Gyarados is among the most successful fish Pokemon, being able to thrive in both salt and fresh waters. They are found all over the world, taking the role of apex predator of almost any environment they inhabit. Due to their immense size and massive jaws they can intimidate even the mighty Dragonite, drastically reducing their chance at defeating an encroaching Gyarados. Gyarados is sometimes mistaken for being possessing the ability to fly, however it has been confirmed that it only capable of breaching very high out of the water to catch airborne prey. Though Gyarados is feared the world over, some believe a Gyarados sighting brings great prosperity to one's life.
For centuries it was unknown where Gyarados came from, as no one had ever seen a young or baby Gyarados. However unbeknownst to early Pokemon naturalists, Gyarados fry were in reality the most common fish Pokemon in the world, Magikarp. In the life cycle of a Gyarados, Magikarps will seek open waters to develop to their massive adult size, then may return to fresh water in adulthood to breed or to just be douchebags to smaller river Pokemon. There exist a domesticated breed of Magikarp, exhibiting somewhat different features; they are the most useless Pokemon known to science and are only capable of limply flopping around. Sometimes domestic Magikarps are sold to naive trainers that hope to raise a ferocious Gyarados. It is however possible for a domestic Magikarp to become a Gyarados, though they need to be slowly introduced to vast open waters for as long as twenty years. Somewhat spectacularly there is a Magikarp breeding population in a large, land-locked lake north of Mahogany Town that stemmed from a careless local letting their domestic Magikarps loose. Locals have even reported sightings of a red color morph Gyarados in those waters, though it has not been officially documented. Pictured here are wild Magikarp, go here for domestic Magikarp.
Thought it wasn't until the advent of deep sea submersibles, it has been observed that both the species Huntail and Gorebyss exhibit the peculiar behavior of killing Shellders to use their empty shell as an incubator and safe haven to lay their eggs. This hollowed, egg laiden Shellder is referred to as a Clamperl because the eggs resemble pearls. It is often difficult to tell which of the species a Clamperl will develop into. Experienced marine Pokemon professors have observed that if a pearlescent scale is present in or around a Clamperl then they are the eggs of a Gorebyss and if any broken teeth are found in the area it will almost definitely be a Huntail. Often only one of the eggs will fully develop due to the shell becoming overcrowded, the undeveloped eggs often turn a shade of blue.
Cloysters are the adult form of a Shellder, and have one of the hardest of shells in all species of Pokemon. Within a Cloyster there is a massive black pearl with small knob-like protrusions. If light hits the pearl just right, glints of light on the knobs can appear as a smirking face. These "face pearls" are absurdly valuable and sought after by collectors from every region. It is very difficult to obtain a Cloyster pearl, let alone a face pearl, as they only live very deep or very cold waters. Even then you have to be able to slay it, which is a herculean feat in itself. Some might say Cloyster is a real hard-ass.
Tentacool is the juvenile state of the dangerous Tentacruel. Tentacool are everywhere, all over, and omnipresent. Once a trainer gains a surf license and a capable Pokemon, they quickly develop a great disdain of these overly abundant sea Pokemon. Seriously, there are way too many of these things.
Relicanth is a very deep water Pokemon. It is often referred to as a living fossil as it was only known from fossils dating back to the age of Tyrantrum. Surprisingly very little has changed between ancient Relicanth and their descendants. They just hang out, doing their own thing and no one really bothers them because they are not very palatable to predators. Trainers looking for that special Pokemon to just chill out with need look no further.
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.
