Trademarks recently filed by Nintendo further fuel the rumors that armored evolutions might be coming to Pokémon Sword and Shield.
We have now known about Pokémon Sword and Shield for well over a week, which has given us time to watch the announcement trailer over and over again and pick apart every last detail of it. We have uncovered that the brand new Galar region looks like a Pokémon version of the UK and theorized about what we can expect from the secondary and tertiary evolutions of generation VIII's starter Pokémon.
One rumor that has been doing the rounds is that we may be introduced to armored evolutions. A week prior to the official announcement of Sword and Shield, an anonymous poster predicted the names of the new games on 4chan, as well as the fact that the region was British-based. Their other predictions included the introduction of armored evolutions and that Meltan will have something to do with them.
A trademark recently filed by Nintendo Creatures Inc. and Game Freak has lent even more credence to those rumors. Pokéjungle reports that a trademark has been filed for Armored Mewtwo, and it covers use in both video games and for merchandise. However, it has already been confirmed that there would be Armored Mewtwo merchandise in Japan later this year. This could also mean that we will see Armored Mewtwo in the remake of the original Pokémon movie later this year.
The second leak regarding the potential content of Sword and Shield is a much more concrete one. Nintendo posted, and then quickly deleted, a tweet that revealed that gym leaders are called gym masters in the new Pokémon region. This goes hand-in-hand with what look to be stadium-sized gyms that are featured in the trailer for Sword and Shield. It seems as if battling for badges is about to get a whole lot more stressful.
Though there is a lot to talk about already when it comes to Sword and Shield, there is still a long time to wait until we can get our hands on the new games. There is no official release date just yet, but the games likely won't hit the shelves until the tail end of 2019. For now, we can continue to pick apart the information we already have and eagerly await more reveals from Nintendo.