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Ditto & Generation 2 Pokémon Have Been Found In Pokémon GO Code!

The wizards over at The Silph Road took a look through v0.45.0 code, and it revealed a bunch of really intriguing details.

v0.45.0 brought new code to the APK that revealed new features, which are soon to come. The Silph Road has audited the APK to see what could be learned. After a preliminary look through the v0.45 APK’s code, we can confirm the following:

1) A New Move Has Been Added

TRANSFORM has been added! It was found in the GAME_MASTER file with an animation sequence, as well as the APK code. Of note, this is the only new move added to the game since Pokémon GO was released.

This clearly points to Ditto being on the way and it also means he likely hasn’t been hiding in plain sight. According to Bulbapedia, Mew can also learn the move, but since that Pokémon hasn’t been released either, this likely points to Ditto being released sooner rather than later.

Obviously, TRANSFORM isn’t a move that deals damage, and it’s also a quick move, not a charge or special move.

2) 100 New Pokémon Are In The Code

SOURCE: Amino Apps

SOURCE: Amino Apps

That’s right! Pokémon #152 (Chikorita) to #251 (Celebi) are now referenced in the game’s code.

SOURCE: Tumblr

SOURCE: Tumblr

Apparently there’s no moveset data for any of these new Pokémon, and The Silph Road says that another app update is required for any of them to start showing up.

3) No More Gym Sniping

If this has ever happened to you, you’ll love this update. And if you’ve sniped a gym, well, you know that’s bullshit so don’t complain.

Yes, trainers who aren’t involved in taking down a gym are no longer allowed to grab it. If you try, you’ll get an error message for a certain period of time. No word yet on what that time is right now, but one can guess it’s going to be longer than a few seconds.

Trainers will likely be given enough time to revive and power up their Pokémon after a battle, which points to a time that’s more than 30 seconds. We’ll see what shakes out.

4) 52 New Pokémon Families Added

This one is a bit of a no brainer. If the game is adding Gen 2 Pokémon, they have to add families too, otherwise the Pokémon wouldn’t be able to evolve. Said another way, the Bulbasaur family includes Bulbasaur, evolves into Ivysaur and then its final evolution: Venusaur.

This Gen 2 update will also be adding non-family Pokémon like Ho-oh, Lugia, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune.

Some have even gone so far as to speculate that these changes could open up the door to seeing new teams introduced for trainers to join. I would personally LOVE to see this. Imagine having events throughout the year where you could change teams for a period of time to meet new people and battle gyms. It would really liven up the game. Still, there’s nothing in the code to suggest this, so it remains a wish at this point.

5) Quest System Updates

No surprise here, and most people should now be seeing Daily Quest and Weekly Quest info popping up in the game. I certainly am.

That’s it for now. Are you happy with these updates? Let us know in the comments!

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