The worlds of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Pokemon haven been united in an electrifying piece of fan art featuring Riju and a Zonai version of Zapdos. As two of Nintendo's biggest gaming franchises, Zelda and Pokemon have often been compared to one another.
Makeela Riju first appeared as a young ruler of the Gerudo in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild before becoming one of Link's Sage allies in Tears of the Kingdom. Like her ancestor Urbosa before her, Riju can conjure the power of lighting, something that Link helps her learn how to harness during her designated quest in Tears of the Kingdom. Her abilities could easily draw comparisons to Zapdos, one of the three Legendary Birds in the original Pokemon Red and Blue that represents the Electric Pokemon type.
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Fittingly enough, a Reddit user and fan artist by the handle of vinsear recently paired Riju and a Zonai-fied version of Zapdos in their latest piece, which they shared on r/pokemon. In this drawing, Riju stands proudly before her new ally, who combines the pointy yellow feathers of Zapdos with the ancient Zonai devices and stone monuments the legendary people were said to have built in The Legend of Zelda universe.
This isn't the first time that vinsear has blended the worlds of Pokemon and Zelda, as they have previously shared Hyrule-inspired renditions of classic Pokemon like Rayquaza and Machamp. Responses in the comments section have been mostly positive, with some fans even suggesting Pokemon partners for Riju's fellow Tears of the Kingdom Sages like Yunobo, Sidon, and Tulin.
Since each Sage in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom embodies a particular element, each one being paired off with their own Pokemon is an interesting and fitting concept. In Riju's case, there would be few candidates as appropriate as the legendary Zapdos, and vinsear's Zonai-inspired take on the avian avatar of lightning looks both ancient and powerful while standing beside her. It will almost certainly never happen, but perhaps Nintendo could build off this concept with a Legend of Zelda/Pokemon crossover game in the future, with characters like Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf each getting their own partner creatures to do battle against each other for the fate of Hyrule.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available for the Nintendo Switch.
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