This is my first forum post so sorry if it isn't perfect
I wanted to discuss the upcoming Elite 8 and champion in Pokemon Rejuvenation. I wanted to vocalize my thoughts on what characters will most likely fill these roles and explain why.
Zumi confirmed that as of v12, we have only seen 6/8 of the Elite 8 on screen and only 4 before v10:
It is confirmed in game that Tesla, Karen, and Jolene (Volta's mother) are all Elite 8 members. These are currently the only characters that we know for sure are Elite 8 members.
Tesla is one of the first characters we encounter in Aevium and specializes in fire types. To my knowledge, the only known members of her team are her Talonflame and the Charizard that Venam stole.
Karen's team consists of Diancie, Carbink, Vespiquen, and Persian. I don't remember if she has any other mons that she uses as part of her side quest in v12. A common theme around her team is that all the mons learn power gem... Which leads me to think she is mainly a rock type specialist with some outliers. Other pokemon on her team are likely to be Starmie, Ampharos, Slowking, or Mismagius as all of those mons learn power gem as well and aren't terrible.
We currently don't know much about Jolene's team other than that she specializes in electric type pokemon. She is one of 2 of the Elite 8 members that we first encounter post v10. She is gives us the Empoleon Crest as a reward upon completion of her side quest in v12. She is also the head reporter for Gearen News.
Elite 8 (Continued):
There are currently 2 Elite 8 members pre v10 and 1 e8 member post v10 that isn't confirmed.
Here are my thoughts on the possibilities of the characters from v10 and before being in e8:
Note: Only there are only 2 other characters pre v10 in the Elite 8
Rorrim B makes sense as an Elite 8 member because he is a character that we get introduced to early. He serves no real purpose in the story. I see him potentially being a more prominent character in v13+ but it is unlikely. If he were to be an Elite 8 member, he would most likely have a dance based team and probably specialize in flying/bug with a couple outliers. When discussing the possibility of Rorrim B being e8 in the community discord, Zumi gave us a hit towards what Rorrim B's purpose will be:
Interpret this as you will, but I see this as proof that he will not be an Elite 8 member.
Karrina is definitely an interesting character to talk about. We see her in the very beginning of the story as a small gang leader. We later come to find out that she has the power to grant us access to West Gearen. Finally, we come to realize that she is in fact a storm chaser. It's cool to see her develop as a character throughout the story. We come to learn about her back story and about how Karen killed her parents in front of her. This is important because she tries to get stronger in order to avenge her parents' deaths and put an end to Karen once and for all. With the Pokemon League in shambles because of the whole "Amanda situation," it is likely that Karrina is able to pick up an Elite 8 position... She has proved her strength multiple times in the past and it will add for some good character development to see both her and Karen in the Elite 8. It was stated in the game that Karrina was looking for Karen for a while to get revenge. This supports my theory on how she could pick up an Elite 8 position in the future, but does not currently have one. In v12 we were able to have a 6v6 battle with her and she doesn't seem to have a specific themed team. Her current team is Musharna, Durant, Alakazam, Nidoking, Granbull, and Fearow. I feel that she will be vital in the story later in the game, but I think we can successfully rule her out as a member of the Elite 8 unless she changes her team up a bit.
As you all probably know, Rune is Huey's sister and Rhodea and Lavender's roommate. Apparently she has a dark secret that would upset Huey. Flora was Rune's only friend until Flora told Rune that she was the leader of Bladestar and asked her to join. Rune refused and Flora blackmailed her into keeping the secret. She vanished into thin air without a trace. We don't know much about Rune or her pokemon, but it is easy imagine her being an Elite 8 member because of this. However, given the small amount of information currently available about Rune, I feel it is fair to rule her out of being an Elite 8 member for now.
Dylan is an interesting character to say the least. He was abused by his grandfather which caused him to leave Kristiline and move to Grand Dream City. His grandfather helped him run a fishing competition and we see Dylan use a Gyrados in order to fend off Ana from Bladestar in his house. Dylan also told us that his life was going well at one point, but then gave all his money to charity and moved into the Underground. But later in the story, he gives Ana $30k to spend on things in Kristiline and when Ana is shocked about the amount of money she was given, Dylan says, "Huh? It's only 30k. Don't sweat it." Where does Dylan get this money from if he gave all his money to charity and does not have a job to our knowledge? Mabye he's getting a pay check from the pokemon league? Finally, when Ana gets to act in Risa's movie in Pokestar Studios, Dylan is in disbelief and says:
This is relevant because he said this in disbelief and acted like it was a dream of his, but he did not have that position. Because of these 3 facts, I feel like it is safe to assume that Dylan is an Elite 8 member specializing in water types. This also makes sense based on his character sprite because he has blue hair, relating to water type pokemon.
