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Pokemon community shares hilarious reaction to new Sword & Shield tease

by Brent Koepp
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The Sword & Shield community was left reeling after Game Freak teased a new Pokemon for the eighth generation title. Trainers began to work on figuring out the monster's identity, and some of the guesses are downright hilarious. 

Pokemon entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on Nintendo Switch. The latest in the long-running RPG series broke sales records and was met with rave reviews.

However four months after its release, players are still hungering for more. When Game Freak teased a new character coming to the game, imaginations went wild on who it could be – although some trainers went a little too far.

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The Gen VIII Pokemon title came out in November 2019.

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A new Pokemon teased for Sword & Shield

Many players have long beaten Pokemon Sword & Shield since its November 2019 release. Trainers are now in the post-game where they are trying to catch rare variants, and complete their Pokedex.

Game Freak also announced that for the first time ever, the franchise will be getting an Expansion Pass in two parts with The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra. However on February 14, they also teased a new Pokemon coming as well.

Posting on both their Facebook and Twitter accounts, the developer announced "New Pokemon discovered?! Stay tuned, Trainers." The post also included a silhouette outline of an unknown monster.

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The tease sent the community into a frenzy trying to guess who the new creature could possibly be. Over on the Pokemon subreddit, user 'Reitsukai' hilariously shared his nightmare fuel guess of it being a 'Galarian Jynx.'

Reddit: Reitsukai
A Reddit user hilariously made a mockup for who the Pokemon could be.

Another user 'Lenasai' replied to the tweet, and photoshopped Sonic the Hedgehog's iconic nemesis Dr Robotnik's head on the body of the character. While funny, it oddly fits. Pokemon fan 'IchigoOre115' made a similar picture, but instead used X & Y's villain Lysandre.

Twitter: @Lenasai_ / @IchigoOre115
The Pokemon community had some pretty hilarious guesses as to who the new character could be.

While it's unclear if they were joking or not, Twitch streamer 'TAHK0' pointed out that one of the characters from the upcoming 'Pocket Monsters the Movie: Coco' looks identical to the silhouette – particularly with the hair and wrist bands.

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Could the latest Pokemon be related to the film that is coming out in July 2020 in Japan? It's certainly possible. Although many seem to think the answer is more simple, like a G-Max Alakazam.

Regardless of what it ends up being, the Sword & Shield community has demonstrated they have a wild imagination. And if nothing else, it will fuel the fire for those that want to grow their Pokedex.