If you haven't heard by now, Pokémon GO is getting a big update, yes that means new Pokémon and new features, for real this time! The update is expected to arrive "this week" which will allow players to take advantage of the extension of the Valentine's Event's six hour Lure Modules!
With how excited many of us may be; there are still plenty of questions about this new update we definitely need answered.
Check out the update announcement trailer below:
1. How Will The New Eevee Evolutions Work?
One of the biggest discoveries with Gen 1 was the Easter egg as to how Eevee evolved. We learned that the #Eevee evolutions weren't completely random, they could be manipulated if you nicknamed your Eevee one of three trainers in the anime:
- "Rainer" for Vaporeon
- "Sparky" for Jolteon
- "Pyro" for Flareon
Thanks to the Gen 2 promo images, we know that Umbreon and Espeon will be part of the incoming wave of #Pokemon.
If the Eevee Brothers formula of naming your Eevee after a trainer in the anime is any indication then perhaps it will be the Kimono Sisters' names from the anime's Johto Arc that will serve as the catalyst. Just like the Brothers, the Kimono Sisters each used a different evolved form of Eevee:
- Satsuki: Jolteon
- Sumomo: Vaporeon
- Koume: Flareon
- Sakura: Espeon
- Tamao: Umbreon
This will be something for eager trainers to attempt when the update goes live. It will also be interesting to see if Sakura and Tamao work, will the other sisters will work as well.
2. Will Players Be Able To Choose Another Starter?
Just like the handheld classics, the first Pokémon you could get in GO was one of the three Kanto starters: Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle. However if the player didn't catch any of the initial three, by walking away from them four times, trainers would see the three of them again this time, appearing with a #Pikachu.
Johto, however does not have a defined fourth starter, just the classic three:
- Chikorita: Grass-type
- Cyndaquil: Fire-type
- Totodile: Water-type
Hopefully after the update is downloaded Professor Willow will greet us and the three Pokémon will appear, giving trainers a freebie to start their Johto collection.
3. Who Will Be Region Specific?
It's currently not possible to catch them all unless you do some overseas traveling (or become a spoofer) that's because of the region exclusive Pokémon. Currently there are just four:
- Tauros (North America)
- Mr. Mime (Europe)
- Farfetch'd (Asia)
- Kangaskhan (Australia)
With the exception of Mr. Mime, none of these Pokémon are part of any evolutionary chain (Mr. Mime Jr. was introduced in Gen IV as a pre-evolution). So based on that logic, chances are the new region specific Pokémon will not be part of any evolutionary line.
Excluding legendaries and Unown (due to it being a special Pokémon), the potential candidates are:
Just keep in mind that any of the new Pokémon could be region exclusive or while unlikely, none at all – let's hope for none, I wanna catch 'em all!
4. Will Initial Max Pokémon Storage Increase?
When Players start the game they are allowed to hold up to 250 Pokémon, this number can be increased by 50 each time you purchase a Pokémon Storage Upgrade for 200 Pokécoins. Even without making any purchase, it was to catch all available Pokémon without ever using all that space. Now an increase may be necessary to catch them all.
Let's take a look at the math, shall we:
- 142 Wild Pokémon Worldwide.
- 8 Pokémon obtained by hatching: babies plus Togepi can be evolved to Togetic.
- 81 new Pokémon at the least since the announcement says "more than 80".
- Add 1 if you live in an area with region specific Pokémon.
- Add 4 if you have visited each region or cheated (shame on you!).
With 250 initial slots available, Trainers will need to obtain Pokécoins to increase their storage by either keeping Pokémon at gyms or purchasing Pokécoins with real money. Of course it would be nice if Niantic does provide an additional storage space of 100 or so for free but don't count on it.
5. Will Baby Pokémon Appear In The Wild?
Maybe this just comes from my initial thoughts of the Baby Pokémon announcement, but I always expected Baby Pokémon to be a way to appease fans' appetites for new Pokémon while Niantic works on bigger additions to the game such as what was just announced.
As such I expected the #BabyPokemon to become available in the wild when the rest of the Gold & Silver Pokémon released. And while it would make sense to keep all the Baby Pokémon in eggs, especially #Togepei, all of them have been available in the wild in other games. It's my hope that in Pokémon GO they will be – I haven't hatched any...
6. Will Third Party Trackers Adapt?
Third party trackers have been a point of controversy since the failure of the game's original tracker. Some fans love and rely on them while others claim it's just another form of cheating. Niantic has not taken kindly to third party trackers such as PokéVision, and delivered Cease and Desist notices to many of these trackers. To disappointed fans, Niantic claimed these trackers were putting unnecessary strain on the servers.
Since the game's launch it has become impossible for Niantic to find and shut down all of these but the real question is, will the trackers that are still available update quickly to the Johto Pokémon? Time will tell for this one.
7. Is Breeding On The Way?
While we're still hoping that new gameplay features make their way to the game soon, such as trading, there is big hint that at least breeding is on the way.
The reason for this inference; "gender-specific variations" was a phrase written on Pokémon GO Live, the official website where Niantic gives details about new updates and partnerships. Currently the game has no gender for the Pokémon you catch so to even announce that this is coming is a sign that breeding is likely on the way.
8. Will It Return The Game To It's Former Glory?
There's very few things I wouldn't give to go back to the beginning days of Pokémon GO.
It was a magical time where the chaos of an exhausting election cycle subsided ever so slightly, as a mobile app game was making and breaking headlines. Pokémon GO had become a worldwide phenomenon and with it, millions of people were outside playing the game. Strangers were friendlier, new friendships were formed, people were visiting new locations, and overall people were simply everywhere having fun playing a damn game. There was just no experience like it – I even witnessed a couple form over catching a Geodude!
Despite it's short comings and early growing pains, you very rarely meet people who don't wish to go back to these days. Here's to hoping the latest update will do as such.
What are you thoughts about the recent update? Is there anything specific you're hoping Niantic makes clear? Let us know in the comments!