Thanks to a teaser image from Niantic and several recent rumors, trainers have a pretty good idea that the next big thing in Pokémon Go could be the arrival of Generation IV. We may not know exactly when the new collection of Pokémon will be launching, but that doesn’t mean players shouldn’t start prepping for its arrival.
Of the 107 new Pokémon coming from the Sinnoh region, a whopping 22 will be evolutions of previously released Pokémon. We’ll have to wait and see which of the brand-new Generation IV ‘mons will be viable in battle (please, lord Garchomp, don’t fail us), but for now, the stats for the older Pokémons’ evolutions have already been revealed. Thanks to data miners and the number breakdowns over at Pokémon Go Hub, here’s a list of the upcoming evolutions that should get trainers attention.
Leaders of the pack
- Evolves from: Piloswine
- Evolution requirements: 100 Swinub candy
Mamoswine will be far and away one of the most impressive new Pokémon trainers will have access to next generation. Since the stats of Pokémon in Niantic’s game are broken down into simple categories—attack, defense, stamina, and an overall combat power—the CP value is always an important factor when judging a new ‘mon. This Ice/Ground-type Pokémon will have a max CP of 3,289, making it the most powerful Ice-type Pokémon in the game. It will even outrank the Legendaries Regice and Articuno, which is no easy task. With access to the right moves, such as Ice Shard and Blizzard, Mamoswine will be a must against Flying-, Dragon-, and Ground-type Pokémon. Look out Dragonite and Rayquaza, Mamoswine is on its way to Ice Beam you out of the sky.
- Evolves from: Rhydon
- Evolution requirements: 100 Rhyhorn candy (possibility with Protector item)
Rhydon’s new evolution, Rhyperior, won’t be as intimidating as a few other evolutions on this list, but it will have a trait that should make it worth your while. The dual Ground/Rock-type will not only have a massive CP of 3,869, but it will also become the best Rock-type in Go. With the right moveset of Smack Down and Stone Edge, Rhyperior will overpower the current Rock-type leader, Tyranitar. It will also have an impressive stamina stat, maxing out at a bulky 230. Sadly, as a Ground-type Rhyperior won’t make much of an impact. Groudon, the Legendary from Hoenn, will still remain the best in that typing.
- Evolves from: Tangela
- Evolution requirement: 100 Tangela candy
In addition to the “most surprising Pokémon” award, Tangrowth will also take the coveted spot of the best Grass-type attacker when it arrives. While its attack stat is lower than other Grass-types, Tangela’s evolution will max at 3,110 CP. That will put it well above the current reigning champions of the typing—Exeggutor and Venusaur—and even Generation II and IV’s Mythicals. If the mess of vines can learn the charge move Solar Beam, then trainers will be able to obliterate Pokémon such as Kyogre, Groudon, Blastoise, and others of their typings.
- Evolves from: Electabuzz
- Evolution requirement: 100 Electabuzz candy (possibly with Electirizer)
Generation IV’s new evolutions will offer two powerful Electric-types, with Electivire being on par with the next Pokémon on this list. When compared to the current Pokémon of its typing, Electivire will be bulkier and more powerful than Jolteon, the best non-Legendary Electric-type. However, it won’t outclass Zapdos or Raikou, at least in the CP department. The Pokémon’s attack stat is nothing to scoff at, as it will be a little bit better than Raikou in that regard.
- Evolves from: Magneton
- Evolution requirement: 100 Magnemite candy (possibly with Electirizer)
While Electivire excels in attack, Magnezone will become a notable Electric-type due to its amazing dual typing. Along with its high max CP and defense, Magneton’s evolution will have a total of nine resistances, with a double resistance to Flying and Steel-type attacks. It probably won’t be at the top of a trainer’s list to take into a raid, but it’s a perfect Pokémon to use as a Gym defender because of its amazing defenses. The only downside to this strange flying saucer is that if a player uses a Ground-type against it, then Magnezone will go down fast. Still, there’s a high chance it will be worth packing with Stardust.
- Evolves from: Togetic
- Evolution requirement: 100 Togepi candy
Togekiss could potentially be a game-changing addition to Go, but there are a few caveats to address before that can be confirmed. Togepi’s final form will have higher stats in almost every category when compared to the other Fairy-types in the mobile game, which should make it much more usable than the already solid Gardevoir. Unfortunately, Niantic still hasn’t added a Fairy-type fast move, so this typing hasn’t been able to excel as much as it could. Perhaps with the arrival of Togekiss, the developer will finally make the fairy creatures worth pulling out in battle. If Togekiss can have an ideal moveset, then it will be a powerful counter against some of the game’s best Pokémon, including Dragonite, Rayquaza, and Salamence.
- Evolves from: Kirlia
- Evolution requirement: male Kirlia and 100 Ralts candy (possibly with Dawn Stone)
Speaking of Gardevoir, Ralts’ other branched evolution, Gallade, will be on par with the best of the Fighting-types. The Psychic/Fighting-type Pokémon will have slightly better CP, attack, and defense stats than the current king of the ring, Machamp. That doesn’t mean it will outclass it, though. Gallade’s stamina will be annoyingly low, making it far less bulky than the top tier fighters. However, its dual typing will give it a leg up against other Psychic-types, which has typically been Machamp’s downfall. On a personal note, Gallade is in my top 10 favorite Pokémon list, so its positive transition into Go is a welcome revelation. How could anyone not like a disco-loving alien samurai?
