In celebration of The Pokémon Company’s recently unveiled Nintendo Switch games—Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!—Pokémon Go has received its first Alolan form.
According to Niantic’s latest blog post, Alolan Exeggutor is now available in the mobile game for a limited time. Exeggutor is just the first of many Kanto variants headed to the game, as Niantic recently announced the Alola-themed creatures from Pokémon Sun and Moon will be making their way to Pokémon Go “in the coming weeks.”
Trainers will now see increased spawns of the goofy Pokémon from the Alola region, but it’s unclear how long it will be available to find. Thankfully, as seen in the image below, due to its comically long neck and overwhelming stature, Alolan Exeggutor will be hard to miss when playing.
The addition of the Grass/Dragon-type to Niantic’s game stems from Game Freak and The Pokémon Company’s upcoming Switch titles. Both games will allow connectivity with Pokémon Go, letting trainers trade Pokémon they catch in the mobile game to Let’s Go. While the Switch entries pull a majority of their inspiration from the mainline series game Pokémon Yellow, other Pokémon Go features will be available, including the ability to use the motion controls of a Joy-Con or the new Poké Ball Plus device to catch the Pokémon.
In addition to the excitement around the Switch games, it was recently revealed Pokémon Go reached a new milestone. According to The Wall Street Journal‘s Takashi Mochizuki, the mobile game recently surpassed 800 million downloads. In March, the figure was already at 650 million downloads, making its updated report that much more impressive. Due to the connectivity between the mobile game and the Switch titles, it’s also likely the number of downloads and players will increase by the time the Let’s Go games launch this November.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Pokémon Go Live