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-Giratina- by arvalis -Giratina- by arvalis

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Though once thought to be a malevolent spirit, and in some circumstances a demonic dragon, Giratina is in actuality an extremely large arthropod Pokemon.  Only one adult Giratina has even been confirmed by science to exist, however there are many unsubstantiated reports of them near the mouths of caves.  The natural habitat of a Giratina is colloquially known as the distortion world, an exceptionally large, exceptionally deep cavernous pocket of heavy gases.  This environment is where the larval stage, also known as origin forme, grow to gargantuan size.  The heavy gases allow the sizable origin forme to float and almost fly through the dark, vast caverns it calls home.  As the Pokemon matures, over an unknown, but great span of time, it will start to make its way closer and closer to the surface with each passing year.  During this time, six of its poorly developed legs start to gain strength and girth to support the over-sized arthropod outside an environment submerged in dense gases.  It is not known why Giratina seek out the surface, or why it has adapted to mimic the appearance of a dragon.  The leading mind in the field profers that its because dragons are the coolest and no one messes with bad-ass dragons because they are the best.

Vanilluxe is an odd pokemon indeed.  The Pokemon and its kin have been thought by some to appear as an ice cream cone.  More realistically however, this adaptation allows Vanilluxe will bury its cephalothorax in snow or rocks and use its white, bulbous abdomen as camouflage when under threat.  Most of its time is spent suspended in its web waiting for small pokemon to get caught, using their smiling face patterns to intimidate smaller members of its species.  Mature adult Vanilluxe exhibit a straw-like protrusion from their rear, this acts as both a sexual organ and as spigot to release sub-freezing temperature gas, a byproduct of its digestive system.  This gas super cools prey caught in the web, killing them faster and quieter so as to not alert as much attention to themselves and make them abandon their catch.  The infant stage of a Vanilluxe is known as a Vanillite.  Vanilluxes do not mind the presence of their young, though cannibalism has been observed in some particularly aggressive members of the species.

Crobat is the adult stage of infernal and omnipresent pest, Zubat.  These Pokemon are quite uncommon, they require a strong bond with a partner Golbat or trainer.  Having a partner allows them time to grow larger without threat of attack.  As Zubats are so common, many children are given Zubats as baby's first Pokemon.  The problem with owning a Zubat is that they grow very large over a short period of time.  The households that can keep a Golbat are few and unfortunately once the Gobat has a very strong bond with the child, they develop into a Crobat.  Crobats are simply too large and require much upkeep, as a result Crobats are often released into the wild.  Some say the characteristic frown of a Crobat is because its heart was broken by the child it cared for so deeply.


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SinzutheGreat Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I'm not sure if I should be awed or scared of your iteration of Giratina. Nicely done.
ShadOBabe Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear lord that's terrifying... O_o;
Lacrimya Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
I bet you could make it's Origin Form look amazing
Hermy-one Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Arthropod huh? But does it have to completely look like an insect? Its still classified dragon, realistic doesn't have to equal a creature that already exists in our world does it? And fly's wings? Idk...Then there's aesthetics, you manage to make all the Pokemon pretty freakish looking, but I guess that's taste
Aeryn061 Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you. Drawing something cartoony in a realistic manner shouldn't mean that it needs to be changed into something that already exists. I've seen a lot of people make a "realistic" Bulbasaur that looks like a frog with a flower on its back. Bulbasaur is not a frog and should look nothing like a frog, which is where I give this guy a thumbs up cuz he actually made a good Bulbasaur. Everything else however... you get the idea. What pisses me off most though is that he changes the Pokémon lore.
draku21 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Awesome I love it
Critterz11 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you made Vanillite and Vanilluxe into spiders, that's just...awesome
Corem Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
You made ice cream pokemon make sense. Brava, sir! 
DarkTailss Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope we never get to meet aliens that look like this rofl
Mecha-GREGOLE Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
While the neck legs and bat-wing pattern inside the wings are plenty creative, I don't think this one really works. There are a lot of animals you could have based giratina on, and there's no reason you'd have to stick to any single one. But this... really, just flat out does not resemble the base pokemon at all. It's the same problem you had with haunter. I know you want to base each one off of an animal, but so many of your previous designs have flawlessly mixed multiple animals into something that both looks like the pokemon it's supposed to be, and like something that the real world could produce. This one doesn't really do either.

My problem isn't that it's an arthropod. I can honestly see a reptilian, amphibian or arthropod giratina working about equally well. My problem is that it's clearly already a mishmash of several completely unrelated arthropods(chilopods and beetles), but the mishmash still doesn't look anything like giratina. The legs are narrow, the neck is stiff and forward-slung, and the head is completely different.

I think it would work better if the neck were held more upright and the legs were thicker and more supportive. As it is, the problem isn't just that it doesn't look like the source material, but that it looks awkward all on its own.
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