Updated with even more information on Pokémon Go Gen 2 — gotta catch 'em more!
Pokémon Go is getting 80 new Pokémon from the second generation. It started late last year with Togepi, Pichu, and the other Gen 2 babies the Johto Region in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games, but now almost the complete Pokédex has been released. That's right! GEN 2 IS LIVE NOW!
That includes new evolutions — and new split evolutions! — for Gen 1 Pokémon, and all new Gen 2 Pokémon as well. Here's everything you need to know!
BREAKING: Pokémon Go 2 now LIVE!
Wait. Stop the video and replay that! Gen 2 Pokémon are really here?!
"Finally!", right? From Pokémon Go:
Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, and many more Pokémon are nearly here! Starting later this week, you'll have the opportunity to catch more than 80 Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games. We've also implemented some new features to enhance your Pokémon GO experience.
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.
So what are the new Pokémon in Gen 2? List me!
All told, there'll be 100 new Pokémon for the Gen 2 Pokédex in Pokémon Go. The full list is as follows, including types and max CP (as estimated by GamePress.
- Chikorita: Grass (801 Max CP )
- Bayleef: Grass (1296 Max CP )
- Meganium: Grass (2227 Max CP )
- Cyndaquil: Fire (831 Max CP )
- Quilava: Fire (1484 Max CP )
- Typhlosion: Fire (2686 Max CP )
- Totodile: Water (1011 Max CP )
- Croconaw: Water (1598 Max CP )
- Feraligatr: Water (2721 Max CP )
- Sentret: Normal (519 Max CP )
- Furret: Normal (1667 Max CP )
- Hoothoot: Normal / Flying (640 Max CP )
- Noctowl: Normal / Flying (2040 Max CP )
- Ledyba: Bug / Flying (663 Max CP )
- Ledian: Bug / Flying (1275 Max CP )
- Spinarak: Bug / Poison (685 Max CP )
- Ariados: Bug / Poison (1636 Max CP )
- Crobat: Poison / Flying (2466 Max CP )
- Chinchou: Water / Electric (1067 Max CP )
- Lanturn: Water / Electric (2077 Max CP )
- Pichu: Electric (376 Max CP )
- Cleffa: Normal (620 Max CP )
- Igglybuff: Normal (512 Max CP )
- Togepi: Normal (540 Max CP )
- Togetic: Normal / Flying (1543 Max CP )
- Natu: Psychic / Flying (925 Max CP )
- Xatu: Psychic / Flying (1975 Max CP )
- Mareep: Electric (887 Max CP )
- Flaaffy: Electric (1402 Max CP )
- Ampharos: Electric (2695 Max CP )
- Bellossom: Grass (2108 Max CP )
- Marill: Water (420 Max CP )
- Azumarill: Water (1503 Max CP )
- Sudowoodo: Rock (2065 Max CP )
- Politoed: Water (2371 Max CP )
- Hoppip: Grass / Flying (508 Max CP )
- Skiploom: Grass / Flying (882 Max CP )
- Jumpluff: Grass / Flying (1553 Max CP )
- Aipom: Normal (1188 Max CP )
- Sunkern: Grass (316 Max CP )
- Sunflora: Grass (2048 Max CP )
- Yanma: Bug / Flying (1326 Max CP )
- Wooper: Water / Ground (596 Max CP )
- Quagsire: Water / Ground (1929 Max CP )
- Espeon: Psychic (3000 Max CP )
- Umbreon: Dark (2052 Max CP )
- Murkrow: Dark / Flying (1392 Max CP )
- Slowking: Water / Psychic (2482 Max CP )
- Misdreavus: Ghost (1781 Max CP )
- Unown: Psychic (1022 Max CP )
- Wobbuffet: Psychic (1024 Max CP )
- Girafarig: Normal / Psychic (1863 Max CP )
- Pineco: Bug (1045 Max CP )
- Forretress: Bug Steel (2263 Max CP )
- Dunsparce: Normal (1615 Max CP )
- Gligar: Ground / Flying (1758 Max CP )
- Steelix: Steel / Ground (2439 Max CP )
- Snubbull: Normal (1124 Max CP )
- Granbull: Normal (2440 Max CP )
- Qwilfish: Water / Poison (1910 Max CP )
- Scizor: Bug / Steel (2801 Max CP )
- Shuckle: Bug / Rock (300 Max CP )
- Heracross: Bug / Fighting (2938 Max CP )
- Sneasel: Dark / Ice (1868 Max CP )
- Teddiursa: Normal (1184 Max CP )
- Ursaring: Normal (2760 Max CP )
- Slugma: Fire (750 Max CP )
- Magcargo: Fire / Rock (1543 Max CP )
- Swinub: Ice / Ground (663 Max CP )
- Piloswine: Ice / Ground (2284 Max CP )
- Corsola: Water / Rock (1214 Max CP )
- Remoraid: Water (749 Max CP )
- Octillery: Water (2124 Max CP )
- Delibird: Ice / Flying (937 Max CP )
- Mantine: Water / Flying (2032 Max CP )
- Skarmory: Steel / Flying (2032 Max CP )
- Houndour: Dark / Fire (1110 Max CP )
- Houndoom: Dark / Fire (2529 Max CP )
- Kingdra: Water / Dragon (2424 Max CP )
- Phanpy: Ground (1175 Max CP )
- Donphan: Ground (3022 Max CP )
- Porygon2: Normal (2546 Max CP )
- Stantler: Normal (1988 Max CP )
- Smeargle: Normal (389 Max CP )
- Tyrogue: Fighting (404 Max CP )
- Hitmontop: Fighting (1905 Max CP )
- Smoochum: Ice / Psychic (1230 Max CP )
- Elekid: Electric (1073 Max CP )
- Magby: Fire (1178 Max CP )
- Miltank: Normal (2312 Max CP )
- Blissey: Normal (3219 Max CP )
- Raikou: Electric (3349 Max CP )
- Entei: Fire (3412 Max CP )
- Suicune: Water (2823 Max CP )
- Larvitar: Rock / Ground (904 Max CP )
- Pupitar: Rock / Ground (1608 Max CP )
- Tyranitar: Rock / Dark (3670 Max CP )
- Lugia: Psychic / Flying (3598 Max CP )
- Ho-Oh: Fire / Flying (4650 Max CP )
- Celebi: Psychic / Grass (3090 Max CP )
For images and more on all the Gen 2 Pokémon, see Bulbapedia.
