Pokémon Sun and Moon, the upcoming new mainline games in the Pokémon franchise (in case you forgot there were versions besides Pokémon Go) is set to release later this year, by which time anticipation will have reach a fever pitch. That hype will be increased if these recent Pokémon Sun and Moon Chinese leaks are to be believed, which include not only Rowlet evolution leaks but Popplio evolution leaks and Litten evolution leaks as well. What do the three new starter Pokémon’s evolved forms look like? Here are the details on the recent (supposed) Pokémon Sun and Moon leaks.
Pokémon Sun and Moon Details
Pokémon Sun and Moon are the planned first games for Generation VII of the highly successful Pokémon franchise and, like all “mainline” Pokémon games, will be released for a handheld—in this case, the Nintendo 3DS. The games were announced by Nintendo on February 27, 2016, which was also the 20th anniversary of the original two Pokémon titles, Pokémon Red and Blue (Red and Green in Japan) and are planned for release on November 18, 2016, in every region except Europe, which will receive the game on November 23, less than a week later. Like every other pair of Pokémon game releases, the two titles are largely the same, with the exception of certain Pokémon being exclusive to a specific version, including the two “legendary” Pokémon—one-of-a-kind Pokémon known for being exceptionally strong—that appear on the games’ covers.
Aside from the new story, characters and, of course, Pokémon available to be captured and trained, the game will introduce new modes, features, and Pokémon forms. These include a new battle mode called the Battle Royal, in which four players fight each other at once; Z-Moves, in which a Pokémon’s full strength is realize through combining it and its trainer’s will; Island Challenges, a series of unique battles taking place across multiple islands; and Alola Forms, in which Pokémon from previous games take new forms.
Pokémon Sun and Moon Leaks
As with prior Pokémon games, the player starts the game making a choice of which Pokémon they want as their first, with their choices being between a grass-type, fire-type,, and water-type: in Pokémon Sun and Moon, the choices are Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio respectively. Starters always evolve twice, and these starters will likely be no different, though their evolved forms are currently unknown to fans.
However, recent Pokémon Sun and Moon Chinese leaks appear to show one of each Pokémon’s evolved forms, though it’s not known if it is the second or final form; however, given the size and appearance of prior starters’ evolutions, these pics are likely of the former. The Rowlet evolution leaks show the small owl becoming a larger, wiser-looking grass/flying one; the Litten evolution leaks depicter a larger feline that is now fire and dark; and the Popplio evolution leaks, if accurate, see the adorable seal looking more dignified while also adding fighting to its types alongside water.
Additional Pokémon Sun and Moon leaks imply that rather than the tradition of starter Pokémon evolving once at level 16 and again at level 32, these three will, to coincide with the games’ titles, evolve based on the time of day. As of this writing, only nine Pokémon evolve this way (four through night evolution, four through day evolution and Eevee via both) so it would be an interesting change, but a seemingly unlikely one given series tradition and how difficult it may prove for new players—of which a lot can be expected, given Pokémon Go’s popularity—to evolve their first Pokémon this way.
Speaking of Pokémon Go, gyms, and Pokéstops have recently begun vanishing, which you can read about here.