Fakeathon Recap

30 days later and here we are! It’s been an exciting June, with E3 and lots of exciting Pokémon Sun and Moon information coming at us constantly. In fact, today they revealed 7 more official Pokémon designs. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for a celebration of what makes Pokémon so special to all of us: the weird, diverse, and lovable creatures that inhabit its world.

But enough about that; let’s talk Fakemon!

The Great June 2016 Fakeathon – A Recap

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Fakemon Designs: Jerbolta

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Name: Jerbolta
Classification: The Sand Mouse Pokemon
Type: Electric/Ground
Ability: Quick Charge*
Moves: Volt Switch, Dig, Nuzzle, U-Turn, Rollout
Evolution: Does Not Evolve
Dex: The spines on its back stand on end when charged with electric energy. Its cute appearance makes it popular among children and young trainers.

There are some tropes that repeat themselves game after Pokémon game, and one is that every generation has its Pikachu equivalent. At first, I didn’t want to include one in Uranium, because I thought they were too cliché. Over time, though, I realized why they were so popular: electric rodents are super, duper cute. In the end, even I couldn’t resist.

(In-game sprites. 14 colors. In Uranium all backsprites are now fullbody shots.)

 

The Design

Jerbolta’s real-world inspiration is several rodents, most prominently a Jerboa:

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D’awww.

Since jerboas are desert creatures, I thought that electric/ground was a fitting type combo, not to mention a nearly-unique one (the only Pokémon that shares it is the unpopular Stunfisk). While I was designing it, I sent a rough draft to a friend, who provided me with the suggestion to enlargen the head, emphasize the spikes, and make the feet skinnier. The result was a ‘mon with a much more distinctive shape.

Jerbolta Silhouette

I enjoy revealing new Pokemon as silhouettes.

Of course, as soon as I posted the teaser, people immediately guessed correctly that it was a Pika clone (or, they compared it to Sonic the Hedgehog). I think that’s a good thing though, that it’s immediately recognizable for what it is, even in silhouette form. When people see this in-game, their first thought is gonna be, “I want to catch it!”

And, courtesy of JV, it gets a new ability (that makes it slightly OP, even considering its base stats):

Quick Charge: Always moves first on the turn it gets sent into battle.

There’s plenty of priority-abusers in the Uranium meta, so Jerbolta has company. I can imagine its super-fast, unblockable Volt Switch will get quite annoying, though.

And, just for fun, have two variants: a Shiny and Nuclear variation!

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Today’s entry was short, but I just wanted to show off this design and talk about it a bit. It’s really grown on me and, I’ve been drawing it all over the place ever since (including in the margins of my notes!)

Jerbolta will appear in Pokemon Uranium 1.0, which is coming… sometime this year. :p

Up next is another Fangame Review, so stay tuned for that!

~ Oripoke

Faketober #4

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYBODY!!! I hope you all are having a spooktacular night — don’t let the ghouls get to you tonight, and make sure to eat lots and lots of candy! Here are all but the last 3 Faketober designs. Very spook!


Day 20 – Raven

20 Nevrinn

Nevrinn [psychic/flying]
The Twin Raven Pokemon

Does Not Evolve

“It has the ability to split in two, creating a doppelganger made of Psychic energy. Its two halves will fly far and wide, and when they recombine, any knowledge is shared between them.”

Since I already had a Poe-inspired fakemon in #04 Plupoe & Poegalow, I chose to go in a less-obvious direction with the Raven fake. Thus, I took a card from mythology and based it on the Norse mythical raven gods Huginn and Muninn, which were Odin’s servants. They were said to fly around the world to learn its secrets and report them back to their master. I couldn’t resist making a slight Poe reference still though, which is why its name is a combination of “nevermore” + “raven”

In-game, it would have a special ability similar to Parental Bond. Maybe not as OP, though.


Faketober Day 21 – Scarecrow

21 Deadsperado

Deadsperado [fire/ghost]
The Quick Draw Pokemon

Does Not Evolve

“A restless spirit that is powered by its desire for revenge. Its uncanny aim allows it to hit a target from 300 meters. It hates all birds for some reason.”

The fact that this guy’s dex class is the “Quick Draw Pokemon” is kind of a joke to myself, because I was stumped for ideas and behind a couple of days so I just sort of scribbled whatever I could think of for the prompt, which happily turned out to be one of the more well-liked ‘mons for some reason. People like puns I guess! Representing guns in a simplistic, cartoonish design like this one is a challenge, but I’m happy with the design I settled on. It’s pretty weird and quirky, but not so crazy as to break suspension of disbelief. I think.

This design was partly inspired by Fiddlesticks from League of Legends (who I used to main in the jungle). An early draft had 2 legs instead of the single one, and that looked a lot more like Fiddle than the final result. Still, very spooky!


Faketober Day 22 – Wendigo

22 Wendigrowl

Wendigrowl [ice/dark]
The Frost Hunter Pokemon

Evolves from ???

“A savage predator that lives in an icy tundra. It has no need to keep warm, and as such its body temperature is consistently 30 degrees below zero.”

I heard that the game Until Dawn features a Wendigo. Now that I’m done getting emotionally destroyed by Life Is Strange, I might check that game out so that I can sate my thirst for troublesome teens and interactive narrative games. …Uh, I’m getting off-track here.

This isn’t actually the first Wendigo-inspired fakemon I’ve designed; the other one was actually a Mega Evolution design for Elaynii’s amazing fakemon Shephantra (art by Elaynii). There’s more than a few similarities between the two designs, which is to be expected I suppose, but I still think there are ways I could push this design further. I like it, but I can do better… so, consider this a rough draft. It’ll have a pre evo as well and maybe a Mega too; think like Zoroark and Lucario.


Faketober Day 23 – Headless Horseman

23 Stumperor

Stumperor [grass/fire]
The Pumpkin Fiend Pokemon

Stumpkin -(lv16)-> Hollostump -(lv36)-> Stumperor

“One night a year, during the month of October, a Stumperor will lead a massive stampede of Stumpkin and Hollostump throughout the region. This is known as ‘All Hollow’s Eve.’”