Finally I got around to doing my favorite Pokemon. Tyrantrum has edged out Bulbasaur as my all time favorite. Its almost like it was made for me, it's a T. rex, red, and a dragon, which are like all of my favorite things. I've been wanting to draw him for months. Also, I decided to do a stupid amount of work on it, look at all those scales and bones, I'm pretty dumb. At least it turned out pretty awesome. Now the flavor text:
Tyrantrum is the largest prehistoric terrestrial carnivore currently known to science. First discovered over a century ago, only recently recently has there been the technology to revive the fossilized bone. Paleontologists had only started to theorize that it may have had some feathers only to be completely surprised by the ostentatious made of feathers adorning its shoulders. Another astonishing characteristic was the bold scaly beard-like soft tissue. It appears that Tyrantrums use this "beard" to intimidate rivals by flaring it out making their already enormous jaws appear that much larger. Females of the species often have much smaller beards and seldom use them for display. Living Tyrantrums have earned the nickname "despot" as they are a very aggressive species, often seen hassling all manner of other pokemon and forcing them out of its territory. Tyrantrum is the best pokemon so he gets his way.
Tyrunt fossils were long thought to be a related, but entirely different from Tyrantrum. It has only recently through the aid of revived fossil advancements that it was discovered Tyrunts are in fact young Tyrantrums. Much like their older counterparts, Tyrunts are very belligerent. In fact they are known to erupt into fits of selfish tantrums when they perceive that they aren't getting their way. They are also known to be mischievous little bastards. As shown here a cocksure Tyrunt has coaxed a Bastiodon into attacking him knowing full well that daddy Tyrantrum would come to the rescue and kill it. I bet that Tyrunt just wanted Bastiodon steaks for dinner, what cheeky little cutey.
Bastiodon has been confirmed to be the ancestor to the modern day Aggron. Bastiodon are especially defensive, sporting dense scaly armor and boney osterderms for added protection. In maturity, Bastiodon tend to be reclusive, wandering in search of food. They exhibit a very grumpy personality and dont take shit from nobody, you here that. Although Tyrantrum's mighty quakes might be a problem for Bastiodon...
Though Noivern has long been assumed to be a true dragon, only recently has it been discovered it is very closely related to Swoobats. Noiverns are capable of emitting a booming burst of noise reaching 140 decibels, powerful enough to knock many small cave dwelling Pokemon unconscious. Being the largest flying predator in it's habitat, Noiverns are quite rare as each fully grown Noivern require miles of cave systems in their territory. Noivern and its juveniles, Noibats, unlike their cousins Golbats and Swoobats have retained the ability to maneuver on land. As Noiverns are very frail, unable to employ any physical attacks, terrestrial locomotion proves invaluable should one of their wings need to heal after a scrape with larger cave dwellers. Here we see a large male Noivern asserting dominance over the goofy ass Swoobats.
Noibats can be quite clumsy, often falling from the ceiling should they be awoken by a passing trainer or hiker. They are abandoned by their mother at a very early age, left to wander deep into their caverns searching for food. They are very inquisitive by nature, often inspecting all manner of Pokemon that hide in the deep caverns they call home. Noibats are very ambitious when it comes to fighting, trying attacks that they know they can't use properly yet, such as dragon pulse.
Swoobats and their young, Woobats, are far more common than the elusive Noivern. Though the species has been classified as having psychic abilities, they are a far cry from the likes of the might Alakazam or Spoink. It it unclear why Swoobats developed psychic typing, but it is proposed that they communicate with one another over long distances as they appear to know when their partners are threatened even if miles away. When under care of a trainer, Woobats and Swoobats are extremely friendly and well behaved pokemon.
Where there are bat pokemon, there are Joltiks. These small arachnid pokemon are the infants of Galvantula. They not yet capable of producing their own electric charges, instead nestling into the fur of fluffy bat pokemon to create static charges. Maintaining a static charge is important to the development of a newborn Joltik. Galvantulas yield large egg sacs as most Joltik will not reach adulthood, easily picked off by many predators.
Excadrill is a small, though fearsome denizen of many cave systems. They are equipped with massive mineral coated claws that they use to tunnel through earth at an alarming pace. Excadrill are a common cause of cavern collapse and rock slides. They aren't very smart, but they are very hardy.
Holy shit its a shiny Zubat, catch that thing you turkey!
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 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.
