Since Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield were revealed for Nintendo Switch earlier this week, it hasn’t taken long for fan art of the three starter Pokémon – Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble – to appear online.
That has also resulted in some understandable confusion after what appeared to be Scorbunny’s final evolution had surfaced, among other places, on Reddit. With fans eager to learn more about the next Pokémon adventures, it soon sparked a debate as to whether the leak was real or not.
Well, the short answer is that it’s not. Despite becoming a viral sensation on social media, this clear fanmade effort not only has the female Trainer from Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon smack bang in the center but a lackluster attempt has been made to hide the original artist’s social media links in the lower-right corner. It’s another lesson to not believe everything that you see online.
In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, you will have the chance to explore the Galar region – with its idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forests, and craggy, snow-covered mountains. Challenging the Gyms in the region, you will once again look to become Champion.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will release exclusively for Nintendo Switch worldwide in late 2019.