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#384 - Rayquaza by catandcrown #384 - Rayquaza by catandcrown
Rayquaza– The Sky High Pokémon.
Pokedex Number – 384
Type – Dragon/Flying


In Hoennian lore, there are few Pokémon as revered as Rayquaza. A colossal serpent Pokémon, Rayquaza’s status as a legendary Pokémon stems from the belief that should Groudon and Kyogre awaken, it and it alone is the only creature able to calm them successfully and thus averting the Armageddon to follow their battle. Yet despite its notoriety and almost saint-like mythological status, it is by far the most elusive of the three. With only one being believed to be still alive, the entry that follows contains speculative data, along with brief glimpses and information gathered from mythology.

Physiology – Like both its counterparts, Rayquaza is an ancient Pokémon, either believed to have been alive since the creation or evolution of the world, or dating several millions of years back at the very least. Whether or not you follow religious doctrine or scientific theory, it remains obvious that no other Pokémon bear a similar resemblance to Rayquaza in appearance, makeup or power, even in the already powerful Dragon-type species. It is not known how or what came before Pokémon such as these, but the answers must have surely been a spectacle.

In first description, Rayquaza resembles a great snake, of several dozen meters in length. Its sheer length and size allow it to coil, spring and lurch in the same manner as other serpentine Pokémon such as Dragonair and Arbok. However, Rayquaza has several features that date it back several million years. Along with smaller arms, with vicious hooking talons, Rayquaza has sections of its coiling boy that are covered in a thick, but supple armour. These sections are unique in that they not only protect the animal in various sections, but allow the ‘plates’ that line its body firm and in place, thickening the skin around where they join its body.

The plates, which are mainly a mottled green until reaching a savage red at the edges, are known to be used for several purposes, including superheating, super cooling and supercharging the atmosphere around it. This not only allows it to use various elemental attacks, such as electricity, ice and even fire, but represent its most powerful ability known as ‘Air Lock’. This ability, unique in the Pokémon world, allows Rayquaza to effectively manage the weather around it as it sees fit, creating storm systems, cloud cover or dissipating them as it wishes. It is for this reason that Rayquaza is believed to be able to stop a warring Kyogre and Groudon and whilst other Pokémon exhibit similar abilities to dissipate small weather based effects, none can conjure it on as large a scale as Rayquaza.

Physically, Rayquaza’s head is quite large compared to its body, like many serpentine Pokémon, coupled with its massive length. Its max, which is filled with large teeth, holds interesting properties. On a brief glimpse, Rayquaza, whilst feeding, is believed to have either reddish teeth (excluding the top canine fangs) or to have its gum line growing up and over many of its teeth. What purpose this serves is unknown, but it could simply be a case that in modern times, when its prey are far smaller, the Pokémon only makes use of its upper fangs, if not swallowing its prey whole and not needing them at all. It is also not known whether Rayquaza makes use of venom or poison in its attacking style, but given that poison isn’t incorporated into either of its official typing, it’s considered unlikely.

Rayquaza is made up of a vibrant green colour for the majority of its body. As mentioned above, the tips of its bodily plates are a strong red colour, which allow the flow of blood to be flushed into them on the Pokémon’s whim. To carry on, Rayquaza’s skin is smothered with thick scales, heavier ones crowning around the armoured sections as mentioned, bonding with larger, overlapping sections that cover its underbelly, which is considerably long, as expected from a serpent. These heavier scales are of the same colour as the rest of its body, and merely add more protection from below.

Like other ancient Pokémon, it is believed that when perhaps Rayquaza were more plentiful, it used its abilities as aggressive displays, or perhaps mating rituals.

