Niantic just surprised Pokémon Go fans with a huge batch of new Generation IV Pokémon.
Generation III and IV Pokémon have been slowly trickling into the game over the last year a few at a time, a process that’s very different from the mass release of Gen I and II. With the game’s most recent update, though, players will finally be able to evolve some of their older Pokémon to their Gen IV final forms, and will have a new batch of wild Pokémon to hunt.
Out in the wild, players should keep an eye out for Combee (evolves into Vespiquen), Glameow (evolves into Purugly), Cranidos (evolves into Rampardos), and Shieldon (evolves into Bastiodon). Niantic’s artwork shows off baby Pokémon Bonsly, Happiny, and Mime Jr., which will presumably hatch from eggs. Finally, players can evolve their Aipom into Ambipom, Tangela into Tangrowth Likitung into Likilicki, Yanma into Yanmega, female-only Snorunt into Froslass (males still become Glalie), and male-only Kirlia into Gallade (females still become Gardevoir). These evolutions will require players to use a Sinnoh Stone, an item most commonly dropped from PvP battles.
The update also makes some of the game’s raids more difficult. Since many species of Pokémon have received increasingly powerful moves through Weather Boosted effects or Community Days and a past change boosted the damage of super effective attacks, a few top-tier players were able to take down certain raids all by themselves, instead of working in a group as Niantic intended.
“We hope this [increase in raid boss HP] will provide greater overall challenge as well as encourage Trainers to group up to win,” Niantic wrote in the game’s patch notes.
Additionally, Niantic changed around the movesets of several Pokémon, allowing them more variety in both PVP battles and raids. The full list of new moves can be found on Niantic’s site.