- Evolves from: Porygon2
- Evolution requirement: 100 Porygon candy (possibly with Dubious Disc)
Similar to Tangrowth, Porygon-Z will make a shocking mark in Go. Despite Normal-type Pokémon not having a substantial advantage over other typings, Porygon-Z plans to make up for its lack of a unique typing with its stats and possible move pool. While it won’t be a better Gym defender than Snorlax or Blissey, the experimental Pokémon will have an attack stat that’s only slightly lower than the powerhouse Slaking. Since Slaking’s unfortunate move options keep it from being used in raids, Porygon-Z will easily become a great variant Pokémon. If it will have access to different elemental fast and charge moves, such as Zen Headbutt, Solar Beam, or Shadow Ball, then Porygon-Z will be a perfect choice to fill in holes for typings that trainers will need to fill.
- Evolves from: Murkrow
- Evolution requirement: 50 Murkrow candy (possibly with a Dusk Stone)
Honchkrow will be a must-have for trainers for several reasons. For one, Dark-types are some of the best Pokémon against current and future raid bosses, and Honchkrow will be one of the better in its bunch. Second, while it won’t knock Tyranitar off the list of best of Dark-types, its attack stat and stamina are close enough to the Generation II Pokémon’s to make it also worth powering up. As a Flying-type, it won’t have much to offer, but that’s more of a problem with Flying-types still not being as usable as other typings in Go. Of course, Honchkrow’s success will ultimately be dependent on the moves it will have access to in battle.
- Evolves from: Eevee
- Evolution requirement: 25 Eevee candy (possibly with an item or buddy distance)
Of the two new Eeveelutions in Generation IV, Glaceon will undoubtedly be the standout. Only slightly behind Mamoswine, Glaceon will be the second best Ice-type attacker in the game, outclassing Articuno and Regice. Plus, with Eevees being fairly easy to come by in the mobile game, acquiring a Glaceon and powering it up shouldn’t take too much effort. Similar to Gallade, though, its stamina will be too low to make it a great defender or bulky contender. Still, when in need of a Pokémon against a Flying-, Ground-, or Dragon-type, Glaceon will be a better choice than even Lapras or Walrein.
- Evolves from: Sneasel
- Evolution requirement: 50 Sneasel candy (possibly with Razor Claw)
Sneasel’s evolution will offer an interesting variety to Go. Weavile’s dual Ice/Dark-typing, combined with its high attack stat, will make it a great Pokémon to use for either types of elemental attack. As a Dark-type, it’s on par with Honchkrow, and with an Ice-type moveset, it will be just as usable as Glaceon. The Pokémon’s true effectiveness will come down to its move pool, as having access to the best attacks from either of its typings will be imperative. It could also have the small problem of needing too many TMs to acquire an ideal fast or charge move, but we’ll have to wait to see how that shakes out.
- Evolves from: Yanma
- Evolution requirement: 50 Yanma candy
While Yanmega and the remaining Pokémon below won’t be as relevant in battle as the previous collection of creatures, they could have some use in specific situations. In the case of Yanma’s evolution, Yanmega will solve the problem of what to do when in the rare need of a Bug-type. Currently, trainers rely on Scizor or Heracross to deal super effective damage to Dark-, Grass-, and Psychic-types, but both of those Pokémon have their hang-ups. Yanmega will swoop in with more well-rounded stats than the other two and will be much easier to acquire than the regional-exclusive Heracross or Scizor, who requires an evolution item. Plus, Yanmega’s dual Bug/Flying-typing will protect it against several weaknesses.
- Evolves from: Eevee
- Evolution requirement: 50 Eevee candy (possibly an item or buddy distance)
Unlike Eevee’s other new evolution, Leafeon won’t always be a top choice for a Grass-type attacker. However, this adorable Pokémon will still be worth investing Stardust and candy into if it can learn some of the more powerful Grass-type moves, such as Leaf Blade or Solar Beam. The biggest trick up its leafy sleeves will be its hearty defense stat, which will make it a great Gym defender. It’s also absolutely adorable.
- Evolves from: Magmar
- Evolution requirement: 100 Magmar candy (possibly with Magmarizer)
There’s no denying that Magmar’s Generation IV evolution is striking, with its cannon-like arms and imposing stature. When it comes to making an impression in Go, though, Magmortar won’t be shaking up the Fire-type category too much. Despite its high max CP and solid attack stat, this lava-loving creature won’t be outclassing Ho-Oh, Entei, or Moltres, the current Fire-type figureheads. However, it will be a slightly bulkier choice than Flareon, so players without access to candy for the top tier Legendaries will have a nice second option with Magmortar.
- Evolves from: Misdreavus
- Evolution requirement: 50 Misdreavus candy (possibly with Dusk Stone)
I know what you’ve all been probably thinking: where’s the love for the Ghost-types? Well, of the new spooky additions arriving in the next generation, Mismagius will be the only one to truly scare the competition. Unlike Dusknoir’s relatively low CP and attack stat, Misdreavus’ evolution will have a CP only slightly lower than the current leader of the ghouls, Gengar. Trainers will still be able to call upon its spiritual strength in raids, but Gengar will still be the best choice when in need of a Ghost-type. Mismagius’ low attack stat won’t help too much in hard battles, but in raids with several other trainers at your side, it will be worth summoning.