Out of all of the Pokémon designs I don't like, Cryogonal rests like a crown at the top of said pile, and is probably one reason why the Gen V species has gotten a cold shoulder from many fans. It's sprite is a garbled mess of geometric shapes and angles, along with a cracked face that only a Regice could embrace. In short, it was a Pokémon I didn't expect to get too involved with, and caught it for the sole reason of filling up another slot in my pokédex.
Until I learned that it could be taught Attract. Now, Mew has been the first genderless species to learn that Move since Gen II, as it can learn all TMs by default. Cryogonal, on the other hand, has no such privilegie, and yet it can learn that move anyway. Despite the fact that genderless Pokémon cannot attract opponents at all, regardless of their orientation. Which is a bigger joke than this strip could ever hope to be.
Now, we could probably discuss for hours on end about how the move Attract really function, but my take on it is that it's a psychological move, and not just dousing the opponent with pheromones. This psychic link is what makes it difficult for the opponent to attack during its infatuated state, and why it could easily backfire if it's also holding a Destiny Knot (which never happens because no one uses those). Cryogonal would have no understanding of the two gender roles due to a lack of its own, and so, it has no clue how to manipulate either. But since it can still use the move, it means that it still attempts to get a grasp of it, despite the impossibility to pull off. Which is straight up saddening.
With that said, I still don't like Cryogonal. But I just can't bring myself to hate it.
Such saddness in a Pokemon, I wonder if they fixed that gender thing in the latest Pokrmon game?
Staryu and Starmie can also learn it, funnily enough. OTP and all that jazz.
Expected Ditto to show up. Genderless pokémon can't even breed with their own species, but Ditto manages it.
@Anon: Ironic enough because Ditto can't breed with itself. @TouhouShake: There's a Poker based pokemon game?
That rollover text, omg XD
Well, THAT was interesting. And I thought it was just some snowflake. This strip single-handedly bumped it up to, like, my 10th favorite Pokemon.
You know, Ditto is genderless, but it has the ability many genderless pokemon do not. I can make babies with any other pokemon. So, can ditto know love or does it just use the other pokemon in lustful, slave like manners?
Cryognal cannot have a gender.Truth.
Another weird thing about attract: When an infatuated Pokemon gets an attack in on the one it falls in love with, could the attacker be trying something to get the attention of its lover (stalker, "fetish thing")? Attract has some odd potential to be milked... in bizarre ways.
As for the strip itself, Cryogonal shot up to my Top 10 of Pokemon I feel sorry for. It's rather eerie I cannot differentiate sadness or anger in the last few panels because of how their face is designed.
acctualy in nature there are animals such as slugs that have both genders and are thus called genderless or can switch between the 2 at will being genderless does not make one unable to love or procreate it just means they cant be defined as a male or female some animals even only become one or another when its time too mate
In Pokemon Tabletop Adventures, attract has an out of battle effect of causing wild pokemon to be interested in the pokemon.
Poor Cryogonal... I like it, happens to be pretty much my favorite Ice-type.
Actually it's just a whore.
I think the ability to learn attract is so the Pokemon looking at Cyrogonal's mirror-like body would fall in love with itself.
It's funny 'coz it's true! XD
Seriously though, Cryogonal has slowly been getting up the rankings of my favorite pokemon (don't know why, it just has been, mainly since I found out it can learn rapid spin) but now it is one of my favorite pokemon of all time! Not to mention ice is my favorite type! It's up there in the ranks of delibird! :O
The move attract is not based on opposite genders alone. It can work with certain genderless pokemon because of something shiny that is part of its body. Like how treasure hunters are attracted to gold.
Aww! Poor thing! (At first, I didn't realize it was an actual pokemon).
THE FIRST PENCIL VOTER IS SO GREAT!!!!!
Cryogonal needs a hug.... Except the body heat would probably melt it. D:
It is not a mess of geometry, it is an ugly snowflake. Part of me just had to say this out loud.
Considering that it's some sort of horrible ice demon, the fact that it cannot know love isn't very surprising.
What a fascinating train of thought this is though.
You make a very good point. Also, Cryogonal isn't even an animal so naturally there's no need for nookie.
I prefer it over 6 eggs with faces any day ;)
That's some pretty deep deepness right there, dawg.
Pokemon are robots anyhow.
They know four moves only.
TMs & HMS are clearly CDs.
I like how in the last three panels you show two of the same species and then Drilbur and Minccino are paired up and have that last line of text. I think if I were something trying to learn love and see not only this but all of the other weird pairings there can be I would never understand either, like Seviper and Zangoose.
I now feel like naming a Zangoose and a Seviper Romeo and Juliet
It's what "it" would have wanted.
Aww, poor Cryogonal. I still love you. ;__; Even though you'll never know how to love me. =P
I actually like Cryogonal's design. But I also like the designs of Electrode, Stunfisk, and the Vanillite family, so what do I know? =P
Wow, this point is incredibly sad, I never gave it much thought. I personally hate the move Attract (using it and having it used on me) so if you hadn't pointed this out, I would have never known...
Wait a minute,if cryonganol is genderless, that means its parents are genderless, SO how can it be born?
What i'm saying in the previous comment is,if one of its parents have to be a cryonganol,and it can't mate,How can it be born?
also see my comment in We've all been there.
@Charon: I believe by "eggs" you mean "seeds".
@eworm: I believe by "snowflake" you mean "mineral based organism".
Well, at least Cryogonal looks like more than a snowflake, whereas ExEGGcute is literally eggs with faces.
@Charon: That's what I'm arguing with. It's not "literally" eggs. It does LOOK LIKE eggs, I give you that. "Literally" it's seeds (seriously, grass type? Should be pretty obvious).
