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Pokemon Go: Lots more gen 4 Pokemon available now!

Published: 3/Feb/2019 4:46 Updated: 15/Feb/2019 15:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go community were becoming increasingly impatient for the release of more gen 4 Pokemon. Niantic have announced that several new generation 4 Pokemon are available now!

Pokemon Generation 4 Roll-out

Previous to the announcement, 62 of the 107 available Pokemon from generation 4 were obtainable in Pokemon Go.

This latest batch of gen 4 Pokemon brings another 15 (or more). Therefore, we are now up to 77 in total. Mamoswine, who will be presumably the 78th to be released, will be available in the upcoming Pokemon Go February Community Day.

Which Gen 4 Pokemon Have Been Added?

The 15 new Pokemon includes 8 that can be found in the wild, 6 that can be evolved using Sinnoh stones and a further 1 (confirmed) that can be hatched in eggs.

In the Wild

Shieldon, Cranidos, Combee, and Glameow can be found in the Pokemon Go wild now.

Shieldon and Cranidos are fossil Pokemon. In Pokemon Diamond and Pearl they were resurrected using the Armor and Skull fossils respectively. Their evolved forms are Bastiodon and Rampardos.

Combee, the bee Pokemon, is usually seen in the wild in a male to female ratio of 7 to 1. This is relevant because only the female version can evolve into Vespiquen. Currently, all Combee in Pokemon Go are female and can therefore all evolve.

Finally, the normal cat Pokemon Glameow can also be found. Consequently its evolved form Purugly can also be obtained.

More gen 4 Pokemon are available!

Sinnoh Stone Evolutions

Furthermore the following are also obtainable by evolving previously available Pokemon using a Sinnoh stone.

  • Lickilicky (evolved from Lickitung)
  • Tangrowth (evolved from Tangela)
  • Ambipom (evolved from Aipom)
  • Yanmega (evolved from Yanma)
  • Froslass (evolved from Snorunt)
  • Gallade (evolved from Kirlia)

Sinnoh stones are most commonly found in rewards for participating in PvP battles.

Palkia, the legendary, water and dragon type Pokemon is another recent addition. It is available as a raid boss now!

Read More: Palkia Available in Raid Battles Now!

Gen 4 Eggs

It has been confirmed Bonsly is available in 7km eggs. If you have found any other new gen 4 Pokemon from eggs, let us know on our Pokemon Twitter page.

Changes Made to Raid Bosses and Trainer Battles

In addition to the new wave of gen 4 Pokemon, there have been major changes made to raids and trainer battles.

Raid bosses have had their HP adjusted to balance the game more appropriately. Moreover, moves within trainer battles have been altered and added.

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Pokemon player reveals why series needs more “unfair” battles

Published: 1/Dec/2020 0:54

by Brent Koepp

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A Pokemon player went viral online after sharing their case for why the series needs to have more “unfair” battles that make opponents gain advantages mid-fight.

Since the release of the video game series in 1996, the battle format has stayed pretty much the same: pick a Pokemon, choose a move, and hash it out until someone faints. The core gameplay hasn’t changed significantly at all.

While most players are used to the system, some understandably would like to see it have a bit of a refresh given it’s stayed the same for so long – including Reddit user ‘Vantagor.’

Screenshot from Pokemon Red & Blue from 1998.
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Pokemon fights haven’t changed much since Red & Blue.

Should Pokemon battles be more “unfair”?

Vantagor started their argument by explaining why the series’ various antagonist teams don’t feel as threatening as they should, despite them being a huge part of almost every single game. 

“For some reason, all of the evil teams decide to battle with some bizarre degree of honour… [They] are supposed to be evil organisations bent on taking over the world, but their tactics are laughable at best,” they said, before asking why they don’t give themselves advantages in fights. “They could cheat, but they don’t. Why shouldn’t they cheat? They’re criminals!”

They described times where characters have played dishonestly, like many would expect someone from a criminal organization to do. “The main one that comes to mind is Ultra Lusamine from Sun & Moon, where each of her Pokémon starts with a random stat boosting aura,” they said, while also referencing Jessie and James in Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee when  they fight the player two versus one. “These battles were great and memorable because they were different: they put you at a disadvantage right from the start.”

Pokémon needs more "unfair" battles. from pokemon

Vantagor then explained how NPCs using unjust actions in fights would shake things up. “Imagine fighting an evil team where they could cheat mid-battle and raise some of their Pokémon’s stats (or lower yours),” they said. “Or if they used rare but stolen Pokémon that wouldn’t always obey them.”

Other users in the community agreed with the post, with one stating, “Also Klara and Avery cheat in the Isle of Armor by starting with Toxic Spikes and Psychic Terrain respectively. I really liked that.”

“Don’t forget the fairy gym leader lowering your stats for calling her old midbattle! I thought that was a nice touch when I watched others play the game,” another replied. “It was a very fun mechanic. We need more stuff like that,” someone else wrote.

Screenshot of Pokemon fans on Reddit discussing viral battle idea.
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The community really likes the idea.

Although fights have stayed pretty consistent for the last 25 years, it hasn’t stopped players from enjoying the Pokemon games. So much so that it has exploded to become the highest-selling media franchise of all time.

It’s hard to guess what’s next for the beloved series, but with the 25th anniversary right around the corner, fans are on the edges of their seats to find out.