Gen 2 brings all new Pokémon, evolution items, tricks, berries, and more — here's everything you need to know!
Updated March 2017 with new Buddy walking distances, regional Pokémon maps, Unown, evolution item drop rates, and more.
Pokémon Go has gotten 80 new Pokémon from the second generation. It started late last year with Togepi, Pichu, and the other Gen 2 babies the Johto Region in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games, but now almost the complete Pokédex has been released. That's right: GEN 2 IS LIVE!
That includes new evolutions — and new split evolutions! — for Gen 1 Pokémon, and all new Gen 2 Pokémon as well. Here's everything you need to know!
Wait. Stop the video and replay that! Gen 2 Pokémon are really here?!
"Finally!", right? From Pokémon Go:
Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, and many more Pokémon are nearly here! Starting later this week, you'll have the opportunity to catch more than 80 Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games. We've also implemented some new features to enhance your Pokémon GO experience.
Additional Pokémon: More than 80 Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games, as well as Pokémon with gender-specific variations, will start rolling out in Pokémon GO.
New Evolutions: There are now more opportunities to evolve your Pokémon in Pokémon GO than ever before. Some Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will soon be able to evolve—into Pokémon that inhabit the Johto region! Be on the lookout for new Evolution items at PokéStops, which you'll need to evolve some Pokémon.
New Encounter Gameplay: When you encounter Pokémon in the wild, don't be surprised if they react in new ways as you're trying to catch them. You'll also notice the addition of new item carousels that allow you to select Berries and Poké Balls directly from the encounter screen. Hone your skills and catch those elusive Pokémon!
New Berries: Pokémon enjoy eating Berries, and you'll have the opportunity to get two new Berries by spinning the Photo Disc at PokéStops—Nanab Berries and Pinap Berries! Giving a Pokémon a Nanab Berry will slow its movements, making it easier to catch. The Pinap Berry doubles the amount of Candy you'll receive if your next catch attempt succeeds.
New Avatars and an Expanded Wardrobe: Now you'll be able to give your avatar a complete upgrade! Customize your look with a whole new selection of hats, shirts, pants, and other items.
So what are the new Pokémon in Gen 2? List me!
All told, there'll be 100 new Pokémon for the Gen 2 Pokédex in Pokémon Go. The full list is as follows, including types and max CP (as estimated by GamePress.)
- Chikorita: Grass - 801
- Bayleef: Grass - 1296
- Meganium: Grass - 2227
- Cyndaquil: Fire - 831
- Quilava: Fire - 1484
- Typhlosion: Fire - 2686
- Totodile: Water - 1011
- Croconaw: Water - 1598
- Feraligatr: Water - 2721
- Sentret: Normal - 519
- Furret: Normal - 1667
- Hoothoot: Normal / Flying - 640
- Noctowl: Normal / Flying - 2040
- Ledyba: Bug / Flying - 663
- Ledian: Bug / Flying - 1275
- Spinarak: Bug / Poison - 685
- Ariados: Bug / Poison - 1636
- Crobat: Poison / Flying - 2466
- Chinchou: Water / Electric - 1067
- Lanturn: Water / Electric - 2077
- Pichu: Electric - 376
- Cleffa: Normal - 620
- Igglybuff: Normal / Fairy - 512
- Togepi: Fairy - 540
- Togetic: Fairy / Flying - 1543
- Natu: Psychic / Flying - 925
- Xatu: Psychic / Flying - 1975
- Mareep: Electric - 887
- Flaaffy: Electric - 1402
- Ampharos: Electric - 2695
- Bellossom: Grass - 2108
- Marill: Water / Fairy - 420
- Azumarill: Water / Fairy - 1503
- Sudowoodo: Rock - 2065
- Politoed: Water - 2371
- Hoppip: Grass / Flying - 508
- Skiploom: Grass / Flying - 882
- Jumpluff: Grass / Flying - 1553
- Aipom: Normal - 1188
- Sunkern: Grass - 316
- Sunflora: Grass - 2048
- Yanma: Bug / Flying - 1326
- Wooper: Water / Ground - 596
- Quagsire: Water / Ground - 1929
- Espeon: Psychic - 3000
