Pokemon Go has been out for a while now, with constant updates and changes designed to improve the user experience (with varying degrees of success). But further down the line, we’ll start seeing updates for new Pokemon, from the second generation and on.
Niantic has stated that the Gold/Silver/Crystal era Pokemon will be added eventually (with an estimated release some time in December, although that could very well change), and beyond that there’s the third generation of Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, and many more – by the time it’s caught up to the current sixth generation of games, the seventh gen games Pokemon Sun and Moon will have already added even more to the Pokedex.
What does this mean for people who are playing the game now? Well, it’s not just something to look forward to – in the case of some Pokemon, it’s something to prepare for.
Several Pokemon games add new evolutions to classic Pokemon, and even pre-evolutions in some cases. Longtime fans of the games already know what will eventually get an evolution, but if Pokemon Go is your first introduction to the world of Pokemon, here’s a rundown on what Pokemon you have now that will get new evolutions down the line, so you can start stocking up on that candy to evolve them later.
(Keep in mind that any news about how Pokemon Go will add second generation and on mechanics, including Pokemon genders, breeding, new items for evolution, and so on, are all entirely fan-made theories. Niantic has not announced anything concrete yet, just that they’ll be adding later generations eventually.)
The second generation of Pokemon games – Gold, Silver, and Crystal – introduced some new evolutions to older Pokemon, as well as pre-evolved ones for old favorites.
As it is now, Onix is not particularly powerful in Pokemon Go. You’d think a giant rock snake would be pretty tough, and yet it doesn’t rank too highly at all. Perhaps, however, its steel-type evolution, Steelix, can tilt the odds in its favor.
Espeon and Umbreon
Eevee already has three evolutions – Jolteon, Vaporeon, and Flareon – but gen 2 adds the Psychic-type Espeon and the Dark-type Umbreon. Evolving an Eevee only takes 25 candy, but hopefully Niantic will include another Easter Egg to help determine which of these it’ll evolve into. It’s worth noting that in the games, Eevee would evolve into Espeon during the day, and Umbreon during the night, as long as it was at maximum happiness.
The third generation, containing Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, does not introduce any new evolutions for first generation Pokemon. You’re good. I mean, some of the Pokemon from this generation you’ll want to hold on to for their later evolutions, but that’s a bridge to cross much farther down the road.
The fourth generation games – Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum – bring in a few new evolutions. Some of them are for later-generation Pokemon, but a few classics get new stages as well.
Have you found a Lickitung yet? Better find more, because it gets an evolution in the form of Lickilicky.
Leafeon and Glaceon
More Eeveelutions! The Grass-type Leafeon and Ice-type Glaceon mean you’re going to want to keep saving those Eevee Candies for further down the line.
The fifth generation consisted of Black and White versions, as well as their direct sequels. They do not, however, introduce any new evolutions or pre-evolutions of classic Pokemon, so there’s nothing to prepare for here.
The latest generation (as of this article, but Gen 7 is on its way) consists of Pokemon X and Y versions, and somehow, no Z version as of yet. I’d like to say you don’t have to worry about saving candy up for this generation either, but we have one more for you, and it’s just what you’d expect.
That’s right, another Eeveelution! Sylveon is a Fairy-type, and is the latest of Eevee’s evolutions to hit the games. It’s also the last of any new evolutions from first generation Pokemon (unless Sun and Moon add more) so just keep catching those Eevees and you’ll be fine.
I suppose we should mention this as well. A few future generations add earlier forms of first generation Pokemon; the pre-evolved or “baby” ones, as it were. These include Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Tyrogue, Magby, Smoochum, Elekid, and Munchlax, all of which evolve into first generation Pokemon (and Tyrogue gets a third option, as it can become Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, or Hitmontop), so exactly how that will work in Pokemon Go is currently unknown. They may update the games so that Pikachu now give and use Pichu Candy, or they could just have Pichu drop Pikachu Candy and use that to evolve, time will tell.
Gen 6 did introduce one more thing: Mega Evolutions, a temporary in-battle evolution that gives Pokemon a huge boost in power. Several first generation Pokemon receive Mega Evolutions, including all the starters (Charizard even gets two), Gyarados, and even Slowbro. How that will work in Pokemon Go is both unknown and way too far off in the future to even worry about yet.
Now you know what Pokemon will see evolutions later down the line in Pokemon Go. What Pokemon are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know, then go out and catch them all!