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After 25 years, we finally get a dolphin Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet leaks

If you lose, it smells like tuna.

The next step in the Pokémon universe is nearly upon us with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Some community members have got their hands on a rom of Pokémon Scarlet early. With a flurry of images and posts, leaks regarding the upcoming Pokémon title have temporarily slaked the thirst of Poké-fans worldwide. The most significant leak, however, comes with a playful personality and a keen sense of porpoise.

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After 25 years of Pokémon, one of the smartest creatures on the planet is being immortalized as a Pokémon. Finizen is a water-type Pokémon that closely mirrors a standard bottlenose dolphin. Number 291 in the Pokédex, this creature’s entry notes its playfulness and its ultrasonic waves that it uses to sense other creatures. A ring appears stuck around its tail shortly before the caudal fins.

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Finizen purported evolution has also been leaked and will likely blow fans away. An unholy combination of dolphin, muscle, and general fishiness collide for yet another franchise-new Pokémon, Chadolph, which appears to be a Water/Fighting hybrid. Actual data on the Pokémon evolution, such as level or material requirements, hasn’t come forth just yet: the leaked image has not been taken from the Pokédex and instead appears lifted from in-game screenshots.

While the images and data come from a few centralized accounts on the internet, it’s vital to remember that these do not offer verified data for Poké-fans. It’s best to take these leaks as plausible data and wait for the official release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Some fans take delight in duping fans, so until Nintendo or The Pokémon Company come forward and verify the accuracy of these leaks, it’s best to set clear expectations from official channels.

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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.