Let it load a second, its a big gif. Wow this one took forever to get done. Tried a lot new here and really wanted to produce something spectacular. I hope you guys enjoy, here is the flavor text:
Groudon is among the very few surviving titans of old. There is thought to currently be only one Groudon left in the wild. There have been many stories claiming that Groudons were so mighty that they could shape continents and clear the skies, these of course are largely exaggerated. Groudon consumes large quantities of rock and digests specific minerals, expelling the remaining rock, super heated by his furnace like stomach, as lava. This has the effect of slightly altering the landscape. Groudon cannot actually cause the sun to super heat the atmosphere like proclaimed, his body produces waves of intense heat to his surroundings leading some to create the myth that he can control the sun. Little is known about their behavior, though its physiology might suggest aside from rock it is equipped to catch enormous fish or whales, as it possesses conical teeth and hook like claws on very powerful arms. The ecosystems in which Groudons have been discovered to once inhabited thrive yielding a very large diversity to the wildlife.
Magmar is the volcanic cousin of the much more common semi-aquatic Golduck. Though Magmars slightly more territorial and volatile than their cousins. There have been many documented attacks from Magmars, often as high as 300 burn victims a year claim to be attacked by a Magmar. Magmar is seen here fleeing the presence of Groudon with its young Magby precariously held by one ankle.
Magcargo and Slugma are terrestrial cephalopods, thought to be close relatives to Gastrodons. They are very common in volcanic cave systems. Though their bodies appear superficial soft and malleable, they can infact withstand and produce extreme temperatures. Slugma have even been seen hiding in plain sight atop a mound of lava. However there is a very rare subspecies with a silver coloration that cannot trick you, even though try really hard; they will always be losers.
Larvesta are the juvenile stage of the very impressive Volcarona. Volcarona are very dangerously near extinction as it can take as long as 59 months to full develop from a Larvesta stage. Larvesta are very large and thus very easy for predators to pick off when they undergo metamorphosis.
Torkoal are thought to be the cause of the severe decline in the Groudon population. Torkoal would move in herds akin to school of Carvanha, able to cleave all meat from a large animal in a very short period. There were migrations of as many as 800,000 Torkoals at one point. However the middle ages saw an end to the over populated Torkoal species as turtle shell soup became extremely popular. The species was depleted to the brink of extinction before it was made illegal to consume turtle shell soup. The Torkoal race is now on the return as their population grows slow and steady. Is this Torkoal the harbinger of this Groudon's demise?
Though Typhlosion has a similar appearance to that of an Ursaring, it has actually be discovered their closest living relatives are Dewgongs. One only need to look to the diet of a Typhlosion to uncover the reason for its bizarre appearance. Typhlosion feed primarily on Combees and honey from Combee hives. The average Combee can easily reach a foot in height, thus their hives are immense. As their hives are so grand, one hive can easily feed a few full grown Typhlosions regularly and still not collapse. The tongue of a Typhlosion is used to probe deep within honeycombs of the hive. The wax of the Combee hive, when consumed leads to a unique chemical reaction cause the saliva of Typhlosion to become flammable. They use their lengthy tongue to coat their mantle of quills, then using specialized "flint teeth", they crunch their teeth to produce sparks. The fire retardant coat and quills of a Typhlosion do not burn easily so once lit by their sparking jaws, they will put on quite the display for some time. Typhlosions have been observed ripping openings in hives, putting their entire head inside, leaving their body exposed. It is proposed that their flaming mantle quills were developed just for this behavior as Combees are much less inclined to attack something on fire. Not that it would do them much good regardless, Combee stings have little effect on a fully grown Typhlosion. The quills of the Typhlosion family can be shed when burned for too long(cinder quills), or come in contact with an attacker. As seen here, Typhlosion is demonstrating a baiting behavior. It will occasionally seek out Vespiquens and kill them to draw out many more Combees to slake its insatiable hunger even after it has gorged itself on honey. Typhlosions in captivity are known to be big ol' softies though, look at his cute face; you can't say no to that face.
Adolescent Typhlosions are known as Quilavas. Though Typhlosions exhibit an unprecedented length of parental care, Quilavas become very rebellious against their family group as they age. These youthful Typhlosions actively seek to find new hives, trying to establish themselves as independent. As a result of this these Pokemon are known for being difficult to deal with until they reach maturity. One can see here how a Quilava can chomp their teeth together to create a flurry of sparks to ignite their quills.
The infant stage of Typhlosion is known as a Cyndaquil. These very young Pokemon don't often leave the care of their nurturing parents. They quickly ween off their mother's milk in favor of honey. Cyndaquil seldom open their eyes in the care of they parents or trainers unless threatened. Look at how playful Cyndaquil is, Oddishes just don't get their sense of humor.
