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CAPSULE MONSTERS by MBLOCK CAPSULE MONSTERS by MBLOCK
Two artworks of unnamed Capsule Monsters, made in the old school Pokémon sprites style. Their colour scheme is just an interpretation, since the real colours have never leaked.

Finally, these "Capsumons" were leaked out the famous folder that GameFreak made in 1990 about Capsule Monsters.

The Capsumon at the left is seen only once, on a drawing that made the folder's presentation page. It is shown attacking a Capsumon (Who is obviously a very early design of Tyranitar) in the same manner as the Nidorino and the Gengar did on the introduction scene of Pokémon Green. He is a bulk, short on front leg dragon-looking creature with a very long tail. Note, he only have two legs, no arms or back legs. He have a thick back, with ridges running down on the shoulders. He's quite reminiscent of Feraligatr and share some anatomies similarities with the Dogondos from Zelda. This is probably a creature that never made it, not even in a other design, in the final game. (Though maybe this was a very early Feraligatr design?)

The Capsumon at the right is also seen only once in a drawing, in the very same folder of 1990. It is shown in a sketch of the design for the creature infos page. (The one showing the name, LV, stats etc.) But it's unknown if the creature within the exemple is a real one or the design of a real Capsumon. It's a dragon like creature, it stand on his powerful yet short back legs. He have short arms, with claws and a long neck. He's got quite a short tail, small un-detailed wings and two small horns behind his head. On the page, it's shown having the number #124 (Jinx?) and quite a good attack stat and great special stat, but a awful speed stat. On a other side, note the incredible amount of HP this little fella has: 900!! And then the TP? What does that mean... Training Point maybe? Maybe they wanted at first, like most of the RPG, having the characters a lot of life points, like in Mother/Earthbound. But then the damage calculation would have been quite hard and painful, I guess, for such a limited memory space. He's quite reminiscent of Charizard and Aerodactyl, but this creature was probably more a dragon prototype... or just a poorly draw Capsumon by an guy who didn't took references for it.

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Capsule Monsters = Pokémon (Pocket Monsters)!

The franchise started with a manga made by Satoshi Tajiri back in 1975, but the manga was a commercial failure and finally was discontinued. He then asked Ken Sugimori to draw his "Capsumon" and follow him in founding GameFreak. After many years and some games, the project came back to the spotlight: In 1990, GameFreak made a huge folder of all their ideas for Capsule Monsters, including several creatures designs, map, scenes, battle system and even pages detailing the creatures data page. Apparently, Tajiri had trouble to trademarking (Copyright issues) the name so he changed it first to "CapuMon" and then later "Pocket Monsters" or "Pokémon". Green/Red/Blue finally came out in 1996, 6 years after the folder was done. Several Pokémons were designed as soon as in the late 1975, as Nidorino, Gengar, Slowbro and Rhydon and made it to the final game (G/R/B) in 1996. We can deduce this: Designing most of the original planned (190?) Pokémons for generation 1 probably took about 20 years OR MORE. (Note for myself: Ah that's why Pokémon looked awesome back in the days!! I should get my ass on some designs soon or I won't be able to post anytime near, ROLF)

