Today is the day that Pokemon GO players have been waiting for, as Gen 5 Pokemon have finally been introduced and added to the roster. This includes new Gen 5 starters, Gen 5 region-exclusive Pokemon, and new Gen 5 raid bosses. In total, there were 18 Pokemon added to the mobile ARG, not counting evolved forms.
Perhaps the most exciting additions are the Gen 5 starters, as these Pokemon are iconic in every generation. Gen 5 includes the Grass-type Snivy which evolves into Servine and Serperior, the Fire-type Snivy which evolves into Pignite and Emboar, and the Water-type Oshawott which evolves into Dewott and Samurott. While not every starter ends up being a fan-favorite, there's little doubt that many Pokemon GO players will be adding these to their collection.
Pokemon GO's region exclusive Pokemon, a concept that has lasted since the early days of the mobile ARG, for Gen 5 were also revealed. First up are the various Pan-monkey Pokemon: the Grass-type Pansage can be caught in Asia, the Fire-type Pansear can be caught in Europe/Middle East/Africa/India, and Pokemon GO players in Greenland/the Americas will be able to catch the Water-type Panpour.
Alongside the aforementioned monkey Pokemon, there is one more region-exclusive pair: Heatmor and Durant. Heatmor can be caught in the western hemisphere, while Durant can be caught in the east. This isn't altogether too surprising, as Heatmor eat Durant in a relationship not too different from Seviper and Zangoose. Regardless, here is the complete list of gen 5 Pokemon that can currently be caught in Pokemon GO.
Snivy, Servine, Serperior
Tepig, Pignite, Emboar
Oshawott, Dewott, Samurott
Lillipup, Herdier, Stoutland
Pidove, Tranquill, Unfezant
Klink, Klang, Klinklang
Deino, Zweilous, Hydreigon
Durant, Heatmor (region-exclusives)
Pansage, Simisage (region-exclusives)
Panpour, Simipour (region-exclusives)
Pansear, Simisear (region-exclusives)
More will indubitably roll out in the coming weeks, so if some Pokemon GO players have been waiting for another big addition to get back into the game, now's the best chance. For those competitive players, here's also the best Gen 5 Pokemon GO moves.
Pokemon GO is out now in select regions for Android and iOS devices.