Fan-made Pokémon are nothing new, however the neighborhood seldom rallies round one like they’ve Regitube (or Regifloat, relying on who you ask). The hypothetical water-type Legendary Big originated in a TikTok shitpost and has since change into a legend throughout the Pokémon fandom, inspiring fan artwork, memes, and even modded in-game renders.
For consistency’s sake, we’ll name this legendary king Regitube. The faux Pokémon’s origins began innocently sufficient. Again in August, The Tube Shack, a Canadian river tubing firm, posted a TikTok of one among its staff creating what can maybe greatest be described as a giant swimsuit of armor out of blue floating tubes. The video is foolish and cute, however followers shortly identified that in the event you put the long-lasting dotted eyes of the Legendary Giants that debuted in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire on it, the cartoonish blue determine appears prefer it may very well be one as effectively. The Tube Shack ran with the joke.
The video has over 3.6 million views on TikTok, but it surely’s begun spreading to different platforms as effectively, the place fan artists and modders have taken discover. Now, Pokémon followers are collectively constructing out this huge man’s lore, typing, moveset, and even its stats.
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With all this consideration comes fanart, and the Pokémon neighborhood works quick and nonetheless manages to return out with some unimaginable work. There are some sensible, modern-looking items, however a number of the greatest artwork of Regitube is the stuff that harkens again to the collection’ roots. The Ruby and Sapphire-style sprite under makes me assume again to browsing across the Hoenn area, doubtless discovering this huge man floating on the ocean someplace. I’ve by no means actually had a gradual water-type member for my staff in Era III’s video games, so I’d catch Regitube and add him to my staff, with out query.
Whereas Regitube can solely exist in our hearts and fan artwork, the Regis have change into so distinguished in Pokémon memes, especially on TikTok, that it makes excellent sense for one web inside joke to spawn one other one, full with stats and lore. And hey, no less than nobody’s recommended we nerf the floating king by giving him a garbage ability like the one Regigigas is cursed with.