Lechon Has Somehow Ended Up in Pokémon and Pinoys Are Going Crazy

We would die for Lechonk.

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ILLUSTRATION anton reyes

(SPOT.ph) Hot off the back-to-back releases of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and Pokemon Legends: Arceus over the past six months, Pokémon does not look to be slowing down, with their newest games Pokémon Scarlet and Violet eyeing a release date of November this year for the Nintendo Switch.

A newly released trailer for the games revealed the new Legendary Pokémon, all-new characters, advanced gameplay features, and a four-player multiplayer, and while all those features are cool and all, what the Internet is currently going crazy over is the unveiling of the new Hog Pokémon, Lechonk.

Lechonk is one of the new Pokémon introduced alongside the newest Pokémon region, which appears to be inspired by Mediterranean Spain. Lechonk's soon-to-be-endlessly-memed name is derived from the pork dish known as lechon, popular in Spain, Portugal, and yup, you guessed it, the Philippines. And, of course, Pinoys on the Internet had many things to say about it. From folks relating to the Lechonk's erm, more endearing and very relatable hog-like qualities to our stellar wit (and cuisine) shining through, we round up some of the funniest reactions below.

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Here are the best reactions to the announcement of Lechonk in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet:

Funniest Reactions to Lechonk Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
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Best Reactions to Lechonk Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
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Lechonk Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
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You bet Pinoys weighed in on Lechonk's relation to Filipino Food.

Lechonk Name Origins Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
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New Pokemon Lechonk Scarlet and Violet
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There's always that one trainer who has a team of six of the same Pokemon...

Lechon Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
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Filipino Pokemon Names
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Pokemon Lechonk Meme
PHOTO BY Screenshot/Subtle Filipino Traits Facebook Post

Hopefully this means we are one step closer to getting a region inspired by the Philippine Islands?

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Also read: Kamusta Mario: Nintendo Launches Official Website for the Philippines

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are set to release on November 18, 2022 for the Nintendo Switch. For more information, log onto the official Pokemon Facebook page.

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