Pokemon Sun and Moon have been the subject of ceaseless speculation and increasingly wild Pokemon fan theories. And why not? These are landmark entries for a title entering its seventh generation, and both Sun and Moon are shaping up to be the most radically different entries in the series. With all the hype and uncertainly, wild ideas about Pokemon Sun and Moon were inevitable.
Since the titles were initially announced in February 2016, die-hard fans had plenty of time to speculate and theorize what exactly might be included in the new games. Considering most fans were expecting Pokemon Z after both X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, Sun and Moon came as an unexpected surprise, fueling even more questions.
Since Generation Four, Nintendo and Game Freak have made an effort to tie the games together with plot threads, overworld lore, Easter eggs, and references to future games that have yet to be published. This all makes excellent conspiracy theory fodder. Here's are some theories about Pokemon Sun and Moon that might not prove to be true in reality, but will remain present in the collective head canon of fans everywhere.
Sun and Moon Are the Last Pokemon Games Ever
Okay, this one is a doozy. Over the course of 15 videos totaling roughly five hours in length, Lockstin's cumulative theory doesn't just cover why Pokemon Sun and Moon are the final entries in the series and why Sun and Moon represent the climax of the Pokemon narrative, but also explores the themes of alchemy that kept popping up in images and footage shown prior to the release of the games. The theory web is too big to go into in great detail, but if you've got the time, check out the playlist for some entertaining background fodder.
One of the things that makes Lockstin so awesome (whether or not you think his theories have merit) is the amount of thought, energy, and research he puts into his videos, especially ones where he addresses some pretty valid criticism involving confirmation bias.
Red and Blue Are in Alola for Their Honeymoon
This would have been amazing, but come on, it was never ever going to happen. Granted, this is more of a meme rather than a theory, but their presence does raise some questions. First of all, when Red descends from Mt. Silver, what does he do with his life?
We know Blue took over as the leader of the Viridian City gym, but considering those two events happened 18 years earlier (Gold and Silver), there's a really wide narrative gap begging to be filled, leading fans to speculate that they might end up getting Red and Blue sequels that follow the same characters on previously untold adventures.
Sun and Moon Are Johto Sequels/Remakes
Shortly before the official announcement of Sun and Moon, NewBlaze92 attracted attention with a Reddit post exploring a surprisingly sound theory centered around the idea that X and Y take place in a different dimension than the rest of the existing games in the series. One of the core arguments centers around X and Y's thematic similarities to Red and Blue, as well as the emphasis on many Pokemon from Generation One (the starters, Mewtwo, Bird Trio), Logically, it would make sense that Sun and Moon would follow in similar thematic footsteps and be heavily inspired by Gold and Silver, enabling players to travel back to the Kalos region to go through the Pokemon Z scenario that players never got.
NewBlaze92's argument is rooted in a few things. For one thing, the words "gold" and "silver" are frequently used to describe the sun and moon, respectively. The Magearna film states that the antagonist is after Magearna's Soul Heart. In case you're not aware, the original Generation Two remakes are called Heart Gold and Soul Silver, so it's a pretty fun coincidence.
For another thing, the argument has to deal with the fact that Lysandre likely didn't die after his super weapon backfired because death in children's games is a bit of a taboo, setting him up to become a Giovanni esque figure on the quest for Zygarde. There's some talk about the unused architecture in X and Y too, namely train stations, which are another key part of Generation Two's structure.
Type: Null Is an Attempt to Clone Arceus
When Type: Null was first revealed in one of the many pre-release trailers, people began dissecting its chimerical body, noticing that part of its restraints were similar to that of the legendary Pokemon Arceus. This isn't the first time we've seen cloning or man-made Pokemon in the series; Red and Blue pioneered it 20 years ago. Arceus's ability is Multitype, allowing it to change its type based on the special plate it's holding), so creating a Pokemon and naming it Type: Null is certainly a nod to it, considering Arceus can be every type, or none at all.
Later, once the main Pokemon site was updated, fans zeroed in on this juicy detail:
This Pokémon wearing a mask has been dubbed “Null,” meaning nothing.
The shapes of its front and hind legs are clearly different. The reason is that Type: Null was constructed to synthesize the strengths of various Pokémon, enabling it to adapt to any situation.
The mask fitted to Type: Null’s head is a piece of equipment designed to control its latent powers. It’s extremely heavy, so it also serves to hinder Type: Null’s agility.
To complete a certain mission, there was need of a Pokémon powerful enough to rival those Pokémon often spoken of in mythology.
These two lines both disprove the cloning theory, while proving that Type: Null was totally inspired by Arceus at the same time.
Sun and Moon Are Franchise Reboots
This is a theory/rumor that gets tossed around every time a new generation of Pokemon is announced, and in this time, it might not be too far off. Sun and Moon do away with the typical routine of fighting eight gym leaders, beating the Elite Four and the Champion, watching some credits, and going on to whatever your post-game activities may be. Several core mechanics have been totally revamped, giving fans the first-ever 3D to scale game in the series. So, in a sense, this theory has grounds to be a half truth at least.
Ash Ketchum Is Sun's Father
In the Pokemon Sun and Moon demo, the player's character, Sun, receives a letter in the mail from a mysterious stranger, a letter that also contains a Greninja. But not just any Greninja- Ash's Battle Bond Greninja from the anime. So. How does a random kid that moved from Kanto to the Alola region get one of the strongest Pokemon that's been on Ash's team in the anime without having some kind of prior connection to him? Add to that the fact that Battle Bond is reliant on an established relationship with the trainer (in the anime at least) and the successful defeat of a Pokemon in battle.
Sun is able to trigger this ability within his first few Pokemon battles, leading to speculation about Sun's relationship is with Ash, if there is a relationship at all. Norman in Generation 3 was really the only father figure in the entire series, and has always left people wondering why so many young Pokemon trainers are raised by single parents.
It should be noted that the player character's father is mentioned in the first opening minutes of Sun and Moon, disproving this theory. At the end of the XYZ series, Ash releases Greninja into the wild, however. So the sender's identity is pretty up in the air.
The Alchemy Theory
GameXplain goes though most of the alchemy points that Lockstin mentions throughout his series of videos, but in a much more concise way that's easier to grasp over 20 minutes rather than five hours. This isn't to discredit either theory, but while Lockstin makes people that track down random celebrity connections to the Illuminati seem organized and coherent, GameXplain approaches the matter much more academically, and also makes some strong connections to the Generation 6 games with the roots of alchemic symbolism.