Is Wiglett a new Pokemon or a subspecies of Paldean Diglett?

Wiglett is a brand new addition to the Pokedex in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, but is it a regional Paldean form of Diglett? Or is it a convergent evolutionary species? Let’s find out.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet are slowly introducing a slew of new species to the franchise, from adorable creatures like Lechonk and Smoliv to transforming box art legends Koraidon and Miraidon.

While we already know there will be at least one regional Paldean form in the games, the newly revealed Wiglett has fans wondering if it’s a Paldean form of Diglett or something entirely new.

We’ll have to wait until Pokemon Scarlet & Violet releases to get the full story, but for now we have some answers to some of the biggest questions surrounding Wiglett’s existence.

Is Wiglett a Paldean Diglett in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

The short answer to this question is No, Wiglett is not a Paldean form of Diglett. It’s an entirely new Pokemon in the Pokedex and doesn’t share the same entry or number as other regional forms.

This was confirmed in Wiglett’s announcement videowhere the Pokemon World Ecological Society acknowledged their similarities but confirmed they are a “completely different species” to Diglett.

“Although they appear to be the Paldean form of Diglett, we’ve learned that they live and eat differently, as if they were completely different Pokémon,” they explained.

That being said, there are many obvious similarities between Diglett and Wiglett – not least their names – so it’s not surprising that some people assume it’s a regional Paldean variant.

Wiglett could be an example of convergent evolution

While the official description for Wiglett has yet to be released, many Pokémon fans have shared their theories that this new Pokémon may actually be a “convergent evolution” consistent with Diglett.

Convergent evolution is a real-world phenomenon where two vastly different species evolve in similar ways to adapt to their environment and end up having matching traits or appearances.

This would certainly explain why the Wiglett and Diglett share similar characteristics but are classified as different species. This is the opposite of regional variants, which are an example of divergent evolution.

If the similarities between Wiglett and Diglett mean convergent evolution, then the biggest theory at the moment is that Wiglett’s design was based on the real animal known as the garden eel.

While we wait for more information on Wiglett, check out some of our Pokemon Scarlet & Violet guides below:

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