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https://daily.pokecommunity.com/2018/09/22/that-new-pokemon-briefly-appears-in-go-confuses-everyone/

I personally think it was on purpose and a marketing stunt... we will find out more in a few hours! Were you one of the ones playing Go at the time of its appearance?
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If it had been on purpose, why would they slot it in Kecleon's slot? Zero reason for that. Head of marketing for the game in Japan tweeting question marks doesn't seem like a good way to market it either - surely they'd tease it with some more useful message, and on a far more public channel (like the official Pokemon GO accounts for worldwide and Japan...).

It just reeks of a mess. I believe they're going to pretend it's intended as the damage is done already, but again - if it was intended, why on earth have it take up Kecleon's slot. (And why have Kecleon transform to Ditto too when it briefly appeared? Suggests to me that effect is a failsafe when trying to catch something that shouldn't exist...)

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I'm not really sure how this could possibly be an error, like I've heard that Niantic is sort of a mess but are they really up to this level? Granted, I have no idea how this stuff even happens... but it just seems super weird to dismiss it as a mistake.

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If it had been on purpose, why would they slot it in Kecleon's slot? Zero reason for that. Head of marketing for the game in Japan tweeting question marks doesn't seem like a good way to market it either - surely they'd tease it with some more useful message, and on a far more public channel (like the official Pokemon GO accounts for worldwide and Japan...).

It just reeks of a mess. I believe they're going to pretend it's intended as the damage is done already, but again - if it was intended, why on earth have it take up Kecleon's slot. (And why have Kecleon transform to Ditto too when it briefly appeared? Suggests to me that effect is a failsafe when trying to catch something that shouldn't exist...)
Double posting because I might have an explanation for why it appeared in Kecleon's slot!! Well, it's a long shot, but apparently Kecleon was actually the first generation 3 Pokemon shown before the games actually came out! It first appeared in the anime in the Johto League Champions series in July 2001, which is a year before Ruby and Sapphire were released in Japan!

So maybe it's a fun throwback for them? Replacing the first gen 3 Pokemon with the first gen 8? I'm still confused on if the Let's Go exclusive Pokemon is supposed to be gen 7 or gen 8, though, haha.

Maybe give people a teaser to generate interest beforehand? Not saying it's a good marketing strategy but it seems remotely plausible that they would use GO as a tool like this. GO isn't just a spinoff anymore, but it's being incorporated into "main" games, so maybe they want to push more interest in GO as well? Also, maybe this is why they chose to use a weird looking Pokemon instead of a fluffy one like Riolu/Zorua/starters (some of the first announced mons of their generation) because they maybe wanted to generate doubt? Like, if they used a model for a more traditional Pokemon-looking Pokemon, then the gig would be up. But if they use one of the weirder ones, it generates speculation for a few days? I have no idea what the long-term effects of each strategy would be, just generating ideas maybe.

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Has anyone caught these and NOT get Dittos? Because during the Chikorita event I caught 3 of these guys and they turned into Chikorita's instead of Dittos.
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It looks like a freaky Ultra Beast ;;

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Everyone expected it to be some random code placeholder... now it appears to be potentially a new Pokmon that, obviously, involves Ditto in its thematic... I'd love to see it turn out into a better version of Ditto to be honest...
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It looks like a freaky Ultra Beast ;;
Could also be some Scientists derping around, lol.
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It looks like a freaky Ultra Beast ;;
That tiny thing is the destroyer of worlds and we just don't know it yet...lol.
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Ho-Oh

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DON'T TRANSFER YOUR DITTO GUYS!! ...because it might turn into Meltan and then you'll be sad you missed out. :c
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