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Twitch is partnering with The Pokémon Company to celebrate the launch of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Twitch has released a new emote for users based on the new lovable pig Pokémon of Scarlet and Violet named Lechonk. Users can find the new emote by simply searching for the word “Lechonk” in the emotes search bar. It is unknown if the emote will remain on Twitch temporarily or if it will remain on the platform from now on.
Lechonk was one of the first few new Pokémon revealed to Scarlet and Violet. It is a normal type of pig Pokémon that serves as an early game capture for players starting their journey. Lechonk can be found in spotted grass in the southern part of the Paldea region. At level 18, Lechonk evolves into Oinkologne, with two different evolved forms depending on whether its gender is male or female. Even when evolved, Lechonk and Oinkologine are not strong Pokémon. However, Lechonk has developed quite a fan following, with many fans clinging to its adorable design.
Since the earliest Pokémon games, there has always been a weak normal-type Pokémon that players can catch in the early routes. For example, Rattata was the early normal type Pokémon players can get in Pokémon Red and Blue. The tradition has since remained, leading to the creation of similar normal-type Pokémon such as Zigzagoon, Bidoof, Yungoos, and Skwovet. Usually these normal Pokémon serve more as learning tools for new trainers rather than being useful Pokémon. You don’t often see players carrying a Bidoof around in the Elite Four.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet launched on November 18 and has received heavy criticism from fans for its performance issues. The game features a ton of new Pokémon, including the lovable new superhero dolphin Pokémon Finizen and Paradox Forms of existing Pokémon, plus new gameplay mechanics like Terastallize. Terasallize gives Pokémon a gem-like appearance, giving them a boost in power and potentially changing their typing as well.