More details have been shared about the upcoming release of Gen 4 in Pokemon Go.
Niantic has confirmed that new Pokemon from the Sinnoh will be added to the game soon, although they failed to provide an exact date.
But data miners have found more evidence that suggests Trainers won’t be waiting long.
It started with the discovery of a new Autumn event in the game files, which was found before the big Gen 4 release update.
And now players have found that a new update is being pushed to Android and iOS, which contains the first wave of Gen 4 Pokemon.
This new APK file includes patch notes that confirm the release of Sinnoh Pokemon is coming soon, among other new features.
This includes Pokemon GO AR+ becoming available on select Android devices, Friend Requests and Gift notifications stacking, as well as being able to select multiple Pokemon at a time when preparing to battle at a Gym.
These features look set to launch with the first wave of Gen 4 Pokemon, which could arrive as soon as Friday, October 12.
Niantic hinted in a recent trailer that they will launch the Gen 4 starters first, however, it should also be noted that all 107 Pokemon could be added in the next update.
That doesn’t mean they are arriving in the game together, only that they will be available for Niantic to add to live servers whenever they wish.
No release date has been found in the APK, but the fact that is now being found by players suggests that Niantic will release it in the coming days.
Some Trainers believe the new update could be released on Friday, while others believe Niantic will wait to finish their Psychic Spectalur and launch on Monday.
Whenever it does, happen, it’s going to be a big patch.
While there’s tons of new Pokemon from Gen 4 now being loaded for release, data miners also found new moves.
A total of 17 new moves were found by the dedicated team on the Silph Road Reddit page and appear to be part of the new shift to Gen 4.
These moves won’t just be locked to the new Pokemon coming to the game but will also be available for Gen 1 and Gen 2 Pocket Monster to learn too.
Other additions being made to the game will include a list of Pokedex badges, although the assets are missing from this part of the update.
This could mean that Niantic will launch a series of smaller update before they release their next major patch.
Niantic themselves haven’t shared any information on their plans for the Gen 4 release, apart from the below statement:
“Are you ready for a Sinnoh adventure? We’re excited to let you know that in preparation for the arrival of Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region, we are making two key shifts to the game balance in the coming weeks.
“These changes are based on Trainer feedback and are designed to promote an improved overall experience.
“Moving forward, you can expect to see further tweaks designed to help Trainers and their Pokémon reach their full potential.
“We’re looking forward to experiencing these changes with you as we explore the world together! Let’s get out there and GO.”
Here are the patch notes expected with the big Pokemon Go update:
- Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region are arriving in Pokemon GO
- Friend Requests and Gift notifications will now stack
- Pokémon GO AR+ is now available on select Android devices
- You can now select multiple Pokémon at a time when preparing to battle at a Gym or participate in a Raid Battle
- Various bug fixes and performance updates