[at Forbes] – Niantic shocked the Pokémon GO community yesterday when it was revealed that after months of leaks and rumors, Gold and Silver Gen 2 were coming to the game by the end of the week. Here’s how to best prepare for the arrival of Gen 2.
Is anyone out there still playing Pokemon Go?
Niantic is certainly hoping so, with its long-awaited release of a new update that will put 80 new Pokemon into the mobile app game later this week.
The new spawns will feature species originally discovered in the Johto region from the Pokemon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games.
“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 Chief Executive Officer John Haneke said in a statement. “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.”
The new Pokemon could be coming in the nick of time as players have shown increased frustration with the monotony in the game since its initial release in July 2016.
This should be good news to those fans, many of whom weren’t exactly thrilled when Niantic announced their recent Valentine’s Day event featured minor rewards, like increased captures of pink Pokemon and double candy in the game.
That is, if they’re still playing.
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Niantic has confirmed that the new update will be coming “later this week” and that all the ‘Generation 2’ Pokemon will be discoverable as soon as the update becomes live.
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A Pokemon Go update has just been announced. What’s new this time around?
A new Pokemon Go update has just been released. What has changed this time around?
It’s been nearly a week since new creatures were finally made available in “Pokémon Go.”
Togepi, Pichu, and other “baby” Pokémon from the game’s second generation of creatures are now available — but only by hatching eggs.
If you’re unfamiliar with “Pokémon Go,” you collect eggs by visiting Pokéstops, which are landmarks for physical locations in the real world that you can spin every five minutes to get more items. Players can hold up to nine eggs at once, and hatch those eggs by putting them in incubators, and walking around for a specified distance (2km, 5km, or 10km) until the egg hatches.
Pokémon Go creator Niantic Labs has teased that more creatures are coming to the game soon, and players have yet to see the powerful “Legendaries” like Mewtwo that were shown when the game was first announced.
We’ve gathered everything you need to know about the seven newest Pokémon in Pokémon Go, including their descriptions from the official Pokédex and information provided by members of The Silph Road on Reddit:
Description: “As its energy, Togepi uses the positive emotions of compassion and pleasure exuded by people and Pokémon. This Pokémon stores up feelings of happiness inside its shell, then shares them with others.”
Evolves into: Togetic
Candies to evolve: 50
Egg distance: 5km
Description: “Togetic is said to be a Pokémon that brings good fortune. When the Pokémon spots someone who is pure of heart, it is said to appear and share its happiness with that person.”
Evolves from: Togepi
Description: “On nights with many shooting stars, Cleffa can be seen dancing in a ring. They dance through the night and stop only at the break of day, when these Pokémon quench their thirst with the morning dew.”
Evolves into: Clefairy
Candies to evolve: 25
Egg distance: 2km
Pokémon Go is officially expanding with new creatures. But you can only get them by hatching eggs.
Togepi, Pichu, and other Pokémon from the game’s second generation of creatures are now available, Pokémon Go creator Niantic Labs announced on Monday.
“Starting later today, Trainers will have the opportunity to hatch these and several other Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Johto Region in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games,” Niantic said in a blog post. “These are the first of more Pokémon coming to Pokémon GO over the next few months.”
Additionally, players will be able to catch a limited edition Pikachu wearing a “festive hat” until December 29.
Here’s a video from Niantic announcing the updates:
Pokémon Go is finally fixing its biggest problem.
After months where many players could not find Pokémon in Pokémon Go, players in the U.S. and most of Europe will finally get a working “Nearby” tracker.
Pokémon Go creator Niantic Labs has been slowly making the tracker available to more players in recent weeks — but the basic feature has been restricted to U.S. players west of the Mississippi River until now.
“We will be expanding the Nearby Pokémon feature to the rest of the continental United States and large parts of Europe,” according to a Wednesday blog post by Niantic. “We will continue to review the feedback submitted on our official social media accounts and in other channels and make changes if necessary.”
The tracker allows you to see where Pokémon are located in the game’s map based on their proximity to nearby Pokéstops, which are virtual stops for collecting items that are associated with physical locations in the real world.
Without the tracker, many have been left to blindly stumble upon Pokémon in the game for months. Some players on Reddit have been having trouble with the new tracker’s accuracy, but those issues are hopefully fixed now that Niantic is making it available to everyone.
If you’ve already caught everything in “Pokémon Go” or you just gave up a few months ago, there’s good news: There might finally be new Pokémon to catch soon.
Yes, seriously. For real. Some data-miners found unused code in the game’s latest update that adds Pokédex entries for the second generation of Pokémon, which debuted in “Pokémon Gold & Silver.” That includes classics like Chikorita, Totodile and Celebi.
One more thing to note is that files for Ditto, the elusive pink transforming Pokémon, also appeared in this update. Could we get an update soon that adds second generation Pokémon and Ditto?
I sure hope so. “Pokémon Go” desperately needs something to bring back the zeitgeist that made the game so engaging back in July and August. If the game gets people to whip out their phones and congregate around lured up Pokéstop games again, that would be amazing.
Of course, as usual, developer Niantic hasn’t said anything about this and it probably won’t until it’s time to make an official announcement. Hopefully we know more before the end of 2016.
Attention, all weirdo retro video game hipsters — your Pokémon Red or Blue save file could be in danger! Youtube glitch-seeker MrCheeze has crafted a virus for the classic game, one transmitted by Game Boy link cable. Here’s a technical explanation for all you weirdo retro video game hipsters who are also computer hacking geniuses:
But here’s the bare-bones explanation of the virus — if you were to link up your copy of Pokémon Blue with someone else’s already-infected copy of Pokémon Red, their save file would rewrite yours. SO BE WARY AND ALSO CAREFUL — once your game is overwritten, not only would your screen explode in a colorful confetti of 9s and male Pokémon symbols, you’d also lose your rare Zapdos. Horrors.
That said, this virus is a good opportunity to talk about safe practices for anyone thinking of linking up with someone else.
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