A creative fan has drawn Pokémon’s Lucario as an Animal Crossing villager, making the Pokémon Aura extra cute in his new chibi-style design.
A creative fan artist drew Lucario from Pokémon in the style of an Animal Crossing resident. The Aura-wielding fighting-type is one of the franchise’s most popular Pokemon, being the inspiration for merchandise like a designated life-size plush toy. While not an iconic mascot like Pikachu or Eevee, many Pokémon players tend to add Lucario to their teams or look forward to seeing him in series merchandise.
Animal Crossing villagers are an eclectic bunch. Each villager varies in personality and speed, from Isabelle the hard-working dog to Derwin the lazy duck. For some players, having a village full of the most desirable neighbors is as important as paying off their debt to Tom Nook. The current game in the Animal Crossing series, New Horizons, has invited a lot of fan art since its release, with many crossover concepts that bring characters from other games and movies to an island paradise. This has gotten Animal Crossing fans accustomed to seeing sights like Mass Effect crew members becoming New Horizons villagers, among many other cute fanart crossovers.
A Pokemon and Animal Crossing fan has added another cute fanart crossover addition, reimagining Lucario as a New Horizons villager. Tiktoker omuart received over 30,000 likes on a video showing their illustration process for the biped blue dog. The clip ends with omuart showing a printed version to the camera. The video is part of a long series featuring various Pokémon similarly illustrated, with each Pokémon being offered by a credited viewer. This chibi Lucario, for example, was drawn at the request of Tiktok user jiyuuakemi. The finished piece, drawn with popular illustration software Procreate, is an adorable addition to the Animal Crossing fan art collection.
Of course, the other side of this crossover is also no stranger to creative fan art. Pokémon’s long history and vast fan base has been the source of an endless amount of artwork, videos, and more. There’s even been some very inventive fan art in the past that draws inspiration from both franchises. For example, Pokémon locations have been recreated in Animal Crossing, and often to great effect. At the same time, Pokémon-inspired villagers aren’t new either. Whether through fan art or even mods, the Animal Crossing community loves bringing these two franchises together. One fan even modded New Horizons to turn the new Gen 9 starter Pokémon into actual villagers, though it should be noted that their work was not available for download.
This village version of Lucario fits perfectly with the cast of Animal Crossing. Omuart’s clean lines and clear adherence to franchise design conventions resulted in a stunning adaptation of the Pokémon. Looking like this, Lucario could very easily be considered a popular newcomer to any player’s island. Of course, there are already hundreds of villagers native to Animal Crossing without any Pokemon immigrants, but a few more neighbors with designs like Lucario’s would be sure to please any fan. This shining example of Pokémon fan art undoubtedly deserves all the praise it has received.
Image source: omuart/Tiktok