In an interview with the Taiwanese Business Weekly, John Hanke (Niantic, CEO) shared more info about the upcoming features and long term future of the game. The full article can be found here and we’ve extracted the important bits below.

In short, Niantic is relying on new Pokémon generations as yearly content releases, while new gameplay systems or improvements are planned on a different timeline.

What we’ve learned (translations via Google Translate):

  • Gen III is the next content update, coming soon“There is a lot of Pokémon that have not yet been launched, so I think the next secret weapon will be launch of the next Pokémon generation. I hope the players will soon see them.”

 

  • A new battle mode (possibly PvP, translation unclear) is planned for 2018 — “We are planning to develop a new battle mode. I can say this is very interesting for us, let’s see how it could be achieved in 2018”
  • More advanced social features are coming, Hanke said he can only disclose that these features are meant to enhance local communities and their interaction

There’s also a separate interview where Hanke goes in depth about AR and Niantic’s approach to AR, but we didn’t find that as interesting as this one. He shared mainly things we’ve already heard: AR is the future, we need AR glasses, it’s not about how it looks it’s about what value it creates, they are looking at ARKit and ARCore.

  • Gryphon Strother

    I like this news ! Pretty much confirms Gen 3 this year as we haven’t had a major update this quarter and if it’s gonna be the next content update then… :))

  • Vegaz Da Professional

    Awesome news…. I am giddy with the news.. had to record a new video for this before Nick and the usual YT do it. STOOOKED!

  • Antonio Mercurio

    rumour has it that they will release trading just before the end of 2019! Im looking foward

    • Tor-Iver Sørensen

      What rumour? Sources please ☺️

      • Nicklas O’Gulddal

        It’s a joke homeboy xD

    • Nick

      I really don’t understand why people want trading so badly… I know it exists in the gameboy/DS games, but something about it just feels weird within the context of Go. This is a game where some people have 15 of each legendary bird and where ratatas are ground down to make candy by the thousand. The main motivation behind trading is filling the pokedex, but events are generally good enough for that. I would much, much, much rather have an event where the Local Pokemon lose their region lock for a week than see them implement trading.

      PVP battles, on the other hand…

      • Alex

        The reason I want Trading more than PvP is the social aspect. When the game first came out it was so exciting for people to meet each other and talk about what they had, what CP their best were, where you caught different Pokemon, and what you still needed to evolve. It was like working with someone you meet seconds before. Trading is the perfect extension of that. If you are out playing and you see someone else playing you get the chance to not only talk about your adventures but help each other. Even with events and legendaries being a major part completing the dex many people just don’t have opportunities to catch everything.

        2 examples: There is a level 40 in our town who is always out playing and catching and smacking our gyms down, he is still missing 2 baby pokemon. Trading would allow him to finally finish the dex and it let him help example 2. I was at a Moltres raid right at the end and there was a father and son. The son demanded that he threw the ball, and of course he lost the mon. It was the last day and so he didn’t get a Moltres in his dex. I could have went over to him and given him one of mine. I don’t need 3. That would have made is day. Let’s not forget rural players who don’t get the chance to see as many rare mons. Imagine them going to a city for the day and meeting a cool group of players who want to trade their rarer pokes.

        PvP makes the game more competitive instead of more cooperative. My favorite part is meeting other players to converse about our travels and trading is an inherit cooperative aspect. Battling is going to cause someone to be sad after, even just a little bit. Battling is very important for the game, but trading should be first.

        • Curtis Beales

          Thing is with trading I wouldn’t want to be given all the regional Pokemon to complete my Pokedex because I want to get them myself.

          That’s how i see trading going like Jose said someone could have just started the game and if they know someone who has them all he could complete his dex straight away.

          • Tatiana Matthews

            I feel the same Curtis, but then you and I just wouldn’t participate.
            My only personal concern is ppl taking the fun out of hunting by farming rares and selling them for cash in person.

