Oooh, maybe Lee’d have a rockruff? Because according to the Pokedex they need a dedicated trainer because the closer to evolution they get, the rougher and roudier they get? And then he’d have a midday lycanroc post-timeskip because they’re really fast & loyal?

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Hm… while I am fond of the Lee and Rockruff parallels (and the pun), I actually would rather lean into more of a taijutsu-only equivalent team for him. Meaning only Normal and Fighting types for Lee.

Neji and TenTen would also have Fighting types, but Neji would have a few Psychic types (which parallels the Byakugan sort of an the idea that even though Lee is faster than god, Neji consistently beats him) and TenTen a few steel types.

They would have Hitmonlee, Hitmontop, and Hitmonchan respectively–their Tyrogues were gifts from Gai-sensei.

Now that I think of it some more, I do kind of like Lee having an unevolved Eevee on his team as per @to-someplace-else’s suggestion. Because there’s something very sweet about Lee accepting his Eevee the way it is and not pressuring it into changing itself one way or another. But, of course, if it wants to evolve, he won’t stop it! But what he wants is for it to be happy. (And, also, Green’s Eevee is so powerful. So majestic and fluffy)

Which I guess brings us to the next point with Shikako’s Deerling. And I suppose the problem there is that I’m not sure why the Deerling wouldn’t want to evolve? In comparison to Eevee evolving into a different Type entirely (generally dictated by the trainer and what kind of team they’re trying to form) or a Pikachu evolving into a Raichu which needs a Thunder stone, as far as I can tell Deerling’s evolution into Sawsbuck is just a level cap.

And it’s a natural (or, at least, simple) process for the Deerling line to evolve into Sawsbuck. It’s basically puberty turning from a child into an adult. Whereas Eeveelutions and Pikachu turning into Raichu are more deliberate, like a medical undertaking…

Is there any benefit to preventing a Deerling’s evolution? More specifically, in this world of shinobi-trainers why would Shikako deliberately hamper her Pokemon’s growth with an everstone? She needs to be battle ready, and a Deerling doesn’t have anything over a Sawsbuck–unlike (and I don’t know if this is game canon or just cartoon canon) Pikachu being faster than Raichu.

I can kind of see passing down jutsu = passing down pokemons? I was looking at Sasuke’s Luxio, and I just got a specific Chidori vibe from it. I mean, not everyone’s going to get a Luxio/Shinx, so I guess it’s more like exclusive move tutoring? (Which is kind of cool, cause that means you’ll have ninjas creating moves, aka different combinations/techniques of pkmn abilities (Shikako tinkering with this is cool af to think about)). I love Arm in Arm, by the way! <3

Thanks! 🙂

Luxio/Shinx was definitely meant to be Sasuke’s version of Chidori, but I kind of figured it was more Kakashi brought him to where the Shinx were and it was up to Sasuke to catch it.

Because Kakashi is very hands off like that.

And I kind of figured, since Shinx evolves into Luxio pretty early, then that level up would during the Paw Print Encyclopedia mission which isn’t too long after the Konoha Chuunin Exams and kind of has a thematic “Sasuke gets (some) closure on the matter of Itachi via cats”

In regards to “Arm in Arm,” you said something about the sun, the moon, and the star? Obviously the sun is Solrock (Naruto) and the moon is Lunatone (Sasuke) but I was wondering- The star is obviously Shikako, but is it supposed to be Minior?

Oh, the star is meant to be Staryu. I guess I ought to have properly linked the post with my Team Seven Pokemon team headcanon…

Like, I know it’s not really part of the set, and it’s not even Rock type, but I thought that it still had a nice celestial body vibe to it and, early on, she did use to do that water chakra technique in the training grounds so water type works out nicely. And the red gem in the middle had a nice Gelel stone feel to it even though that is Sableye’s role… but Minior is a nice choice too!

I think the Deerling to Sawsbuck would happen on the beach in Moon Country. It’s pretty late, yeah, but it’s also a very solid moment of moving from a child’s innocent success in missions to an adult’s grim cost to success.

Hmm… thematically that’s a good choice–since, as you said, that is the first time she summons Heijomaru in a combat setting–but I’m just… :/ Her Deerling is her first Pokemon, so that seems awfully late.

Then again, Ash’s Pikachu is never going to be a Raichu and it’s been how many years?

