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Pikachu was originally supposed to have a third evolution
« on: May 05, 2018, 10:22:57 pm »
Linky dinky.

TL;DR: Raichu was supposed to evolve into a Pokemon called Gorochu but it was dropped due to balance issues and the line was cucked forever when Pichu and Alololololololololan Raichu were introduced.

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I’ve been reading a lot of headlines recently about an interview with Atsuko Nishida, a graphic artist who helped design many of the original Pokémon, including series icon Pikachu. The main takeaway is that Pikachu, the famed electric mouse, was not supposed to be based on a mouse at all, but rather a squirrel that Nishida wanted to keep as a pet. I suppose in hindsight the large tail should have made that rather obvious, but I’ve accepted the mouse myth my entire life.

What I didn’t realize about this interview until today was that it was also revealed that Pikachu was supposed to actually be a three-stage evolution Pokémon. In the game, Pikachu evolves into Raichu with a Thunder Stone, which was a subject of much contention in the animated series, as Ash’s Pikachu never wanted to evolve, but there was actually supposed to be one more evolution passed Raichu as well.

Gorochu.

The final evolution of Pikachu, Gorochu, actually had “fangs and horns” according to Nishida, but was eventually cut from the game because of “balance,” which seems like an odd thought considering that Raichu is usually not thought of as a powerhouse in the game, and it should be easy enough to adjust values to “nerf” any Pokémon and make them less powerful. There are no third stage electric types in Gen 1, so it seems like Gorochu could have easily fit in there, and other iconic Pokémon from Gen 1, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charmander, all had a third and final evolution stage.

I’m trying to picture an evolved Raichu with fangs and horns, which is kind of amazing, and at least one artist has made an attempt to draft what Gorochu could have looked like. Fangs and horns are present, but it’s still rather cute.

But Raichu has never evolved, not in seven generations when many other Pokémon that originally did not have further evolutions have gotten them. The only addition to the Pikachu family has been earlier evolutions like the baby Pichu, or the Alolan version of Raichu, which is not the same thing.

Will Gorochu ever make its way into a game? It seems unlikely now, given that we’ve gone seven generations without a true Raichu evolution. We should see a new Pokémon game announced this year (for the Switch!), but I would not expect Gorochu to make an appearance after more than 20 years.

Still, it’s a neat bit of Pokémon history, and it’s amazing to still learn new things about the series all this time later. Pikachu is a squirrel and could have had a powerful evolution with horns and fangs. This is like when I learned the original draft of Sonic the Hedgehog had him have a guitar, motorcycle and busty girlfriend (seriously, look it up).


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Re: Pikachu was originally supposed to have a third evolution
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2018, 04:26:25 am »
Awesome!

Would have loved to see Game Freak release Gorochu :(

Thinking about it, remember カビチュウ (Kabichuu) the Japanese name for Teru-Sama which is a combination of Snorlax (Kabigon) and Pikachu? I wonder if that's some kind of in-joke regarding Kōji Nishino (the "model for Snorlax") and him liking cute things?
« Last Edit: May 06, 2018, 04:27:51 am by Torchickens »
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Re: Pikachu was originally supposed to have a third evolution
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2018, 04:59:36 am »
It'd be a fun coincidence, regarding the [ûrl=https://glitchcity.info/wiki/Evolving_Raichu]Evolving Raichu[/url] glitch. I don't believe these to be correlated at all, though -- it's just a translation fucky wucky >w<
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Re: Pikachu was originally supposed to have a third evolution
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2018, 07:01:44 pm »
I always said that Pikachu would've made more sense as a squirrel, and I probably would've liked Gorochu if it was real (I have drawn Raichu evolutions for all the diffirent types by myself years ago, gotta finish them, as I only ever posted 9 so I won't mind a canon one).
The "horns and fangs" bit is real cool.

I have an art-block-fighting project where I mangle gen2 sprites, and my version of chu line has those

Sorry if I sound self-centered ><
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Re: Pikachu was originally supposed to have a third evolution
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2018, 10:22:35 am »
Nice artwork! :)

Sorry if I sound self-centered ><

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Re: Pikachu was originally supposed to have a third evolution
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2018, 04:50:40 pm »
Thank you ^w^ Two of my friends said that Raichu-thing here looks like a dominatrix, and I am still laughing about that.And this is not the only Raichu-based thing in that project, btw.

Also, I think the "balance" bit in the article may refer to the fact that MAYBE, Gorochu was planned as a part-Dark (horns and fangs and that name), but they decided that making one more line-exclusive type, like Dragon, isn't a good idea.
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Re: Pikachu was originally supposed to have a third evolution
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2018, 04:52:41 pm »
Original interview itself, which offers some nice insight into the creative process (and says what "goro" in Gorochu stands for).