In a surprise that many Pokémon Go fans were not expecting, Niantic has already started to tease the game’s next set of Pokémon, Generation IV.
In a recent tweet from the official Pokémon Go account, a new piece of artwork celebrating the second anniversary of the mobile game was shared that included the starter Pokémon from the Sinnoh region. As seen in the tweet’s image below, many of the recent Alolan forms, Legendaries, and Mythicals are hanging out with the new Pokémon in question—Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup.
From the first Pokémon you encountered to your first #PokemonGOfriend, we’ve enjoyed watching all of your amazing Pokémon GO journeys unfold for the past two years. What are some of your most memorable Pokémon GO experiences? Tell us in the comments! pic.twitter.com/IAU7Bvg5uK
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) July 13, 2018
There was no indication of when trainers will see these new creatures in the wild, but there’s a possibility they could arrive sooner than expected. Also in the image were Alolan Dugtrio and the Mythical Pokémon Celebi, both of which are believed to be arriving during the upcoming Pokémon Go Fest 2.0. Having them pictured alongside the new ‘mons could have just been a coincidence, but it’s possible the Sinnoh section of the Pokédex could be entered during the event, too. However, players will have to wait until Go Fest commences on July 14th to know for sure.
While there are still Pokémon from the third generation that haven’t been added to the game, such as Spinda, Kecleon, and the Clamperl line, Niantic previously launched the Hoenn portion of the Pokédex when Pokémon from Generation II were still missing. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be too Farfetch’d for the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl ‘mons to make their way into the game before Hoenn’s dex is complete.
However, some of those missing Pokémon might also be arriving soon. A data miner recently uncovered 2D sprites for Smeargle, Celebi, Jirachi, the Nincada family, Clamperl, Huntail, and all four forms of Deoxys. While it’s unlikely they’ll all be added to the game at once, a few could start appearing before or shortly after Go Fest.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Pokémon Go on Twitter