Pokémon GO will get its first huge update this week: 80+ new Pokémon, new items, and more

by admin February 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm


“When is another generation of Pokémon coming to Pokemon GO?!”

It’s a question that the game’s players (including myself) have been shouting since… well, pretty much immediately after the game launched.

We’ve finally got an official answer: “later this week”.

The once oh-so-shaky servers have stabilized. The game is now available in most of the world. And now, about seven months after the game’s initial launch… it’s finally time for a bunch of new Pokémon.

Niantic tells me that players will be able to find “over 80” new Johto Pokémon (those from 1999’s Pokémon Gold and Silver games, otherwise known as “Generation II”) within the next few days.

I asked for a date more precise than “later this week”, but the company declined to get more specific. When asked whether the new Pokémon would be added all at once or rolled out gradually, though, a rep replied that they would all “be discoverable as soon as the update goes live.”

Better news: the 80 they mentioned will all be discoverable “in the wild”, as they should be — not just from eggs, unlike the handful added in December.

A few other things the company confirmed:

  • New “evolution” items required to make certain Pokémon evolve are being added. Niantic tells me that evolution items will come from PokéStops, much like eggs/Pokeballs/etc. I wish they’d gotten a bit more creative there — it’s a good opportunity to add some sort of new gameplay mechanic.
  • Two new types of berries are coming: Nanab berries, which make Pokemon slower and thus easier to hit, and the Pinap Berry, which doubles the amount of candy you get if your next catch attempt is a success.
  • New avatar items — new hats, shirts, and pants are mentioned specifically.
  • They mentioned new “encounter gameplay”, but they didn’t shed too much light on what that means

They also released this trailer: