So, I've been reading some Official Fanfiction Universities
lately. Interesting fact; the Poké
mon franchise has two--the Official Poké
mon Fanfiction University for the games (sadly lacking in chapters), and the Official Fanfiction University of Kanto for the anime-verse. In their spirit of teaching fanfic writers The Rules, I'm going to say something very important regarding Pokémon names. Are you paying attention out there? Yes? No? Well, whatever. Here it is:
If you don't know how to spell a Pokémon's name, look it up before you type and/or publish your fic.
Google and Bulbapedia exist for a reason, people. I know there are like 700 Pokémon now, but you need to know how to spell their names if you're writing about them. Specifically... Gyarados has two A's, Feraligatr does not have an O, Treecko is spelled with a C, and GASTLY DOES NOT HAVE AN H. Unless you're making the appropriate pun or actually describing something as "ghastly". The wise and talented antialiasis/Dragonfree has a list of every Poké
mon's name right here
. Use it. Learn them. PLEASE.
OK, rant over. Let's move into a matter of style; namely, "How do you represent Pokémon speech if it's not translated?" In the anime, as I'm very sure you know, Pokémon speak using bits of their names (e.g., "Squirtle squirt!"). The exceptions are large, dangerous Pokémon, who primarily roar/growl; the "featured Pokémon" of the movies (except Deoxys and the Latis), who are telepathic; Unown, who don't speak except in beeps (I think); Staryu, Starmie, and inorganic Pokémon; and TR's Meowth, who conveniently speaks (Brooklyn-accented) English.
This is all well and good, but we can only combine syllables so many ways before it gets dull. I suggest occasionally substituting an appropriate verb and describing an action, i.e., "The Glameow purred and rubbed its head against my leg" or "Beedrill surrounded the hapless trainer, buzzing angrily". Be creative!