'Pokémon GO' May Have Just Leaked A Pokémon That Isn't Supposed To Exist Yet

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We have seen a whole lot of things leak in Pokémon GO’s new backend data over the years, from new generations to new legendaries to new shinies, but I’ve never seen anything like this before.

This new revelation is from the most famous GO dataminer of all, Chrales, who has pulled what may be a brand new Pokémon out of the game’s files. Though the Pokémon is labeled “Kecleon,” it’s listed as #891 in the Pokedex, a good ways past where we are at the end of seven handheld generations.

The Pokémon is thoroughly bizarre looking, like a Ditto with a metal nut on its head with an eye in the middle. Though these days Pokémon are even weirder looking than this, so it’s not that outside the norm.

So what exactly is going on here?

Theory 1: It’s a placeholder – This could just be a placeholder image for something else, something that GO has been known to use in the past, except this is far more elaborate than any we’ve seen so far. Also, this has a shiny version in the data as well, implying that this actually is a Pokémon itself.

Theory 2: It’s from Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee – The GO integrated Switch game is coming out in just a few months, and it will introduce at least a small handful of new Pokémon with it. Given that GO is highly integrated into this game, it makes sense that Niantic would be crafting art for potential new Let’s Go Pokémon at this point.

Theory 3: It’s from Gen 8 – That Pokedex number would seem like it would put DittoNut (sorry I don’t have a better name) in Generation 8. I am not sure if I believe this is the answer, however, given that Gen 8 is still over a year away on Switch and it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to just randomly put a single Gen 8 Pokémon in the data.

So, out of those, my bet is on option 2, that we’re seeing something from Let’s Go early. Whatever DittoNut is, it seems like it’s probably steel/electric type, if I had to guess.

If DittoNut is an actual Pokémon, we would probably see it enter the game in November, sometime around the launch of Let’s Go, which will be out November 16.

What do you make of DittoNut? Do you have a better name than DittoNut for it? Of course you don’t, it’s perfect.

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