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devotedtoneurosis Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely perfect!
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kirby983 Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Red guy on the right was confirmed to be already used called a Charizard! and the blue guy on the left was never used! Obviously gotten replaced by Blastoise. so I guess Blastoise was once going to be a naga? (half man half snake creature in mythologies)
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FingerBubb Featured By Owner Edited Jul 23, 2018
Um blue guy is actually Beta Nidorino, he was used in the battle scene you see in the start of the game, but later was scrapped and remade into Nidorino or something like that
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SpellboundFox Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey there, old man. <3
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Spashai Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student General Artist
They kinda look like Feraligatr and Charizard :'D Perhaps they were their precursors!
But ooh, nice bit of Pokemon history there!
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ChokoChao Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
epic
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BlueDiamond43 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
The dragon creature's name was "Dragon4" it had the same Dex no. as Igglybuff, but this was probably before the PokeDex was implemented.
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MBLOCK Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, probably! Still, it's fun to see if they were kept in some designs...
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thel0lziest Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
THIS IS SO COOL OMFG<333
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:iconmblock:
MBLOCK Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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AxelJack Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is great!
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:iconmblock:
MBLOCK Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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133eevee133 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Artist
Man these need to be realz
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MBLOCK Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thanks! I don't know if Gamefreak would really like to reuse old designs, but I would be happy haha!
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gretellu Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
i love the charizard looking one <3
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:iconmblock:
MBLOCK Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes me too!
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Acrof Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! Those are great! :D
I'd like to see some art of the beta Rhydon, I think it'll be pure awesomeness. =P
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MBLOCK Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll try to do it someday! And thanks!
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Youre just awsome!
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MBLOCK Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thank you!
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nefarious-sanctum Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Never thought I'd see fan art of the beta monsters in my life. Highest respect from me to you!
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MBLOCK Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah no problem! It's so fun for me to draw the old designs!
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white3399 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
>0< i want one!!!!i'll never catch them ALL!!!!
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MBLOCK Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha yeah!
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dragonart202512518 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is soooo cool :3
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MBLOCK Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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teamspike3 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
j'aime c'est bien fait^^
le bleu c'est nidorino si je me trompes pas^^
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MBLOCK Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ouais, l'ancien design de Nidorino. Il était gros et épeurant haha!
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Axel-Comics Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the colouring :D. I've read that the dragon on the right could (emphasis on "could") have been a beta Charizard. But then, it could have been a beta of any dragon, assuming it was the beta of a dragon at all. I really wish Sugimori and others in Gamefreak would have an interview or Q & A about Capsule Monsters, G + S Alpha and unreleased pokes in general :P.
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MBLOCK Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too I really would love this kind of interview but it's kinda unlikely since they said that they often when back to unused designs for the new pokémons (if they reveal them, it's much unlikely they reused them later on) Thanks!
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pikachao7 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Didn't expect someone to make artworks of the prototype pokemon.
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Jdrawer01 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Nidorino and Dragon4?
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MBLOCK Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod:
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kybett98 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
the blue one is a beta version of Nidorino
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Emshrapnel Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
A lot of johto Pokemon were planned for Red/Blue. Imagine, Rock/Dragon Tyranitar.
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MBLOCK Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's true, most of the pokémons from Johto was planned for Kanto! 190 pockets monsters to catch would have been real awesome.
But the "Tyranitar" seen in some the prototype version of the RGB intro is rumored to be more Gengar than a older version of the Tyranitar we knew. This could make sense, the body would have been simplified then finally transformed into the design we know of Gengar and finally the body form was reused for Tyranitar in the second generation. ;)
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ADiN4Brawl Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student General Artist
ive heard that syther was the first designed pokemon. is this true?
great pic btw, ima huge fan of the beta stuff you do :D
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Fezzikong Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
RHydon was actually.
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Losalis Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
J'aime beaucoup ce style old school ! ^^ Sont trop choux, et je trouve trop mignonnes les ailes du violet :) (je sais pas pourquoi... Coup de cœur sur ses ailes !)
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spacepig22 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
I love this. I really like beta things, and I found this story very interesting. And I love the way that you made it look old fashioned with a limited color scheme. :D
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Cloversplash Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I think they said the one of the left was suppose to be an early Nidoking design
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OneSmallNintendoFan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have the Original Front Cover Concept In My Gallery. I Just happened to find it on the internet. (BTW, I love the crocodile one!)
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Raenafyn Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
omg wut?!?!? thts amazing how you find this stuff
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Corvigryph Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
I love looking at your early! pokemon arts :la: lovely AND informative!
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KittySis Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Beta Pokémon! Whweeee!!
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MBLOCK Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Weeeee!! :iconlachoirplz:
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KittySis Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I don't get it.
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diedhorribledeaths Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student General Artist
lol
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TeaZS Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Oh this is interesting. :0 I wonder if this is truly the original 'Pokemon' or something else. My Aunt and Mom worked for Pokemon for 10 years, and they had the Pokemon up until Gen 3 planned and designed in the 90's. (I remember seeing Gen 2 years before it was released, I felt so cool :XD:) So this is really weird.
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MBLOCK Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoah this is truly awesome! *_*
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