Is Cyclizar related to Koraidon and Miraidon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?

Time to shed some light on the situation.

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet look like another attempt from Game Freak to shake up a traditional formula held by the franchise, with the main Legendary Pokémon featured on the game’s box art being heavily featured in the gameplay from very early on.

And, with such importance placed on both Koraidon and Miraidon as both Legendary Pokémon and a replacement mechanic for HMs/Ride Pokémon from previous games, the introduction of an oddly similar-looking Cyclizar might confuse some fans.

Cyclizar, the Mount Pokémon, is a staple in the Paldea region as it “has lived in many households in the Paldea region since ancient times” and is often seen being ridden by locals. Cyclizar doesn’t mind being ridden because the warmth of a rider helps stave off the cold, which ties into it being a cold-blooded lizard and a Dragon/Normal-type.

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But with that information and the clear visual similarities to both Koraidon and Miraidon, there might be something tying the trio together. 

While we don’t have official confirmation about Cyclizar’s potential connection to the box Legendaries, some fairly reputable leakers have given a glimpse into the potential spectrum that connects it to the past and future. In a somewhat literal sense too.

Several fans have pointed out that Cyclizar being green puts it smack dab in the middle of the light spectrum—sitting between Koraidon, infrared or scarlet, and Miraidon, ultraviolet. This is a creative use of both the light spectrum, the names of the games, and a core concept of those games being crystals, which are shown to deal with refracting light even in the limited gameplay we have seen. 

Beyond that, numerous leaks have confirmed the existence of Paradox Pokémon, or versions of certain Pokémon species only found in the distant past or far future. These will reportedly be version exclusive and somehow tie into a past and present narrative, represented by the differences in Scarlet and Violet respectively.

This is important for Cyclizar as two different sources said it could “be considered” as the modern basis for Past and Future Paradox variants: Koraidon and Miraidon. However, the leaks are clear that this is only a consideration, meaning it might not be as central to the plot or an evolutionary line as people think, though playing up the inclusion of Legendary Pokémon in a game has been something that the developers have worked with since Generation V and changing how it is done in each subsequent release. 

  • Black and White: Has the player see their future Legendary Pokémon early in the story in a locked away state
  • Black 2 and White 2: A continuation of Black and White that implements a new Legendary mechanic with Kyurem
  • Sun and Moon: The Legendary Pokémon is featured as a “main character” that builds up into an evolutionary line at the end of the main story
  • Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon: The same plot build-up of Sun and Moon but with a similar twist to Black 2 and White 2 using Necrozma
  • Sword and Shield: The Legendary Pokémon is introduced at the start of the game and left to be “rediscovered” through plot points later in the story

It is very likely that, at most, the context will be laid out so players can either infer or loosely piece together that Cyclizar is tied to Koraidon and Miraidon via something similar to Paradox Pokémon. However, don’t expect something closer to that of Sun and Moon’s progression where we see Cosmog eventually evolves into either Solgaleo or Lunala.

The reference to Cyclizar being present in Paldea since ancient times might be as close to a confirmation as we ever get, though we won’t know until the games release.