ByKatie Granger, writer at
MP Staff Writer, come to bargain.
Katie Granger

At this stage in the game we've pretty much given up all hope of ever actually getting anything those trolls over at Game Freak, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company tease us with. From the lack of any new Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon footage on April 3's Gathering at the Pokémon House, to the nonevent that was this month's issue of CoroCoro magazine, it feels like we've been left high and dry.

While a big April reveal about the upcoming games had been promised in the March issue of CoroCoro, we ended up getting only blank box art of the game and a lovely wee message telling us that the new content would actually be unveiled in May.

The CoroCoro box art "reveal."
The CoroCoro box art "reveal."

But of course, just because we were initially denied the big reveal, doesn't mean that the internet was taking this slander lying down, oh no.

Reddit and the Twitterverse wasn't exactly set alight, but there was a definite spark of activity as Pokéfans set out to discern as much information as humanly possible from the washed-out Pokémon Sun and Moon covers. And one YouTube user might just be onto something...

Legendary Pokémon Revealed?

So TyranitarTube on YouTube decided to take a shot at cracking the mystery of the blank box covers and quickly discovered there's no secret message hiding on the boxes, no matter how much Photoshop you apply to them.


But he does point out there must be a reason for this; why bother teasing the box art reveal to such an extent as to edge into trolling territory? Given that the Pokémon games have traditionally featured legendaries on the box art (the very early games excluded) it's fair to assume that Sun and Moon will do the same.

TyranitarTube posits that it's therefore pretty likely that the reason CoroCoro has been so sly about the box art reveal is because it's a big one; likely legendary Pokémon, which we've seen before (in the vein of Pokémon ORAS). It makes sense, though this is still highly speculative right now.

Who Could They Be?

Ho-Oh and Lugia could be the "Pokémon Sun" and "Moon" legendaries...
Ho-Oh and Lugia could be the "Pokémon Sun" and "Moon" legendaries...

TyranitarTube points out that a possible choice could be Pokémon Gold and Silver's Ho-Oh and Lugia; given that the two are held to be representations of legends concerning the sun and the moon, respectively. While Ho-Oh is the guardian of the skies (linked to the sun), Lugia is the guardian of the sea (with the tides being determined by the motion of the moon as it orbits the Earth).

Of course, we have already had another iteration of the two legendaries in the Pokémon canon; in HeartGold and SoulSilver, so bringing them back for a third round feels a little bit like the series folding in upon itself. There is always the potential for taking these legendaries a bit further with a Mega Evolved Ho-Oh and Lugia, which would be pretty sweet to witness.

Not convinced? Check out TyranitarTube's video for the full breakdown of the supporting evidence below. What do you think?

Does this theory hold up? What legendaries do you want to see in 'Pokémon Sun' and Pokémon Moon'? Tell us in the comments below!


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