Part of the fun in the main series Pokémon games are the story of each species, which Pokémon GO recreates with brief descriptions in their Pokédex entries. However, watching the roles these Pokémon play in other games, and even anime, can enrich the experience of hunting these creatures in Niantic’s mobile game. In honor of Snivy’s Shiny release during the current Unova Celebration 2021 event, let’s take a look at the history of this species.
Dex entry number 495, Snivy is a pure species of grass from the Unova region, introduced to the world by Pokémon with Generation Five. This starting Pokémon can be experienced as male or female and has no noticeable gender difference. Called “Grass Snake Pokémon”, this is what Snivy’s Dex entry says:
They photosynthesize by bathing their tails in sunlight. When they are not feeling well, the tails tail.
Snivy is, like every starter, part of a three-step evolutionary line. It develops into Servine as its second stage form, and finally Serperior as its ultimate form. All three forms are pure grass types, with Servine holding the “Grass Snake” rating while the Serperior becomes the “Regal Pokémon.” Pokémon GO Players know this species as one that has broken a years-long trend of starters receiving their shiny shapes at Community Days. However, there is good reason to believe that Snivy, who was introduced in the main series with Pokémon black and white along with the water type, Oshawott starts and the lighthouse type starts Tepig, still a community day.
For fans of anime, Snivy debuts under the ownership of coach Trip in The shadow of Zekrom! but the species gets a more prominent role when Ash catches one Snivy plays hard to catch! Although Snivy eventually remained in the laboratory when Ash moved into the Kalos region, he was a frequent companion of Ash and Pikachu during their Unova adventure.
Other Pokédex listings offer new information about Snivy:
- Black: It is very intelligent and calm. Being exposed to a lot of sunlight makes the movements faster.
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