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Prototype Pokémon and characters

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These are Pokémon and characters that were just a few of many different designs that Game Freak created. Only a few were added, and even those often went through redesigns before making it into the final product.

Unreleased Pokémon

Capsule Monsters designs

Buhi
Buhi
Nothing is known about this Pokémon other than its Pokédex number, #124, the same as Jynx's. This number is also the index number of Caterpie. It also resembles a cat.
Debut Capsule Monsters
Papyō
Papyō
Nothing is known about this Pokémon other than its Pokédex number, #211, the same as Qwilfish's.
Debut Capsule Monsters
Oviparous creature
Oviparous creature
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In the artwork featuring early versions of Red and Rhydon inside a cave, an unidentified Pokémon can be seen. It appears to be hatching from an Egg.
Debut Capsule Monsters
Godzillante & Gorillaimo
Godzillante & Gorillaimo
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Nothing is known about the first Pokémon, Godzillante. It may have been Fire-type, as it is shown to be breathing fire. As its name implies, it was most likely based on Godzilla. Godzillante notably shares a resemblance to one of the fake Pokémon toys shown in the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga Volume 1 (p. 107). The Japanese name of Tyranitar is also based on Godzilla. Nothing is known about the second Pokémon, Gorillaimo. Its hat could be a reference to the character Ninten from the Ape Inc. game, Mother. It also resembles the Nintendo character Donkey Kong. Gorillaimo could also be based on King Kong. Later generations have introduced many ape-based Pokémon. Slaking is the most notable, as it shares the most physical traits with Gorillaimo.
Debut Capsule Monsters
Dragon4
Dragon4
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This Pokémon's Pokédex number is #174, the same as Igglybuff's. It knows a move called "Fire Breath" that requires 70 TP. It has short arms, a long tail, two horns on the back of its head, and draconic wings, just like Charizard.
Debut Capsule Monsters
Kazeniga
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Not much is known about this Pokémon. It is roughly humanoid with a body shape similar to a Jigglypuff. It was seen being captured by an early protagonist without being weakened first; in fact, no Pokémon were sent out.
Debut Capsule Monsters

Pokémon designs

Kurusu
Kurusu
The only known information about this creature is its name and image. In the playable alpha demo of Gold and Silver, its National Pokédex number was 212 and knew the moves Growl, Water Gun, and Tackle. Despite its Pokédex numbering, it was the Water-type starter in said demo. Since it resembles a seal, some fans believe it may have inspired Spheal's design, but they are no more similar than either of them is to Seel.
Debut Pokémon Gold and Silver beta
Honōguma
Honōguma
Like Kurusu above, its name and image are all that is known about it. While not confirmed, its name, a combination of 炎 honō (flame) and 熊 kuma (bear) heavily suggests that it was a Fire-type Pokémon. In the alpha, it was the Fire-type starter and knew the moves Ember, Scratch, and Leer. Given its name refers to it as a bear, some fans believe it could have been an early version of the Teddiursa evolution family.
Debut Pokémon Gold and Silver beta
Unnamed creature
Unnamed creature
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Artwork was created for this strange creature despite not having a name. Its extremely odd appearance is somewhat similar to Hitmontop; namely, the multiple feet around its midsection. Although this creature has its point located on its bottom, and Hitmontop has its point located on its head, this creature may have been redesigned as Hitmontop. Due to its size, it would seem unlikely that it was originally part of the Tyrogue evolution line. It also bears some resemblance to Clefairy.
Debut Pokémon Gold and Silver beta
Unnamed turtle
Unnamed turtle
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Nothing is known about this turtle Pokémon. It does not resemble any Pokémon from Generation II, but does look most like Tirtouga from Generation V.
Debut Pokémon Gold and Silver beta
Unnamed sheep
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Bulbanews
Bulbanews has an article related to this subject:
Nothing is known about this Pokémon, nor is there any artwork of it known to exist. Junichi Masuda and Ken Sugimori revealed in an interview with @Gamer magazine that there was a rejected Pokémon design based on the first cloned sheep, Dolly. They removed it after deeming it "too controversial" for Pokémon. Since Dolly was born almost eight months after the Japanese release of Pokémon Red and Green, it is likely that this Pokémon would have been intended for Generation II. Some fans believe that instead of being abandoned entirely, the rejected design was reworked into Mareep or Flaaffy.
Debut Game Freak interview

Altered Pokémon

Gengar & Nidorino
Gengar & Nidorino
Main article: Gengar (Pokémon)
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Main article: Nidorino (Pokémon)

An early version of Gengar and a creature with traits of Nidorino, Gyarados, and Feraligatr.

Debut Capsule Monsters
Kokana
Kokana
Main article: Weedle (Pokémon)
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An early version of Weedle. This was one of several Pokémon sprites shown on Game Freak's official Japanese website circa 1997.

