This Is What Our Favorite Pokémon Looked Like Before Their Designs Were Finalized

I love looking at the early stages of a a creative work I've experienced in its finalised form. You get a glimpse of what-almost-was, what-could-have-been, and sometimes the thank-god-that-didn't-happen.

Bulbapedia has a fascinating page on prototype Pokemon and prototype trainers, as well as some Pokemon that just plain never made it into a Pokemon game. (Yet?)

Kurusu (left) and Honoguma (right) kind of look like Pikachu, in a different element type.

This Is What Our favourite Pokémon Looked Like Before Their Designs Were Finalized
This Is What Our favourite Pokémon Looked Like Before Their Designs Were Finalized

This is an early version of Gengar. It's not as cool as the actual Gengar that went into the game!

Girafarig without a butt is strangely cute.

An earlier form of Latias and Blaziken actually mashed both of these Pokemon together. I can dig it.

D'aaaaw look at this early drawing of Charizaaaard.

Here is a female trainer who never got into the games. What was she meant to be? NPC? Protagonist? The world may never know.

Maybe you'll find these more pleasing than the actual Pokémon that Gamefreak created — that is, if you're one of those crazy people who thinks Pokemon designs are getting worse.

Regardless, there's a bunch more at Bulbapedia that you should check out, including Slaking, Tyranitar and others. We've also covered a few early designs here.

Prototype Pokémon and characters [Bulbapedia]


    Lanturn, Diglett, Zapdos
    Jellicent, Excadrill, Terrakion

    Yeah, worse.

    I love Pokémon, I really do, but take off the nostalgia goggles for a second and really look at some of those original designs - there's a few that are really quite horrible. I honestly think that there's one Generation in particular that's got a number of badly designed Pokémon more than the others; I'm not saying, since people get upset when I rubbish those particular games.

    EDIT: Durp. This was in reply to @yourname

    Last edited 19/12/12 7:37 pm

      really depends on your definition of 'worse' though. If by worse you mean "they look less like wild animals" then yes I'd agree. But the newer designs are more interesting and creative than the old ones.

      Lanturn, Diglett, Zapdos, Jellicent, Terrakion are all awesome. There are exmapels of bad early pokemon but the ones you give are silly.

    I like the new designs. I'm an RPG veteran. I had original red, blue and yellow and loved them.
    But one thing annoyed me. And that was the amount of pokemon that were all curly, fluffy and just non-threatening. I'll take Charizard of Clefable any day.
    Considering the latest generation had a lightning tarantula, 10+ new dragons and more ghost types, i'd say that the designs are doing fine.
    If you want to live in the past because 151 pokemon was all your capacity allowed to catch before giving up on the game you apparently love so much, then play the original game.
    Me however, i'll just keep hoping for cross breeding, triple types and 200 new pokemon in the next generation. Afterall, I need new pokemon because I already caught them all long ago. =P

      Shame how Charizard is basically unplayable/unviable in competitive play right now...

        Yeah.. unless he's a shiny hack with max EV/IV but that's completely unfair.
        One day i'll get my legit Black Charizard.

        Nevertheless, my point. YAY, more dragons!
        Still triple types is def a great idea. That would mix the whole game up. It would unbalance the shit out of it and at this point it honestly sounds like a great thing to me. Everyone has their perfect teams and in competitive play.. you just get raped..
        Obviously not everything would have 3 types. Just like everything doesn't have 2 types. But for things like Charizard and Gyarados for example. Everyone knows that aside from flying and their elemental type that dragon type would fit under there VERY snug

    That Latias/Blaziken hybrid is so freakin cool *___*

    That female trainer would have to be an early design for Misty. It looks a lot like her final design in Red/Green/Blue. The fact that there's a Cascade badge on her shirt sleeve only helps my case.

    Hey, that girl......I swear I've seen her art on a book or magazine or something I had as a kid!

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