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3 Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks that have yet to be confirmed

by Paul Cotton

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Pokemon Sword and Shield is just around the corner but there's still plenty we don't know about the game. Here are three leaks that have yet to be confirmed.

While none of these have been made official just yet, there's evidence that suggests they could be true. This means the below may contain spoilers. So, if you want to enjoy Pokemon Sword and Shield without having the story somewhat ruined you can check out our other Pokemon content.

The evil legend - Eternatus

Those who have been following the build up the Gen 8 — and not actively trying to avoid leaks — will have seen the name Eternatus dotted around posts. The supposedly evil legendary Pokemon apparently plays an important role in the game.

One rumor claims Eternatus to be a dragon-type...

While the Pokemon Company haven't so much as uttered the Eternatus name, as yet, there have been two legends confirmed. Zacian and Zamazenta were first revealed in June and are very much in-keeping with the Sword and Shield theme of the game.

One leak goes into greater detail, claiming that the evil organization of the region – the Codex Organization – are working to reawaken Eternatus. 

It states: "However, after that happens, their leader has a change of heart, and he decides to help you, telling you that the legendary Pokemon (of your version) is the only Pokemon capable of handling Eternatus."

It should be noted that this particular leak has yet to gain credibility as it hasn't been proven correct on anything. However, the initial leak has been right on other details, which at least points to Eternatus being real in some form.


A return to Kalos

There have been strong rumors that the Pokemon Sword and Shield post-game will entail a return to the Kalos region. Long-term fans of the series will know that this was the setting of the 2013 games, Pokemon X and Y.

Several hints of a re-imagining of Kalos have surfaced, one of which could be seen in the initial Pokemon Sword and Shield reveal trailer. There's a particular part of the video shows one of the protagonists in a crystal cave. The significance of this is that it looks very similar to the caves seen in Kalos.

These caves look awfully similar...

There's more, though. With the Galar region expected to be based on Britain, and Kalos in France, they geographically align. Furthermore, within the confines of the Pokemon X and Y story, Kalos was at war with an unnamed region. To this day, it hasn't been revealed who.

Elsewhere, one Reddit user made a very interesting point regarding the game: "Pokemon X and Y was slightly unfinished. They are the only main games in the series to never get a remake/sequel. There are few areas in the game that are inaccessible and there are some items that haven't seen any use."

One of those inaccessible areas is the train station in Couriway Town. With train stations being confirmed in Pokemon Sword and Shield this could be how you travel to it. Couriway Town is on the east side of Kalos, however. 

The Pokemon Company have done very little, if anything, to allude to Kalos, but there's clearly plenty of evidence to suggest it could happen. Maybe this will the biggest surprise Pokemon Sword and Shield has to offer.

Starter evolutions

It looks like the Pokemon Company have decided to keep details about Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble's evolutions a secret until the game releases – barring a last minute reveal.

However one leak, known as the Affleck leak, has shared what seems to be very credible details. Unlike other leaks, this particular is believable as it has already got an array of details correct.

This includes your rivals' name being Hop, Team Yell, the Gigantamaxing phenomenon and even Sirfetch'd. Suffice to say this leak looks to be as legitimate as they come.

The source presents potential details about the starter evolutions, as seen here:

  • Grookey will end up as a giant gorilla that beats a wood drum to attack
  • Scorbunny will have fighting moves, but is a pure fighter. It becomes Raboot and that its final evolution is a humanoid
  • Sobble becomes Sizzile and then Intelleon, a chameleon with a spy theme

There isn't too long to wait to see if these leaks do prove to be true as Pokemon Sword and Shield releases worldwide on November 15.