Finally! The grass starters — Stumpkin, Hollostump, and Stumperor — are complete! I knew I wanted to do some kind of crazy pumpkin-centaur design for the final, so I’m happy with how it turned out. The ghostly blue flames completed the look, too.

By the way, I carved a pumpkin today. I carved a Gengar face on it! Gengar is one of my favorite canon Ghost Pokemon, along with Pumpkaboo and Rotom.


Faketober Day 24 – Revenant

24 Zombeon

Zombeon [ghost]
The Revenant Pokemon

Evolves from Eevee after fainting in Cursed Graveyard

“The result of an Eevee that lost its life due to a curse, it has been transformed into an emotionless husk. It is slavishly devoted to its trainer. Intentionally trying to evolve Eevee into Zombeon is considered a crime.”

When I was looking at the prompt list, I realized: wait a minute, I accidentally put Zombie on there twice. (‘Revenant’ refers to a member of the walking dead; in other words; a zombie.) So instead, I had this slot filled by the requisite Eeveelution. It’s a ghost-type, undead Eevee, as per the Tober region way. I regret not putting a crack in its skull showing an exposed brain; perhaps next time.

Stat-wise, it would be a tank, with high HP and Defenses but low offense and speed.


Faketober Day 25 – Mutant

25 Xenogen

Xenogen [nuclear]
The Wastefield Pokemon

Evolves from ??? into ???

“A bizarre life form which thrives in irradiated fields of nuclear waste. It is a parasitic creature which won’t hesitate to latch on to any prey it finds and suck out its life force.”

Nuclear-types! I’ve long wanted to design more fakemon that are of the new type introduced in Pokemon Uranium Version, and this was a perfect excuse. I based its appearance on the Mutant enemies from Chrono Trigger, as well as the Xenomorph from Alien. I’m looking forward to designing the rest of its evolutionary line.


Faketober Day 26 – Slime

26 Moldring

Moldring [poison/fairy]
The Slime Mold Pokemon

Does Not (?) Evolve

“They gather in droves in wet, dark places. The more that congregate, the stronger their shared power becomes. They are known to stand in a circle and cast enchantments.”

Moldring is based on a slime mold, appearance-wise specifically the Wasp Nest slime mold. Fun fact! Slime molds used to be classified as a type of fungi, but they are actually in the kingdom Protista. It’s also based on the concept of fairy rings. For some cool and creepy macro pictures of slime molds, check out this gallery!


Faketober Day 27 – Slenderman

27 Slendeer

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Ṭ̵̛̖̼͔̣͖̲h̨͇͓̘̞̺͕̪͙̟͢e̳̯̜͓͚̤̪͖̝͘ ̸̡̙̺̤̖͔̰̲͠Ų҉̖̺n̫̜͙̝̻͎̦k̷̼̭̣n҉̜̲͚̟̣͙o̭̤̻̼̯̳̮̕͘͜w̨͚͈̜͎̼̦̮̕͟n̸̞̯͚̳̝̺͠͝ ̩P̤̞͍̘͕̕͠o̭̼̦͈̱̰͠k͚͎̼̭͖̙͕͎͟é̶͓͚̙͇̹͈m̳̣͇̫o̴̻̱n̢̩̮̪͕̻̫͜͝ͅ

