We could see one more new Pokémon in Pokémon GO before the end of the year.
Yesterday, Pokémon GO announced plans to introduce 50 new Pokémon from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire into the game by the end of this week. Sure enough, a new update went out on Android and Apple App Stores yesterday, which seemingly added the last bits of code needed to bring all these new Pokemon into the game.
However, players also discovered evidence that a missing “Gen 2” Pokémon will also be making an appearance in Pokémon GO very soon. Hidden in the code of the new update is a new fast move called “Present,” which Pokémon fans will recognize as Delibird’s signature move.
Delibird is a holiday-themed Pokémon that gives out “presents” from its sack-like tail. While these presents usually explode and do damage, they also occasionally heal opponents. Delibird is one of two Pokémon from the first two sets of Pokémon games that have not appeared in Pokémon GO, along with Smeargle. While Smeargle has a weird moveset that’s not really suited to Pokémon GO, most players assumed that Pokémon GO was just saving Delibird for the holiday season.
Players also noticed a suspicious easter egg in the most recent loading screen, which mainly features “Gen 3” Pokémon around a Christmas tree. The artwork shows a present falling from the sky, seemingly thrown by an obscured Pokémon behind a tree. That obscured Pokémon looks an awful lot like Delibird, although its face is completely hidden.
Yesterday, Niantic confirmed that Pokémon GO would have a holiday event, with an estimated start date of December 21st. We should find out more details about Pokémon GO’s year end plans in a few weeks.