In the February issue of Nintendo Dream, the editors from the Japanese magazine got the chance to sit down with some of staff members from GAME FREAK to discuss about the inspirations and story behind some of the new Pokemon from Pokemon Black and White.
This interview also confirms that the fan-named “Musketeer Trio” were in fact inspired by The Three Musketeers.
■The Fighting Trio is based on The Three Musketeers
■Cobalion is based on Athos and is meant to have a thorny look
■Terrakion is based off of Porthos and has some angles reminiscent of a hatchet. It’s supposed to look like a formidable opponent who can stop a Pokemon in its tracks.
■Virizion is based on Aramis and was modeled to be nimble and have sharp angles
■Larvesta is partially based on Taiyou No Tou (specifically the red adornments jutting out of its head)
■Volcarona originally had only 4 wings and the black spots represent dark spots on the sun
■Cottonee and Whimsicott were based on sheep
■Petilil and Lilligant were actually slated to have another Pokemon in their evolutionary family, but that plan was scrapped. Lilligant is like a pretty daughter who’s always late.
■Haxorus was one of the first designs to be finished and they were fairly proud of it. It can attack simply by shaking its head.
■Darumaka and Darmanitan were inspired after the designer saw dharma dolls being burned at a festival. They kind of resembled a gorilla so that’s how the fire/monkey parts came into the Pokemon.
■Stunfisk was originally designed with an Angler Fish in mind, but obviously turned out a bit different. It was also a water/electric type but they ended up making it a ground/electric to balance out the type spread of Pokemon.
■Frillish and Jellicent had the ghost type added on at the end for the sake of adjusting what types Unova had which disappointed the designer.
■Sawsbuck was already an idea for a Pokemon before seasons had been added into the game
■Litwick, Lampent, and Chandelure were originally designed when they wanted an evolutionary line based on an open flame -> candle -> lanturn, but obviously it ended up out of order.
■Seismitoad was designed before Tympole and Palpitoad. The protrusions are one of this evolutionary line’s features
■Klink, Klang, Klinklang were sort of inspired by Dugtrio
■Dwebble and Krustle were sort of inspired by kiln-fired pottery
■Scraggy and Scrafty obviously owe their existence to the low and baggy jean trend and also are reminiscent of a snake with its shed skin
■Yamask and Cofagrigus were meant to look scary, but also have a certain charm
■Pawniard and Bisharp are urban Pokemon. Bisharp commands Pawniard who clings to its foes and cuts them with the blades on its stomach
Thanks to Shellspider for the info. I can’t remember who translated this. Please contact us if you did so we can properly credit you.