It feels great to be able to say with confidence that new Pokémon are heading to Pokémon GO with a generation II update. This hasn't been confirmed by a leak or a rumor (although there are plenty of those), but by an official statement from Niantic:
"While we cannot share all the details yet, keep an eye out on our social media channels on December 12th for details about the first addition of more Pokémon into Pokémon GO."
You can read the full statement here which mentions Niantic's new Pokemon GO partnership with Sprint.
Here's the last 20 years of Pokémon condensed into 20 seconds:
I feel this announcement wouldn't be quite as exciting if we didn't also have a whole load of extra info from the mighty power of the collective internet. And by that I mean specifically The Silph Road and its mighty subreddit.
Although this datamined information is pretty solid, you should never take anything as a definite. Don't come crying to me if you have to wait another few months for a Cyndaquil.
Generation 2 Pokémon Coming To Pokémon GO
Dataminers have shown that the code relating to the second generation of Pokemon is in place already, some of which has been there since early November. More recently, audio files for each Pokémon have also been found.
Whether Niantic releases #152 - #251 of the Pokedex all in one go remains to be seen. Hopefully, we'll have a choice of the three starters — Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile — like we did with #PokemonGO's initial release.
Shiny Pokémon To Begin Appearing
As badly as I have wanted this since release, it makes sense for Niantic to introduce shinies now as they were originally added in the second generation of #Nintendo's game series (Gold & Silver).
They'll likely be very rare but we can take a look at how to spot them:
Some will look very similar to their normal form, while some differ greatly. They'll probably have a sparkling animation and special sound.
Be sure to catch these! If trading ever comes into the game, you'll likely have your pick of Pokémon to trade it for.
Pokémon Genders Introduced
Again, this feature was introduced in the Gold & Silver games, so it should be unsurprising that it's likely to be rolled out with or after the release of gen 2 Pokémon.
There are also minor gender variations in certain Pokémon like in this beautiful family of Wobbuffet and their Wynaut children. The lipstick is the only difference. Although you can't catch Wynaut till Gen 3 is introduced, Wobbuffet will be available, in both male and female forms.
There now appears to be new code suggesting that you'll be able to give your Pocket Monsters various costumes. There has only been one 'type' of costume data that has been discovered so far which is named 'Holiday'.
Trainer Customization Options
More character customization options are also being added, allowing you to make your in-game avatar stand out. The following cutomization categories have been found in the game's code:
It's unclear whether new gear will be unlockable or only available for purchase.
There Are No New Moves
As of yet, no evidence of new fighting moves exists, which means either Gen 2 Pokémon will have the same moves as the first set of Pokémon or Niantic has decided to hold off on the release of new moves for now.
Legendaries Are... Still Coming?
This is still a mystery at the moment. Mew, Mewtwo, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres have all been found in Pokemon GO's code, but no one has any idea how to catch one. What is Niantic waiting for?
Need to read more about Pokémon GO? Check these articles out:
- What Niantic Didn't Tell You About Pokémon GO's Halloween Event
- 'Pokémon GO': Gen 2 Might Be Coming Sooner Than We Think
- The Latest Updates To 'Pokemon Go' Could Be The Final Nails In The PokeCoffin
What Gen 2 Pokémon are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments!