Pokémon the Movie: XY 2015 Trailer May Feature Mysterious Leaked Pokémon

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Not long after the release of Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, the first trailer for next year’s Pokémon the Movie: XY has now been released, showing legendary weather trio Kyogre, Groudon and Rayquaza battling it out in a dramatic showdown across land, sea and sky.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the trailer, however, is that it hints at the inclusion of another, more mysterious Pokémon in the film, details of which were previously leaked by hackers. Although the Pokémon in question does not directly appear in the trailer, it is thought to be associated with the strange rings that are featured in the clip. You can check out the trailer for yourself below, but if you’d rather avoid potential film and game spoilers, you’re advised to look no further than the video.

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Some time ago now, data for three Pokémon “hidden” in Pokémon X and Y was unlocked by hackers and leaked online. One of these was Diancie, which has since been confirmed as a legendary Pokémon, which Nintendo recently distributed to Gen VI players via Mystery Gift. Diancie, of course, subsequently starred in its own movie. However, the other two – Volcanion and Hoopa – are still yet to be officially confirmed by the company.

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It’s the latter of these that seems to be connected to Pokémon the Movie: XY 2015, as well as to have interesting links to certain features in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Hoopa is a truly bizarre Psychic and Ghost type monster, known as the Mischief Pokémon. As well as being able to learn some totally unique moves, it also looks unusual – almost genie-like – with gold rings around its horns and torso. But if you think it’s strange looking in its normal form (shown above), wait till you see what Hoopa looks like “unbound”…

Yep, that’s a total of eight limbs, each encircled by gold bands, and what looks like a big, ominous vortex in its stomach, also surrounded by a ring. To “unbind” Hoopa, as it were, trainers must speak to a particular in-game character – a PokéMart worker, to be precise – who tells of his encounter with a mysterious man who demanded all the goods in his shop in exchange for a dirty old bottle which, generously enough, he then passes on to the player. Once in possession of the “Prison Bottle”, you’ll be able to see Hoopa transform into its larger, and rather creepier, unbound form. Check out this video by Sleepy Jirachi to see Hoopa in action:

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In addition to noting the resemblance between Hoopa’s rings (especially when using the move Hyperspace Fury) and those in the trailer, it’s also been noted that these hoops are similar to those found at Mirage Spots in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. These rings encircle mysterious portals that transport trainers to locations where they can encounter legendary Pokémon, a fact that becomes especially pertinent when considering Hoopa’s Pokédex descriptions. Pokémon X tells us that Hoopa “gathers things it likes and pushes them through its loop to teleport them to a secret place,” while Pokémon Y says that the “troublemaker sends anything and everything to faraway places using its loop, which can warp space”.

How does Hoopa fit into the story of Pokémon the Movie: XY, and what part does it have to play in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire? Only time will tell…unless the hackers get there first!

Sources: Game Zone | Kotaku | Sleepy Jirachi | Froakie on YouTube

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