Biologist shows what Pokémon could look like under the skin

Beware, the Bellossom diagram is a difficult picture to shake.

Pokemon may have been around for 25 years, but we keep learning new things about them all the time. Not only by discovering more and finding new favorites (behold, Lechonk is watching you), but also new insights into how the relationship between people and Pokemon was born through Legends: Arceus. What The Pokemon Company has never revealed, and for good reason, is what Pokemon looks like inside. It had been left to our imagination, until now.

Biologist Christopher Stoll has shared incredibly detailed anatomical diagrams of what certain Pokémon look like inside. It might not be canon, but given that Stoll is a professional and is clearly an incredibly talented artist, it’s probably safe to assume that the images below are what Pokemon innards would look like if they existed in the real world.


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Cyndaquil, Octillery, Donphan, and Bellossom are the four Pokémon that Stoll has anatomically broken down. While the images are pretty shocking to anyone who hasn’t really thought about what a Pokemon looks like if you were to peel its skin and cut it open (so hopefully almost everyone else), they’re also very interesting. Octillery’s “big complex brain” is similar to that of a real octopus, and of course people blaséed it on Cyndaquil’s hardened sphincter in the comments.

Speaking of answers, the general consensus seems to be that seeing the inside of Bellossom will haunt Pokemon fans’ nightmares for quite some time. The split image is definitely the one with the most contrast, as half of the diagram showing what it looks like inside is reminiscent of a clicker from The Last Of Us. ‘sexual display’ that you will find outside. You probably won’t find this treat in its Pokedex entry.

These aren’t the only four Pokémon that Stoll has performed an anatomical deep dive on. In fact, the biologist broke down the inner workings of every Pokemon from the first generation and published them all in a book. You can currently buy this book from Stoll’s website, but you’ll have to be quick. PokeAnatomy is sold out, so once they’re gone, they’re gone. You can also follow him on Instagram to keep up with all his latest work.

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