@eworm: I was countering the "ugly snowflake" and similar comments.
@eworm: If its seeds then its name doesn't make sense then.
I just realized, if cryoganol can't mate, then how did the first cryoganol create offspring? In other words,how did the species come into existtance?
Cryogonal gets my respect. You won't see me using it, it's too frail in defence but, it's alright for me. Not all Pokemon are gonna be 'cute and cuddly', y'know.
@AlchemistWarrior30: Are butterflies flying butter? Names mean nothing, Exeggcute was probably named after its similarity to eggs.
@eworm: but all pokemon are named after the sounds they make, it would be like real dogs all being named woof
The only reason I dislike Cryogonal is Zinzonlin in Black/White 2, three Cryogonals and you have to fight him TWICE in the Plasma Frigate GRRRR...
@Alerus: Do you play with the sound off all the time? Pokemon saying their names is just one of many stupid things the anime invented. I consider the games to be canon and the anime to be burning in hell.
Right in the feels, man.
I really thought more people would pay attenion to my previous comments...
I actually really like Cryogonal's design. I hated it at first, but its grown on me, and now it's one of the better looking gen5 Pokemon in my opinion.
I totally get why there are genderless legendaries, cuz if they could have kids instead of being immortal, that would take the edge off of it. But i feel so sorry! At least crygnol (or however you spell it) isn't a robot. There there. You can never date a snowcone now.
that Cryogonal is based on a mirror? Teaching it Attract would mean that it causes the opponent to fall in love with their own reflection.
PAY ATTENTION TO MY COMMENTS ALREADY! (note, not trying to troll here.)
@he who has no name:
Attention starved much?
@he who has no name:
Someone probably put his mirror in the freezer.
@lord_aizen66: They're not called genderless, they're hermaphrodites, and Cryogonal isn't a hermaphrodite. I also doubt that a slug has the capacity to love. The strip itself wasn't also meant to be taken seriously, it was meant to be seen as a comedic observation of the fact genderless pokemon can learn moves which are pointless for them.
@Ballbuster: there we go just did not use the word and there are variations on them some have both parts all the time some can switch while a rare few are truly genderless for a time untell they chose one or the other too mate i was sugjesting that they could be the 3rd type and that the situation of them would not be imposible
@he who has a name: a bit,because i have some good ideas,and they kinda hit the nail on the head.
@contradiction123: Just what I was going to say!
When a genderless pokemon uses attract it will only effect another genderless Pokemon.
Not to be a buzzkill or anything, but Cryogonal's Attract does serve a purpose--to make other genderless Pokemon fall in love with it. It's still fairly useless, though.
miccino and drillbur???WHAT HAS THIS WORLD COME TO???!!!
Just to point out that there aren't only two genders IRL. Pokemon at least tries to reflect that. If everyone could stop being so cisnormative ...
Being an asexual agender non-romantic person in a sexual, gender-charged romance obsessed culture is something worth examining.
At first I was sad, then I laughed because of the Cryogonal's unchanging face xD Still rather depressing, though. Perhaps that's why they're so rare, because they are so curious?
"Just to point out that there aren't only two genders IRL. Pokemon at least tries to reflect that. If everyone could stop being so cisnormative ..."
I'm surprised it took that long for one of these comments to show up. Pretty sure "gender" in Pokemon means biological sex, you dip. No need to get your social justice in everything.
@I'm the Guest:I don't think sticking a mirror in a freezer would work unless it was a radioactive fridge.
Since you're trying so hard to rationalyze it, you should know that gender issues are much more complex than that. You can perfectly assume that someone that doesn't relate of any of the binary genders is attracted to someone, because gender identity something entirely different from sexual/afectional attraction. The experience of transgender/transexual individuals and other people that don't fit into masculine/feminine is currently questioning this very binarism. And that's suits perfeclty pokemon world, too.
In that last panel, it looks like Crygonal is going to brutally murder the Minccino, the Drilbur, and the egg.
@he who has no name: Really? You comment yourself to make it seem like people are commenting you so other people do so? I know that no one really looks at the names of the posters, but dude! Attention hog much?
@AlchemistWarrior30: Or Skitty and Wailord.
@Gamining King: i had a feeling a comment like yours would show up.-_- just one comment,everyone thinks you're a troll.
Psh, I'll stick to the first PMD where attract works on everyone and everything.
@Anon: I totally agree. also good for duplicating male starter pokemon
@he who has no name: FINALLY SOMEONE who thinks like a scientist!
@Pokemariosoniclover: An even WIERDER couple is Swoobat and Stoutland
Comics like this are my favorite thing about Rare Candy Treatment <3
@he who has no name: "I just realized, if cryoganol can't mate, then how did the first cryoganol create offspring? In other words,how did the species come into existtance?"
Aesexuality? Cloning? :/
@Frezgle: And there aren't only two sexes IRL, so you're still wrong. Take a proper biology course and try again.
I actually really like Cryogonal's design, but that's just me.
Dude, Genderless pokemon can understand, all they have to do is attract other genderless pokeman like... metagross.
Shedinja is also genderless and can learn Attract. Likely since it can evolve from Nincada, which does have a gender.
This is one of your best strips.
I know this is an old comic and I stayed out of loop for some time but man... you seem to have remarkable talent for making captivating points out of very common matters. I commend you for that.
It's because Cryogonal is based on a mirror, the idea would be a mirror would attract narcissistic people.
NOW i feel bad for the poor thing
Baby don't hurt me! Don't hurt me! No more!
I wanna know what love is...
@he who has no name: It might seem like magic, but it is really science. And magic.
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