Shedinja also known as Zexinja and Buddha Bug is one of A's Pokémon and a main character in the early lore of Twitch Plays Pokémon Emerald Version. It has a Timid Nature. It has been featured prominently in the lore primarily because of its assumed relationship with the disappearance of Zexy and for being instrumental the defeat of Wattson.
Before the Generation 3 stream began, there was a lot of discussion in the forums on which pokemon people would like to see used by the trainer this time. Shedinja was mentioned several times and seemed a popular pick, as it was easily obtainable early in the game and at least two gym leaders are nearly unable to kill it due to its signature ability, Wonder Guard. Shedinja is often listed as a gimmick pokemon and is, like Castform, a natural choice for streamers to want to see used since usage by the general run of individual players is low.
There was much enthusiasm when a Nincada named .TT was caught on route 116 and players quickly anticipated the arrival of a pokemon they wished to see on the team. Leveling was slow, however, as problems with Roxanne resulted in very little experience gained by pokemon either weak to the rock type or unable to damage it. The arrival of M4 eventually overturned the slow progress and the team moved on to Dewford Town and the Granite Cave where .TT encountered the same issues the against rock, fighting, and steel types found there.
Once the team arrived in Mauville City, its gym leader soundly began to trounce A's Pokémon time and time again. After several defeats, it was noted on the subreddit and in several chat rooms that, should the first Voltorb be cleared, nothing on Wattson's team could damage Shedinja. After several PC shuffles, the hivemind became singularly focused on leveling up .TT.
Once .TT evolved at Level 20, she shed off Shedinja as a whole new Pokémon on the third day (3 days, 19 hours, and 56 minutes).
There are two general directions regarding the lore of Shedinja. Both interpretations are related to the Generation 3 (and many successive generations) Pokedex entry for Shedinja:
- Shedinja's hard body doesn't move - not even a twitch. In fact, its body appears to be merely a hollow shell. It is believed that this Pokémon will steal the spirit of anyone peering into its hollow body from its back.
The general timing of Shedinja's appearance in the party and the releasing of Zexy have resulted in the community regarding the disappearance as related to the idea that Zexy's soul was taken by Shedinja. Part of the community sees Shedinja as either dangerous or evil while the other half suspects that Zexy, having fallen into a deep depression over A's refusal to allow him to evolve and eventual exile into the PC, willingly gave his soul to Shedinja in an attempt to evolve into something more useful to A.
More recent events in the stram seem to have validated the idea that Shedinja is a dangerous or evil force, as its original body, .TT, has been released along with the second Cabbage. It has since been deposited into the PC and not withdrawn.
- It is our only genderless Pokémon we have caught in Generation 3.
- Every since Generation 2 introduced Gender it has been the only genderless Pokémon we have caught.
- Was once called Nitler but due to general contempt this name was soon jettisoned for more tasteful names