“͈̲̫̤͋̕I̴͕̬̮͔ͫͮ́ͦ̑ͦͤ̊ͩt̩̯̻̔̿̊̾ͩ̈́̚s̸̡͕̣̭̹͗͑ͩ͐̈́̏͐͊͂͞ͅ ̯͍̻͉̤̅̈́͆ͣͯͥͩ̊ͨp̘̯͍͍͕͈̅ͩͧͭ̓̔ͯ̉̽͜ŗ̫̤̦̊ͬͪͬ̍̚ḙ̸͔̙̠̳̻̩̃ͮ̓ͨ̆͐̽͘͘s̹̪̣̞̄͑̑̐̄̐e̩̯͔͊ͣ͆ͭ̀n̸̨͔̖̭̠ͯ̄͛͂̌ͭ̒̊͢ç̥͖͙̺̥̙̰͔̊̆͋̕ḙ͍̂̇ͫ͂̃̋ ̭̟̳̖̫̝̿ͤ͗̂̉͟c̷͔̦͇̾ͤ͗̉͑͂͊́́o̞͔͍̓̈́̊̇͗͐ͤͩ́̕r̘̩̫͖̼̺̬ͮ̊͂̑͊͆̽ͥr̠͎̞̂ͤ͊ͤu̧̢̞͓̯̝͔̖̔͊p̻̗̮̲̟̰͕ͨ̅̈́͝t͙͓̲ͮ͗͌̊͋ͬ͟s̩̦̙̻̙̪͓̻̎̉͊ͮ͂ ̢͚̞͈̱̆ͧ̈́͐̋̕͜v͆̇̔̽͏͙̪̮̺͡i̷̻͈͈̬͍͈̫̳͌ͨ͋͝d͎̳̞̰̖̩̱͛ͧ̉ë́ͤ̀̅̓̀͗̂͏͚o͉̠̹̬̬̜͉̖̥ͥ͆͆ ̤̈̀̅ͨ̚̚͝a̰͓̺͖ͫ̃n̶̢͚̝̮̪̦̳ͪ̊̎d̳̳͉͊ͦ͂ͨ̆̓̚͡ ̭̥̰̥̮͚̲̺̽ͫ͜c̷̖̜̬̭̳͑̒̈́ͦ̍á̧̳͚̹̺͐͌ͬ̽͋͆̔m͎͙̫̟̼̳̤̀̓ͣ͆͆̌̎́é̬̞̎̐́͝r̉̽̽ͪ̂͏͉͖̀ąͮͮ͗҉̶̜̬̣͚ ̶̜̬̝͓̭͒̇͌͝ͅf̢̯̺̤̩͕̻̽̓͗͟oͦ̿҉̢̼̭̭ō̢̝̲̬̫̱̹͒̅ͤ͐͊͒ͬ̀t͈͎͔̓̈́̀a̶̱̪̱̲͍̣̮̓̃g̸̣̜̝̞͖̻̦̈̅͑̈́ͯ͘e̞̜͙͔̣̫͍͂͆ͧͫ̊͑͂͜͡ͅ ͓͉͔̥̘̼͇ͬͦ͆̉̊ͣ͘̕a̧̲̳̙͊͊ŕ̛͖̲̆̍̀̚o̤̖͆u̯̻̦ͩ̌̅n͓̯ͮͪ̇̅̓̀ͧͬ͜͞d̷ͬͪͥ͑̒͗̏͏̶̭̱̝̗̭̥̼̱ ̅҉͏̭͇̱͎̞̯̟̀į̘̣̘̜͋͒͑ͫͩ͊̚͢t͈̻̟͒ͮ̀͢ͅͅ.̝͔̬̝̥́̃ͦ̿͊͂͟ͅ ̢̱̝̦̗̞̞͈͕̦̔̈ͫ̅̎͐̄ͪ̚Ľ̵̜͖̒̂ͯͣ͛̋ͣ͠o̰̣̦͛̾̌̇̉̾͆͢o̦̯͇̜ͧͥ̏ͬͪ̆̚k̷̥̪̜̲͍̝̂̒̈́̉̈̒̊ͪ̍i̧̹͍̯̭̦͓̳̬̙̚̚͢n̛̘̭͇̺͙̈ͭ͂́ͦ̏͠ͅg͊̂̐̍҉̨̞̻̳͖̪̻̞̻̬ ̨̣̙̅͋ͣ̒ͧ͂ą̗̬̯̠̥̝͔̏͑͢ṫ̹̝̎ͮ͑̕ ̵̝̩͆ͮ̿ͅi̒͛ͬ͒͛̆̒͏̠͓̱̥̪̤̪͘ͅt̵͖̪̝̞̬̭̝̐̒̅̅̃ͧ͆̕ ̵̜̘̲̳̭̃̎̋̅̿ͥ̏̊̅̀f̛̈̇͌͘͏͎̬̳͕̘o̫̪̗̺̯̰̎͋ͪͭ̅̉̇͠͡͡ŗ̪̗̭͈̇͋̑͐̏ͮ͗̋ ͕͚̟ͪ̀͑͊ͧ͘t͍̲̘̟͎̘̬̖̆͠o̷̥̱̺͓̦̰͑̊̚͝ͅõ̘̟̾͟ ̆̾̈́ͤ̆̄҉̛̖͓̳̰̝l̫̲͔̩̠͉͍̘͎ͦͩ͋̂̇͂͢͠ő̙̠̰̞͎͋́̎͛̈͘͢n̛̗̫͚̜̋̔ͤͩ̏g̩͔͓͈͉͐̓͑ͮ͌̚ ̨̠͈̫̲̖̋ͦ͐ͧ͢͠w̵̪͕̲̬͔̞̤̍͆͊̕̕i̟̦̔͛̒͗̍̍̊l̩̭͈͉̰̮͕̗ͯ͐̄͌̿̾̆͞l̤̫̼̫̽̆ͥͩͤ̽̎̚͞ ̢͔͕̻͔̟̙̍ͬ̊i̜͙̍̉ͤͤ͊̌͑ņ̤̯̭̱͖̻̦̝ͫͩͬ̐͠d̸͈̙̱̽̓̿̿ͅṵ̶̣̖̟̼͔̿̊̊c̛ͥ͛̋͗̋̒̅̒͏̗e̶̶͇͓͆͐̃͋͠ ̷̗͓̜̦̓͒̌ͯͣ̕ẗ̵͕̺̞̱̭́̽̿͟͡h̫͓̻̰͔̗͍ͭ͛ͮ͒̉̔e̴̖͈͔̜̋̂ͫ ̨̢̲̩͈̳̘̟̟͌̅̌o̼̙͖̗̖̙̣ͩ̒̑b̛̺̹͔̻̘̰̖̂̅̆̾̐͑ͅs̰̮͖͓̱͔̯ͦ͐͛͡ȅ̗̠̙͍̦͛͡ͅr̢̲̱̙͔̣͒ͧ̊̈́̌͘v̵̼̭̟̩̗̗͈̱͍̋̎̐ͧ̚ȩ̙̮̣͓̮̥̤̟̊̊͆͋̓̏ͣ̊r̛͕͉̝̯̺̼̣̀̆̾ͅ ̹͍̥̪̼͔̙̯̌ͥ̓͑̍̇̃̊̆͠ț̛̗̱ͭ̿̎ͥ͜o̲ͬ̍̍̍ͩ̅̿ ̴̶̫͇͖̣ͥ͢m̢͆҉͍̮͈a̡͎̠̥̰̱̳̾ͫ̊̿̄͜͡d̴̖̭͔̮̻̯́ͬ͊ͭ̂̔̇͒̉̀n͚̳̟̯̈́̆̊́͞ę̶̼͓̱̝͓̲̟̳̀s̥͇͌͑͞͡ṡ̸̡̯͕̣͍͈ͦͬ̏̓̑̈̃.̴̵̠͛ͦͥ͘ͅͅ ̧̍́ͦͫ͐͋̆͐ͧ͏̻̞͎̯Ṟ̻̳̘̞͚̯̙̖́̎̌̈̊ͦͨͩ͠ȅ̜̯̜̙̥͒ͬc̷̵͐͗ͤͬͦ҉̳̞̦̤̗̲͈̯̪ŏ̶̵̻̰͕̯̘̻͈̊̏̄͟ͅŕ̗̞̤̲͐͒́̒̀ͯḑ̡̖ͦͣe̳̪̦͇͙̱̝̗̔͑͗̓͒d̷̙̈́ͨ̑͑͐̃̓̚ ̗̪͎͓͔̉͢ͅsͧͧͬ҉̧͈̖ỉ̩̦͖̣̳̱͎͈̃ͣ͞͝ḡ̦̤̃̎̔́̚̕h̶̳͇̩͖̭͙̺̣͕́͛̉ͮ̉͝ţ̠͔̠̺͍̝͒̐͌͠͞i̠̻̠̦̣͌͑n̢̰̻̤͙͔̖̲̫͆̋̓̋ͪ́g̟͖͚̖̘̪ͤ͘͠͞s̶̨ͥ̐͏̥̱̰̺̱ ̸̲̞̪̘͓̑̐͘o̠͓̣͔̯ͪ͛͒ͤ̑ͬ̌͞f̫̼̦͓̜͆̾ͯ̐ ̪͔̙̬̇ͣ̈́ͤ̒͊͑̀i͍̪̰͆͑͋̅ͣͭ̽̃ͯ͞͝ṫ̢͓̮̭̞̬̠ͥ ̴̡͙̒̀a̤̹̜͉͐͌ͅļ̵͉̲͌̇́̃ͮͤͮ̎w̛͍ͪͨ̐̌ͤ͐̋́̕a̴͕̝̗̗̠͙͖͗͐͒͟y̠͔̠̖͕̣̪̲̏ͤͤ͗̂̀͘ṡ͍̰̤͎̼͔ͨ́͘ ͕̖̹͎̯͑c̡͖͉̯͆͠o̷̯̦̩̖̫̮͎̐̂̀i̛͈̹̼̹̱̖͋͛ͤ͟n̵̏͊̋̈́ͦ̑̿͡ͅĉ̦̤̼̪̱̮̳̉̋͋̇ͅỉ̵̬͕ͯͥͪ́͘ͅd̲̜͔̮̯̖ͨ̔͌͂̋͢͜ē̼̩̻̮͔͓͠ͅ ̶͇͖͆ͣͪͥw̎҉̴̤̣̹i̢̼̟̭̹͌͛ͯ̆ͧ̒́̚ţ̡̬̤̘̝̝̩̖̙͉͒͐h̷̸̡͕̫̣̜̯͗͒ͪ̈͌̇̿̀ ̵͖̙͂͑̾ď̴̗̯͐ͣ͝i̶̧̛̺͉̘͚͔̪̥̜̎ͫ͒͂̐͗ͭs̛͕̘͉͈͈̳ͭ̍̆̾̽̍̂ͤǎ̖͙̰̳̥͆̉̂p̨̼͍͈̜̹̬̈̅p̡̰̭̳͇ͫ̂̏ͣ̅͐̍̽̀͟ͅe̡͗͏̩͙͍̝͓̠̝a̼͕̫͑̈́̈́̉̉̚ṙ̼͎ͭͩ̽a͍̥̪͎̪͌͂͒͘͠n̹̼̟̹̖̬͕̞͔̿ͫ̚͝ĉ̮̝̮͐̓ͥ͒̔̀͒̈e̩͛͑̾͟͡s͚̭͓̹̤̜̞̝̋͆̀͜ ̜͔͈̜̰͓͕͓͎̿͗ͥͥ̽͟͟o̶̢̰̝͖̭̬̊ͤͮ̅ͭ̒͗f̶̨̫̖̥͚̟ͭ̂ ̶̨̻̠̜̦̼̠̳͔ͨ́̚c̡͖̫̱̎̎ͥ̇h̨̫̰̮̤̥̓̊͒̈͆ͪͦ̏i̓͗̅ͧ͑̎͆͊͝͏͎͔̜̮̲̦͚l̸̰̖̱̫̻̹̣̮ͨ͗ͣ̽̆͡d̳̩͛͂ͯͦͦ͊̋ͅr̸̨̪̫̪̬̦̺ͨ͊̍͌̇ͦ̿ȅ̷̵͔͇̩̱͚̦̼ͯ̏͌͑ͪͣ̊̚͡ņ̸͎̣̝͍̻̦̞ͫ̎̄ͅ.̫̫̮̯̙͚͇̓ͣͣ̑͟͠ͅ”̧̺͙̪̦̱̗̭̟̆̓́̚

