Mandibuzz Wears The Bones Of Its Dead Victims

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Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Mandizbuzz!

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Mandibuzz Details

Type: Dark/Flying

Average Height: 3' 11"

Average Weight: 87.1 lbs.

First Added In Generation V


Bones. We all got some of them in us. Literally, right now, there are bones inside you. Strange to think about. And if you were killed by a giant bird or something, those bones might become accessible to anyone sick enough to rip them free of your corpse. Oh, hey, speaking of sick creatures and bones, here’s Mandibuzz. They are a large bird who wears bones around as fashion. Specifically the bones of prey it has killed.

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Bone fashion is important to Mandibuzz. According to some Pokedex entries found on Bulbapedia, different types of bones seem to be popular and less popular. This seems to suggest that some fashion trends exist amongst this vulture looking Pokemon. I wonder if they have their own version of Fashion Police? “I can’t believe she wore a collarbone. What is this the 90s?!”

Where does Mandibuzz get these bones from? Dead Pokemon. Mandibuzz loves to hunt weaker creatures it can kill and bring back to its nest. Multiple Pokedex entries mention a preference for Cubone. That makes sense. If you are a Pokemon who loves bones, then a small easily catchable creature wearing a bone mask is like the perfect target.

But you might be thinking to yourself, “Hey, animals have a lot of bones in them. What happens to those unused bones?” Well first off, you have some weird thoughts. Secondly, they don’t go to waste. Mandibuzz actually creates their nests out of bones. Imagine being a small, helpless Pokemon and getting grabbed by a giant bird wearing bones and then getting dropped into a nest made of bones. I think they understand what’s about to happen. Poor bastards.

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Illustration: Ringo-Mikan (DeviantArt)
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“Get the fuck away from my bones!!!!!”

Random Facts

  • You might think this Pokemon is a mean and evil bird, looking only to kill. BUT, according to the Pokedex, they are known to help lost Vulaby and care for them. (Vulaby are smaller birds that evolve into Mandibuzz.)
  • According to an interview with a longtime artist at Gamefreak, this Pokemon was added late in the development of Black and White. It was created by James Turner, who also created Buzzwole.
  • In just one Pokedex entry, found in Pokemon Sun, it is mentioned that all Mandibuzz are female and they wear bones to attract males. They fly around looking for them. Yet none have ever been found. This might be one of the saddest bits of info included in a Pokedex entry.
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Best Comment From Last Week

I mean, just floating in the current and being toxic seems like it works for a lot of people on the internet, why shouldn’t it work for a fish?

-Stunkydunk

I like this comment but I also feel bad relating Qwilfish to shitty internet trolls and assholes. Qwilfish might suck as a fish, but they have never sent me death threats or called me a shill. So they ain’t that bad.

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Here’s Another Pokemon is a weekly look into one Pokemon and how weird, disturbing, silly, or cool it is and why. Catch new entries each weekend and click here to see all of the past Pokemon we have covered.

Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.

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DISCUSSION

stunkydunk
Stunkydunk

K so the reasons I hate Mandibuzz:

1) it’s name. It has a stupid name that makes it sound like it’s a bug type, I get it, it’s like a riff on mandible and buzzard, but it’s dumb and it sounds like a bug type.

2) It’s pre-evolution wears a diaper and is called the Diaper Pokémon. I find the idea of birds wearing diapers to be utterly grotesque.

3) Just look at it, it’s the ugliest, silliest, stupidest design, maybe of any Pokémon ever. If the idea the devs were going for was “bone-wearing carrion bird,” they could have done it a LOT cooler.

Also, I think I read that braviary is the male mandibuzz and that makes no fucking sense.