Recently, Pokémon Go trainers were given the challenge of filling up the Pokédex with new creatures from Generation III. While only 55 of the Pokémon from the Hoenn region are available in the game, Niantic previously stated the remaining Pokémon will be released in different waves. However, the developer didn’t specify which Pokémon would arrive in each cluster. Thanks to the recent reveal of new evolutionary items and a buddy update, however, we may know two of the Pokémon coming in the next set.
On December 14th, Niantic made a slight change to its support page that details how to evolve a Pokémon. In the section explaining evolution items, which are unique materials that trainers can collect to evolve certain Pokémon, like a Metal Coat to evolve Scyther into Scizor, the post added two more items: Deepsea Scale and Deepsea Tooth. The items can be used to evolve Gen III Pokémon Clamperl into Gorebyss or Huntail, meaning the Water-type Pokémon will likely be a part of the next wave of Hoenn creatures to hit the game. Niantic has since removed the reference to the two items from its page, but thanks to the quick work at Pokémon Go Hub, we’ve still got a record of the premature announcement.
Much like the other evolutionary items—Dragon Scale, King’s Rock, Metal Coat, Sun Stone, and Up-Grade—players will find the two Deepsea items randomly dropped from PokéStop spins. For a more unique evolution, another possible inclusion to the next wave of Gen III, Feebas, will reportedly evolve through Pokémon Go‘s buddy system. According to a data mining job from Pokémon Go Hub, seen below, the buddy distance requirement has been logged for the Water-type fish Pokémon, meaning trainers will be required to have Feebas as a buddy before it can evolve into Milotic.
The buddy system in Pokémon Go works similarly to the main franchise’s games need for certain Pokémon to evolve with “friendship.” In the main games, Pokémon like Umbreon, Espeon, and Crobat can be acquired when the player uses the pre-evolved form of the creature enough in battle. In Pokémon Go, trainers can select one Pokémon to be a “buddy,” which places them next to the player’s avatar to earn extra candy by walking a certain distance. In addition to the extra candy, the Pokémon will also grow its friendship level, making Pokémon, like Feebas, evolve.
While neither Clamperl or Feebas are confirmed, the new direct references to the creatures gives strong evidence to them arriving soon. Typically, once Pokémon, and references to them, are seen in the game’s backend, they arrive soon after. For now, trainers should expect to see at least one more wave of new Pokémon from Gen III arriving before the end of the year.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Game Rant