Now, at last, the update people have been crying out for has been announced. 80 new Pokémons are coming in the wild and it’s up to you to catch them. Check out additions and features, and everything we currently know about them from the press release, below.
In a nutshell, the main bulk of Generation Two — the Pokémon from the Johto region that originally appeared in the Gold and Silver Game Boy games — will start appearing in the wild later this week.
So, two main questions: 1) When exactly will these be in the game, and 2) Why only 80 when there are 100 Pokémon in Gen 2?
The press release doesn’t give an exact date/time, but “later in the week” indicates we’ll have them by Friday or Saturday at the latest.
The eight existing Gen 2s and six legendaries, though, that still leaves seven Pokémon unaccounted for. Our best guess is that these are the likes of Unown and Wobbuffet — essentially the Gen 2 equivalents of Ditto, which may require special moves or additions that will need to be added over the coming weeks/months.
To increase your options when capturing a Pokémon, Niantic is adding two brand new berries to the game: the Pinap Berry and the Nanab Berry.
The Nanab Berry slows down a Pokémon’s movements to make it easier to catch, while the Pinap Berry — which is a bit of a game-changer, in our opinion — means the candy you receive for a Pokémon will be doubled if your next catch attempt is successful.
There’s currently no word on the level these berries are unlocked at or how they’re acquired.
Evolution items were first hinted at in the data mine of the January update, and they’ve now been officially confirmed.
Details are thin at this stage — we know for sure that these will be used to evolve certain Gen 1 Pokémon (like Onix and Seadra) into their new Gen 2 evolutions, but we don’t know exactly how the stones will be acquired in the game.
Luckily, the latest update has taken into account our in-game avatars, too, who will soon be able to dress in “a new selection of hats, shirts, pants, and other items”.
These will be available from the in-game shop, according to the press release.
“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,” Niantic founder and CEO John Hanke was quoted as saying.
“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.”