For anyone who is still playing Pokémon Go (there are a few of us) today there is some big news we have all been waiting for. Pokémon from Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire will start appearing later this week, this includes Treecko, Torchic and one of the original Memes Mudkip. We are told there will be several coming later this week, with more coming over time.
Also announced is the introduction on weather into the game. What this means is the weather will dynamically change in game, to match where you are. If it is raining, which is likely in the UK, you can expect to see more water type Pokémon. Sounds great to me and may be a reason for more people to pick the game back up. Here is the full release from Niantic:
Starting later this week, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, and several more Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region in the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire video games will start appearing in Pokémon GO for the first time ever—with even more to be discovered over the next several weeks! We’ll also be introducing a new dynamic weather system in Pokémon GO that will change the way you and the millions of Trainers around the world discover, catch, and interact with Pokémon.
You’ll want to start paying even closer attention to your local weather patterns, Trainers. In addition to the in-game map being updated with cool new weather visuals, weather near you will impact Pokémon in a variety of ways. For example, you’ll find your odds of discovering Mudkip splashing around will greatly improve on rainy days, as certain Pokémon types will be more commonly found during various weather conditions. Additionally, attacks of certain types will be more effective during some weather conditions, so a Charizard’s Fire Spin will perform better on sunny days, for example. Rain or shine, winter or spring, your gameplay experience will remain fresh, making your time outdoors even more exciting.
There’s never been a better time to grab your umbrella or snow boots and safely venture outside with family and friends this season. As you explore your local neighborhoods, remember to share a photo of your encounters on social media with the hashtag #PokemonGO. We’d love to see all of your new adventures as they unfold.”