Oddish is a Plantiform. It was only scientifically observed 43 years ago that Oddish was anything more than a common flower bulb. Plantiforms are highly developed plants that blur the line between flora and fauna. They have the ability to move, albeit slowly, and even has rudimentary vision. Other confirmed Plantiforms include Exeggutor, Sunflora, and Roselia. These "living plants" are subject to intense scientific discussion, and lead to a reexamination of the vegan and vegetarian movements.
Please allow a few moments for it to load all the way, its a big file. Boy this one took forever. The plan was to get this ready for sale at Fanime back in May, but that didn't work out. It was very difficult doing a skeletal for a pterosaur, as I've never really worked much with pterosaurs. I kinda just jumped in and tried to tackle it. Overall I'm pretty pleased with the payoff. There is one bone used here that does not occur in real pterosaurs, I think I'll call it an Aeroid. And now, the flavor text:
Aerodactyl is a very robust flying reptile from an era long since passed. The first fossils of this Pokemon were discovered 142 years ago by Charles Othniel Birch and Edward Drinker Oak. Its skull and wing were very well preserved in fossilized amber. In the advent of the high age of high technology, the same tech boom that lead to the creation of Pokeballs, science has discovered the ability to reconstruct fossils as living Pokemon. Once revived, there were several interesting things not predicted in paleoart; especially the barbed tongue. It had been long assumed that Aerodactyls would catch Pokemon in its jaws and take them to the ground to rip them apart with their massive jaws, however, it was discovered that Aerodactyls only use their mighty maw to engulf much smaller prey and use their barbed tongue to pull the Pokemon down its throat whole. Their barbed tongue is not unique, and not unlike those tongues of Braviaries and Pidgeots. Science was also surprised that Aerodactyl was not, as displayed in outdated paleoart, brown or tan, but in fact, he was FABULOUS with great purple wings. He is also furry, science didn't see that one coming; way to go science.
Archen is a much more recently discovered prehistoric Pokemon. They were the juvenile stage of the larger Archeops, a predecessor to the modern bird Pokemon. Archeops laid large clutches of eggs, sometimes yielding as many as 15 baby Archen. However Archeops are now known to be terrible parents, letting their kids fly all over the place. As pictured here, they a real treat for a hungry Aerodactyl.
Cranidos are infant Rampardos. Once this species was revived, it was discovered that both the adult and juvenile stages are very slow. Infact it is not uncommon to see a Cranidos easily keeping pace with a Rampardos. What they lack in speed, they more than make up for in power. Rampardos is capable of dealing a 16,500 PSI impact from their dome. The Cranidos shown here is much more content to trundle off than deal with that big purple son of a bitch.
Season 2 of my Realistic Pokemon series begins with Flygon.
Flygon are a large, desert dwelling dragon. Though of a similar length and habitat to adult male Garchomps, Garchomps have much more mass and are much more aggressive. Adult Flygon are seldom seen setting foot on the ground, due to their natural proclivity towards levitation. Science has not yet discovered the nuances of their helium bladder, though it is known that Flygon's helium bladders are much more efficient than their juvenile state, Vibrava. Flygon skim the desert surface of the desert, diving into the loose sands for prey. They are adept sand swimmers, though they only utilize this skill to collect meals. Flygon have developed a transparent membrane over their sensitive eyes, it acts as a hardy shield from the course sands of its environment.
Trapinch are the earliest stage in the life cycle of a Flygon. They possess a grossly enlarged head which is used as a makeshift sand trap. A Trapinch will burrow into the sands creating a pit of loose sand. It will then reveal only its head while it grips deep roots. Anything Pokemon unlucky enough to stumble upon its pit are swallowed into the maw of the Trapinch. They have even developed clever false eye camouflage to hide the location of their real eye, a trapped Pokemon may try to attack its eyes to break free.
A Trapinch will spend a minimum of 35 months buried in the sand before it has grown large enough wings and a helium bladder to hunt with its trap. This stage of life is known as a Vibrava. Vibrava will develop two large nasal crests, which eventually recede and reappear on the back of the cranium as Flygon. Vibrava its not capable of suspended flight like Flygon, but its smaller wings can be moved with great speed causing vibrations. They will use these vibration to disorient small desert dwelling Pokemon such as idiot Cacneas. This is the noise a Cacnea will make as it desperately fights for its meaningless life.
There are also some other little desert Pokemon in there, but who cares about those ones.
Honchkrows are a medium sized bird that largely feeds on carrion and bug Pokemon. Males display a very large "beard" and can puff it up while pulling their head into their chest to intimidate other males and gain favor of females. During mating season, the males with bash their crests against one on another. They will continue to do this until one of their crests cracks, deciding the victor. Honchkrows have taken their namesake after the tendency of them to lead flocks of Murkrow, these groupings are called gangs. Murkrow will start to grow into a Honchkrow when given access to a dusk stone. A Murkrow will rub their bill on the stone causing their crest to develop as a response. Venipedes are an especially delectable treat to Honchkrows because they are a stupid pink millipede beetle. Also, what's the deal with Wurmple?
