I am about one-third of the way through Pokemon Shield. I already have my team hammered down! I absolutely love these six Pokemon. I refuse to switch any of them out (at least not at the moment). Honestly, this is the first time in a Pokemon game that I have had my final team fixed so early on. Usually it takes me until the fifth or sixth gym challenge. Instead, I believe I had this team ready as early as the third gym!
Because I love my Pokemon so much, I am very, very tempted to make custom dolls based on them! Over the next few days, I will probably be designing each of the dolls. Hell, I might even turn their creation into videos on YouTube. Who knows! It depends on if I have the time/drive. Unfortunately, my mental and physical illnesses/disabilities have been kicking my ass lately. It’s hard to get out of bed because I am either in so much pain that I can’t move, or my brain is telling me that I am a horrible person that deserves to die.
Anyway, let’s get that depressing thought out of this post. Instead, I want to focus on my team! I will introduce them below.
First up is the little darling that I picked to by my starter! I have fully evolved her into an Inteleon–and yes, I managed to snag a female Sobble in one go! Meet Lara!
Next up is my Meowstic, Esme. She is a wonderful Pokemon, and I have always like the female Meowstic’s design. Though she is a little grumpy when I make camp (she always seems to want to be speaking to me or playing with me), I do really love her.
Caw is my Corviknight. I honestly caught her as a Rookidee only because I wanted a flying type Pokemon on my early team, as most Pokemon games have bug-type infested areas at the start. Imagine my surprise when I realized that my Caw was a pretty awesome pick for a flying type. I stuck with her, and now she’s this gorgeous Corviknight!
One of my all time favorite Pokemon is Froslass. I love the stories of the Yuki-onna, which is what this female-only Pokemon is based off of. I was so happy to figure out a way to get one rather early on in Shield! Snorunts are found in the Wild Area, and if you go to the Digging Brothers over by the Daycare, you have the chance to receive a Dawn Stone to evolve your little lady Snorunt. I evolved my Neve (which is Italian for snow) at around level twenty-two after one of the brothers dug me up the needed item!
Next up is yet another female Pokemon (what can I say, I guess I’m a ladies’ man), my beloved and sassy Salazzle, Grelle! Yes, I named her after Grell(e) Sutcliff from Black Butler. Originally, I had named her Carmilla, but I thought Grelle suited her better considering her design. She might be one of my new favorites! I love how she looks and she is a pretty good Pokemon overall.
Last but certainly not least is the only male Pokemon on my team–which I promise was not on purpose, but it worked in my favor I suppose–is my lovely little rocker, Temm! Temm is a Low-Key form Toxtricity that I was gifted from an NPC in the game. I am actually really pleased with him, and he’s so cute! He’s my bassist, basically. I feel like he’s the kid brother to the others, and he has the room in the basement where he plays his music super loud. His sisters are all very proud of him, and they all support him going to school for his music!
Phew! That’s my team! I really love every single one of them. Making dolls of them is going to be crazy, but I really want to do it. Maybe take a month or so at a time to work on each one. At the end, I may make a doll of my trainer/me as well, who is the ‘dad’ in this story! In my mind, all of my Pokemon are his kids that he adopted. One big, happy family that all love and support each other through thick and thin.
Originally, I was going to make gijinka style designs for each of my Pokemon (meaning that they are humans who look like the Pokemon they are based off of), but I think I’m going to actually do a sort of anthro version of them. They will look both Pokemon and human. It adds a bit of character to their line, and it gives me an excuse to make cute monster people!
I have also been considering making this into a collaboration on Instagram. It would be with only a few other artists, though, as the time-line for making this many dolls would have to be between half of a year to a full year. Maybe I can talk my wife into doing it with me?
I will post the designs for my Pokemon family sometime in the coming days. It might take me some time, but I am very excited to do this!