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At this point, it seems pretty clear Pokémon Z is not going to happen. Pokémon Sun and Moon have been announced, so it would be strange for another main-series game to come out first, and the third version of a Pokémon generation has never come out after another generation already began (excluding remakes).

In fact, Pokémon Z’s chances were in doubt for a while, but one thing made the rumors persist: Zygarde.

Pokémon X and Y had the mascot Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal. Since their trio was completed by Zygarde, a Legendary Pokémon whose name begins with Z, Zygarde seemed like an obvious mascot.

And for a Pokémon that isn’t a game’s mascot and played only a small role in Pokémon X and Y, the developers certainly put a lot of time into it. Zygarde is one of the Pokémon that has multiple forms, or Formes. However, the games only showed one, the snakelike 50% Forme.

Two years after Pokémon X and Y were released, the October 2015 edition of CoroCoro introduced Zygarde’s canine 10% Forme and its bipedal Complete Forme. It also explained that Zygarde is made up of smaller pieces called Zygarde Cells and Zygarde Cores.

The three Formes of Zygarde appear to be inspired by the children of Loki in Norse mythology, with the 10% Forme being Fenrir, the 50% Forme being Jörmungandr, and the Complete Forme being Hel.

Why would they focus so much on Zygarde and reveal its Formes as late as October 2015, if Pokémon Z would never exist? Well, there are two likely possibilities. First, stories about Zygarde might belong exclusively to the anime, in which it has already appeared.

Second, Zygarde could play a role in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Pokémon always appear in the new generations, and it’s not inconceivable that a previous generation’s Legendary could be part of the plot. It also calls to mind the way Kyurem was used in Kyurem Black and White 2, although there is no evidence that Pokémon Sun and Moon are tied to X and Y.

Zygarde feels too important to be cast aside. While wild Sun and Moon theories abound, it’s not too implausible to say this Legendary Pokémon will be tied to them.

Do you believe Zygarde is connected to Pokémon Sun and Moon? Share your Zygarde theories with us in the comments!