Pokemon GO's latest update contains code that reveals that Generation 2 Pokemon are on the horizon for the mobile title, as well as hinting at Ditto's release.
Pokemon GO may not be as popular as it was in the weeks after its initial release this summer, but the game has been picking up steam. A financially and critically successful Halloween event and some major updates brought some old fans back and it seems like Niantic is beginning to turn a corner with more frequent updates and communication. If the latest datamine is to be believed, there may be soon be a whole new generation's worth of reasons to check back in to Pokemon GO.
The update that is rolling out today introduces daily quests to Pokemon GO, which should offer additional motivation for players to login and claim rewards for catching Pokemon and visiting a Pokestop every day. Hidden away in all of that new code seems to be the groundwork for introducing generation 2 Pokemon and Ditto, according to dataminers at The Silph Road.
Here is the code that the dataminers claim to have found...
New Pokemon families_FAMILY_CHIKORITA.V0155 _FAMILY_CYNDAQUIL.V0158 _FAMILY_TOTODILE.V0161 _FAMILY_SENTRET.V0163 _FAMILY_HOOTHOOT.V0165 _FAMILY_LEDYBA.V0167 _FAMILY_SPINARAK.V0170 _FAMILY_CHINCHOU.V0175 _FAMILY_TOGEPI.V0177 _FAMILY_NATU.V0179 _FAMILY_MAREEP.V0183 _FAMILY_MARILL.V0185 _FAMILY_SUDOWOODO.V0187 _FAMILY_HOPPIP.V0190 _FAMILY_AIPOM.V0191 _FAMILY_SUNKERN.V0193 _FAMILY_YANMA.V0194 _FAMILY_WOOPER.V0198 _FAMILY_MURKROW.V0200 _FAMILY_MISDREAVUS.V0201 _FAMILY_UNOWN.V0202 _FAMILY_WOBBUFFET.V0203 _FAMILY_GIRAFARIG.V0204 _FAMILY_PINECO.V0206 _FAMILY_DUNSPARCE.V0207 _FAMILY_GLIGAR.V0209 _FAMILY_SNUBBULL.V0211 _FAMILY_QWILFISH.V0213 _FAMILY_SHUCKLE.V0214 _FAMILY_HERACROSS.V0215 _FAMILY_SNEASEL.V0216 _FAMILY_TEDDIURSA.V0218 _FAMILY_SLUGMA.V0220 _FAMILY_SWINUB.V0222 _FAMILY_CORSOLA.V0223 _FAMILY_REMORAID.V0225 _FAMILY_DELIBIRD.V0226 _FAMILY_MANTINE.V0227 _FAMILY_SKARMORY.V0228 _FAMILY_HOUNDOUR.V0231 _FAMILY_PHANPY.V0234 _FAMILY_STANTLER.V0235 _FAMILY_SMEARGLE.V0236 _FAMILY_TYROGUE.V0241 _FAMILY_MILTANK.V0243 _FAMILY_RAIKOU.V0244 _FAMILY_ENTEI.V0245 _FAMILY_SUICUNE.V0246 _FAMILY_LARVITAR.V0249 _FAMILY_LUGIA.V0250 _FAMILY_HO_OH.V0251 _FAMILY_CELEBINew Pokemon Enumerations_POKEMON_CHIKORITA.V0153 _POKEMON_BAYLEEF.V0154 _POKEMON_MEGANIUM.V0155 _POKEMON_CYNDAQUIL.V0156 _POKEMON_QUILAVA.V0157 _POKEMON_TYPHLOSION.V0158 _POKEMON_TOTODILE.V0159 _POKEMON_CROCONAW.V0160 _POKEMON_FERALIGATR.V0161 _POKEMON_SENTRET.V0162 _POKEMON_FURRET.V0163 _POKEMON_HOOTHOOT.V0164 _POKEMON_NOCTOWL.V0165 _POKEMON_LEDYBA.V0166 _POKEMON_LEDIAN.V0167 _POKEMON_SPINARAK.V0168 _POKEMON_ARIADOS.V0169 _POKEMON_CROBAT.V0170 _POKEMON_CHINCHOU.V0171 _POKEMON_LANTURN.V0172 _POKEMON_PICHU.V0173 _POKEMON_CLEFFA.V0174 _POKEMON_IGGLYBUFF.V0175 _POKEMON_TOGEPI.V0176 _POKEMON_TOGETIC.V0177 _POKEMON_NATU.V0178 _POKEMON_XATU.V0179 _POKEMON_MAREEP.V0180 _POKEMON_FLAAFFY.V0181 _POKEMON_AMPHAROS.V0182 _POKEMON_BELLOSSOM.V0183 _POKEMON_MARILL.V0184 _POKEMON_AZUMARILL.V0185 _POKEMON_SUDOWOODO.V0186 _POKEMON_POLITOED.V0187 _POKEMON_HOPPIP.V0188 _POKEMON_SKIPLOOM.V0189 _POKEMON_JUMPLUFF.V0190 _POKEMON_AIPOM.V0191 _POKEMON_SUNKERN.V0192 _POKEMON_SUNFLORA.V0193 _POKEMON_YANMA.V0194 _POKEMON_WOOPER.V0195 _POKEMON_QUAGSIRE.V0196 _POKEMON_ESPEON.V0197 _POKEMON_UMBREON.V0198 _POKEMON_MURKROW.V0199 _POKEMON_SLOWKING.V0200 _POKEMON_MISDREAVUS.V0201 _POKEMON_UNOWN.V0202 _POKEMON_WOBBUFFET.V0203 _POKEMON_GIRAFARIG.V0204 _POKEMON_PINECO.V0205 _POKEMON_FORRETRESS.V0206 _POKEMON_DUNSPARCE.V0207 _POKEMON_GLIGAR.V0208 _POKEMON_STEELIX.V0209 _POKEMON_SNUBBULL.V0210 _POKEMON_GRANBULL.V0211 _POKEMON_QWILFISH.V0212 _POKEMON_SCIZOR.V0213 _POKEMON_SHUCKLE.V0214 _POKEMON_HERACROSS.V0215 _POKEMON_SNEASEL.V0216 _POKEMON_TEDDIURSA.V0217 _POKEMON_URSARING.V0218 _POKEMON_SLUGMA.V0219 _POKEMON_MAGCARGO.V0220 _POKEMON_SWINUB.V0221 _POKEMON_PILOSWINE.V0222 _POKEMON_CORSOLA.V0223 _POKEMON_REMORAID.V0224 _POKEMON_OCTILLERY.V0225 _POKEMON_DELIBIRD.V0226 _POKEMON_MANTINE.V0227 _POKEMON_SKARMORY.V0228 _POKEMON_HOUNDOUR.V0229 _POKEMON_HOUNDOOM.V0230 _POKEMON_KINGDRA.V0231 _POKEMON_PHANPY.V0232 _POKEMON_DONPHAN.V0233 _POKEMON_PORYGON2.V0234 _POKEMON_STANTLER.V0235 _POKEMON_SMEARGLE.V0236 _POKEMON_TYROGUE.V0237 _POKEMON_HITMONTOP.V0238 _POKEMON_SMOOCHUM.V0239 _POKEMON_ELEKID.V0240 _POKEMON_MAGBY.V0241 _POKEMON_MILTANK.V0242 _POKEMON_BLISSEY.V0243 _POKEMON_RAIKOU.V0244 _POKEMON_ENTEI.V0245 _POKEMON_SUICUNE.V0246 _POKEMON_LARVITAR.V0247 _POKEMON_PUPITAR.V0248 _POKEMON_TYRANITAR.V0249 _POKEMON_LUGIA.V0250 _POKEMON_HO_OH.V0251 _POKEMON_CELEBIDitto Transform move and it's animation masked as "Metamon"MOVE_TRANSFORM
That's a lot to decipher, but Pokemon experts don't need to also be coders to recognize the names and numbers of Gen 2 Pokemon. The bottom entry also includes Ditto's moveset.
If Niantic plans to ride the wave of holiday event popularity, then it would make sense that the company could be planning a Gen 2 release as early as the Christmas season. That is an optimistic reading of the code, but if the past datamines are any indicators, the updates have always followed within just a few weeks. The datamined Daily Quest groundwork was found at the end of the Halloween event and has already been made official.
There is also the chance that Niantic is just planning ahead in the hopes of a more smooth Gen 2 launch than the company experiences with Gen 1. The servers are all much more stable at this point, but if all of the initial installs return for Gen 2, there is a chance the game could become unstable again. Knowing Niantic, the company won't respond to the datamine rumors until it is ready to officially announce Gen 2. Check back for the official update.
Would the inclusion of Gen 2 Pokemon and Ditto be enough to get you back in the game? Let us know in the comments!
Pokemon GO is now available on Android and iOS devices.
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- How to Use the New Sightings Tool
- How to Win Battles
- How to Become a Gym Leader
- How to Get Pokecoins
- How to Catch Pikachu as a Starter
- How to Use and Hatch Eggs
- How to Catch Rare Pokemon
- How to Use Pokestops
- How to Control Eevee’s Evolution
- Trainer Rewards at Every Level
- How to Hold Gyms Longer
- Where to Find Specific Pokemon
- How to Trigger Pokemon Spawns
- Every Type’s Strengths and Weaknesses
- Catching Region Exclusive Pokemon
- Everything to Know About the Buddy System
- How to Equip a Buddy Pokemon
- How to Use Pokemon GO Plus
Source: The Silph Road