Pokemon Go had a massive launch last July that quickly attracted the attention of gamers and non-gamers alike, creating a worldwide phenomenon. The game has definitely seen a solid chunk of that player base go away in the months since, but the biggest update since the beginning is set to go out later this week with a whole new batch of generation two Pokemon.
Following the original Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow came Pokemon Gold and Silver that introduced the Johto region and that brought with it 100 new Pokemon. We saw the introduction of a few of these through baby Pokemon in eggs like Togepi and Igglybuff late last year, but now Niantic is ready to unleash most of the rest of the second generation.
As revealed by The Pokemon Company, Pokemon Go will be receiving an update later this week that brings the game to the Gold and Silver era, which means a few different things. First of all, you will now have an additional 80+ Pokemon that you can find the in the wild, including the starters Totodile, Chikorita, and Cyndaquil. You may also find special evolution items at PokeStops that you can use on Pokemon from generation 1 to get other Pokemon, which is likely going to be something like the Kings Rock to get Slowking.
Wild Pokemon will also react in different ways in battle now, though they were pretty vague on this. In addition, you will also be able to more easily select items to use in battle, which may include another new addition, new berries.
Pokemon Gold and Silver introduced the berry system back in the day and now Niantic is bringing that idea to Pokemon Go. The example given are Nanab Candy, which will slow a Pokemon you’re trying to catch, while a Pinap Berry will double the candy you get from the Pokemon if you catch it on the next throw.
Lastly, there will be new apparel and customization features for your trainer, which we’ll see more when the update goes live. For now, they are just stating it will arrive later this week, so stay tuned for details on when you can expect to find the new Pokemon and features.