A Pokémon Go data miner recently discovered a nutty-looking little fellah that might be a new Pokémon bound for Gen 8. The potential newcomer possesses a metal nut-shaped head that's balanced atop a blobby body that looks something like an eyeless Ditto.
The weird critter was uncovered earlier today by the popular Pokémon Go data-miner "Chrales." It seems the addition happened while Niantic attempted to upload data for Kecleon, a third-generation Pokémon who's yet to show up in Pokémon Go.
"[The potential new Pokémon is] labeled as kecleon in pokémongo but unity files are tagged with pokémon 891," Chrales tweeted earlier this morning. Currently, the "last" Pokémon on the National PokéDex is Zeraora (#807), a Mythical Electric-type cat Pokémon who will be available to download in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon very soon.
This screwy Ditto-like Pokémon might simply be a placeholder, but as Eurogamer points out, Pokémon Go already has a placeholder icon for unfinished Pokémon. The new guy also has 3D models for a Shiny form, which isn't something a placeholder model would bother with.
While the Gen 8 Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch is still more than a year away, there's a chance Niantic and Game Freak will build hype by revealing some newcomers via Pokémon Go and Pokémon Let's Go. That'd explain the presence of this crazy little fellah.
Eurogamer says it's reached out to Niantic for comment, but all's quiet on the Pokémon Go front for now. You may as well get out there and catch a few more Pikachus while the nice weather holds. Check out our Pokémon Go guides for tons of hints, tips, and strategies.