This Is What Our Favorite Pokémon Looked Like Before Their Final Designs

I love looking at the early stages of a a creative work I've experienced in its finalized 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?)

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

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

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Girafarig without a butt is strangely cute.

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

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D'aaaaw look at this early drawing of Charizaaaard.

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

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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.

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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.

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Prototype Pokémon and characters [Bulbapedia]

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