Fans hoping to see split evolutions for the starter group in Pokemon Sun and Moon are out of luck, as a recent video involving the new living, breathing Pokedex confirms that Rowlett, Litten and Popplio will follow the basic two-evolution format. This was probably the case to begin with, but some fans were hoping for an extra evolution after it was revealed that Rockruff would have a special connection with the three Pokemon.
This doesn’t mean that the Sun and Moon starters won’t have Mega Evolutions, since they usually don’t have their own Pokedex entries. Rather, none of them will have an optional final evolution, which is what fans were hoping to see when the Rockruff connection was implied during its reveal.
Gamers on Reddit have discussed their theories, with most not really expecting split evolutions for the starters in Pokemon Sun and Moon, while others were a bit more optimistic. The two 3DS games have done a good job differentiating themselves from previous titles, but it seems like some traditions will still stay, like players getting one of the three starters from the main professor.
Some fans have theorized that the possible split evolutions with Rockruff could be located somewhere else in the Pokedex, but that would be odd. All Pokemon are listed with their evolution unless a new one is made for a new game. This is why Pichu is seen after Pikachu in the official numbering of the Pokemon games, since the former was made in Pokemon Gold and Silver.
It seems doubtful that the starters would have split evolutions to begin with, since the two new games are already packed to the brim with new content. The Pokemon League system has been ditched for the Island Challenge, while the Alolan versions of older Pokemon has renewed interest for some of the first generation Pokemon. Some fans actually want a Raichu now.
Those who want to see more on the game should stay tuned to Nintendo?s Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon Gamescom 2016 livestream this August 18. Pokemon Sun and Moon are slated for a November 18 release for the 3DS, 2DS, and New 3DS. Fans who want both games can get the dual pack steelcase. A manga based on the two games comes out in October.