Then again, again, Raichu needs a Thunderstone so Pikachu can just avoid that, whereas Sawsbuck are only a level 34 cap so…

Unless that’s where Shikamaru’s Deerling evolves?

I feel like, between the twins, Shikamaru probably wouldn’t use his Deerling as much in battle so maybe Shikako’s Deerling evolved earlier (the equivalent of when she would’ve signed the summon scroll).

Ugh, I dunno. I also don’t know how I would translate certain fights into Pokemon battles which is why I kept everything vague.

Arm in Arm (no better team than you and me), a DoSxPokemon ficlet (2017-01-28)

(Based on all the DoSxPokemon brainstorms. So many.)

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The day the Nara clan head’s twins turn six years old, they are presented to the herd to be chosen.

The Sawsbuck of the herd observe with keen eyes, as if to assess the worthiness of the children, but, ultimately, it’s not up to them.

It’s up to the Deerling.

When Sasuke is six years old, his parents give him an egg as per the Uchiha tradition.

The first few years of the Academy do not require a Pokemon just yet, and the egg is as much a promise of one as the Pokeballs on some of his classmates’ belts.

When Sasuke is seven years old, his Fletchling hatches into a world with a severely diminished Uchiha clan and a greatly reduced flock.

Naruto thinks he found his Poliwag–trapped in some trash in a sewer drain, alone but still fighting strong–and, in a way, he’s right.

Long ago, Poliwhirls were the clan Pokemon of the Uzumaki.

It could also be said that his Poliwag found him.

In the ghost town that is the Uchiha clan compound, Sasuke hears cries at night.

For one heart stopping moment he thinks it is himself or some awful product of his internal grief, but his Fletchling leads him to the source of the sound.

It’s not pity when Sasuke adds Cubone to their team.

The Land of Fire is well named, fire type Pokemon nearly as abundant as trees in the forest.

Objectively, Growlithe puppies are common, nothing special at all.

Subjectively, Shikako’s Growlithe is extraordinary.

Naruto is an unrepentant troublemaker: loud and unruly and mischievous. A hassle and a headache and a half.

It makes sense that his Scrafty is one, too.

When she graduates from the Academy, Shikako chooses an Onix for her third.

It’s a bold choice, incongruous with the shy, soft-spoken image most know her by, but she’s very much her mother’s daughter.

Yoshino Nara has a Steelix on her belt and the spine to match.

When he graduates from the Academy, Sasuke chooses a Pawniard for his third.

He’s an avenger–he wants a weapon, not a friend–and he thinks this is the right choice.

It takes a long time for Pawniard to choose him in return.

Naruto doesn’t graduate from the Academy–not via the normal route anyway.

Instead, he is manipulated into breaking into the Hokage’s Tower to steal a Pokeball, told that he himself is the vessel of a demonic, impossible creature, and nearly killed by one of his Academy teachers.

Of course, he’s saved by Iruka-sensei and meets Mimikyu that night, so it’s not all bad.

Their first day as a team, the three of them are nonchalantly run into the ground by Kakashi-sensei’s Stoutland, Pakkun.

It’s as much a rude, embarrassing awakening as it is a bonding experience.

In the following weeks, in that same training ground, they all catch their fourths: star, sun, moon.

Land of Waves is a strange place to get a rock type Pokemon that looks like a tree, but Naruto’s never been one for conforming to people’s expectations either.

Voltorb literally comes to Shikako during the Konoha Chuunin Exams–beaten up, concussed, and outnumbered in the Forest of Death–as willing to go out with a bang as any of its species.

Jokes of cats and dogs aside, Sasuke will grudgingly admit that he only has his Luxio because of Kakashi-sensei and, if further pressed, will express gratitude.

No one wants to talk about the time Shikako got her Sableye.

It’s not Sableye’s fault–if anything, it’s because of Sableye that Shikako is still alive–but it’s not a fond memory for anyone.

The two of them keep the Sablenite a secret.

Naruto leaves Konoha with retired Elite Four Jiraiya, heart heavy in his throat but smile on his face anyway, determined.

The Emolga that joins his team reminds him that traveling doesn’t necessarily mean saying goodbye.

Sometimes it’s just about flying free.

Sasuke chose to stay, chose loyalty, chose Konoha–he just hates how trapped it makes him feel.

Shackled to the village, border patrol and gate guard duty, and no more freedom.

So he takes control of his own destiny: Sasuke joins ANBU, gets a Hawlucha, and breathes.