Along with this, the Pokémon has been shown using similar displays of bioluminescent scales and skin, which are also traits viewed in its ancient counterparts. When agitated, Rayquaza is able to flare itself with an impressive, golden light display that illuminates. As with Kyogre and Groudon, these could be used for a number of reasons, perhaps to confuse prey whilst in mid-air or during aerial combat. Indeed, they could also be used for territorial displays, as is the case with many ancient Pokémon, or, like its body plates, to attract a mate. In either case, symbols connected to Rayquaza, Groudon and Kyogre are found all across the Hoenn region, further pushing the idea these markings are leaning more towards an ancient relationship than mere evolutionary coincidence.

Behaviour – Rayquaza has rarely been viewed in public, a handful of witness counts and even fewer documented or official ones mean we can only scrape together what we know and class it as speculation. However, in the few times it has been viewed, it has always been seen flying during night-time, and elegantly so. Rayquaza’s body shape as a serpentine beast means that it could easily travel over land and even through water if it so wished, but its capacity for flight is truly remarkable.

It is believed that Rayquaza’s bone structure is phenomenally light for a creature its size, boasting incredibly durability and strength despite being hollow. This makeup, along with its natural ability to control aspects of the weather are believed to be the keys for the beasts ability to fly. Indeed, manipulating hot and cool air currents, it is able to lift itself off the floor and even lower the density of the air around it, pushing mere levitation to a graceful dance over the night sky. Whilst in motion, Rayquaza has been viewed twisting, lurching and steering using its unique plates, which act as a series of rudders, allowing for remarkable manoeuvrability in mid-air.

In fact, it has been documented that whilst in combat, Rayquaza is able to use Extremespeed, a Pokémon attack class that allows said Pokémon to move at cutting speeds. Whether for attack or for escape, the fact that a Pokémon without wings can perform such devastating speeds whilst in flight is truly a remarkable feat.

Whilst in open flight, Rayquaza is primarily seen hunting, as it is believed that it rarely ventures down from the upper atmosphere to do anything else. Whilst anything that comes across its path is considered fair game, its principal food source is believed to be Altaria, other avian dragon types that dwell close to what is believed to be the location of the Sky Pillar construct, somewhere in the mid Hoennian Sea. As Altaria are one of the few animals able to live and thrive in such high altitudes with little rest, it would make logical sense that Rayquaza would tap them as its main source of food. Along with this, its unique ability to shut down any weather based effects in its local vicinity means that Rayquaza can negate Altairia’s natural ability to produce a cloud like material for stealth, making them far easier to hunt.

Judging from tis size and the general size of its prey, it would seem logical that Rayquaza would need to eat large amounts of food before returning to the upper atmosphere, or wherever it sees fit to land, if it does at all.

Whilst hunting, Rayquaza is seen to be a powerful and aggressive hunter, with no real attitude that suggests more than an average intelligence. Unlike Kyogre, who has actually been viewed almost playing with humans without harming them, Rayquaza has never taken direct interest in a human, nor its Pokémon. Aside from this, unlike Kyogre, Rayquaza is more akin to Groudon in its activity with other Pokémon. Being that the higher skies are not teeming with life as the ocean is, Rayquaza would not receive the open and constant challenges as the sea beast would, nor does it have the raw heat power that drives humans and Pokémon away, like Groudon.

Many scientists wonder if it could actually survive effectively in lower atmospheres, with the difference in temperature, air quality and lack of pressure might aid in its survival. As a naturally quite old creature, it would be an unfair statement to suggest that outside its natural habitat, it may not thrive as it would normally.

Returning to humans, more will be discussed in Hoenn lore and legends. In actual meetings with the beast, there have only been a few sightings, and even fewer up close. It has, however, been observed that Rayquaza is a cunning hunter, even if it does not exhibit anything other than animal intellect. Seeing as Aurora borealis are commonplace out on the Hoennian Sea, People flock to them to witness the beauty that the sky offers. In 1947, a rare Rayquaza sighting was almost ignored until many others came forth with their own version of events. They all stated that it looked as though one particular ray of the beautiful light display was acting on its own free will, slightly differently to the others in the mixture of colours. However, when it was seen snatching Pokémon from the sky, the residents realised that something may have been amiss.