            Those who would just complete the dex immediately wouldn’t last long in the game anyway, as they clearly lack the spirit of the game.

            But if a trading pass were incorporated, where high level, regional, or legendary pokemon required a pass that cost money, we would see less of the spoofers and an increase in game quality with the increased revenue.

            But I also see Alex’s point, I was seeing kids who missed the birds because they could only hunt with their parents after school. And they are standing next to an adult that has 2 dozen of the bird they are missing, who wouldn’t have minded giving a low cp bird or Raiku to the disappointed kid.

            Personally, I only got 2 or 3 of each lengendary trying when I could around work, but my bf doesn’t have any b/c he works from 4am to 9pm most days and was on business trips to rural areas for most of the birds.

          • Aryx

            At first I was thinking trading is essential. Then I gave it some more thought, and agreed with you that just implementing trading without any limits/restrictions in place is going to ruin the game completely. And it would.

            That doesn’t mean that trading cannot be implemented though. The best thing for them to do is to implement trading with some sort of limit. For example; by requiring a “Trading pass” item to make 1 trade. This item should be a extremely rare drop, like the Evolution stones (before they added them as a guaranteed drop from the 7th day stop bonus). This item, combined with requiring a QR-code of sorts to be scanned in person, would make sure that trading does not destroy the game and would prevent it being a spoofers-festival.

            If it would be implemented like this – it would make it fun because the rarity would force you to really think about what you can best use that “rare trading pass” for, and makes it still feel rewarding if you succesfully make the trade.

          • Chris Denton

            While that may work for cities that have 200 stops to spin, in my area that would not work at all. I haven’t missed a 7 day spin and I have only received 2 dragon scale. We also have only 3 stops spaced a good ways apart so it could take months to get a “trade pass”.

            At that point it’s not worth it to me.

          • TechTinker11

            Well unless their plans changed, trading was only going to be local, so no regionals that way.

          • Aryx

            Well, unless somebody from other regions visit, or you visit other regions. Which is kinda nice, because people get to meet people from different cultures that way. 🙂

        • Tatiana Matthews

          Alex, I totally agree! Trading would broaden our social aspect of the game. And hopefully revive interest in some who have given up the game after unsuccessful legendaries or difficulty acquiring the rarer mons.

          However, I think PvP would create a different benefit. I’m sure both parties in PvP would win XP, Items and the like. And win or lose, I’m sure everyone would look forward to a new way to gain XP and level up. And even “see” pokemon to add to the dex. I would even be willing to bet that ppl would enter into PvP knowing they will lose, for the items and experience.

          I also hope PvP would allow those of us that did not get to finish our training badge to resume its progress. (the complete-ist in me is still sad to be stuck with Bronze…)

        • Charter

          Theres no way a Level 40 player is missing a baby, not even speaking of two. I’m level 38 and did not spend a single € ingame and have had each baby at least 8-10 times in eggs. A Level 40 player who probably spends some cash incame should have hatched at least 20-30 if not 40-50 of each baby.

          • Carl Ward

            that’s bull.. I did not hatch the baby Pikachu till I was level 30 and not an other till I hit 31.. my wife is level 26 and has not hatch a baby of any kind. and she also rarely get 10k eggs I think she has only got 5 10k eggs total. its all luck for the babies.

          • Charter

            You know that level 40 is 10 times level 30 and more than 22 times level 26, right? You can absolutely not compare your wifes stats with someone who is Level 40.

          • Higher_Ground

            you realize how far away that is from level 40 though, right? Level 30 is 1/10th of the way to level 40. So they should have 10x the number as you.

            I’m 34 and have caught

            4 – Pichu
            4 – Cleffa
            9 – Igglybuff
            8 – Togepi
            3 – Tyrogue
            4 – Smootchum
            5 – Elekid
            8 – Magby

            I’ve hatched babies from 45/428 eggs.

