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Is Togedemaru a Hedgehog? WE THINK NOT! – The Dex! is the two-hundred-twentieth episode of The Dex! Trivia and Battle Strategy Series. It's hosted by Electrican Alex and Pokekellz and it covers the Roly-Poly Pokémon, Togedemaru! It aired on November 21st, 2017 and can be viewed here.

"Togedemaru often gets confused for a Hedgehog, but we think this Alolan Pika-clone is actually based on a rodent!" - YouTube description


Intro Trivia Edit

  • Togedemaru is a member of the group unofficially known as the "Pika-clones".
  • Togedemaru have a hard time generating their own electrical charge. To compensate, they stick up their metal spines and use them like mini-lightning rods.
  • In thunderstorms, massive groups of Togedemaru gather, hoping to have their "tails" struck by lightning.
  • Togedemaru's spines also double as protection. Togedemaru also can role up into a ball.
  • Its spines are so sharp and skin is so hard, most attackers give up on attacking Togedemaru.
  • Togedemaru is the second smallest Pika-clone (1'00"), with only Dedenne (0'08") being smaller.

Pokémon Etymology Edit

  • Togedemaru's name is the same in languages.
  • "Toge" means spike and "Maru" means round.
  • Togedemaru's name therefore means "Spiky and Round".
  • Influence for Togedemaru's name and design were taken from the Ryukyu spiny rat, a rodent native to Amami Ōshima island of the Ryukyu archipelago of Japan.
    • The Ryukyu spiny rat's name in Japanese is トゲネズミ togenezumi.
    • Both Togedemaru and the Ryukyu spiny rat are found on a single tropical island, both have spines/spiny hair, and both are rare (Togedemaru has a 10% encounter rate and the Ryukyu spiny rat is an endangered specie due to the introduction of the Indian Mongoose to the island).

Battle Strategy Edit

Mind Games Edit

  • Item: Focus Sash
  • Ability: Lightning Rod
  • Nature: Jolly (+Speed, -Sp. Attack)
  • EVs: 252 Attack / 252 Speed
  • Moves:
    • Fake Out
    • Encore
    • Zing Zap
    • Spiky Shield
  • Pair Togedemaru with a partner that hates being hit by Electric-type moves, such as Gyarados or Celesteela
  • Encore to trap an opponent into a Status move or Electric-type move.
  • Zing Zap for STAB and a 30% of Flinching the foe
  • Focus Sash to keep Togedemaru around and Spiny Shield over Protect to cause damage if the foe makes contact.

Random Thoughts Edit

  • Air Balloon if you run Togedemaru on an Earthquake team.
  • Nuzzle will Paralyze the foe while also causing damage. Run this move if Speed control is more important than Flinching the foe.
  • U-Turn to reset Fake Out. Use when you predict the opponent will switch out a Pokémon.
  • Iron Barbs will cause 1/8th max HP damage each turn when hit by a move that makes contact. Pair this with a Sitrus Berry.

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