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-Gyarados-
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Published: August 28, 2014

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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. 


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"Uuuuhh...Tim? I can't float
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I like how relicanth looks exactly like a coelacanth. A prehistoric animal alive before dinosaurs, still alive today.
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It is said that when confronted in battle a Cloyster may smash its own shell, leaving behind heavy chunks which then allow it to move at incredible speeds and making its attacks inflict more damage. However, this comes at the cost of lowering its defenses, leaving it more vulnerable to attacks from other Pokemon, only if they can manage to sneak in a direct hit before being killed by multiple spears of icicles or rocks blasted by Cloyster.
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I can’t find the huntail you mentioned in the description 
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funny how that human sillohette fits perfectly inside it's mouth
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"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."
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put that in pokemon

parents callin' nintendo 4 days
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how do u decide the palete
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Dude I'm so jealous of your skills this is INSANELY talented
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interesting!
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amazing
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Awesome creature desings.. respect !
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new watcher holy carp this is so amazing 
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hydrojesterHobbyist General Artist
intense 
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Amazing!
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GloxaHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is... so freakin awesome!! *-* <3
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this is really good because it's like, the only realistic pokemon that's actually realistic and not "ooooh we made a pokemon look hyperrealistic and also creepy ooooh"
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awesome interpretation of pokemon we know and love
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Absolutely amazing.
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I love it。。。wonderful
BenRG's avatar
Don't ask me how it is even remotely possible that little Magikarp somehow evolves into THAT THING! :D
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That has ALWAYS been a mystery.
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That Relicanth is pretty freakin' awesome.
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