Debut Pokémon Red and Green beta
Kasanagi
Kasanagi
The evolution of Kokana. This was one of several Pokémon sprites shown on Game Freak's official Japanese website circa 1997. It was replaced by Kakuna, although they share few similarities.
Debut Pokémon Red and Green beta
Kasanagi evolution
Kasanagi evolution
The evolution of Kasanagi. This was one of several Pokémon sprites shown on Game Freak's official Japanese website circa 1997, labelled "undecided". Like its pre-evolution, it was replaced by Beedrill, but it somewhat resembles Ledian and a cockroach.
Debut Pokémon Red and Green beta
Poliwag
Poliwag
Main article: Poliwag (Pokémon)
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An early version of Poliwag. This was one of several Pokémon sprites shown on Game Freak's official Japanese website circa 1997.

Debut Pokémon Red and Green Beta
Nyosuka
Nyosuka
Main article: Poliwhirl (Pokémon)
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Main article: Poliwrath (Pokémon)
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An early version of Poliwrath. This was one of several Pokémon sprites shown on Game Freak's official Japanese website circa 1997. Notably it is wearing a crown, similar to the King's Rock necessary to evolve Poliwhirl into Politoed.

Debut Pokémon Red and Green Beta
Rokku
Rokku
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Not much is known about this Pokémon, except that its name roughly means "rock." It was shown being released from a Monster Capsule. It seems to have features of a Rhydon, shrunken down to fit into the ball.
Debut Game Freak interview
Dragonair
Dragonair
Main article: Dragonair (Pokémon)
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An early version of Dragonair. This was one of several Pokémon sprites shown on Game Freak's official Japanese website circa 1997.

Debut Pokémon Red and Green Beta
Happa
Happa
Main article: Chikorita (Pokémon)
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Happa's name is "leaf" in Japanese. Happa is the early version of Chikorita. Happa resembles Chikorita without its body and legs. In the alpha, its Pokédex number was 152 and it knew the moves Leech Seed, Tackle, and an unknown move called "Serene".

Debut Pokémon Gold and Silver beta
Ledyba
Ledyba
Main article: Ledyba (Pokémon)
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An early version of Ledyba. Unlike the final design, its abdomen is black rather than cream-colored, it only has four limbs, and it appears to be headless, with its eyes and antennae attached to its body.

Debut Pokémon Gold and Silver beta
Marill
Marill
Main article: Marill (Pokémon)
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An early version of Marill. While they are recognizably similar, they are visually quite different. The pink/purple color is the main difference as well as the notably missing large ears. It also sports a thinner body, more resembling a rodent, but does not sport Marill's erratic tail pattern, though with this being a concept art, small details were most likely not a concern at the time.

Debut Pokémon Gold and Silver beta
Girafarig
Girafarig
Main article: Girafarig (Pokémon)
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This concept art of Girafarig shows the original design featured two full-sized giraffe heads. It is unknown why the design was changed, but overall it remains mostly similar outside of some coloring differences (though, because this is concept art, specific coloring details were most likely not considered at the time). This design might be a reference to Girafarig's name being a palindrome. It also bears a resemblance to a pushmi-pullyu.

Debut Pokémon Gold and Silver beta
Bukū
Bukū
Main article: Qwilfish (Pokémon)
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Bukū's name is derived from fugu, the Japanese word for blowfish. It is most likely an early version of Qwilfish. Notable differences between Qwilfish and this pre-release version are the colors, and shape of the tail. Notably, the shape of the tail does appear slightly similar to the length of the tail in Qwilfish's Generation II back sprite. However, this was just an error and no other generation shows Qwilfish's tail that short.

Debut Pokémon Gold and Silver beta
Torchic

Torchic
Torchic
Main article: Torchic (Pokémon)
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This early version of Torchic shows its lower body covered by an eggshell, with the fluff going all around its neck and wing-shaped ears. The other early design is nearly identical to the current Torchic, aside from the large floppy ears, and a flame-shaped marking on the back of its head, rather than the final design's flame-shaped feathers on top of its head.
Debut Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire beta
Blaziken / Latias
Blaziken / Latias
Main article: Blaziken (Pokémon)
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Main article: Latias (Pokémon)

Sometimes referred to as Latiaziken or Latiken by fans, this early image from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire depicts a creature with traits of both Latias and Blaziken. In appearance, it more closely resembles Blaziken, but some features are more similar to Latias, such as its size. Some features resemble neither Pokémon, such as the hands.

