Since the games were first revealed, publicity has been steadily building for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Between aspects of the game such as its open world nature and cooperative multiplayer as well as the Pokemon revealed so far, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have a ton of Pokemon fans excited for what’s in store.
Along with the cooperative multiplayer, a Pokemon Scarlet and Violet trailer also revealed the release date, confirming the release to be on Friday, November 18 of 2022. This means that, regardless of any further information being revealed, fans won’t have to wait all that some time before the games’ release.
This has fans of the game anxious and excited, and in typical Pokefan fashion, many have taken to designing potential Pokemon that could appear in the games. One fan dedicated a part of designing a shiny version of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Pawmi, offering 3 possible variants for the Pokemon. Many other fans have created theoretical evolutions for the Pokemon released, with one fan as of late dedicating a part of Smoliv and its potential evolution.
Reddit user LaundyLady posted art to the site that displays a potential evolution for the tiny olive Pokemon; sporting olives for hands and a head, a grassy dress, and a peace offering that wraps around its head, the unnamed evolution certainly keeps the olive theme going from its smaller counterpart. Like another fan-made Pokemon Scarlet and Violet evolution for Lechonk, LaundyLady took the original Pokemon and greatly added to its original theme, in this case choosing to go all-out on the olive aspect. The assumption could be made that this Pokemon could be Smoliv’s final evolution in a 3-Pokemon line because of the large amount of differences between the two.
LaundyLady’s design decision also takes Smoliv in a significantly more grass-themed heading than what is seen with other fans’ theories. For example, on prevailing theory is that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Smoliv will be the first grass-fire evolutionary line; this is primarily believed because of the association between olives and oil/cooking as well as the fact Smoliv has been revealed to be a grass/normal sort. In Pokemon, Gloom and Bellossom stand alone as the main instance of a dual-type Pokemon losing a sort without it being replaced; this has driven fans to theorize that, because Smoliv holds the normal typing, that type will eventually be replaced by another, more one of a kind.
Whether that type will be fire or not is unclear; LaundyLady does not specify the typing of her drawing, however it looks to be an unadulterated grass type. Perhaps Smoliv will retain the normal typing all through its evolutions, yet until November, fans will be passed on to any desire for the series’ first grass/fire type.