For a lot of people, it’s the original 150 Pokémon – well, 151 – that they have fond memories of from their childhood, but after 20 years of games, cards and the anime series, there’s now a hell of a lot more of the little pocketable monsters. Next week, on Monday 12th December, Niantic and The Pokémon Company are going to be unveiling their plans for the first additional Pokémon for the games.
You could probably put good money on this taking the count up to around 251 by adding the second generation of Pokémon from Pokémon Gold and Silver, with dataminers having already uncovered references to those games’ additional 100 Pokémon in the code of a recent Pokémon Go update. That said, there’s still some of the original 151 that you can’t catch, including the three legendary birds that inspired the red, blue and yellow teams that you can join in the game.
The rate of change for the game has climbed quite dramatically in the last few weeks, with what now seems to have been a major foundational update coming out last month, the random chance that a Pokémon you catch could be Ditto in disguise, and last week’s overhaul of the Nearby system going live in the UK.
I’ve actually started to flick Pokémon Go on again and have it running when I have to head out. I mean, my iPhone’s battery is bad enough that I have to carry around a great big battery pack around anyway, so I might as well catch Pokémon at the same time!
Source: press release