During Pokémon Go‘s in-game Halloween event, trainers were treated to a few Pokémon from Generation III being released. Since then, the community has anxiously been awaiting the arrival of the rest of the Pokémon first seen in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, and now, Niantic has confirmed 50 of them are on their way, along with a dynamic new weather system.
In a post on Niantic’s Pokémon Go Live blog, the developer revealed a select number of Pokémon from the Hoenn region will be added to the mobile game soon. The company released an exciting new trailer, seen below, to show off a few of the creatures trainers can expect to find in the first wave of releases. Included in the bunch are the three starter Pokémon from Hoenn—Treecko, Mudkip, and Torchic—alongside other favorites, like Salamence, Shiftry, Aggron, and Ludicolo.
The remaining Pokémon from Generation III’s roster can “be discovered over the next several weeks,” meaning the first 50 should arrive in the game before the end of the week of December 4th. Fans familiar with the Pokémon franchise will also be excited to see weather effects have been added to the game, seen below. According to the blog post, the game will now reflect the real-world weather conditions trainers are in when using the app, including sunny, rainy, snowy, foggy, partly cloudy, and windy. Apart from the effects being reflected in the game, trainers will also see in-game mechanics change depending on the weather. “For example, you’ll find your odds of discovering Mudkip splashing around will greatly improve on rainy days, as certain Pokémon types will be more commonly found during various weather conditions,” Niantic explained. In turn, it can be expected Fire and Grass-types will be more available in the sun, Water-types in the rain, Ice-types in the snow, Dragon and Flying-types in the wind, and so on.via Niantic
In addition to Pokémon encounters increasing in certain weather conditions, the Combat Power and effectiveness of certain moves will also get a boost. The post uses the Fire/Flying-type Charizard as an example, stating its “Fire Spin will perform better on sunny days.” Trainers who played Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire will recall it as the first generation to introduce weather effects into the game, and it seems Niantic has adopted the same mechanics the GameBoy Advanced game’s introduced. Specific to Pokémon Go, though, capturing Pokémon that benefit from the current weather effects will also offer another bonus. “You will get some additional Stardust anytime you capture a Pokémon that has an affinity with the current weather,” said Niantic’s Matt Slemon to IGN.
The weather update marks the first major change to the game since the introduction of the raid system, which has allowed players to battle and capture powerful Pokémon. Currently, the Generation II Legendary bird Ho-Oh is available to battle in raids, and since it’s a Fire/Flying-type, trainers battling it in sunny weather should notice the creature will have a boost in power. Niantic recently extended the period Ho-Oh will appear to December 14th, which means a new Legendary creature will appear soon, possibly one from Generation III.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Pokémon Go Live Blog