The rumors of a new kind of evolution coming to Pokémon Sword & Shield have received a little more credence, as a new data leak has uncovered hints that Armored Evolutions will be appearing in Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Sword & Shield is the upcoming eighth generation of Pokémon titles that was announced during the 2019 Pokémon Day celebrations. The initial announcement trailer for Pokémon Sword & Shield only revealed the base forms of the new starter Pokémon and didn't offer any information about any new features that are coming to the series. There have been recent rumors that suggest that Armored Evolutions could be coming to Pokémon Sword & Shield, which would fit into the fact that the Galar region that the game is set in seems to be based on Great Britain.
The debut of Armored Evolutions might be happening in a different game, as a Twitter user named Chrales has uploaded a picture from an upcoming update to Pokémon Go which lists a new variant of Mewtwo, called Mewtwo_A, which some fans believe refers to an armored form of Mewtwo. Mewtwo is one of the four Pokémon that is rumored to be receiving the new Armored Evolution (along with Charizard, Flygon, and Zeraora.)
It might seem unlikely that a new feature from the mainline Pokémon games would debut in Pokémon Go, but that's exactly what happened with Meltan, which was a brand new Pokémon that first appeared in the wild through Pokémon Go and could be added to the Pokémon: Let's Go! Pikachu & Let's Go! Eevee games through trading. An armored version of Mewtwo appeared in the Pokémon anime and in Pokémon: The First Movie, so its addition to the games would finally canonize an idea from over twenty years ago.
There still hasn't been any official confirmation of the existence of Armored Evolutions in Pokémon Sword & Shield, but the evidence is starting to grow and it seems as if the armor-clad version of Mewtwo that was once used by Giovanni may soon be in the player's grasp. Pokémon Go was a cultural phenomenon that sparked a huge nostalgia boom for the original Pokémon games, so it makes sense to feature closer tie-ins to main games as their launches approach. The audience of Pokémon Go may have diminished since it was first launched, but the game still has a huge audience that Nintendo would love to convert into Switch owners through cross-promotion.