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Pre-Release

About the Alpha Pokémon

Before Pokémon Gold and Silver versions were completed, many, many Pokémon were designed for it. Very few (only 100) were used in the end, and those that were used went through a few makeovers in the process.

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Name: Bukuu
Probable Type(s): Water
First Seen: 1997
The name Bukuu is a rewrite of the word fuguu which means blowfish. Bukuu is probably an early design of Qwilfish.
Name: Happa
Probable Type(s): Grass
First Seen: 1997
The name Happa means leaf. Happa is obviously an early design for Chikorita.
Name: Honouguma
Probable Type(s): Fire
First Seen: 1997
The name Honouguma is the combination of two words. Honou is flame and guma refers to a small mammal, such as a rabbit, raccoon, or possibly a mouse. This Pokémon could have been replaced by Cyndaquil.
Name: Kirinriki
Probable Type(s): Normal
First Seen: 1997
The original design for Girafarig, its Japanese name didn't change for its final version. The Japanese word for giraffe is kirin, which is written ki+ri+n. So, ki+ri+n+ri+ki is the same pun as used in the English version of this Pokémon's name.
Name: Kurusu
Probable Type(s): Water
First Seen: 1997
I am unsure of the origin on Kurusu's name.
Name: Mariru
Probable Type(s): Water
First Seen: 1997
This one is Marill's original design. Its Japanese name remained the same for the final version.
Name: Redibaa
Probable Type(s): Bug/Flying
First Seen: 1997
This one's Ledyba's original design. Its Japanese name remained the same for the final verion.
Name: Unknown
Probable Type(s): Unknown
First Seen: 1997
Possibly an early design for Hitmontop. Notice the point on bottom and the four legs/feet.
Name: Unknown
Probable Type(s): Water
First Seen: 1997
It's a turtle with a blue head attached to a black neck and in a green shell.
Name: Unknown
Probable Type(s): Ground/Dark
First Seen: 1997
Definately an early version of Tyranitar. I wonder -- did they think of Dark type before they created him?
Name: Unknown
First Seen: 1997
A girl trainer holding a Poke Ball. Is that a special watch on her wrist? Is that a cascade badge on the shoulder of her shirt?
Name: Unknown
First Seen: 1997
A boy trainer dressed in purple. Is that a crimson badge?
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