Generation 2 Pokemon Now Available in Pokemon GO

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:

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.

Any legendaries?

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!

Generation 2 Coming to Pokemon GO!

Generation 2 in Pokemon GO has been a topic for quite a while now. It’s been rumoured sometime last year. We’ve had datamines showing unused Pokemon slots and moves pointing to it. And well, with baby Pokemon released in an event last year, it’s become quite clear that Niantic was readying the playerbase for the generation’s imminent release.

And now it’s finally happened. Niantic have finally announced that generation 2 will be coming to Pokemon GO later this week!

So what’s in store for the players here? What do you, as potential Pokemon GO player have to gain from this update?

Well, quite a few interesting things actually! Like say, the 80 new Pokemon we’ll be seeing brought to the game as a result. This list will include everything from the gen 2 starters (like Cyndaquil and Totodile) to the new common Pokemon and pseudo legendaries alike.

And this will have an obvious effect on the encounter rate. Whereas before you had lots of Pidgeys and Rattatas (and often little else), it’s likely that generation 2 will make its own common Pokemon equally common spawns in game as well.

In other words? Get used to Sentrets, Hoothoots, Ledybas and Spinaraks appearing on a regular basis too. Presumably in roughly the same quantities as the existing common Pokemon.

It also means that your existing Pokemon might well become more useful too. Why?

Because as has been mentioned before, lots of Pokemon from generation 1 actually have new evolution in generation 2. So you’ll be able to evolve your Onix into Steelix, your Golbat into Crobat and your Chansey into Blissey among many others.

That should at least make them more worthwhile to catch, shouldn’t it?

Yeah, I think so too. Interestingly, it seems items will actually be necessary there, given how Niantic Labs talks about ‘evolutionary items’ being dropped at Pokestops now. So yeah, better hope you get a Metal Coat or King’s Rock sometime soon. Presumably before you have more Onix and Scyther to know what to do with.

Also affected will likely be the gym system. Why? Because as anyone who checked a ‘predicted CP’ list knows, quite a few later generation Pokemon will be massively usable in the competitive metagame here. Like say, Tyranitar, who’s stats will probably rival Dragonite when it’s released later this week.

So if you’re holding a gym, you’d better hope someone deposits one there pronto. Otherwise some of these generation 2 species will let the attackers just bulldoze straight through your teams.

Yet it’s not just new Pokemon that are included here. Nope, it seems Niantic have some other interesting additions too.

Like say, two new types of berries. One of these (the Nanab Berry) slows a Pokemon’s movements, which makes it easier to catch. Meanwhile the other one (aka the Pinap Berry) gives you double EXP if your next catch succeeds.

And based on the encounter changes they mention (like Pokemon having new ways to react to Poke Balls)… it seems like these berries might be a tad more necessary than they were before. Good job the interface will let you use them without entering the menu, right?

Finally, new customisation options are being added. This means there will be more clothing options for your avatar, as well new looks for your character in general. So yeah, maybe we’ll see something closer to the gen 6/7 clothing system this time around.

Either way, that’s the new Pokemon GO update for you. Will it be enough to get you playing the game again? Or do you think the novelty of this title has long since passed already?


Our World is Expanding (Niantic Labs Johto Announcement)

Netflix Announces Castlevania TV Show!

There’s been quite a few video game related TV shows and films announced recently. From the Tetris trilogy to Nintendo’s work in TV shows and many more besides, it seems like both Hollywood and the TV networks have taken an interest in adaptating video games to other mediums.

And today, it turns out that Castlevania has joined the queue! Why? Because in today’s Netflix announcement, guess what this series was listed on the paper?

Yep, a 2017 Castlevania TV series!

So what’s it going to be like? Well, Netflix isn’t giving anything away just yet. There’s nothing in the announcement talking about the characters or storyline or cast that are part of the show, nor how it connects to the rest of the series.

Well, unless we look at other related stories that is! Because about a year ago, Adi Shankar posted a very interesting message about a Castlevania series on Facebook.

Here it is:

Breaking News: I’m producing a super violent Castlevania mini-series with my homies Fred Seibert and Kevin Klonde. It’s…

Posted by Adi Shankar on Tuesday, 25 August 2015

As you can see, it’s talking about a ‘super violent’ Castlevania mini series involving Fred Seibert and Kevin Klonde. What’s more, this series was previously mentioned on a Nick Animation podcast, where he talked about making a series based on a ‘world-famous video game of the last 30 years’.

And that’s not all. Oh no, he also mentioned a few details about the adaptation earlier today as well. There he described it as a Netflix Original Series with a season 1 in 2017 and a season in 2018. As well as the ‘western world’s first good video game adaptation’.

Here’s the post about that in case you haven’t seen it:

Castlevania is a Netflix Original Series with Season 1 launching in 2017 and Season 2 in 2018. Furthermore,…

Posted by Adi Shankar on Wednesday, 8 February 2017

So yeah, it seems we’ve got a real interesting series coming up here. Let’s hope it lives up to all the hype!

Valentine’s Day Event Begins in Pokemon GO

As you know, there have already been a fair few seasonal events in Pokemon GO. First there was the Christmas event with the Santa Pikachus last year. Then the New Year’s one, with generation 2 baby Pokemon being more common.

And now there’s another one for Valentine’s Day! This time, cute pink Pokemon are more common than before, with the likes of Chansey and Clefable being encountered in the wild more often. Eggs are also affected here, with Cleffa, Igglybuff and Smoochum being more commonly obtained from eggs as well.

Other additions are Buddy Pokemon gaining double candy, Lure Modules lasting for six hours instead of 30 minutes and double candy being additionally obtained for catching, hatching and transferring Pokemon GO. In other words, lots of useful changes for Pokemon GO fans.

Either way, it’s an event that lasts from 11AM on February 8th to 11AM on February 15th, so you’d better get playing the game again if you want to make use of it.

So what do you think about this? Is this event enough to get you back playing Pokemon GO again? Or are you done with the game for good by this point?


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Us (Pokemon GO official site)

E3 is Open to the Public This Year

When it comes to events in the gaming world, nothing tops E3. Seen as the most important one in the entire calendar, this summer event in LA has been the location of everything from new console reveals to trailers and demos of games as big as Zelda Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Galaxy among many others. It’s the event pretty much every gamer dreams of attending.

And this year, it seems they’ll get their chance! Because as the title suggests, E3 2017 will now be open to the general public as well as the press. Here’s the official post about it via the official E3 Twitter account:

So how does it work anyway?

Well to put it simply, it works as you’d expect. There’s a limited amount of tickets (15,000 of about 50,000) that are now available for anyone to buy. These cost $250 in total (or $150 with an early bird discount), and let the holder enter the convention and try out whatever games are available there.

Either way, everyone does well now. The media still go and get information about new games for their sites and magazines. The industry still have a way to advertise their wares. And now Average Joe can go and enjoy the new games and presentations. Everyone’s happy, right?

Not quite. As you can probably guess, some parts of the media are a little… upset that their event is now open to everyone. After all, why should they mix with the hoi polloi? It’s like we’re treated as gamers rather than ‘insiders’ now!

But still, these are minority views expressed by a couple of folks on Twitter. For the most part, people are happy with E3 being open for the public to attend. It’s just another fun event for the gaming community calendar.

So what do you think? Are you happy that E3 is now available to the public? Or do you wish it was still a press only deal like it was before?