(Credit to Amanda Kadatz for her mega sick interpretation of Oxhaust via commission, which I’ve partially incorporated in revision of an earlier design.)
Gaiien’s fire-type starter has surprised many a young trainer with its transformation upon evolving. It has a ferocious appearance but it is gentle with its trainer. In the past, steel-type pokemon were rarer and had less steel content, but the advent of modern industry has made them more common. Old woodcuts suggest that Oxhaust had a different appearance prior to the industrial age.
Volcalf –> (lv. 20) Burnox –> (lv. 36) Oxhaust
Fire Calf Pokemon
A kind pokemon with a friendly demeanor, the new calves are often seen prancing and using their new fire attacks.
Learnset: Tackle, Ember, Smokescreen, Horn Attack, Smog
Fire Ox Pokemon
A bulky pokemon with a lot of power, it doesn’t always know its own strength. Its horns can punch through tough steel.
Learnset: Flame Charge, Flame Wheel, Double Kick, Revenge, Flamethrower, Firefield
When it gets fired up, its body gives off thick smoke. It uses its heavy armor to withstand attacks up close.
Base Stats: (90/105/120/75/75/65) 530
Ability: Blaze / Hidden: Flash Fire
Learnset: Flare Blitz, Meteor Mash, Iron Head, Hammer Arm, Haze, Megahorn, Bullet Punch, Heavy Slam, Pyrocumulus
Moriko's starter, Rufus, was a Volcalf in my fanfic Gods and Demons.
Gaiien Region: Fire Starter
@StellarWind Elsydeon Oh man, I was screaming when I saw Weremagnus' redesign. Best best best. The pipes are no joke though, I had to partially model them in CAD software to figure out how to draw them lol. Oxhaust is DEFinitely Immortan Joe's pokeyman of choice.
I like the idea of pokemon changing form in reaction to human artifacts and the availability of various elements in the environment, such that steel-types used to be rare like dragons and their associated type-specialist clans were more like cults... Old-timey Oxhaust could go in a number of directions, maybe a less dignified mud furnace that they used to use to make iron (xD) or drop the /steel from the whole line for /fighting (heh).
The funny part is that Oxhaust was the one I drew first in Paint Tool Sai, but I switched to Clip Studio Paint, a similar program for the rest of them-- and I can't figure out how I friggin painted that fire. Probably a softer brush on lower opacity, but looool at the later-drawn flames not looking as good.May 24, 2016
BATTLE CATTLE DEPLOYED.
I find it interesting how the fire cow develops medieval looking armor which suddenly shifts into exhaust pipes - I'd love to see your take on the 'older style' Oxhaust hinted in this flavor text - and after seeing multiple revisions of the thing, it's really nice to see you settled on a design that is Actually Really Nifty in a Garrosh Hellscream/Mega Level Digimon/Mad Max (WITNESS MOOOOOOOOO!) hybrid nightmare sort of way - and the fact it vrooms up smoke certainly helps.
Incidentally I love the way the fire on its tail looks like.May 24, 2016