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Pokémon has been around for over 25 years and continues to create hit games, TV shows and movies. With almost every new game comes new Pokémon and some are unpredictable, but recently, new generations of Pokémon have been missing more than hitting. In fact, some fanatic artists are doing better work than real designers. There are fan-made Pokémon games online and some even use fan-made Pokémon, also known as Fakemon, instead of using the official ones from the creators of the franchise.
With all of this amazing digital art floating around the internet and so many fans of these games and fan-made Pokémon, we thought it was only right to make a list of our top 10 fan-made Pokémon and pay respect to these masterful artists. Without further ado, check out some of our favorite fan-created Pokémon.
10. Crescelis from Smiley-Fakemon (DeviantArt)
Created by Smiley-Fakemon on DeviantArt, Crescelis is obviously modeled after a dolphin and/or shark, with a simple and elegant design that works quite well. Think of Sharpedo and how obvious his role model is, both in name and form. Crescelis is also like that, only his name doesn’t give him away completely. It even looks like an official Pokémon in both style and pattern. The eyes, oddly enough, really give it that classic Pokemon feel and make it a more realistic addition to any game it could potentially appear in. Maybe it’s time the Pokémon designers give the Fakemon designers a chance in the newer games.
9. Lagoon by Jorge Burgos
A Water-Type designed by artist Jorge Burgos, Lagun appears to be a cross between a stingray and some kind of sea serpent. It even looks like it could be the final form of the Mantyke and Mantine line if you think about it. However, from what I could see, this Pokemon stands on its own. His name is simple, but also clever when you think about it. Lagun is a type of water that probably lives in a lagoon-type environment, so naming it that way but writing it differently is a nice nod to its habitat. While it’s outside of the typical Pokemon art style, it still fits well enough. I’d love to see Lagun swimming for us to catch in games; looks like it could really do some damage.
8. Bansheep by @_pokemachi_ (Instagram)
A Fairy and Dark-type Pokémon is already exciting, regardless of what it looks like. These two guys are like polar opposites. Instagram user @_pokemachi_ is responsible for this adorable Bansheep creation, and we’re so glad to see it. However, what would be even better would be the chance to catch it in one of the official Pokemon games or see it in action in the series. It’s so cute, but as fans know, Dark-type moves are usually pretty powerful and sometimes a little scary, so it would be an interesting twist to see something this cute do something this crazy.
7. Harmonell by @an_artist_astray (Instagram)
Harmonell is a fan-made evolution of Chimeco and was created by Instagram artist @an_artist_astray. While it’s a bit creepy and could be considered nightmare fuel, the design itself when you think of Chimeco is pretty cool. Chimeco is the bell Pokémon, and having its evolution include not only parts of it, but also elements of its pre-evolution, is really creative. You see both aspects of Chimeco and Chingling in the Harmonell design. The only thing I wish was different was perhaps the name to go with the ‘C’ names of its predecessors. Other than that though, the design works great for Fakemon.
6. Slizzer by Steve0126 (DeviantArt)
Slizzer looks like it could be one of three starter Pokemon a trainer can choose from at the start of their journey. Created by DeviantArt user Steve0126, Slizzer is a Fire-type Fang Snake Pokémon. Based on his description in the photo, it would appear that Slizzer also has the ability to use poison-type moves, so perhaps his evolutions will be dual-type Pokémon. Whatever the case, Slizzer is another example of something simple that is still great design. It looks like it could be a basic snake, but when you think about the potential for evolutions and moves it could use, it makes it even more exciting.
5. Werabiena by @artworks218_ (Instagram)
This Fighting and Poison-type Pokémon based on a werewolf was created by Instagram user @artworks218_. First of all, it’s such an interesting idea, taking a legendary creature like a werewolf and using it as a base for a Pokémon is very clever. The color scheme and the markings all over his body that look like scratch marks only solidify his design and make him that much scarier for viewers if he was actually in a game or the series. The idea of a werewolf being used as inspiration makes me think of what other mythical creatures might have Pokemon based on them.
4. Chowger by @an_artist_astray (Instagram)
Everyone loves a good doggo, especially when said doggo is an Electric-type Pokémon. Chowger, which was created by Instagram user @an_artist_astray, is obviously based on the Chow Chows breed of dog. He’s fluffy and adorable like one of those big dogs and making his head look like the sun was a cool addition to the rest of his relatively normal looking body and overall design. I love the ears and the goofy look on his face with his tongue hanging out of the side of his mouth. Overall, Chowger is a cute Pokemon, and sometimes that’s enough that we want to see it succeed.
3. Marfanta by @Pewfox1 (Twitter)
Marfanta, the lovable elephant who’s giving off the best Dumbo vibes, belongs to artist @PewFox1 on Twitter (as well as @PewFox on Instagram). Her ears are so big that they look like butterfly wings, which makes me wonder if she is also a Flying-type besides being a Water-type. Her design, while simple, is also stylish and adorable, which is often a hit with certain demographics of Pokemon fans. If you look closely, it appears to be almost a cross between a butterfly and an elephant, from its ears to its trunk which is coiled up like a butterfly’s proboscis (the thing that drinks nectar). There are multiple aspects that could be seen either way. It’s a really interesting Pokémon design and one that could be used well in games.
2. Ethereon by badafra (DeviantArt)
Pokemon fans have been begging for new Eeveelutions ever since Sylveon, the Fairy-Type, was announced in Gen VI. Artist badafra on DeviantArt made some of our dreams come true with this ghost-type evolution of the evolving Pokémon, Ethereon. From the cuffs around his legs to the paper talisman as his tail, you can tell a lot of thought went into the details of Ethereon. It has eyes similar to Leafeon, the grass-type evolution of Eevee, as well as ears similar to Glaceon, the ice-type. So it fits very well into the evolution line and we could easily see it becoming canon.
1. Imajinx by LuisBrain (DeviantArt)
Definitely one of the most unique Pokemon we’ve ever seen, Imajinx was created by user LuisBrain on DeviantArt. It’s a Fairy-type and it seems like it might have the potential for Psychic-type moves as well. The only other Pokémon I could think of to compare it to would be Mime Jr., and even that is an exaggeration. Imajinx has a beautiful color scheme and a great overall design, making it both cute and seemingly powerful. Although we don’t have their stats, if their appearance has anything to do with their strength and defense, they are most likely pretty good.