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Fight For The Right by ShadeofShinon Fight For The Right by ShadeofShinon
Zweilous for "Draw me a Pokemon" in #Poke-fanclub.

If I win I'll call Dragonair.

This picture was both an experiment and also some kind of study of Zweilous' behavior. I came up with a small report sort of thing.

It has been argued why Zweilous has two heads as its other two forms only have one (dominant) head. Deino's case is more clear but Hydreigon is a little more complicated. Technically it has three heads but as the middle head dominates the other two Hydreigon could be considered one headed in this case.
However, Zweilous has two dominant heads that don't get along at all. The heads are constantly fighting and competing against each other. One of the most common ways to compete is to eat more than the other head. The reason why eating is one of the most popular ways is probably because when Zweilous is full it's too tired to move and the two heads can cease fighting for a bit. Eating also boosts growth, which makes Zweilous evolve faster.
Deino stage lasts the longest, and during that stage the Pokemon gets most of it's power and experience. Zweilous stage is some sort of last boost to the growth, as if the Pokemon hit puberty really fast. Researchers have come up with a theory that explains why Deino grows an extra head. It is a survival mechanism that ensures that when Zweilous evolves into Hydreigon it will be as strong as possible. Usually the original head wins and gets to be the leader, but sometimes the extra head surpasses the original. However, original heads tend to be stronger to begin with, and the competition maximizes the power.
After the relatively short period of time as Zweilous the competing will end in a final fight which determines which head will become Hydreigon and which will disintegrate into the secondary heads. Zweilous' evolution is one of the most brutal evolutions. The fight is merciless and frightening. It's not certain if the heads really try to kill each other or if they only try to make the other one give up. Either way the losing head hardly ever dies, and when the winner is clear, Zweilous evolves. Usually evolution takes place right after the fight but it might take up to a couple of days until Zweilous becomes Hydreigon.
Because of the brutality of the Zweilous stage, the dominant head of Hydreigon is cruel and vicious by nature. Some individuals turn into completely mindless beasts but there are also some that will remain as docile as they were as Deino. This states that Hydreigon are incredibly hard and dangerous to raise and only experienced trainers should even consider it. Kindness and love in raising the Deino might not have any effect later on as the trainer cannot control the two competing heads of the Zweilous stage. If trained well, Hydreigon will recognize his trainer after evolution and will remain loyal. But if something goes wrong or the training hasn't been successful, Hydreigon might eat his trainer and fly off to spread terror somewhere else.


I hope you like it!

Media Inks
Time taken 1-2 hours
Zweilous c Nintendo Gamefreak
Art c *ShadeofShinon

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:iconhorsecookies:
HorseCookies Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Your inkwork is gorgeous! :wow: I hope you won!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I did. :>
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HorseCookies Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. c: And awesome news! :D
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Wow, this is quite vicious. I love how you portray this line. There's something so cool about how you give it these dark, flowing feathers like some sort of ravenlike harpy hellspawn of a gargoyle. It's a brilliantly gothic sort of portrayal which your use of very deep, dark inks really enhance. And there's something primal about those ferocious mouthfuls of teeth snarling at each other. Zweilous may be a dark type, but I still feel I've got to hand it to you for making what basically looks like a pair of muppet heads with shaggy, grungey face-obscuring bangs look this deadly. 
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! This line is always such a joy to draw, and ever since I thought about this theory I've liked Zweilous more and more. Usually I tend to be a bit meh with middle stage evolutions but Zweilous, alongside with Pokemon such as Ivysaur, are one of those rare exceptions that really stand out. It may be because I'm making up my own theories but I still like it. Now it has its own charm.
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SacredInsanity7 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Wow, perfect picture and the most amazing description I ever read for the Hydreigon evolutionary line. Definitely a fave!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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XxXBloodshotXxX Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
That is the greatest Zweilous I have ever seen...
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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RukahTsubasa Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I'm loving the watercolor! Perfection! Cool pose too!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Chrisyorkyy Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Bad ass. Like the description too. The colors match up well, also.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks you!
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EnderCreeper-18 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Wow.
I have a Hydregon, and it defeats all its enemies...
Even Kyurem.
Nice report, and I think the same thing.
Nice
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hydreigon is a wonderful beast. Raisin it only takes time.
Thanks!
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EnderCreeper-18 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Pleasure!
Keep up the awesome work!
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Void95 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great report and excellent artwork!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
incredible concept! Awesome :)
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :>
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
you're welcome^^
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simBOT-282 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Drooooool....

The whole Hydreigon line puts a serious fight against my former fav pseudo-legendary line which is Garchomp's... I still can't decide which is my fav, only that Tyranitar is a close second, and ready to kill whoever loses the fight for first :P
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I prefer Hydreigon over most dragons. I first fell in love with it's dark design and typing. Only Dragonair and Salamence put up a fight against it. Garchomp is really cool, but it's so overused. :V
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BoulderKuzon Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
One of the best pictures I've seen of Zweilous!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :>
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Saborman25 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Tell me if you would kill to prove your right~!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those lyrics are oddly fitting.
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HeartinaThePony Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!!
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love your inkings. I keep coming back to look at them.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to hear that!
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Safury Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I love this design. The pose, the intense colors and expressions, everything.

Although... Is that a stray hair stuck on the paper I see there? ;)
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

Ahaha! You're the first one to catch that. Yes, it is a stray hair. XD I noticed it after I had submitted the picture and I was too lazy to go through all the scanning and editing again.
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Hidavalentinwar Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Piti ihan tulla varmistamaan, että mieleni eksy liian kaksimielisille reiteille tämän kanssa :D Pienenä tämä kuva näytti jonkinlaiselta tough love tilanteelta, mutta näin isompana ymmärrän paremmin, että kyseessä on sama otus xD

Hieno kuva taas kerran ^^-b
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, ihme pervoilua. >D
Mutta kiitoksia! :D
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TayJay5 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
Brutal, I would wear that on a Shirt!
Awesome Job! :D
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Safury Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
As would I!
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Dani-Claw Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is so awesome!! :iconloveloveplz: You bring out the fur in such lovely detail -and the description is perfect! This is my favorite depiction of this stage by far, and the "study" is no exception!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :heart:
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MachinemadeMelody Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What program do you use? I love the effects and it makes me want to try it out.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
This was done in traditional media only. I only used different inks in this.
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ScalpelUser Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, I don't know if I like the art or the description more! I absolutely love it when people really give more thought to Pokemon, especially when it's something a little dark because, let's face it, that's how nature is. Thinking about it this way I don't think I would ever raise a Hydreigon if I were a trainer XD fantastic work and I can't wait to see more. Oh! And I hope you win, I'd love to compete in a Dragonair challenge <3
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad to hear you like it. :> I really enjoy putting more thought into Pokemon, it's fun and rewarding.
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zactoab Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Maybe I should think twice about raising my Deino.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You gotta finish what you started, just raise him well.
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EDrake7 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hory shiet, didn't know growing Deino might be that... faithful!
Well, good thing I'm experienced Dragon Tamer for 4 generations.
Challange accepted...
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't get eaten!
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EDrake7 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fon't worry, I- *crunch*
HMHMMHMHMHHPPHPPHPHFFPFPFPFFF!!!
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Amadoodles Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Ohhh very cool theory and image as well!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :>
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