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A/N: I was tempted to put in snippets about when/how certain Pokemon on the teams evolve, but that seemed a little too much. And I couldn’t decide certain things…

Like, did Shikako’s Deerling evolve into a Sawsbuck early on or should I wait until the timeline for when she signs the deer summon contract? But wouldn’t that be a really long time?

Did Growlithe turn into Arcanine while she was making a name for herself as a bomber in the Academy or when Jiraiya helped her through the epiphany for Touch Blast?

Voltorb probably turns into Electrode during the Grass Chuunin Exams–the equivalent of blowing up her kidnapper’s head–but when does Onix evolve. Does it ever? When she becomes a special jounin? The equivalent of when she and Sasuke get kenjutsu training from Kakashi-sensei?

And don’t even get me started on the boys. :/

Pokemon trainers Team 7!!!

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( ) Yeah!

Okay, let’s see, I don’t particularly want to assign different Elemental Nations to different regions, so let’s pull Pokemon from all generations, if that’s okay?

First off, single type teams just do not work because if Kakashi is any single type he would be Electric and there aren’t enough Electric-type dogs to make a full team. And I feel like him having dogs is more important than him having Electric type so he’s one of the Elite Four, but here that’s not a type thing:

Pakkun is most likely a Herdier/Stoutland–he was Kakashi’s starter, given to him by his father (a former Elite Four member himself) and, even though he doesn’t usually fight, his experience and knowledge is valuable.

Other members of Kakashi’s team includes Granbull, Mightyena, Furfrou, Lycanroc, and Houndoom. (Supposedly, Kakashi also has the Legendary Raikou, but surely that’s just a rumor.) Heck yeah, it’s an all dog team!

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The Nara clan are known for their herds of Sawsbuck, and all Nara children’s starters are Deerling. Shikako’s second Pokemon was a Growlithe which has evolved into a massive Arcanine that likes cuddling. The rest of her team includes: Sableye (who can now turn into Mega Sableye due to the Sablenite found in the Gelel Shrine?) and maaaaaaybe Onix, Staryu, and Voltorb?

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The Uchiha clans, likewise, used to give their children Fletchlings–even though there was no longer a clan to formally do so when Sasuke became of age, the Talonflame flocks stuck around and one Fletchling joined him on his journey. Other members of Sasuke’s team are possibly: Lunatone, Hawlucha, Cubone, Luxio, and Bisharp?

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It’s said that, if one should be powerful enough to live for over one thousand years, that a Ninetails can rival even a Legendary Pokemon and develop psychic powers. Of course, that’s just a story. There’s been no sighting of such a mythical creature in generations, and how would a human possibly control such a powerful Pokemon before the creation of Master Balls? Naruto’s team includes: Politoed, Scrafty, Solrock, Mimikyu, Sudowoodo, and Emolga.

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Probably the shinobi of this world are more like the Pokemon Ranger trainer class or police officers in that the Leagues/Villages of each respective area are in charge of making sure wild Pokemon and people are safe. The ones that end up on elite jounin-led teams are Ace Trainers.

Akatsuki are the bad guys, with some Oto and Ame sprinkled in for grunts, and the Kages are the Champions? And the other jounin sensei are the other Elite Four. So the coming of age for the Konoha Twelve is the first time that all of the Elite Four have training teams. And, like in canon, Team Seven’s missions are incredibly weird–it’s almost like they see Legendary Pokemon every other time they leave the village.

There’s no real plot, though, just fusing canon into a Pokemon world and replacing jutsu with Pokemon.

(Sorry this is so messy, anon, I’m having trouble organizing my thoughts for this. But if you’re curious about my choice in Pokemon for I can totally explain if you’d like?)

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I think, if I were to write this, it would be more of a Naruto-style society except where Pokemon replaces chakra. Like, the shinobi are the full out teams of six battlers while the civilian are the same as people in Pokemon games who aren’t trainers but do own one or two Pokemon as pets. Then nobility is probably more about the pedigrees and possibly participate in the pageant-like competitions.

So there are still clans and such, and like in canon, being part of a clan is a head start–clan kids grow up around Pokemon their whole lives, while civilian kids don’t get their starter until after they graduate from the Academy? Hm… that’s a pretty big disparity. Maybe it’s something like… you’re legally only allowed to own two Pokemon unless you’re a League certified Trainer then you can get up to six.

