Since Corocoro Magazine hinted that Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, and Rockruff (previously known only by it’s Japanese name “Iwanko”) all hide a secret, many Pokémon fans have speculated what that secret could be. Some fans have concluded that the Pokémon all relate to alchemy, or perhaps will all have Mega Evolutions, but some of us have PokéJungle have noticed a different connection.

OwlIn Hawaiian folklore, there exists a concept called ‘Aumakua. Traditional Hawaiians believed their ancestors would manifest in the form of an  “‘Aumakua”, a Plant, Object, or Animal that would watch over a particular family and act as a bridge between the real world and the world of the gods. The particular family would pray to, or protect and feed their ‘Aumakua in exchange for its protection.

The concept of ‘Aumakua has  many similarities to the world of Pokémon. Throughout the Pokémon series, Pokémon have been shown to exist harmoniously with humans, and branch the natural world to the supernatural.

‘Aumakua and their connection with humans is also similar to a controversial topic among Pokemon fans, “Pokémon synergy“.

rowlet-transparentRowlet,  Popplio, and Rockruff are all based on common ‘Aumakua; Owls, Monk Seals, and dogs. Dragons and caterpillars are also common ‘Aumakua, which we now have in the form of Drampa and Grubbin, which were announced after Corocoro made their initial comment.

Could GameFreak be using ‘Aumakua as inspiration for which Pokémon can use Pokémon Synergy? It wouldn’t be the first time Pokémon took inspiration from real life folklore. Or is the secret behind Rowlet, Litten, Popplio and Rockruff something entirely different?

Chances are all of our questions will be answered soon, as Pokémon Sun and Moon are releasing in just a few short months!

FEATURED DISCUSSION: Pokémon Pet Peeves

  • Deerlia
    • EarthenWarrior

      I REMEMBER THIS

  • Ithsme

    I think I’ve figured it out. Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, and Rockruff ARE the elite four!

    • Chaos

      Mind = Blown

  • Ultron

    Very interesting…I wonder what that could mean for game mechanics though if true. Maybe these pokemon can travel outside their pokeballs 😉 (probs not)

  • Oxenfree

    Am I having some super weird dejá vu or has this article already been posted previously?

  • Efo

    I think I know an alternative to that pokemon go plus thingy. Niantic should create a Pokemon Go Plus app for Pebble OS watchOS, and Andriod wear. It just might be the killer app for smarwatches, and those companies might love Nintendo for it.

  • Anon

    Idk but the fact that this secret hasnt been mentioned in the english official site just makes me think it was a mistranslation but who knows

  • Gikie

    Specifically look at the three primes and four base elements, assuming the alchemy thing is true:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alchemical_symbol

    • plus in the ‘seven planetary metals’ section in the same wiki page, Sol & Luna are the first of the 7 metals

      • Gikie

        And did you see what metals correspond to them? Gold and silver, respectively.

  • According to Heavy, someone found coding for a fourth space for the Starters on the site, indicating Rockruff be the Fourth Starter of the game. The Professor gives it you as an optional fourth (as latest trailer shows he has one), sorta like Pikachu.

    • The Aqua Flygon

      Hmmm a rock starter holds the the title tied with Grass type for most weaknesses Don’t know sounds good!

    • TheSunnyMonster6893

      There was a fake picture that was going around this past weekend with Rockruff on the starter page. Are we sure this isn’t the same person who made the fake? I mean I have no reason to doubt and to be honest I wouldn’t mind it as I was planning on getting Rockruff anyway, but….. I guess I’m just being a pessimist hahaha Here’s a thought tho: The last time someone found something in the Japanese websites coding there was a ground typing that seemed a little lost. Plenty of people thought it’d be for Rowlet ( I still find ridiculous), but what if rockruff becomes part Rock/Ground typing and it was his all along? lol Just a thought lol

    • Nickerton

      If this is true then I’d think instead of Rockruff being a choice, Kukui would give you a Rockruff as your 2nd pokemon, after you choose your starter.

    • Chicolombia

      That fuckboy Heavy is still alive? Lmfaooo

      • EarthenWarrior

        You’re one to talk

      • TheNintendoChip

        Same tho

    • EarthenWarrior

      Ehhh I wouldn’t take that too literally
      The site’s boxes are a maximum of 4 boxes, maybe it just wouldn’t allow them to cram them equally and just has that leftover slot

      Honestly you guys go off the deep end with EVERYTHING

  • Pokemania88

    Good morning peoples of PokeJungle XD

    Anyways, I’m gonna head out today and play around some more with Pokemon go. I still haven’t actually left the house so I wanna see how many Pokemon I can find in just my neighborhood…

    • TheSunnyMonster6893

      Lucky…..I really want to play, but the stupid US doesn’t have it yet lol

      • Pokemania88

        I live in the U.S. I got it by making a new Zealand iTunes account. It was really simple..

        • TheSunnyMonster6893

          Meh hahaha

          • Pokemania88

            Lol!

          • Nickerton

            Did you sign in to pokemon go or are you playing offline?

    • it seems like Pokemon Go’s region locked already? like when you downloaded the apk (for Android) or changed region (for iOS) After getting a starter, no new Pokemon will appear anymore

  • Nickerton

    Collin Cochran? Who are these mysterious article writers???

    • The Aqua Flygon

      Mabey people who took the job offer a while back

    • Green

      They’re new. They got hired.

      • “hired” for no pay.

        • Aren’t volunteers still hired?

          • I suppose that’s true. It’s still a weird phrasing imo.

          • Yeah I agree the phrasing was weird…

        • Haxford

          Is that so bad then?

