Beta sprites from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl recently surfaced online and included a design for an apparently scrapped Legendary Pokemon.
You can check out the whole range of sprites over at, or have a look at the ones posted below. I personally love the one of Monferno sitting down. He’s absolutely fed up of battling and is flat out refusing to evolve into Infernape.
Also, look how nuts Garchomp looks. I never really liked its design anyway, but at least what we got is significantly better than this.
Also, what on earth is Rotom supposed to be here? Listen, I know you probably didn’t expect to get a Pokemon 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 absolutely would have added this grumpy Venus flytrap to my team if he had a scribbly mouth like this.
Probopass’ moustache would put Nietzsche to shame.
Regigigas is absolutely wibbly-wobbly-wondered here.
Honestly, how can you look at this picture of Arceus and not think, “ah yes, that’s definitely the God Pokemon.”
Look at that commanding glare, attached to that sorry excuse for a body. Amazing.
Speaking of Arceus, a Legendary Pokemon, there appears to have been another Legendary lad 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 Growlithe with a Cthulhu beard. He’s got six legs and one wing. Or is it a tail? What are those coloured circles? Gems? Did nobody tell Game Freak that both red and pink clash with orange? Or do they still reckon clashin’ is the fashion?
Anyway, my bet is that this guy was some kind of Fire/Dragon hybrid, or something. It doesn’t look like a dragon, but neither did Dialga. Gen 4 was just “dragons who aren’t actually dragons but also they kind of are.”
You can check out a video of all the beta sprites, including Kimairan, below. Or you can read up on ourand hopefully catch yourself a few shiny dragons-but-not-dragons.