            Of course luck is part of it but you’d have to have extremely bad luck to not have hatched not just one, but two babies. I’m not even sure how they get that much XP without hatching way more eggs than me anyway.

            Also, they don’t hatch from 10k eggs. Only 2k & 5k.

          • Carl Ward

            My hatches….
            Pichu 3
            Cleffa 3
            Igglybuff 10
            Togepi 8
            Tyrogue 8
            Smoochum 7
            Elekid 8
            Magby 6

            53/518 eggs

            So see your higher level means nothing to hatches of babies

          • Higher_Ground

            I think you’re actually making the argument for us, since we were originally saying there’s no way someone as high as level 40 is missing TWO babies.

            But as a % of overall eggs you seem to be about the same as me.

          • Carl Ward

            No I proved that being a higher level dose not mean you have all the same numbers of chances to get Pokemon as others

          • Alex

            If I flip a coin 100 times I am not guaranteed a heads. There is only a 2% chance of hatching each baby, that ain’t high. I have hatched about 300 since gen 2 came out and only 2 Tyogre. Still not one that can evolve into a Hitmontop.

          • Charter

            I know but beeing Level 40, he probably hatched a minimum of 2.000 eggs in case he also paid some money ingame. That would be an average 40 of each baby. Maybe less because there were no babies during the first few months but still a lot. I’d say chances are way higher that he’s not telling the truth or he’s a spoofer (so he does not walk much).

          • Higher_Ground

            It’s definitely splitting hairs to say you aren’t guaranteed a heads. You can say with 99.99999999999999999999999999997% confidence that it’ll happen.

          • Pika Lee

            Not true. My 3rd to last mon to complete my dex was Igglybuff. I think I was level 36 at the time. And I didn’t catch a Girafarig until LATE level 37.
            I’m 38 now and I’m still missing unown.

        • awlagfare

          Best post
          <3

        • Higher_Ground

          I could get down with trading if they threw more shinies into the game. In the handhelds I always stocked up on pokemon from other countries because they increase your odds of finding a shiny in the wild. They also gain XP faster, but that aspect is missing entirely from the game.

      • José Reis

        That’s exactly my thought about this matter since the early days of the game. If I have one pokémon and you have 250, we can easily complete our pokedexes within a few hours. And then, the game dies – or I’ll sell that account and complete the pokedex on a new one so I can make some money. xD

      • waraw1968

        So you have 26 Unown-letters, shiny Pikachu, shiny Magikarp, shiny Raichu, shiny Gyarados and Pikachu/Raichu with all those different hats? Trading sounds fine, raiding for level 20-pokemons doesn’t (tier 1-4). Why do you need 15 of each Legendary??

        • Charter

          I have Pikachu with all hats, Pichu with cap, shiny Pichu, Pikachu, Magikarp and Gyarados plus 10 Unowns without spending money ingame. Still need shiny Raichu plus some more unowns but it’s right that they are so rare because that means that there are still goals.

      • Charter

        Right, it’s just weird that on the one hand people want trading so badly while on the other hand, they say that there is not enough to do in the game.

        Well, trading will lead to the fact that new players complete their pokédex way faster than we did and thus will reach the point of “what to do now?” very fast since collecting pokémon is one of the main points of the game that only will be sped up.

        • CheeseBurgerandRamen

          I don’t think new players would be able to complete their pokedexes as fast as you say. I feel like trading will still follow trainer-pokemon level, meaning that a level 10 account can’t ask a level 30 account for a level 30 snorlax but a level 10 account can ask a level 30 account for a level 10 snorlax instead (assuming he has one)

          It’s just like when we power up pokemon. Powering up is capped at our trainer level, and I can’t imagine Nantic not doing the same when trading comes out to keep it fair to all players.

          • Higher_Ground

            It’s definitely something they’ll have to figure out, and likely one of the reasons it’s taking so long.