Debut Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire beta
Shellos & Gastrodon

Shellos & Gastrodon
Shellos & Gastrodon
Main article: Shellos (Pokémon)
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Main article: Gastrodon (Pokémon)

Prototype back sprites of Shellos and Gastrodon show another form for each. These forms are possibly leftovers from when Shellos and Gastrodon were planned to be in Generation III. Shellos's sprite is pink, like its West Sea variation, and seems to combine the western variation's head with the eastern variation's body. Gastrodon's sprite is brown and looks like its Western variation, but with more rock-like protrusions on its body.

Debut Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire beta
Deino, Zweilous, Hydreigon
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Hydreigon's evolutionary line was originally meant to be army/military-styled Dragon designs.

Ken Sugimori: "Deino, Zweilous, Hydreigon. At first, these incorporated an army tank motif, and the marks that look like a conveyor belt on the upper part of Zweilous's legs are the remnants of that. Initially, they didn't work as designs and were basically 'put to sleep', however, a three-stage powerful Dragon-type family was ordered and they were resurrected."

Debut Pokémon Black and White beta

Minor alterations

Blastoise and Staryu
Blastoise and Staryu
Main article: Blastoise (Pokémon)
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Main article: Staryu (Pokémon)

In this early depiction of a battle, Blastoise is shown without its signature water cannons. Originally, this picture was captioned "Karabajio VS. Mimii", which are not the names of any known Pokémon.

Debut Capsule Monsters
Lapras
Lapras
Main article: Lapras (Pokémon)
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This early version of Lapras is recognizably similar, but visually quite different. Lapras's curly ears are not present, and the underbelly coloration ends under the lower jaw instead of including it. There are also no visible appendages or tail, but that may be due to the water. However, it bears a striking resemblance to its Generation I back sprite. Also in the sketch is an early design of Red.

Debut Capsule Monsters
Ash's Kakuna

Ash's Kakuna
Kakuna
Main article: Kakuna (Pokémon)
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The "arms" on Kakuna seen in its Red and Blue sprite are commonly mistaken to be a sprite error, as they are rarely shown in any other media. They have, so far, only been shown on its Red and Blue sprite and one of the Pocket Monsters Carddass Trading Cards. In most depictions since, Kakuna's arms are always tucked up against its belly, apparently unable to move.
Debut Pocket Monsters Carddass Trading Cards
Bellossom
Bellossom
Main article: Bellossom (Pokémon)
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Both early artwork of Bellossom and its Gold and Silver artwork show that it was originally to be a similar color to its other evolutionary relatives. This might have been changed to avoid another racial controversy, as the original Bellossom design appears similar to traditional Polynesian dress.

Debut Pokémon Gold and Silver beta
Tyranitar
Tyranitar
Main article: Tyranitar (Pokémon)
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This early version of Tyranitar is nearly identical to the design seen in the finalized Gold and Silver versions. It was shown alongside two unnamed Pokémon (seen in the section above) on the cover of a Japanese gaming magazine, where it was the only early design to become a released Pokémon. It has very few differences compared to the final version. Of these differences, the early Tyranitar design is more heavy-set, has a tan, rather than indigo, belly, has arms more reminiscent of Nidoking, and dozens of short spikes upon its back rather than a few long ones. It seems peculiar that Tyranitar was nearly completed at the time, but the other two featured Pokémon were never seen in their original designs.

Debut Pokémon Gold and Silver beta
Treecko
Treecko
Main article: Treecko (Pokémon)
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Concept art of Treecko shows numerous designs for the creature before the final one was decided. Many of these early sketches more closely resemble real geckos than the final product, which would later gain a more elongated head shape and a rounder nose.

Debut Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire beta
Groudon
Groudon
Main article: Groudon (Pokémon)
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In its early design, its eyes were shaped differently, the positioning of the spikes on its body was slightly different, its overall shapes are much less sharp, its head details became much more elongated in the final version, and the weather trio's signature body patterns are not present.

Debut Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire beta
Excadrill
Excadrill
Main article: Excadrill (Pokémon)
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In Excadrill's first appearance in a promotional video, its body was violet and its markings were mirrored and a different shade of red. However, it was changed to its current appearance in the next video it appeared in.

Debut Pokémon Black and White beta
Throh and Sawk
Main article: Throh (Pokémon)
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Main article: Sawk (Pokémon)
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According to interviews with Ken Sugimori in Nintendo Dream, during development, Sawk and Throh both had horns to look more like oni. However, these were replaced with eyebrows so as not to clash with Tornadus and Thundurus, who were originally designed to be red and blue, like Throh and Sawk.

Debut Pokémon Black and White beta
Stunfisk
Main article: Stunfisk (Pokémon)
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Stunfisk was originally designed with an anglerfish in mind, but became more like a flounder. It was also a Water/Electric type, but was changed to Ground/Electric to balance out the type spread of Pokémon.

