A Pokemon fan has created a stunning mecha version of Rayquaza, in an artwork that shows the now robotic legendary in all its glory.
A Pokemon fan has created an incredible mecha-style version of Rayquaza, whose name may be hard for some fans to pronounce. Hailing from the Hoenn region, Rayquaza is one of the region’s three super-ancient Pokémon, also known as the Weather Trio to fans.
Rayquaza played an important role in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, being the key to saving the planet from a meteorite fall in the episode Delta. This leads to the player encountering Deoxys, echoing the conflict between the two seen in the film. Destiny Deoxys. In-game lore even suggests that Rayquaza was the first Pokemon to reach Mega Evolution, though the same is said of a Lucario in Kalos. More recently, Rayquaza appeared in a Pokemon UNITE map, Theia Sky Ruins.
Now, Reddit user shunixe has put a new spin on the Legendary Legendary by reimagining it as a mecha. The viewer is greeted by an incredible high-tech machine that seems to be perfectly at home in a dramatic sci-fi movie like Pacific Rim. The entire artwork is packed with incredible detail, from segmented armor panels to a robotic equivalent of the muscles visible in the coils of the Rayquaza mecha. Instead of the normal Pokémon’s yellow eyes, this mecha’s equivalents are glowing blue, further adding to the robotic accents. The image is both incredibly distinct and instantly recognizable, proof that the mech is faithfully modeled after Rayquaza’s in-game appearance despite the obvious differences.
Rayquaza Reimagined by Reddit Artist Makes Dramatic Impact
This Rayquaza mech has clearly been a hit with fans, with the design quickly receiving over 12,000 upvotes on Reddit. Many comments even note a resemblance to the titular robotic animals of zooids, a Japanese mecha franchise. It’s also worth noting that this is just the latest entry in a series of mecha-style Pokemon artwork produced by shunixe, with previous works featuring Pokemon like the Legendary Beasts of Johto (Raikou, Entei and Suicune), as well as several of the fan-favorite Eeveelutions. The popularity of this artwork is comparable to other fan-made Pokémon redesigns inspired by Japanese media, such as how certain Pokémon were redesigned as kaiju; titanic monsters that walk in the footsteps of Godzilla.
This Rayquaza mech is quite unique, but at the same time not so unrecognizable. Instead, shunixe was able to portray Rayquaza in his signature mecha style without sacrificing any of the Legendary’s more familiar design elements, such as his green scales and serpentine body. As a result, Rayquaza hasn’t lost any of its majesty as a Legendary Pokemon in this new form, and its robotic redesign has arguably only heightened its appeal. After seeing how this mecha fan art presents a jaw-dropping vision of Rayquaza, many Pokemon fans will no doubt be eager to see what shunixe comes up with next.