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The Sword and Shield site is teasing a glitched Pokémon and fans have theories

Who’s that Pokémon?

A trainer wearing a red shirt throwing a Poké Ball forward. Game Freak/The Pokémon Company

There’s a new Pokémon being teased on the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield website, and fans are rushing to figure out what it could be.

Early this morning, the official Pokémon Twitter account made an announcement: A new Pokémon has been discovered. The link attached to the tweet brought fans to the game’s official website, where a glitch now appears on the right side of the screen. After chasing the glitched out Pokémon across the website with the cursor, the image becomes clickable. The page opens up to a Pokédex listing that’s pretty obscured after playing a Rotom’s call — the Pokédex in Pokémon Sword and Shield is a Rotom.

Here’s what we know: the mystery Pokémon weighs 257.9 pounds and is a fighting type with an ability called Steadfast. “Only [redacted] that have survived many battles can attain this [redacted],” the listing reads. “When this Pokémon’s [redacted] [redacted]ers, it will retire from combat.”

Glitched out Pokémon Game Freak/The Pokémon Company

One of the more popular theories is that the glitched out Pokémon is an evolution of Farfetch’d — everyone’s calling it Sirfetch’d, a name that was mentioned in an earlier rumor posted on 4chan. If you rotate the glitched image, it does indeed look like a bird holding, well, a sword and shield. Colors on the sword are green and white, which many people are assuming is some kind of leek weapon; Farfetch’d is known for always carrying around a leek. And if you insert this information into the redacted text on the Pokémon’s listing, it does work.

“Only Farfetch’d that have survived many battles can attain this evolution,” a Twitter user guessed. “When this Pokémon’s stick/leek shatters, it will retire from combat.”

Others have begun mocking up images based off the glitches, and yep, the bird theory looks to check out. But some fans are convinced it’s a Cubone or a reference to MissingNo., an infamous error that first appeared in Pokémon Red and Blue.

Pokémon Sword and Shield will be released Nov. 15 on the Nintendo Switch. The game brings players to a U.K.-inspired region called Galar.

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