The latest trailer for Pokémon Sword & Shield has revealed that cooking will be an important part of the game and that one of the ingredients might be made from Pokémon meat, answering a long-standing question about whether people eat Pokémon. The most recent Nintendo Direct had lots of announcements for new games, as well as revealing features on upcoming titles like the aforementioned Pokémon Sword & Shield.
Pokémon Sword & Shield will allow the player to cook curry & rice when camping out in the wild. The latest trailer shows both the player character and their Pokémon eating the food and reacting to its quality. The curry is made from a mixture of ingredients that are enjoyed by both humans and Pokémon, including the berries that are found in the wild in most Pokémon video games. The first Nintendo Direct for Pokémon Sword & Shield revealed that the Galar region is based on Great Britain, which is why curry was chosen to be such an important meal in the game, as curry is one of the most popular dishes in the UK.
The fans noticed something strange during the reveal of the cooking mechanic in Pokémon Sword & Shield, as one of the ingredients that the player can use is sausages. The player character (and their Pokémon) are also shown eating a dish that is clearly labeled as sausage curry. The fact that the player can eat sausages in Pokémon Sword & Shield seems to confirm the long-running fan theory that humans will eat Pokémon meat.
The Pokémon video games have always been coy on the matter of Pokémon farming, with the notable exception of Sharpedo. It was confirmed in Pokémon Moon that Sharpedo were almost hunted to extinction due to people eating their fins, making them one of the few Pokémon species confirmed to have died at some point in the series. It has been confirmed that humans will eat food that comes from Pokémon, such as Moomoo milk from a Miltank or Polteageist's tea, but the games have never outright said that a butcher will slay a Pokémon and chop it up into meat. The Pokémon anime has shown Ash Ketchum eating meat at various points, but the source of the meat is never confirmed.
It's strange that the Pokémon series would include such a potentially blatant reference to Pokémon meat, but it's possible that they could pull a hasty retcon and confirm that they are vegetarian sausages, which can be made from soy. It's possible that the Galar region has a nightmarish Pokémon abattoir and the fans won't have to wait long to visit it, as Pokémon Sword & Shield will be released on November 15 for Nintendo Switch.