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Pocket Monsters XY by HitoshiAriga Pocket Monsters XY by HitoshiAriga
Art Director Sugimori gave me the all clear to tell everyone, so I finally get to make a few announcements about work that I have been doing recently.

I had a hand in the new 3DS game "Pocket Monsters XY". Specifically, I designed some new Pokemon! (listed below)
- Pangoro
- Inkay
- Malamar
- Honedge
- Doublade
- Aegislash
- Tyrunt
- Tyrantrum
- Amaura
- Aurorus

I've actually been doing video game work for quite a while now (over two decades), including projects for things like PCE, MD, and SFC. Apparently the Pokemon art director, Sugimori, had taken notice of some of my past work and that's why he asked me if I'd be interested in doing some design work for Pokemon XY.

So in some ways, designing Pokemon for XY was like an extension of my days of drawing monsters for "ActRaiser 2" and "Beyond Oasis". I am a Pokemon Trainer as well as an illustrator, so needless to say I was incredibly honored and pleased to have this opportunity.

I just thought the Pokemon XY players following me might find this information interesting!





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GameArtist1993 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mr Ariga, your Pokemon pictures are so awesome that I want to make my own Pokemon!
Lordofdragonss Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for Existing - Allmost all mons you have made are my favorites!
ZatchZ Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my whole team.
TerusTheBird Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Student Digital Artist
latin3com Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016
I really love all the pokemons you did! Mega Beedrill is pretty cool too, man! I really really hope you'll do more pokemons for future generations ;)
You're my favourite official pokemon designer! Malamar is my favourite pokemon from gen 6
Jai-Ti Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Seriously awesome! :D
This was featured on Bulbapedia!
LittleFireDragon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making my favorite fossil pokemon yet. :) I have an aurorus on my OR team and a tyrantrum on my X team. They're both beautiful.
And especially thank you for making a pokemon based on such an obscure dinosaur as amargasaurus.
DeaththeTeenObraSM Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm a serious fan of the Inkay line, having designated it as my number 1 favorite. The other X/Y newcomers that you designed were amazing! Aegislash is a definite fan-favorite, and I enjoyed seeing more fossil Pokémon that are dinosaurs. Rampardos and Bastiodon were cool, and the ones you added raised the bar for fossil Pokémon further than that. I definitely approve of your creations, and I really can't thank you enough for Malamar.
Buijesty Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So you're telling me that some of my favorite Pokemon in existence were made by you? I give you my eternal gratitude and I must say it really does seem like an honor to be asked by the makers of Pokemon to design some Pokemon for the actual series! :D Should there be a seventh generation I really hope that you get a shot at making some of your own designs for new Pokemon again. :)
HuntraG94 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 25, 2015
you did a badass job on the pokemon you drew up for X and Y ^_^ Inkay ,Malamar, Honedge, Doublade, Aegislash, Tyrunt , Tyrantrum, Amaura, and Aurorus
have to be some of my favorite designs for the game and I hope nintendo uses you again for the next game^_^
sickboyrawrs Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So you bassically designed the most badass pokemon in XY= Aegislash and it's shiny form. Amazing. Waiting for more incredible Pokemon in 7yh gen. Maybe you can do a lil bit of research of the creatures based in peruvian myths, there a quite a few great ideas!
CurlyTopEarl Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
holy fucking shit it must be a huge honor to be asked by sugimori himself to do designs for pokemon x and y I'm so proud that you had that opportunity!
KirbyTardos Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! Honedge is my favorite Generation VI Pokemon!
MrDesignWalker Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
I need a dolphin-Pokémon in Gen 7 please!!
SonJessica Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Pangoro looks pretty awesome! Plus, I love Inkay and Amaura/Amaurus's designs.  They make me want to have a plushie of each of them right now!
Flyffel Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student
Good designs. I especially like Inkay and Malamar.
sternritterq Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Hello Hitoshiariga Sensei .  Is 7th generation pokemon starting design and develop now ?
procon-8 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Even if he was working on that, knowledge like this is under NDA, and he would NEVER tell you anyway unless he wants to get sued and lose his job.
sternritterq Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Can you give us some hint of 7th generation pokemon  . Thanks :happybounce: 
Lunar-Kuto Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use Pangoro and Aegislash in my Pokemon X team. I wouldn't have beaten the Elite Four without them, I didn't know that you were the person behind those Pokemon?!

