Pokemon Sun And Moon Leak May Reveal Starters' Evolutions

Earlier this year, a leak appeared online alleging to contain some new, unconfirmed information about Pokemon Sun and Moon. There was even some concept art floating around. At the time, it seemed like bunk. But with yesterday's big reveal, it seems more likely that the leak was true all along. As PokeJungle reported early in July, there was a Chinese leak of Pokemon Sun and Moon, and it claimed all sorts of things. The post was translated by a user at Smogon named Cresselia~~, and it broadly listed that:

  • There would be no traditional gyms.
  • The starters would evolve into an archer, wrestler and a siren.
  • "Diamonds", which function somewhat like Mega Stones, could cause Pokemon to transform in some way.
  • New monsters would take after a dolphin, a snowman and a sea cucumber. There would also be a "football monkey".
  • Different areas in the game would have special strong Pokemon known as "overlords".
  • There would be a fire/poison type monster revealed.

Additionally, this image, which purported to show the rest of the starter evolutions, started circulating earlier this year as well:

Yesterday, Game Freak inadvertently confirmed many of the details in the leak to be true, or at least mostly true. As we reported yesterday, Pokemon Sun and Moon do not seem to have gyms. Instead, the player takes on challenges known as "trials", and if victorious, the player has a chance to encounter something known as totem Pokemon. This fits in nicely with the leak's allegation that there would be no gyms, and that each area would have its own Pokemon overlord.

The "diamonds" mentioned in the leak seem to be the bracelet that the player can wear to unleash Z-Moves:

Pictured: the toy version of the bracelet.

Finally, we know that Salandit is one of the new monsters revealed for Sun and Moon, and it is a fire/poison type, just like in the leak:

Some aspects of the leak have not proven to be true so far, like new creatures based on things like snowmen. But enough of it seems spot on, as long as you provide some wiggle room for translation differences.

Does this mean that we already know what the starter evolutions will look like? Well, maybe. The images appear to be concept art, and it's entirely possible that the final design will differ a bit. Finer details seem to grant the designs legitimacy, however: As PokeJungle notes, at least one character featured in the concept art is now officially real:

Other details may just be a matter of time. We know for example that Rockruff "hides a secret" according to its official description, which could indeed mean that it will evolve into a werewolf. We also know that, despite being tropical-themed, there are an abundance of ice monsters -- so a snowman doesn't seem out of the question.

Honestly, the final evolution starter designs are cool enough that I hope they actually are real. Popplio, the punching bag of the internet, has one of the most elegant transformations out of the bunch. And Litten, the cute kitten, turns into an absolute beast -- potentially, a fire/fighting type, given that the creature looks like a brawler. Can't wait for the reaction to THAT, given how many fire/fighting types we've had as starters in the past:

Via Kouriozan

If true, this starter leak would join a long list of Pokemon-related leaks, which have spoiled the surprise on things like new monsters, mega evolutions and new settings/locales. Back before X & Y were released, a leaker alleged that "heads were rolling at Nintendo" because of how much information filtered out in the wild. As we already know, the whole point of releasing modern Pokemon games worldwide at the same time was to maintain a semblance of mystique for everyone, rather than enabling people to look up what players in Japan had experienced months beforehand.


Comments

    I was going to pick the cat, but now I might go seal. Seriously, pick something other then Fire/fighting nintendo

      I'm going to go Grass because I never go grass and the final evolution looks like it's wearing a hoody cloak.

      EDIT: and the cat's final evolution just looks weird.

      Last edited 03/08/16 8:34 am

        I'm just pissed off because it's ALWAYS fire/fighting. Why couldn't it be fire/dark or something?

          On the bright side, maybe everyone wont choose the fire type this gen. =P

            or they will and then be disappointed

          According to the leak the final evo *is* fire/dark. They're going for a heel wrestler rather than a noble wrestler.

            Oh, that's different then. It just...it doesn't look Fire/dark.

    Hey I remember when we actually have to buy the game to find out what is the content and what is the final evolution of three starters... But hey, time changes and now we are demanding for the sneak peek of EVERYTHING!

    I must admit, I do miss being not knowning beforehand playing the game :P

      Charizard and Blastoise were on the cover of the games

    Kudos for the choice of article pic Patricia! Not going the obvious spoiler pic, appreciated by many I'm sure

    As we already know, the whole point of releasing modern Pokemon games worldwide at the same time was to maintain a semblance of mystique for everyone,

    At which point, Nintendo should probably stop revealing Pokemon and stuff in these videos.

    Is it just me, or do the designs this generation feel more like Yokai Watch than Pokemon?

    I think I just swapped off the fire starter to the Grass Starter. What can I say I'm a sucker for Green Owllo.

    HAH! I TOLD YOU ALL!

    I told you all you'd hate Litten when his evolution was revealed! You all spat and spurned Popplio but WHO IS LAUGHING NOW?!

      I would say rowlet fans are laughing because he looks even more badass then the rest

      Sif, wrestler cat is awesome. So is Robin Hoot.

      Way better than mehmaid :P

    The types for the evolutions are known. They're included in the link.
    - Grass/Flying
    - Fire/Dark
    - Water/Fairy

    BE CAREFUL WHO YOU CALL UGLY IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Mate.. Litten turns into John Cena!! Confirmed Fire/Ghost because you cant see him...

    >_>

    I'll show myself out...

    You could get info on some stuff, you just had to look harder or pay for it. I bought a magazine as a kid, before Gold/Silver came out, just because it had pictures of all the new Pokemon and the Japanese names.

    It definitely was a privilege that you had to seek out though, I guess people feel more entitled to it now that it's become a lot more accessible.

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