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-Slow Evo- Kabutops by The-Rebexorcist -Slow Evo- Kabutops by The-Rebexorcist
For ~Esepibe's contest. I wanted to choose an awesome Pokémon with a big change in it's evolutionary stages. Dragonair and Spinarak were considered, but I just had to go with the wickedness that is Kabutops. I also decided to start from the egg, just for the lolz.

1- A Kabuto egg, like the eggs of many Pokémon, can be identified by markings similar to those found on the Pokémon it will hatch into. Newborn Kabutos have thin, semi-transparent shells, through which we can see the bits of flesh which hold the shell in place; six along its back, and one on its head.

2- A fully-formed Kabuto walks along the ocean floor on four sturdy claws. The dots atop its shell are used to scare predators, and its hard shell provides excellent protection. Because of the efficiency of this form, the need to evolve is not as nessecary as it is for many Bug-Types, for example, which evolve at levels much lower than these Shellfish Pokémon did before they went extinct.

3- Long after its birth, a Kabuto will begin to outgrow its shell. Six sharp spines grow out of the flesh that once held the shell in place. The position of Kabuto's head will shift, to accomodate it's new posture. The black bits of the shell break off, and the Kabuto's delicate eyes can now see through the holes they leave behind.

4- The Kabuto is now growing at a fast rate. It's black skin begins to weaken and shed, making room for the new layer of shell to come through. It's spines and tail continue to grow, and its dome-like head sheds often as it grows into a more hydrodynamic shape, slowly changing colour. Inside the yellow claws, fully-formed limbs quickly develop.

5- Kabuto continues to grow in size, and soon the yellow shell drops of the the fast growing back legs. It is important that these legs grow quickly, so the soon-to-be-Kabutops can walk on land. Later, the shells will drop off of the front limbs, revealing thick claws on short limbs. The spines continue to grow as its old skin sheds, and the shape of the head quickly becomes more defined.

6- This now-Kabutops is nearly fully-grown. The outer shell is almost finished growing, and the head's new shape allows it to swim quickly through the water. Young Kabutops must often rub their claws against rocks to attain the razor-sharp sickles that they need to hunt and fight.

7- A fully-grown Kabutops is the perfect predator. Quick on land and in the water, it was built not only to kill it prey, but also had a hard exoskeleton protecting its soft flesh from those who would try to make a meal out of the Shellfish Pokémon.

"Pokémon" © Gamefreak
Images and designs © Becca D. M.

EDIT - 7:28, Oct 3, 09 - 1k views!
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Quyxz Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Great design! I also like the story behind it, you thought of. You should have won that contest! (Did you?)
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The-Rebexorcist Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
I didn't =p Thank you though!
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Quyxz Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Do you know who won that contest? I can't really find it and I'm curious for an even better 'slow evo!'
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Quyxz Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Thanks! I don't really agree with all decisions made over there. In my opinion you should have been at least between the runner-ups.
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The-Rebexorcist Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Aw, thank you =p
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Panlong-Dragon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty Bawss :D
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The-Rebexorcist Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Thanks! :iconimhappyplz:
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Panlong-Dragon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yw and Np :D
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Kirel-Kemmetmau Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like the life history description.
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