Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip and many more from the Hoenn region will begin spawning today.
More new Pokemon from the Hoenn region are coming to Pokemon Go.
Niantic announced today that more than 50 Pokemon that originally appeared in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire are headed to Go, including Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Wailord, Swablu, Snorunt, Cacnea, Salamence, Feebas, and many more. Additional Pokemon from Hoenn will be added “in the coming weeks.”
Beyond the new Pokemon, Niantic also announced a new update for Pokemon Go that will add a dynamic weather system. Weather conditions will now impact the game in a variety of ways, such as making Pokemon more likely to appear in weather conditions that suit them (for example, more water-type Pokemon will spawn in-game when it’s raining in the real world). Weather conditions will also impact Pokemon CP, making certain types stronger or weaker depending on the weather.
IGN spoke to Niantic for clarification on the new weather system, getting additional thoughts from global product marketing lead Archit Bhargava, and product manager Matt Slemon.
“As you walk around the world of Pokemon Go you will see that it is your world. So you will see the sun out if the sun is out, you will see snow falling if snow is falling, you will see rain falling if rain is falling,” Slemon explained. “Those weather conditions will not only affect the appearance of the game but also affects a bunch of the mechanics of the game.”
“Weather itself makes the Pokemon more emboldened and makes sure the strongest of their species do end up showing up,” he added. “So you’ll find stronger Pokemon as you encounter them and you’ll see a little bit of a bonus any time you capture one. You will get some additional Stardust anytime you capture a Pokemon that has an affinity with current weather.”
“Pokemon are found based on the geological and ecological attributes of any given place,” Bhargava added. “Weather will now augment that, but it’s definitely not going to replace that. So you will find water types near water sources like lakes and beaches and that sort of thing. So that’s not changing.”
Niantic confirmed that some new Pokemon will begin to appear as raid bosses, and that weather changes will affect all Pokemon, not only those from Hoenn.
Today’s news joins the previous launch of generation 3 Pokemon, which added Sableye, Duskull, Dusclops, Shuppet, and Banette for Pokemon Go’s Halloween event.
For more on Pokemon Go, see our full list of generation three Pokemon.
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