We love a good fan theory here, whether it's the fervor surrounding the latest Death Stranding trailer or the dark secret behind how Pokemon Go fits into the Poke-timeline. However, one of our favorites has recently cropped back up as Pokemon Sun and Moon seems to have confirmed one of the oldest theories in the Poke-verse.
It's a theory 20 years in the making, and pertaining to the evolutionary path of the Pokemon Cubone. You may have come upon it yourself, but if you haven't, get ready for #PokemonSunMoon to blow your mind!
Pokemon Sun And Moon: The Dark Truth Behind Cubone And The Death Of Its Mother
Most Pokedex entries surrounding Cubone make reference to the passing of its mother, the skull on its head or a mix of the two, as exemplified by a ton of fan art which you can see below.
While there's no canon explanation for the mass murder of every Cubone mother—something I'd like to see a fan theory about—hints indicate that the most prevalent theory may have been removed from the game. Why? Because it was way too dark for a kids game.
The theory states that Cubone has an alternate evolution path, one where it becomes Kangaskhan—a Pokemon that doesn't evolve from or into any other Pokemon. How is this possible? Well, it stems from the idea that if a female Kangaskhan passed away then the child in its pouch would use the skull of its parent to protect itself out in the wilds. Wow... Eventually this Cubone, the abandoned child, would evolve into a Marowak and then a Kangaskhan, thus bringing things full circle.
It's an idea supported by the existence of the Pokemon by the name of 'M in Pokemon Red and Blue—which can only be obtained through a glitch—which is believed to be a scrapped version of Marowak. If you catch 'M and level it up, it evolves into a Kangaskhan.
How Does Pokemon Sun and Moon Confirm The Theory?
Eurogamer found a link in Pokemon Sun and Moon via the 'call for help' mechanic, a new feature where low-health Pokemon seek assistance from other wild mons in battle.
A call for help is normally answered by a Pokemon of the same species or an evolved form, for example Pikachu may call for help from another Pikachu or a Raichu. This supports the age-old theory becuase Cubone can call for help from Kangaskhan in-game (as pictured above).
What about the inconsistencies with call for help?
There are a few situations in which a call for help may be answered by a Pokemon outside of your family, though the game normally explains this in the lore. For example, one Pokemon hunts another, so when the prey calls for help the hunter shows up, but in an act of friendly fire will finish off its prey.
But in case you're wondering what other hints games have dropped in the past, here's a brief run through. In Pokemon Y, you find Marowak and Kangaskhan in the glittering cave. In Generation II, Cubone and Kangaskhan are both found in the rock tunnel and in Generation V, Marowak and Kangaskhan are found on route 15.
There's a tied history between Cubone, Marowak and Kangaskhan that spans back generations, all the way down to their placement on the world map. Fans have been digging deep, huh?
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