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What You Should Focus on Catching in Pokémon GO

by Dylan Siegler


As many of you know, the first Generation 3 Pokémon were recently introduced into Pokémon GO for this year’s Halloween event, which is still taking place. More Generation 3 Pokémon are expected to enter the game before the end of the year. With this in mind, which Pokémon should you look out for in particular going forward?

For one thing, if you haven’t already, you should go out and catch Shuppet, Duskull and Sableye while they’re still available for the Halloween event. In fact, you should catch enough Shuppet to evolve one into a Banette and also catch a bunch of Duskull for a Dusclops. Ghost Pokémon typically tend to be pretty rare, so getting these out of the way while they’re common will help you in the long run. Also keep in mind that Generation 3 introduces two new pre-evolution Pokémon: Azurill, which evolves in Marill, and Wynaut, which evolves into Wobbuffet. Trading and breeding are mechanics that have yet to be implemented into Pokémon GO, but if breeding comes to the game anytime soon, you’ll probably want a Marill or Azumarill and a Wobbuffet, as well as a Ditto, to be able to get Eggs that’ll hatch these new baby Pokémon. Thus far, baby Pokémon have only been obtainable through Egg-hatching, rather than finding them in the wild, so hopefully breeding becomes a thing in the game soon.

That’s about it for Gen 3, but Gen 4 is up to the brim with new evolutions and pre-evolutions. Since Gen 2 baby Pokémon began appearing in Pokémon GO around New Years, about six months after the game launched, and now Gen 3 Pokémon have started to appear in late October, about eight months after the majority of Gen 2 Pokémon came to the game, we can expect Gen 4 Pokémon to start appearing as early as next summer. So what should you do to prepare for that update? Here’s a list of Pokémon that are currently available that you should consider stocking up to evolve into or breed for Gen 4 Pokémon once they become available:

  • Aipom (to evolve into Ambipom)
  • Misdreavus (to evolve into Mismagius)
  • Murkrow (to evolve into Honchkrow)
  • Sudowoodo (to breed for Bonsly)
  • Mr. Mime (to breed for Mime Jr.)
  • Chansey or Blissey (to breed for Happiny)
  • Snorlax (to breed for Munchlax)
  • Mantine (to breed for Mantyke)
  • Sneasel (to evolve into Weavile)
  • Magnemite and Magneton (to evolve into Magnezone)
  • Lickitung (to evolve into Lickilicky)
  • Rhyhorn and Rhydon (to evolve into Rhyperior)
  • Tangela (to evolve into Tangrowth)
  • Elekid and Electabuzz (to evolve into Electivire)
  • Magby and Magmar (to evolve into Magmortar)
  • Togepi and Togetic (to evolve into Togekiss)
  • Yanma (to evolve into Yanmega)
  • Eevee (to evolve into Leafeon and Glaceon)
  • Gligar (to evolve into Gliscor)
  • Swinub and Piloswine (to evolve into Mamoswine)
  • Porygon and Porygon2 (to evolve into Porygon-Z)
  • Duskull and Dusclops (to evolve into Dusknoir)

And once the rest of (or the majority of) Generation 3 Pokémon come to the game, you’ll want to catch a bunch of the following as well:

  • Roselia (to breed for Budew and to evolve into Roserade)
  • Chimecho (to breed for Chingling)
  • Ralts and Kirlia (to evolve into Gallade)
  • Nosepass (to evolve into Probopass)
  • Snorunt (to evolve into Froslass)

Luckily, you’ll probably have a lot of time before Gen 4 Pokémon come to the game to catch a bunch of all these Pokémon in preparation for it. Happy catching.

- This article was updated on:March 8th, 2018

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