The long-awaited gen 2 Pokemon are finally here as Niantic Labs has just announced the addition of more than 80 Pokemon from the Johto region into the game. Select Pokemon like Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile from the Generation II Gold and Silver video games will make their way into Nintendo's popular augmented-reality game, later this week.
The Gen 2 Pokemon will be available for hunting in the wild as well as by hatching eggs. Apart from using the Pokeballs, you can now use Berries directly from the encounter screen while new evolution feature will enable trainers to evolve Pokemon from Kanto region to Johto Region Pokemon using special evolution items at PokeStops.
One can also customise avatars with a whole new selection of shirts, pants, hats and other items. Although, it is not clear if the avatar items will be available for free or via in-app purchase for Pokemon GO.
Check out the complete changelog for the forthcoming Pokemon GO update (below):
Additional Pokémon: More than 80 Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games, as well as Pokémon with gender-specific variations, will start rolling out in Pokémon GO.
New Evolutions: There are now more opportunities to evolve your Pokémon in Pokémon GO than ever before. Some Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will soon be able to evolve—into Pokémon that inhabit the Johto region! Be on the lookout for new Evolution items at PokéStops, which you'll need to evolve some Pokémon.
New Encounter Gameplay: When you encounter Pokémon in the wild, don't be surprised if they react in new ways as you're trying to catch them. You'll also notice the addition of new item carousels that allow you to select Berries and Poké Balls directly from the encounter screen. Hone your skills and catch those elusive Pokémon!
New Berries: Pokémon enjoy eating Berries, and you'll have the opportunity to get two new Berries by spinning the Photo Disc at PokéStops—Nanab Berries and Pinap Berries! Giving a Pokémon a Nanab Berry will slow its movements, making it easier to catch. The Pinap Berry doubles the amount of Candy you'll receive if your next catch attempt succeeds.
New Avatars and an Expanded Wardrobe: Now you'll be able to give your avatar a complete upgrade! Customize your look with a whole new selection of hats, shirts, pants, and other items.
In related news, Niantic's CEO John Hanke has recently announced the arrival of two new features, real-time PvP battles and co-operative trading, in the forthcoming Pokemon GO updates.