Skarmory, the “armor-bird” Pokemon, has hollow wings that allow it to travel up to 180 mph. Its nests are usually found in thorn bushes, where continual scratching of its skin hardens it into an iron-like state. Skarmory has much in common with the Andean Condor and shares characteristics of Pteranodons. It is also similar to many mythological, metallic birds like the Stymphalians, the Gagana, and the Alicanto. Galvantula, the “electric-spider” Pokemon, is 2’7” and weighs 31.5 lbs. Its name is galvanism (electricity produced by chemical action) + tarantula. Galvantula likes to use electrically-charged silk to ensnare prey. The electricity stuns the victim, allowing it to consume the target at its leisure. Arcanine, the “legendary” Pokemon, has long been admired for its beauty and speed, and anyone who hears its bark will grovel before it. Arcanine is based on the Ryukyuan, mythical creatures inspired by lions. Statues of them in pairs are used as guardians that invite good spirits and repel evil ones. It could also be based on the Haetae, a fire-eating dog with similarities to tigers. Scyther, the “mantis” Pokemon, possesses blade-like forearms that are capable of slicing through logs and become sharper by cutting hard materials. Its name is a combination of scythe + -er (suffix that references its sharp blades). Scyther draws inspiration from grasshoppers but its face is more reptilian, with resemblance to dinosaurs and dragons.
Concept Sketch, by René Campbell.