A Pokemon Scarlet and Violet player created their rendition of Skarmory’s Paradox form. The fan then posted their finished work on social media, where other Pokemon Crimson and Violet players praised their efforts. Some fans are still wondering why, as of this writing, The Pokemon Company doesn’t offer a specific combat form for Skarmory in any of the Pokemon games.
Known as the Armor Bird Pokemon, Skarmory is a dual-type steel and flying Pokemon that originally debuted as a version-exclusive Pokemon in the Game Boy’s Pokemon Silver Edition. With fire and electricity attacks being their only weaknesses and high defense stats, Skarmory has been used in past Pokemon games as a physical wall against Pokemon with high attack stats. However, Skarmory’s move pool is limited to moves like Steel Wing and Drill Peck, as well as field hazards like Spikes and Stealth Rock, which limited its use to previous generations of Pokmon. While Skarmory is currently unavailable in Pokemon Crimson and Violet, only time will tell if it will return to the game in the Zone Zero DLC’s Hidden Treasures. Meanwhile, a Pokemon fan took the initiative to give a new look to the Gen IX Armor Bird Pokemon.
On Reddit, a user named Delta1Dan created a Paradox form for Skarmory (if it existed in Pokemon Scarlet) and posted their work on the r/pokemon subreddit. While other fan creations have given the Skarmory form, such as a baby form, Delta1Dan has given their creation more prehistoric features to differentiate it from the official depiction. First, the artist gave Paradox Skarmory a pair of demonic wings, with red feathers resembling sharp blades growing on the inside of the wings. Additionally, Skarmory’s face and neck are covered with additional layers of steel, and the tail extends to the end with two curved blades. While Delta1Dan didn’t change Skarmory’s typing, their description of the Armor Bird Pokemon garnered over 1,000 upvotes on the subreddit.
At the time of writing, Delta1Dan has not named the Paradox Skarmory, so other users in the comments have named it as well. One user responded with the name “Scarlet Wings” for the Paradox Skarmory, which Delta1Dan said was appropriate given the prehistoric appearance of Pokemon Scarlet’s Paradox form. It remains to be seen whether Skarmory or any other deserving Pokmon will get a Paradox form in the future.
As for the games, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have been updated to version 1.3.0 to fix more issues with the game. While the game’s DLC is still a few months away, trainers may hope to one day see Skarmory soaring the skies of the Pokemon world once again.
Pokemon Crimson and Violet are now available for Nintendo Switch.