A large collection of new 2D Pokémon sprites, from Legendaries to shinies, have been discovered by Pokémon Go data miners.
During a recent livestream from well-known data miner Chrales, it was revealed that a handful of Pokémon that have been missing from the mobile game’s Generation II and III Pokédex sections have been added to the network traffic. As seen in the image below from Reddit user JANKA_lml, the Pokémon now with standard and shiny 2D sprites include Smeargle, Celebi, Jirachi, Nincada, Ninjask, Shedninja, Clamperl, Huntail, and all four forms of Deoxys.
It’s important to note that while it’s exciting to see the new creatures have finally been prepped to enter the game, these sprites are only one half of the equation. Once the full 3D models of each Pokémon are introduced into the network traffic, then trainers can expect to see the Pokémon in the wild. However, Niantic recently announced Celebi would be the next Special Research star, so it should be the first ‘mon to get its full model added.
With Celebi, Jirachi, and Deoxys being from Legendary and Mythical families, it’s understandable why they weren’t seen with the initial introductions of the second and third generations, as they’re likely being saved for raid battles and Special Research quests. However, Smeargle, as well as the Nincada and Clamperl lines, were left out for more complex reasons.
In the mainline games, Generation II’s Smeargle can only learn the move Sketch, which allows it to copy the move of an opposing Pokémon. The current battle system in Pokémon Go can’t accommodate that type of attack, so Niantic likely needed to find a way to tweak the move. Clamperl is unique in that it can evolve into two different Pokémon using a pair of special evolution items. While evolution items have been available in the mobile game since the launch of Generation II, it’s possible that the developer wanted to find a different way for Clamperl to reach its other forms, whether through the buddy system or even trading. As for Nincada’s final form, Shedninja, it only has one HP, making it virtually unusable in Pokémon Go‘s simplistic battle system. Trainers only use the Pokémon in the main games due to its Wonder Guard ability, which keeps it from taking damage from standard attacks. Perhaps with the Bug/Ghost-type Pokémon now in the backend traffic, players will soon see abilities added to Niantic’s game.
Chrales also uncovered other new Pokémon in his recent network analysis, including several Alolan forms, such as Geodude, Diglett, Raichu, and Marowak. These other creatures should begin to appear globally during the upcoming Pokémon Go Fest 2.0, which is set to take place on July 15th and 16th in Chicago. Trainers also believe it will be the event where the new Celebi quest is added to the game, but with Go Fest only a few days away, we won’t have to wait long to know for sure.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: r/TheSilphRoad on Reddit