For Nature & Creatures
- Jun 6, 2019
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AAAAAAAAALL of this that was said! I subscribe every word of it. I was going to make a new thread just to discuss this abomination of "Pokémon". Now I can see why Calyrex has those lazy leg designs: it's because it would be harder to design it when mounting and so thet just gave it two "sleeves" that are easy to draw.This should be okay because the DLC has released, right?
This morning I was browsing images of Calyrex for one reason or another, and I stumbled across this image in particular:
And I thought to myself, that can't be real.
Oh, but it was.
I had known that Calyrex had a fusion of sorts with two horse Pokemon from the few spoilers I read a while ago, but I didn't think it would turn out......
I hate it.
Okay, all jokes aside I have to say these fusions are genuinely one of my most disliked Pokemon, and they came out in the same generation where someone snuck their fursona into the game. It opens the door for some awful, awful ideas in later games in my opinion.
Calyrex just looks so goofy and uncanny riding Glastrier and Spectrier. While it's skinny arms and legs might have made sense when it was just a floating psychic thistle-bunny, they look so awkward seeing it adopt a human-like pose as it rides around on these ponies. Calyrex is meant to be this cool and regal monarch, right? Instead, in my opinion, it looks like a gag character from a cartoon when atop its mounts.
And neither horse really fits with Calyrex design wise, Spectrier especially with its purple and black color scheme. Not even the reins (where did they even come from?) were made so that they fit the horses, instead being this jarring electric blue. I think this is partly why these so-called fusions look like Fakemon to me. They just don't look cohesive.
Not only that, Calyrex riding around on these horses looks and feels... wrong. It's far too human-like for my tastes, to the point where it crosses the uncanny valley. While Pokemon riding on other Pokemon isn't new to the series, it just looks more natural, like something a real-world wild animal would do, on other Pokemon. Mantine and Remoraid mimic the actual behavior of remoras, for example. Dreepy riding on Drakloak looks like what some animals do to carry their young. Calyrex riding bowlegged like a human on the horses, reins included, just looks weird, silly, and odd. I've always liked the idea of Pokemon essentially being magical (non-human) animals, and this is directly counter to that. I've heard that Calyrex actually talks to you (which is a whole 'nother can of worms) and, if this is true, just makes this all the worse. It also brings up some awkward questions like who is taking orders in battle, and is it even right to order around a Pokemon intelligent enough to ride a pony like a human.
While the idea behind these fusions is, in my opinion, more creative because it's something very different from the previous fusions, from an actual design standpoint it strikes me as lazy because it's just Calyrex placed onto its horse with an extended cape and some blue ropes. I'm not keen on Black/White Kyurem and the Necrozema fusions, but I think I would have preferred a more traditional fusion than Calyrex riding these horses. Both ponies are simplistic enough design-wise that I feel they'd avoid the ugly, overdesigned issues of previous fusions.
Now, on to the actual horses.
Nightmare MoonSpectrier is alright. I think it's a little on the plain side, and is need of few purple spots on its body. Though, I think its ghostly hooves look neat, and its Pokedex entries are interesting.
Like Spectrier, I find Glastrier somewhat plain, and I think some icicle spikes on its shoulders or hips would remedy this. That being said, I dig the ice mask and mane. I think Glastrier is my preferred of the two horses.
How can these
It's not just nostalgia when I say that I'm replaying LeafGreen and I'm still stunned that the only hint at the legendary birds were the Articuno in a gate, some Bird Keeper that I believe mentions them and a report in one of the computers in Cinnabar's lab and that these are the way to make something interesting and mysterious instead of shoving, reuse and rewrite old legendaries while making a fuss on how they've got "new" content. Screw you GF!
PS: I'm just going to drop here a link to a video that I just found amusing about how Gen. VIII was done. I hope you enjoy as much as I:
Ex-GameFreak Employee Tells the TRUTH about Pokemon Sword and Shield