Rodents are no strangers to Pokemonization (Pikachu, Rattata, Pachirisu – the list goes on) but Pokemon designers have yet to tackle the King of Rodents, the capybara. An elegant, semi-aquatic beast with quiet dignity, the capybara has the honorable distinction of being the largest rodent in the world. Capybaras are also known for their ability to reproduce quickly, so it should definitely only take a few egg cycles to hatch capybara Pokemon eggs.
We already have enough solid Ground/Water type combos (Swampert, Whiscash, Quagsire), but surely there must be room for this fine animal.
Equal parts sass and fluff, a llama would bring some much-needed attitude to the Pokemon roster. Llamas are social animals and actually quite friendly toward humans and other llamas, but all bets are off in the arena of battle. A llama Pokemon should definitely have some kind of spit attack, since real llamas spit as a form of punishment for bad behavior.
Llamas are huge in Japan right now, so there's a good possibility we might actually see a llama-based Pokemon in Black & White. Factoid: You can tell llamas and alpacas apart by their eyelashes – llamas don't have eyelashes but alpacas do.
If there’s one type of animal Pokemon designers love, it’s the oddball gimmick animal, like the anglerfish or the giraffe, so it's surprising that the peacock has yet to be tapped for a Pokemon design. Pokemon designers are clearly fond of birds as it is (especially bland, generic ones), so there’s no excuse for this missing flamboyant Pokemon. Like other Pokemon, the peacock Pokemon would need its key feature exaggerated, in this case its ludicrous tail feathers. You could argue that Ho-Oh is peacock-like with its big tail feathers, but his design draws almost directly from the myth of the Phoenix.
A fitting Peacock Pokemon moveset could include the typical Flying moves, like Aerial Ace etc. but should also include some confuse or infatuate moves (like Attract), as a result of its mesmerizing tail feathers.
Another animal with a gimmick, a saber-tooth tiger would be a great fit for a Pokemon, though as with most of them, it’d need some exaggerated features, like even bigger teeth. We’re talking walrus sized tusks here, protruding from the poor thing’s mouth. While Entei, Raikou and Suicune (and Persian, to an extent) certainly have a “big cats” vibe to them we certainly feel there’s room for a more traditional tiger/lion.
A saber-tooth tiger Pokemon could be a straight normal type, but given its prehistoric nature, it’d be a neat twist to see it mixed with an Ice or Rock type to imply it was frozen or fossilized. It should have a solid speed stat and good physical attack because it’s a huge scary cat.
Hey, we already have a wooly mammoth Pokemon (Mamoswine), why not a sabertooth tiger?
Jul 8, 2010
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Cringe in horror at official in-game descriptions of these tiny terrors
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Pokemon Monday - The problem with Poliwrath
Episode 7: We ramble on about Pokemon training, EVs and what's wrong with Poliwrath