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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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KammyTheBeast Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member Hobbyist
Good work
J4B Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Vanilluxe makes sense now.
MakaruWolf55218 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
You stop that ;A; don't make me feel bad for zubats, damn you.

But seriously, Giratina looks awesome. I love the arthropod concept, the limbs remind me of mantis shrimp. Very interesting.
Cm25 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Giratina as a giant ghostly centipede of the depths? I love it!
FionaDevil Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
very nice
Phoenix-Fightmaster Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist
In an effort to make a multilegged, vaguely dragonish creature look realistic, you have combined two different classes of animal together, then enlarged it several thousand times without altering its anatomy to cope.

I'm not sure you and I have the same definition of "realistic".
arvalis Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
I agree that arthropods are definitely more of an area of weakness for me.  Though to your point about the realism, I agree that this one is pretty out there.  However it is intentional in this instance, I try to make legendary pokemon a bit more fantastic to set them apart, most of them are far less plausible than my other designs.  So I made an absurdly large bug.  It isn't my favorite design I did, but my client was incredibly happy with it and it was a learning experience so it worked out well enough.
Phoenix-Fightmaster Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist
I can respect that.
awesomehunter77 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
I like your drawings, their really unique and extremely well done. But...really? Giratina? As a bug?

Many others I can understand. (Not all of them. Such as the Meganium. I expected more of a sauropod than a tortoise since...they kind of lack a shell...)

But Giratina as a bug? I just...I can't even begin to comprehend it. It doesn't work.

A reptile would've worked better. Despite the six legs, they're even too short and fat to be on an insect. A serpent would have worked but they don't have legs. But since there isn't a bug that looks like this anyway, such as with the three body sections not being defined, who needs that logic? :D
Rose--Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
K, so Ima attempt to settle the "But it's a dragon ghost and can't be a bug!!! ARGLE BARGLE!" argument once and for all:

Dragon types

Charizard: mega forme is a dragon type. Very reptilian, probably the most obviously dragon-like Pokemon there is, yet only a dragon type in the mega forme.

Dragonite: vaguely reptilian, sounds whalish, drawn as a giant salamander by arvalis. Honestly, you could go almost anywhere with it.

Ampharos: mega forme is a dragon type. Ampharos a sheep. Mega Ampharos is a non-reptilian dragon type fucking SHEEP.

Kingdra and Dragalge: weedy and leafy seadragons, and therefore fish. Not remotely related to reptiles other than being vertebrates.

Vibrava: it looks like a bug, yet isn't a bug type, was drawn as lizard by arvalis, but the original is definitely a bug.

Flygon: looks buggish, though not a bug type, but also very reptilian. In order to avoid a reptile/bug chimera abomination, you have to pick one or the other. Arvalis went with reptilian.

Altaria: it's a bird. It's a dragon type non-reptilian bird.

Shelgon: er...turtle? Chrysalis?

Latias and Latios: they don't look reptilian at all and only vaguely avian. They're abstract enough that you could do almost anything with them, though.

Dialga and Palkia: both reptilian, mostly. Palkia could be somewhat bug-like, I guess.

Giratina: somewhat serpentine in origin forme, and somewhat sauropod-like in altered forme. Very definitely bug-like in both formes. Seriously, how does anyone not see it as a centipede?

Arceus: okay, not always a dragon type, but it can be. And it's a mammal. A freaking alpaca at that. With the dragon plate, Arceus is a dragon-llama.

Axew, Fraxure, and Haxorus: definitely reptilian, but without any wings common to representations of dragons.

Deino and Zweilous: sort of reptilian, maybe bird-like, though? Sauropod-like, but then...

Hydreigon: um...what? Whatever, it's reptilian.

Reshiram: it's a mammal! It's a bird! It's a...mammal-bird? Pick one, I guess. Arvalis made it a bird. Point is, it's yet another dragon type that isn't reptilian at all.

Tyrunt and Tyrantrum: reptiles! Dinosaurs! No wings, though.

Noibat and Noivern: they're dragon type bats.

Zygarde: somewhat serpentine, but bug-like too. Look at those eyes.

So for dragon types, we have: mostly reptiles and dinosaurs, true enough, but also fish, bugs, birds, a fucking SHEEP as well as bats and other mammals. Did I mention the goddam DRAGON SHEEP?!

Anyway. There are also a lot of reptilian, dragon-like Pokemon that are not of the dragon type. Examples include: Aggron, Tyranitar, Grovyle, Seviper, Feraligatr, Lugia, Steelix, Groudon, Aerodactyl, and Lapras.

Point: dragon type Pokemon and dragon-like Pokemon are not mutually inclusive; they only overlap. Thus, a dragon type Pokemon can absolutely be drawn as a bug, especially if it happens to look like one.

Ghost Types

Gastly: looks gassy.

Haunter and Gengar: look like fuzzy creatures to me.

Shedinja: a bug shedding.

Shuppet and Bannette: dolls. Though Bannette is somewhat catlike.

Duskull, Dusclops, and Dusknoir: skeletal something or other.

Sableye: looks like a fuzzy creature with a very bat-like face.

Kecleon: it's ability can make it a ghost chameleon.

Froslass: vaguely humanoid.

Drifloon and Drifblim: balloons, but somewhat jellyfish-like.

Rotom: a lightning sprite thingy?

Giratina: still a centipede with somewhat reptilian characteristics. Seriously, when I first saw this thing I thought it was going to be bug/dragon. Do people see type first and then shut off any possibility of it resembling something that might suggest a different type?

Arceus: ghost plate makes it a ghost alpaca.

Yamask: anyone else think this thing looks like a bird? Ghost bird would be cool.

Cofagrigus: I...don't even know. It's a coffin.

Frillish and Jellicent: jellyfish.

Litwick, Lampent, and Chandelure: candle, lamp, and chandelier.

Golett and Golurk: golems.

Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist: pumpkin and gourd.

Honedge, Doublade, and Aegislash: swords and aegis.

So for ghost types, we've got gaseous substances, inanimate objects, animal-like creatures, actual animals, and plants. There are some ghost-like Pokemon that are not of the ghost type and examples include: Unown (who decided it should be psychic?), Chimecho, and Darkrai.

Point: ghost type Pokemon and ghostlike Pokemon are not mutually inclusive; they only overlap, and not even that well. Thus you can do a ghost type however you bloody want.

Bug Types

Scyther: pretty damned reptilian-looking.

Shuckle: could be a scale insect, could be a turtle, could be a mollusc, or could be a fungus. Take your pick.

Kecleon: its ability can make it a bug type lizard.

Anorith and Armaldo: anomalocaris or a trilobyte and a mantis shrimp. Either way, none of the animals most commonly referred to as "bugs".

Arceus: with the bug plate, it's a bloody bug type alpaca.

Dwebble and Crustle: they're crustaceans.

Shelmet and Accelgor: they're not even arthropods; they're molluscs.

So for bug types, it's insects and arachnids, as expected, but also at least one reptile, a possible fungus, crustaceans, and molluscs. There are several bug-like Pokemon that are not of the bug type. Examples include: Dunsparce, Kabuto, Vibrava, Zygarde, Pawniard, and yes Giratina. And of course there are other mollusc and crustacean Pokemon that aren't bug types, like Magcargo and Shellder, like Krabby and Binacle.

Point: bug type Pokemon and bug-like Pokemon are not mutually inclusive; they only overlap. Thus, it is perfectly fine to draw a Pokemon as a bug even if it is not of the bug type.
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