We are swiftly approaching the launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield. With only two weeks to go, many avid fans are still perplexed that we know so little about the game’s new Pokémon. We have no official information about the evolutions of the three starters. Even Impidimp, a Pokémon featured heavily during the forest livestream, was never officially revealed. However, it appears that we might have a little leak on our hands, and we might now know what Sobble and Grookey will look like once they evolve.
A throwaway account named @LeakPokemon posted on Twitter two screenshots of the potential mid-forms of the Sobble and Grookey lines. The account was quickly deleted, but the tweet itself was screen capped by several people, including prominent leaker Sabi.
The awkward teenage evolutions…
Sobble’s evolution appears to turn into Brendon Uxie of Poké! at the Disco. It’s a very appropriate evolution, if I do say so myself. The progression from sensitive child to emo teen is something many Millennials can identify with. Grookey’s evolution dual-wields two sticks not unlike a drummer, continuing Grookey’s possible musical theme. Sadly, Scorbunny’s evolution is absent from the leak, which means we’re going to have to wait even longer to see if it turns into a dreaded Fire/Fighting.
Whether it’s an actual leak or just some fancy fan art is still up for debate. The screenshots are fairly high-quality and this isn’t some random 4chan text leak, but Nintendo fans should always remember Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s infamous “Grinch Leak.” Still, this also isn’t the first time starter evolutions have been leaked like this. Decidueye, Incineroar, and Primarina were all leaked months before Pokémon Sun and Moon’s release via confidential anime concept art.
Only time will tell if the leak is a genuine one. But even if it isn’t genuine, these are still some neat designs.