The closing ceremony of the Pokémon World Championship was packed full of new information about Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, the most notable reveal being the identity of a brand new 'mon, Cyclizar, who will be landing in the Pokédex on November 18th.
This Dragon/Normal type Pokémon will possess a new battle move, Shed Tail, where it can create a substitute and then swap places with a party Pokémon in waiting. However, it is not this cool new ability that has captured the attention of fans on Twitter, but Cyclizar's strangely recognisable appearance.
As pointed out by our friends over at Eurogamer, the particular point of interest is the Pokémon's motorbike-like features, many of which seem to be similar to those on Scarlet & Violet's legendaries, Koraidon and Miraidon.
Now, this could be a complete coincidence; as anyone who loyally played 'Who's That Pokémon?' each week in their childhood will tell you, many Pokémon share similar features and sometimes even full silhouettes (yeah, we're looking at you Clefairy). But there is every chance that Cyclizar's "legendary" appearance could be hinting at a larger evolutionary theory for Scarlet & Violet's story — do we have a legendary's pre- or even a post-evolution state on our hands?
Fans were quick to Twitter with their theories about the series' newest Pokémon, many of which circulate around the idea of Cyclizar's appearance coming from a different timeline to the box art legendaries, who seem to represent the past (Koraidon) and the future (Miraidon) respectively.
With their transport capabilities, reptilian look and wheel-shaped upper body, we can certainly see the connection between Cyclizar and the new legendaries. There has long been speculation that the newest entries in the franchise would be somehow connected to the concept of the past vs. the future, and perhaps the reveal of this new Pokémon could be our first major hint of how this will affect the game's legendaries.
In the absence of any more official information, we will have to wait until November 18th to find out Cyclizar's full role in the legendary cycle.
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