Z̛̈̑͒á̵̲ͤ̍̆l͘g̡͉̻͚̾͊͌̆̇o̝̱̘̼̾̾ͮ̂ ̦͎̩̦̫̦ͬ͟te͉͈̭̻̓̓ͩ̌ͬ̄̔x̧̝̻̠̪̤̺ͅṱ̘ͮͪ͝ ̲̟͚͈̺̒i͓̰̥͈̖̎̇͋s̛̙̒̈ͥͤ̄͌ͭ ̪͎̟̹͙͍w̷̬̰͚̱̻̠̆̂ͦ̓͑̀h̴ͧ͋̈̾̌̎a̼͔ͧͦ͂ͣ͛͢t̼̬͎͈̖̾͊̓̽ ̟ͪ̄́ͯ̇̄̍͡aḻ̫̠̠̅̇l̞̗̰̥ ̝͙̹ͅt͕̞̱̝̟͊ͤhͧ̈́̈ͩͦe̼͒ͣ͌̏̉̈́ ̞̤̓̈̒ͤ̐c̫̰͚̐ͪ͗̌͆͡o̗̙͈ͦ̃ǫ̥̹̜̯̹͕ͦ̈́͒̎ͭ̌l ̌ͫͭ̈́k̴̻͕̩̱̊̀̿̊i̽̾̓̑ͤ͟d̾s̭̮̣͙͇̩̍ ̳̝͎̺͉͓ͣ̍̓̇̾͝ar̔̓e̝̥̞̼ͦ ̥̬̳̼ͪ̉i̖͚̪̐̓ͪ͟ň̹̼̻̱̐ͮ͋ͦ̉͆̀t̶̞̣̥̓͐ͦͥ͋̉o̖͎̎͐ ̣̜̘̗͚̍̉̓ͪ͌̀͋͘ͅţͦ̽ḥ̰̦̱́̔͂e̦̮̫̻ͣ̔̍͋͒̈́̍ͅsͬͯ͏̥̳̣̼̻̲e̳̻̗̥ͩ ̳̪̭ͦͦ̂d͕̈̾̐ͣ̊͠á̡̮̥̖̥͊̓͌y͐̿s̓̍̓̒̍̚,̨̪̝̗͍̥ͨ̈ ̳̣̮r͈̯̳͓̪͓ȋ̺ͬͨgͨ̋̑̈́͊́̚͏͔̯̪͉͔h͙͕̝͙͋͛ͨt̙̬̻̤̗̜ͭ̌̓?͐͗͌̐̇ͨ̚

