Chrales, a data miner with the PoGO Dev discord channel and one of the most active network traffic analysers in the world, has just leaked the following info:

  • the app is now downloading assets for 20 new Generation III Pokémon, focused on Water and Ice
  • the app is now downloading all required assets for Delibird. The release is imminent
  • AR Plus tutorial steps are also downloaded, illuminating the mechanics behind the new mode

Assets for 20 new Generation III Pokémon

First off all, we don’t know when these Pokémon will be released, but we do know that the game is downloading their image assets – sprites that are used for Pokédex and various other in-game Pokémon lists.

This is the last thing that is needed for their release, so it could happen rather soon.

The following Pokémon assets are being downloaded:

You can see all of their sprites in the following imgur album. We are updating their respective Pokémon pages as you write this.

new pokémongo gen3 pokémons (water wave)

In addition, the following image will be displayed as the news splash screen once the update goes live:

Delibird is coming to town

We’ve already reported that Delibird’s moves are both in the APK and in the Game Master file. There is nothing holding Niantic back from releasing it, especially now when the image last required image assets are also being downloaded in the background.

Here’s the asset in question:

Curiously, Delibird doesn’t seem to have a Shiny form yet. We find this especially curious due to Delibird being a Generation II Pokémon. To this day, every Generation III Pokémon that was added or leaked always had a Shiny sprite attached to it. It is possible that Shiny Pokémon will feature Gen III primarily on launch?

AR Plus tutorial steps leak

Yesterday we’ve reported that a new capture mode is coming, titled AR Plus and based around sneaking up to a Pokémon and catching it using your tracking witts. As a part of that report, we’ve found a series of images tied to the AR Plus tutorial, however no text was found.

Luckily, Chrales has found the text in question via network traffic analysis and we now have a complete understanding of the tutorial in question.

The images we found:

The text behind these steps:

  • Tutorial step 0
    • “Look around an open area with your device until it recognizes a flat surface.”
  • Tutorial step 1
    • “Tap the tall grass to find a Pokémon. “
  • Tutorial step 2
    • “Approach the Pokémon slowly. You’ll get bonus rewards if you catch it!”
  • Edwin Fung

    Hmm if all of those gen 3 Pokemon which are going to be released during Christmas event belong to ice/water type, why not include Wingull family?
    Note: There is a hint of releasing Wingull family found in Pokemon GO opening screen.
    Btw I glad that Delibird is coming within 1 week!

    • anne-susan

      quess wingull will come with kyorge so we have some bait to catch for it

  • amvhate

    This going to release before christmas because Spheal is on the loading screen

  • TheDude028

    I am sure it’ll all be released on Friday or Christmas Day.
    Cannot wait to get Delibird. Such a cute Pokémon.
    And also Milotic Hype!!! 🙂

  • Anthony Kim

    Eevee kinda had the buddy walking distance requirement as well, though. But still, nice to see implemented with Feebas — much easier than, say, collecting 400 candies.

    • Rocco DiSavino

      I believe they’re saying that it’s the first gen 3 Pokemon to have a walking requirement to evolve. But it is also is the first one to actually have that requirement because there is the name trick for Espeon/Umbreon that can be used once at least.

      • James Oliff

        name trick only works for the first evolve

        • Rocco DiSavino

          Yes, I mentioned that at the end of my reply. The main point was that it can be done for those Eevee forms without a 100% requirement to walk.
          With Milotic it will be that you have to walk Feebas in order to evolve, no other way around it, period. Or catch a wild one if they even make that possible (but that wouldn’t require performing an evolution anyway).

    • Dan

      I don’t know if it’s going to require that you walk to get 100 candies. It might just have the minimum walking distance, like 10 KM.

  • News for games

    :/ when update coming out?

  • mAm

    No rumblings of a Winter Solstice event this year?

  • Mineman1969

    Walrein and Sharpedo hype.

  • Anonymous Rubber Ducky

    Lombre and Lotad! Delibird! Corphish!! SPHEAL!!! this update might be second place to generation 4!!

  • Dan

    Has anyone seen Lotad, Carnvanha, Corphish, or Luvdisc yet?