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Commission for pychopat2

I never saw Arcanine as very dog like, always looked like a tiger lion thing to me. As it turns out it's based on shisa and fuu dogs. My Arcanine is one part lion, one part tiger, with a sprinkle of bear, and a dash of dog. Now, onto the flavor text:

Arcanine is the mightiest of all fire types. There are tales of great fire dragons and giant birds lit aflame, but Arcanine is the most powerful confirmed to exist. They have garnered their nickname as the "Legendary Pokemon" as they are extremely rare in the wild and have only recently have specimens been evolved in captivity. The the key to the the development of an Arcanine is that the juvenile state, Growlithe, needs to ingest volcanic soil. In the wild Growlithes will unknowingly consume volcanic soil through ingesting gastroliths from the stomachs of Torkoals. No one is quite sure why a Growlithe will under take an extreme growth after this, though it has been theorized that it is a defensive response to other large Pokemon in the area. In captivity one need simply grind up 1/4 cup of volcanic gastroliths(fire stones) into powder and mix it into the Growlithe's diet. Arcanine and their kin are exceptionally fierce, but playful Pokemon. Young Growlithes are often seen taunting other Pokemon, even ones much larger than themselves. Turtwigs are notoriously sensitive and the playful jaunts of a young Growlithe will make them stupid baby cry.

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MarkCharlesArtwork's avatar

Sorry if sound petty, but if we're talking about portraying him as a feline those claws don't really look retractable

arvalis's avatar

cheetah claws are not retractable either

MarkCharlesArtwork's avatar

yes but it's to give them a better stability while they're running and changing directions, unless Arcanine is as fast as a cheetah, if so then i guess it's fine

arvalis's avatar

Arcanine's signature move was extreme speed.

KasaiTora59's avatar
I love this so much, it looks really savage! Especially that it shows Arcanine as a tiger-lion creature, it always seemed much more feline than canine to me.
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drake3234's avatar

Arcanine is my favourite Pokémon and I've always wanted to see a realistic version. You've really done him justice. Thank you

JinxTheFloofyCat's avatar

it looks like a lion mixed with a tiger mixed with a wolf

RealAdamSandler's avatar
arcanine is a dog not a cat, what the heck is this speicisis<+m?
Throngmar's avatar
I love how you can almost hear the turtwig doing it’s scared turtwig noise. 10/10
Pkzlr's avatar
Aww poor Turtwig
FRAT-RAT's avatar
im from the turtwig protection agency and im here to arrest you

Noblejanobii's avatar
Really like you bringing out the tiger influences here. I always thought it was a lion tiger thing as well growing up. Since it bears some resemblance to the Xiezhi (mythical chinese lion tiger dog beast) who says it can't be all of these things and more.
zombie's avatar
imagine writing this novel and actually thinking foodogs are canines 
AnnaKitsun3's avatar
YoU nEeD tO cOoL iI WiTh ThE sPeCiEsIsM.

It's not that deep.
LynxVSJackalope's avatar
excuse me sir this is a wendy's
krimbob's avatar

As somebody who is obsessed with Turtwig and has one of the biggest Turtwig collections in the world I just wanna say you're being very silly. It's not that serious.

zerudez's avatar
did anyone ask for this?
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Moonlit-Comet's avatar

calm down son it's just a drawing

cenawolf19's avatar
.....bitch, what,
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