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National Dex Number: #017
Flavour Text: When Aceciptear flies over a forest all the Pokémon fall silent as its shadow passes over them. This Pokémon is known to be territorial, and even attack light aircraft that enter its own personal airspace.
Height: 55cm (1,8ft)
Weight: 12kg (26.46lb)
Evolution: Aceciptear (L29) -> Gosprey
Ability: Keen Eye (Prevents the users Accuracy from being lowered by attack and ignores any increase in Evasiveness)/Big Pecks (Protects the user from having their Defence lowered by enemy attacks)
Hidden Ability: Wind Rider (Summons a Tail Wind to increase the speed of all allied Pokémon on entering battle.)
Egg Group: Flying
Signature Move(s): Sky Shadow (Dark Type Attack) The users shadow causes the target to flinch before the user switches out and swaps places with an allied Pokémon.
Appearance: Aceciptear is a relatively stocky bird like Pokémon with brown plumage tipped with grey edges to the wing feathers. The tail of this Pokémon is forked, very much like a kite’s, but folds in while diving or flying at high speed to reduce drag. Likewise, the feet fold into the body when not in use, but swing out when attacking with its razor tipped talons. The feet themselves are protected with reinforced scales to protect Aceciptear from prey that bites or tries to struggle out of its grasp.
This protection spreads to Aceciptear’s head, with a toughened spot on top of its head spreading down over the eyes. This section appears to be tinted transparent, showing the Pokemon’s red eyes, but also features a floating cross like mark that shifts in concert with Aceciptear’s actual eye ball. The only other bare part of this Pokémon’s head is the beak, which is a dull grey (like the scales on its legs) and slightly hooked to help rip captured prey into bite sized chunks.
Ecology: Aceciptear is a predatory Pokémon that hunts and lives alone, although they will briefly tolerate members of the same species in their territory if they are just flying through. Primarily diurnal, Aceciptear relies on its enhanced vision to detect weaknesses in its targets before dive-bombing them or grabbing them with its talons as it flies past them. Once caught, the prey Pokémon has little chance to escape before Aceciptear takes it back to its perch, usually a dead tree or an outcropping of stone, before ripping it apart with its razor sharp beak.
The prey and hunting tactics of Aceiptear change with the seasons, with aerial prey usually taken in the summer and terrestrial prey preferred in winter. Taillow and Zubat make up the bulk of the summer timer prey, with both species caught on the wing, usually in a vicious flyby attack. During winter, Yungoos and Natu are the preferred target, and are taken in a steep stoop, with the impact of the attack stunning the prey before it is taken back to Aceciptear’s roost. While outside the weight class of its normal prey, Aceiptear will also target Sandshrew in areas where their range overlaps with each other, using its talons to tear open its preys reinforced hide.
Finding an Aceiptear roost is relatively easy since it will often have the remains of its prey scattered around the base, and will also likely be completely silent. Approaching the roost is a risky venture however, Aceiptear will attack intruders if they intrude too close to its home. An attack is imminent when you hear this Pokémon scream three warning calls in quick succession, and it is advised to leave as quickly as possible. When another Aceciptear enters its territory, the resident Pokémon affords it the same curtsey, and as such fights are quite rare, although the same can’t be said for attacks on hang-gliders, with multiple attacks recorded each year from this Pokémon and its evolved form.
Origin: Aceciptear has features from multiple birds of prey such as the Red Kite, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. In addition the head ornamentation of this Pokémon is reminiscent of both falconry hoods and sniper scopes.
Name Origin: Aceciptear’s name comes from the combination of Ace, Acciptridae (the Family name for a large number of Birds of Prey including Eagles, Hawks, Kites and Vultures) and tear.