A new Pokemon GO “patch” update was just released for the game. While this update didn’t add anything significant new features, it did add some new code and sprites that reveal some of the plans for future updates. As you can tell from the title, this includes code for all the Generation 3 Pokemon.
New “METAMON_ID” tag
A new tag was found in the game called “METAMON_ID”. At first this seems like nothing, until you realize that “Metamon” is the Japanese name for Ditto. This tag is probably to make some Gen 3 Pokemon have the ability to transform into Ditto.
Additions to Raid Battles
Some new tags have been added for a few new features for Raid Battles. Many of these are cosmetic, but there is one in particular that will be very helpful. The ability to see how many people are attempting a raid battle before using a Raid Pass. This is the major downside to Raid Battles at the moment, so it is a good thing they are taking the time to fix it.
New Search Function
In a future update you will be able to search for Pokemon by moveset and not just by name anymore. This will be very helpful if you have many of the same Pokemon, but you only want the ones that have a certain move then you will be able to find just those Pokemon.
More Shiny Pokemon???
A few new lines of code have been added to the shiny code, probably just tweaking things and making them look better. We don’t know if shiny Pokemon are in the works yet so don’t think that they are all on the way, but they are still being tweaked. If you didn’t hear, shiny Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu were just added into the game, so more shiny Pokemon are slowly being added. More then likely once they get shiny Pokemon to look and act just the way they want, they will release every shiny Pokemon.
While the two existing incubators did have new sprites added to the game, there was a third added (with some code as well). This new sprite is for the “Super Incubator”. It is unconfirmed as to what it’s function will be, but we can speculate it probably decreases the number of Kilometers you have to walk to hatch the egg inside it. New eggs could also be released that are a large number of kilometers and this incubator is the only reasonable way of hatching said eggs.
Generation 3 Information
Yes, you heard right, the first code for Generation 3 has been released in the game. As of now, the names of all the Gen 3 Pokemon have been added, as well as the candy “families” have also been added. There is no more information on them yet, but we can probably expect a release around early 2018 (date is a prediction, not fact).
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