“Pokémon, I choose you!” –Ash Ketchum
If you are anything like us, and don’t say you’re not or you wouldn’t be reading this right now, you are still trying to fill in the 487 Pokémon squares in your Pokedex. It’s been a while since we have talked Pokémon with you. Since our last Pokémon update, several special events have taken place, more community days have been held and most of all, Generation Four of our favorite pocket monsters have been unleashed!
So, let’s take a dive into the world of Pokémon and find out just what these little monsters have been up to lately. The most recent and biggest news in the franchise is the release of generation four in the game that gives us the Pokémon first encountered in the Sinnoh region, featured in Pokémon Diamond, Pokémon Pearl, and Pokémon Platinum. This new release brings us a total of 107 new Pokémon to catch, one of the largest new generations in the game. While all of the Pokémon are new, we see many cross generational Pokémon (evolutions for older Pokémon) released in this generation, with a total of 29. There also are more legendary Pokémon than any other generation with a total of 13.
Here is a list of generation 1 Pokémon that have an evolution in generation 4: Magneton becoming Magnazone, Lickitung becoming Lickilicky, Rhynhorn becoming Rhyperior, Tangela becoming Tangrowth, Electabuzz becoming Electivire, Magmar becoming Magmortar, Eevee becoming a split between Leafeon and Glaceon and Porygon2 becoming Porygon-Z. From generation 2, we will see the likes of Aipom becoming Ambipom, Yanma becoming Yanmega, Murkrow becoming Honchkrow, Misdreavus becoming Mismagius, Gligar becoming Gliscor, Sneasel becoming Weavile, Piloswine becoming Mamoswine and Togetic becoming Togekiss. And from generation 3 we see Ralts and Kirlia becoming Galade (split), Nosepass becoming Probopass, Roselia becoming Roserade, Duskclops becoming Dusknoir, and Snorut to become Froslass. And some of you trainers who collect the babies will be happy to know that in generation 4, we will have a total of 6 new babies! We will add Mime Jr (baby Mr. Mime), Bonsly (baby Sudowoodo), Mantyke (baby Mantine), Munlax (baby Snorlax), Budew (baby Roselia) and Chingling (baby Chimecho).
This past summer, the 2018 Pokémon World Championships, were held right down the road in Nashville. That’s right, our state capitol was overrun with Pokémon trainers for 3 days in August. If you were around Nashville during this time you would have noticed an extra few thousand people walking around in red, blue or yellow shirts, a phone in one hand, a portable phone charger with cord coming out of a pocket connected to the phone, a backpack on, baseball hat with Pikachu on it and occasionally yelling out, “YES! I got it!” while continuing to walk down the sidewalk. Pokémon players who weren’t participating in the tournament, had fun finding special released Pokémon such as Unown letters N-A-S-H-V-I-L-E (Nashville) that helped to fill the 28 Unown spots in their Pokedex.
Other trainers were off to Atlanta the following weekend as it was time for Dragon Con. At this special event, trainers were able to again add to their Unown alphabet with letters D-R-A-G-O-N-C (Dragon Con). Shortly after Atlanta, trainers once again were in their cars on the way to the Big Apple. It was October and time for New York Comic Con. Here in New York once again the special Unown letters were out and you were able to get N-Y-C-O-M-I (NY Comic Con). Do you see a trend here yet?
So besides all of the special events with special and rare Pokémon, what has everyone buzzing about the game so much right now? One word can answer that questions, shinies. That’s right, Niantic has started releasing the shiny version of many of the games Pokémon. What is a shiny Pokémon many of you may ask. Well, it’s kind of how it sounds. You have a normal Pokémon and you give it a different color and add some sparkles and you have shiny. But is this really a new Pokémon. To trainers, yes. It is a new Pokémon to collect, but it is not a new Pokedex entry, although the Pokedex does provide a badge for the shiny Pokémon once caught.
A way the game as added to the fuel of the shiny Pokémon is by creating what is called “Community Days”. On these days, a select Saturday or Sunday, once per month, one Pokémon is selected and for only 3 hours chances of finding and catching said Pokémon are increased and if you’re lucky, when you click your Pokémon, it will be a shiny! This has trainers in a craze, because everyone is trying to get a shiny!
And one of the other biggest things to hit Pokémon Go since our last update, is trading. Yes that’s right, you can now trade your little pocket monsters with your friends and other trainers. The ability for in game trading has added so much value to your Pokémon. Now trainers check their CP (combat power), the IV (individual value) and if the Pokémon is shiny. All of these are great bargaining factors for a perfect trade.
So what are you waiting for? Download Pokémon Go on your mobile device and we’ll see you out on the next Community Day!