Original Japanese name: Parasekuto (Parasect)
Evolution: Evolves from Paras
Parasect is comprised of a host-parasite pair in which the parasite mushroom, which grows larger than its body, has taken over the host bug. Groups of Parasect are known to infest large trees en masse and drain nutrients from the lower trunk and roots. When an infested tree dies, they move onto another tree all at once. Parasect scatters toxic spores from its mushroom cap. In China, the spores are used as herbal medicine. The larger the mushroom, the stronger the spores it scatters. Parasect stays mostly in dark, damp places - the preference not of the bug, but of the mushrooms on its back. It is drained of energy by the mushrooms - they appear to do all the thinking. When nothing's left to extract from the bug, the mushrooms leave spores on the bug's egg.
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