- Umbreon: Dark - 2052
- Murkrow: Dark / Flying - 1392
- Slowking: Water / Psychic - 2482
- Misdreavus: Ghost - 1781
- Unown: Psychic - 1022
- Wobbuffet: Psychic - 1024
- Girafarig: Normal / Psychic - 1863
- Pineco: Bug - 1045
- Forretress: Bug Steel - 2263
- Dunsparce: Normal - 1615
- Gligar: Ground / Flying - 1758
- Steelix: Steel / Ground - 2439
- Snubbull: Fairy - 1124
- Granbull: Fairy - 2440
- Qwilfish: Water / Poison - 1910
- Scizor: Bug / Steel - 2801
- Shuckle: Bug / Rock - 300
- Heracross: Bug / Fighting - 2938
- Sneasel: Dark / Ice - 1868
- Teddiursa: Normal - 1184
- Ursaring: Normal - 2760
- Slugma: Fire - 750
- Magcargo: Fire / Rock - 1543
- Swinub: Ice / Ground - 663
- Piloswine: Ice / Ground - 2284
- Corsola: Water / Rock - 1214
- Remoraid: Water - 749
- Octillery: Water - 2124
- Delibird: Ice / Flying - 937
- Mantine: Water / Flying - 2032
- Skarmory: Steel / Flying - 2032
- Houndour: Dark / Fire - 1110
- Houndoom: Dark / Fire - 2529
- Kingdra: Water / Dragon - 2424
- Phanpy: Ground - 1175
- Donphan: Ground - 3022
- Porygon2: Normal - 2546
- Stantler: Normal - 1988
- Smeargle: Normal - 389
- Tyrogue: Fighting - 404
- Hitmontop: Fighting - 1905
- Smoochum: Ice / Psychic - 1230
- Elekid: Electric - 1073
- Magby: Fire - 1178
- Miltank: Normal - 2312
- Blissey: Normal - 3219
- Raikou: Electric - 3349
- Entei: Fire - 3412
- Suicune: Water - 2823
- Larvitar: Rock / Ground - 904
- Pupitar: Rock / Ground - 1608
- Tyranitar: Rock / Dark - 3670
- Lugia: Psychic / Flying - 3598
- Ho-Oh: Fire / Flying - 4650
- Celebi: Psychic / Grass - 3090
For images and more on all the Gen 2 Pokémon, see Bulbapedia.
What are the common Pokémon of Gen 2?
Gen 1 had a bunch of really common Pokémon that spawned in every parking lot, on every street corner, and at every PokéStop. Gen 2 is much the same.
- Hoothoot is the new Pidgey
- Ledyba is the new Caterpie
- Sentrat is the new Rattata
- Spinarak is the new Weedle
Depending on your environment, you'll also see a lot of:
Note: None of the common Pokémon in Gen 2 require 12 Candies to evolve. So, if you're into farming and grinding to power-level, you'll need to stick to your Gen 1 staples of Pidgey, Caterpie, and Weedle. (And their evolved forms and Pinap Berries to get even more Candy faster.)
What's the Dragonite of Gen 2? — Meet Tyranitar!
Tyranitar is a rock/dark Pokémon that looks like Godzilla. It's a three-stage evolution, just like Dragonite, so you can hatch Lavitar, catch Lavitar, Pupitar, and Tyranitar, and need 25 and 100 Candies for the evolutions.
Unlike Dratini and Dragonair, which could be found occasionally at water spawns, Lavitar and Pupitar seem to favor the same mountains as Dragonite. The Tyranitar line also seems to spawn less frequently than the Dragonite line, at least for now.
What are the Legendary and Mythical Pokémon in Gen 2?
You mean the ones we're not likely to see until after we see the Gen 1 Legendary or Mythical 'mon in events?
(Legendary) Tower Duo:
And which ones are the Gen 2 Starters?
Just like Gen 1 has Starter Pokémon — Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander — so does Gen 2. They're not currently used as such in Pokémon Go, though. New players who start now will still be offered one of the original, Gen 1 starters (or Pikachu if they do the "walk away and back 10 times" trick).
- Grass-type: Chikorita to Bayleef to Meganium
- Fire-type: Cyndaquil to Quilava to Typhlosion
- Water-type: Totodile to Crocanaw to Feraligatr
Any Pokémon like Ditto in Gen 2 — ones we may not see for a while?
Ditto is the Gen 1 Pokémon that can take on the shape of almost any other Pokémon. While it wasn't in the original release last July, it showed up a few months later. That's led to some speculation Pokémon Go would do the same thing with Gen 2.
Unown, who in stark contrast to Ditto has many, many forms all its own — one for each letter of the alphabet! — has already been found. So count that one — er, twenty-six — out.