      • Lamoracke

        I just want to know one way or another. I would survive without trading but we have limited storage space and I am keeping these extra regionals and other things, just either tell us its coming for 100% sure or say its never happening so I can move on with life.

      • QeeYou

        Bro i would trade 3 shiny pikachu’s i have for an 100% IV Ninetails, trading is something so important, at least for me.

      • Higher_Ground

        yeah, the only reason I can see for trading is to get regionals or to get legendaries if someone missed the window.

        Those could also be solved by just making them available for a limited time to everyone. Have an event with the regional pokemon spawning and the legendaries as raid bosses again.

  • Hank

    Please John Hanke, just resign. you’re doing a horrible job.

    • waraw1968

      Well said.

      Niantic should try to do things right, in the right order…

  • Aryx

    I don’t think “just adding more Pokemon to catch” is the way to solve the game’s long-term issues. The problem right now is that there simply is not a lot to do inside the game. Adding a proper PvP would change this a lot (preferably actually turn-based).

    • Gryphon Strother

      They need the fix the battle system but turn based battles will never come. Abilities and status effects + multiple charge moves would certainly be good and not insane to implement

    • Raido Rune

      this will never happen, play the core games if you want that and not this terrible spinoff.

      PvP will just finger spam like the gym trash, trading is the thing they need, but looks like they will never add it to the game.

    • Higher_Ground

      Turn based PvP would be a 180° from everything they’ve ever done. Gym battles are essentially PvP in absentia, which is as close as I see us getting any time soon. There isn’t a whole lot of difference between battling the pokemon left in a gym (full, six pokemon) and playing someone right in front of you.

      If it were an easy thing to implement, I’m sure it would be fun.

      I think the closest we’ll get is some sort of battle chateau/masion where trainers can populate an area and choose to fight each other… though I don’t think it’ll be face to face.

      Just hard to deal with lag an real time finger mashing.

      • Muzufuzo

        They should at least make battles more complicated and interesting, without turning them into turn based.

    • Ari Thunder

      And more stuff to do such as breeding

      • Chris Denton

        I’m down for breeding but how would that work? Would they be in the egg tiers that they should be? If so what would prevent a player from breeding dratini and hatching 20 10k eggs a day?

        Even if they put them in 2ks, it would still create an imbalance of rares to commons, I would think.

        • Ari Thunder

          I would think it would be like you breed two dragonites to get a dratini and so on. It could be different walking distances depending on the Pokémon.

          • Chris Denton

            Yeah I know you would need two of the same Pokémon, with different genders. Or 1 regular Pokémon and a ditto.

            But if you get 15-30 candies each time you hatch a dratini and the stardust for each 10k egg you could have an army of dragonite in 1 week.

          • Ari Thunder

            I would think that you would get only like 3 candies, like a normal pokemon catch.

          • Chris Denton

            So it would still take 10k to hatch but only 3 candies? That would probably work pretty good. I would want the normal stardust and xp for a 10km though lol.

            Would be cool if they released all shiny variants and you could use breeding to get one like the hand held games.

            Breeding would also mean you could get eggs without pokestops, which I think is great. The entire game revolves around being in town at a pokestop or gym. It would be nice to have a way to play outside of town.

          • Ari Thunder

            I agree that we should get the same amount of stardust as you would if you hatched a normal 10k, 5k, or 2k. I am definitely in for all shiny variants and breeding being an option of getting one. And definitely agree with the last part. That would make a lot of more people happy

          • Chris Denton

            Yes, you had a darn good idea. That probably means it will never happen but I hope it does.

          • Ari Thunder

            Haha true

    • Beazacha

      Also something simple like letting the daily quests more challenging and interesting would be way better.

  • Edwin Fung

    ‘Encountering Pokemon before capturing them’ is the feature/system I want in Pokemon GO. It shares the mechanics of PvP. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/72a32e78208ed7f271190f23bac77ce3be74b56a24893a155701035531f7a503.jpg

    • Curtis Beales

      ‘Encountering Pokemon before capturing them’.