Thank you!!
TakeruDavis Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aegislash is absolutely awesome, but my most favorite is Amaura. He is so cute, I dont think I will ever have the heart to evolve it him.
randmarks Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just like diavolr the thief said i think i love you please make some more artwork of pangoro please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >.<
AskaBanette Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Holy crap!
DiavolrTheThief Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
You did pangoro and tyrantrum?! I think I love you.
MultiMugen Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your the guy that designed Tyantrum and Aegislash? I gotta say those Pokemon are my new favorites! It's good to see someone that someone designed the Pokemons for X and Y in DeviantART. You sir are amazing.
whosaskin Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Many great Pokemon, especially Tyrantrum.  Honored to have someone that worked on Pokemon here on DA !
surviorlaura Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I've always picked the Sail Fossil and gotten Amaura.
Tensaihime Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
These were YOURS? I just beat the game with Malamar and Aegislash. No wonder I love them!
Professormcwilliams Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Omg, i love amaura and tyrunt :') good job!
Brian1U Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
I actually make up my own Pokemon (more than 100 of them)
Zuru-Sama Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
It was YOU? YOU were the man who designed Pangoro, the Pokémon who turned out to be my favorite Pokémon this Generation?

... Ariga-sama, I have but one complaint. I wish that you'd managed to convinced Mr. Masuada to grant Pangoro (A.K.A Goronda) better stats. I'd prayed that he'd get good stats to compensate for his crippling weakness to Fairies, and I was thrilled when rumors came out saying that his stat spread was 110 HP, 130 Attack, 80 Defense, 80 Special Attack, 80 Special Defense, and 70 Speed. It broke my heart when I heard that his actual stat spread was 95/124/78/68/71/68. I could have cared less about his Special Attack and Speed. I just wish that he has better bulk. Additionally, I wish that his Attack stat wasn't so awkward. (124? Really?)

Anyway, I'm so sorry that Pangoro's stats got ignored. However, I'm still pleased by his design and concept. Great job! (If Mr. Masuada ever offers to grant you one wish, though, please have that wish to be to give our favorite bancho panda better stats! Or even better, a Mega Evolution!)
KoreeluStromboli Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I came here from here just now. I didn't know you designed Pangoro, Inkay, Malamar, Honedge, Doublade and Aegislash until now. I've known for a little while that you designed Amaura, Aurorus, Tyrunt and Tyrantrum. Pangoro and Aurorus are two Pokémon that I have on my Pokémon X team and they're two of my overall favourite Pokémon, especially Pangoro. Thank you so much for designing them! ;-)
ribbonfly Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist
When designing a Pokemon or character in general are you assigned with a general description or given a type and work off from that?

If someone told me to design a Dark/Psychic Pokemon I would not thought of a squid.
Lightningstrike1000 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
You designed some of my favorite new Pokemon! Thanks!
PRTArtist Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You designed one of the members of my Pokemon Y team.
TheSlayerSenshi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
You created that awesome T-rex. You're beyond awesome.
TheWhiteScatterbug Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I never thought i could actually find a person who desinged some Pokemon!
Thank you so much for making these!
I just love Pancham and Pangoro and i can't get enough of them:3
Thank you so much, you are a hero!
ninehundredtwo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student Writer
I really love my Amaura and Inkay.. They are definitely some of my favorites this time :) Arigatou gozaimasu ^^ 
Nameless5511 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
You designed all of my favorite Pokemon from this generation!
Goldwolves Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
My Aurorus is my little baby and it feels so weird to see the person who designed it! Thank you so much for making some of the best pokemon of the newer gen
Corovera Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought those were some of the cooler designs for this generation, actually. Guess that means you did a good job. :D

I'm not too familiar with your other work, but it's cool to be able to tell you in person that I liked your designs.
exxeld Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Aegislash is my favorite Pokemon this gen. I even MM'd a shiny of it. Nice work man!
javiergagaga Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
pangoro is the best thing ever. Seriously, thanks.
Porcelain-Pocky Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You. Are. Amazing. Malamar ended up being one of my all time favorite 6th gen pokemon.. amazing work.. Thank you so so much for these amazing designs. <3
swisskit Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i loooooooooooove your designs <3
ian-stewart Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Kind of funny, but all my favorite new Pokemon were your designs! Thanks for a T-Rex!
TheGoldenKinoku Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You design the honedge evolution line?!
I love the honedge line!
G-wpn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
This is very interesting to know as a fan of your work for Rockman/Mega Man. I find all of the new pokemon designs you have made to be very interesting. In fact, I use Tyrantrum while my friend uses Aegislash. I have a question about Malamar though. Did its design of standing on what should be its "head" come from the fact it was supposed to be topsy-turvy or because the tentalces helped make it look more like a dark type?
Undrave Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Oh my gosh! The Honedge line is totally going on my list of favorite Pokémon ever and Amaura is on the list of most adorable ever. Aurorus is pretty cool too.

Thank you for these amazing new Pokémon!
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