Though it may be a case of too little too late, Niantic’s announced that Pokémon GO will be getting a whole mess of critters from Pokémon Gold and Silver starting later this week. Finally, Johto has truly arrived.
The coming of Generation 2 Pokémon has been speculated since the app first released with only a selection of the original games’ 151. An update not too long ago introduced the first of these via baby Pokémon like Igglybuff and Smoochum being found in Eggs, but that’s a far cry from actually being able to find all the Gen 2 pocket monsters out in the world.
In addition to 80 new Pokémon, the update also brings Gen 2-specific evolutions and gendered Pokémon variations. There’s not a whole lot of either, but Gen 2 is where things start to get a little different. Blissey, for example, should theoretically evolve from Chansey now, though how exactly “happiness” will be measured is unclear at the moment.
It honestly looks to be shaping up to be a massive update for Pokémon GO even with a few holes left to fill. The official site also mentions new encounter gameplay, berries, avatars, and an expanded wardrobe. The real question is whether the update will renew interest that’s seemingly been slipping since the game released last year and caused a mad rush for the outdoors.
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