      That’s already in the game. We encounter the pokemon then we throw balls to catch it. If you want to implement turn based combat before capturing then it will take forever to catch Pokemon.

      • Edwin Fung

        No. You may choose not to capture a pokemon. If you think it is time-consuming to battle every Pokemon, please be reminded that you may use pinap berry in any single ‘encounter’ (definition: battle). Don’t worry, you may spin gyms to receive items. ‘Encounter’ doesn’t mean ‘come across a pokemon’ in this case. Also, it is similar to PvP, maybe it can be released with PvP.

        • Nick

          Curtis is complete correct. “Choosing not to capture a pokemon” completely goes against the way that evolution, leveling up, etc. work in this game. This is a really absurd idea. Sorry.

          • Edwin Fung

            😧 If u think it violates the way of evolution and level-up a Pokemon, you’re wrong. ‘Encounter Pokemon before capturing them’ is a basic law/nature in Pokemon series. From the beginning, the way which Pokemon GO runs is totally false. PvP should be the major way to gain Exp.

            Note: Please read through my comment bit not only extract 1 contention of it.

          • Nick

            Again, Pokemon Go is a completely different entity from the main Pokemon series.

            Yes, in the main game you battle to level up and evolve.

            That is NOT the way Pokemon go works and they aren’t going to change it just because YOU want Pokemon Go to be the same thing as a gameboy/DS game.

            AGAIN, the way that evolution work in Pokemon Go (you know, the game this article is about…) would be impacted by the prolonged battle-and-capture method of catching Pokemon that you advocate. It would take much longer to catch Pokemon and it would therefore make it more difficult to evolve your pokemon IN POKEMON GO.

            They are never going to change the way evolution works in Pokemon Go. They are never going to go from Candy to Battling to gain experience. If you want that, UltraSun/Moon is coming out in a few months.

            Under the current setup, YES… a battle-to-capture pokemon encounter would make it more difficult evolve your pokemon IN THIS GAME.

            Think, dude.

          • Edwin Fung

            😡You fools won’t understand how companies like Nintendo and The Pokemon Company think. Do you know whether people are still playing ‘Magikarp Jump’? What is the reason behind it?

          • Nick

            So I’m a “fool who doesn’t understand how Nintendo/Pokemon think”….

            Yet you believe there’s even a remote chance that you’ll replace the Candy system with a battle-to-evolve system?

            OK

          • Edwin Fung

            You won’t be able to flag my comment. You’re wasting your precious time.

          • Nick

            What are you talking about? Speak English…

          • Edwin Fung

            There’s nothing wrong with my comments. Poor understanding…

          • Nick

            “You won’t be success to flag my comment” is 99% gibberish. It has nothing to do with “poor understanding”. If people have to translate your comments from gibberish to English, it’s not their fault when they have no idea what you’re getting at.

          • Edwin Fung

            Oops English is not my mother tongue as I come from HK. Additionally, do you know ‘flag’ can be a verb?

          • Nick

            I’m well aware that “flag” can be a verb. I’m more confused about being told I “won’t be success to” flag.

            Also, I didn’t flag your comment. I’m not sure where you got that from.

          • Edwin Fung

            This is a low level discussion. We are responsible to stop it.

          • Curtis Beales

            This is getting way off topic now.

            Edwin your points and argument are invalid and don’t make much sense. Your view of how you want the game is to go wouldn’t improve it.

          • Edwin Fung

            Converging attack me doesn’t help the situation.

          • Nick

            Agreed, you took the conversation considerably off topic by calling me a fool who doesn’t understand Nintendo rather than bothering to debate my points.

          • Edwin Fung

            Ah I admit that I’ve lose the debate. Please stop tagging me! 😓

          • Gryphon Strother

            Unfortunately, or moreso hopefully, turn based battleling will never come. Niantic/the Pokemon Company have an agreement to keep GO different from the main series games, and I feel that is good. They should definitely IMPROVE what we have now by adding abilities/status/more charge move variety in order for PVP to even work but a full revamp is not gonna happen !