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Of all the mythical and legendary Pokemon, Rayquaza remains one of the most enigmatic. The amount of Rayquaza sightings could be counted on one hand until eleven years ago when a Rayquaza took roost in an abandoned tower on a small island off the coast of Hoenn. Before it departed its lair, scientists were able to to study the mightiest of serpents. It was discovered that this Rayquaza specimen was bedeviled by numerous parasitic Emolga. What was most fascinating about this find is that Emolga are not endemic to Hoenn and therefore it is presumed that these small Pokemon were carried on the back of Rayquaza into the region. One scientist observed the perturbed Rayquaza try to shake an Emolga from its hide only to be shocked into submission. Rayquaza exhibits mysterious bioluminescence, which he initiated just before trying to attack an Emolga. It is currently unknown how Rayquaza attains lift, it appears to slither through the clouds. Perhaps it farts like a jet engine, however this is pure conjecture.
Pidgeot, most famously from the Kanto region, is a large predatory flying Pokemon. Young Pidgeots, Pidgeys, have little natural predators, so it is not uncommon for fields to become overrun with them. As a Pidgey matures it greatly increases in size, becoming an apex hunter. There is not many Pokemon within their range that are safe from their talons. Pidgeots are aggressively territorial, some stories even claim Pidgeots have killed enormous Snorlaxes that approach their territory. With a haircut like that, I believe them.
Braviary is the national bird Pokemon of Unova. Unlike Pidgeots, Braviaries do not claim and defend a territory. Instead Braviary meander through mountain side forests covering great distances over their lifetimes. Braviary is one of the more daunting bird Pokemon in the skies, though it is not very agile. As seen here Braviary has been attacked by an irate Pidgeot. Though Braviary possesses superior strength and larger talons, Pidgeots excel in blitzkrieg strikes which has taken the Braviary by surprise.
Skarmory is an extraordinarily hardy Pokemon. It is commonly known as the "steel bird", however this is a bit of a misnomer as it isn't actually made of steel but instead possesses a shimmering silver plumage. Skarmory has evolved very little since the time of Tyrantrum, as it had no reason to evolve further being that it had already reached the peak of evolutionary success. I mean you could kick the thing in the side and it doesnt fall over; its a tank.
Talonflame is the fastest of all bird Pokemon. It reaches such speeds by tucking its wings in to create a divebomb position. There is little else in the skies that can outrun the bravebird of a Talonflame. As a result of its extraordinary speed Talonflame has become very popular with hipster trainers. Little known trivia: Talonflame was given its name by a small child because only such a mind would think that name is a good idea.
Altaria is quite the oddity. Its appearance would have one believe that is a plump little bird, however beneath the fluffy plumage beats the mighty heart of a dragon. From its small beak it is capable of unleashing a torrent of dragon breath capable of decimating a small building. Talonflame is new to the region has no idea who it decided to pick a fight with.
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.
Aggron are very large, very defensive terrestrial omnivores. Aggron young, hereafter referred to as Aron, live largely in cave ecosystems. They have very large eyes for their build and are most often found hiding in crevices. They lack the offensive capability of their older counterparts. As the Aron grow, the juvenile state is called Lairon. Though Lairon share the same susceptibility to attacks from more advanced elemental Pokemon, their hide has greatly thickened, even growing sail like forms on its back to appear larger and more of a threat. Lairon are most frequently spotted in the open air caves that often surround the regional Pokemon Leagues. A full grown Aggron is a sight to behold, and an extremely rare one at that. Aggrons in the age of Pokemon training are generally only seen under a trainer's command, they were once thought of as demons and any full grown specimen was tracked and hunted. Aggron is thought to be the modern relative of the extinct Bastiodon. Geodudes, an unfortunately abundant species often use large Pokemon as a means of transport, Aggron is no exception. A Golem mother can yield a clutch of nearly 50 young Geodudes, many trainers have stepped on young Geodudes thinking them no different than rocks. Durants are just big ants made of metal and are mean to everyone.