Debut Pokémon Black and White beta

Unreleased characters

Shopkeeper
Shopkeeper
Early Capsule Monsters artwork was shown in the book Satoshi Tajiri: A Man Who Created Pokémon, revealing an unnamed male character running a shop, or what would possibly become an early version of the Poké Mart. The character is almost bald, has long eyebrows and appears to be overweight. He is presented in a similar art style to the sumo enemies from Game Freak's debut title, Quinty (localized as Mendel Palace).
Debut Capsule Monsters
Female main character

Female main character
Female main character
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Main article: Leaf (game)

This art of a female character (with Squirtle) was featured on the cover artwork for the official strategy guide for Red and Green, as published by Shogakukan. A similar character appears several times in manga-styled instructions illustrated by Emiko Yoshino included in Pokémon papercraft sets (bottom). When Red and Green were later remade, players finally got the chance to use a female player character who was possibly based on this character.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, a similar artwork appeared at the end of Volume 3 (right). The design of the character Green seems to have drawn inspiration from this unknown female character. After the release of FireRed and LeafGreen, Green donned the same outfit as the female player character in the fifth chapter of the manga.

Debut Pokémon Red and Green beta
Female Trainer
Female Trainer
This unnamed female Trainer art was revealed in a magazine prior to Generation II but never officially released. It is unclear who this Trainer was supposed to represent, be it a main character, a supporting character, or just an NPC. Visually, she has similarities to multiple Trainer classes. Her age and appearance make her appear similar to a Beauty or Cool Trainer, but her outfit is similar to a Lass or Picnicker. There is an object on her shirt that looks like what could have been a Gym Badge. This Badge has a rain drop on it, meaning she could have been a Water-type Gym Leader.
Debut Pokémon Gold and Silver beta
Male Trainer
Male Trainer
Hiding in the background of the same magazine as the female Trainer above was a male Trainer that was never used. As with the female Trainer, it is unclear If he was designed as a main character, or supporting character, or was simply representing a Trainer class. He has hints of multiple classes, such as a Tamer, Psychic, Juggler, Burglar, PokéManiac, Gambler and a male Rocket Executive. There is an object on his bandanna that looks like what could have been a Gym Badge. This Badge has a red diamond on it.
Debut Pokémon Gold and Silver beta
Female Latiken Trainer
Female Latiken Trainer
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There is an unused Trainer seen riding Latiken in early concept art. It is difficult to tell whether she was intended to be a playable character, rival, or supporting character. This character has a strong resemblance to an unnamed character shown riding Latios in official artwork.
Debut Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire beta

Unknown cries

In Red and Blue

Within the coding of Pokémon Red and Blue, data exists for nine unused Pokémon cries. [1] The cries are defined accordingly to the Pokémon's index number. Whereas cry data for 30 Missingno. are left blank, resulting in voice 0 (Nidorino), pitch 0 and length 0 cries, there are a number of remaining cries which appear to have been defined intentionally. Cry #181 is notably similar to Crobat's cry in Gold and Silver.

Unknown Pokémon 67
Base 0, Pitch 128, Length 16.
Debut Pokémon Red and Green beta
Unknown Pokémon 69
Base 29, Pitch 244, Length 64.
Debut Pokémon Red and Green beta
Unknown Pokémon 79
Base 34, Pitch 255, Length 64.
Debut Pokémon Red and Green beta
Unknown Pokémon 81
Base 14, Pitch 224, Length 96.
Debut Pokémon Red and Green beta
Unknown Pokémon 94
Base 15, Pitch 64, Length 192.
Debut Pokémon Red and Green beta
Unknown Pokémon 95
Base 15, Pitch 32, Length 192.
Debut Pokémon Red and Green beta
Unknown Pokémon 127
Base 17, Pitch 32, Length 16.
Debut Pokémon Red and Green beta
Unknown Pokémon 137
Base 15, Pitch 64, Length 128.
Debut Pokémon Red and Green beta
Unknown Pokémon 181
Base 29, Pitch 0, Length 128.
Debut Pokémon Red and Green beta
By ChickasaurusGL
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In Ruby and Sapphire

In a leaked German version of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, labelled 'Debugging Version 0509A' the cries of Pokémon with index numbers 252-276 are playable in the 'Driver Test' menu. Although these Pokémon normally correspond with ?, they have the cries of existing Pokémon exclusively to the Driver Test, suggesting that they may have once been real Pokémon.

Unknown Pokémon 266
There is an unused Pokémon cry assigned to index number 266.
Debut Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire beta
Unknown Pokémon 269
There is an unused Pokémon cry assigned to index number 269.
Debut Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire beta
By ChickasaurusGL
Videos are currently unavailable on Bulbapedia; instead, you can watch the video on YouTube here.

See also

References

  1. Missing Number - IIMarckus