'Pokémon Go' Adding the Kalos Region and New Seasons Feature Soon

Pokémon Go is about to undergo a major update soon, which will see the addition of the Kalos region Pokémon and a new Seasons feature.

Niantic revealed Wednesday that the week of November 30, Pokémon Go will enter the "Season of Celebration," the first branded season for the popular mobile game, which will add Pokémon from the Gen 6 games and a new Season cycle.

Similar to how Pokémon from other regions have arrived in the mobile game, trainers should only expect a handful of Kalos region Pokémon at the start. Developers told the media during a virtual press conference that players should expect around 15-20 Pokémon to debut from Gen 6.

According to Niantic, the following Pokémon will make their way to Pokémon Go when the Season of Celebration goes live on December 2:

  • Chespin line
  • Fennekin line
  • Froakie line
  • Litleo line
  • Fletchling line
  • Bunnelby line
  • Klefki (region exclusive to France)

There are also more Pokémon from Gen 6 that will arrive, but have yet to be announced. Niantic also confirms that a mysterious new Pokémon will hatch from one-star Raid Eggs very soon.

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WHAT ARE SEASONS IN POKEMON GO?

Seasons in Pokémon Go will be three months of time that will mark the start and end of certain cycles, just like in real life. Trainers will see the season in-game coincide with the season that you're located in, as well as the "theme" or narrative of that season.

When an event isn't running, Pokémon you can find in the wild, Eggs or Raids will change season over season. Trainers will see changes of how easy or difficult it is to find certain Pokémon throughout the year. Some examples given are that Rattata will be found more often in the wild in one season, but in another season Rattata will be much rarer and replaced by Sentret who becomes more common in the wild.

The available Pokémon you can find outside will change depending on the hemisphere you're located in. For example, on the Northern Hemisphere where it's Winter, trainers will see more Seel, Teddiursa, Lapras and other Pokémon more often. If you're in the Southern Hemisphere, you'll see Electrike, Burmy, Darumaka and other Pokémon.

Mega Pokémon will also change alongside each season. Similar to in-game events, there will be limited events in time when certain Mega Pokémon will have boosted power. When a Mega Pokémon is boosted in power, it will have an increased total CP and trainers will have more opportunities to use these Mega Pokémon more easily.

This is to give trainers more opportunities to Mega Evolve their Pokémon and give certain Mega Pokémon their own chance to shine.

Niantic told the media that it is listening to feedback regarding Mega Evolution and is evaluating what to do with that in the future.

While other events will still run, more events will tie in more to the season that trainers are in. Niantic is also planning on events tied to the holidays, the New Year and to celebrate the currently released Pokémon generations through different in-game events throughout the season. This will act as sort of a countdown of sorts, as Niantic caps off the end of the season with the celebration of Pokémon's 25th anniversary in February.

At the end of the presentation, the developers fielded some questions from the media and we learned the following regarding seasons in Pokémon Go:

  • The different forms of Deerling will be found based on the current season. Any Pokémon trainers will be able to find them from season to season. A final list of Pokémon for each season is not something Niantic is ready to talk about.
  • Seasons will last for three months generally, but that's subject to change.
  • There won't be seasonal power ups in battle like we see currently with weather.
  • Trainers will notice how seasons and weather interplay with each other over time, but the Pokémon found in the wild will be slightly different, depending on the weather and the season.
  • Players can expect to see new Pokémon appear in new seasons, but how they drop in the game will be different over time.
  • There are no plans to change regional Pokémon at this time.

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