Like with Gen 1, not all of them will be immediately available. We still haven't seen the Legendary Birds from Gen 1, or Mew or Mew 2. By the same token, there's no telling when we'll see the Legendary Beasts from Gen 2, or Celebi.
What are the common Pokémon of Gen 2?
Here are the Gen 2 Pokémon you'll find most often in the wild. Depending on your region, of course, you might find other Pokémon almost as common.
- Hoothoot > Pidgey
- Sentrat > Rattata
- Ledyba > Caterpie
Note: None of the common Pokémon in Gen 2 require only 12 Candies to evolve so, if you're into farming and grinding to power-level, you'll need to stick to Pidgey, Caterpie, and Weedle. (And their evolved form and Pinab Berries to get even more Candy faster.)
Who's the Dragonite of Gen 2?
That would be Tyranitar, a rock/dark Pokémon that looks like Godzilla.
It's a three-stage evolution, just like Dragonite, so you can hatch Lavitar, catch Lavitar, Pupitar, and Tyranitar, and need 25 and 100 Candies for the evolutions.
So, what are the Legendary and Mythical Pokémon in Gen 2?
You mean the ones we're not likely to see until after we see the Gen 1 Legendary or Mythical 'mon in events?
(Legendary) Tower Duo:
And which ones are the Gen 2 Starters?
Just like Gen 1 has Starter Pokémon — Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander — so does Gen 2. They're not currently used as such in Pokémon Go, though. New players who start now will still be offered one of the original, Gen 1 starters (or Pikachu if they do the "walk away and back 10 times" trick).
- Chikorita - grass-type.
- Cyndaquil - fire-type.
- Totodile - water-type.
Any Pokémon like Ditto in Gen 2, ones we may not see for a while?
Ditto is the Gen 1 Pokémon that can take on the shape of almost any other Pokémon. While it wasn't in the original release last July, it showed up a few months later. That's led to some speculation Pokémon Go would do the same thing with Gen 2.
Unown, who in stark contrast to Ditto has many, many forms all its own — one for each letter of the alphabet! — has already been found. So count that one — er, twenty six — out.
Smeargle, on the other hand, which has the ability to "sketch" or copy the last move used by any other Pokémon, so far hasn't been seen in the game. So, like Ditto, Pokémon Go might be saving it for a later release.
Speaking of Ditto, can it hide as any Gen 2 Pokémon?
Sure can! Just like Ditto can hide as a common Gen 1 Pokémon, including Pidgey, Rattata, Zubat, and Magicarb, it can also hide as a common Gen 2. In fact, the first Gen 2 I caught — a Hoothoot — turned out to be Ditto. 😑
Any region exclusives in Gen 2?
Possibly! Just like Taurus (U.S. and southern Canada), Farfetch'd (Japan, Hong Kong and the vicinity), Mr. Mime (Western Europe), and Kangaskhan (Australia), Gen 2 could also have exclusives. So far, only one has been proposed:
- Heracross (Central and South America, below San Antonio, Houston, and New Orleans, and above Tampa)
Which Gen 2 Pokémon hatch from Pokémon Eggs, and which Eggs?
Here are the new Gen 2 Pokémon that hatch from 2 KM Pokémon Eggs:
Gen 2 Pokémon that hatch from 5 KM Pokémon Eggs:
And Gen 2 Pokémon that hatch from 5 KM Pokémon Eggs:
That's according to Pokémon Hub, which is tracking hatches.
Which of those are the new Gen 2 evolutions for your existing Pokémon?
