If you’re a big Pokémon fan like me, you were probably excited for your semi-regular dose of new Sun and Moon information today. We saw some new Pokémon like Alola Raticate already lovingly dubbed Faticate (it’s strangely adorable), and a potential new pseudo-legendary Dragon, Jangmo-o, who’s also kind of a cutie. The trailer led though with something called Type: Null. Yes that’s actually the Pokemon’s name. More on that in a bit.
If you want to buy in to what some Reddit users and other fans are piecing together, the next set of information revealed in today’s trailer, the Aether Corporation and UB-01, could be a sign that Pokémon Sun and Moon may wind up being something seriously dark and twisted.
Let’s back up a bit first. OK so after we learned about those new Pokémon, we were introduced to the Aether Corporation. Here is their official description to peruse first before we start going down the rabbit hole:
“The Aether Foundation works in the Alola region. The foundation’s goal is to care for Pokémon that have been hurt. The Aether Foundation has constructed an artificial island called Aether Paradise. There, they not only provide shelter for Pokémon, but also conduct various research projects. It seems that the main character will also be able to visit Aether Paradise during the adventure.”
Seems nice, right? Who could possibly be against providing a shelter to Pokémon? They probably take in Pokémon hurt by Team Skull, and give them a home. In the trailer we see Team Skull up to their normal antics, trying to steal and sell a Slowpoke. The Aether Foundation and their “Aether Paradise” could be a group we align with to stop Team Skull.
It all seems like standard Pokémon story fare, until we get to the “Synthetic Pokémon,” Type: Null, who straight up looks like some kind of chimeric abomination:
Something is seriously not right with this Pokémon. It looks like a failed experiment, combining a bunch of different other Pokémon. Its origins are still unknown but here’s what its official description mentions: “To complete a certain mission, there was need of a Pokémon powerful enough to rival those Pokémon often spoken of in mythology.”
Somehow though, Gladion of Team Skull is Type: Null’s owner, which is curious because nothing we’ve seen from Team Skull seems to imply that science and construction of Pokémon chimeras is their M.O. at all. They seem more interested in just causing trouble and making a quick buck, similar to Team Rocket in the original games.
Is it possible that Team Skull is responsible for Type: Null? Sure, we don’t have all the details yet, but it would take a ton of scientific research and ability to pull that off. It seems more likely that Gladion stumbled across Type: Null somehow. The Aether Corporation, on the other hand, is all about isolated scientific research, and was revealed today alongside Ultra Beasts.
Here is what Ultra Beasts are according to the official site:
“In the Alola region, rumors are flying about mysterious creatures known as Ultra Beasts. Ultra Beasts possess mighty powers and could pose a threat to humans and Pokémon, so they are feared. It appears that the Aether Foundation is also conducting research on these Ultra Beasts. According to rumor, multiple Ultra Beasts exist, each of them called by a code name.”
The first of these beasts, UB-01, was revealed today. Here’s what it looks like:
Look familiar? If you ask believers of this still in development theory such as Tastypies, a Pokémon Reddit user, it looks suspiciously similar to Lillie, the professor’s mysterious assistant who will “play an important role in the story of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.” Tastypies believes that “Lillie might have been involved in the Aether Foundation’s experiments, which might have scarred her for life. That’s why she hates fighting. Whether she remembers those events or subconsciously feels the aftereffect is up for debate.”
Could Pokémon Sun and Moon really be delving into Human-Pokemon Chimera hybrids? The Aether Foundation’s isolation and potential experimentation sounds eerily similar to the story of the Montauk Monster and Plum Island.
But wait, there’s more! The conspiracy theories don’t end there. A Twitter user (or group of users) by the name of @theheavysquad, pointed out this doozy from the Japanese version of the trailer today as well:
In case you’re not picking up what The Heavy Squad is putting down, they are suggesting that Sun and Moon will feature wormhole time travel to other worlds, dimensions, or regions. In the trailer we can see UB-01 opening up (or leading them to) something wormhole-like before the trainers.
The Aether Corporation’s president Luasmine mentions in the trailer that, “even Pokémon from distant worlds, far from the Alola region, are worthy of my love.” Is she willing to go as far as ripping time and space itself to find new Pokémon? Perhaps even the Sinnoh region? We’ve seen crazier evil Pokémon leaders, and alternate universes are certainly in play now as of ORAS, so it is plausible.
Why the Sinnoh region though you might ask? Well aside from Sinnoh being due up next for some kind of remake, it also ties back to our ol’ pal Type: Null, who was created to rival Pokémon spoke of in mythology for some kind of shady mission. What mythological Pokémon could that be? How about this one:
Looks similar right? Pay close attention to the green markings and the shape of the head. It could be a stretch, but it’s an intriguing one at that. The Heavy Squad’s Twitter is full of even more tiny details on this theory that could mean nothing or everything, so go give that a visit if you’re into that.
Honestly, the only thing stopping me from buying into this awesome theory completely is that it almost sounds too dark and twisted to seriously be part of a Pokémon game. Game Freak hasn’t been afraid to explore controversial topics before such as Black and White’s discussion on the morality of Pokémon battles, but this would certainly be taking things to another level if true.
Tastypies’ summary of this now growingly popular theory is a good place to get your feet wet if you want to learn more.
So we’ve got to ask. You buying this Pokémon Sun and Moon theory or no? Let us know in the comments below.