The Sinnoh region is officially headed to Pokémon Go.
The Pokémon Company revealed today that a new collection of creatures from Generation IV will soon be added to Niantic’s mobile game. In a brief but amazing trailer, trainers can get a glimpse of the Sinnoh starters—Chimchar, Turtwig, and Piplup—and the region’s hellish Legendary, Giratina.
This announcement marks the first official word from Niantic that Generation IV is on the way. In July, a two-year anniversary image hinted the Sinnoh starters could be arriving soon, but the summer came and went without any new creatures appearing. It’s unclear when the new Pokémon will be available to players, but if their release is anything like Generation III, trainers can expect the new Pokédex entries to arrive in waves.
Alongside the new Pokémon reveal, the Pokémon Company also explained that many balance changes will come to Pokémon Go in the future. For example, the in-game weather system will be less restrictive, allowing different types of Pokémon to appear in all kinds of weather. The stat distribution of Pokémon will also be overhauled, with Combat Powers being adjusted, as well as Defense and Stamina stats receiving tweaks to make previously unusable Pokémon more worthwhile in battle. For a full list of changes, check out the updates below.
- Moving forward, the weather feature will have a reduced effect on the rate at which Pokémon appear.
- As you explore a given area, you will notice that a greater variety of Pokémon species will appear over time and at different rates.
- Certain areas, such as parks and nature reserves, will now contain more varied Pokémon species.
Pokémon Stat Balance
- CP values will be adjusted going forward to improve game balance.
- HP values will be adjusted to close the gap between Pokémon with high and low HP.
- Pokémon Defense and Stamina values will be rebalanced, allowing Pokémon with high defensive stats to be valuable by outlasting opponents in battle rather than these Pokémon merely taking too long to defeat.
- Defense values have also been slightly reduced for most Pokémon. Changes like these will help narrow the gap between Pokémon with the highest defensive stats and other Pokémon.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: The Official Pokémon site