Gen II Pokemon Are Here For "Pokemon Go"

by Megan Grant

If you thought "Pokemon Go" was going anywhere anytime soon, sit down and get comfortable: Niantic Inc. has added new Pokemon to "Pokemon Go," plus a new limited edition Pikachu available through Dec. 29, according to an announcement on their website. Per Niantic's page, Togepi and Pichu — first discovered in the Johto Region in the Pokemon Gold and Silver videos games — are the first among the new little monsters available; but in the coming months, we can expect even more.

You'll recall that these two Pokemon are from Generation II, which included 100 in total. What else do we know about these Pokemon? Mashable did a little digging and found out that as of right now, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Elekid, Magby, and Smoochum can all be hatched from eggs. You might be wondering where the eighth baby, Tyrogue, is. He can evolve into three different Pokemon (Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, and Hitmontop); so it might make sense that he didn't join the first group of Pokemon released. That also means he might be in the next update; so keep your eyes peeled. (Could Tyrogue be the next Eevee? Only time will tell.)

Forbes points out a helpful tip that trainers will probably want to know: These Generation II "baby" Pokemon — mini versions of some of the little monsters from Generation I — appear to hatch randomly, so you might not see a new Pokemon right away.

These additions were long awaited, as thus far, "Pokemon Go" has been limited to Generation I Pokemon — the ones originally found in Pokemon Red and Blue/Green. There are many generations to choose from, however, and this is an exciting advancement for fans of the Pokemon world.

The coming months will reveal other Gen II Pokemon that trainers will have the opportunity to interact with; and the fact that there are 100 of these guys in total translates to endless fun for "Pokemon Go" lovers across the world. As for the limited edition Pikachu, look for little guys wearing holiday hats to help celebrate the season.

Stay tuned for more!

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