A few months ago, images leaked online that reportedly showed the final evolutions of the three starter Pokémon of the seventh generation, Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio. The designs seemed cool enough, but at the time there was really no evidence pointing to them being real or fake; it could have just been some really well done fanart, and so most people just passed them by. However, following today’s new Sun and Moon trailer, some have noticed details that make the images seem suddenly plausible.
One of this morning’s reveals was the Trial Leaders, including Mallow, a girl with a flower in her hair
who loves cooking. If you check the second image of the gallery below, the one corresponding to Litten’s proposed evolution, you can see a girl who bears a remarkably similarity to Mallow and is using Litten’s final form as a stove top. While this is hardly conclusive evidence, the low chance of a random artist getting the design and interests of an unannounced character correct months before her reveal has led many to start giving these images a second chance.
Although these forms aren’t given names, a number of other lines from these images offer up some new information about each. Rowlet’s final form is said to use its quills as arrows, wings as bows, and vines as a string. It has a calm, cool persona and likes to chill on tree branches, but when it gets upset or irritated it can tighten up its hood to hide its face. Litten’s third stage reportedly has a “wild and gusty persona,” leading it to fight dirty in battle with “a signature move called Beast\Tiger Swing,” though that name translation seems up for debate. Its belt gets hotter the more “passionate” it is, and, as the image shows, it uses that belt as a source for attacks like Fire Spin. Popplio’s, meanwhile, is described as playful and having an “elegant and welcoming nature,” and its voice is used to “charm or lure opponents.”
You can check out all the images in the gallery below! Do you like these evolutions, or are there any that you’re really hoping turn out to be something different? Personally, I’m loving Rowlet’s archer design, but Litten’s has me worried that we could be looking at yet another Fire/Fighting evolutionary line, and I
know I’m not the only one tired of those. And Popplio… I’m still feeling indifferent about Popplio. I guess, in the end, I’d prefer this rumor end up fake, but I wouldn’t be too disappointed if it would up being true.
How about you guys? Give us your thoughts in the comments!