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A new Pokémon is flying around the Sword and Shield website

What the duck is that?

Pokémon Sword and Shield's marketing campaign has already been a wild ride: so far we've had Pokémon wearing teapots, Jacob Rees-Smogg, and a cream-inspired Pokémon that definitely hasn't spawned a load of NSFW fan art.

Today, the weirdness has taken a more mysterious turn, as the Pokémon Sword and Shield website has been taken over by a pixellated Pokémon. Damn hackers.

If you visit the website, you'll be presented with the usual images - along with a glitchy little fellow in the bottom right corner. If you try to catch the Pokémon with your cursor, however, it darts out the way, before eventually crying out and opening up a half-completed Pokédex entry:

I hope this Pokémon isn't going to talk to me about Bitcoin.

So far we know it's a fighting type with the Steadfast ability, and the Pokémon can only be obtained once [redacted] has "survived many battles". What the hell is this Pokémon - could it be a Galar region version of Cubone? Judging by the pixellated image and description, I reckon this is a Farfetch'd evolution - the lore being it's stolen the skull of a defeated Cubone. To the victor go the spoils.

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A former Eurogamer intern and reporter, Emma loves delving into communities and modding scenes in search of the weird and wonderful. Oh, and be prepared for puns. Lots of horrible puns.

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