If Ashtar marries his girlfriend, chances are his offspring are gonna end up forming their own team to follow in their parents' pawprints!

Agreed with PMDE-Miles, these slighty expanded rules definitely make more sense.
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Clear-stream Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Photographer
Thjanks for this PK, it's a good thing to use.
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MaxterandKiwiKing Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess there is gonna be a love interest in my team leader Reggie's future.
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Tonko Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I was going with the mother species = egg species rule when I was designing the families of some of my guys, though there's nothing that says that the odds didn't just work out that way, so no worries.

Someone (PK was it you? Or maybe Mike?) once answered a question I had about ghosts a long while ago, stating that they could EITHER be hatched eggs, which I hadn't been sure of, or a previously deceased other pokemon, which is what has popped up in the central storyline for the NPCs. I dunno if you'd want to to add that info to this journal? Or if I'm mistaken, just some info to pin down the ghost thing.
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