A Pokemon Fan Forced an AI to Make New Monsters and They’re Absolutely Wild

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When it comes to Pokemon, there are literally hundreds of monsters out there for fans to love. The series has gathered more than 800 Pokemon during its time, and as new titles arise, fans expect more to make their debut. Of course, some fans have taken the job up themselves to create their own dream monsters, but the task may not fall to them for much longer. It turns out an AI can do the job… and one fan felt it was time to test how well the tech worked.

The experiment was done over on social media courtesy of Max Woolf on Twitter. The data scientist decided to make his own Pokemon by feeding an AI info about the franchise’s current monsters. And after chewing on all that data, a generator spat out some totally unique monsters that Pokemon fans can never unsee.

Bonus batch! pic.twitter.com/qdr7SoesUj

— Max Woolf (@minimaxir) December 15, 2021

“The AI used here is a fine-tuned ruDALL-E on the official Pokemon images (i.e. it is not VQGAN + CLIP or Wombo Dream). Unfortunately it’s not very portable/easy to use otherwise I’d set up an interactive demo,” Woolf shared with fans over on Reddit. “The way the AI works is that it generates the images from the top to the right in 8×8 chunks. It samples the next chunk somewhat randomly so the image is consistent, with the finetuning process teaching the AI to better recognize chunks of a Pokemon.”

As you can see above, these monsters – which fans affectionately call Fakemon – are insanely good. This would be impressive for an artist to have done let alone an AI. Though totally foreign to us, these Pokemon have the signature style you’d expect from GameFreak, and they’d translate so well in the anime. But of course, these Pokemon monsters are little more than a test run.

As Pokemon continues its run, more monsters are going to join the roster, and Nintendo puts in serious effort when creating new beasts.The company’s designers know Pokemon better than anyone else, and it shines in their work. But if they ever get art blocked, well – you can always study these wild guys until inspiration strikes!

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What do you think of these wild new Pokemon? Do you think the generator nailed the assignment or…? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB.

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