Professor Calabaza’s notes: “It’s been a tough time getting any info on this one. Not only is it incredibly rare and elusive, but it corrupts all video and audio recordings in its vicinity. I’ve had to resort to using a pen and paper rather than my usual tablet to record my findings. Firsthand accounts of the thing involve hearing unexplained noises, seeing static in their vision, and sudden bouts of unconsciousness. I’m not certain this is even a Pokemon… at any rate, capturing it would be nearly impossible because any Poke Ball would fail to work. As much as I hate to give up on any problem, I may have to admit that in this case, some mysteries aren’t meant to be solved.”


Faketober Day 28 – Grave

28 Riperoni

Riperoni [ghost/rock]
The Gravestone Pokemon

Riperoni -> ??? -> Mausolurk

“A restless spirit that possesses a forgotten headstone. It stands still in graveyards during the day, but is known to float around during the night.”

Today on: Twitch couldn’t think of a better name so she named it a bad pun and everyone seemed to love it for some reason. Riperoni is the basic stage of #18 Mausolurk, with a stage in the middle that doesn’t have artwork yet. Its design is based on a grave of course, but its silhouette is also in the shape of a stereotypical sheet ghost.


Okay! That’s just about it; all that’s left is the legendaries, which will be posted after Halloween because my work ethic is… not great. One of them is done at the time of writing; you can check my Twitter, which is where I post them first!

All that nonsense aside, I hope you have enjoyed seeing these spooky designs this October! I can’t believe how quickly these 31 days have gone by. Now, I gotta go get ready and put on my costume — I’m planning to eat lots of candy and have plenty of spooky fun tonight! I hope you do the same!

Spookily yours,

~ Oripoke

Faketober #3

Another week, another fresh, hot batch of Fakemon designs! As I’m typing up this description, I’ve got a butternut squash soup simmering on the stove… so I guess you could say I’m feeling the October spirit. But this isn’t a food blog! Let’s talk Pokemon!


Day 13 – Vampire

13 VilucardVilucard [dark/poison]
The Villainous Pokemon

Evolves from ??? @ Lv. 30+ during a New Moon

It constantly plots dastardly schemes to spread chaos and fear. However, its plans are always foiled by HEROLUNE.”

The Vampire and Werewolf lines are meant to be rivals — were always intended as such, which is why their prompts are consecutive in the list. But I ran into some trouble with deciding what to base their designs on at first; vampire bats are kind of overdone, so I experimented with different kinds of bloodsucking animals at first, like mosquitoes and leeches, until I decided on… a bat-cat thing. I already HAD a bat and a cat. Oops. But when I was thinking of themes that I could combine, I realized I’d never done a villain/hero duo… and so I combined that with dog/cat and vampire/werewolf to make Vilucard and Herolune simultaneously. I also based it a little on that purple cat guy from DBZ.

Vilucard is one of my favorite faketober mons thus far, at least in terms of what I like to draw. I just like to draw furries, I guess? It has a preevolution that I haven’t drawn yet — for a name, I’m thinking “Minyan” even though I’m cringing at the pun as I write this. I think I’d have this guy on my team. Its signature move, “Drain Life” is a Dark-type attack that heals the user for half of the damage dealt.


Day 14 – Werewolf
14 Herolune

Herolune [ground/fighting] The Vigilant Pokemon

Evolves from ??? @ Lv.30+ During a full moon

It rises with the moon to do battle with its sworn nemesis, VILUCARD. It has a strong sense of justice and will protect those who cannot defend themselves.”

I’m a cat person, but I know that they can be evil bastards sometimes, so a heroic dog seems like an obvious counterpart. Also, a werewolf would make for a cool super-powered alter ego, kind of like the Hulk. There’s no reason there can’t be a good and not-scary werewolf, right? Ground/Fighting counters Vilucard’s Dark/Poison so it seemed like a pretty good type combination; it’s also two types that have gone unused this far. From a certain angle, Herolune’s moon-shaped tail looks kind of like a superhero’s cape, which I’m gonna pretend was intentional. My canon Pokemon inspirations for this guy’s design were Lucario and Hawlucha.

He has a pre-evo also, probably a ground type puppy. A “mild-mannered alter ego,” if you will. I plan to draw it soon.


Day 15 – Frankenstein

15 Junkenscrap

Junkenscrap [steel/electric]
The Scrap Metal Pokemon

Does Not Evolve

“It salvages discarded appendages from other Steel-types, which it attaches to its own body. It holds itself together with a strong magnetism.”

Yeah, I know that Frankenstein is the doctor, not the monster! I’ve read the book, I’ll have you know. Since Frankenstein’s monster is stitched together using parts from other bodies and given life via lightning, I thought a robotic creature that was made of parts of other robots would be a fun twist. I was kind of surprised when I looked into Steel-type Pokemon and I found out that only a few of them were properly robotic. Most Steel-types are actually animals whose bodies are coated in metal; they are very much living creatures. The Magnemite and Klink lines are really the closest it gets; there’s no true “robot” pokemon (yet). So I had to make do with what I could find, and I included parts from some of my own fakemon, too.

These are all the Pokemon whose parts were borrowed for Junkenscrap’s design: Steelix (jaw); Magnemite (magnet neck); Bronzong (body); Klink (shoulders); Metagross (right arm); and my own fakemon Tracton (which you might recognize from Uranium version) which provided the left arm and tire treads.

If you could find this guy in a game, I imagine it would come in several different varieties using different body parts, but I’m not gonna spend time drawing those so you can use your imagination.


Day 16 – Spider

16 Scubell

Scubell [bug/water]
The Deep Diver Pokemon

Evolves from ???

