After their official reveal on Pokémon Day, the Paradox Pokémon Walking Wake and Iron Leaves have made their way into Tera Raid Dens in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. These two Paradox Pokémon in particular, which seem related to Suicune and Virizion, lend support to a fan theory regarding the true origin of these Pokémon.
The title of Paradox Pokémon is an apt one, as many of the prehistoric or futuristic Pokémon seem contradictory to their forms in the present day, and some shouldn’t exist given the lore behind the Pokémon they resemble. Walking Wake, the apparent Paradox version of Suicune, falls into the latter camp, as the existing backstory means a prehistoric Suicune makes little sense.
While there are many ancient Pokémon, Suicune is a not one of them. Suicune’s origin is tied to the burning of the Brass Tower in the Johto region of Generation II, initially being an unknown Pokémon that died in the fire. Ho-Oh, a mascot Legendary for the region, resurrected it along with Raikou and Entei, and the Suicune players have today was born.
Where this backstory contradicts the existence of Walking Wake is the fact that the burning of the Brass Tower took place 150 years before the story of Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. With Suicune not existing before dying and being resurrected before the tower’s destruction, there is no timeline in which it makes sense for the dinosaur-like Walking Wake to eventually evolve (in the biological sense) into the wolf-like Suicune. The existence of both in the same world is paradoxical. While that is somewhat perfect for the Paradox Pokémon group as a whole, a fan theory suggests an explanation that’s more logical.
The crux of the fan theory from Reddit user DropC2095 is that all the Paradox Pokémon were imagined by Arven’s parent, Professor Sada or Turo, and brought to life through the newly revealed Terapagos. Area Zero is stated to have a treasure that is watched over by a guardian, which could actually be one and the same as Terapagos, with the ability to bring dreams to life. The supposed time machine created by the professors in Area Zero may instead be a machine able to turn imagined things into reality with the help of Terapagos, with the professors being mistaken in their belief that these Pokémon have been pulled out of their times.
The time machine was also only built about a decade before the events of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, despite in-game lore stating that the powerful Paradox Pokémon were first been spotted 200 years ago. This was long before the time machine, but at the same time as another expedition into Area Zero. The mission was led by a man named Heath, who briefly lost consciousness and awoke with notes on Area Zero that he had no memories of writing, as well as the feeling he spoke to someone. He had also brought a Cyclizar with him, the contemporary version of the Legendary Koraidon and Miraidon, the two of which were later pulled through the time machine much later.
Beside the strange origins of the Paradox Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet, the original drawings for Walking Wake and Iron Leaves suggest this power of creation through imagination isn’t flawless. All Terapagos needed was a drawing of an impossible creature like a prehistoric Suicune one that is literally stated to be an artist’s imagination of what a creature found in Area Zero could look like. This also could explain why there are differences between the imagined and actual designs of Iron Leaves and Walking Wake.
The real origin of Paradox Pokémon remains murky, but it does seem that answers are on the way. With Scarlet and Violet’s DLC being collectively titled The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero, further clarification and information seem all but guaranteed and the truth just might align with this compelling fan theory.