While you were sleeping, The Pokemon Company dropped a new tease for the next Pokemon games, Pokemon Sword and Shield. These came announced in a new and unique way. Fans were immediately off to solve the mystery, but the big question on everyone’s mind is “Who’s that Steadfast Pokemon?”
Whatever it is, it appeared on the official Pokemon Sword and Shield website over night. Both the North American and Japanese versions had what appeared to be a glitch. The viewer hovers over what appears to be a glitched out Pokemon of some sort. Then, the image bounces to another corner of the screen a couple times before finally staying still. Clicking it brings up a loading bar and the “cry” of a Rotom.
That’s when the screen pulls up their own version of a Pokedex entry, but it’s glitched out, covering some seemingly important words. What can be seen is the Pokemon is a Fighting-type, it weighs 257.9 lbs, and it carries the Ability called “Steadfast.” As a Steadfast Pokemon, the ability “increases the user’s Speed stat by one stage when flinched.”
Underneath, some of the Pokedex entry is covered in glitches, but parts can still be read. “Only — that have survived many battles can attain this —. When this Pokemon’s — —ers, it will retire from combat.” Another noteworthy point is that the Japanese website has a single extra bit of information: the last part of its name. This translates to the word “nite”, which many believe could be a pun on the word “knight” of some sort.
Could the Steadfast Pokemon hold a leek or a bone?
Fans immediately began to speculate at all hours of the night, but have narrowed the possibilities down to two options: Farfetch’d and Cubone.
Some people started looking at the middle part of the image and seeing a Cubone’s skull helmet, which could make sense. However, some fans noticed that turning the image on its side could be an option. This makes it look like a squat duck holding a green shield and some sort of lance or sword.
This brings attention to the infamous “Affleck leak.” The notorious 4chan post from earlier this year that was spot on for what it predicted. While still just a rumor, it is held in high regard in the Pokemon community. In the rumor, the post mentions a Galarian Farfetch’d evolution named Sirfetch’d. This would line up with the naming motif and with it being a knight and fit the bill (sorry, not sorry).
As for the Japanese name including “nite”, Farfetch’d is not named that in the Japanese version of the games. In fact, its Japanese name is “Kamonegi.” This is an abbreviation of the proverb “a duck comes bearing green onions.” This would mean that whatever it evolves into could have a similar naming scheme or be different entirely.
While we wait for the eventual unveiling of this mystery Pokemon, check out our little history on Team Rocket and why they were added to Pokemon Go recently. Maybe it’s just Missingno and we’re all crazy for thinking otherwise.
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