(If you still care) Pokemon GO releasing more than 80 new Pokemon this week

You would think that the Pokemon GO would've died down by now, and developer Niantic Labs would've moved on to another franchise while still making slight improvements to the once-popular game.

Oh how wrong you are.

Pokemon GO Welcomes The Johto Region

If you've played on a Gameboy the second generation of the Pokemon franchise, Gold and Silver, names such as Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile will definitely be familiar.

With them, over 80 more Pokemon is set to be released into the wild as part of a larger game update to be rolled out later this week.

Along with these Pokemon from the Johto region, you will soon be able to see "gender-specific variations" coming to all Pokemon.

Let's not forget evolutions too.

Through the new update, certain Pokemon that you may already have can evolve into one of the Johto Pokemon.

Pokestops will soon drop special evolution items as well, and these items will be needed to evolve some Pokemon.

Read Also: A beginner's guide to Pokemon Go

Everything Else

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The way you encounter and catch new Pokemon will be slightly different as well.

According to Niantic, Pokemon will now react differently when you are trying to catch them.

The next change also sees a much needed addition to the screen when catching Pokemon.

The encounter screen will now include a carousel from which you will be able to choose either the berry or the type of Pokeball that you want to throw at the Pokemon.

So no more scrolling through your long list of inventory trying to find the perfect item for the occasion.

Speaking of berries, the Razz Berry will be welcoming two new addition to the berry family - the Nanab Berry and the Pinap Berry.

Nanab Berries will let you easily catch a Pokemon by slowing down their movements while Pinap Berries doubles the Candy if you successfully catch that Pokemon.

Lastly, you will now have expanded options to customise your avatar.

The limited wardrobe of hats, shirts, pants, and other items will see new additions so that you can put on your best outfit for your next Pokemon hunt.

Read Also: Brace yourselves, Pokemon Go is now available for download in Singapore

Let The Madness Begin (Again)

Throughout much of 2016, Niantic Labs has been busy fixing bugs in the game and also releasing Pokemon GO to additional countries.

The relatively recent release in large markets such as South Korea and South Asia in countries like India are sure to draw in a huge intake of new players.

This update comes rather timely in a way - it lets these new players who have only started out to continue playing it for longer, and for those who have been playing since 2016, lets them reignite their interest to catch new Pokemon.

Judging from all the positive responses on Pokemon GO's social media pages, as well as the many local communities, the game is far from being dead.

Note that the current Pokemon Sun and Moon on the Nintendo 3DS is the seventh generation in the franchise.

That's FIVE more generations for Niantic Labs to include.

So grab a powerbank and a bottle of water - you will need it when the update is live.

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