Niantic has revealed Pokémon Go‘s next event will celebrate the original 151 creatures that started the franchise.
In the latest newsletter from Pokémon Go Live, the developer of the mobile adventure game teased a mysterious event focused on the Kanto region will begin on April 10th. According to the blurb in the letter (via Pokémon Go Hub), which you can read for yourself below, more information on what trainers will experience will arrive soon.
Trainers, starting April 10th, we’ll be hosting a special celebration in honor of the Kanto region in Pokémon Go! Keep your eyes on the official Pokémon Go website and social media channels for more information surrounding this event.
With little known about the surprise event, the game’s community has been speculating about what Niantic might have planned. Recently, a well-known data miner found over 100 new shiny Pokémon assets, with many from Generation I. This has led many to believe the Kanto event will feature some of the new color-swapped versions of the creatures.
Another theory suggests the region-exclusive Pokémon from the first generation—Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, and Tauros—could become available worldwide for a limited time. It’s also possible the event will just offer increased spawns of Kanto-based Pokémon, with bonus Stardust, XP, or candy with each catch.
Of course, as indicated by the vague wording in the announcement from Niantic, anything is possible at this point. All we know for sure is that the Pokémon originally seen in Pokémon Red and Blue will be the focus, but it’s unclear how long the event will last and what the developer plans to do to celebrate them. For now, trainers can continue to perform tasks from the new Pokémon Research quest system, which features a few rare Pokémon from Generation I. Currently, players who complete all of the Mythical quests will have a chance to capture the 151st Pokémon, Mew.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.