While finding the information I needed for the Detective Pikachu post, I stumbled upon yet another tweet from Chrales, suggesting a Raid Week 2019. This suggests that there will be a large emphasis on raids – which is brilliant, because with having gone from one Gym last year, to 8, there will be plenty of opportunities to raid. However, we seem to have what could be new items to solve one of the longest-running problems encountered with Gen 4’s release. These are new Lure Modules – but these are different:
- Glacial Lure Module – a frosty Lure Module that attracts Pokemon for 30 minutes – especially ones that love the cold. It can also cause some Pokemon to evolve.
- Magnetic Lure Module – an electronic Lure Module that attracts Pokemon for 30 minutes – especially ones that possess a magnetic field. It can also cause some Pokemon to evolve.
- Mossy Lure Module – a natural Lure Module that attracts Pokemon for 30 minutes – especially ones that love mossy scents. It can also cause some Pokemon to evolve.
Now this fits in brilliantly with the main series games, because it reflects four Pokemon that can be evolved into with these environments. Eevee could evolve into Glaceon near an icy rock (Glacial Lure Module), while it could also evolve into Leafeon near a mossy rock (Mossy Lure Module). Nosepass and Magneton, however, could evolve into Probopass and Magnezone when near magnetic fields (Magnetic Lure Module).
So it looks like we’ll have four new Pokemon to add to our Sinnoh dex. Which leaves the following, and where it could have been distributed better:
|Burmy||Bug Out Event|
|Wormadam||Bug Out Event|
|Mothim||Bug Out Event|
|Shellos||Regional variants – Earth Day (properly)|
|Gastrodon||Regional variants – Earth Day (properly)|
|Mime Jr.||Europe-to-Europe 7km Eggs|
|Rotom||Unknown – possibly Magnetic Lure Module/Raid Boss|
|Regigigas||5* Raid Boss|
|Shaymin||EX Raids/Special Research (Equinox Event)|
|Arceus||EX Raids/Special Research|
So in total, there are 13 Pokemon that could have been better distributed to other events that have already passed. I added Shaymin as an EX Raid boss because of its Land and Sky Formes, which can be easily used as opportunities for a boss, much like Deoxys and the discussions about Arceus.
Shellos and Gastrodon needed to have been handled better – us in Europe missed out on the initial release because we were asleep (thanks Niantic)! It is also interesting to note that the fan-favourite pseudo-Legendary Garchomp hasn’t yet made an appearance.
I could foresee Rotom going one of two ways – one by releasing it through Magnetic Lure Module exclusively, or a changeable Raid Boss depending on the Weather Boost (for example, the Rotom Heat or Mow can spawn during sunny weather, while Rotom Fan can spawn during windy weather – that kind of thing.
So it is clear that Niantic had ample opportunity to release all of these Pokemon. From October until now, we are still missing 1/5 of the Gen 4 Pokemon, including Mythicals, but not including separate forms. We are anticipating Hippopotas and Hippowdon during this year’s Go Fest, but we should have something new to catch in between, without them being ridiculously rare (looking at you Finneon, having to chase one for five minutes to a Crowne Plaza just to get the Pokedex entry – not pleased).
I found today’s featured image on Paul Cotton’s post about Leafeon and Glaceon. I think it sums up the post for me.