Niantic have a habit of dropping events unannounced into the game, and this week has seen the introduction of some new Pokémon that were teased at the start of the year, as well as the introduction of a new trading mechanic that means you don’t need to use as much candy.
Trade Evolution Mechanic In the original Pokémon games, certain evolutions were only achieved by trading Pokémon to another game, such as Machoke to Machamp and Graveler to Golem. Niantic have decided to try and replicate that mechanic in Pokémon Go, but have switched it up slightly. After trading certain Pokémon, their candy cost will zero to evolve them, instead of the usual 50 or 100, so this will save a lot of candy hunting on the players part. Currently this list includes Kadabra, Machoke, Graveler, Haunter, Boldore, Gurdurr, Karrablast and Shelmet.
New Unova Pokémon After teasing some new releases, we now have a chunk of newly released Pokémon from the Unova region. In the wild, you’ll be able to encounter Roggenrola, Tympole, Dwebble, Trubbish, Karrablast, Joltik and Shelmet.
Throh and Sawk, the Fighting type Pokémon, will only be able to be found in separate regions, with Throh in the Americas and Africa, and Sawk in Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as 10km from their respective regions.
Basculin will have different forms depending on where you are, with Eastern Hemisphere getting the red stripe and Western Hemisphere getting the Blue stripe, but this is a purely cosmetic difference.
Maractus will only be able to be found in Southern USA, Mexico, Central America, the Carribean and South America, and Sigilyph will only appear in Egypt and Greece. Basically, you’re going to need to travel quite a bit to fill your Unova Pokédex.
Eggs and Raids will also see some of these new Pokémon make an appearance. In 2km eggs, there will be the chance to hatch Venipede and Dwebble. In 5km eggs, you could get Roggenrola, Tympole, Trubbish, Karrablast, Joltik and Shelmet. In 10km, you have the opportunity to find Timburr, Tirtouga, Archen and Axew. 1 Star raids also give you the opportunity to fight and catch Timburr as well, which eventually evolves into Conkeldurr. This takes 1st place ahead of Machamp as the new strongest Fighting type, so is well worth investing time into finding a good one.