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-Meganium- by arvalis -Meganium- by arvalis

Meganium is one of the largest fungivores in the Pokemon kingdom.  The species has adapted a very long neck, which is quite flexible for its length, to be able to reach fungi growing on tree branches.  Meganium will use their very sturdy beaks to gnaw through even the toughest bark to get to the fungal delight beneath.  Meganium will almost always have what appear to be antennae, though in actuality it is a unique type of fungi growing from its nostrils.  It is not known what relation ship the fungus has to Meganium, or how it specifically benefits either the fungus or the Meganium.  Trainers are encouraged to expose their young Meganiums to the fungus as it may have unknown positive effects.  A full grown Meganium male will have intensely pink colored frill of their shell.  The more vibrant the pink and yellow of the frill, the more attractive the male is perceived.  A female Meganium will exhibit a much duller pink, bordering on brown, shell frill.   

A newborn to around sixteen year old Meganium is known as a Chikorita.  Unlike an elder Meganium, a Chikorita develops a very tall, scaly crest.  It is assumed that the crest is meant to mimic a leaf, perhaps resulting in camouflage for the little guy.  Some theorize that the crest signifies youth to other members of the species, as the crest completely disappears by the time it gets to be around thirty years old.  We see here that a Chikorita has engaged in combat to the death with that mushroom from the back of Paras.

Bayleef is a Pokemon.  It is the adolescent stage of Meganium.  It is a medium sized Pokemon.  These are facts about Bayleef.

The population of Meganiums in the wild has dwindled significantly in the past few decades thanks to the introduction of Paras to their habitats.  Paras are the only other fungivore competitor to Meganium.  A common fungi in the mycobiota of Johto, one quite harmless to Meganium, is actually a cordyceps fungus known as Tochukaso.  Tochukaso targets Paras, and will take hold of a Paras' body, essentially turning it into a mindless drone.  A Paras inflicted with this condition is known as a Parasect once the Tochukaso mushroom grows to full size.  These cordyceps mushrooms help control the burgeoning Paras population by keeping them from reproducing or eating other fungi, however Paras multiply very rapidly and are still a threat to the ecosystem.

Foongus, as seen on the back of this Paras, is a very small Pokemon.  Foongus has brought up very interesting scientific debate, scientists are not certain Foongus is a plantiform or just a fungus.  They do move, however at a rate of about fifteen feet per year.  Though the most interesting thing about them is their camouflage though.  Foongus have only become a point of interest recently, when their pokeball-like camouflage developed.  In the past two decades, Pokemon training has seen a huge surge in popularity of youths the world over, as has the littering of broken pokeballs across the country side.  Pokemon have become very cautious around the appearance of a pokeball, as they do not want to be caught.  It appears that Foongus has adapted this color pattern to take advantage of the natural wariness of other Pokemon species.  As such, the numbers of Foongus have skyrocketed with few Pokemon eating them.  There is another species of Pokemon that uses a similar camouflage in the Kanto area, scientists are still uncertain which species developed the trait first.

Celebi are known as "the guardian of the forest" in myths surrounding them.  Some claim that Celebi are time travelers, however this claim is completely unsubstantiated.  A more plausible explanation is that Celebi are so rare, they acquired a "legendary" reputation, stirring up all sorts of myths and rumors about it.  When examined closely, one will see that Celebi is baller as frick.


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janiwolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  New member
meganium bayleef and chikorita aren't turtles they are based on…
arvalis Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Please dont patronize me.  I know what a sauropod is.  None of meganiums evolutions have enough tail to be a sauropod.
janiwolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  New member
they don have shield's of turtles either
FBro Featured By Owner Edited Sep 21, 2014  New member
I loved his interpretation of Meganium and your "family"
GlowingSea Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  New member
Celebi looks... Idk, Just Cute ^–^
yassarikhan786 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
I would love to see a Pokemon movie where the Pokemon look like this. 
Maximum12567 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I love the realistic take on the Celebi in the corner. Makes me think of your Ninjask in the Venasaur page. Though I love your work I can only Imagine how Onix would look and what other extra's you'd sneak in.
Phoenix-Fightmaster Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist
I am intrigued by the massive disconnect between pokemon who do and don't inspire you.

This is a pretty solid merging of terrapin anatomy with fictional monster design. Obviously it's based on a turtle, but that's not immediately apparent. It looks like the source material, reasonably, and all in all, is a good example of what you have set out to do with this project.

Then you have the ones where you just abandon all pretense of even trying to draw the pokemon, and just tangentially connect an animal to it and draw that instead. Like Gyarados or Haunter.

Half the time, you're a superb artist, and half the time it feels like your creative mind is completely in sleep mode.
arvalis Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
I don't think you know which ones inspire me or not.  This one was pretty boring for me to do and I only did it because I had to round out the johto starters.  I absolutely loved working on the other two but I never had any connection to meganium.  In fact the only part I thoroughly enjoyed working on in this piece, and the best part of the piece in my opinion, is celebi.  Not every piece I do is something love or even like.  This is my job, so its not all fun and games.  Certainly not all of my pieces are created equal, creating a special design can often come down to luck.  Have you felt that moment when you're working on a picture like "holy shit, this is something big"?  Well I certainly have, but it doesn't come every time, or even every other time.  This is not to say that I think any of my pokemon picture are bad, there are things I like about all of them, but I absolutely know some are better than others.  I like my haunter and gyarados designs so much more than this one for instance.
Phoenix-Fightmaster Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist
I guess I can understand that. Even if it doesn't look like the pokemon itself, the challenge of trying to re-interpret it is definitely exciting.
I guess it's more the opposite of what I said.
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