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Tomohiro Kitakaze next to his key visual art for The Crown Tundra.

Tomohiro Kitakaze (Japanese: 北風友裕, born April 8th, 1983 in Kobe) is a freelance illustrator. He is an Osaka University of Arts graduate and previously worked at Monolith Soft as a 2D designer, providing concept art for characters, monsters, and machinery. He later worked for Game Freak, again as a 2D designer, providing concept art and designs for Pokémon characters, though it is unknown which specific Pokémon he designed.

Kitakaze's lone illustration

In addition, he also provided artwork for one card from the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Kitakaze's subjects are initially drawn traditionally, and then enhanced digitally afterwards. His cartoon strips and characters are created in anime style, though his more detailed illustration work draws inspiration from mythical creatures and the occult, sometimes incorporating mechanical motifs.


The following is a list of Pokémon designed by Tomohiro Kitakaze.



Title Platform Release date Position
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier Nintendo DS 2000-05-29 Staff, Monolith Soft
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions Nintendo DS 2009-09-12 Special Thanks
Pokémon Black and White Versions Nintendo DS 2010-09-18 Pokémon Character Design/2D Dot Graphics
Pokémon X and Y Nintendo 3DS 2013-10-12 Pokémon Characters Design/Concept Illustration
Pokémon Sword and Shield Nintendo Switch 2019-11-15 Key art for The Crown Tundra

Other illustrations

Title Date Publisher
Pokémon Trading Card Game illustration 2011-09 The Pokémon Company
GanGan online illustrations 2011-11 Square Enix
Dark Bound ~Saiyū Senki~ illustrations 2012-11 Rekoo Japan Co., Ltd
Force of Will Trading Card Game illustrations 2013-01 Force of Will Co., Ltd


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Twitter post by Tomohiro Kitakaze about the Venipede family he designed
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tomohiro Kitakaze's response to a comment on DeviantArt
  3. Twitter post by Tomohiro Kitakaze mentioning he designed Scolipede and Escavalier
  4. Anime News Network's page about Pokémon Origins. Tomohiro Kitakaze is listed among the original character designers despite not having worked on Pokémon Red and Green and Pokémon Gold and Silver, meaning he is responsible for the only design from Pokémon X and Y in that series, Mega Charizard X.
  5. Twitter post by Tomohiro Kitakaze about the release of Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution

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