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-Arcanine- by arvalis -Arcanine- by arvalis

Commission for ~pychopat2

I never saw Arcanine as very dog like, always looked like a tiger lion thing to me. As it turns out it's based on shisa and fuu dogs. My Arcanine is one part lion, one part tiger, with a sprinkle of bear, and a dash of dog. Now, onto the flavor text:

Arcanine is the mightiest of all fire types. There are tales of great fire dragons and giant birds lit aflame, but Arcanine is the most powerful confirmed to exist. They have garnered their nickname as the "Legendary Pokemon" as they are extremely rare in the wild and have only recently have specimens been evolved in captivity. The the key to the the development of an Arcanine is that the juvenile state, Growlithe, needs to ingest volcanic soil. In the wild Growlithes will unknowingly consume volcanic soil through ingesting gastroliths from the stomachs of Torkoals. No one is quite sure why a Growlithe will under take an extreme growth after this, though it has been theorized that it is a defensive response to other large Pokemon in the area. In captivity one need simply grind up 1/4 cup of volcanic gastroliths(fire stones) into powder and mix it into the Growlithe's diet. Arcanine and their kin are exceptionally fierce, but playful Pokemon. Young Growlithes are often seen taunting other Pokemon, even ones much larger than themselves. Turtwigs are notoriously sensitive and the playful jaunts of a young Growlithe will make them stupid baby cry.

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Wolfergame Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful!
Samadra Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student General Artist
It is a tiger ?!
It is a dog ?!
NO ! IT'S ARCANINE ! And he is realy awesome, badass and beautiful ! Great work ! And your Growlithe is SO cute *w* I want one \o/
Bluzea Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
I initially saw Arcanine with more feline features anyways, so I must say I approve of this. Gorgeous artwork! 
Vaako-6 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
que buen trabajo! :)
Phyrofrost Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lungtail Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think people should shut up about you making Arcanine more feline. It's gorgeous artwork nonetheless.
Besides, people don't draw Mightyena and Poochyena as hyenas either. And Suicune isn't a wolf either. 
But nobody ever said something.

And now they're flipping out because /one/ Pokemon is drawn more feline instead of canine. 
Bobby-D-Matas Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Don't agree with your decision on making him a errr... semi-feline. Still excellent work though!
RedDemonInferno Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Could you just put down part liger instead of one part lion and one part tiger.
CobaltTheLioness Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I noticed when you zoom in to Arcanine's eye, you can see a red dot :3
arvalis Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Yeah I do that a lot to liven up the darkness.
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