Pokemon fan makes stunning spheal art out of stained glass

A fan shares an impressive stained glass piece of the water/ice type Spheal from the third generation games, Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire.

In 2002, Game Freak and Nintendo released Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. The games came out three years after the release of Pokemon Gold and Silver and introduced the third generation of world-famous creatures. It was also the first game to be released on Game Boy Advance and introduced a new group of fans to the franchise.

At the time the games were being developed, there was a feeling that the Pokemon fad was over. In fact, Game Freak co-founder Junichi called Masuda Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire the most difficult game to make in the franchise due to this perception. As it turned out, however, the naysayers were wrong. All three versions of the game eventually sold very well and made the list of the 50 best selling video games of all time.


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Although she was released almost 20 years ago, Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire Fans are still creating art alongside their first and second generation peers. For example, one fan recently imagined what Sceptile would look like as a ghost Pokémon, with some disturbing results. Recently, a fan using the username jennybead revealed an impressive stained glass portrait of Spheal on the Pokemon Reddit page.

The Stained Glass Spheal is a faithful recreation of the third generation Pokémon. The colors on the Spheal match the original design exactly, with the light making the piece almost shine in the sun. The artwork was also held up by a chain hooked to the tail and head. The Reddit user was particularly pleased with the appearance of the teeth.

Overall, Spheal is one of the third generation Pokemon that gets a lot of love. For example, recently an artist imagined Spheal as different flavors of ice cream. Another created an impressive animation of the Pokémon character using the animation program Blender 3.1. The character was also prominently featured in Pokémon Legends: Arceus where capturing a spheal was part of a quest. Since the game’s release, fans have also observed the Water/Ice-type Pokémon behaving in bizarre ways that range from the socially awkward to the buggy.

Eventually Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire can’t reach that far Red and blue or gold and silver, but it’s still an important part of the series. The games’ success showed that the franchise wasn’t just a passing fad. Both games were eventually made new Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, to allow new fans to experience the Games and old fans to experience them again. If artwork like this Spheal stained glass is any indication, the games and their characters are not easily forgotten.

Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire are now available for the Game Boy Advance.

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