O.K, now this is something that has been stuck in my head for a while, at least ever since I got back into Pokemon little over a year ago. I asked my friends about it a while ago, had a bit of an interesting discussion about it, but now I want to ask you guy's. And that question is this: How do you think Pokemon Evolution would function on a more "realistic" or believable level? Evolution is a major staple of the Pokemon Universe and is also the one least fleshed out (hell, they even acknowledge this in game) and one I've seen the most subject to personal interpretation over the years. I mean, call me that guy, but I don't think it's possible (or moral) to hatch a baby Pokemon and then immediately send it into battle to cause it to metamorphosis into a mega-powerful monster with-in the course of a few days. Now, please keep in mind that these are just sort of "head-canons" that I like to keep in mind when writing my characters and I try to focus on when RPing or just writing stupid little stories. By no means am I stating that my idea's are in continuity with Game Freak's vision of Pokemon or what should be "right". It's just my take on the subject and the guidelines I personally follow while also asking you guys what you think on the matter. First off, I think that evolution is a completely different process from aging, being triggered by a Pokemon under going excessive training, battling, and reaching a high level of power (not counting Pokemon who use stones, trading, or other odd methods of evolution). A Pokemon can be born and live its entire life in its first stage without evolving, in fact, I believe this is the case for most wild Pokemon(though evolution can certainly happen to wild Pokemon, it's just a good deal rarer). A Pokemon under the care of a trainer can grow a good deal quicker (going with the series theme of humans being able to bring out a Pokemon's full potential) but it still requires a lot of training and battling to do. To get a rough idea for my idea of how much training and battling, for example, a starter Pokemon would take about 5-7 years of training and battling to reach its second stage, and then about another 8-10 years of training to get it to its final form. Though I believe an evolution can be triggered a bit earlier under situations of extreme danger or duress, basically having a Pokemon force itself to evolve a bit early to overcome the hazard, though the Pokemon has to still be very strong and experienced to do this. Of course, some Pokemon evolve quicker then others, I like to think that most bug Pokemon (I.E: Caterpie, Wurple) can reach their final form in about 2-3 years while Pseudo-Legendary Pokemon (I.E: Dratini, Larvitar) require decades of intense training to evolve at least. I also imagine that, as a Pokemon ages and gets farther and farther away from its prime, then it also become harder for it to evolve. Like, evolving a Bulbasaur that's sixty years old into an Ivysaur would be extremely difficult to do, but not impossible. However, don't bet on it happening unless you're an extremely good trainer and said Pokemon has an strong desire to evolve. On the other side of the age spectrum, I always thought that, again a more realistic approach in mind here, that a newly hatched/born/ect. Pokemon would be viewed as being in a sort of "infant" stage where one wouldn't even consider training it or putting in in battle until it's about 7-10 years old, but this is what I imagine for a starter Pokemon though, this can vary greatly by species (I.E: a Pokemon like Pidgey would be old enough to start battling in 3-5 years). This is, of course to give it's body a little time to develop and mature a bit, otherwise you could do permanent, life-long damage to the Pokemon. Of course, this is all just the ramblings of my bored mind putting thoughts into things that I really shouldn't. Naturally you wouldn't see any of this in the games or anime, I mean, that kind of time passage in your game would be ridiculously difficult to implement, not to mention tedious and unnecessary for the player, and if the anime followed this logic, then Ash would probably be in his mid to late teens by the time he challenges the Pokemon League for the first time. It's just a fun little head-canon I try to keep in mind when I'm RPing with my friend or writing stories, I admit, it might have a few flaws in logic here or there that I missed, but it's what I feel works for a more "realistic" view without taking the "magic" out of the Pokemon. Basically it boils down to: only the best of the best trainers in the world would have a team of powerful, fully evolved Pokemon. You sure ain't going to see little Timmy from down the street running around with a Typhlosion, that's for sure. But you know what, when all is said and done, I think Tumblr user Captainsnoops put it best: (Here's a link to his Tumblr : http://captainsnoop.tumblr.com/ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dab_(dance)) , check him out, he's a pretty funny guy) Anyways, thanks for letting me get this out of my system guys, and thanks again if you read that massive wall of text, I tried to make it as "not boring" as possible. Honestly, even this is sort of the abridged version, I've actually given a lot more thought on the subject(how stones work and how rare they are, the power differences in evolutions and how much of an advantage evolution gives a Pokemon), probably far more then is healthy for a guy in his early twenties. But either way, I'm curious to hear how you all think evolution works, share your thoughts if you want to.