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.
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.
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.
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.
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.