Vigoroth using Slash by Yggdrassal

Yggdrassal from the United States is an active part of the Game-Art-HQ Community since around three years now and contributed a good couple of video game artworks that are about games that are rarely getting any attention now.

He participated with a Timesplitters 3 entry as an example and Rocket: Robots on Wheels as part of our Nintendo 64 Tribute this year. He joined the Pokémon Gen I Tribute with Dodrio in the first May week already and drew seven more of the little Gen I creatures. He also holds the record of the most submissions for our Gen II & III Pokemon tributes with not less than 11 submissions in Gen II and another 16! in our Gen III Tribute!

Besides the many artworks he did for our Pokemon Tributes you can see a lot more art of many different kinds on his gallery here!


“The target is attacked with a slash of claws or blades. Critical hits land more easily.” 

Slash is a rather common move found amongst a great deal of Pokemon. With a hit rate of 100% and a power stat of 70, it is a hard-hitting Normal-Type move that can inflict critical damage more easily. Most Pokemon who possess sharp claws to have or can learn this move – including Vigoroth, which is able to learn the move at level 31 (23 since Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire).

Vigoroth using Shadow Claw by Hedgey

Hedgey aka Gina from the UK  is another one of the artists that joined Game-Art-HQ in May 2016 to participate in the Pokémon Tribute. She started with a super cute take on Meowth, and also created a truly epic Ditto illustration for this project. She returned in both our Generation II and III Tributes with a couple of excellent illustrations again and is also on board on our upcoming Gen IV Project as well!

She also draws a ton of stuff including more Pokémon related art on dA, you should visit her whole gallery here!

Shadow Claw

“The user slashes with a sharp claw made from shadows. It has a high critical-hit ratio.”

Shadow Claw is a Ghost-Type move introduced in Generation IV as TM move TM65.  A nasty looking move that hits hard and increases the chances of landing critical hits. However as it is a Ghost-Type move; it does not work against Normal-Type Pokemon.

Here’s a fun fact – this is a rare case when two Pokémon have been illustrated with the same two moves, with Vigoroth sharing attacks with Persian in our Generation I tribute!

#288 – Vigoroth

“It can’t keep still because its blood boils with energy. It runs through the fields and mountains all day to calm itself. If it doesn’t, it can’t sleep at night.”

Vigoroth is a pure Normal-type Pokémon introduced in Generation III.  It evolves into it from Slakoth starting at level 18, then into Slaking starting at level 36.  Unlike their lazier family members, they are hyperactive creatures that run amok in their forest habitats. They are filled with an endless source of energy and desire to be constantly on the move, otherwise, they will get stressed easily and struggle to get a good night’s sleep. 

Such energy is so high that they wouldn’t bear to remain still for even a minute.  A scientific reason for its endless movement is due to easy agitation to its blood and its naturally high average heartbeat.  Unlike Slakoth which doesn’t eat or move much at all, Vigoroth get hungry very easily due to its activity, so they eat as much as they can while on the go to gain its energy back. Norman used a Vigoroth in his gym battles in both the games and the animé. 

Long before his official fight in the animé, Norman did a practice battle with his own Vigoroth against Ash’s Pikachu, overwhelming the challenger with its ferocious attacks.  Fast forward to the official gym battle where Ash finally had 2 other Pokémon to fight with – and that time, Pikachu’s Static ability paralyzed it, letting the challenger finish it off with its last scrap of energy.



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