Pokémon fans went wild this week with the introduction of a seemingly brand new Pokémon in Pokémon GO that looks almost exactly like a nut. Not the type that you eat, mind. Instead, the type that you use when setting up a new IKEA wardrobe.
Its name is also enticingly mysterious. Right now it takes the name '???', and it transforms into a Ditto the moment you catch it. That's not entirely surprising when you consider that its body does look like a silver Ditto.
So what's the deal with this mysterious Pokémon? Is it a brand new Pokémon that we'll see more of soon? Or has Ditto just found a new way to hide? In this guide, we're going to dig through all of the speculation so far to try and figure this out alongside you.
Pokémon GO Nut Pokémon ??? Explained
Where Did It Come From?
All we know so far is that this mysterious Pokémon randomly started appearing shortly after the September Community Day, and that many players have encountered it since.
What Is It?
That's as of yet unclear. It currently has no name, doesn't appear in the Pokédex, and turns into a Ditto the moment you try and catch it.
Is It An Accident?
Initial speculation pointed towards the Nut Pokémon being a placeholder inclusion in Pokémon GO, and that releasing it into the wild was a accident on Niantic's part. This was later somewhat miscredited when Niantic's Head of Marketing Kento Suga tweeted about it.
Is It Kecleon?
So far, fan theories have pointed towards two pretty solid conclusions: that this mysterious Pokémon is Kecleon or a brand new Pokémon entirely.
Kecleon is a chameleon-like Pokémon that can take the form of its environment in order to hide, which could explain Ditto's confusion when it tries to transform into it. Dataminers found further "evidence" when they discovered that the mysterious Nut Pokémon was labeled as 'Kecleon' in the game files.
Could This Be The Mysterious New Pokémon Promised In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee?
However, there is a complication. When glancing at the unity files, it appears that this Nut Pokémon has the number 891, a number unused at presence and was seemingly to make an appearance as part of Gen 8 when Pokémon 2019 launches on Nintendo Switch.
Could it be that this is a first glance at the brand new Pokémon that Game Freak teased for Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!?
When Will We Find Out Exactly What This Is?
Either way, we should find out what this mysterious new Pokémon is very soon. If it is Kecleon, then Niantic can introduce it properly at any point, as Gen 3 is already available within the game. If not, well, it's not that long until Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! launch on Nintendo Switch. Maybe then?
Either way, we'll keep on top of this fan speculation and keep this guide updated with any developments. Stay tuned.
What do you reckon this mysterious new Pokémon is? Is it Kecleon? A Brand new Pokémon? Something else entirely? Let us know what you reckon in the comments section below.