Smeargle and Delibird, on the other hand, haven't been found in the game yet. Smeargle has the ability to "sketch" or copy the last move used by any other Pokémon, and Delibird has "present", which hasn't been introduced into the code yet.
So, like Ditto, Pokémon Go might be saving Smeagle and Delibird for a later release.
Speaking of Ditto, can it hide as any Gen 2 Pokémon?
Sure can! Just like Ditto can hide as a common Gen 1 Pokémon, including Pidgey, Rattata, Zubat, and Magikarp, it can also hide as a common Gen 2. In fact, the first Gen 2 I caught — a Hoothoot — turned out to be Ditto. 😑
Yanma is a strange one since it doesn't appear to be anywhere nearly as common as all the others.
Any region exclusives in Gen 2?
Yes! Just like Taurus (U.S. and southern Canada), Farfetch'd (Japan, Hong Kong, and the vicinity), Mr. Mime (Western Europe), and Kangaskhan (Australia), Gen 2 has exclusives — but with a twist!
- Heracross: Central and South America — below San Antonio, Houston, and New Orleans, and above Tampa.
- Corsola: Southern U.S. to northern South America, northern Australia, northern Africa, south Asia — near the coasts.
Here's a map, via The Silph Road:
Note, parts of the Southern U.S., including Florida, intersect three regionals. So, if you're planning your next vacation or road trip...
Which Gen 2 Pokémon hatch from Pokémon Eggs, and which Eggs?
Here are the new Gen 2 Pokémon that hatch from 2 KM Pokémon Eggs, along with the lowest/highest CP that hatch:
- Pichu (215/187)
- Cleffa (354/318)
- Igglybuff (293/257)
- Togepi (308/275)
- Aipom (678/630)
- Misdreavus (1018/958)
- Slugma (390/429)
- Remoraid (428/388)
Gen 2 Pokémon that hatch from 5 KM Pokémon Eggs:
- Natu (528/485)
- Yanma (758/706)
- Wooper (340/306)
- Wobbuffet (585/531)
- Girafarig (1064/1003)
- Dunsparce (923/865)
- Qwilfish (1091/1029)
- Shuckle (171/137)
- Sneasel (1067/1005)
- Phanpy (671/622)
- Stantler (1136/1072)
- Tyrogue (231/203)
- Smoochum (703/652)
- Elekid (613/566)
- Magby (673/624)
And Gen 2 Pokémon that hatch from 10 KM Pokémon Eggs:
- Mareep (506/463)
- Sudowoodo (1180/1115)
- Pineco (597/551)
- Gligar (1004/945)
- Mantine (1161/1096)
- Skarmory (1161/1096)
- Miltank (1321/1253)
- Larvitar (517/474)
And what are the Buddy walking distances for Gen 2?
If you can't hatch or catch enough of a certain species of Pokémon to get the Candy you need to evolve it, you can still choose one of those Pokémon as your Buddy and start walking. For Gen 2, here's how far you need to walk with your Buddy for each piece of Candy you want to earn:
- Chikorita - 3 KM
- Bayleef - 3 KM
- Meganium - 3 KM
- Cyndaquil - 3 KM
- Quilava - 3 KM
- Typhlosion - 3 KM
- Totodile - 3 KM
- Croconaw - 3 KM
- Feraligatr - 3 KM
- Sentret - 1 KM
- Furret - 1 KM
- Hoothoot - 1 KM
- Noctowl - 1 KM
- Ledyba - 1 KM
- Ledian - 1 KM
- Spinarak - 1 KM
- Ariados - 1 KM
- Crobat - 1 KM
- Chinchou - 3 KM
- Lanturn - 3 KM
- Pichu - 1 KM
- Cleffa - 1 KM
- Igglybuff - 1 KM
- Togepi - 3 KM
- Togetic - 3 KM
- Natu - 3 KM
- Xatu - 3 KM
- Mareep - 5 KM
- Flaaffy - 5 KM
- Ampharos - 5 KM
- Bellossom - 1 KM
- Marill - 3 KM
- Azumarill - 3 KM
- Sudowoodo - 5 KM
- Politoed - 3 KM
- Hoppip - 3 KM
- Skiploom - 3 KM
- Jumpluff - 3 KM
- Aipom - 3 KM
- Sunkern - 3 KM
- Sunflora - 3 KM
- Yanma - 3 KM
- Wooper - 3 KM
- Quagsire - 3 KM
- Espeon - 5 KM
- Umbreon - 5 KM
- Murkrow - 3 KM
- Slowking - 3 KM
- Misdreavus - 3 KM
- Unown - 5 KM
- Wobbuffet - 3 KM
