Pokémon GO gets 80 new Pokémon, new features this week

Finally… all that waiting, and walking, has paid off. Niantic and The Pokémon Company this morning revealed that a rather huge update for Pokémon GO is about ready to go live, with a ton of new Pokémon to catch and evolve, new game features and gameplay mechanics, Evolution items and berries, additional avatar customization options and more.

The latest batch of 80 pocket monsters to track down will be from Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, which would include Pokémon such as Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile. Combined with the Evolution items, which allow trainers to evolve some Pokémon into those found in the Johto region.

Doesn’t sounds like trading or PvP are included in this update, but hopefully that’s still on the roadmap.

See the trailer below for a look at the new and improved Pokémon GO.

The World of Pokémon GO has Expanded!:

Niantic, Inc. and The Pokémon Company International announced an additional 80 Pokémon will begin to appear in Pokémon GO later this week. These include Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region from the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games, including Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile. Trainers will encounter these Pokémon “in the wild” as they embark on adventures and explore their neighborhoods and cities to catch Pokémon. In addition to Pokémon that will appear in the game for the first time, the latest update introduces new gameplay mechanics for Trainers to master, including new encounter gameplay, new Evolution items, two new Berries, and expanded outfit and accessory options for their Trainer avatars.

“Today is a momentous occasion for our team here at Niantic which has been hard at work to deliver these additional Pokémon and build upon the encounter and capture mechanics for our passionate global community of Trainers playing Pokémon GO,” said John Hanke, founder and Chief Executive Officer, Niantic, Inc. “Pokémon GO is a live experience which we’ll be continuing to support and evolve in new and interesting ways for years to come with new gameplay features, in-game and live events, more Pokémon to discover and much more.”

“With Pokémon GO, The Pokémon Company endeavored to create a compelling game based on the concept of encountering and catching Pokémon in the real world,” said J.C. Smith, Senior Director, Consumer Marketing, The Pokémon Company International. “The amazing response to Pokémon GO by millions of existing and new Pokémon fans around the world is remarkable. We’re thrilled to keep the adventure going by welcoming these Pokémon to this engaging new way of experiencing the fun of the Pokémon brand.”

With the latest Pokémon GO game update, new Pokémon evolution options will give players the ability to use new Evolution items to evolve their Pokémon into ones that were originally discovered in the Johto region. While catching Pokémon, Trainers can use two new Berries—the Nanab Berry, which slows a Pokémon’s movements, and the Pinap Berry, which doubles the amount of Candy received if the next catch attempt succeeds. Trainers will also be able to customize their avatar’s appearance with a new selection of hats, shirts, pants, and other items. Additional items will be available for purchase from the in-game Pokémon GO shop.

To view a new Pokémon GO trailer highlighting the Pokémon coming to the game and the new features, please visit: www.youtube.com/embed/R04u9E5INTI

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