Originally Posted by Fat Quark
For Chespin's design, I kind of see it becoming a giant ground sloth. It might be influenced by some of the art I've seen, but it would be a prehistoric animal and a mammal. I don't think an ancient rat fits a starter pokemon, because when I hear rat I still think of your first route rattata.
I know that we already have the Slakoth line, but Slaking looks a lot more like a gorilla than a sloth in my opinion.
Chespin's name in various languages...
. chestnut + pin
. harinezumi (hedgehog) + marron (chestnut in French)
. marron (chestnut) + herrison (hedgehog)
. igel (hedgehog) + marone (chestnut)
As you can see, you'd be very
hard-pressed to argue that Chespin will evolve into anything other than a spiky hedgehog Pokemon.