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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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:icondisturbeddragon2000:
DisturbedDragon2000 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015   Artist
your just too amazing ^^
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:iconmudkipenator:
mudkipenator Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  New member
Meganium's the very best like no one ever was.
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mudkipenator Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  New member
This depiction of Meganium really makes an ass ton of sense. I never could figure what Meganium would look like in real life.
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:iconzive:
zive Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice, I like that you made them tortoises.
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DMN666 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I get a very Monster Hunter vibe off your work.

Great job m8.
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THEKIDWITHAKNIFE Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student General Artist
was it really supposed to be some kind of turtle?
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:iconnuker22:
nuker22 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
love the design, save the brachiosaur design for  Aurorus(hoping that happens)
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Aurorus is an amargasaurus though
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:iconmabra51:
MaBra51 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
You know Meganium is based on a diplodocus, right?
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
It is 100% irrefutably not based on any diplodocid. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say thats the only "long neck" dinosaur you can remember the name of.  Meganium is surely based on brachiosaurids, though I thought the design would be much more creative this way.
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:iconkittycake2000:
Kittycake2000 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Baller as frick"

.... K
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:icondaphneysilly:
Daphneysilly Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
dat celebi 
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:iconkatykatface:
KatyKatFace Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love Meganium!! ITS MY FAVORITE POKEMON!! XD
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:iconancientdruids:
AncientDruids Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Chikorita looks too goddamn perfect here.
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:iconminebot45:
Minebot45 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how they're turtles now. That's what I always thought they were, so Wy-the hell-naut?
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:icondangermask:
DangerMask Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student Filmographer
If pokemon were real, this is what I image they'ed be like. 
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:iconnomonoke:
Nomonoke Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Meganium is my favorite pokemon, and I really enjoy what you did with it here! I never thought of it as a turtle/tortoise-like-thing before, but I really love your interpretation and the description!

And your Celebi is, in fact, baller as frick.
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:iconlocksoli:
Locksoli Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
I would have assumed that meganium would be a land plesiosaur, or a tanystropheus. But I like the turtle version.
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aoicoppelion Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Seriously guys, I've been reading some comments of how Meganium "isn't a turtle" or how some of you dislike the fact that Meganium is represented as a reptile we know of today.

Seriously, have you ever seen Arvalis' other arts? Look at Giratina, Giratina isn't a bug, but Arvalis executed his/her idea and carved it into a piece of art perfectly. He/she makes Meganium in his/her way, and in this case, resembling a turtle, which is a perfectly fine thing. I know the turtle thing is shocking, but don't lie, Meganium as a turtle is a REALLY creative idea and it surpasses other's notion on how would Meganium would look like if it was to be represented realistically. It's not like Arvalis purposely made Meganium to look like a turtle so it would look bad.



Sorry for ranting, I just can't hold it in anymore. 
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wishedtheyweretoads Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Mantis celebi yesssss; I like that Chikorita looks closely related to a Turtwig, hinting at a slow-time evolutionary relationship between the two?
 
 I really appreciate the cultural/ecological details and explanations of aspects of poke biology. That's just as amazing as the art, I think. Thanks for these!
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TheLonelyFront Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Celebi is baller!
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:iconboopdedoopdoop:
boopdedoopdoop Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Student Writer
I can never look at Celebi the same way again.
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:icongriffiathegriffon:
GriffiatheGriffon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg I never noticed Celebi.
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:iconvorondara:
Vorondara Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Wow. All the works in your gallery are pretty 'wow' worthy, but I can believe these pokemon more than most - you make meganium look very believable. And well, I'd buy a realistic meganium far more than an animal/dinosaur, whatever, with fire on their tail.
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nickzodiac Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
All the little poke's in the pic are what make these excellent.  you definitely have a fine imagination OHMYGOD THERES A FOONGUS AMOONGUS!
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createrofchaos Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
This has got to be by far my favorite work of yours.  This set of pokemon has always been my favorite and the fact that you turned them into tortoises only made them better.  Yes, I said tortoise instead of turtles.  Turtles live mainly in water and tortoises live on land, very different.  Also love the fact that Celebi looks like a praying mantis.    All in all I love your work. 
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PhantomDragon3210 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
And they do look much more like a Tortoise than a turtle. I'm surprised how many people haven't got that.

I Also love this artwork~
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:iconjaniwolf:
janiwolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
meganium bayleef and chikorita aren't turtles they are based on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauropod…
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:iconphantomdragon3210:
PhantomDragon3210 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
I think they are more a tortoise than a turtle, at least get that right.
And can't you just admire the art for what it is?
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:iconarvalis:
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.
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:iconxfan97:
xfan97 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014   Digital Artist
'Origin

This Pokémon has the appearance of a sauropod, particularly resembling an Apatosaurus, and its flowering counterpart may be a geraniumhibiscusor a titan arum. It may also be designed after the Hippeastrum.'

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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Bulbapedia is very inaccurate when it comes to that stuff.  If it was based on a dinosaur its clearly a brachiosaur, not an apatosaur.
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:iconcrow5derlock:
crow5derlock Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If it was based off a Brachiosaur it would be larger and longer than it is already, I have to agree that it was based off of an Apatosaurus.
Not to mention This is my favorite pokemon and I very much dislike it's portrayal as a turtwig.
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arvalis Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Apatosaurus was 75 feet long and brachiosarus was only 85 feet long, not that big of a difference.  Apatosaurus did not hold its head up like meganium either, which was clearly a reference to old brachiosaur paleoart.
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crow5derlock Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the design was more based on the body shape rather than full out size, though looking at it more i think The Pokemon would have been more of a diplodocus. Though I think the design was probably supposed to mimic just long neck dinosaurs in general and they just picked out a dinosaur name.
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:icontirasunil:
tirasunil Featured By Owner Edited Oct 27, 2014  Student Writer
Good job keeping them in check, #arvalis
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:iconjaniwolf:
janiwolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
they don have shield's of turtles either
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:iconn0b1erebe1:
N0b1eRebe1 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Why cant we all just get along?
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:iconfbro:
FBro Featured By Owner Edited Sep 21, 2014
I loved his interpretation of Meganium and your "family"
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:iconglowingsea:
GlowingSea Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMFG *A*
Celebi looks... Idk, Just Cute ^–^
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yassarikhan786 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
I would love to see a Pokemon movie where the Pokemon look like this. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Sakamoto133 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
My question is what will you do with turtwig and torterra because they both resemble turtles and it would be weird to have 2 turtle starters? i guess you could make them ankylosaur based?
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HollieBollie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
your art is awesome as all hell man! So incredibru! 
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trinigamer Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
"Celebi is baller as frick."  Amazing
Wow all your art is amazing, and I love the notes you come up with to go with it. especially those facts about Bayleef
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:iconhazrak:
Hazrak Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
You should draw Tropius, it would be very cool.

And maybe the ther fossil Pokemon. I think, in your style, they would look amazing.
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Sakamoto133 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Hmmmmmm I don't know....it seems like you have a fetish when it comes to turtles hahaha😂 but in all seriousness I guess it would've been too easy to make meganium like a brachiosaurus. Not a bad design though.
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