          • Edwin Fung

            Yeah this is some kind of disagreement I want to see. (Not just argue people’s view by pointless provocation but with some supportive evidence.)
            I’ll take your advice seriously.

            Fine. ‘Encountering Pokemon before capturing them’ is a system in the main Pokemon series which shouldn’t be considered by Niantic. What if new types of evolution are implemented into Pokemon GO? Probably because I want something more challenging so I suggest it. As Niantic introduced evolution items to Pokemon GO, I can foresee this may actually happen.

          • Gryphon Strother

            Sure! That would be awesome !!

          • Edwin Fung

            You may take a look at some interesting ideas and information from the GO Hub forum.

          • Gryphon Strother

            Im all for more challenging and interesting gameplay haha just tryna be realistic

          • Edwin Fung

            Do you actually know Pokemon before the release of Pokemon GO? One of the keys which brings Pokemon franchise to its peak are the battle system in Pokemon main series.
            (That’s the thing I expect to be implemented into Pokemon GO)

          • Nick

            I’ve played every generation since RBY. Pokemon Go is not the main Pokemon series. If you want that, play the main series.

          • Edwin Fung

            Perfect feature/system never exists so please don’t think it’s an ‘absurd’, ‘foolish’ , ‘impulsive’ idea.
            Raids (pro: rise the difficulty of capturing Pokemon, con: rural players can’t participate in it)
            Trading (pro: create a win-win situation, con: to some players it will be a money-making scheme)
            PvP (pro: encourage raising Pokemon’s level, con: spoofers always win)
            According to what you’ve said, does it mean Pokemon GO will never be a excellent game? You may quit the game immediately.

  • Chris Denton

    Wow. Niantics ignorance simply amazes me. If they continue to ruin solo play I’m out. Paying player here

    Why does hanke always appear dumbfounded?

    • Zapmeister

      Because they only have that one picture of him.

      • Aryx

        lol

      • Chris Denton

        Idk man I’ve seen several photos of him and he always seems dumbfounded.

        Look up the prodigies nation video asking him about trainer level increases at go fest. He literally has no idea about anything the players want.

        “I’ll do that when enough people ask and you are number 3”, that was his answer.

        It’s passed time for that fool to resign and go into hiding.

        If the problem is The Pokémon Company, they need to do something about their leadership as well.

        It makes no sense to cripple the game that has the largest player base of all Pokémon games in hopes that the smaller playerbase(game boy) continue to buy the same game over and over.

    • TechTinker11

      How are they ruining solo play?

      • Chris Denton

        They introduced raids where fully evolved mid level Pokémon with good iv’s are off limits unless you have more players. Some requiring 7+ people. They also acquire xp hand over fist compared to a solo player. Legendaries cannot be acquired solo. And they want to implement more social features instead of make the game more accessible for an individual.

        • TechTinker11

          I’m a typically Solo gamer, I don’t play with groups, but its not hard to join a group when they’re getting ready.

          • Chris Denton

            Yeah, assuming you are in an area with active players all the time.

            What do you do when you pull up to a tier 4/5 and there is no one around?

            If you have to join a group, it is no longer solo play.

          • TechTinker11

            That is true. I have had that happen quite a few times, I moved on, there is usually 10-20 legendary raids in the tri-city area everyday. I hardly go to all of them (mostly just a 2 mile radius), and maybe a raid or 2 a week.

            As much as I prefer solo play, raids are the best ideas for legendary Pokemon, just finding them, or walking 25-50km eggs sound boring. I wish they were a bit easier, but all besides Lugia typically took around 5-6 people if the players are 30+.

          • Chris Denton

            I think raids are boring. Just a tap and pray situation, with the dodge bugs and other issues.

