Pokemon Designs: Known Gen VI Evolutions

Axle the Beast

I’m overdue for weighing in my thoughts on the designs of the many new Pokemon announced for X and Y, and I figured I’d start with the ones that are known to evolve or be pre-evolved forms. I wrote a while back that I couldn’t necessarily say for absolute certain if the Gen VI starter Pokemon had good designs or not until I’d seen what they evolve into. After all, many Pokemon designs make more sense in the context of their before and after; while non-evolving Pokemon typically have very complete designs, often ones that evolve are much simpler and will evolve into more complex, interesting, and often fierce-looking creatures, so it’s difficult to judge a design all on its own when it’s meant to be complemented by other, related designs.

I’ll review the Gen VI Pokemon that lack confirmed evolutions next week — and that will be a lot more awkward and filled with more complaints, so brace yourself! — but for now I’m going to focus on the ones for which we’ve been given that all-important context!

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Pokemon Designs: Drowzee & Hypno

Axle the Beast

Alright, well, after a long hiatus from doing any of these Pokemon design reviews, I think it’s high time I got back into it. I would review “Newtwo”, but I’d rather not until I have a more proper name to label it by. So for now, since we’re out of named Gen VI Pokemon, I will start talking about some notable ones from previous Generations. To start, I’m going to discuss my favorite psychic Pokemon, Hypno, and his pre-evolved form, Drowzee.

Known as Sleep and Sleeper respectively in Japan, Drowzee and Hypno originate from the first Generation of Pokemon, making them some of the first Psychic-types and some of the Pokemon who set the tone for all future Psychic-type Pokemon. These stubby, anthropomorphic, odd-nosed yellow Pokemon are both simple and highly strange in their design, and as I will get into in this review, they both represent their type quite well while keeping the connection subtle enough to have other, more unusual elements. There’s also a mythological reference to discuss. So without further ado, let’s discuss both of their designs!

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