A New Pokémon Has Been Sighted

by | Apr 23, 2023

A new Pokémon teased by the Pokémon Horizons anime series.

A new Pokémon was teased in the Pokémon Horizons anime. | Image: The Pokémon Company

Never did I expect to see a Pokémon anime reboot in my lifetime, and honestly, I never felt like I needed one. The series stopped keeping me hooked as I grew up, but the sheer nostalgia of the duo of Ash and Pikachu was not something I was willing to give up on.

The Pokémon Horizons anime (the title of which seemingly indicates “Exploring new horizons”) has already begun airing in Japan — and we have already been graced with a rare sighting of a brand new Pokémon, fueling all kinds of fan theories. And yes, we have one of our own.

This newly teased Pokémon looks like a crystal-covered tortoise with large anime eyes — reminiscent of the giant legendary turtle we got a glimpse of during the Scarlet & Violet DLC announcement.

Ties to a legendary: The new legendary, called Teragapos, will somehow tie into the story of the “Hidden Treasure of Area Zero” storyline, but the anime may have some other plans. This newly introduced tortoise seems like a pre-evolution of Terapagos, but the thing is, legendaries don’t evolve.

Official description: This unknown Pokémon is reminiscent of the Legendary Pokémon Terapagos, but its name and true nature are shrouded in mystery. It is small in stature and not particularly strong, but when push comes to shove, it can crystallize the energy in its body to form a protective shield. Apparently, it can also assume a dormant state when it feels that its life is in danger by pulling its head, limbs, and tail into its shell and making itself look like a jewel.

Our theory: Now this is where things tie into the lore of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. The games introduced a Pokémon called Cyclizar, and unlike other new additions to the Pokédex, this one had ties to the games legendaries themselves, namely Koraidon and Miraidon.

Cyclizar serves as a “distant relative” of sorts for the two legendaries. Koraidon serves as the game’s prehistoric ties, while Miraidon manifests the future of the Pokémon World. Looking at these Pokémon more closely makes the resemblance almost obvious — Cyclizar serves as the future relative of Koraidon, and the past form of Miraidon.

The Pokémon Horizons anime may be taking a similar approach with the new announcement. This new turtle could just be an ancient relative of Terapagos, conveniently explaining the similar appearance.

Yes, but: Pokémon has been known to throw curveballs at times. They may just decide to take the Mew approach here, making Terapagos a genetically enhanced variant of the baby turtle — which would tie into the whole premise of a “futuristic” universe.

Be what it might, this new teaser may just get me to catch the Pokémon Horizons anime — especially if it helps better visualize the story of Paldea.