Upon closer inspection, it was noted that the great dragon has been gliding through the skies, utilizing its fantastical green colour scheme to camouflage itself against the skyline as a hunting mechanism. This shows natural predatory skills, but it took it one step further, using its iridescent scales to blend into other light sources before shining its own. Using its bioluminescent cells located in a snake-like pattern up the side of its body, Rayquaza was shown blinding potential prey before snatching them out of the sky. If we are to consider legendary behaviour however, we must look into the mythology behind Rayquaza and its part in the overarching religion of Hoenn. Given its role as peacekeeper between the three, one can only imagine what primordial times must have been like.

As we simply cannot pluck an example out of the air concerning the beast’s old world, we can only speculate that it was always around these warring Pokémon in its youth. Indeed, there are debates as to the numbers of Rayquaza in the past, if this is the only one to have ever existed, or if it was once a part of a thriving populace. In that regard, we cannot truly guess as to how it would have acted amongst other members of its species, let alone Groudon or Kyogre, only that, in Hoennian Lore, it serves as the Trio Master, keeping them at bay and silencing their awesome powers.

Thankfully for us, its interest in humans is believed to be minimal. But there are a lot of places for a creature such as this to hide in the sky, especially when wandering alone.

Habitat – In origin, we simply cannot say what the world was like back when this particular Rayquaza, like its counterparts, was born. We cannot say whether it has existed for as long as it has in the same form it or what the primordial world had to offer it. Its current habitat is believed to be the upper atmosphere, as no official landing sites have ever been recorded. A few fragments of bones and sections of a skull have been documented in more recent history, but they elude nothing to where the creature nests, or if it even needs to do so.

Give its awesome power; it could quite easily use the lesser gravity of earth’s upper atmosphere to merely float with the earth as we hurtle through space. Indeed, as speculated above, given that most of these titans are believed to be sleeping for the majority of their life given their ancient nature, one has to wonder how well Rayquaza would survive in our lower atmosphere. What is interesting to note however is that, given its typing class of both flying and dragon, Rayquaza’s dislike of colder temperatures seems to contrast with its upper atmospheric habitat. Indeed, Dragons are known for their dislike of the cold and extreme aversion to colder climates, leading scientists to a number of conclusions.

The first being that Rayquaza’s original habitat was destroyed over the years through the constant quarrelling of its counterparts. It is indeed possible that like modern day Arboreal snake Pokémon such as Servine and Serperior, that Rayquaza travelled across lush tree canopies in much warmer climates, even tropical ones. Its ability to glide over the air currents would mean that its smaller limbs would have been used to scale larger trees, or even pull itself across the tops of them, plucking of other Pokémon as it skimmed the canopy. This is further credited by the mottled effect sometimes glimpsed on Rayquaza’s skin when its scale-rings are not illuminated. Such camouflage would help very much in its original forest habitat, if that is to be believed.

Others believe that it preferred basking at the tops of high mountains or cliffs, where it could absorb as much sunlight as it could, like many dragon and lizard Pokémon enjoy doing. This however, would not work as well in delivering a solid theory.

The third idea is a combination of several beliefs. Whether or not it began in the sky, it is not thought that Rayquaza intended to stay there, or at least, called it home. Indeed, the general mixture of mythology and deduction leads experts to say that after calming the previous (theoretical of course) battle between Kyogre and Groudon, whether as a whole species or merely between individuals, it either needed to remove itself to the upper atmosphere to exact its powers on a much larger scale, or simply retreated there. Whilst there, its body was afflicted by the cool temperature and it became sluggish and entered hibernation to deal with the sudden drop in temperature, exhausted after calming these two titans.

