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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.


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MadZorua Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would be pretty cool to see what your interpretation of Blossomole(beta Bayleef) would have been, considering how unenthusiastic you seemed in your Bayleef description.
masamutedzart Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Lovely
Olmagon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
Shouldn’t the flower of meganium be in front of its legs?
happydoo2 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I have always loved these pokemon.
Daekai Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!
Tigon1Monster Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018
What's Celebi based off here?
redfredrick Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think a praying mantis probably an orchid mantis
Tigon1Monster Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019
Space-between-spaces Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would you please create one of these for lilligant? I would love to know the story you could imagine for one of my favourite pokemon.
Kiwi-The-Wyvern Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
They aren't based off of tortoises, so why draw them as tortoises? It makes no sense.
arvalis Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Guess you're just not a very big fan of meganium like I am.
Kiwi-The-Wyvern Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Noooo I love Meganium, I have her on my Moon team rn, I bred her myself--
but I've read up that they're based on the Brontosaurus, so I was just wondering. 
I love your art and stuff, I was just wondering why-- I guess it was a little harsh though.
Hisansa Featured By Owner May 25, 2018
Not gonna lie, that Celebi looks like it's been on a high too long, and desperately wants to come down, but for some reason can't.
Wintercat96 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018
JacobCamerupt Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018
that is dang terrifying 
OneSpicyBanana666 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
why turtles? I appreciate the art, but why turtles?
Cynical2DD Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They arent turtles
MetalHeadbanger Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
They are now :P
arvalis Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Show me the proof
Cynical2DD Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They were based on a small dinosaur, particularly resembling a Sauropoda.
arvalis Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Small dinosaurs and saurpods are opposites. 
Jolbucley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018
Your assessments of Bayleef and Celebi are spot on, but I would venture that “Celebi is baller as frick” even when not examined closely.
omahgad Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just gorgeous. I have nothing else to say! Wonderful, wonderful work.
Flipperturtle80 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
Chikorita is the cutest thing ever I needs it in my life 
xxBIGHAIRxx Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
Your really talented! I love the attention to detail and real life species you use to ground these fictional creatures in realism it’s really cool. This is probably my favorite one :)
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome designs. :jawdrop:
AssassinHiru Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
tortoises? interesting choise
GodzillaMP Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017
Why'd you chose to have them be turtles?
FunkyArsonist Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im not the artist of course, but meganium's highest stats are its defense and special defense, which is odd because they have no physical cues that they would be particularly bulky, thus it only makes sense that, realistically, they would have a shell or protective armor or SOMETHING like that
MarxForever Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That makes. But, to me they've always looked something like Apatosaurus. Actually Meganium's proportions are almost identical to a Brachiosaur.
WorkowatyWilczek Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
More realistic pokemon
dquinlanz Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
A little known fact about Meganium is their rather silly mating ritual. Males will attempt to attract a mate by headbutting trees and making a low, loud guttural sound. "MUUURRR-Stake!"
Planetrix Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredibly awesome.  I have no words for how cool this is, and I don't normally even *like* the Bayleef line.  Kudos!
Pinkapop Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017  Student Digital Artist
That1Bot Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
"We see here that a Chikorita has engaged in combat to the death with that mushroom from the back of Paras."
You sure its not just attempting to eat the mushroom?
Magnatck Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
I see you care not for Bayleef 
ClassyCthulhu Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016
SamhainsBunny Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016
I LOVE how you did celebi! 
Kiddoriddo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016
Wow. Im dead, this is beautiful
AlphaShitlord Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
> Bayleef is a Pokemon.  It is the adolescent stage of Meganium.  It is a medium sized Pokemon.  These are facts about Bayleef.
EveryNaNa-Adopts Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im still wondering, how the heck is there a leaf on the neck...
arvalis Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
There isnt?
Dionette Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love how much detail you put into these, although I've always thought that the Meganium line was more like a sauropod than a tortoise.
LadyMaid-of-Pokemon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At least paras retained its cuteness
wolfsrock277 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
MihaiMargineanu Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel bad for Chikorita. It's very underused as far as johto starters go. 
IrvinMondor Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
this is amezing ...
Coolkuy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Meganium Line/Tropius/Cottonee: Aves
Bellosom Line/Sunflora Line/Cherrim Line/Carnivine/Tangela/Lilligant Line/Maractus/Victreebel Line/Exeggutor Line/Jumpluff Line/Seedot/Shroomish/Cacturne Line/Roserade Line/Amoonguss Line/Gourgeist Line: Plantiform
Sceptile Line/Snivy/Servine/Venusaur Line/Breloom: Lizard
Tangrowth/Simisage Line/Nuzleaf/Chesnaught Line: Primate
Leafeon: Carnivora
Shaymin: Hedgehog
Serperior: Snake
Gogoat Line/Whimsicott/Virizion/Sawsbuck Line: Ungulate
Shiftry: Amphibian
Torterra Line: Testudines
Abomasnow Line: Dragon
Ferrothorn Line/Parasect Line/Celebi/Wormadam Line/Leavanny Line: Bug
Ludicolo Line: Platypus
Cradily Line: Echinoderm
Trevenant Line: Cephalopod
umaru-umi Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
This is perfect.
Magmafrost Featured By Owner May 3, 2016
That Celebi is right on the line between cute and creepy
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