When asking around in the community discord about possible Elite 8 members the name Nastasia popped up a few times. Nastasia is the highest ranking member of Team Xen after Madame X. Nastasia's reason for joining Team Xen are unknown and Madelis even asked Nastasia why she trusts Madame X so much, as Nastasia appears to have nothing on the line. I personally, do not see Nastasia being a member of the Elite 8 as Jan would never accept them into the league (but who knows what happened with Amanda as league scout). With Robo-Amanda out of the way, I highly doubt Jan seeing Nastasia on the list of Elite 8 members will result in her keeping that position. A cool think to note though is that Nastasia inherited Rejuvenation Co. from her mother and that is the location of the Team Xen base in modern time. The only member of Nastasia's team that we are aware of is Deoxys and I will explain why there is a better candidate for the psychic type Elite 8 position.
Nim is a likely candidate to be an Elite 8 member (other than the fact that she is literally a weapon that turns people to stone). We watched her develop as a character throughout the story from being a friendly obnoxious girl to being the shell of a human she is now, torn apart and brainwashed by Crescent to do her bidding. I feel like Nim has the potential to be a member of the Elite 8, but I do not think she will make the cut because we fought her multiple times throughout the story. I am not ruling it out as a possibility that she could potentially be an Elite 8 member (As I thought the Lorna battle in zone zero was much harder than the puppet-masters gym battle) but she feels more like a rival character than an Elite 8 member. Her team as of v12 is Aromatisse, Vivillon, Darmanitan, Marowak, Sylveon, and Solrock/Lunatone Fusion. Once gen 8 gets added in v13, I can see her with a Hatterene or Grimsnarl, but thats a topic for another day.
Crescent, Crescent, Crescent... Top of the food chain. Why think Nim will be Elite 8 if you can just go to her superior. I believe Crescent will be an Elite 8 member. We haven't battled her yet (unlike Nim) and I can't use the same excuse I used on Nastasia because Crescent is not on the opposing side as the main character. Crescent actively looks to put an end to Team Xen just like us. Her motives are unknown and her actions are unconventional, but its what gives her depth as a character. Crescent is more powerful than Nim and has so much power that she even brought us back from the dead. Not much is known about Crescent's backstory other than she seems to have known Nancy. Crescent is also a Storm Chaser so it is likely that she is able to have a position in the Elite 8. To my knowledge, the only known member's of Crescent's team is Mewtwo, Gothitelle, and Solosis (Zetta).
Elite 8 post v10:
In my mind, Hazuki Blakorey has to be the only character that will fit this position. Melanie is really the only other potential candidate, but she currently just exists as part of Melia's imagination. It makes sense for Hazuki to be an Elite 8 member as she is currently the last original storm chaser that is alive in the present. Hazuki is seen with what appears to be an Aegislash hinting that she will be either a steel or ghost specialist. Steel is very unlikely considering her granddaughter is the steel type gym leader. Hazuki being a ghost specialist makes sense because similar to Narcissa, Hazuki was not loved by Thomas and like Narcissa was not loved by Sirius. Sirius and Thomas both married Narcissa and Hazuki in order to use them for power. In turn, they both turned to ghost types for comfort.
Based on the possible Elite 8 members I have provided, the 6 that I feel most likely fit the role are:
There are 2 Characters I want to discuss regarding the Champion position.
I was holding off talking about Alexandra as a potential Elite 8 member because I feel that she is the most likely character that will become Champion. One of the main reason's I believe Alexandra to the Champion is that she feels the need to constantly change her name, first going by April when we meet her in Amethyst Cave, then going by Krystal when we meet her on our was to Grand Dream City. Another reason is the fact that on the train to Grand Dream City, Venam rants to Alexandra about how the Champion should be protecting the region and not doing nothing. Alexandra kind of just agrees with her, not trying to start an argument. This small detail is important because it means that Alexandra either knows the Champion or is the Champion herself. Alexandra is a direct decedent of Nymeria which could also provide evidence for her inheriting the highest position in the Pokemon League. The only part of her team we know about as of v12 is Latias.
Madame X is the most powerful character we met so far in the story. She is the leader of Team Xen, saved us from death, and even was once in possession of the Time Diamond. It is likely for Madame X to be the acting champion battle, but I doubt it because I feel that the plot with Team Xen will be resolved before the Elite 8. Keep in mind, we do not know who Madame X is behind her mask, so she could very well be one of the characters I previously listed. The only part of her team we are aware of is her Yveltal that we fought at Blacksteeple Castle.
That is the end of my predictions for the Elite 8 and Champion. If you guys have any other opinions or want to provide any further insight on these characters it would be much appreciated