This would lend credit to the idea that these beasts all took to sleeping after this final confrontation and have only been awake for a few hundred years, slowly regaining their strength. There are myths however, surrounding Mirage Island, also located out to the Mid Hoennian Sea, which can only be viewed on certain days and under certain weather conditions, that suggest at the top of Sky Pillar (sometimes believed to be a temple dedicated to Rayquaza) is where this lone beast takes it rest, still needing to sleep for weeks, if not months at a time before feeding again. This will be further explored in the following mythology section.


Myths/Legends – Hoennian religion focuses on a strong triangle of Pokémon. Kyogre, Groudon and Rayquaza are all legendary in their own right, but each performs a specific function. Groudon, a master of land and fire, created the landmasses, attempting to expand its territories and those of its kin. Kyogre used its mastery of water and the storms to drench the lands in an attempt to drown the new landmass. Legend states that these creatures duelled almost to the death before Rayquaza, the great dragon god, descended from on high to stop the fighting. Using its mystical power to stop both of their powers, made the Pokémon calm, and sent them to slumber for what could have been millennia.

Legend also states that one of the many artefacts of mount pyre, namely the blue or red orb respectively, can be used to awake these creatures, even control them. Whilst this myth does hold in terms of written evidence, there is no proof that these items hold any other link to the beasts other than in folklore. The elders of the Mt Pyre sanctum hold true to these legends, as it forms the basis of their small, cultural religion. However, what is interesting to note is that no real evidence has ever linked credit to a Green orb of any sort, a theoretical item from mythology that supposedly could control Rayquaza. The Elders of Mt. Pyre, experts in the Hoenn religion have always maintained the belief that this is no mere coincidence, suggesting that the reason one is not mentioned in history is because one does not exist and that these orbs were possibly created BY Rayquaza, in case it could never bring the beasts to calm. Others speculate that such an orb exists, but has been lost for so many years that finding it would be impossible.

These legends are always under speculation. For one, there is debate whether Rayquaza was the ONLY member of its species, being created at the dawn of time with its counterparts by Arceus, or was a natural breed and a thriving populace of the primordial world. Some believe that in the days past, when these species thrived, it was on a far larger scale.

A large population of Kyogre could theoretically have created a water source large enough to cause mass flooding on a global scale, along with its foe, Groudon doing the opposite with its magmatic powers spewing landmasses into the ocean. In either case, rather than just these two Pokémon engaged in a cataclysmic battle, it could be said that an all-out war between these species formed the landmasses we see today, as no other Pokémon can boast such powers on a scale these two create.

Along with this, It would lead others to assume that Rayquaza could have been a larger species too, with a large number of them being present as the point at which the world was formed. If legends are to believed however, it would seem strange that such a large populace would dwindle if they had the power to calm these titanic powers, leading experts to focus onto a glaring point.

Given that there is undeniable evidence of a global Ice age on our planet many millions of years ago, it would not be a ridiculous theory, nor an improbable one to assume that this global weather pattern was set in motion by the final ‘ clash’ of the two species. The fallout of such volatile magmatic and ocean based weather patterns could have initiated a gargantuan cooling trend that could have killed off many of the three species, along with vast amount of primordial Pokémon. But it is then thought that once Rayquaza and its kind’s abilities were used to stem this horrible confrontation as the species began to whittle away, the aftermath was what killed of the remainder of the Rayquaza species, namely an ice age. As dragons and flying types do not survive well in any kind of cold climates, a massive temperature drop of that scale could easily wipe out an entire species such as Rayquaza. Scientists therefore believe that, as mentioned above, it is possible that some, if only one Rayquaza tried to hibernate closer to the Sun, only to find itself drifting closer to the edge of space before truly losing itself to slumber.

These legends are only in theory, but they hold weight in the argument that these three creatures almost drove themselves to extinction with the formation of the world, stopping only when Rayquaza appeared or intervened. Regardless of this, true believers of these legends stay firm to the belief that Kyogre, Groudon and Rayquaza are in fact one of a kind Pokémon, being the only ones to have ever existed and being somewhat immortal.

