Ah yes, Pokémon. That lovely, child-friendly franchise full of cutely drawn critters, bold, bright colours and characters that stay lovingly in the mind for years and years.
Well, forget all that, because super-talented artist David Szilagyi has taken some of Pokémon's best-known characters and transformed them into terrifying monsters. Of course, Pocket Monsters is literally the name of the game here, so perhaps this is how Gengar, Pikachu and friends would look if they were real? We've always secretly wanted to be Pokémon Trainers in real life, but not if it's like this.
Check out these cracking, but nightmare-inducing examples from Szilagyi below. If you like what you see, make sure to explore more over on Instagram.
You know, there's no shame in leaving the light on when you go to bed tonight after seeing all of these. We won't sleep for weeks now.
Do you like these designs? If you want more creepy Pokémon, check out this gallery of Pokémon skeletons, or if you need something a little lighter, we also have Pokémon reimagined as Animal Crossing characters. Yeah, that one sounds good right now.
Excellent artwork. Reminds me of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
I like them! We need more creepy stuff in Pokemon!
One horror themed Pokemon game please! 😀
I just realized....Sword/Shield didn't have a creepy spine-chilling moment at all. Why? The last main games had them...lol
Thanks, I didn't need sleep anyways
@Joeynator3000 the last thing ‘member was Spirittomb standing right behind when opening the menu in X or Y at a certain closet.
That Haunter, Cloyster and Pikachu are terrifying and the rest are disturbing, I love em’!!!
Super effective! Just pre-ordered Pokemon: Nightmare Black edition.
I mean, none of it was scary or chilling, but they do look cool and the art is top notch.
If From Soft were given the Pokemon licence...
Very cool although Pikachu is a bit much...
@BrintaPap Sun and Moon had the haunted grocery store where you battled the Mimikyu.
*Looks at Cloyster
"Yeah I know her"
Dark Souls cross-over.
@MotaroRIP that’s the first thing I though of when I saw them! LOL
Thanks a lot NintendoLife, I gave this a look before bed and now all I can see when I try remember her face is these horrible Pokemon! Outrageous!
Anybody else not getting the pictures to load?
Thats Lovecraftian. They should really make a horror spin-off with Missingno among them
Some of them are okay but makes them look like wood carvings but some are terrifying like that pikachu
Haunter is the best one.
Not enough teeth.
Nicely done, but not chilling
@Joeynator3000 This is the main negative point I have with SS
They do not have 1 creepy event ... except for that lame ghost girl.
I love them all! One theme deck with these versions, please!
Welp, I'm not sleeping tonight.
@Joeynator3000 I haven't played Sword and Shield or the 3DS ones. However, I have heard of a ghost girl. Is she missing in Sword and Shield?
I think they’re good but the Pikachu looks like a reach. I dunno. Some pokemon lend themselves to scary interpretations... I think a feral-looking Pikachu would be more in-line with the transformations some of these little guys have taken. I dunno.
These look like they would be good for a metal album cover
@MotaroRIP First thing I thought too was Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Those drawings were way scarier than the stories!
Very good artwork. Love it. Ha.
Those are awesome! Great artwork but I now want a Pokemon game with THOSE pokemon!
This is NOT scary... Creepy and cool but not scary...
@Joeynator3000 Missing things in sword and shield? Thats crazy.
The Pikachu-one is especially terrifying. Amazing stuff.
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