It stores pressurized air in its abdomen that enables it to breathe underwater for hours at a time. When threatened, it propels itself away with a forceful blast of bubbles.”

Based on a Diving Bell Spider, another seriously cool animal that really should be a Pokemon already, and a diver suit. A friend of mine drew a comparison to Treasure Knight from Shovel Knight; I was thinking more of a Big Daddy from Bioshock, but that works too I guess.

When I was working on this design, I researched lots of other cool kinds of spiders that I could use. There are currently just two spider Pokemon — Ariados and Galvantula — which leaves a whole host of untapped opportunities. Some of the other options I considered were a Daddy Longlegs and a Net-Casting spider, the latter of which is also an incredibly cool creature which could EASILY become a Pokemon, so somebody snap that up quick! Spiders are awesome, I’ve always liked them ever since I read Charlotte’s Web as a kid.


Day 17 – Doll

17 Plusheem->08 Dreamare

Plusheem [fairy/normal] -> Dreamare [fairy/dark]
The Toy Pokemon

“Its soft, huggable look makes it popular among small children. Its body contains a squeaker that makes noise when it’s squeezed. When it doesn’t get attention, it squeaks mournfully.”

“Wait a minute,” you say, “I’ve seen that one before!” Yeah, Plusheem is a pre-evolution for #08 Dreamare. It’s a stuffed toy that’s alive, but before it turns evil. I wanted it to look like something straight out of Dr. Seuss, or Monsters Inc. I guess. I suppose the whole “haunted-doll-turns-evil” thing has been done before with Banette, but this is different, because it’s not a ghost, right? RIGHT??? Ah, hell. It’s cute anyway.


Day 18 – Haunted House

18 MausolurkMausolurk [ghost/rock]
The Crypt Pokemon

Evolves from ???

“As its powers grow, its home crumbles around it until it disintegrates entirely. When this happens, it searches for a new haunt – forcing out its previous inhabitants if necessary.”

This design took me a really long time, and I’m still not completely happy with it. I even spent a long time doodling haunted houses in my sketchbook, trying to understand the architecture before settling on this design. Mainly I’m concerned with how the face looks way too much like Spiritomb… and also for practical reasons, it would be impossible for this thing to move around! I do like the idea of a hermit crab-esque ghost Pokemon, though…

I do take some refuge in the fact that this is the final stage of a 3-stage line. Its preevolutions have designs which I like a lot more but I’m not showing them yet. (You can probably guess which prompt they’ll be for.)


Day 19 – Candy

19 Candelite

Candelite [fairy]
The Sweet Pokemon

Does Not Evolve

“It carries an endless supply of sugary treats in the basket on its tail. Eating them can give you a temporary boost, but consuming too much can have adverse effects on one’s health and mental state.”

Awww, it’s so cute! Taking a break from the creepy designs, here’s one that’s inspired by my other favorite thing about October: eating enough sugary treats to enter into a food coma. Fittingly, Candelite’s signature ability is Sugar Rush, which acts like Speed Boost only it affects all Pokemon on Candelite’s side of the field. It also learns lots of different moves that give stat boosts to its allies. If Pokemon were more like League of Legends, its roll would be Support.

Also yeah its wings are candy wrappers. Where does the endless supply of candy come from? I don’t know! Fairy magic maybe.


That’s all for today; there will be 2 more entries after this, one with #20-27 and another with #28-31, the three legendaries. We’re closer than ever to Halloween! Scary stuff!

Keep it spooky everybody!

~ Oripoke

Faketober Art Challenge! #1

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Hey all! Can you believe it’s been more than a year since I started this blog? Even though I neglect it sometimes, it’s been great to have a platform where I could display my fakemon art and talk about the inspiration behind it. Not only that, but the feedback I’ve received from everybody who has commented is a great motivator. Hearing that I’ve inspired people to try designing their own fakemon or make their own fangame is humbling, and I’m so glad that I’m able to do that. I hope that this next year will be just as prolific!

…Now, enough with the sappy stuff. On to the purpose of this blog entry! Now, I know it’s October 4th so I’m a little late to the party, but I will be attempting a 31-day Art Challenge this month, with the goal of posting at least 1 new Fakemon a day.

The following are my (self-imposed) rules for the challenge.

  • At least 1 Fakemon a day
  • All 18 Types must be included
  • No repeat type combinations
  • Evolutions are optional

And of course, this being October, all of my fakemon will be Halloween-themed! I love a good spook, and this is the perfect chance to make some twisted yet memorable fakemon designs. Here are the prompts that I am giving myself for each day of the month:

  1. Ghost
  2. Pumpkin
  3. Bat
  4. Cat
  5. Skeleton
  6. Swamp Thing
  7. Zombie
  8. Monster
  9. Clown
  10. Jack o’ Lantern
  11. Imp
  12. Demon
  13. Frankenstein
  14. Vampire
  15. Werewolf
  16. Spider
  17. Doll
  18. Haunted House
  19. Candy
  20. Raven
  21. Scarecrow
  22. Wendigo
  23. Headless Horseman
  24. Revenant
  25. Mutant
  26. Slime
  27. Slenderman
  28. Grave
  29. Legendary
  30. Legendary
  31. Legendary

As a secondary goal, I’m going to try to make this feel like a cohesive mini-dex… I’d like to have starters, some “rival” lines, and of course… legendaries!

Now, given that I have classes and other real-life obligations that can get very demanding, I’m not 100% positive that I can complete this, but nevertheless I will try my best, for you guys and also for me!

Since it’s October 4 already, let’s get started with the first 4 of the dex!

#01. Ghost

01 Sadrench

Sadrench – [ghost/water]
The Sunken Pokemon

Dex: Its hands are always clammy cold and dripping. They lurk by the shore at night and try to drag unsuspecting passersby underwater.

Based on: sheet ghosts and The Ring

#02. Pumpkin

02 Stumpkin

Stumpkin – [grass]
The Pumpkin Pokemon

Dex: They sleep during the day in pumpkin patches. At night, they pull themselves out of the earth and dance in the light of a bonfire.

