Pokémon GO: Niantic makes big changes to egg pools

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Pokémon GO has apparently made some major changes to their egg pools.

The Silph Road, a player-run “research” group dedicated to Pokémon GO, has reported that Niantic has removed six more common species from the egg pool and has adjusted the rarity of several other Pokémon.

This isn’t the first time that Niantic has tinkered with the egg pools. Niantic previously removed common Pokémon like Pidgey and Rattata from the egg pool last fall, and then mixed up the egg pools (which are divided into different eggs that can be hatched by walking different lengths) earlier in the year.

So what Pokémon aren’t part of the egg pool anymore? Look below to find out.

Tentacool and Psyduck


The first pair of Pokémon dropped from the egg pools are the Water-Type Pokémon Psyduck and Tentacool. Both are typically found in biomes located near water and are among the most common Water-Type Pokémon found in the game. Interestingly, Niantic kept Staryu, Krabby, and Goldeen in the egg pool, even though it can be argued that those three (especially Krabby) are more common than either of these pairs. Neither Tentacool or Psyduck have any play in Pokémon GO’s metagame, so this won’t affect players unless they don’t live near a body of water.

Wooper and Natu


Wooper and Natu were also axed from the egg pool. Natu was one of Gen 2’s common Flying-Type Pokémon and appears at about the same rate as Pidgey or Spearow. The other Gen 2 Flying-Type, Hoothoot, was never put in the egg pool in the first place, so it makes sense that Natu was pulled.

The other Gen 2 Pokémon taken out was Wooper, another common Water-Type Pokémon. Wooper is probably the most common Water-Type Pokémon along with Marill. Like Hoothoot, Marill was never put in the egg pool in the first place, so this is simply getting rid of a Pokémon that didn’t need to be in there in the first place.

Sandshrew and Paras


The other two Pokémon pulled from the egg pools are Sandshrew and Paras. Although Paras isn’t as common as Weedle, Spinarak, or Caterpie, it’s still an abundant Bug-Type Pokémon that people should be able to find anywhere. Sandshrew is probably the one Pokémon that most people will have problems finding in the wild, as it’s only common in “arid” or desert biomes, but it still shouldn’t be too hard to find in most areas.

Rarity Changes


In addition to Niantic pulling six Pokémon from the egg pools, the Silph Road also claims that several Pokémon will be harder to find via eggs. Dratini and Pineco, which both hatch from 10 KM eggs, will now be “uncommon” hatches, meaning they’ll be twice as rare now. Both were previously among the most common Pokémon to hatch from 10 KM eggs and it’s unclear if any other Pokémon will replace it. On some level, this change was needed as Dratini eventually evolves into Dragonite, arguably the most powerful Pokémon in the game.

No Pokémon were added to the egg pool, so don’t expect to see Pokémon like the Johto Pokémon or Houndour appear anytime soon.