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Morpeko (モルペコ Morupeko) is an Electric/Dark-type Pokémon introduced in Generation VIII.

Biology

Physiology

Morpeko is a small, bipedal rodent Pokémon. While in Full Belly Mode, its body is light yellow with two large markings on its body. The left side is black and the right side is brown. Its eyes are black with white pupils and it has pink spots on its cheeks. It has a small dot for a nose and its mouth has one tooth in it. It has two small ears with one tuft under each one, and its limbs are short.

Hangry Mode Morpeko is dark purple and both of its markings are black. Its eyes are red and it has an angry expression, as opposed to Full Belly mode.

Behaviour

Morpeko is always hungry, as its cheeks are constantly generating energy. To avoid getting too hangry, it always stores Berry seeds as snacks.

When starved for too long, Morpeko becomes more aggressive in its Hangry Mode and won't cease being fierce until its hunger is being satisfied.

Natural Abilities

Morpeko's Hunger Switch ability allows it to switch between forms in every turn. This ability turns its signature move, Aura Wheel, from an Electric-type move in Full Belly Mode, and a Dark-type move in Hangry Mode.

Game info

Game locations

Pokédex entries

  • Sword

    Full Belly Mode: As it eats the seeds stored up in its pocket-like pouches, this Pokémon is not just satisfying its constant hunger. It's also generating electricity.
    Hangry Mode: Intense hunger drives it to extremes of violence, and the electricity in its cheek sacs has converted into a Dark-type energy.

  • Shield

    Full Belly Mode: It carries electrically roasted seeds with it as if they're precious treasures. No matter how much it eats, it always gets hungry again in short order.
    Hangry Mode: Hunger hormones affect its temperament. Until its hunger is appeased, it gets up to all manner of evil deeds.


Stats

Base Stats
HP
58
Atk
95
Def
58
Sp. Atk
70
Sp. Def
58
Speed
97
Total
436


Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
1 Thunder Shock Type Electric Special 40 100% 30
1 Tail Whip Type Normal Status 100% 30
5 Leer Type Normal Status 100% 30
10 Power Trip Type Dark Physical 20 100% 10
15 Quick Attack Type Normal Physical 40 100% 30
20 Flatter Type Normal Status 100% 15
25 Bite Type Dark Physical 60 100% 25
30 Spark Type Electric Physical 65 100% 20
35 Torment Type Dark Status 100% 15
40 Agility Type Psychic Status 100% 30
45 Bullet Seed Type Grass Physical 25 100% 30
50 Crunch Type Dark Physical 80 100% 15
55 Aura Wheel Type Electric Physical 110 100% 10
60 Thrash Type Normal Physical 120 100% 10
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By TM

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TM05 Thunder Punch Type Electric Physical 75 100% 15
TM14 Thunder Wave Type Electric Status 90% 20
TM21 Rest Type Psychic Status 100% 10
TM23 Thief Type Dark Physical 60 100% 25
TM24 Snore Type Normal Special 50 100% 15
TM25 Protect Type Normal Status 100% 10
TM26 Scary Face Type Normal Status 100% 10
TM31 Attract Type Normal Status 100% 15
TM39 Facade Type Normal Physical 70 100% 20
TM40 Swift Type Normal Special 60 100% 20
TM42 Revenge Type Fighting Physical 60 100% 10
TM43 Brick Break Type Fighting Physical 75 100% 15
TM47 Fake Tears Type Dark Status 100% 20
TM50 Bullet Seed Type Grass Physical 25 100% 30
TM57 Payback Type Dark Physical 50 100% 10
TM58 Assurance Type Dark Physical 60 100% 10
TM59 Fling Type Dark Physical ? 100% 10
TM66 Thunder Fang Type Electric Physical 65 95% 15
TM67 Ice Fang Type Ice Physical 65 95% 15
TM68 Fire Fang Type Fire Physical 65 95% 15
TM76 Round Type Normal Special 60 100% 15
TM80 Volt Switch Type Electric Special 70 100% 20
TM82 Electroweb Type Electric Special 55 95% 15
TM85 Snarl Type Dark Special 55 95% 15
TM90 Electric Terrain Type Electric Status 100% 10
TM98 Stomping Tantrum Type Ground Physical 75 100% 10
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By TR

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TR08 Thunderbolt Type Electric Special 90 100% 15
TR09 Thunder Type Electric Special 110 70% 10
TR12 Agility Type Psychic Status 100% 30
TR20 Substitute Type Normal Status 100% 10
TR24 Outrage Type Dragon Physical 120 100% 10
TR26 Endure Type Normal Status 100% 10
TR27 Sleep Talk Type Normal Status 100% 10
TR32 Crunch Type Dark Physical 80 100% 15
TR35 Uproar Type Normal Special 90 100% 10
TR37 Taunt Type Dark Status 100% 20
TR58 Dark Pulse Type Dark Special 80 100% 15
TR59 Seed Bomb Type Grass Physical 80 100% 15
TR68 Nasty Plot Type Dark Status 100% 20
TR80 Electro Ball Type Electric Special ? 100% 10
TR81 Foul Play Type Dark Physical 95 100% 15
TR86 Wild Charge Type Electric Physical 90 100% 15
TR97 Psychic Fangs Type Psychic Physical 85 100% 10
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

Generation VIII
Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
Swagger Type Normal Status 85% 15
Parent Candidates:
Super Fang Type Normal Physical 90% 10
Parent Candidates:
Charge Type Electric Status —% 20
Parent Candidates:
Tickle Type Normal Status 100% 20
Parent Candidates:
Rapid Spin Type Normal Physical 50 100% 40
Parent Candidates:
Quash Type Dark Status 100% 15
Parent Candidates:
Parting Shot Type Dark Status 100% 20
Parent Candidates:
Fake Out Type Normal Physical 40 100% 10
Parent Candidates:
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via TM.


By tutoring

Morpeko learns no moves via tutoring.


Sprites

Version
Sword Shield Back

Trivia

  • Morpeko is the only Pikaclone that can change forms, and the only one to also have a unique type combination.
  • Morpeko is tied with Dedenne as being the smallest Pikaclone, at only 8 inches tall.

Origin

Morpeko's appearance and wheel-based signature move indicate that it may be based on a hamster or a guinea pig. Alternately, its temperamental hunger and its small nature, even smaller than even Dendenne, may draw inspiration from the shrew. It may also be based on a marsupial, as it is shown to stuff food or its hands inside of the yellow/purple portion of its body. Its dual nature with a trigger maybe be a reference to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or Bruce Banner and the Hulk.

Etymology

Morpeko may be a combination of morph and 腹ペコ harapeko, which is Japanese for "hungry" or "starving". It may also come from marmot, the Japanese name for the guinea pig. It could also possibly come from pika, as it is the electric-rodent Pokémon of the region, which originates from the concept of Pikachu. Its form uses the term "hangry", an expression used to signify hunger and anger, or more accurately, "shrewish", in one.

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