The beta sprites for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl recently appeared online and included a design for a seemingly scrapped Legendary Pokémon.
You can check out the full range of sprites on ResetEra, or take a look at the ones posted below. I personally love the one with Monferno sitting down. He is absolutely fed up with fighting and steadfastly refuses to evolve into Infernape.
Also, look how crazy Garchomp looks. Anyway, I never really liked its design, but at least what we got is significantly better than this.
Also, what the hell is Rotom supposed to be here? Listen, I know you probably weren’t expecting to get a Pokémon that can be a microwave, a lawnmower, and a washing machine depending on what you give it to hold, but it’s a lot more interesting than a blue comic book explosion with wobbly little arms.
I hate carnivine, it can open its mouth 180 degrees wide! – but I would absolutely have added this grumpy Venus flytrap to my team if it had a scribbled mouth like this.
The Probopass mustache would put Nietzsche to shame.
Regigigas is absolutely in awe here.
Honestly, how can you look at this image of Arceus and not think, “oh yeah, that’s definitely the Pokémon God.”
Look at that authoritative look, coupled with that sorry excuse of the body. Amazing.
Speaking of Arceus, a Legendary Pokémon, it seems like there was another Legendary guy for Diamond and Pearl that didn’t make the cut. His name is Kimairan and he looks absolutely ridiculous.
What is this? It looks like Cthulhu bearded Growlithe. It has six legs and a wing. Or is it a tail? What are those colored circles? Gems? Didn’t anyone tell Game Freak that both red and pink collide with orange? Or do you still believe that crashing is the fashion?
Anyway, my bet is that this guy was some kind of Fire / Dragon hybrid, or something like that. It doesn’t look like a dragon, but neither does Dialga. Gen 4 was just “dragons that aren’t really dragons, but they are too.”
You can check out a video of all the beta sprites, including Kimairan, below. Or you can read our coverage of Pokémon Go Fest 2020 and hopefully see some shiny dragons, but not dragons.