It’s finally here, Generation 2 Pokémon. Albeit not all of the Gen 2 are releasing just yet, but plenty enough to get people excited about the game again. Not only are there new Pokémon releasing, but quite a bit of new items and features are coming to it too this week!
Here is the official blurb from Niantic:
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.
Additional Pokémon: More than 80 Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games, as well as Pokémon with gender-specific variations, will start rolling out in Pokémon GO.
New Evolutions: There are now more opportunities to evolve your Pokémon in Pokémon GO than ever before. Some Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will soon be able to evolve—into Pokémon that inhabit the Johto region! Be on the lookout for new Evolution items at PokéStops, which you’ll need to evolve some Pokémon.
New Encounter Gameplay: When you encounter Pokémon in the wild, don’t be surprised if they react in new ways as you’re trying to catch them. You’ll also notice the addition of new item carousels that allow you to select Berries and Poké Balls directly from the encounter screen. Hone your skills and catch those elusive Pokémon!
New Berries: Pokémon enjoy eating Berries, and you’ll have the opportunity to get two new Berries by spinning the Photo Disc at PokéStops—Nanab Berries and Pinap Berries! Giving a Pokémon a Nanab Berry will slow its movements, making it easier to catch. The Pinap Berry doubles the amount of Candy you’ll receive if your next catch attempt succeeds.
New Avatars and an Expanded Wardrobe: Now you’ll be able to give your avatar a complete upgrade! Customize your look with a whole new selection of hats, shirts, pants, and other items.
Be sure to use the hashtag #PokemonGO on Twitter to share your experiences as you explore your local neighborhoods with family and friends. We can’t wait to see the Pokémon you catch!
I’m glad to see more avatar customization and new berries – of course, new Pokémon as well. Thing is though, if you haven’t completed the first part of the Pokédex, it’s probably going to be harder get those elusive Pokémon (Lapras, Dratini, etc) through eggs because now there will be more possibilities for each egg type. That is unless they have different Gen 2 Eggs. Guess we will see shortly!
As far as evolutionary items, here is the ones from Generation 2 and what they do:
- Dragon Scale: Seadra to Kingdra
- Sun Stone: Gloom to Bellossom
- King’s Rock: Poliwhirl to Politoad
- King’s Rock: Slowbro to Slowking
- Metal Coat: Onix to Steelix
- Metal Coat: Scyther to Scizor
- Upgrade: Porygon to Porygon2
It hasn’t been confirmed if the Eevee Evolutions will be in this update (Umbreon and Espeon). In the video games, they are evolved through friendship – which is a feature not currently in Pokémon Go. When the full list is revealed, we will update this post and let you know which ones you will be able to catch!