Are you familiar with the concept of 'Fakemon'? It's a fan art term, talking about artists envisioning their own original Pokemon - usually taking cues from the tropes and trends present in Nintendo's popular monster-capturing series. Sometimes these are evolutions of existing 'mons (such as SO MANY ALTERNATE EEVEELUTIONS), but many artists envision entirely NEW Pokemon, unrelated to any pre-existing ones. These are some of the most original, most creative, and most "WHY ISN'T THERE A CRAB PIRATE POKEMON YET???" we've ever seen:
1. Scuttlett / Scuttluss / Crabtain by Graph1te (plus Shiny versions!)
2. Sick Fakemon by Ironwolf09
3. Excell / Expans / Excessev by PokemonWest
4. Solar Lizards by The-Knick
5. Klaatu / Barada / Nicto by MTC-Studio
6. Ice Cream Fakemon by NastyJungle
The thought process behind this Fakemon is pretty ingenious - it takes the (widely-criticized) concept of Vanilluxe (e.g. "The Ice Cream Pokemon") and finds a way to execute it in a way that's pretty stellar: it's an ice cream 'mon for sure, but less explicitly "an ice cream cone with eyes" and more an actual creature. Plus, the gradual adding of Neapolitan flavors is a great addition.
7. New Starter Fakemon by Hoshiko Hoshino
8. Priddle / Soakeir / Royavian by Pepperzy
9. Tunfish / Swordarior / Sawdonior by LeafyHeart
10. Jarink / Fountank by lydario
11. Teebop / Sharshoka by HallowDew
Name: Teebop (Pup Pokemon)
Evolves: Level 36
Bio: They glide swiftly through the water. Though small, they
frequently attack much larger creatures with their premature tails.
Name: Sharshoka (Hammertail Pokemon)
Bio: If threatened they will do a flip and slam their tail into anything around,
creating massive shock waves, sending dust and debris flying everywhere.
12. Woolcub / Howoolf by Sims76
Woolcub - Black Sheep Pokemon - Fairy type
Howoolf - Big Wolf Pokemon - Fairy/Dark type
A fake sheep Pokemon and its evolution, using " A wolf in sheep's clothing" as a theme
And now, three Fakemon artists who have done an amazing job of building out LARGE amounts of Fakemon...
Artist JoshKH92 has created an entire region's worth of Fakemon - the region they've dubbed Keiji region, and it's filled with lots of original and INCREDIBLY well-thought out Fakemon. Check out the whole thing here, but below are some of the highlights:
Basic Stage: Waftami - The FlyCarpet Pokemon
Name Meaning: Waft-Tatami
Evolves: lvl 35
Taken by the wind, it flies in an odd horizontal manner. It carries sand in its tassels, which it throws in the face of its attackers.
First Stage: Ruglide - The FlyCarpet Pokemon
Ability: Keen Eye
Name Meaning: Rug-Glide
Evolves: lvl 45
It frequents sandstorms, picking off any morsels that have been stirred up. During the day, it remains buried under the sand.
Second Stage: Soarpet - The FlyCarpet Pokemon
Ability: Keen Eye
Name Meaning: Soar-Carpet
A Pokémon featured in many ancient myths; it is said to have once carried royalty across the Keijo Region. It flies without making a sound.
Basic Stage: Salmeander - The Drifting Pokemon
Name Meaning: Salamander-Meander
Evolves: lvl 21
It is not a strong swimmer, and so it tends to ride the current, picking up any food that floats by.
First Stage: Algaetor - The Swimming Pokemon
Ability: Swift Swim/Chlorophyll
Name Meaning: Algae-Alligator
Evolves: lvl 41
Its oar-like flippers mean it is a strong swimmer. It can swim directly into an oncoming current to chase prey. As it grows, its skin produces a special substance which encourages Algal growth.
Second Stage: Crocanoe - The Rowing Pokemon
Ability: Swift Swim/Chlorphyll
Name Meaning: Crocodile-Canoe
It basks in the sunshine to supplement the algae growing over its body; Some mistake it for an abandoned river boat. It is an ambush predator, hiding amongst reeds, then lunging at its prey.
Basic Stage: Battrus - The Acid Pokemon
Name Meaning: Battery-Citrus
Evolves: lvl 31
It spits an acid which can dissolve rock. The antenna on its head charge electricity inside its body, which it can loose by gripping onto foes.
First Stage: Claustic - The Acid Pokemon
Name Meaning: Claw-Caustic
Its double claws can release both electricity and a corrosive acid at the same time, rendering prey defenceless in its grip.
Basic Stage: Zipod - The Pea Pokemon
Name Meaning: Zip-Pod
It secretes a special substance which keeps the protective casing hard as steel. The scary facade is used to deter predators; the 'eyes' serve as air holes when it is closed tight.
Basic Stage: Embaa - The Faun Pokemon
Name Meaning: Ember-Baa
Evolves: lvl 16
It lives on mountain slopes, where it hops from ledge to ledge. Occasionally, a small blaze spouts from the base of its tail; usually when it is happy.
First Stage: Goatorch - The Faun Pokemon
Name Meaning: Goat-Torch
Evolves: lvl 35
It shoots fire from the holes in its feet, leaving charred footprints. It is a skilled climber, delivering graceful kicks to its foes.
Second Stage: Blazebex - The Mountain Goat Pokemon
Name Meaning: Blaze-Ibex
Perfectly adapted for mountain life, it leaps from dangerous ledges with great eaze. Its blazing kicks send foes flying.
Again, there are WAY more to check out - go here for the full list!
Meet Josh Wong - an incredible artist in his own right, but particularly notable for his exceptional Fakemon.
20. Sparklin / Bombardon / Krackaboom
Check out these insanely well-thought out Fakemon starters by artist Kydeka!
"The leaves on Rusker's face pick up the smallest vibrations, allowing it to easily detect nearby threats."
"Its long tail provides excellent camouflage, and will often store berries there to eat later."
"It's razor sharp whiskers will shed every year and new ones will take its place. The dropped leaves are often sold as pocket knives in small villages."
"Eucala stash their food inside trees for the winter, if they find another's too close to their own, they will burn it down using the heated up rings on their arms."
"When in larger groups, Embala will take on the responsibility to make sure the younger pokemon do not stray too far."
Bear Koala Pokemon
"Once fully evolved, this pokemon will often choose to live in solitude, fending only for itself."
"Hamite has a bone like structure that has formed around its head and can be used to perform surprisingly lethal attacks, despite it's cute appearance."
"The vision of Malbite is limited, and will often retaliate before learning of a situation. This pokemon has been the cause of several accidents at sea."
"People have travelled long distances to obtain the sails on Hamiant's back. It is considered a delicacy in many regions."