Pokemon Go Finally Adds Generation 2 Spawns

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.

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“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.

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Many popular gamers on Youtube have posted rants, posed ultimatums and even quit the game due to the lack of new updates and features.

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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Pokémon Go has released new creatures into the wild

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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:

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Pokémon Go is finally fixing its biggest problem for most players

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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.

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Pokémon Go is finally giving more people access to the game’s most wanted feature

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There are many features players want to see in Pokémon Go, but nothing has been as hotly anticipated as a ‘Nearby’ tracker that actually works.

Pokémon Go creator Niantic Labs has been testing a new tracker in San Francisco since August, and now it’s thankfully starting to make the tracker available in more areas.

The tracker shows Pokémon that are currently spawning close to nearby Pokéstops, which makes them much easier to find than the random list of nearby creatures that most players see in the game.

“After reviewing your feedback, we have made some changes to the Nearby feature we were originally testing in San Francisco, California,” Niantic said in a blog post on Tuesday. “We have changed the feature to only show the Nearby feature if a PokéStop is close to your location. In addition, we have also made changes to the way Sightings now works.”

Some players on Reddit have been having trouble with the new tracker’s accuracy, so hopefully it will become more accurate over time.

Here is where the new Nearby tracker in Pokémon Go now works, per Niantic:

  • United States of America: All states west of the Mississippi River (except Hawaii and Alaska)
  • Canada: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the western half of Ontario
  • Australia: All states and territories

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It looks like a hundred more Pokémon are coming to ‘Pokémon Go’

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.

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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.

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Pokémon Go is making it much easier to catch all the Pokémon and players love it

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Just a day after launching a big new update to Pokémon Go that finally brought some much-requested new features to the game, developer Niantic is back at it again with some minor tweaks that players already seem to love.

That’s good, because even the hardest-core players are starting to get frustrated with the game.

The two biggest changes, per the official Pokémon Go Twitter account, are:

  • Pidgey and Rattata — two of the very most common Pokémon in the whole game — will no longer hatch from eggs. On the same note, the relatively common Eevee will only hatch from eggs that 5 kilometers of walking to hatch, where before it would appear in 10 kilometer eggs.
  • “You may encounter other Pokémon where Pidgey, Rattata, and Zubat were previously more commonly found,” Niantic says. That means you’ll find way fewer of those common Pokémon in the wild, and theoretically more rare and desirable monsters.

In aggregate, Niantic is addressing one of the biggest complaints with the game: It’s way too easy to find or hatch certain Pokémon in the course of everyday playing, but way too difficult to find those last few that you may be missing.

Mixing it up and shaking around where Pokémon are located will ultimately make it easier and more fun to catch ’em all.

Over on the Pokémon Go “subreddit” community on Reddit, players are already applauding the change, calling it “proof that we are being heard.” That’s good news, as Niantic has so far been slow to address the steady decline of players from the game by adding new features and addressing old annoyances.

Professor Willow has discovered that you may encounter other Pokémon where Pidgey, Rattata, and Zubat were previously more commonly found.

— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) November 3, 2016

 

Professor Willow has discovered that Pidgey & Rattata no longer hatch from Eggs. He also found that Eevee now hatches from 5 km Eggs only.

— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) November 3, 2016

 

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