            There needs to be a way to acquire everything solo or I see a lot of people leaving the game in the months to come.

            I’ve suggested removing the timer so I can use all my items and Pokémon. That way groups would still have the advantage of not using all their items.

  • Fadzil Hilmi Mohamad

    I want to train them with wilders!!! Same as in PC game years ago!!!

  • stantehee

    Really wish they would finish the current generation of the one before, before releasing Gen three. Mew isn’t released yet, so There hasn’t been a full release of gen 1!

    • Higher_Ground

      why though? So you can “complete” a pokedex that’s about to be only 2/3rd complete a few weeks later?

      I don’t see why they can’t do both.

  • Cristian Rodriguez

    They are erasing new pokestops everywhere. The portals are still there and where genuine. If this is the Niantic upgrade for rural players I do not want to imagine when the game decays

    • peponzio

      Portal-pokestops and spawn locations are linked but are not 100% dependent on one another.

      Pokestops and spawn points are added daily due to Ingress’ portals and overall world data, but if they don’t receive enough attention and use in the game (Pokemon Go) they are erased due to lack of “support”. It’s like a second test to the spot, if it is well received then it was a true point of interest in Pokemon Go (regardless of use or approval in Ingress), if it is not well received then it’s not really a playable spot in Pokemon Go (even if it is usable in Ingress).

      Even more so, this is probably an automatic process. Algorithms detect and spawn new locations, evaluate them for say a week, conclude if they are permanently valid or not.

      I had a spawn point appear in my house. A week later it was gone. Probably few people aside from me used that spawn point.

    • Kiaan Mudaly

      The were problems with the new stops only giving 2 items.

      • Cristian Rodriguez

        Apparently they reset the pokestops map to fix that problem and causes the new stops to disappear

  • Neopiru Games

    simply adding more pokemons to the game without new features will only angry and upset people

    • TechTinker11

      I honestly don’t care for PvP, new battle system, or trading (besides off-loading some of the pikachu’s to a friend), new pokemon is what I look forward to the most.

  • Vickey Shivalkar

    In Pokemon series the Ash Ketchum see the crystal onix so, question is where is crystal onix in Pokemon go

    • Curtis Beales

      Really? That’s what your more concerned about right now, a crystal onix!?

    • TechTinker11

      Why would it be in Pokemon Go, if its not even in the Pokemon games?

      • Vickey Shivalkar

        So what the shiny Ghost Pokemon is also not in Pokemon series

        • TechTinker11

          Shiny Gengar was, although unreleased in PoGo. If not all shinies are out by then, they could be saving Shiny Gengar for mega evolution if that makes it into the game, because shiny mega gengar is a fan favorite. Also not out in Pogo, but a shiny Phantump was in the anime too if I remember right.

  • Landon Mercer

    That confirmed gen 3

  • Kram C Nusopired

    Just a silly question, how about ex-raid? Did they totally forgotten to finish that part? Cause only few got to try it out, me my self haven´t yet and I´m kinda curious if they just ran from the idea to make it worldwide 🙂

    • peponzio

      They probably assumed enough Mewtwo time was enough and decided to move on to another Pokemon for EX raids. The rumors are next is Ho-oh.

      Edit: Ok, new post here in Go Hub just debunked the Ho-oh is coming December. So perhaps more worldly Mewtwo EX raids are coming?

      Also apparently worldwide Mewtwo availability meant only one specific time in as many places as possible. I wonder what percentage of players actually got that EX raid pass. 10%? 20% 50%?

      • Higher_Ground

        far lower than that. I would guess less than 1% to be honest.

        • peponzio

          Yeah me too, though I’m usually too optimistic. I wonder how the final EX raids will work. Will they be announced like a week prior and give you like a couple of days to fulfill conditions and if done in time you’ll get the pass?

