Niantic saved several surprises to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Pokémon Go‘s launch, including the release of Legendary Pokémon, introducing a new way to battle through raids, and creating real-world events to bring trainers together. With year two of the game in full swing, there are still several new features players are anticipating, most importantly, the next wave of new Pokémon to capture. According to files data miners recently discovered in the game, it seems Niantic is on the same page and is already preparing the release of Pokémon introduced in the third wave of handheld games, commonly known as Generation III.
In the latest APK, the trusty Pokémon Go data mining community, The Silph Road, found references to the creatures from the Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald generation of games. All of the names and number IDs for each of the 135 Generation III Pokémon, from Treecko to Deoxys, have been added to the backend of the game. While this is, of course, extremely exciting news for Pokémon fans, the sound files, images, and new Gen III moves have not been added, which means it will be some time before we actually see the new Pokémon in-game.
Prior to Generation II’s release, the name files were added four months before launch, and with how Niantic handles major updates, this same four month period will line up well with an end of 2017 launch. As Niantic now rolls out major features on a quarterly system, the third quarter coming in September most likely will not be the introduction of Generation III. Instead, players can expect to see features like trading or PvP battles added to the game, with Gen III Pokémon being saved for the final quarter of holiday 2017.
Apart from the new Pokémon, the data for exclusive raids have been added, which will act as a similar system to the current raids, where trainers join together to take on a powerful Pokémon that can then be captured. Exclusive raids will be by invitation only, with rare creatures like Mewtwo acting as the boss. A super incubator was also found, which will break after the first use but greatly speed up the hatch time on eggs.
Pokémon Go is now available on iOS and Android.