When Pokémon Gold and Silver released back in late 2000, the world was introduced to two new types of Pokémon: Dark and Steel. These two types helped to balance out the unfair advantage Psychic-type Pokémon had over so many other pocket monsters. Since then, we’ve seen several new generations of Pokémon games come and go, but never any new classification types. Until… this next one, perhaps?
That’s what one man is claiming, at least. In 2010, @Hirobyte on Twitter, supposedly an employee at the Spanish Official Nintendo Magazine, leaked several creatures from Pokémon Black and White that had not yet been revealed. Now he’s claiming that Sylveon, the newly announced evolution of the Pokémon Eevee, and Xerneas, the Pokémon appearing on the cover art for Pokémon X, are both of a heretofore never-before-seen classification type: Fairy.
It’s… super effective? Maybe?
@Hirobyte also claims that some previous Pokémon could be retroactively getting the Fairy-type classification as well, namely Clefable and Togetic. He also “revealed” that Yveltal, the legendary Pokémon appearing on the cover art for Pokémon Y, is a dual Dark- and Flying-type.
Of course, this is all merely a rumor at this point, but if true, it raises plenty of questions. First and foremost being what the strengths and weaknesses of these new Pokémon types are, exactly.
As always, stay tuned to Nintendojo for more as it develops.