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I thought I saw Lotad having six legs, and it's not even based on an insect, so why??

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Not completely correct. Lotad may have been based on the water insect, Tardigrade, given his similarity in shape and general habitat. That's probably partially why.
I always thought it was just a kind of little animal underneath a lily pad, but the Tardigrade insect does make sense too.

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That's how Game Freak Designed it

I guess its to make the design more interesting... After all, Lotad is practically a lilypad with a smiley face. Quite a few Pokemon have extra things, such as Giratina, who has 6 legs as well.Vaporeon has 3 ears (or you can call them fins), and Ninetails has (clue in the name :P) nine tails!

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My Theory

In Lotad's PokeDex entries they say that Lotad can ferry small Pokemon across water. Well I guess that the reason why Lotad has 6 legs it's because it needs the strength from them to carry the Pokemon across water.

Hope I helped!

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Nice theory! This will get BA by tomorrow if no one else answers.
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Yes he does its to help him float better and swim faster away from predators.

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