I do believe this is the longest I have spent on any one piece in this series. I did however learn crap tons about croc scales doing this. How about some flavor text then.
Feraligatr is a very large opportunist carnivore. They live in coastal estuaries and commonly travel between salt and fresh water habitats. Though they can often be seen standing near upright with their massive tails serving as counter balance, their normal posture is a quadruped and is very clumsy when upright. They will display like this to ward off smaller members of their species. This posture will also be used in courtship rituals, females only picking the tallest mate. Wearing an ostentatious red on their crest and spines is a sign of good health and a full belly. This color can also be used to intimidate rivals. This red will almost disappear when the animal is hungry or asleep, aiding in its camouflage. It may look very slow, but it is capable of a lunge from the water towards prey at up to 78 feet per second catching its meal off guard. Though very uncommon in the wild today, the Feraligatr is a very sturdy Pokemon and makes for a strong companion. It is even capable of producing a laugh-like call once standing that sounds exactly like this.
The adolescent Feraligatr is a highly temperamental stage known as Croconaw. It is at this stage in the wild when the Croconaw will vacate its family unit. It will rapidly grow during this stage, needing to feed nearly every day before the winter season when their metabolism greatly slows. This is where this stage gets the nickname "Croconaw", as it will gnaw on just about anything it can find that may or may not be food. It is not uncommon to find broken Pokeballs in its stomach during autopsies in the Pokemon Nurse Veterinary Academy which the Pokemon presumably mistook for some sort of shellfish. Here we see the archetypal gnawing of Croconaw on the mega-badass Pokemon, Shuckle. If Croconaw could talk, he would refer to himself in the third person.
Totodile is the moniker given to the youngest stage of a Feraligatr. Though they hatch from very small eggs, they will grow quickly, able to reach around two feet at the shoulder when upright in less than a year. Though this species is thought to be very ancient, they are now quite rare in the wild. In fact it wasn't until recently, when they were successfully bred in mass, that their species was taken off the critically endangered list. Their native habitats are still under threat and kept from public knowledge, it is even illegal to catch a wild member of the Feraligatr line should one happen upon one. For a time, Totodiles were distributed to young trainers as their first Pokemon, known colloquially as a "starter". This practice was only common in the Johto region around 13 years ago.
Surskits skate along the surface of the water using their hydrophobic feet and their smug attitude. Look at how its red cheeks openly mock you.
Though once thought to be a malevolent spirit, and in some circumstances a demonic dragon, Giratina is in actuality an extremely large arthropod Pokemon. Only one adult Giratina has even been confirmed by science to exist, however there are many unsubstantiated reports of them near the mouths of caves. The natural habitat of a Giratina is colloquially known as the distortion world, an exceptionally large, exceptionally deep cavernous pocket of heavy gases. This environment is where the larval stage, also known as origin forme, grow to gargantuan size. The heavy gases allow the sizable origin forme to float and almost fly through the dark, vast caverns it calls home. As the Pokemon matures, over an unknown, but great span of time, it will start to make its way closer and closer to the surface with each passing year. During this time, six of its poorly developed legs start to gain strength and girth to support the over-sized arthropod outside an environment submerged in dense gases. It is not known why Giratina seek out the surface, or why it has adapted to mimic the appearance of a dragon. The leading mind in the field profers that its because dragons are the coolest and no one messes with bad-ass dragons because they are the best.
Vanilluxe is an odd pokemon indeed. The Pokemon and its kin have been thought by some to appear as an ice cream cone. More realistically however, this adaptation allows Vanilluxe will bury its cephalothorax in snow or rocks and use its white, bulbous abdomen as camouflage when under threat. Most of its time is spent suspended in its web waiting for small pokemon to get caught, using their smiling face patterns to intimidate smaller members of its species. Mature adult Vanilluxe exhibit a straw-like protrusion from their rear, this acts as both a sexual organ and as spigot to release sub-freezing temperature gas, a byproduct of its digestive system. This gas super cools prey caught in the web, killing them faster and quieter so as to not alert as much attention to themselves and make them abandon their catch. The infant stage of a Vanilluxe is known as a Vanillite. Vanilluxes do not mind the presence of their young, though cannibalism has been observed in some particularly aggressive members of the species.