So they’re not just thrown together with a strange Pokemon and two other kids on a team with an Elite Four and expected to roll with it. So students of the Academy do have one or two Pokemon, but they have to graduate to get more. Which makes more sense?

Okay, Pokemon team breakdowns:

Kakashi’s is fairly obvious, I think. There were some other dogs that I was considering, such as Manectric and Smeargle and Arcanine, but Arcanine went to Shikako because it fit super perfectly and I feel like Manectric and Smeargle are both too… cartoony. Also, I’m pretty sure if anyone owns a Smeargle it’s Sai.

The Nara with the Deerling and Sawsbuck herds were a must. And their medicine would no doubt be even more elevated by harvesting from a Grass type deers that also change every season. Arcanine, I’ll admit, is mostly because of the fantastic art by kristinaxx0 but the more I thought about it, the more it just kind of fit? Growlithe must be very common in Land of Fire, and no doubt Shikako stumbled on a lost Growlith puppy that just followed her everywhere.

Sableye as Dark/Ghost works pretty well for Shikako even before the Gelel arc leading to the stone and Shikako’s first in-world death. Reincarnated Nara, anyone? I’m less sure about the following three, but given her Earth nature and penchant for GIANT PILLARS OF STONE, I figured Onix would work quite well. And, well, as @to-someplace-else said, Voltorb? ~Self Destruct~

Staryu, I admit, is more to match up with the boys’ Solrock and Lunatone. DoS is Shikako’s story but there’s always going to be this back and forth between Naruto and Sasuke. So her star isn’t really part of the sun and moon of her teammates, but it still fits a little and I quite like that.

The Uchiha’s crest is a fan and their family jutsu are Fire natured and then the whole hawk contract, so even though it’s not as one to one as the Nara and the Sawsbuck, I think Talonflame works best. Lunatone I’ve already explained above. Hawlucha I think he gets later on, if not the last one he gets, because I kind of wanted to represent his time skip changes in DoS–hawk contract and ANBU and to reflect the fact that he is the taijutsu specialist among Team Seven.

Cubone is just, I mean, pretty obvious right? A reflection of his past as the last (loyal) Uchiha. Luxio is a bit of a mix to show–hm, how do I say this–what he inherited from the living. That is, the Chidori from Kakashi and coming to terms with the Itachi of the past and present via the Neko-baa and pawprint mission. Bisharp is… the way I’d express it, he would have had a Pawniard in canon or DoS but in DoS it evolves into Bisharp during the Sasuke Retrieval Arc and in canon it doesn’t until post time-skip. It’s a representation of Sasuke’s life choices, basically.

Politoed and all of it’s line, besides being the same as Naruto’s summoning contract, also has the Uzumaki swirl which *clenches fist* doesn’t drown me in Uzushio feels at all, nope, none here. Scrafty I think emulates Naruto pre-graduation, all mischief and anger and brawling. Solrock explained above.

I honestly think Naruto would empathize quite a bit with Mimikyu. Lonely but trying to make friends, disguising itself to be more approachable. Yeah, I think Naruto would love Mimikyu and vice versa. Sudowoodo kind of is a more light-hearted side of the trickster and disguise expert that Naruto was way in the beginning before canon just dropped that idea. But something that looks like a tree but isn’t? And look at how happy it is! And ~Konoha~

Emolga I’m least sure about, but I wanted a small non-bird Flying type and I also just like the idea of Emolga just chilling on Naruto’s head one second and then being all up in someone’s grill the next.

A huge list of Pokemon that I was considering but didn’t make the cut or didn’t fit one team member in particular under the cut:

edit: also, kind of wrote a thing for this “Arm in Arm (no better team than you and me)

