It’s finally here. Niantic Labs has finally made generation 2 Pokemon available to catch in Pokemon GO. Here’s their announcement on the matter from their Twitter account:
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) February 16, 2017
But how does it work you may wonder? How are generation 2 Pokemon available in Pokemon GO now?
Well, wonder no more! Because like with the Pokemon Bank update, we’ve prepared a short, hopefully useful FAQ to get you started with generation 2 in Pokemon GO. So without further ado, let’s get on with the bloody questions!
The Pokemon GO Generation 2 FAQ
Starting with one about the Pokemon available. What new Pokemon are available in this update?
Excluding the legendaries (of which 6 new ones have been added in generation 2), there are now 94 new Pokemon you can encounter in Pokemon GO.
And how about eggs? Any new ones to worry about?
Yeah, quite a few actually. Generation 2 has brought with it 46 new evolutionary lines, excluding the ones added during the recent baby Pokemon update. Here’s a (not quite complete) look at what generation 2 Pokemon hatch from what type of egg courtesy of Pokemon GO Hub.
How about Unown? Are they present now?
Yes they are. Unown can be encountered in the wild now. Based on preliminary reports, they spawn in the United States and Singapore at the moment, though other regions are likely as well.
Not as far as we know. So the three legendary beasts, two new legendary birds and Celebi haven’t been seen in Pokemon GO yet.
Okay, I get it. How common are new Pokemon?
There’s no ‘official’ data yet, but based on this survey on the Silph Road subreddit, it seems like the new Pokemon are about as common as the generation 1 ones. So that means common stuff like Sentret and Ledyba will appear as often as Rattata and Pidgey, whereas rarer ones like Larvitar and Skarmony will be seen far less.
Moving onto evolutions now. How do cross generation evolutions work?
Well, it all depends really. Some (like Golbat to Crobat) merely involve the standard ‘give lots of candy’ evolution method. So if you want a Crobat, you’ll need to give 100 Zubat Candy to its previous form.
However for other Pokemon, you’ll need a special evolutionary item. These can be gotten at Pokestops across the world, and have to be used alongside a certain number of Candies in order to evolve the Pokemon to its next form. Here are the cross generation evos and what items are required:
- Golbat to Crobat – No item required (just 100 Zubat candies)
- Gloom to Bellossom – 100 Oddish candies and a Sun Stone
- Poliwhirl to Politoed – 100 Poliwag candies and a King’s Rock
- Slowpoke to Slowking – 50 Slowpoke candies and a King’s Rock
- Onix to Steelix – 50 Onix candies and a Metal Coat
- Chansey to Blissey – No item required ( just 50 Chansey candies)
- Seadra to Kingdra – 100 Horsea Candies and a Dragon Scale
- Scyther to Scizor – 50 Scyther candies and a Metal Coat
- Eevee to Umbreon – 25 Eevee candies, should be nicknamed Tamao for 100% chance
- Eeevee to Espeon – 25 Eevee candies, should be nicknamed Sakura for 100% chance
- Porygon to Porygon2: 50 Porygon candies and an Up-Grade
Is that it?
Actually, no. You can also evolve an Eevee into an Umbreon by walking it as your buddy for 10KM at night, and do the same in the day for Espeon. So in a sense, the ‘happiness’ evolution method is now in Pokemon GO too.
Also, Pokemon who’ve gained extra evolutions (like Zubat) now require less candy to evolve them into their intermediate form. So if you want a Golbat, it now only costs 25 candy itself of 50. Same with Horsea and Seadra.
Huh, interesting then. So is it only new Pokemon that have been added in this update?
No. In addition to new Pokemon, various existing Pokemon have also seen their movesets changed or tweaked in some way.
This is good in some cases (like with Gengar and Hex). In other cases it’s bad (like with Snorlax losing Body Slam and Lapras losing Ice Shard).
So go and look at the changes if you haven’t already. Cause a lot of them will shake up the gym meta on a drastic level.
Oh, okay. Still, they didn’t change the Pokemon’s CP, right?
Err, bad news I’m afraid. They did.
As a result, your Lapras’ CP has likely decreased since the update. So not only does it have a worse moveset, but it’s also physically weaker than it previously was.
Damn, that sucks. Anything else?
Well, critical catches have been implemented too. This is a special animation that makes your Poke Ball more likely to catch the wild Pokemon, sort of like an ‘excellent’ throw in the older versions of app. You can tell if it’s occurred by the ball immediately dropping to the ground and 4 rays of light leaving upwards diagonally.
You’ll also see Pokemon dodging your throws in new ways, get a catch bonus if you catch the Pokemon in one throw (missing counts as a fail here) and can use berries to make things easier.
However, the berries are limited to one per Pokemon, so be smart about which ones you use people!
Any new medals?
Yeah, the Johto medal and Delinquent medal have been added. The first one is for catching a certain number of generation 2 Pokemon, the latter for catching a certain number of Dark type Pokemon.
Finally, where are the new customisation options?
You can buy additional clothes in the avatar customisation screen.
And that’s it. Now you know all about Pokemon GO and how generation 2 works, go out and there and catch some new Pokemon again!