With the recently datamined backed confirmation that Generation 3 (or a part of it) will be available for this year’s Halloween, we decided to do a quick analysis of the Gen 3 Pokémon species featured in the event’s key art (see it in full resolution here):

As of this writing, there are no hints in the code base that Abilities will be a part of this release, but we will be mentioning them anyway — just in case. We are also excluding Gengar, Caterpie and Murkrow as our readers probably know quite a lot about them at this point.

The Mimikyu hat will get it’s own post on the Hub as soon as Antonio catches up with the last few episodes of Sun and Moon.

General overview

All of the featured Pokémon are ghost types, with mediocre stats and Max CP. Stat wise, we don’t believe that any of the ghostly additions will be useful in the current meta:

ID Sprite Pokémon ATK DEF STA MAX CP
302 Sableye  
ghost dark
141 141 100 1305
353 Shuppet
138 66 88 872
354 Banette
218 127 128 2073
355 Duskull
70 162 40 523
356 Dusclops
124 234 80 1335

Dusclops does evolve in Generation 4 to Dusknoir, which raises it’s Max CP to 2092. None of the featured Pokémon have interesting stats, except from Dusclops massive 234 Defense. Sableye and Banette do have future mega evolutions, but it could be literary years before we see mega evolution in Pokémon GO.

Potential abilities overview

Given how disappointing the stat overview is, surely there is something to look forward to when it comes to Pokémon abilities, right? Well… it’s a mixed bag.

Sableye can have Keen Eye and Stall. Keen eye prevents loss of accuracy and Stall forces the Pokémon to attack last, none of which are very useful in Pokémon GO. Accuracy doesn’t even exist as a concept yet.

Shuppet and Banette have Insomnia and Frisk. Insomnia prevents sleep status effect, while Frisk checks opponents held item. Again, not very useful – GO doesn’t have status effects or held items.

Duskull and Dusclops have Levitate and Pressure. Levitate makes the Pokémon immune to ground attacks, while Pressure increases PP consumption. Now this is interesting, as we can easily imagine how this can be mapped to Pokémon GO! Levitate stays as it is, but Pressure makes the opponents charge moves cost more Energy, in turn resulting in the opponent using less charge moves.

Out of all of these, Levitate and Pressure seem like the ones most likely to be implemented. We’ll have to wait and see, but if Niantic implements abilities such as Frisk, they will surely work differently than their core game equivalent.

Potential moves overview and conclusion

We are quite confident that the following moves will be available in some capacity:

  • Foul Play dark
  • Dark Pulse dark
  • Ominous Wind ghost
  • Shadow Ball ghost

We are not sure if we expect new moves to be added for this event.

As time goes on, we are more and more convinced that the Halloween 2017 event will feature only the aforementioned Gen III ghost Pokémon species, not the entire Gen III. With that in mind, we are not sure should we expect new moves and the introduction of abilities.

In any case, none of the featured Pokémon are going to shake the meta in any significant way.

  • the Flightmaster683

    im so excited for gen three

  • Dominic Perez

    I can’t believe Gen 3 is coming so sooner.

    • Justin Rodriguez

      Gen 2 came out 8 months after release and it’s been about 8 months since Gen 2, so…

  • TheoGR

    gen 3 ok!bu wht about ex raid battles.

  • Charles Mangan

    I feel like niantic is as clueless about pokemon as everybody was in june 2016. they dont even care about abilities. they need to play like every single pokemon game to know what to put in pokemon go.

    • Dan

      We don’t know if they do or not. Abilities came out with Gen III. And there is still time to put them into the game before release.

      • Young Uzi Pump

        Exactly. It was already hard-coded into the game months ago so they definitely are aware of it and can release abilities at any moment.

      • Charles Mangan


  • Daniel Sales Guimarães

    It’ll probably be like when they released the babies… we’ll see just the ghost type now and then next year we get the rest of gen III. hope i’m wrong…

  • S-GUTZ

    what about the newest update? It came out yesterday has anyone datamined that?

    • Michal Hušák

      It fixes the curweball lag+animation jitter only.

  • Gustavo Mota

    Where is Shedinja tho? And how will it and Nincada work?

  • RobinHoedie

    Damn why is dusclops so low in CP :s such a shame.

  • Zappy-N

    I’ll throw banette in a gym for fun

    • Flavio GamerYT

      Same and maybe other new ghost or dark type

  • Gekkie

    FEWER charge moves…..

  • Partysaurus Rex

    I’m interested to know if we will be getting just these few ghost pokemon or whether all of gen 3 will be released at this time.

    • Justin Rodriguez

      I would guess just ghost as a sort of soft release, similar to what they did with the babies. Releasing just the ghosts with Halloween and then the rest of Gen 3 after the event will be better as far as keeping players go. You want people to come in for the Halloween event, then when you would usually lose some players post an event, add the rest of Gen 3.

  • Diemvilo

    What about Shedinja? It’s a gen 3 ghost too!

    • Paranormal

      What about it? It would be some BS like “it spawns only in Djibouti” or something…

  • This Guy’s Gaming & More

    “…d Frisk. I…” the ‘frisk’ is miscapitalized