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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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Andorou-Khan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2018
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.
Olmagon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018
I can’t find the huntail you mentioned in the description 
PotatoWallpaper Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
funny how that human sillohette fits perfectly inside it's mouth
WilyWeeb Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018
"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."
Wintercat96 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018
limelamp Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
put that in pokemon

parents callin' nintendo 4 days
asinnelius Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018
how do u decide the palete
Lux-Kiddo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018
Dude I'm so jealous of your skills this is INSANELY talented
sweetdreamz12 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
blissfulTyranny Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BobschenBeben Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist
Awesome creature desings.. respect !
MoonFire58 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
new watcher holy carp this is so amazing 
hydrojester Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Guypopcorn Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Gloxa Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is... so freakin awesome!! *-* <3
fuyuhikowo Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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"
honeybearmultimedia Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018
awesome interpretation of pokemon we know and love
LordSerathDarklands Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018   Interface Designer
Absolutely amazing.
pagan1979cn Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018
I love it。。。wonderful
BenRG Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018
Don't ask me how it is even remotely possible that little Magikarp somehow evolves into THAT THING! :D
InfeXiouZ-VisionZ Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That has ALWAYS been a mystery.
SuperMarioSuperStar Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018   General Artist
That Relicanth is pretty freakin' awesome.
DarkPhlame412 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018
Normally, I don't like most "realistic pokemon", but I'm loving the Gyarados! He's SUPPOSED to be a terrifying sea dragon, after all XD
FloridanPhotographer Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
When you think this Pokemon can't get any more terrifying...
mitras123 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018
It looks like a leviathan
Karma-Beetle Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018
I get the whole "trying to make pokemon realistic" thing but it seems that the artist forgot that some creatures in real life look like cartoons. Magikarp didn't need to be changed that much, its original version actually looks like some fish I've seen.
wawful Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im sorry i had to
Wolf-Girl18 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
love the fact that it looks like Leviathen fro FFXV
Silvally22 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 26, 2018
Danieljamieson Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Professional General Artist
man he has a really big jaw 
Stormjumper19 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
No Huntail?
Really cool imagery though, makes the mega evolution of Gyarados make more sense.
Crimzen250 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
"He looks kinda like an eel"
"who does?"

ShinyLemming Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
i really like all the background information you always provide, and that you not only make the pokemon look realistic, but like actual animals... very interesting how you interpreted cloyster's face :D
JustDate Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Student General Artist
The realism makes me want them more!
LinenButton Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I know in not paying attention at all but have you made Decidueye yet? Hes my favorite! Btw, rlly like your mewtwo!! <3
GoonEins Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018
That's one weird disembodied vajeener 
MissShirisaido Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
when the 1'04 level fifty pikachu is able to beat the level 35 21'4" tall 50' long fishy boi
PYRASMUS Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
And this is the magnificent NOPE fish from the Remind-Me-Never-To-Go-There Sea...

kirkuvanpunainen Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
This looks so scary! But also very beautiful and this design fits Gyarados very well. I love all the details.
DragonFireAML Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Student
I knew there was a reason to fear the seas.
Darkiplierdragon Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I like Gyarados now ~w~
WhereTheSunSets Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
i am both disgusted and deeply impressed. congratulations, this is awesome
Gustavolamaral Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Student
Did that magikarp from the blastoise pic evolved into this gyarados?
(Sorry for the broken english,in not American)
KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no you're really good

the only thing thats wrong with these two sentences are "in not american" it should be i'm and in sted of "evolved" it should have been "evolve"

its not much but i hope that helps a little bit :)
Deviant-Salmon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
You're English is actually really good
raptor92921 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018
Deviant-Salmon, it's your, you're is a shorter way of saying you are.
arvalis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
PotatoWallpaper Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's basically a giant, blue gulper eel

i am afraid
Duntality Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017
those tentacruel look somewhat different than that of those in the kyogre illustration...
arvalis Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
That would be because these are tentacool here. 
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