Absol–the “Disaster Pokemon”–I figured Absol would frequently show up around the Lucky Sevens but wouldn’t ever actually become one of their Pokemon.
Zangoose–basically a mongoose that hates snakes. They’re all anti-Orochimaru, but no one more than the others in particular, and probably it’d be Anko or one of Anko’s team.
Chingling–for Kakashi, because the Bell Test. Though I wonder if there’s just this ancient Chingling that the League has as a mascot and if any team of new trainers can last more than five minutes against it, they get to be students of an Elite Four member?
Lucario–for Kakashi, but I like the idea of it was more a temporary partnership? Or Lucario was Sakumo’s Pokemon and disappeared after Sakumo’s suicide. So there’s some connection, but its not really Kakashi’s.
Musharna–for Shikako, because ~dreaming~… That was it, really.
Nidoqueen–for Shikako, because ~queen~… and also since Nidoqueen is also a Ground type that could double for her Earth nature.
Swellow–for Sasuke, it had the Uchiha colors and the Flying type-fan crest but it didn’t emulate it as well as Talonflame.
Staraptor–for Sasuke, for the same reason as above.
Gallade–for Sasuke, I wanted to capture the ability to copy taijutsu with Sharingan thing, but for Fighting type I ended up preferring Hawlucha for more plot based reasons.
Pyroar–for Sasuke, as an alternative to Luxio, but I didn’t want too much Fire-type for his team.
Ditto–for Naruto, more in line with his penchant for henge early on.
Toxicroak–for Naruto, because ~toads~ but I don’t think a Poison-type really works for Naruto’s personality.
Greninja–for Naruto, because, again, more toads (though I know technically its a frog and that’s different) and also because ninja is literally in the name. But then I realized if anyone is going to own Greninja it wouldn’t be Naruto, it would be Konohamaru.
Ledian–for Naruto, because ladybugs are good luck?

And because I’m a sucker for Eeveelutions, but didn’t include one on any team, I think it’d be: Kakashi has Jolteon, Shikako has Umbreon, Sasuke has Flareon, and Naruto has… hm… either Leafeon or Sylveon. Or! An un-evolved Eevee.

Pokemon trainers Team 7!!!

( ) Yeah!

Okay, let’s see, I don’t particularly want to assign different Elemental Nations to different regions, so let’s pull Pokemon from all generations, if that’s okay?

First off, single type teams just do not work because if Kakashi is any single type he would be Electric and there aren’t enough Electric-type dogs to make a full team. And I feel like him having dogs is more important than him having Electric type so he’s one of the Elite Four, but here that’s not a type thing:

Pakkun is most likely a Herdier/Stoutland–he was Kakashi’s starter, given to him by his father (a former Elite Four member himself) and, even though he doesn’t usually fight, his experience and knowledge is valuable.

Other members of Kakashi’s team includes Granbull, Mightyena, Furfrou, Lycanroc, and Houndoom. (Supposedly, Kakashi also has the Legendary Raikou, but surely that’s just a rumor.) Heck yeah, it’s an all dog team!

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The Nara clan are known for their herds of Sawsbuck, and all Nara children’s starters are Deerling. Shikako’s second Pokemon was a Growlithe which has evolved into a massive Arcanine that likes cuddling. The rest of her team includes: Sableye (who can now turn into Mega Sableye due to the Sablenite found in the Gelel Shrine?) and maaaaaaybe Onix, Staryu, and Voltorb?

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The Uchiha clans, likewise, used to give their children Fletchlings–even though there was no longer a clan to formally do so when Sasuke became of age, the Talonflame flocks stuck around and one Fletchling joined him on his journey. Other members of Sasuke’s team are possibly: Lunatone, Hawlucha, Cubone, Luxio, and Bisharp?

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It’s said that, if one should be powerful enough to live for over one thousand years, that a Ninetails can rival even a Legendary Pokemon and develop psychic powers. Of course, that’s just a story. There’s been no sighting of such a mythical creature in generations, and how would a human possibly control such a powerful Pokemon before the creation of Master Balls? Naruto’s team includes: Politoed, Scrafty, Solrock, Mimikyu, Sudowoodo, and Emolga.

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Probably the shinobi of this world are more like the Pokemon Ranger trainer class or police officers in that the Leagues/Villages of each respective area are in charge of making sure wild Pokemon and people are safe. The ones that end up on elite jounin-led teams are Ace Trainers.

Akatsuki are the bad guys, with some Oto and Ame sprinkled in for grunts, and the Kages are the Champions? And the other jounin sensei are the other Elite Four. So the coming of age for the Konoha Twelve is the first time that all of the Elite Four have training teams. And, like in canon, Team Seven’s missions are incredibly weird–it’s almost like they see Legendary Pokemon every other time they leave the village.

There’s no real plot, though, just fusing canon into a Pokemon world and replacing jutsu with Pokemon.

(Sorry this is so messy, anon, I’m having trouble organizing my thoughts for this. But if you’re curious about my choice in Pokemon for I can totally explain if you’d like?)

edit: kind of wrote a thing, “Arm in Arm (no better team than you and me)