When the new waves of Generation III Pokémon made their way into Pokémon Go recently, players noticed Niantic had added new region exclusives to the roster. So far, five Pokémon from the latest Generation—Plusle, Minun, Zangoose, Seviper, and Relicanth—were chosen to be locked to some regions of the world, forcing trainers to either travel to the specific locales that offer them or hope for migration. Thankfully, two of the five have officially moved, but it’s unclear for how long.
Beginning on January 5th, trainers across the globe took to Twitter and Reddit to share that Seviper and Zangoose had essentially swapped the regions they formerly roamed. When the two first entered the game, it was reported by Pokémon Go data mining group The Silph Road that Seviper could be caught in Europe, Asia, and Australia, while Zangoose was available in North America, South America, and Africa. Now, the two Pokémon have changed places.
#PokemonGO – Zangoose and Seviper have switched locations!
Have you caught both yet? pic.twitter.com/8euPsW952h
— Pokémon GO News (@PokemonGoNews) January 5, 2018
Niantic hasn’t officially announced the move yet, so trainers should catch the newly relocated creatures as soon as possible in case it happened by accident. While Niantic has made region-locked Pokémon available outside of their areas briefly for special events, this marks the first time non-Legendary Pokémon have completely migrated. During the height of Generation II’s launch, the Legendary Beasts roamed across the world in a cycle, but the purpose was to keep the raid system from being overly cluttered with three Legendaries at once.
Perhaps trainers will see more movement in the future if the Seviper and Zangoose swap receives positive feedback. For now, the other region-exclusives include Farfetch’d (Japan), Mr. Mime (Europe), Tauros (North America), Kangaskhan (Australia), Heracross (Central/South America), Corsola (Central/South America), Relicanth (New Zealand/Fiji), Plusle (Western Hemisphere), and Minun (Eastern Hemisphere).
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.