Elden Ring is a pretty terrifying game. The Lands Between play host to a number of horrible creatures, including the many-limbed Godrick the Grafted, the screeching Deathbirds, and cosmic horrors from beyond the void. Now, a new Elden Ring Pokemon crossover is imagining what it would look like if Pokemon haunted the Lands Between, and the answer, it turns out, is "scary".
Of course, Pokemon itself is no stranger to creepy lore, but even 'mons like Trevenant and Spiritomb can't hold a candle to Elden Ring's most twisted monstrosities. Of course, that's what we thought before we saw this tweet from creator Arestame, who has created an Elden Ring Pokemon mashup that must be seen to be believed.
The mashup places Pokemon creatures and environmental elements in the Lands Between, so you'll see a Pokemon Center atop the back of a giant Walking Mausoleum, for instance, or Koraidon ferrying an Academy trainer across desolate wastelands. It turns out that bringing the cartoonish Pokemon into this more realistic environment is just as terrifying as you'd expect.
Some of the other upsetting sights you can look forward to in this mashup include a rather violent Meowscarada taking a player by surprise, as well as a Magma Wyrm modded to resemble Fuecoco's final evolution Skeledirge. Of course, the wildlife of The Lands Between hasn't been neglected; you can also see Quaxly and Lechonk roaming free.
Between this and the Pokemon Scarlet 60FPS mod, it's clear that the new 'mons and free-roaming approach of Scarlet and Violet are appealing to players. It's intoxicating to imagine a world in which Pokemon launches on hardware powerful enough to render its creatures this well, but it's not likely to happen for a while yet, sadly.
Right now, it's not clear whether Arestame's creation will actually be a fully-fledged mod that you can download for Elden Ring or whether it will remain a personal project. Given Nintendo's fondness for issuing DMCAs over its intellectual property, I can't imagine this project will exist for long if it does get released to the public, so appreciate it while you can. We've reached out to Arestame for clarification on this story and will update you as soon as we have a response.