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Compare Your Favorite Animal to its Pokémon Counterpart

Discussion in 'General Pokémon Discussion' started by WolfCypher, Sep 5, 2019.

  1. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    It’s funny how everybody hates Zubat because it’s so common, but they don’t see its potential as a great battler. Which I think is kind of sad. :(
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  2. ThroughTheIris56

    ThroughTheIris56 Active Member

    My favourite animal is a wolf, specifically a gray wolf.

    I know we have lots canidae inspired Pokemon (including Houndoom which I love), but not much based on proper wolves. We have Manectric which I like but is based on a Maned wolf but that is apparently not a type of wolf. And Lycanroc in fairness does resemble a wolf, but I feel like GF could make better design for a Pokemon based on a Wolf. I think an Ice type would make for an awesome Wolf Pokemon.
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  3. Pikachu Fan Number Nine

    Pikachu Fan Number Nine Don't Mess wit Texas

    An Ice type wolf would be based on arctic wolves.

    The first stage of such an evolutionary line should clearly be a pup.
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  4. ThroughTheIris56

    ThroughTheIris56 Active Member

    To be fair, there are a number of subspecies of wolf that live in cold climates, so while an arctic wolf is a a good inspiration, Northwestern wolves, and Eurasian wolves would also work. And yeah, a cub would be a good first stage.
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  5. Pikachu Fan Number Nine

    Pikachu Fan Number Nine Don't Mess wit Texas

    Of the bats we've seen in Pokemon, we have one line that is primarily based on vampire bats whose entire diet is blood, but have sometimes been depicted in fanworks as sometimes eating Bug-types similar to most bats in the real world. Then we have two lines based on fruit-eating bats, one of which begins as a Honduran white bat and evolves into a flying fox, and one line that appears to be flying foxes all the way through (and are currently the only mammalian Dragon-types, a Dragon Eeveelution would be the third).

    We haven't seen a line based completely on insectivorous bats. Since the Galar region is based on the UK, I'd like to see a line based on common pipistrelles, with an initial stage based on pups that can only be obtained by breeding, but ultimately it is a three-stage line. It would be a primarily Fire-type line (based on Fire being strong against Bug, a similar thing is seen with the anteater Pokemon Heatmor), and gain the Flying-type in its second stage, the stage most common in the wild (the third stage would be mainly obtained by evolving the second stage though it can occasionally be caught in the wild).
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  6. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    A lot of people here seem to like wolves.
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  7. WolfCypher

    WolfCypher Well-Known Member

    Okay then. How about

    I'm fine with what we've got. None of them have really won me over. Aesthetically I like Alolan Ninetales the most. I wish Zoroark was better. Its missing something and I have no idea what.

    I hate them all. None of them look right. I've been waiting for a literal Pokemonized Donkey Kong, amd we got weird looking Darmanitan. The closest we have to a standard one is Slaking, who is a bad Pokémon and is too sloth for my liking. I hope Grookey delivers, but then again I'm not a fan of Grass-types so even if its the Goriller I've been waiting for it'll still a type I don't use on my teams.
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  8. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Well-Known Member

    Unpopular opinion alert: African wild dogs are better than wolves. Nicer colour schemes, faster, stealthier, sharper teeth, and a more complex social structure. I would LOVE to see a Pokemon based on an African wild dog one day.
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  9. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    What's the difference between wild dogs and hyenas? I always seem to confuse them. I recently watched a documentary series about the Serengeti, and I thought a region based on that could be cool. You could go on an actual Pokémon Safari. :D
  10. My favorite animal is the Anomalocaris. An extinct sea creature from the Cambrian, a little over half a billion years ago.
    It was one of the largest animals of its time, some species grew to a length of 1 meter which was huge then. Some call it he first true apex predator and one species was probably able to even crush the hard exoskeletons of trilobites.

    Anorith is based on this animal. Armaldo is more a mix between an anomalocaris and dinosaur/insect features. Armaldo is my favorite pokemon with Anorith in close pursuit, I absolutely love them and still use my original Armaldo I got back in Sapphire in my team, despite obtaining a shiny one during the years.

    To my knowledge, they're completely separate species, even genera. African wild dogs are well, more related to dogs, however much more distant than wolves are, they don't even fall into the same genus.

    Meanwhile, hyenas are actually more related to mongooses and even cats than to dogs, still quite distant though but they fall more into the feline branch of the Carnivora than in the Canine one.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2019
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  11. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    Is that why it's a Bug/Rock type?
  12. Yeah, Anomalocarids are most closely related to arthropods. More to crustaceans than to insects though since insects didn't exist yet when it lived. It only had a partial exoskeleton though, its entire back and much of its head were soft tissue.

    The rock type is because all fossils are rock types. I actually like to think it's a side effect of cloning them from fossils and kinda hope they'll once introduce original formes of the fossil pokemon, Tyrantrum's dex entry even states that it looks different than the original that lived millions of years ago.
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  13. Pikachu Fan Number Nine

    Pikachu Fan Number Nine Don't Mess wit Texas

    I also like wolves too.

    I'm hoping Ash and Gladion's Lycanroc are of opposite genders so that they can show an interest in each other.
  14. wolf jani

    wolf jani Prone to overreacting about things

    They could show even if they were same gender.
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  15. Orphalesion

    Orphalesion Well-Known Member

    Hyenas are more closely related to cats than dogs, despite the appearance. ;)
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  16. Missingno.Fan

    Missingno.Fan Well-Known Member

    My favorite animals are kangaroos. Kangaskhan is pretty cool, but I wish we had a more realistic kangaroo.
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  17. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    Maybe if we get an Australian region, we’ll get a Pokemon that looks more like a kangaroo. But we already have Komala for a koala, and that wasn’t in Australia.
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  18. MockingJ

    MockingJ Banned

    My favorite animals are tigers and the Pokemon series has done a good job with them. Litten's evos and Raikou look badass and I hope that Gamefreak have more tiger Pokemon in store in future generations.
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  19. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    I always thought Growlithe and Arcanine were tigers when I was younger, because of their orange colour and black stripes. They look more doggish than cattish, though - Growlithe is the Puppy Pokemon.
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  20. wolf jani

    wolf jani Prone to overreacting about things

    Me too. I was shocked to realize that Growlithe & Arcanine aren't tigers.
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