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A terrifying ostrich joins the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet roster via leaks

It doesn't seem willing to put its head in the sand.

With Pokémon Scarlet and Violet just a few short days away from official release, the game’s roster is growing exponentially as leaks drop containing all sorts of wild and varied Pokémons. The roster is getting far bigger with this newest release, filled with creative and brilliant creatures that are sure to capture your heart. One new leaked addition is an ostrich with legs bigger than your chest.

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The ostrich in question is called Espathra, and from the leaked images appears to be the strangest mix of high-technology and balloon animal. Espathra is a Psychic-type of Pokémon and possibly an evolutionary stage of the leaked Pokémon Flittle. There leaked screenshot shows that the Espathra is level 41, and a hint of the Pokéball system. This means Espathra’s spawn natively up to level 41 at a minimum and supports the theory that it has evolved from something, being that it’s such a high level. The high level of the creature also implies that it won’t be seen by many until late-game, at least as a native spawn.

However, the best we have for the moment is conjecture and theory. Beyond analyzing images, it’s difficult to base any concrete theories and ideas from the leaks because neither The Pokémon Company nor Nintendo have verified the accuracy of these leaks. The best way to verify the authenticity of the claims that are bounding across the internet is to wait until Pokémon Scarlet and Violet releases officially on November 18 for the Nintendo Switch.

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Chris Davenport is a freelance writer for Gamepur. He's been writing video game guides for the past five years and has been featured on GameRant.