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Gen 4 species yet to be released in Pokemon Go

Published: 5/Nov/2020 12:41

by Paul Cot


Niantic started releasing Gen 4 Pokemon in Pokemon Go back in October 2018. Here are the remaining Gen 4 Pokemon that have yet to be released.

So far 103 of the 107 Gen 4 Pokemon have been released. This began all the way back in October 2018 when 26 were released.

This batch featured the Sinnoh starters as well as the popular Riolu and Shinx lines. The first of the notoriously powerful Legendary Gen 4 Pokemon, Giratina, came shortly after in Halloween. To this day the Renegade Pokemon remains one of the most must-have species in all of Pokemon Go.

This was followed by Palkia and Dialga – two more particularly strong legends. The Mythical Pokemon Darkrai released in five-star raids a year after the first Gen 4 ‘mon.


After this, it was a long time before another Gen 4 species was released in Pokemon Go. Trainers had to wait all the way until July 2020, when Rotom (Wash) was released as part of the 2020 Pokemon GO Fest event.

Gen 4 Diamond Pearl Gen 4 Pokemon were first seen in the Diamond and Pearl games…

What are the remaining Gen 4 Pokemon?

Here is the full list of yet to be released Gen 4 Pokemon:

  • 489 – Phione
  • 490 – Manaphy
  • 492 – Shaymin
  • 493 – Arceus

Let’s firstly take a look at Arceus. It is said to have possibly created the entire Pokemon universe, so it’ll come as no surprise that its release will be a big event.

The normal-type Mythical Pokemon could be announced any time now and when it does you can be certain trainers will be paying attention. Niantic have said nothing about its release so far.


Then there are other Mythical ‘mons also remaining – Phione, Manaphy, and Shaymin. However, the Mythical status of Phione is disputed, even by official sources.

Nonetheless, it remains absent from Pokemon Go. When it is released though, it will likely come alongside or close to Manaphy’s release. This is because Phione can only be obtained by breeding it with Ditto – or by breeding Manaphy and a Ditto.

Elsewhere, Shaymin is also a Mythical Pokemon. Naturally, it will also get its own release event.

What’s the hold-up?

The reason we’re still waiting on these four is likely nothing more than Niantic saving them for special events. Gen 4 has five Mythical Pokemon – if you include Phione – so it’s understandable these didn’t come out all at once.


Nevertheless, the Gen 4 rollout has now totaled more than two years. For reference, the different Pokemon generations were released on the following dates:

  • Gen 1: Pokemon Go initial release in July 2016
  • Gen 2: February 2017
  • Gen 3: December 2017
  • Gen 4: October 2018

With the beginning of the Gen 6 rollout in Pokemon Go rumored to begin soon, we’d expect one of these remaining Gen 4 ‘mons to be teased soon. Arceus will possibly come last as even among Legendary and Mythical Pokemon, it is one of the most iconic and important ‘mons.