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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 about the dark secret behind the evolutionary path of the Pokemon Cubone. You may have come upon it yourself, but if you haven't, get ready for 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. The tragic story behind the Pokemon has made it a fan favorite, resulting in tons of fanart and speculation.

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 true explanation may have been removed from the games. Why? Because it was way too dark for a kids game.

[Credit: pkmntrainerdrewon DeviantArt]
[Credit: pkmntrainerdrewon DeviantArt]

The theory states that Cubone has an alternate evolution path, one where its final evolution is 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. 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 both by the visual similarities between the Pokemon and 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?

Cubone calls for help from a Kangaskhan - [Credit: Nintendo via Eurogamer]
Cubone calls for help from a Kangaskhan - [Credit: Nintendo via Eurogamer]

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 Pokemon 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. When Cubone or Marowak call for help however, a Kangaskhan may arrive to help them, implying they're part of the same evolutionary family. Cubone's mother may not be around any more, but it seems that Kangaskhans still feel a particularly parental urge to protect the young Pokemon.

Do Inconsistencies With Call For Help Disprove The Theory?

Cubone embraced by its skeletal mother - [Credit: DeviantArt: Drask]
Cubone embraced by its skeletal mother - [Credit: DeviantArt: Drask]

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?

Cubone the Hunter - Credit - [DeviantArt: Solkorra]
Cubone the Hunter - Credit - [DeviantArt: Solkorra]

And so, if you want more crazy Pokemon conspiracy theories, here's another 12 to sink your teeth—or mother's skull—into.

Sources: (Eurogamer, Reddit, Reddit)

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Originally written by Chris Leonhardt


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