During the recent Pokémon Direct, we finally got our first look at Pokémon Sword and Shield. Ahead of the big reveal, there were countless supposed leaks detailing the eighth generation, but most proved to be largely incorrect. However, since the Direct, an old 4chan post that nailed some key details has been making the rounds. If it’s the real deal, then we now know more about the upcoming Pokémon adventures than what Game Freak has revealed.
The 4chan post correctly predicted that the new games would be titled Sword and Shield and would be set in a region based on Great Britain. It went on to say that Galar’s Legendary Pokémon will be a metal snake and a wooden horse. Additionally, the alleged leak claims the eighth generation will introduce “Armored Evolutions,” with new armored forms for Charizard, Mewtwo, Flygon, and Zeraora. The Legendaries and the new armored forms will somehow be tied in with the lore of Meltan.
While it’s interesting that this anonymous tipster got some key details correct, we’d still advise some skepticism here. Great Britain as a setting was rumored by numerous other “leakers” that got pretty much everything else wrong. Correctly guessing the titles is a little more impressive, but they were definitely rumored by some and even hinted at by Junichi Masuda himself.
More recently, new Pokémon merchandise has surfaced that some people believe lends credibility to this leak. A new line of Pokémon key chains was recently unveiled, including two (not yet pictured) “Armored Mewtwo” charms. However, these charms are meant as a tie-in to the upcoming movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution. Mewtwo wore armor in the original Mewtwo Strikes Back movie, so this just looks to be a movie-specific inclusion. Charizard is also getting a key chain charm, but there’s no indication of an armored version.