The same leaker who got the names and setting of Pokémon Sword & Shield correct had some other predictions on what to expect for the next generation of Pokémon games.
Last week, we got introduced to what will be the 8th generation of Pokémon games. Called Sword & Shield, the name itself immediately became the source of countless memes as Pokémon on social media began making their own theoretical third games (which most often turned out to be Pokémon Gun).
Besides the name, we also got introduced to the 8th-gen setting, which seems to very clearly resemble Great Britain, along with the three potential starters for the game.
While most of us saw the big reveal as a complete surprise, at least one poster on the infamous imageboard site 4chan seems to have leaked the information a weak before the Nintendo Direct announcement, and now people are beginning to wonder if other predictions from the same post will come true.
An anonymous post submitted February 21st correctly guessed the names and overall setting for Pokémon Sword & Shield, but that’s not all it predicted. It also listed several other features to be found in the 8th-gen Pokémon game, including something called Armored Evolutions.
We didn’t get anything else in terms of how these Armored Evolutions would work, but presumably they’d replace Mega Evolutions from Pokémon Sun & Moon. The post goes on to say just which Pokémon would get armored evolutions, including Charizard, Mewtwo, Flygon, and Zeraora.
Meltan, the formerly Pokémon GO exclusive monster, will also somehow tie into these armored evolutions as well as the overall lore behind Pokémon Sword & Shield.
The poster also suggested that the big Legendary Pokémon to be featured in Sword & Shield will be a large metal snake and a big wooden horse--potential references to Ouroboros and the Trojan Horse, which might also point to other mythological or historically-themed Legendary Pokémon.
Of course, take all of this with a hefty grain of salt. While this post’s first two predictions came true, there’s no guarantee the rest of it will too. The only way to know for sure is to way for Sword & Shield to release later this year.