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30 Original Pokemon Designs That Almost Made The Cut

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After over thirty years, the Pokemon franchise has racked up quite a bit of lore. So much so, Pokemon Historian Dr. Lava and artist and designer Rachel Briggs have teamed up to uncover the hundreds of pocket monsters lost in creation. There are entire communities dedicated to unearthing the Pokemon that were never made, final evolutions that were scrapped, and behind-the-scenes secrets. 

Most of the illustrations below were created by Rachel Briggs, based on the original black and white sprites of the Pokemon that didn't make the cut. Gorochu was designed by artist Foxeaf. There are many reasons Pokemon get scrapped, so check out Dr. Lava's unique commentary under each image. Some of these lost Pokemon are pre-evolutions of Kanto favorites like Grimer and Ponyta, while others we just would've liked to have around, like Crocky. 

Vote up the original Pokemon designs that should've been in the Pokedex.

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    Kotora Family

    Dr. Lava says:

    "These electric tigers were created during Gen 1's development, but ended up getting cut. A few years later, they were planned to return in Gen 2... but sadly, got cut again. Kotora and his evolution Raitora were first revealed when Gold & Silver's 1997 demo leaked in 2018.

    Both pure Electric-types, Kotora translates to 'baby tiger,' and Raitora translates to 'thunder tiger.' In G&S's 1997 demo, Kotora evolved into Raitora at level 35... little is known about this third stage. The artwork used in this thread is speculative — it's based on his back sprite and the appearance of his pre-evolutions."

    Should've made the cut?
  • 6


    Dr. Lava says:

    "First officially revealed in the 2018 Japan-exclusive manga, Satoshi Tajiri: the Man Who Created Pokemon, Gyaoon was one of the very first Pokemon ever created.

    Gen 1 beta sprites included the 2018 Satoshi manga shows Rhydon with an index number of #0, while Gyaoon was listed as #1 — making him one of the oldest Pokemon in existence, and probably the very first lost Pokemon.

    In Japanese, 'GYAOON' is the sound for Godzilla's roar."

    Should've made the cut?
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    Honooguma Family

    Dr. Lava says:

    "First revealed when Gold & Silver's 1997 demo leaked in 2018, Honooguma was originally planned as Gen 2's Fire starter... but in development, he got replaced by Cyndaquil.

    Honooguma, Borubeaa, and Dainabea were all pure Fire types. Borubeaa evolved into Dainabea at level 32, but Gold & Silver's 1997 demo didn't include evolution data for Honooguma -- probably because he wasn't meant to evolve while the demo was being played. Honooguma translates into English as 'Fire Bear,' Borubeaa translates to 'Volcano Bear,' and Dainabea means 'Dynamite Bear."

    Should've made the cut?
  • 8


    Dr. Lava says:

    "First revealed when Gen 1 beta assets leaked in 2018, Guardia was created during Gen 1's development as the final stage of the Cubone family... but ended up getting cut."

    Should've made the cut?