Niantic heard Pokemon GO trainers like Mudkips, so the company is finally putting Mudkip in the game. And its evolutions, the other Hoenn region starters, and 41 other Pokemon. I can’t wait to catch ’em all. Again.
Back in October, trainers got a small taste of the Hoenn region with the Ghost-types Sableye, Duskull, Dusclops, Shuppet, and Banette. Niantic has confirmed we will get another taste with 50 new Pokemon later this week. While the starters are a foregone conclusion, the trailer Niantic released to celebrate these new Pokemon teases Salamence, Shiftry, Aggron, Ludicolo, and Groudon. Add in the silhouette of a Zigzagoon from screenshots on the official website, and that leaves 24 Hoenn region Pokemon unaccounted for, assuming the above Pokemon, their preevolutionary and postevolutionary forms, and the other two Gen III mascots Kyogre and Rayquaza are scheduled to release first. And since 135 Pokemon were introduced in the Gen III games, we have 80 more Pokemon on the way. How much do you want to bet we’ll have to wait to capture the likes of Flygon, Tropius, and Deoxys?
Some people think new Pokemon games only add Pokemon and maps; they don’t realize each generation introduces new features that change core game mechanics, including 2v2 battles that personalities that affect Pokemon stats. Well, Niantic will also add a new system to Pokemon GO alongside the Hoenn Pokemon, something many trainers have asked for: dynamic weather. The player avatar will be soaked by digital rain when it rains in real life; the game world will be covered with snow when snow falls in the real world, and so on. And this weather isn’t just for show; it will impact both Pokemon spawn rates and attack efficacy. Trainers are more likely to find Mudkips splashing about on rainy days, and Charizard’s Fire Blast will be far more devastating when the sun is shining. I’m now curious if Mareeps, Electabuzzes, and other Electric-types will wander about during thunderstorms.
Pokemon GO might have had a very rough start, but trainers and developers have stuck with it and transformed the game into the must-play app. I eagerly await all the new Hoenn Pokemon, dynamic weather system, and any other surprises Niantic has up its sleeves. Maybe cosmetic items trainers can use to customize their Pokemon is in the works; why should Pikachu be the only one to wear a hat?