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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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:iconmudkipenator:
mudkipenator Featured By Owner Edited Mar 1, 2015
D'yaknow who would look awesome as sheeit riding this thing......The Dragonborn. FUS-RO-DAH!!!!
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:icona5hens:
A5HENS Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student General Artist
I have been stupidly cackling to myself for the past five minutes.
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:iconscaredya:
scaredya Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  New member Hobbyist Photographer
no not the turtwig :)
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:icondaphneysilly:
Daphneysilly Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
TURTLE! 
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:iconsleepingx:
Sleepingx Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I see you everywhere!
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:icondaphneysilly:
Daphneysilly Featured By Owner 6 days ago
xD
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:iconsleepingx:
Sleepingx Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I see you everywhere!
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Lufione Featured By Owner Edited Feb 19, 2015
How do you even get Arcanine wrong. It's a dog.

Ar-CANINE.

Just because the lore behind it in REAL LIFE is based on Shiisaa doesn't make this Pokemon have the same lore.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Arcanine=Arcane+Feline
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:iconstormyspark:
StormySpark Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Growlithe is called the PUPPY pokemon though XD
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:iconmudkipenator:
mudkipenator Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Well played Arvalis, well played.
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:iconfenrirandfenris:
FenrirandFenris Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Arcanine is  based on the shishi and the shisa , Shishi are stone Dogs or Lions that protect temples, and the Shisa is a cross of a lion and a dog from the legends of okinawa 0w0
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winkiemcfrinky Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
I've always seen Arcanine as a dog myself (it's got "canine" in the name, after all), but I really like your interpretation of it. Fantastic art as well.
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:icondatbattybat:
Datbattybat Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
*climbs on to arcanine's back*
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:iconassaultflamingo:
AssaultFlamingo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Love the shiba inu-ish traces in the Growlithe.
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:iconbaka-espada:
baka-espada Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Uhm. Growlithe is described as the puppy Pokemon, so shouldn't Arcanine be a canine?
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ReviWolfe Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uhm... :3 please just enjoy this marvelous drawn piece of art.
Though from all the rude comments about ( "it isn't that animal") you're the kindest.

Everyone has their own optic about looks. 
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:iconbaka-espada:
baka-espada Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student General Artist
^ω^ ok. I really do love the artwork!
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Nope
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:iconbaka-espada:
baka-espada Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Oh well, thats ok! I love your representations of Pokemon!! ↖(^ω^)↗
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:iconbaka-espada:
baka-espada Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Huh. That's weird
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:iconcreaturelover:
creaturelover Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Hhahahaha poor Turtwig
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:iconfrenzyful:
Frenzyful Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so mean to the grass types it's fucking hilarious
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:iconsleeplesswinter:
SleeplessWinter Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No, don't hurt Turtwig! D;

Also, if you did the Axew family, I think I'd die.
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:iconc3lestialwolf:
C3lestialWolf Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
You just made me love Arcanin even more you are amazing!
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:iconbarrelraceradduc:
barrelraceradduc Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
This is truly amazing!
Your art is simply incredible! Heart Love 
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:iconmonochr0me-hero:
Monochr0me-Hero Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Well, the guard lions are commonly mistaken for fuu dogs AND there are myths of giant lion dogs in some legends. So wynaut?
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:iconwidowthevaporeon:
WidowTheVaporeon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
i dont want one of those in my house XD
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:iconmihaimargineanu:
MihaiMargineanu Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
lol nobody cares about turtwig
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:iconrejectedtmnt:
RejectedTMNT Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
I would ride him into battle
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:iconhohki:
Hohki Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to see a version of this that looks more like a thylacine. Since, y'know, thylacines are stripey dog-like beasts just like Arcanine.
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KitClaw Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Turtwig nuuuu
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:iconmissaspie:
MissAspie Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE your description of a turtwig's reaction. "stupid baby cry" lol faving just for that! (plus the art is AMAZING!!!)
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:iconlocksoli:
Locksoli Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
I always saw it as a cat-fox with dog mannerisms. 
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:iconsf01:
SF01 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Growlithe and Arcanine were canines rather than cats.
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:iconwolfergame:
Wolfergame Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful!
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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/
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:iconbluzea:
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! 
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:iconvaako-6:
Vaako-6 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
que buen trabajo! :)
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:iconphyrofrost:
Phyrofrost Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Turtwig!
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:iconlungtail:
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. 
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:iconbobby-d-matas:
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!
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:iconreddemoninferno:
RedDemonInferno Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Could you just put down part liger instead of one part lion and one part tiger.
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:iconcobaltthelioness:
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
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Yeah I do that a lot to liven up the darkness.
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:iconcobaltthelioness:
CobaltTheLioness Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He he, cool! I like it!
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:iconarielolivetti:
arielolivetti Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Buenisimo!
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XxShardedDragonxX Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay now now one of my fav pokemon has lost respect XD but it's nice although the way it's standing (jumping ?) looks kinda awkward XP
It still looks bad-ass but meh
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suicunetobigaara Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Aww poor Turtwig! I love all the pokemon in this picture XD
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:iconnatsumi-chan5254:
Natsumi-chan5254 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
I love Arcanine, and after seeing this I want an one more than ever! La la la la  Great job! Clap 
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