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!

Source: NeoGAF

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Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.


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