That’s right! Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, and more can be caught RIGHT NOW!
The fourth generation of Pokémon have started to spawn in Pokémon Go. This means Pocket Monsters that originally debuted in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl for the Nintendo DS back in 2006 can now be caught in the wild.
However, not every gen 4 Mon is available just yet. Developer Niantic has decided to release Pokémon originally found in the Sinnoh region in “waves,” similar to gen 3. This means you can catch a select handful right now, and the rest will be rolled out at later dates.
Here’s who is available right now (compiled via r/TheSilphRoad on Reddit):
- Turtwig, Grotle, Torterra
- Piplup, Prinplup, Empoleon
- Chimchar, Monferno, Infernape
- Starly, Staravia, Staraptor
- Cricketot, Kricketune
- Bidoof, Bibarel
- Buneary, Lopunny
- Chatot (southern hemisphere regional)
- Carnivine (southeastern shore US)
- Pachirisu (Arctic/upper northern hemisphere regional)
- Riolu (10 km eggs only), Lucario
- Shinx (10 km eggs and raid only), Luxio, Luxray
This first round of gen 4 is kind of interesting. Chatot, Pachirisu, and Carnivine especially are some of the most specific regionals we’ve gotten yet, meaning they’ll be harder to catch if you don’t have friends living in those areas or not visiting there anytime soon.
Shinx, the cute little sphinx-inspired Electric Type, being available in Tier 1 raids in addition to 10 km eggs is also very unique, and will no doubt encourage trainers to seek these raids out when they pop. It happened for me today!
After walking a few kms to work and back to my apartment in downtown Milwaukee, I was surprised by how many gen 4 Pokémon I encountered, the starters especially.
I’m currently around 100 Turtwig and Chimchar candies, with Piplup not too far behind (I saw a lot of Piplups in the evening).
All in all it seems like the gen 4 rollout has been pretty successful and I’m excited for more Sinnoh Mons (cinnamons?) to start appearing.
BRING ON THE RHYPERIORS!
For more information on all the recent additions to Pokémon Go, checkout this The Silph Road Reddit thread here.