Along with this, they also believe that their Behemoth-like gods are either sleeping or have been asleep for hundreds of thousands of years. Whether this is true or not remains to be answered, as the sightings of the creature recently has led to serious debate amongst the Hoennian religious factions concerning the possibility that a similar conflict of legend is soon to begin.

Trainer Policy – Rayquaza is protected by Hoennian capture law, forbidding trainers to capture it. It has always been revered by various tribes and religious factors since the founding of the nation, and, along with its almost god-like status, it is considered federal offence to go on the hunt for it, unless specifically stated by the Pokémon league.

Along with this, it is considered far too powerful for capture, with the exception of the patented Silph Co. Masterball, which is distributed to league champions and officials only. Despite this, Trainers have been seeking the creature for any, many years and will naturally continue to do so, despite the high risk of its prize.

Unlike its counterparts, which are rooted in the confines of the earth, despite how big a territory they command, Rayquaza is out of reach by even the greatest of standards. Indeed, to even glimpse it borders on the impossible, let alone challenge it in the wild. It is for this reason that capture laws are shaky at best. Whilst Groudon and Kyogre can be effectively approached, Rayquaza is something of an anomaly in that it dwells supposedly at the edge of space, where no trainer, no matter how strong willed, can reach.

There are, however, restrictions applied to the Hoennian location of Mirage Island and Sky Pillar, both of which are considered holy by the elders of Mt Pyre. Along with the fact that the building has long fallen into disrepair and is therefore an incredibly dangerous climb, the location is often impossible to find, being that it shifts in and out of vision depending on the time of day and the time of year. What some trainers believe, however, is that Rayquaza’s slumbers above the clouds at the top of this tower, basking in the sunlight and that by challenging it there; they will win its respect. Or become its dinner.

To this end, it’s hard to know just how powerful or violent Rayquaza could become when threatened, as it has never happened in documented history. But it also debated at what levels restrictions should apply. On a religious level, on a danger level and on a simply apocalyptic level, Trainers are forbidden from entering the territory Rayquaza has supposedly touched, for fear of death at the hands of the creature itself or reprisals from officials (up to but not limited to the banning of a Pokémon training licence and lifetime imprisonment).

Despite this, the belief of high risk followed by high rewards still leads young trainers to strive to master this phantom beast, given the power it could wield, but such attempts are foolhardy. The creature is a magnificent one, capable of awesome power of all kinds, should be treated as such and left well enough alone.


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Finally got this bugger out of the way. There’s a LOT wrong with him, but I need to put him out of the way so I can focus on some other stuff.

There’s a good chance that I’ll return to him later, but, for now, here he is. The majority of my reasons behind his design are basically in the pokedex, but I basically based him on a combo of snakes, dragons, sea turtle shells, stegosaurus and a few other lizards. I’d also like to say thanks to RJ Palmer, who you guys know as the very talented :iconarvalis:, for giving me some excellent pointers on the beast before I posted, along with highlighting some incredibly interesting facts about animals and in general, being a really cool guy. I ended up going a bit halfway between my ideas and his towards the end, but as I say, I just want him posted and left before I come back to him in the future.

Oh and also, there’s also the ‘illuminated version’ with his golden rings lit up located here - [link]
The main reason ive popped him here is because I prefer him without. But at least there's an option for both, right?

and finally, yes altaira do not have clouds in this version, to have a look at them WITH them, click here - [link]

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Sesshofan Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say that these are one of the most beautiful realistic pokèmon's I've ever seen. 
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WolvenYoukai Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Omg, this is just perfect! Wonderful work, and so much detail!
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Valkeri-Spirit Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Hello Rayquaza

:squee: this is amazing
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catandcrown Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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Valkeri-Spirit Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Np
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ShadowMaster4213 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Artist
This is amazingly epic!
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Poodlejung Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student Artist
Wow...
Just wow..
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Red-Orion85 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
This turned out beatiful
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catandcrown Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much :)
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EclipseTheBudderFox Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Writer
Super long description is Super long.
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