With Pokémon Go‘s in-game Halloween event now officially over, the community already has news on upcoming Legendaries. Now that the final rotation for the region-locked Legendary Beasts has happened, the only Legendary Pokémon missing from Generation II—Ho-Oh and Celebi—might be coming to the game soon.
Thanks to the work of veteran data miner Chrales, assets for both Legendary Pokémon have been found in the game, seen below. Unlike previous finds of powerful creatures in the game’s backend, Chrales had to edit the network “to make my client believe my Pokédex is already filled.” The trick allowed for the unreleased Pokémon to appear in the Pokédex entries as 3D models. Along with models for the standard versions of Celebi and Ho-Oh, the user also found a shiny asset for Ho-Oh. In the Pokémon universe, shiny refers to the rare color-swapped versions of the creatures. Strangely, the model for shiny Celebi was not in the data mined package, but it can clearly be seen on Celebi’s Pokédex entry that a shiny version will be available.
User Chrales was also the same player to uncover the shiny versions of Lugia, Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos in a previous data mining job, but much like other shiny assets found in the backend, Niantic has not officially released the color variants of the Legendary birds. In turn, it’s exciting to see Ho-Oh and Celebi will have the rare variants available at some point, but it’s likely we’ll see the regular versions exclusively for a while.
Players are anticipating the full launch of Generation III soon, as Niantic has revealed they could appear as early as December. Five Ghost-type Pokémon from the upcoming roster were featured in the recent Halloween event, but none of them were Legendary. It’s unclear if Ho-Oh and Celebi will appear before Generation III launches, but it could be interesting to see one of them used for the EX Raids. Currently, trainers can get an in-game invite to an exclusive raid to fight Mewtwo, so placing either of the remaining Generation II Legendaries would be a fitting choice. Of course, it would be nice to see their additions to the system happen after Niantic is finished fine-tuning to make EX Raids actually work.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Game Rant