Earlier this week, the highly popular Pokémon Go got fans pumped over the news that the Johto Pokémon were being added to the game, increasing the total number to 251 Pokémon available for capture. The update has now gone live and, along with 100 new #Pokemon, there is a lot more new content added to the game to get fans back out there to catch 'em all.
What New Pokémon Can You Catch?
Obviously, the first question to ask is: Are all the #Johto Pokémon available? The answer would be no. Like the original 151 Kanto Pokémon, some of the Johto are not instantly available. The Johto you can't currently capture are Smeargle, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, Ho-Oh and Celebi. They are all unavailable due to their Legendary status, in the same way that Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo and Mew are still unavailable.
Smeargle is most likely unavailable due to how it learns attack moves. Typically the Pokémon learns the Sketch move every 10 levels, and once used the Smeargle will learn whatever attack move was last used on it. With battle styles from the standard games still missing from Pokémon Go, it is possible a future update introducing PvP battles will see Smeargle added to the game.
The New Pokémon Found In 2km, 5km And 10km Eggs
Naturally, the addition of all these new Pokémon has resulted in an increase of what might hatch from the eggs collected from the PokeStops.
Prior to the release of the Johto Pokémon in the wild, the game did introduce Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Togepi, Smoochum, Elekid and Magby, who were all made available last year to hatch from the eggs. Igglybuff, Cleffa and Togepi are all within 2km eggs; Pichu, Elekid and Magby are found in 5km eggs, leaving Smoochum as the only one in a 10km egg. Here is a list covering the rest of the Johto Pokémon and which eggs you need to hatch them from.
- 2km eggs: Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Sentret, Hoothoot, Ledyba, Spinarak, Aipom, Misdreavus, Slugma and Remoraid.
- 5km eggs: Chinchou, Natu, Marill, Sunkern, Yanma, Whooper, Murkrow, Wobbuffet, Dunsparce, Snubbull, Qwilfish, Shuckle, Sneasel, Swinub, Phanpy and Tyrogue.
- 10km eggs: Mareep, Sudowoodo, Pineco, Gligar, Heracross, Skarmory and Larvitar.
- Not in eggs: All evolutions of Pokémon, all Lengendary Pokémon, Unown, Girafarig, Teddiursa, Corsola, Delibird, Mantine, Houndour, Stantler, Smeargle and Miltank.
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Genders Have Arrived
When Pokémon Go launched with just the original pocket monsters, their genders remained ambiguous. Now, with the launch of the Johto Pokémon, genders are included within the game. All your previously caught Pokémon will now have a gender, with the exception of a few, such as Magnemite, that remain genderless. However, this appears to go deeper than simply being given a male or female symbol, with some Pokémon having gender differences.
In the above image you will notice a difference in the number of external gills on the axolotl Pokémon Woopers. Males have a double pair while females have a single. This is just one gender difference that adds some variation in what Pokémon can look like within the game.
Two New Eeveelutions
When the game first launched, players knew exactly what they wanted their Eevee to first evolve into: Either a Jolteon, Vaporeon or Flareon. To get this done, all you had to do was give your Eevee a certain nickname. So now that Espeon and Umbreon are in the game, how do you get your Eevee to evolve into one of them?
In a standard Pokémon game, Eevee will evolve into one of these two when it loves the trainer, and if leveled up during the daytime you would get Espeon and at night Umbreon. And now nicknaming tricks are back! To get your Eevee to evolve into an Espeon, name it Sakura and for an Umbreon, Tamao. Then activate the evolution process and you'll get the two newest Eeveelutions.
New Items From The PokeStops
When you spin a PokeStop you could now find yourself with some new unknown items. The most likely new item for players to encounter are the two berries that have been added to the game, the Pinap and Nanab berrie. The yellow Pinap Berry will increase the number of candies a player obtains after capturing a Pokémon, while the pink Nanab Berry will slow down a wild Pokémon's movements to make for an easier capture.
But now there are four new items to aid in Pokémon evolution! This is a new mechanic within the game. A Sun Stone is required to evolve Gloom into a the new Pokémon Bellossom. A Metal Coat will allow Scyther to become Scizor, and Onyx to become Steelix. A King Rock will turn a Poliwirl into a Politoad and a Slowpoke into a Slowking. The final new item is the Dragon Scale, which when used with Seadra will evolve it into a Kingdra.
New Character Customizations
Fans have been asking for more options for how their avatar can be made to stand out from the crowds of players in the game. The good news is, they have listened and now there are dozens of new options to alter the appearance of your character. However, these new styles cost coins and will act as microtransactions for the creators. This is not unusual for a free game to depend on microtransactions to create a revenue stream, but if you want a truly uniquely styled avatar, it will cost you this time around.
Time To Head Out And Catch 'Em All!
With this update (that has been anticipated since the game's release) Pokémon Go is sure to see a popularity bump once again. It's been reported that trading and PvP battles are set to hit the game next.