Over the weekend something strange has been going on in Pokémon GO. It all started when data miners discovered an image for what appeared to be a new Pokémon with a small, gelatinous body, a metallic nut for a head, and a single eye. No one was quite sure what to make of this discovery… and then things got weird when it suddenly began spawning in the game.
Shortly after the Chikorita Community Day event wrapped up, this bizarre new monsters began spawning (sometimes in massive numbers) in Pokémon GO games across the world. At first, people speculated that it could be a glitch, or possibly a placeholder being released on accident. These hypotheses appeared to be squashed when Kento Suga, the Global Marketing Lead for Pokémon Go, tweeted about the mysterious newcomer.
Despite the fact that thousands of these things have been popping up everywhere, no one has successfully captured and registered one, and all data about it remains in question. This is because, upon successful capture, they cease being the new Pokémon. Instead, they transform into a Ditto. The new creature’s data has replaced Kecleon’s in the game’s code (with both standard and shiny forms), and some people are also reporting that wild Kecleons are appearing and turning into Dittos upon capture.
At this time…it’s really not clear just what the heck is going on? Is this a bug or intentional? What does it all mean? Is it a hint about the new Pokémon teased for Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee? One interesting fan theory that’s been circulating suggests that a new reveal is on the way, and what we’re seeing now is Ditto trying semi-successfully to transform into this future creature… whatever it may be. Until we get official word from Niantic, however, all we can do is speculate.