          • I was just incorrectly trying to say that technically they weren’t hired.

    • EarthenWarrior

      Dark interlopers sent by evil forces to steal our life force

  • David Nixon

    well the only way to figure out the secret of these guys,is to become secret agent double 55! 😀 It’s Showtime!

  • I don’t know what to expect so eh.

  • Spetsnaz

    What I have right now, but I’m stuck at work, so no wild pokemon encounters for a while :/
    But on the bright side my birthday was yesterday and my girlfriend got me this awesome shirt 🙂

    • EarthenWarrior

      BOB’S BURGERS!!!!!!

    • Ithsme

      At least you have the game. Waiting for the US launch, hopefully it’ll be soon and not in a few weeks or so. :/

  • EarthenWarrior

    We got 3-8 days for potential info

    • ShinyXatu

      We could potentially get something in 9 hours via Masuda. No promises, though.

      • EarthenWarrior

        Not good enough
        Also if had to choose M&L Superstar Saga or Partners in time

        • ShinyXatu

          They’re both good, but I prefer Superstar Saga myself!

  • Haxford

    New trailer that actually reveals nothing but Magearna gameplay in Pokémon Go.

    • Efo

      Wait… They’ve developed Gen 7 Pokemon into the game before Gen 2?

      • Haxford

        Oh sorry! I didn’t see it well.

  • That feeling when we still have articles taking about “Synergy”… I just hope Rowlet becomes something similar to the concept or fan-made art we saw in the past. I hope their secret is nothing crazy and bewildering. I’m kinda tired of seeing new battle mechanics, when they did not fully flesh out Mega Evolution.

  • Ithsme

    When do you all think GO will release in other areas? I’m hoping it’s soon, but if I remember correctly, these areas were the first to get the field test, so maybe we won’t get it for quite awhile. :/ Plus I really don’t want to make a different iTunes account for this so I hope it releases worldwide soon.

  • I can’t help but get hyped for Pokemon Go honestly. I just want my Jolteon, Gengar and Ninetales

  • Haxford
    • It’s like the Pomeranian of insects

      • Green

        I wish I had a Pomeranian. Or even better a Pomsky… but I can’t get a dog.

    • Green

      I saw that Drampa one yesterday. I made it my avatar. (For now)

      • Haxford

        It’s beautiful right 🙂

        • Green

          Yeah. I love the details with the Zubat and stuff.

  • Ithsme
    • Ithsme

      Personally I have an iPhone so this won’t work for me, but if it works on android that would mean iOS will get it soon.

    • Chaos

      ‘This item is not available in your country’

      • Ithsme

        Hmm. Thanks for the info. This wait is killing me. I wish they would’ve released it worldwide at once instead of staggering it.

  • Ithsme

    Sorry for posting so much, but does GO use a lot of data?

    • EarthenWarrior

      Check settings

      • Ithsme

        I don’t have it yet. I’m waiting for the US iOS to have it.

  • Does dicie still comment/write articles?

    • Ithsme

      I saw Dicie here a few days ago, but not more recent than that.

    • Comments, but hasn’t written anything for a while.

  • The Aqua Flygon

    Question for all people who can play Pokemon Go is only the first 150 used or all regions of Pokemon?

    • Ithsme

      I don’t have GO yet unfortunately, but I do know that for now it is the original 151 Pokemon. However, in the future, they will update it with more generations.

  • Daedardus

    This has popped up in my mind during the last few days. It basically turned out to be nothing. I feel like they are even adding to the complexity, especially in the designs.

    http://www.polygon.com/2013/11/7/5077758/pokemon-art-director-wants-to-see-series-return-to-red-and-blue-roots

    • EarthenWarrior

      This is way old

    • Rockcrawdaunt

      I don’t understand how they would simplify the amount of attacks. That’s what makes the game so great, the complicated and varying move pools you will face.

  • SnappyK

    Anyone seen this yet? I think it’s a good theory, and I’d like to see it happen.

    Also, what’s your best caught pokemon so far in GO if you have it yet? Mines Venonat or Eevee… pretty bad lol.

    • EarthenWarrior

      Huh….this actually doesn’t sound gut retchingily horrible
      Honestly better then fusing with your Pokemon

      But I wouldn’t be a cynic if I didn’t shoot this down

    • Ithsme

      Everyone seems to have GO, while I’m just here waiting for a US iOS release. ;_;

      As for the theory, it’s fine, but we really don’t need a meta game changing mechanic every gen, I feel like it might be too much for two gens.

    • knightwolf09

      Kinda hope that super attack would be 5 PP at most. 1 seems a bit too unforgiving if you can’t pull it off once.

  • EarthenWarrior

    So if anyone is in a breeding mood, I am looking for a 5IV’d (minus atk) Timid Vivillion of any of these patterns
    Snowy ice, Monsoon, River, Sandstorm

    I have some Shinies I rarely use and plenty of rare egg move breeds

  • Ithsme

    I’ve literally spent my whole day doing nothing but waiting for GO and watching YouTube. Every hour that it doesn’t release, I always think to myself, maybe next hour, so I’ll wait, and here I just wasted my day waiting for something that might not come for weeks.

  • Josh Omega

    Guessing they may be related with some kind of new form of evolution like mega evolution. or maybe even a second set of starters with rockruff being one? i know very unlikely but its all i can really think of. all i know is i am for sure putting rockruff in my team with either rowlet or litten depending on which one i decide on. (most likely rowlet)

  • EarthenWarrior
  • Spetsnaz

    Found a gym about 3 minutes from my house, claimed it, and as soon as I pull into my driveway, I run into a pidgeotto that was just waiting at the house! Too bad it ran away :/