The Pokemon series have always been inspired by ancient civilizations. Unowns, Regirock, Regice, Registeel are some examples of Pokemon designed with an ancient motif.

But Tumblr user Monarobot has taken the ancient motif one step further, with his, with this series of fan-made illustrations of various Pokemon infused with the art style of one of the most mysterious ancient civilizations in history, the Mayans.

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The Mayan civilization these days are known more for their 2012 doomsday calendar rather than their actual cultural achievements like their literature, art and architecture, most famous of which is the Chichen Itza pyramid in Mexico’s Yucatan region.

Here are the various Pokemon artworks done by Monarobot based on the Mayans’ style.

Bulbasaur, Ivysaur and Venusaur

Bulbasaur, Ivysaur and Venusaur

Squirtle, Wartortle and Blastoise

Squirtle, Wartortle and Blastoise

ArticunoZapdos Moltres

Eeveeleafeon

Typhlosion

Gible, Garbite, Garchomp

Gible, Garbite, Garchomp

Is it just me or does Gyarados look a whole lot scarier and his bad-ass scale just went waaaaaaaaaay up?

Gyrados Likitung miltank

Nidoran, Nidorino, Nidoking

Nidoran, Nidorino, Nidoking

Scyther

The Legendary Lugia has a lot in common with the mythical Quetzalcoatl, the legendary Mayan god. Quetzalcoatl is often described as a cross between a snake and a bird and is often called the flying serpent. Serpents have always been associated with dragons, and while not a dragon-type Pokemon, Lugia does look like a combination of a bird and a dragon.

Lugia

That ghost Pokemon who likes to mess with unsuspecting humans looks equally mischievous with this Mayan rendition

Gengar

Oddish, Gloom and Vileplume

Oddish, Gloom and Vileplume

If you thought Gyrados looked Scary, take a look at these three.

Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebell

Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebell

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