The Pokémon Horizon The anime has introduced most of its cast at this point, however one character has yet to be seen face to face. However, that may be changing as the show has finally revealed their true appearance.
In Pokémon Horizons, Riko and Roy occasionally spend time in episodes watching videos from a streamer called “Nidothing” (“Gurumin” in Japanese). Nidothing releases videos on topics related to beginner Pokémon training, such as talking about the type advantage or the feeling inside a Pokémon’s Poké Ball. This is an activity that is relevant to the target demographic of the Pokémon, and it has the added bonus of teaching the basics of this Pokémon to Horizons viewers. Nidothing was introduced before the series came out, hinting that they would be a main character, but so far they have been completely disconnected from everything else going on.
The Pokémon’s “Nidothing” has been on the Airship the whole time
In episode 7 of Pokémon Horizons, Riko and Roy discover a door on a spaceship that is always locked. It has a small “doggy door” entrance, which Quaxly uses to get in and out of the room, but otherwise it stays closed. Quaxly criticized Roy’s fighting ability, urging the two to train and gain experience. Whoever was in the room put out a new note at the end of the episode, this time describing the mysterious shiny Rayquaza located in Roy’s Ancient Poké Ball heading to Paldea, after it was released in the previous episode. However, as they walk out the door, the camera cuts inside and shows the Nidothing outfit lying on the bed behind a black shadow, confirming that Nidothing is a member of the Rising Volt Taklers.
Interestingly, when Nidothing was first introduced, they were displayed separately from the spacecraft crew, instead being revealed the following week alongside the Pokémon Horizons villain designs. However, many fans believe that the Quaxly seen in the Nidothing videos is the same one seen on the spacecraft, however, now it seems that has finally been confirmed. The next episode looks set to fully reveal who’s behind Nidothing, and the preview has already shown the character’s purple hair. That doesn’t match anyone I’ve met so far, which further confirms that Nidothing is a distinct character and not an existing character’s secret identity. Hopefully this new character and their role on the airship will finally be revealed in time for some adventures in Paldea, where the ship will soon arrive.
While Nidothing may not Pokémon Horizon‘ the biggest mystery, this character has left many fans scratching their heads, so any answers regarding this character would be welcome, especially if it means the end they can interact with the rest of the members.