Oshawott was designed to be the "cute" one of them as well as acting as a "den mother figure" to the other two. Dewott was also the last of the second form of the starters to be designed. In an interview with Ken Sugimori, he stated that they were concerned on what to make Oshawott evolve into. After watching sea otters at a zoo, he decided to make the third evolution based on a sea lion, with Oshawott's shell turned into a sword. He also stated that Oshawott's evolution would be Japanese style of design. He also cited the powerful nature from them such as the "sound they made when they stamped on the ground. " Sugimori also intended to design Samurott to be a completely different shape from Oshawott that would aid in making it a "den mother" figure.