Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Wigglet: The new Pokémon resembling Digglet

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With less than 2 months remaining for the release of the next Pokémon games, more and more info on the new creatures found exclusively in the Paldea region will be revealed. And today, we got the official announcement of the newest addition to Scarlet and Violet Wigglet, the Garden Eel Pokémon that’s not exactly what you think it is!

No, this is not another Regional Variant for Digglet, nor a new shiny color. It’s an entirely new Pokémon that we’ll be seeing throughout Paldea in the next-gen games.

This new creature was previously revealed yesterday on the World Pokémon Ecological Society promotional Japanese site. The newcomer for Scarlet and Violet Wigglet is the center of the discussion in their teaser video, but he wasn’t fully revealed until today when they finally got their own page on the official site for the upcoming games.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Wigglet: All we know

Wigglet is a pure Water-type Pokémon that is strikingly similar to Digglet, but just like every media about him is claiming, he’s an entirely different Pokémon. Quoting his page on the official site:

Though It May Closely Resemble Diglett, It’s a Completely Different Pokémon

It may look like Diglett, but it’s actually a completely different species of Pokémon.? Wiglett pokes a part of its body out of the sand to feed in the ocean. It’s still unclear what the rest of its body hidden in the sand is like or how long it might be.

With the main differences being his white, slender and wiggly (heh) body and his type, he also has a different habitat from regular Digglets, who usually lives in closed enviroments such as caves and tunnels. His description also implies that his diet differs from his ground-type counterpart.

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Why is Wigglet not a Regional Variant?

Differently from the fabulous-haired version of Digglet found in Alola, Wigglet is not the same Pokémon. Regional Variants are essentially the same species that adapted throughout the years in order to survive in their environment. Don’t ask me how having nice hair helps Digglet and his evolutions thrive in Alola, though.

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Credit: The Pokémon Company

In Wigglet’s case, he’s a different species that went through a different evolutionary process. They may have some ancestors in common, but it’s possible that they just ended up being similar through evolution and are not connected by any means. 

Alolan Digglets and regular Digglets are 100% from the same species, but they adapted differently. Those who went to Kanto became the Digglets we know today. Those who went to Alola were bald no more. The creatures that became the Wigglets we see today were possibly from a similar, but unrelated species.

As many fans mentioned, this is also similar to other existing Pokémon such as Tauros and Bouffalant, which are similar but still different species. Another example would be the various electrical mice we find in the games, such as Pikachu, Pachirisu, Pluslie and Minun.

This doesn’t mean we won’t be finding Digglets in Paldea (as the trailer shows one interacting with Wigglet). Both can coexist at the same time, but Wigglet is more adept at the seas and oceans while Digglet prefers to stay on the ground.

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Credit: The Pokémon Company

Among the new creatures shown in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Wigglet is one of the most eccentric to this date, and we hope to see more info on the next Pokémon soon. And of course, see if Sprigatitto will actually stand up in his final evolution (please stay on all fours!).

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be released worldwide on November 18 exclusively for Nintendo Switch. Preorders are also available.

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