PokemonGo Generation 2 Release: New Baby Pokemon and New Pokedex Entries

December 12th, 2016 | PokemonGo News

PokemonGo Generation 2 Update

PokemonGo December update brings us a new intro screen with Pikachu busy switching on the lights. Beyond the new welcome picture, two baby pokemon Togepi and Pichu are officially announced as the first Generation 2 pokemon, released into the game. They can be hatched from eggs.

If you already have a Pikachu or Raichu, you can now see the baby Pichu shadow in the Pokedex, just before Pikachu. However Pichu is not the only baby you can now see in the Pokedex – six new gen 2 babies have made an appearance. They are: Pichu, Cleffa, Elekid, Igglypuff, Magby and Smoochum.

PichuPichu, which evolves into Pikachu
CleffaCleffa, which evolves into Clefairy
ElekidElekid, which evolves into Electabuzz
IgglypuffIgglypuff, which evolves into Jigglypuff
MagbyMagby, which evolves into Magmar
SmoochumSmoochum, which evolves into Jynx

 

Hatching Gen 2 Baby Pokemon

You can hatch baby pokemon from eggs.

Baby Pichu Pokemon

Baby pokemon Egg required
Cleffa 2km
Igglybuff 2km
Pichu 5km
Togepi 5km
Magby 10km
Elekid 10km
Smoochum 10km


PokemonGo Elekid Baby PokemonBaby pokemon can fight in gyms just like any other pokemon, which raises questions about child abuse (punch the baby, anyone?) and child exploitation (since when babies working overnight is OK?) 😉

New Generation 2 Pokedex Entries

Once you’ve hatched or seen new baby pokemon, new pokedex entries will show up.

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Pikachu Gets Ready for Christmas

You can also catch a festive Pikachu wearing a Santa hat, for a limited time only, until December 29, 2016. Festive Pikachus will evolve into festive Raichus and will retain their hats beyond the Christmas event.

Pikachu
Raichu


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Don’t forget to stock up on the candy in preparation for other Generation 2 additions, to be launched in the near future.

Have you caught a festive Pikachu or hatched a pokemon baby? Let us know at Pokemon151 Forums.

Changes to Combat Power (CP) in an Attempt to Rebalance PokemonGo Gym Battles

November 21st, 2016 | PokemonGo News

Just as you thought you got a hang of it, here comes another update from Niantic with Pokemon CP values considerably changed. Many went up, some went down.

Victreebel which performed really well against Vaporeon and other water-type pokemon, went down in CP. So did Dewgong which was great against Dragonite and other fire-type pokemon. Yet Snorlax, Gyarados and Dragonite which were already very strong and difficult to battle against, went even further up in CP. Kingler went up in CP so much that it is now one of the strongest pokemon for many trainers.

However, here’s the thing. HP values stay unchanged, which may mean that the pokemon with lowered CP will become even stronger when powered up again, due to a better HP:CP ratio. With the double stardust event starting later this week, trainers will have an opportunity to test this hypothesis.

Evolution calculators are based on the old formulas, but it seems that the changes to the CP were triggered by amended base stats, not the formulas, so fingers crossed calculators are still accurate.

CP went up CP went down Same CP
Abra
Aerodactyl
Alakazam
Beedrill
Butterfree
Chansey
Charizard
Cloyster
Dodrio
Dragonite
Electabuzz
Exeggcute
Flareon
Gastly
Gengar
Geodude
Golem
Gyarados
Haunter
Horsea
Hitmonchan
Hitmonlee
Jolteon
Jynx
Kabutops
Kabuto
Kadabra
Kingler
Machamp
Magnemite
Magneton
Mr. Mime
Muk
Omanyte
Omastar
Onix
Pinsir
Primeape
Raticate
Rattata
Rhydon
Rhyhorn
Sandshrew
Sandslash
Scyther
Seadra
Snorlax
Starmie
Tangela
Tauros
Tentacruel
Vaporeon
Venomoth
Arcanine
Blastoise
Clefable
Dewgong
Dragonair
Dratini
Eevee
Ekans
Exeggutor
Farfetch’d
Golbat
Golduck
Hypno
Jigglypuff
Lickitung
Magikarp
Nidoking
Nidoqueen
Parasect
Pidgeot
Pidgey
Pikachu
Poliwrath
Porygon
Raichu
Seel
Slowbro
Victreebel
Vileplume
Wartotle
Weedle
Wigglytuff
Lapras

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New Rules for PokemonGo Gym Battles and Gym Prestige

November 10th, 2016 | PokemonGo News

With the most recent update (November 2016) it became harder to build up the gym prestige, and easier to take it down. This means that established gyms are now at a higher risk of being taken down, and they will need to spend much more time to rebuild their gym prestige back up.

Victreebel wins against Vaporeon in PokemonGo Gym BattleVictreebel CP 1385 wins against Vaporeon CP 2285. This is because Victreebel is of grass type and is a good choice for battling against water type pokemon such as Vaporeon.

According to the new formula, when you fight in a rival gym, the gym’s prestige level goes down by 1000 for every pokemon battle you win, and there is an extra 1000 decrease for taking down the gym leader. A level 10 gym can be taken down in about half an hour. Still quite some time, but far easier than before.

On the flip side, when you battle for your own team, the gym prestige only gets half the points that we used to get before. The exact amount depends on the squad you choose for your battle. If you choose pokemon that have lower CP than the opponent (ideally twice as low), you get more points, and you can raise the gym prestige faster. The maximum amount you can get is 500 points per battle.

Grey ‘No Team’ Gym Lock Down

grey-gymOnce you’ve taken down a rival gym, it is now locked for a brief period, to give you time to put your pokemon in. This prevents other trainers, conveniently and completely accidentally hiding in the bushes nearby, from claiming the gym that they didn’t even attack.


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PokemonGo Daily Bonuses –
More XP, More Stardust and More PokeBalls

November 9th, 2016 | PokemonGo News

Just as the weather turns colder and pokemon hunting in the wild becomes harder, Niantic launches an exciting daily bonus feature. You will also get more XP, more stardust, and more pokestop items, for a very limited time, between 7 and 11 of November 2016.

PokemonGo Daily Bonus UpdateDaily Bonuses

Daily bonus feature gives you:

  • Extra 500XP for the First Catch of the Day. It can be something as dull as a Weedle but it will still get you the extra points if this is the first pokemon you catch on that day! (The day resets at midnight).
  • Extra 500XP for the first Pokestop of the day you spin.
  • Lucky Egg doubles XP of the first catch or the first pokestop of the day.

PokemonGo Daily Bonus Update, 7 Day Streak7 Day Streak

If you get daily bonuses for 7 days in a row, you are rewarded with even more extra XP and extra stardust.

  • First catch of the day, for 7 days in a row gives you extra 2500 XP and 3000 Stardust
  • First PokeStop of the day, for 7 days in a row gives you extra 2500 XP and many extra items

Increase in Spawn Rates and PokeStop Items

To celebrate the launch of the daily bonus feature, there will be more pokemon in the wild, and more pokeballs and other items at pokestops for a limited time only, between 7 and 11 of November 2016:

  • Extra items at every Pokestop, consistently 6 or more, and sometimes as many as 12!
  • Extra pokemon in their usual spawn places – they are clearly having a party!

Hurry – the increased spawn rates and extra pokestop items are only available until Friday, 11 November 2016!

Happy hunting 🙂