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Why We're Hyped About The Secret Mythical Pokemon

Are you ready for Pokemon Day? On Feb. 27, The Pokemon Company will be celebrating the franchise's 24th anniversary with the reveal of a new mythical Pokemon. This is big news, as it turns out, because for the last several years, mythical Pokemon have been leaked well ahead of release. This time we're totally in the dark as to what this mysterious creature could be.

What is a mythical Pokemon?

In Pokemon, there is a difference between mythical and legendary Pokemon. Unlike your everyday, run-of-the-mill creatures that can be found out in the wilds, mythical Pokemon are so rare that people question if they're just that — myths. For reference, the first mythical Pokemon was Mew, followed by Celebi, then Jirachi and Deoxys. These Pokemon aren't the legendaries that grace the box art of the games, but they're still powerful and coveted creatures. 

This last generation saw the addition of Meltan and Melmetal, which first started popping up in Pokemon Go before making their way into the Pokemon Let's Go Eevee and Let's Go Pikachu.

What is the new mythical Pokemon?

We really don't know what the new mythical Pokemon is. The only real hint we have is that it will feature in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield along with the new Pokemon animated movie, Pokemon Coco. The trailer for the film, which arrives this summer, shows Ash and Pikachu encountering some kind of wild child in a jungle. We see some rather mysterious pink and green sparkles around a shrine, which is likely a hint at this new mythical Pokemon.

The wild, Tarzan-like kid swinging from vine to vine in the trailer is shown as a baby left at the shrine along with the message, "This is a human..."

Other than that brief glimpse, we're unlikely to have any new information until the reveal of the new mythical Pokemon on Pokemon Day. That is, unless data miners ruin the surprise.