#03. Bat

03 Echolone

Echolone [normal/flying]
The Bat Pokemon

Dex: They are almost entirely blind, but have incredible hearing. They can release a concussive sound wave from their mouth and “see” with the vibrations it causes.

04. Cat

04. Plupoe & Poegalow

Plupoe & Poegalow [dark]
The Black Cat Pokemon / The Gallows Pokemon

Dex1 (Plupoe): Despite its affectionate nature and easygoing temperament, they are not recommended as pets because they will slowly drive their owners insane.

Dex2 (Poegalow): Said to be an ill omen, they will stalk people who have committed a terrible crime and will not let up until their target goes mad.

Based on: Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The Black Cat, which is really good and seriously spooky, so go read it. I kind of cheated on this one, because this is a design that I’ve had for years! However, it hasn’t seen the light of the internet until now.

I even made a sprite of it.

…Phew! That’s a lot of drawing! That’s all for today. I don’t really like doing daily posts, so I’ll probably do weekly updates instead. Also, if anybody reading this is interested in taking some of these prompts and trying their own Faketober, I absolutely encourage it!

Until next time: Stay spooky!

~ Oripoke

Fakemon Designs: Silchick and Silkatrice

silkie

Name: Silchick -> Silkatrice
Classification: The Hatchling Pokemon -> The Cockatrice Pokemon
Type: Normal -> Normal/Dragon
Ability: Fur Coat/Petrify
Moves: Peck, Dragon Claw, Glare, Egg Bomb
Evolution: Silchick -(Lv. 34)-> Silkatrice
Dex:
Rarely, a Bird Pokemon Egg that is incubated by a frog Pokemon will hatch into a Silchick. Scientists are still not sure why.

Silkatrice’s long, fluffy feathers keep their eyes hidden, but it is said that anyone who looks into their eyes will be turned to stone.

These fakemon were designed as entries to a contest for the Omnis Region on Tumblr, one of my favorite community region projects. They’re pretty far along in creating their Dex, and I appreciate how well organized it all is — one of the few cases of a democratic region working out. They have some great design prompts and aren’t afraid to mix it up with new, inventive formats. I’ve made a few designs for it in the past (such as this one) but haven’t gotten any designs in the Dex yet. With any luck, this will be the first!

The Design

The prompt for this one was a two-stage line based on a Silkie chicken:

preposterous creatures.

I’m not 100% on this, but I’m pretty sure that the impetus to this was a viral post that went around Tumblr, to the effect of “If this post gets 1 million notes, my parents are getting me a fluffy chicken.” Due to the capricious nature of the viral internet, the post actually achieved its (frankly absurd) goal, and in the process everyone was made aware of how ridiculous Silkie chickens are.

 As for my designs, I thought of a way to make this weird fluffy thing look slightly more badass and also add in mythological references, so I based it on a cockatrice:

From Wikipedia:

the cockatrice was the product of an egg laid by a cock (a male chicken) and incubated by a toad; asnake might be substituted in re-tellings. Cockatrice became seen as synonymous with basilisk when the basiliscus in Bartholomeus AnglicusDe proprietatibus rerum (ca 1260) was translated by John Trevisa as cockatrice (1397).[4] A basilisk, however, is usually depicted without wings.

(…)

t has the reputed ability of killing people by either looking at them—”the death-darting eye of Cockatrice”[5]—touching them, or sometimes breathing on them.

It was repeated in the late-medieval bestiaries that the weasel is the only animal that is immune to the glance of a cockatrice. It was also thought that a cockatrice would die instantly upon hearing a rooster crow,[6] and according to legend, having a cockatrice look itself in a mirror is one of the few sure-fire ways to kill it.

It’s a dragon, it’s a chicken, it has special powers, and it’s not a Pokemon yet… seemed like an ideal opportunity! Plus, the introduction of the Silkie chicken allowed me to give a novel twist to this medieval monster.

Designing the pre-evo followed quite naturally from that concept; although I actually think the whole eggshell-as-diaper thing is somewhat played out, I included it since eggs feature prominently in the cockatrice’s mythology. I gave it the little wing-claws that a lot of my designs use; I believe Archen (my favorite Pokemon) is to blame for that.

Since Archen is the ancestor of all bird Pokemon, they’re probably related too.

“Why aren’t they Flying-type?” you might ask. Two reasons: One, they can’t fly. And two, Normal/Dragon is an unused type combination so that’s cool, and Normal-types are underrated. Battle-wise, it would have fairly high Attack and solid defenses too, with dual STAB in Normal and Dragon giving its attacking moves an edge. It’s kind of an early-game mon, but something that could definitely hold its own. Its abilities, Fur Coat and Petrify, are both really good, too.

Oh, Petrify is a custom ability that we implemented in Pokemon Uranium. It’s like Intimidate but lowers Speed instead of Attack.

So, yeah, that’s about all there is to say on these guys. If you’d like to vote for them in the Omnis Region poll so that they can get added to the Omnis Dex, by all means go for it!

Thanks for reading!

~ Oripoke

 

Fakemon Designs: Masking & Dramsama

099 Masking100 Dramsama

Name: Masking & Dramsama
Type: Psychic, Psychic/Ghost
Classification: The Masquerade Pokemon
Ability: Illusion
Moves: Psyshock, Hypnosis, Dream Eater, Pain Split
Evolution: Masking -(lv.45)-> Dramsama
Dex:

It is capable of disguising itself as anything it likes. Although it appears to be a bird Pokémon, this is just an illusion. No one has seen its true form.”

A sinister and vengeful Pokémon, it puts its foes into an eternal sleep and steals their souls to add to its tail.”

[Full stats, moveset & dex info on the Pokemon Uranium Wiki]

Time for a new update, and… it’s another psychic type fakemon. I know, this is the third one in a row. But not just any psychic types! These are some of my designs from Pokemon Uranium, and you might recognize Dramsama from my avatar here on WordPress. That’s not arbitrary — these 2, and especially Dramsama, are my favorite fakemon I’ve ever made. In fact, part of my reason behind creating this blog was so that I could finally explain the convoluted inspiration behind this design and why I love it so much.

