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Hey! Welcome to another week of learning exciting Pokémon knowledge, especially things you may or may not know about! For Pokémon of the Week: # five, we have Deerling and Sawsbuck, numbers 585 and 586, respectively.

They are both Normal/Grass-type Pokémon based off of deer and deciduous trees. Like the aforementioned trees, they change with the season, further making them unique. Similarly, Castform can change with the weather, it seems Pokémon wanted to expand on that concept when they incorporated seasonal weather into the games. Deerling and Sawsbuck in the spring are pink, in the summer they are green, in the fall they are orange, and in the winter they are brown.

But here is my question; what would happen if you put a Deerling or a Sawsbuck just outside of Bell Tower in Johto and keep it there year-round? Would it change form anyway, or would it stay in Autumn form?

Perhaps we may never know.

“The turning of the seasons changes the color and scent of this Pokémon’s fur. People use it to mark the seasons.” – Deerling’s Pokémon White Version PokéDex entry.

Deerling was introduced in the anime in the first couple of episodes of season fourteen, debuting the Unova region. Ash even attempted to catch a Deerling, but was unsuccessful.

However, it has reappeared several times as a common Pokémon, and there was even one under the ownership of a Day Care owner in the twelfth episode of Black and White. In the video games, you can catch Deerling on Route 6 and 7 in addition to the Dragonspiral Tower.

“They migrate according to the seasons. People can tell the season by looking at Sawsbuck’s horns.” – Sawsbuck’s Pokémon Black Version PokéDex entry.

At level 34, Deerling can evolve into Sawsubuck. Sawsbuck is – as most evolutions are to their pre-evolutions – very similar to Deerling.

It has only shown in the anime once, and that was when Cabernet used hers to battle Cilan, but had fainted due to Pansage’s SolarBeam. Other than that, Sawsbuck hasn’t gotten much exposure by Pokémon as of yet, but it can be caught outside of Dragonspiral Tower if you don’t watch to catch and/or train a Deerling.

Last but not least, our fun facts about Deerling and Sawsbuck:

  • As we all know, Deerling and Sawsbuck are not the only deer Pokémon. Virizion and Stantler also show deer traits, even though Stantler is more specifically a reindeer.
  • Generally, like with real deer, the buck – or male deer – with the largest horns is considered the leader of the pack. However, unlike Sawsbuck, real-life does – or female deer – do not have antlers. This was done on purpose so that Sawsbuck – whether male or female – could stay true to its Black Version PokéDex entry.
  • Horn Leech is a move that can only be learned by Sawsbuck. If you have a Sawsbuck that knows Horn Leech, give it a Big Root for an added bonus; however, beware Tentacool, Gulpin, and their evolutions. If they have the Liquid Ooze ability, then you will lose the HP you normally would gain. However, the only HP-draining move that is not affected by Liquid Ooze is Dream Eater. Although Sawsbuck can’t learn Dream Eater, fellow deer Pokémon Stantler can.
  • Sawsbuck and Deerling’s type-combination, Normal/Grass is unique and exclusive only to this evolutionary family.

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