Fans of Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum will finally get to see their favorite pocket monsters with an upcoming update to Pokemon GO.

As you can see in the trailer, Sinnoh starters Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup (and even Giratina) were teased. Expect to find plenty more of your Sinnoh favorites in an upcoming update.

In addition to more Pokémon to catch, the announcement post for the upcoming update discussed changes to weather, exploration, and battles.

  • Moving forward, the weather feature will have a reduced effect on the rate at which Pokémon appear.
  • As you explore a given area, you will notice that a greater variety of Pokémon species will appear over time and at different rates.
  • Certain areas, such as parks and nature reserves, will now contain more varied Pokémon species.

This seems to be an effort to balance out the current spawn rate of certain Pokemon, so it might be a good time to revisit old honey holes or even areas that weren’t so abundant Pokémon before the update.

The post also outlined Niantic’s balancing in Pokemon battles:

  • CP values will be adjusted going forward to improve game balance.
  • HP values will be adjusted to close the gap between Pokemon with high and low HP.
  • Pokémon Defense and Stamina values will be rebalanced, allowing Pokemon with high defensive stats to be valuable by outlasting opponents in battle rather than these Pokémon merely taking too long to defeat.
  • Defense values have also been slightly reduced for most Pokemon. Changes like these will help narrow the gap between Pokémon with the highest defensive stats and other Pokémon.

There’s still plenty to do while you wait – we reported last week that the Psychic Spectacular event is going on right now. Running from now up to October 14th, you can encounter more Psychic-type Pokémon in the wild, with an increased chance to encounter a shiny Drowzee and even Mewtwo.

More events, like a collaboration between the US National Park Foundation and Niantic, are coming by the end of the year as well. By using #ExploreWithNiantic or #FindYourWay on Instagram with a picture of the national park you visited, you’ll get a special merit patch. If you send a postcard to Niantic of the park you visited, they’ll donate $5 to the National Park Foundation.

While there isn’t an official release date for the Sinnoh update yet, expect to see it out on your phones very soon. Don’t forget, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! is also coming to the Nintendo Switch very soon. It’s looking like a good few months for Pokémon fans.


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Sinnoh is one of my favorite generationsI think that the creature designs reached their peak at this generation, so I’m glad that I can experience discovering Sinnoh all over again in mobile form. My first catch? Hopefully Turtwig!

What Sinnoh Pokemon are you excited to catch in Pokemon Go? Let us know in the comments below!

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