Riddle me this, Zubatman
Some of you may have heard about the mysterious Chinese leaker who hasn’t actually leaked anything concrete, but instead gives clues as to what is in the upcoming Nintendo 3DS titles Pokémon Sun & Moon. They seem eerily accurate in rather unique ways. Here’s most of what they’ve gotten right so far:
- Pyroar & Zubat before the reveal of Solgaleo & Lunaala
- Pikachu covered in a sheet prior to seeing Mimikyu
- Image of rock-paper-scissors and innards (?) before Pyukumuku
- Sandcastle & shovel for Sandygast & Palossand
- A skeleton on cloth for Team Skull
There are still a few unsolved mysteries left to figure out, however. A bust of Aristotle that was posted remains a mystery; some say that Type: Null could be what the Riddler was referring to, others are not as sure. There’s also a grid of Pokémon which shows officially revealed (or, with the starter evolutions, leaked) Pokémon with some teasingly marked with question marks. It even hints that Marshadow may not even be the third legendary, it could simply be an event Pokémon.
Underneath that are also small sprites of Pokémon which may appear in the games (colored) or get an Alolan form (faded). If this is correct, and that is the meaning behind it, we could expect Alolan forms for the following Pokémon:
- Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur
- Voltorb, Electrode
- Horsea, Seadra, Kingdra
- Staryu, Starmie
- Porygon, Porygon2, Porygon-Z
- Gen II starters
- Chinchou, Lanturn
- Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar
- Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein
- Axew, Fraxure, Haxorus
Certainly would be exciting to see some for Pokémon outside of the original Red & Blue!
They’ve also posted a picture of Anabel who runs the Battle Tower in the Battle Frontier in Pokémon Emerald! Does this mean the Tower returns? Or the whole damn Frontier?! An exciting prospect for many who pined for its return in Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. Junichi Masuda has claimed that its omission had been because players nowadays want faster gratification from their games and he didn’t think it would be widely appreciated.
So what is the current fuss about? It just so happens that the Riddler’s avatar is none other than Colress, a villainous researcher and Team Plasma’s second leader from Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 who sought to unlock the ultimate strength within Pokémon. Definitely Z-Move vibes from his past motivations and he even hinted that he wanted to make a device that allowed humans and Pokémon to communicate; could he have been the developer of the Rotom Dex?!
Some fans even claim that Colress was seen during the recent trailer in the Aether Foundation’s headquarters, but the evidence is tenuous at best.
They’ve also hinted that there may be multiple professors in Alola, but whether this means other professors from previous regions may make an appearance or that Prof. Kukui is not the only Alolan Pokémon professor is still up in the air.
Perhaps the most interesting information is that of the potential Alolan forms, but there’s certainly enough to speculate about for the moment! WHAT DO YOU THINK?!
FEATURED DISCUSSION: Preliminary Sun/Moon Teams