Crobat is the adult stage of infernal and omnipresent pest, Zubat. These Pokemon are quite uncommon, they require a strong bond with a partner Golbat or trainer. Having a partner allows them time to grow larger without threat of attack. As Zubats are so common, many children are given Zubats as baby's first Pokemon. The problem with owning a Zubat is that they grow very large over a short period of time. The households that can keep a Golbat are few and unfortunately once the Gobat has a very strong bond with the child, they develop into a Crobat. Crobats are simply too large and require much upkeep, as a result Crobats are often released into the wild. Some say the characteristic frown of a Crobat is because its heart was broken by the child it cared for so deeply.
Meganium is one of the largest fungivores in the Pokemon kingdom. The species has adapted a very long neck, which is quite flexible for its length, to be able to reach fungi growing on tree branches. Meganium will use their very sturdy beaks to gnaw through even the toughest bark to get to the fungal delight beneath. Meganium will almost always have what appear to be antennae, though in actuality it is a unique type of fungi growing from its nostrils. It is not known what relation ship the fungus has to Meganium, or how it specifically benefits either the fungus or the Meganium. Trainers are encouraged to expose their young Meganiums to the fungus as it may have unknown positive effects. A full grown Meganium male will have intensely pink colored frill of their shell. The more vibrant the pink and yellow of the frill, the more attractive the male is perceived. A female Meganium will exhibit a much duller pink, bordering on brown, shell frill.
A newborn to around sixteen year old Meganium is known as a Chikorita. Unlike an elder Meganium, a Chikorita develops a very tall, scaly crest. It is assumed that the crest is meant to mimic a leaf, perhaps resulting in camouflage for the little guy. Some theorize that the crest signifies youth to other members of the species, as the crest completely disappears by the time it gets to be around thirty years old. We see here that a Chikorita has engaged in combat to the death with that mushroom from the back of Paras.
Bayleef is a Pokemon. It is the adolescent stage of Meganium. It is a medium sized Pokemon. These are facts about Bayleef. The population of Meganiums in the wild has dwindled significantly in the past few decades thanks to the introduction of Paras to their habitats. Paras are the only other fungivore competitor to Meganium. A common fungi in the mycobiota of Johto, one quite harmless to Meganium, is actually a cordyceps fungus known as Tochukaso. Tochukaso targets Paras, and will take hold of a Paras' body, essentially turning it into a mindless drone. A Paras inflicted with this condition is known as a Parasect once the Tochukaso mushroom grows to full size. These cordyceps mushrooms help control the burgeoning Paras population by keeping them from reproducing or eating other fungi, however Paras multiply very rapidly and are still a threat to the ecosystem.
Foongus, as seen on the back of this Paras, is a very small Pokemon. Foongus has brought up very interesting scientific debate, scientists are not certain Foongus is a plantiform or just a fungus. They do move, however at a rate of about fifteen feet per year. Though the most interesting thing about them is their camouflage though. Foongus have only become a point of interest recently, when their pokeball-like camouflage developed. In the past two decades, Pokemon training has seen a huge surge in popularity of youths the world over, as has the littering of broken pokeballs across the country side. Pokemon have become very cautious around the appearance of a pokeball, as they do not want to be caught. It appears that Foongus has adapted this color pattern to take advantage of the natural wariness of other Pokemon species. As such, the numbers of Foongus have skyrocketed with few Pokemon eating them. There is another species of Pokemon that uses a similar camouflage in the Kanto area, scientists are still uncertain which species developed the trait first.
Celebi are known as "the guardian of the forest" in myths surrounding them. Some claim that Celebi are time travelers, however this claim is completely unsubstantiated. A more plausible explanation is that Celebi are so rare, they acquired a "legendary" reputation, stirring up all sorts of myths and rumors about it. When examined closely, one will see that Celebi is baller as frick.
Boy this one was tricky. Looking at Gastly, I cracked it, his eyes could be bat ears; then the rest just fell into place design wise. None of the Gastly family are actually ghosts, but have just been claimed to be. Gastly and Haunter on live in caves and empty towers, appearing only at night. Their forms are very hard to make out as they have deceptive camouflage; Gastlies appear to be little more than a head at first glace, though in actuality are a very large poisonous bat. Each member of this family possesses a helium bladder, giving them the ability to float and taking on a ghostly appearance. Gengars do not occur in the wild, they are the result of a trainer taking their haunter to a new region, this results is a radical shift physique. Though Gengars do possess the ability to levitate, they are much heavier than their kin and can only levitate to avoid attacks. Each of them can produce a poisonous cloud by ruffling their fur, releasing dried toxic saliva into the air; though Gastlies seem to do this most commonly. They are hyper carnivores, preying on anything they can find, most commonly their relatives, Zubats. Rattata doesn't like picture day.
Garchomp is the best. Probably among the most difficult Pokemon to make look somewhat realistic, those arms man, those arms. Its pretty loose and sketchy, but I thought it deserved more than Tumblr. Here is a joke just for any paleo artists that may see this; you could also call this a Carcharodontosaurus carcharias.