'Pokémon Go' Gen 4 Update: Stock up on These Candy Before it Hits

Whenever a new generation is introduced in Pokémon Go, players are excited to catch new Pokémon for their PokeDex. However, some Pokémon from previous generations receive new evolutions that weren't in the game before.

Certain Pokémon have begun to spawn more frequently since the end of the Water-type event, and it's a perfect opportunity to stock up on certain candy before the Gen 4 update inevitably hits. This is similar to when Gen 2 came to Pokémon Go, and Pokémon like Eevee received new evolutions.

Here are the Pokémon Candy varieties worth stocking up on before Gen 4 arrives, with our best guesses as to how much you'll need for each.

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Tangela is part of the original 151 of the Kanto Region, but in Gen 4 the pure Grass-type received a new evolution in Tangrowth, after learning Ancient Power. Pokémon Go doesn't do evolution via a specific move so players can expect to simply evolve Tangela after using 50 Candy.

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Eevee receives two new evolutions, just like it did when Gen 2 was introduced. In Gen 4, Eevee evolves into the Grass-type Leafeon after leveling up near a Mossy Rock and into Glaceon (the Ice-type) after leveling up near an Ice Rock.

Pokémon Go doesn't do location-based evolution, so players can expect Eevee to evolve into Glaceon or Leafeon with 25 Candy. Of course, it'll be randomized between the seven Eevee-lutions, but there will likely be a nicknaming trick that guarantees a Glaceon or Leafeon on the first try.

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Togepi is one of the harder Pokémon to find in Pokémon Go, but if you gather enough Candy you'll be able to evolve the Egg Pokémon into Togekiss in Gen 4.

Togekiss is a third-stage evolution, so it'll likely take 100 Candy to evolve Togetic into the Fairy and Flying-type Pokémon. In Gen 4, Togetic evolves into Togekiss after being exposed to a Shiny Stone, which may be added to Pokémon Go in the future (like the Sun Stone). But there's no guarantee that it'll need a special item to evolve.

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Nosepass evolves in Gen 4 into Probopass, transforming from a pure Rock-type to a Rock and Steel-type Pokémon. In the video games, Nosepass evolves when it levels up in a certain location (similar to Glaceon/Leafeon) but for Pokémon Go, players should expect to use 50 Nosepass Candy.

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Yes, Porygon will evolve again when Gen 4 eventually comes around. Similar to Porygon 2, Porygon Z needs an evolution item. Except for the Upgrade, Porygon 2 evolves into Porygon Z after being traded with the Dubious Disc.

Being a third-stage evolution, Porygon Z will likely need 100 Candy and the Dubious Disc which will likely be distributed like the Upgrade was when Gen 2 was introduced.

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Ralts gets a branched evolution in Gen 4 based on its gender. The Psychic and Fairy-type Pokémon can evolve into Kirlia and then Gardevoir, no matter the gender. If you want Gallade, the Psychic and Fighting-type, then you'll need to evolve its male Kirlia with a Dawn Stone.

Similar to how Kirlia needs 100 Candy to evolve into Gardevoir, you'll likely need 100 Candy and a Dawn Stone to get a Gallade.

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Another gender-influenced evolution in Pokémon is Froslass, the evolved form of Snorunt. Snorunt and its evolution Glalie are already in Pokémon Go, however, if you want a Froslass you'll need to evolve a female Snorunt using the Dawn Stone. It'll likely take 50 Candy to evolve a female Snorunt into Froslass, so start saving up now.

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Rhyhorn and Rhydon get another evolution in Gen 4 in the form of Rhyperior. Certain Gen 1 Pokémon get a new form when they are traded with a special item and Rhyperior is evolved from a Rhydon after being traded with the Protector item.

It's possible the Protector will be added into Pokémon Go, but prepare to have 100 Candy just in case.

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Electabuzz gets a new evolution when its traded holding the Electirizer in Gen 4. The pure Electric-type will likely need 100 Candy to evolve and, similar to Rhyperior, if Niantic adds the evolution item to the game, trainers will need to collect at least one.

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Completing the trade item evolutions of Gen 4 is Magmortar, the evolved form of Magmar. The pure Fire-type will likely need 100 Candy and the Magmarizer to get a Magmortar into Pokémon Go.

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Lickitung evolves into Lickilicky when it levels up after learning the move Roll Out. Similar to Tangrowth, Pokémon Go will likely require trainers to gather 50 Candy to evolve Lickitung.

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Similar to Probopass, Magnezone evolves from Magneton in the video games when leveling up in a specific area. For Pokémon Go, trainers will likely just need to use 100 Candy to get the Electric and Steel-type.

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Dusknoir, the third stage of the Duskull evolution line was introduced in Gen 4. To obtain Dusknoir in the games, trainers had to trade a Dusclops holding a Reaper Cloth. It retains its pure Ghost typing and will likely need 100 Candy to evolve in Pokémon Go along with the Reaper Cloth.

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Roselia, the Grass and Poison-type Pokémon from Gen 3 receives another evolution in Gen 4 in the form of Roserade.

Like Togekiss, trainers needed to use a Shiny Stone to evolve Roselia.That still may be the case in Pokémon Go. It'll also probably require 100 Candy to get a Roserade.

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If a Piloswine learns Ancient Power and levels up, it will evolve into the mammoth Pokémon Mamoswine in Gen 4. The attack requirement will likely not carry over into Pokémon Go, but trainers should still be prepared with 100 Candy to evolve their Piloswines.

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Sneasel, the Dark and Ice-type Pokémon also evolves in Generation 4. Trading a Sneasel holding the Razor Claw allowed it to evolve into Weavile.

For Pokémon Go, it'll likely cost 50 Candy along with the Razor Claw to get a Weavile.

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The Ghost-type Misdreavus received an evolution in Gen 4, Mismagius, after its exposed to a Dusk Stone. Trainers should expect to shell out a Dusk Stone and 50 Candy to get a Mismagius.

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Another evolution requiring a Dusk Stone, Murkrow evolves into Honchkrow using the item. However, in Pokémon Go it'll likely also take 50 Candy to obtain the Dark and Flying-type.

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The Dragonfly Pokémon Yanma gets an evolution in Gen 4, becoming the bigger and more menacing Yanmega. In the video games, a Yanma simply needs to learn Ancient Power and level up, but for Pokémon Go it'll likely just take 50 Candy.

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Aipom are currently running rampant in Pokémon Go, and for good reason: it receives an evolution in Gen 4. Ambipom still retains its pure Normal typing and will likely need just 50 Candy to evolve.

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If you have a ton of Gligar lying around, you're in luck because the Ground and Flying-type evolves in the fourth generation. Gliscor evolves from Gligar after being traded holding the Razor Fang.

The Razor Fang will likely be introduced in Pokémon Go and trainers will likely need 50 Candy to evolve Gligar.

Are you ready for Gen 4 to eventually make it to Pokémon Go? What Pokémon do you still need to stock up on? Let us know in the comments section below.

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