The Pokemon Go hype train might have died down in recent months, but it still has a pretty loyal following. Though could anything bring back the enormous surge in players that we saw in the first few weeks of it’s release? Well that’s exactly what Niantic and The Pokemon Company hope happens this week when they release the biggest update of the game since it’s release: Generation 2.
For those who don’t know, Generation 2 was comprised of the Pokmeon Gold & Silver games, and actually mark where the series was originally planned to end. By starting a new adventure in Johto and then returning to Kanto (the Gen 1 location) to beat your former self as Champion, Pokemon Gold & Silver was meant to be the perfect conclusion of the series – and remains arguably the best sequel of all time. So will Gen 2 of Pokemon Go be able to live up to that hype?
That honestly is the question Niantic and the Pokemon Company want answered considering there’s about 5 more Generations and over 500+ more Pokemon to be released after this. After Generation 2, the nostalgia aspect would stop for many OR could bring a bunch of new fans into the fold. Regardless of how this plays out, here’s all the details for the new update, which if the German Leaks from earlier this week are to be believed – and now it looks like they are – would point to a February 18th release date.
- 80+ New Pokemon from Johto
- The Introduction of Pokemon Genders, which will result in some visual variations for species as well as hints at an eventual Breeding mechanic
- Evolutionary Items that can be obtained from PokeStops, which will aid in the evolutions on Onix, Scyther, Slowpoke, Poliwhirl and more.
- Changes In Gameplay where Pokeballs and Berries will not only be selectable directly from the Catching Screen, but Pokemon also have new animations and thus react and dodge differently.
- 2 New Berries will offer exciting bonuses for catching Pokemon. The Nanab Berry will make a Pokemon easier to catch by slowing it down, while the Pinap Berry will double the amount of Candy received if your next attempt succeeds.
- More Avatar Customization
These changes are certainly coming much sooner than expected, but confirm my previous claims that the Valentine’s Event was largely meant to help trainers prepare for the Gen 2 Evolutions of already existing Gen 1 Pokemon. As I mentioned previously, a mall in Germany seemed to leak the Pokemon Go news earlier this week with some banners which were abruptly removed. Originally, many were suspecting Gen 2 to be released either on the 1 Year Anniversary of Pokemon Go’s release or on February 27th which marks Pokemon’s 21st Anniversary as a whole.
There’s still no word yet on Trading or Legendaries, but with Niantic’s recent discussion of making 2017 a year for Events, they’ve probably been spending all this time making sure Events would serve as a viable distribution for Legendary Pokemon – which is good because Generation 2 adds 6 with the Legendary Dog Trio (Entei, Raikou & Suicune), the box art characters (Ho-Oh & Lugia) as well as the Mew-level rarity Legendary named Celebi.
So get ready! Buy some more Pokemon and Item Storage; clean up your Box; and get your walking shoes out because there’s a brand new world waiting for you!
Joe primarily covers video games news (i.e.: Pokemon, Spyro & Destiny) as well as the occasional ‘Theory Thursday’ pieces. Before writing for FanFest, Joe was the Creator & Editor of TheInsightfulPanda.com. He is also an illustrator and is currently working on Season 3 of his not-for-profit, fan-art crossover series PokéRangers on Instagram.