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Is the Fuecoco evolution leak for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet real or fake? Answered

There's not much to go on, honestly.

Leading up to the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, several leaks have already been happening regarding the regional Pokémon that could be appearing in the game. One notable leak is the Fuecoco evolution leak, which references Cocollona, a mythical creature that the leak is based on. Is the Fuecoco evolution leak for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet real or fake?

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Is the leaked Fuecoco evolution real?

From what we can tell, many of the leaks regarding Fuecoco appear fake and have no validation by Game Freak. Fuecoco, one of the three starting Pokémon you’ll be able to select, is the small Fire-type dinosaur-like option. At the start of the game, you’ll have the chance to choose this Pokémon as a partner to take with you without the rest of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, eventually evolving it into a unique form.

However, many players lean towards Cocollona as the initial design choice for Fuecoco’s final evolution, hoping it will be a Fire and Ghost-type. Unfortunately, with no evidence Game Freak provided for these final choices, we won’t know until closer to the release. The multiple speculation images and concept arts of Fuecoco have already poured over the internet. Outside of hopes, though, these images are not supported or offer any validation by Game Freak.

One of the more believable potential leaks centered around Fuecoco has been proven fake, though, with the creator coming forward and confirming themselves as the creator. For anyone who was hoping this would be the actual form when the game launches, the creator has confirmed this will not be the case.

Fuecoco looks like a small Fire-type dragon or a crocodile, but its final evolution remains in the air. Many fans are hoping, though, that Fuecoco does not receive the same treatment multiple Fire-type starting Pokémon have received in the past, where it becomes a Fire and Fighting-type.

The concept of Fire and Fighting-type has been used by multiple starting Fire-type Pokémon multiple times through mainline Pokémon games. However, a unique twist, similar to Typhlosion’s Pokémon Arceus Hisuian evolution turning into a Fire and Ghost-type, made it a standout from that series and a twist we’d like to see repeated.

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Zack Palm is the Senior Writer of Gamepur and has spent over five years covering video games, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Oregon State University. He spends his free time biking, running tabletop campaigns, and listening to heavy metal. His primary game beats are Pokémon Go, Destiny 2, Final Fantasy XIV, and any newly released title, and he finds it difficult to pull away from any Star Wars game.