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Dragon-Electric: Raijin Dragon by ixfalia Dragon-Electric: Raijin Dragon by ixfalia
My submission for the smogon.com Create-A-Pokemon 8, this time the concept was an electric dragon type, with an underused ability.

Backstory

Though a ground faring dragon, this Pokémon is commonly associated with the weather. It is able to predict a storm before the clouds even form, and follows the paths of developing storms, sounding its drums. It's drums beat to give others warning to the impending danger of a fierce storm, the drums themselves resounding with as much power as real thunder.

It emits an Electro-Magnetic Repulsion (Shield Dust) field generated from the electricity that can form in its drums, this field can sometimes be strong enough to repel water droplets in the rain. This field can also be focused to allow the Pokémon to levitate for a brief time.

Despite it's fierce looking nature, if it finds lost Pokémon in a storm, it will use it's hood as shelter for them, bearing the elements to keep them safe.

A quirky fact about this Pokémon is that it slithers vertically going up and down as opposed to horizontal side-winding.

Inspiration

I wanted to do something a bit more epic this time, and some of the most epic of mythology center around Thunder and Lightning. Dragons have a fantasy quality associated with them in Pokémon, much more so than the other types, and as such they tend to lean a bit more towards "mythology" than the others. But looking to myths for inspiration I found that many representations of electrical phenomena in mythology had "weapons" (Zeus, Odin, Chaac and the like). So I opted for something that was more of a prop, and went for Raijin (with a little bit of Chaac thrown in).

Raijin is the Japanese god of thunder, he characterized by being a demon with a circle of drums that created thunder (Chaac is a reptilian/snakelike thunder/rain god of the Mayans). In doing so I chose a more snakelike body as opposed to the quadrupedal one I had before. The cobra hood made it distinct and is supposed to give a nod to the Naga king that used his hood to shelter Buddha from the rain and elements (Mucalinda).

I have always liked Dragonair, and I mean no offense when I say that I was disappointed when it turned into a pudgy Dragonite, the serpentine body was very cool to me, I wanted a cool serpentine dragon because currently there are none outside of Rayquaza.

*EDIT* Everytime I look at my poor Raijin Dragon the laziness involved with my making the Mitsu Tomoe bothers me a lot. I finally sat down and took the time to make Tomoe that look right and gave this guy a small touch up too! To those who preferred the old one, sorry! But as consolation here's a tidbit of knowledge that may make it into another piece of work with this guy: the marking on Raijin Dragon's hood (like a cobra hood has a marking) is a yellow mitsu tomoe that gives rise to the three wings.
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AnimeDrawerY Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017
Enel (Enuru) called he wants his drums back. 
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Drago-Marionri Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student General Artist
It's a pokemon ? '-'
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ixfalia Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
See while I did make it as a part of a 'make your own Pokemon' competition. I always found that this one was a little too out of style for pokemon. But there are things that I still feel are very 'pokemon' about it! I thought that the zigzag body was a very pokemon-esque concept that I'm still happy with despite everything. 
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Drago-Marionri Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student General Artist
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah !! Congratulation ! It's beautiful ! ^^
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Spazzan Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh !!! a part of Ener *_* !!!
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RedEyesOfRa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
if that was in a game i would do everything to get one O3O
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555riolu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have for it, it's not great but here: Drobrctric.
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supernanny191 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
YAHAHAHA, awesome
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felixneko7 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
nicely done and you can tell where it originates from^^
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3MandT Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
very good :clap:
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agentbeast Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
THis is sooo amazingly awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D
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