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Commissioned by Mgiceman31 and ZarxielZerg  

Outwardly it would appear that Steelix is related to the likes of Arbok and Seviper, however it is much closer in relation to Snivy or Scraggy.  Unlike the sub-adult, known as Onix, Steelix presents with a lustrous metallic sheen throughout its scales.  In a process that takes many years in the wild, the Steelix has its pebble-like scales and massive osteoderms polished by the rough subterranean environment it frequents.  It was not until an advancement in abrasive blasting techniques from the Johto region that trainers were able to speed up this process.  By coming into possession of a very rare abrasive, a trainer may give their Onix to a specialist capable of sanding down the scales thus giving the Pokemon its "metal coat".  Whether the specialist gives the Steelix back to the trainer is up to their discretion.  So you better not give your lovingly raised Onix to a turd-burger.

Aside from the dull grey scales of Onix, there are several other key traits separating it from the more mature Steelix.  Most noticeable is the up to five foot tall osteoderm on the dorsal surface of the head.  This "horn" does not grow back once broken and becomes more fragile as it ages, making it exceedingly rare to ever see a Steelix displaying the iconic feature.  Wild caught and captive bred Onix rarely ever become what one would classify as Steelix.  This is likely a result of the Pokemon being taken out of their ordinarily harsh coarse environment.  This Onix in particular appears to have bitten off more than he could chew when invading the territory of a dominant male Steelix.

Heatran are very rare and very resilient Pokemon repeatedly dealing with the actions of much larger species without taking much harm.  They are something of a scientific fascination, exhibiting a few distinctive traits.  Aside from possessing a unique type classification, it is one of the very few legendary Pokemon to have documented sexual characteristics.  When Heatran was first discovered it was thought to have five legs, however this specimen was later identified as just being male.

Haxorus, being an adult dragon class Pokemon is unusual in that it is predominantly an herbivore.  Despite being visually similar to its relative Aggron, it is a more basal Pokemon having persisted for millions of years in the new world region of Unova.  There is some fossil evidence that suggests it may have been a contemporary to Bastiodon and Tyrantrum.  While the infant, Axew, and adolescent, Fraxure, are somewhat uncommon in the wild, Haxorus is very difficult to find.  As a result little is known about their wild social structure or behavior. 

Sableye a small, misunderstood Pokemon.  As with almost all cases of ghost sighting, they were Pokemon mistaken for ghosts by weary travelers in poor lighting conditions.  Sableyes are fascinated by shiny objects, especially minerals and ores.  They can predominantly be found in caverns or mines in search of such treasures.  Once procured they lick the gems, coating them in their adhesive saliva and place them on their fur for decoration.  In rare occurrences Sableyes will happen upon a very large precious stone doing everything in their power to hold onto it.  They even hide behind it should they be in danger instead of fleeing.  These special Sabeleye are sometimes jokingly referred to as "Mega Sableyes".  Sableye have been seen on or around Steelix, as they disrupt so much earth that precious shiny things frequently get lodged in their armor and Sableyes have just got to get their grubby little hands on it. 


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PhotoshopCS5: 40+ hours

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ReasonIDrink Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2019  New Deviant
Ha ha... turd burger
Jackfrost-300-truefr Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Snakes? I kinda see onix as a giant boulder stacked together with eyes
Mila2014 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Professional General Artist

Your monsters are amazing!
Club-Dreamiverse Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
BionicleImmortal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2018
Have you ever thought about doing a realistic Genesect?
arvalis Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist

That one would be tricky. I'd have to design kabutops first since I believe its alluded to that genesect is basically a cyborg kabutops fossil.

FloridanPhotographer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Huh, awesome reimagining! Sorta reminds me of the Amorbis worms from Metroid Prime 2, these versions.
MutatedDrawingz Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
anybody else see  the lil purple thing behind the steelix?
Ai-Laau Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a Sableye
MutatedDrawingz Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ai-Laau Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
And the one in the middle is a Mega Sableye
FloridanPhotographer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, I see it.
Olmagon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
Are you suggesting that heatran’s important bits are big enough to look like legs?
Gik17 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the little Sableyes :D
demonaru Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After playing monster hunter world so much this feels like when a Jyuratados and Barroth start swirling into each other.
MonsterMasher137 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my God. Five legs?!
MeteorSTK Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Student Artist
I'd imagine them as monsters inhabiting the world of Monster Hunter. Really astonishing and very cool.
EvilDogBum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018
I think they are really making out... the fight is just a front to touch :P
MissShirisaido Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanna hug steelix for some reason
rip me but it would be worth it
JeyWiz Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sableye hanging on for its life XD
FrozenInEnvy Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Student Artist
You did a great , looks great but it just looks ugly realistically . . . And HUGE
GatoroidRage Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Student Digital Artist
"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA" -Onyx and Steelix, 2015
L423N Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017
*appreciates the sableyes crawling on onix*
PotatoWallpaper Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they look normal compared to everything else
RealAdamSandler Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Professional Filmographer
slam you like onyx
JYDrawchannel Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
están super muy realistas
Dragonite-YEAH Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i like those small sabeleyes
snowthedutchfox Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
( looks at the hetran ) HAHAHAHAH XD
PuffyCatgirl Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
shiny snek
BH-Ouji Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017
Wow that's one huge snake
The-Lord-Apex Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017
Are they fighting or fucking?
metaggros Featured By Owner Edited Aug 6, 2017
onix seems to be enjoying it  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) 
ideas6572 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
that is for you to decide
Flipperturtle80 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
God don't make this dirty I still have a tiny bit of innocence left pls don't destroy it
Triumph650 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017
the level of detail is simply astounding
CatHanAnd Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I showed this to my cousin since she loves pokémon. I realized how old i was when she didn't recognize them.. -.-
RedWes Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
Onix and Steelix look so cool.
Endy7 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
" it was thought to have five legs, however this specimen was later identified as just being male."

Naov Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist
It's awesome! are these in your latest book?
arvalis Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
MorganaLustitia Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want a little sableye *hugs plushie*
Somoist555 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Based off of caiman lizards (Along with box turtles and tarsiers), I assume?

also, I love the scales! Are they from a pattern you found/made or were they all painstakingly drawn one-by-one?
TheQueenOfNeckbeards Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
is the small purple thing a sabelye? 
arvalis Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
TheQueenOfNeckbeards Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
cool :D
Ancient-Dragon-Art Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Simply-Prussia Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I hardly saw the Sableye XD
demodoqqo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
reminds me of the basilisk in Harry Potter XD
Nonavian Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Student General Artist
Lol the male Heatran story I'm deeeead
Dannybzilla Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
It looks really awesome . You should do a 3D animation of them fighting and post it on YouTube .
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