The Valentine’s Day event may be ending today but there is bigger news just around the corner. You may have thought you caught ’em all but it’s time to get ready for more Pokemon. 80 new Pokemon have been announced!
The Pokemon which will soon be appearing are from the Second Generation of Pokemon. These Pokemon appeared in Pokemon Silver and Gold and they include the Generation 2 starters: Cyndaquil, Totodile, and (my personal favorite) Chikorita. Don’t forget to hold onto your Eeevee candies because it looks like more evolutions may be on their way!
The Pokemon from Generation 2 are not appearing at once but 80 brand new Pokemon from the Johto region is a big deal. According to Niantic, these Pokemon may react differently than the First Gen Pokemon. John Hanke, CEO of Niantic explains some of the changes:
“Today is a momentous occasion for our team here at Niantic which has been hard at work to deliver these additional Pokémon and build upon the encounter and capture mechanics for our passionate global community of Trainers playing Pokémon GO,” said Hanke. “Pokémon GO is a live experience which we’ll be continuing to support and evolve in new and interesting ways for years to come with new gameplay features, in-game and live events, more Pokémon to discover and much more.”
According to Forbes, there are more features coming soon:
“As hinted at in Hanke’s statement, more changes than just Gen 2 are coming to the game with this massive update. That includes a reworking of the encounter/capture system, new items required for evolution, new types of berries, and new customization items for trainers. It’s unclear which, if any of these, will be worked into the game’s microtransaction system, but regardless, an update of this magnitude will rake in revenue for Niantic all the same.”
Here is the full list of changes according to Express:
Additional Pokémon: More than 80 Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games, as well as Pokémon with gender-specific variations, will start rolling out in Pokémon GO.
New Evolutions: There are now more opportunities to evolve your Pokémon in Pokémon GO than ever before. Some Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will soon be able to evolve—into Pokémon that inhabit the Johto region! Be on the lookout for new Evolution items at PokéStops, which you’ll need to evolve some Pokémon.
New Encounter Gameplay: When you encounter Pokémon in the wild, don’t be surprised if they react in new ways as you’re trying to catch them. You’ll also notice the addition of new item carousels that allow you to select Berries and Poké Balls directly from the encounter screen. Hone your skills and catch those elusive Pokémon!
New Berries: Pokémon enjoy eating Berries, and you’ll have the opportunity to get two new Berries by spinning the Photo Disc at PokéStops—Nanab Berries and Pinap Berries! Giving a Pokémon a Nanab Berry will slow its movements, making it easier to catch. The Pinap Berry doubles the amount of Candy you’ll receive if your next catch attempt succeeds.
New Avatars and an Expanded Wardrobe: Now you’ll be able to give your avatar a complete upgrade! Customize your look with a whole new selection of hats, shirts, pants, and other items.
These new Pokemon and new features are expected to roll out sometime this week so keep checking for updates!