SINGAPORE - It was the news that Pokemon Go players had long been waiting for - Niantic Labs, developer of the popular augmented reality game, announced on Wednesday (Feb 15) that over 80 second-generation Pokemon will be appearing in the game this week.
These Pokemon were originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokemon Gold and Silver video games - regarded by many fans as the best in the franchise.
Trainers will be able to catch them in the wild, instead of merely trying to hatch them like in the case of baby Pokemon like Pichu or Elekid introduced in the game's last significant update.
The new Pokemon include Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile. In addition, trainers will be able to evolve their existing first-generation Pokemon, such as from Chansey to Blissey or Onix to Steelix, in the new update.
Niantic also said there will be new Evolution items given out at PokeStops, but no details were given.
But there are details of the new Berries that trainers can spin from PokeStops. In addition to the current Razz Berries that help to catch Pokemon, there will be Nanab Berries and Pinap Berries in the new update.
The Nanab Berry will slow Pokemon's movements for an easier catch, while the Pinap Berry doubles the amount of candies trainers receive when their next catch attempt is successful.
To cater to the possible bulging amount of new Pokemon in trainers' virtual bag, Niantic announced that Pokemon Storage upgrades will be 50 per cent cheaper to purchase using Pokemon coins, starting from Thursday (Feb 16) afternoon to Feb 28 (Pacific Standard Time).
Guess we know when the new Pokemon will start appearing then.