The new evolutions in Gen 2 are these:
- Golbat to Crobat
- Gloom to Bellossom (split)
- Poliwhirl to Politoed (split)
- Eevee to Espeon (split)
- Eevee to Umbreon (split)
- Slowpoke to Slowking (split)
- Onix to Steelix
- Scyther to Scizor
- Seadra to Kingdra
- Porygon to Porygon 2
- Chansey to Blissey
But you'll need "evolution items" to do it?
For most of them. They'll be available from PokéStops, just like Pokémon Eggs. They're not that common, even less so than Pokémon Eggs, and they get used up. So, you'll have to get one for each evolution you want to perform.
- Sun Stone: Evolve Gloom to Bellossum.
- Kings Rock: Evolve Poliwhirl to Politoed, Slowpoke to Slowking
- Metal Coat: Evolve Onix to Steelix, Scyther to Scizor
- Dragon Scale: Evolve Seadra to Kingdra
- Up Grade: Evolve Porygon to Porygon 2
Which Gen 1 Pokémon don't need Evolution Items to evolve to Gen 2?
It's a short list:
- Golbat to Crobat
- Eevee to Espeon (split)
- Eevee to Umbreon (split)
- Chansey to Blissey
Is there a trick to force Eevee to evolve into Umbreon or Espeon in Gen 2?
There is indeed. Like in Gen 1, to get your first Umbreon or Espeon, all you have to do it re-name the Eevee you want to evolve after its trainer from the original Pokémon animated series.
- Sakura for Espeon
- Tamao for Umbreon
To get additional Espeon and Umbreon, though, you have to use Pokémon Go's version of "friendship": Make Eevee your Buddy, walk 10 KM, and then evolve during the day for Espeon or at night for Umbreon.
And there's another trick to evolve Tyrogue into Hitmontop?
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Indeed, just a different kind of trick. It's also an homage to the original game but instead of being based on nicknames it's based on stats (IV). Catch or hatch a Tyrogue, the new base-level hitmon. Then, when you hit the evolve button, you'll get:
- Hitmonlee when Attack is the highest stat.
- Himonchan when Defense is the highest stat.
- Hitmontops when HP is the highest stat.
Are Gen 2 Pokémon harder to catch than Gen 1?
Kinda, but not really. Gen 2 isn't harder to catch but when Gen 2 was released, Pokémon Go seems to have made Gen 1 about 25% easier to catch. In other words, they adjusted the catch rate for Gen 1 so those Pokémon won't escape Poké Balls quite so often as they did before.
So, Gen 2 Pokémon aren't harder to catch, Gen 1 has just gotten easier. (Relativism is hard!)
Any word on the new moves for the new Gen 2 Pokémon?
Here are the Gen 2 quick moves:
- Powder Snow
- Charge Beam
- Volt Switch
- Dragon Tail
- Struggle Bug
- Iron Tail
- Fire Spin
- Bullet Seed
- Air Slash
And the Gen 2 charge moves:
- Close Combat
- Dynamic Punch
- Focus Blast
- Aurora Beam
- Wild Charge
- Zap Cannon
- Brave Bird
- Sky Attack
- Sand Tomb
- Rock Blast
- Silver Wind
- Night Shade
- Gyro Ball
- Heavy Slam
- Grass Knot
- Energy Ball
- Mirror Coat
- Foul Play
You can see the Damage per second (DSP) at the Sylph Road.
What about Gen 1 movesets now that Gen 2 is out?
They've been... tweaked. Some for the better, some for the worse, but to the extent that a lot of the most powerful movesets from Gen 1 are no longer possible to get post-Gen 2. That makes them "legacy". But the changes also make some of them slower and less than ideal compared to what they used to be.
It's really painful for players who spent a lot of time, Candy, and Stardust evolving and powering up what were up until now the most capable attackers and defenders in the game. But it is what it is.
Many people are looking into the new movesets now and we'll update our list for Gen 1 and add Gen 2 as soon as possible.
Some Gen 2 Pokémon launched previously, right?
The babies, yes! Most of them arrived in December of 2016. They're still here but you can now catch them in the wild as well as hatch them in eggs.
- Cleffa (baby Clefairy)
- Igglybuff (baby Jigglypuff)
- Pichu (baby Pikachu)
- Togepi (baby Togetic)
- Magby (baby Magmar)
- Smoochum (baby Jinx)
- Elekid (baby Electobuzz)
- Tyrogue (baby Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, and Hitmontops)
And Togepi can be caught in the wild now too, right?
But, it's got an incredibly low base capture rate. Like low single digit low. Like approaching-if-not-one percent. That means it could take you dozens and dozens of Ultra Balls and Razz Berries before you actually catch it.
So, if you have a Togepi, don't give up on walking it until you have actually caught and added Togepi to your Pokédex.
What Pokémon Gen 2 Candy should you hoard now to prep for Gen 3 and Gen 4?
Ha! LOL. Okay.
Any Pokémon Go Gen 2 questions?
If you have any questions on Pokémon Go Gen 2 or any theories you want to share, drop them in the comments below?