Pokémon Scarlet & Violet leaks: Starter evolutions, regional forms, and more

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet are in the midst of a rather strange situation. It’s no surprise that a Pokémon game is having its content leaked before release, but for it to happen so many months in advance is unprecedented! Two specific leakers have been revealing new information and screenshot snippets for the past few days. Some of the material leaked includes Starter Pokémon evolutions, new gimmicks, and more! Spoilers ahead, so turn away now if you’d rather discover these for yourself.

Please note that the materials presented here were sourced from CentroLeaks and other sources and are compiled here for convenience. None of the material here was originally posted by or sourced from Exion.

Starter Evolutions, Crystallization, and More

Let’s start off with perhaps the most interesting content revealed here: the Starter Pokémon evolutions! As mentioned before, the leaker only posted snippets of the full characters. You can see what appears to be Sprigatito and Quaxly’s final forms above! They’re stated to be Grass/Dark-type and Water/Fighting-type, respectively. Sprigatito’s evolution does become bipedal, and it resembles a masked jester or thief. Quaxly’s evolution resembles a peacock or something similar. At the time of writing, we haven’t received any pictures of Fuecoco’s evolved form. However, it is apparently Fire/Ghost-type and is not bipedal.

This time around, the battle gimmick apparently has something to do with crystallization. We’ve included a snippet of what the gimmick supposedly looks like above, next to the Starters. In addition to slightly changing the Pokémon’s appearance (presumably via texturing), it gives that Pokémon a STAB-style (same type attack bonus) boost to a type of its choosing. This means that a trainer could potentially choose to give their Pikachu a Steel-type attack boost to increase the power of its Iron Tail, for example. That being said, details of this new gimmick are currently unclear, and it’s possible that its final version winds up a bit different.

Regional, Ancient, and Future Forms

Leakers have also confirmed the presence of four Regional Form-esque mechanics. First, there are at least two new forms of existing Pokémon: a Poison-type Wooper and Tauros, whose regional typing is currently unknown. There are also stated to be new evolutions of Primeape, Wooper, Murkrow, Dunsparce, Girafarig, and Pawniard. However, it’s unclear whether these evolve from unseen regional variants of the Pokémon in question.

Furthermore, there are supposedly time-traveling Pokémon that appear from the past and the future — and have different appearances, names, and Pokédex numbers as a result. There are apparently ancient forms of Jigglypuff, Amoonguss, and Misdreavus; as well as future forms of Delibird (and presumably a few others).

Lastly, there is a new type of Pokémon called a regional fake or convergent species. The leaker mentioned a Water-type eel Pokémon that purposefully resembles Diglett (a mole-like creature  popping out of the ground), but is actually a completely unique Pokémon. Therefore, it is called a regional fake because it is a region-exclusive Pokémon mimicking the appearance of another one. Currently, the only convergent species we know about is one mimicking Diglett.

New Pokémon and Typings

Finally, we’ll go over some miscellaneous information that doesn’t fit into either of the two categories listed above. The leaker apparently encountered new Pokémon based on coins, a dolphin, and a ghost dog. They also stated that Pawmi, a Pokémon revealed in Scarlet & Violet’s latest trailer, evolves into an Electric/Fighting-type. The game’s camera is apparently controllable in battle sort of like it is in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and trainer customization is much more limited in this game compared to last generation.

And that’s just about everything we know so far! Of course, you’ll need to take this information with a grain of salt — leaks can always be fake, no matter how convincing. With that said, it’s still fun to speculate, especially given the relative lack of official news from the Pokémon Company. We’ll be sure to post another update when or if more information becomes available. In the meantime, we hope you’re looking forward to Scarlet & Violet as much as we are!

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