Pokémon GO Adds Johto Monsters, over 80 New Pokémon

If you thought Pokémon GO had run out of steam, well, you'd be woefully mistaken. The Pokémon Company and Google-owned developer Niantic revealed today that the app is far from finished, with an additional 80 monsters on the way later this week, ripe for the catching.

The monsters in question hail from the series' Johto region, the setting most players associate with the second-generation Gold and Silver editions of the ​Pokémon RPGs. This of course includes the classic starters Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile, among many many others. The video below recaps what players can reasonably expect. I'm pretty sure I spotted a Crobat in there somwhere, and as such I must have it.

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Of course, the release doesn't come without official comment from Niantic, which you can view below. 

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Today is a momentous occasion for our team here at Niantic which has been hard at work to deliver these additional Pokémon and build upon the encounter and capture mechanics for our passionate global community of Trainers playing Pokémon GO… Pokémon GO is a live experience which we’ll be continuing to support and evolve in new and interesting ways for years to come with new gameplay features, in-game and live events, more Pokémon to discover and much more.
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A few other additions are peppered throughout the update as well. Two berries, the Nanab Berry and Pinap Berry respectively, have been made available, as well as added trainer customization accessories, new evolution items, and not-before-seen "encounter gameplay." I suppose you'll have to grab the app for yourself to discover precisely that means, but here's hoping it adds variety to the Pokémon-snatching experience.

This was always in the cards of course – with over 700 monsters in its reserve stables, Pokémon​ GO is simply rolling them out at a slow but steady pace to hold the interest of the app's global trainer contingent. Generation III is my personal favorite, so call me when I can catch a Wailord in real life, Niantic.