The elusive, transforming Pokémon, Ditto, may finally be available in Pokémon Go.
While no players have found smiling pink blob yet, dataminers have been hard at work dissecting the game’s latest update, and several clues point towards Ditto’s imminent inclusion. Here’s the general consensus on what’s been added, straight from The Silph Road:
- Ditto appears to be able to be ‘encounterable’ in the wild. It is not clear whether this is enabled yet, or whether it will appear as Ditto before capture, but the species is almost certainly ‘capturable’ (as opposed to acquirable only through non-wild-encounter)
- Ditto appears to be able to be used in battle
- Sounds for different Ditto effects have appeared (not included, so as not to spoil the effect!)
- A background graphic for Ditto has appeared (dark purple)
- A small “spotlight” graphic has appeared for ditto that may indicate a different appearance either on the map, or elsewhere
With all those updates, it’s possible that Ditto is currently in the game and no one’s found it yet (the patch hasn’t been out long yet, though the longer it’s been out, the less likely it is that Ditto’s gone unnoticed). It’s more likely, however, that Niantic now has Ditto prepped and ready to go, with the appropriate files ready across all users’ devices, but is waiting for an event or some other special timing to trigger the Pokémon’s appearance.
Dataminers have also uncovered two new tags for Pokémon: “Rare” and “Shiny.” Rare tags seem to trigger special music when a Pokémon the game determines is Rare is captured. “Shiny” seems to be associated with Pokémon materials, or specifically, how an object within the game reflects light or is colored. It’s possible that this new tag could be paving the way for Shiny Pokémon, special differently-colored Pokémon that, in the main games, have an extremely small chance of appearing. No new Pokémon sprites seem to have been added to the game, however, so it’s possible that the Shiny tag could just be part of an overall graphics upgrade.
Source: The Silph Road