Masking & Dramsama Sprites

Before I get into the nitty-gritty details, though, I want to talk about Dramsama as a Battle Pokemon. Dramsama boosts a nearly unique type combination of Psychic/Ghost (only shared with the legendary Hoopa), and has a diverse kit full of moves designed to trip an opponent up, including Trick Room, Confuse Ray, Recover, and Skill Swap. It also learns Transform, for the lulz, and also because a Pokemon with base 135 HP using Transform is scary as heck. (Transform Dramsama would likely be banned in competitive play, but it’s in Uranium because we can.) Its stats are:

135 HP / 25 Atk / 90 Def / 105 Sp. Atk / 65 Sp. Def / 95 Speed

Its ability, Illusion, is the same as Zoroark’s, meaning that it can switch in disguised as another Pokemon and really mess with your head. It is the ultimate master of mind games. Fittingly, it is the signature Pokemon of the 6th Gym Leader in Pokemon Uranium, whose gym is in an opera house and who specializes in Pokemon that deceive and trick their opponents.

Rosalind, leader of Venisi City Gym

Did I mention that it also has a Mega Evolution???

Mega Dramsama

Woah, woah, you may be thinking. What makes this Pokemon so special that it deserves a ludicrously overpowered moveset, stats, and a Mega Evolution? Why is this fake different from all other fakes? And what in the world is it even supposed to be, anyway? Dear reader, read on…

The Design

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Masking and Dramsama are based on a multitude of things, as my Fakemon generally are. They are based on birds, specifically quails and peacocks, but (as Masking’s dex entry says), they are also not really birds at all but weird, illusory, mysterious, slightly spooky things. (Their Egg Group is Amorphous, not Flying.)

A button quail, which is what they are not, but still relevant

They are also based on Venetian masks (and tragedy/comedy masks), fitting in with the dramatical theme of Venisi City and the gym leader.

Venetian Mask

But of course, all this is a ruse. Because what Masking & Dramsama really are is a massive, shameless reference (and a big spoiler) for the video game / visual novel Hatoful Boyfriend Holiday Star.

You’ve probably heard of Hatoful Boyfriend. “Isn’t that that dating sim where you date birds?” Yes. Yes, it is, and it’s unironically one of my favorite games I’ve ever played. What you probably haven’t heard is that it has a sequel, vaguely Christmas-themed. If you’ve never experienced either of the games, you’ll have difficulty believing what I’m about to tell you, because both games, which seem like mere light-hearted parodies at first, are actually incredibly dark. I’m talking about a story that involves murder, betrayal, war, and suicide. And yes, all the characters are birds.

Masking and Dramsama are based entirely on a character from the second game known as The King (Ousama in Japanese).

The King. Note the resemblance.

Be warned, as talking about this character necessitates spoiling practically the entire plot of Holiday Star. If you’d like to experience this game without any preconceptions — which I highly recommend — you can buy the game here and witness it all for yourself.

[Incidentally, you can now also get Hatoful Boyfriend HD Edition on Steam, for more lovey-dovey goodness. I digress.]

The plot of Holiday Star is as follows: The human protagonist (Hiyoko), her ghost bird boyfriend (Nageki) [it’s a long story] and all her other bird friends fall under a mysterious sleep and arrive, via train, at an enchanted fairy tale land known as the Holiday Star. There, they meet The King, a strange… bird-like… thing… who speaks in third person and sends them off on various tasks across the Holiday Star. But shortly into your quest, the protagonist starts noticing that there’s something… off about the King…

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that’s not….. normal……..

Once the heroes complete their tasks, expecting the sun to rise and the dream to end, they find that they are trapped on the Holiday Star, and The King will not allow them to leave. Their real-life bodies are trapped in comas, unable to wake. They confront The King, demanding answers, and they learn the true story of the Holiday Star. The King was once a bird (a button quail, in fact) who was betrayed and killed by his closest friend. Unwilling to move on to the afterlife, he instead formed the Holiday Star, an illusory world which traps wayward souls in its false light. The King then absorbs those souls into his own consciousness.

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The King is all, and all are The King.

Outraged that the heroes would defy him and bring conflict to the Holiday Star, The King shucks off his bird-like shape and assumes his true form: a nightmarish vortex of all the undead souls it has consumed.

Again, note the resemblance. Also: horrifying

Just when all hope seems lost for the heroes, a timely intervention from the rest of their friends allows Hiyoko and Nageki to escape its grasp and to destroy the source of The King’s power: a magic lantern that he uses to project all the illusions of the Holiday Star. Inside is the “true” king, the original lost soul. Nageki destroys it all setting fire to the magic lantern and willingly burning himself along with it. (Considering the fact that he originally died in a fire, this is twice as symbolic). Fortunately, Hiyoko pulls him out at the last minute, and all the birds, including the lost souls that were trapped by The King, are able to go free.

I can’t overstate how much of an emotional rollercoaster this visual novel is. Following the mostly light-hearted short stories before comes this incredibly dark and disturbing adventure (I just glossed over the backstory here; the real details are unpleasant to say the least) that had my heart pounding in my chest. It wasn’t too surprising though, considering the original game had a bonus storyline that was at least as complex and dramatic. On Steam, one of the genre categories for Hatoful Boyfriend is “Psychological Horror”. Here’s the thing: they aren’t kidding.

I hope this sheds some light on the inspiration behind this Fakemon design. Masking’s name comes from “Mask + King”, whereas Dramsama is “Drama + Ousama”. I will leave you with one other Fakemon, Dramsama’s natural enemy:

101101bName: Antarki
Type: Ghost/Fire
Classification: The Guide Star Pokemon
Ability: Illuminate
Dex: “The ghost of a Pokemon that died before its time. It guides lost souls to the afterlife by the light of its small star.”

It is based on a scorpion, after the constellation Antares, which factors heavily into Nageki’s backstory. 🙂

Catch Masking, Dramsama & Antarki in Pokemon Uranium 4.0, coming soon!

~ Oripoke