Now that Pokémon Go trainers have had a day to find the second wave of additions from Generation III, it’s been discovered Niantic has made another region-exclusive Pokémon.
According to Pokémon Go‘s data mining community, The Silph Road, the Water/Rock-type Pokémon Relicanth will be native to New Zealand. While Niantic hasn’t officially stated the fish from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire is region-locked, trainers in the community have figured it out with spawning maps.
When the 20 new Hoenn Pokémon arrived on December 21st, trainers quickly found a majority of the newbies in the wild, thanks to the holiday event spawning Water and Ice-types more frequently. However, Relicanth was strangely missing for most players discussing their catches on Reddit. A user on a new Reddit thread shared that they checked the global spawning maps, which gives the number of spawns for a certain Pokémon, and Relicanth had only appeared 84 times in 24 hours across the globe. The low number made it clear it was likely a region-exclusive, and looking closer at the map, the spawns only occurred in New Zealand.
While it’s exciting for the small area to get its own Pokémon, especially since Australia’s region-locked Pokémon, Kangaskhan, didn’t appear in New Zealand, trainers are disappointed a strong meta game creature was chosen. Prior to Relicanth, region-exclusives seemed to be randomly selected Pokémon to provide a reason for players to travel, as the Pokémon weren’t great for battling. However, Relicanth has been on trainers’ radars since the announcement of Generation III. Along with its helpful mixed Water/Rock-typing, Relicanth boasts a high Defense stat, making it a perfect choice as a Gym defender. Its diverse move pool also makes it usable in raid battles against Legendaries, like Moltres, Entei, and Ho-Oh. Compared to other region-exclusives, like Tauros and Mr. Mime, Relicanth is a must-have for battling, making it an odd choice to lock to such a remote area for most.
Of course, Relicanth was a rare Pokémon in the Ruby and Sapphire games, so maybe Niantic wanted to stick closely to the spawn rates seen in the original games. Niantic has also made a few region-exclusives available worldwide or at least outside of its specific location for special events, though, so trainers might see Relicanth swim closer to them at some point.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.