Pokémon Go Gen 2 Released
Pokémon Go has been taking the world by storm since its release on July 6th 2016. The game was pretty raw and glitchy then with more than a few bugs to work out, but mobile users everywhere were determined to see the hype first hand. Luckily Niantic, the company that hosts Pokémon Go and helped create it, were determined to smooth out the rough edges and allow players to embark on their Pokémon journey. Despite all of the games hiccups following its release, the game has become hugely popular and has even been a topic in national news. Even then trainers were wondering if the dream of a possible Pokémon Go Gen 2 release would become a reality.
When Pokémon Go first released, there were a total of 151 Pokémon in the mobile games PokéDex. This follows the first Gen of the Pokémon anime and video games. Pokémon catchable in Pokémon Go are the same Pokémon that were catchable in Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow Versions. If you have been a Pokémon fan from the beginning and played these Gameboy games, then you understand the nostalgia that Pokémon GO creates. Being able to go out and “catch” these iconic characters from your childhood is a dream come true.
Before Pokémon Go was released, there was a lot of talk about which Pokémon would be featured in the game. Some thought all the generations would be released, while others thought it would just be the original 151. Others speculated that there would be a mix of all generations, but wouldn’t have every pocket monster from every generation at once. It seemed as though those who thought only Gen 1 would be included were right, but that didn’t last long.
On February 17th 2017, about seven months after Pokémon Go was released, Gen 2 Pokémon made an appearance in the game. Baby Pokémon such as Pichu, Igglybuff and Elekid could be hatched from eggs found at PokéStops. Other Gen 2 Pokémon such as Hoothoot and Ledyba could be found in the wild while others were found using lures to attract Pokémon to a specific location. This new wave of Pokémon brought an additional 80 entries to the Pokédex. If you haven’t caught the first Gen Pokémon yet, you may be a bit behind now that there are another 80 Pokémon to catch.
Personally, Gen 2 was one of my all time favorites. Watching the anime, The Johto Journeys, and playing the games, Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal Versions, brought me endless hours of entertainment and joy. I could not have been more excited to get started on my Johto Pokédex. It was nice to see some different Pokémon after seven months of the same old stuff. Especially Pidgeys, Rattatas and Zubats. Although the same old Pokémon wasn’t always a bad thing, since it gives you the chance to collect lots of candies and stardust, which can help you strengthen and evolve your Pokémon. Plus sometimes if you are lucky, one of those common Pokémon will turn into an allusive Ditto after capture. You can’t just go out and catch a Ditto, because it is always in disguise. So one of those annoying Pidgeys could really turn out to be an extremely rare Ditto. As the saying goes, you really “Gotta Catch ’em All!”
The release of Pokémon Go Gen 2 brought more than just new Pokémon, it also brought some new items. Certain Pokémon from Gen 2, such as Steelix, Slowking and Kingdra need special items not found in Gen 1 to evolve. The Pokémon Go update for Gen 2 had to include these evolutionary items such as Metal Coat, Kings Rock and Dragonscale in order to give trainers the tools they need to complete their Pokédex. These items can be found at PokéStops and can be received as gifts when you increase your trainer level in the game. With so many new Pokémon and new ways to evolve them, it’s time to get out there and “Catch ’em All!”
Until next time….dare to adventure on!