          Also I heard of some info leak saying legendary eggs will be obtained and hatched (other than 2km, 5km, 10km). But that’s like just the dumbest thing that could possibly happen, I’m still troubled by the idea of raid bosses hatching from eggs in gyms overall. Yellow egg hatches into Magmar boss, what happened to Magby? Bayleef hatches, just why? There’s Chikorita and Meganium, why the middle evolution? Mewtwo egg? He is a clone! Born in a lab, in a tube!

    • TechTinker11

      Its still in testing. At first it was just sponsored gyms, now its spreading out, but they defiantly slowed down given out invites, or I stopped hearing people talk about them.

      • Higher_Ground

        they haven’t sent any out in 2-3 weeks 🙁

        • TechTinker11

          Just sent one out near me, not myself, but they still exist.

  • Tom Biesemans

    E nice gym fight woud be : it woud be nice dat jou get message frome game when some one attaks ur gym end u get 5min to respond en then when u respond u can fight him jour self from ur home but the one Who attaks need to stand at the gym ofcours it woud be nice both players can dotch end attack en the fight wil get match Cooler

  • WingedSupernova

    Yay Gen 3! More Pokemon has always been the best part of this game.

  • Florian

    People keep comparing the Gameboy game to POGO but it’s closer to the card game in my opinion. Two moves and you need them “charged” with an element card. Different cards of the same Pokemon have different moves… etc Am I the only one that remembers the card game?! Seems like most people wanted a Gameboy version and Niantic was focused on the card game version

    • Higher_Ground

      I still collect the cards, though I have nobody to play with anymore (I used to be able to convince my wife, not so much lately)

      I went looking for the Shining legends packs yesterday. I could only find a box, no loose booster packs. Got a Zekrom though 🙂

  • Heero Yuy

    POGO’s problem since day one has been a lack of connection with the main series games. People originally got into the game bc they wanted it to be a main series game but out in the real world. Since Niantic pushed those people out we’re left with the dedicated players that request (almost demand) more depth to this great AR game.
    The public mocks us playing this game bc all they see is tap and swipe. There’s really nothing more to it than that. Candy Crush and Clash of Clans had equal mechanics and that was 3 years before POGO. THAT’S what is missing from this game. Niantic and Hanke are ignorant to this fact by either choice or by limitations set by Pokemon Co. or the game itself.
    Also the AR isn’t really there. In AR mode, Pokemon don’t fly up into the air or jump off walls or hide behind trees. They are just complacently waiting for a pokeball to hit them in face. We need an AR experience that incorporates things in the immediate area. THAT would also push this game beyond its records. BUT I feel Niantic always takes the easy road by releasing a “new” GEN with the same animations and nerfed stats with no abilities or status affecting move sets.

    • Higher_Ground

      yeah people go ape for the AR when it’s nothing more than a glorified background.

      • Ari Thunder

        Yeah I don’t know why people and niantic are so focused on it.

    • hkmaly

      Your smartphone is not smart enough for true AR. It’s just hype until the HW gets better.

    • Patrick Terry Jr.

      Uh dude, its NOT supposed to be a main series game, so its not going to be nor is it going to be treated as such, don’t get your hopes up, I for one am happy with POGO and like where its heading and where its been

  • Daniel Miladinovich

    I want to see other players walking around on the map.

    • Daniel Miladinovich

      Oh and I want to see an ingame chat / friend system

    • TechTinker11

      Chat/friend system would be awesome, but the map seems skeptical due to privacy, and my town is pretty active so I might not be able to see any pokemon. xP

  • Jon Jon Javellana

    They cant do baby Gen 3 pokemon…. Theres only 1 lol

    • TechTinker11

      They can do Ghost Gen 3 pokemon as a Halloween event, theres a ton.

  • Muzufuzo

    Pokemon Go gets boring after a while and releasing new gens every year won’t help much.

  • Commiesdontlikefacts

    If they choose to wait until 2019 to implement trading them sadly this game won’t last that long