Niantic (the app’s developers) announced via their official Pokemon GO twitter account, the arrival of 80 new Pokemon coming to the app this week.
The new Gen 2 Pokemon arriving in the app will be those of the Jhoto Region. Pokemon such as Chikorita, Totodile and Poliwhirl will be up for grabs in the coming week.
“Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, and many more Pokémon are nearly here! Starting later this week, you’ll have the opportunity to catch more than 80 Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games. We’ve also implemented some new features to enhance your Pokémon GO experience.” – via the Pokemon GO site.
New items such as Nanab and Pinap Berries, used to aid in the catching of tricky Pokemon, will be available to get via Pokestops, as well as specific Pokemon evolution items.
Similarly to the games, some Pokemon will require specific items to evolve. These items will be released aside Gen 2 and, like the new berries will be available via Pokestops.
The highly anticipated announcement came following the app’s disappointing in-game Valentine’s event that increased the likelihood of catching pink Pokemon.
In December of last year, Niantic gave players a taste of Gen 2 with the release of baby Pokemon. The release featured seven new Pokemon, that could only be acquired by hatching eggs.
However, the excitement for the release of baby Pokemon quickly died off upon discovering that swiftly hatching these new baby Pokemon would require in-game purchases of egg incubators. Annoying for trainers who want to catch em’ all.
Niantic has previously hinted at gender specific Pokemon, leaving many to believe that breeding will become a feature the app will soon adopt. However, whether breeding will be added to the app is still up in question.
Many have abandoned the app because of its repetitiveness, therefore this announcement couldn’t have come at a better time. I hope that with the release of Gen 2, Pokemon GO will be revitalised, if not for a moment.