Pokémon developer Game Freak has put out a lot of imaginative designs of the little critters over the past two decades. But have you ever wondered what happens to Pokémon left on the cutting room floor? In the past, they would usually be forgotten, never to be seen again, but more recently fans have gotten some insight into Pokémon that never quite made it to the public.
It’s all thanks to @DrLavaYT, who unearthed scrapped designs like this popcorn-themed Pokémon:
Muneo Saitō — a PKMN designer most famous for creating Gen 2’s Legendary Beasts — published these creature designs in 2014.— Dr. Lava’s Lost Pokemon (@DrLavaYT) August 31, 2019
Saitō described them as monsters he created for a game, but didn’t end up getting used. He didn’t specify whether or not it was one of the Pokemon games. pic.twitter.com/t0pIUFxCtH
On top of scrapped designs, @DrLavaYT also found alternative takes on classic Pokémon and their evolutions, like this never-before-seen form of Farfetched:
Lost Pokemon of the Day: Madame (Farfetch’d evolution)— Dr. Lava’s Lost Pokemon (@DrLavaYT) August 21, 2019
First revealed when Gold & Silver’s 1997 demo leaked in 2018, Madame was once meant to evolve from Farfetch’d at level 24.
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Or this rejected variation of Hitmontop:
Early Hitmontop:— Dr. Lava’s Lost Pokemon (@DrLavaYT) August 29, 2019
In Gold & Silver’s 1997 demo, Hitmontop’s anatomy was upside-down. But in G&S’s release version, he was revised into simply standing on his head.
1. Spaceworld ’97 demo sprite
2. (Recreation by @RacieBeep)
3. Gold release version sprite
4. Gen 2 release artwork pic.twitter.com/0vqm4hR7ln
Along with more terrifying alternatives like this old Pinsir model:
Lost Pokemon of the Day: Plux (Pinsir evolution)— Dr. Lava’s Lost Pokemon (@DrLavaYT) August 25, 2019
First revealed when Gold & Silver’s 1997 demo leaked in 2018, Plux evolved from Pinsir at level 42, and originally appeared in the Pokedex directly after Scizor.
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Perhaps the most interesting of the newly found designs is Kurusu, a starter Pokémon that was eventually replaced by Totodile.
With Pokémon Sword and Shield just around the corner, one can’t help but wonder if any of these rejected Pokémon will make a comeback.