- Girafarig - 3 KM
- Pineco - 5 KM
- Forretress - 5 KM
- Dunsparce - 3 KM
- Gligar - 5 KM
- Steelix - 5 KM
- Snubbull - 3 KM
- Granbull - 3 KM
- Qwilfish - 3 KM
- Scizor - 5 KM
- Shuckle - 3 KM
- Heracross - 3 KM
- Sneasel - 3 KM
- Teddiursa - 3 KM
- Ursaring - 3 KM
- Slugma - 1 KM
- Magcargo - 1 KM
- Swinub - 3 KM
- Piloswine - 3 KM
- Corsola - 3 KM
- Remoraid - 1 KM
- Octillery - 1 KM
- Mantine - 5 KM
- Skarmory - 5 KM
- Houndour - 3 KM
- Houndoom - 3 KM
- Kingdra - 3 KM
- Phanpy - 3 KM
- Donphan - 3 KM
- Porygon2 - 3 KM
- Stantler - 3 KM
- Tyrogue - 5 KM
- Hitmontop - 5 KM
- Smoochum - 5 KM
- Elekid - 5 KM
- Magby - 5 KM
- Miltank - 5 KM
- Blissey - 5 KM
- Larvitar - 5 KM
- Pupitar - 5 KM
- Tyranitar - 5 KM
Which of those are the new Gen 2 evolutions for your existing Pokémon?
The new evolutions in Gen 2 are these:
- Golbat to Crobat
- Gloom to Bellossom (split)
- Poliwhirl to Politoed (split)
- Eevee to Espeon (split)
- Eevee to Umbreon (split)
- Slowpoke to Slowking (split)
- Onix to Steelix
- Scyther to Scizor
- Seadra to Kingdra
- Porygon to Porygon 2
- Chansey to Blissey
But you'll need "evolution items" to do it?
For most of them. Evolution Items are available from PokéStops, just like Pokémon Eggs. You get them from spinning. Here are the ones you need:
- Sun Stone: Evolve Gloom to Bellossum.
- King's Rock: Evolve Poliwhirl to Politoed.
- King's Rock: Evolve Slowpoke to Slowking.
- Metal Coat: Evolve Onix to Steelix.
- Metal Coat: Evolve Scyther to Scizor.
- Dragon Scale: Evolve Seadra to Kingdra.
- Up Grade: Evolve Porygon to Porygon 2.
You can only use an Evolution Item once, which is why you need 2x King's Rock to get both Politoed and Slowking and 2x Metal Coat to get both Steelix and Scizor.
So far, evolution items have also proven incredibly rare. It's theorized you have a 1/300 chance of getting one from a PokéStop, which means you'll probably need to spin 2500-3500 to get all the Evolution Items you need. (Considering some might be repeats.)
It took me 30 days and 2660 spins to get all the items I needed (plus four extra.)
Is Steelix really as big as it looks? Like too big to fit on a Gym big?
Buffer Season 3 Mayor big. Ginormously so.
Which Gen 1 Pokémon don't need Evolution Items to evolve to Gen 2?
It's a short list:
- Golbat to Crobat
- Eevee to Espeon (split)
- Eevee to Umbreon (split)
- Chansey to Blissey
Is there a trick to force Eevee to evolve into Umbreon or Espeon in Gen 2?
There is indeed. Like in Gen 1, to get your first Umbreon or Espeon, all you have to do it re-name the Eevee you want to evolve after its trainer from the original Pokémon animated series.
- Sakura for Espeon
- Tamao for Umbreon
To get additional Espeon and Umbreon, though, you have to use Pokémon Go's version of "friendship": Make Eevee your Buddy, walk 10 KM, and then evolve during the day for Espeon or at night for Umbreon.
And there's another trick to evolve Tyrogue into Hitmontop?
Indeed, just a different kind of trick. It's also an homage to the original game but instead of being based on nicknames it's based on stats (IV). Catch or hatch a Tyrogue, the new base-level hitmon. Then, when you hit the evolve button, you'll get:
- Hitmonlee when Attack is the highest stat.
- Himonchan when Defense is the highest stat.
- Hitmontops when HP is the highest stat.
Can you catch Steelix, Slowking, Umbreon, Espeon, and the rest in the wild?
No, not yet at least. None of the Pokémon that require an Evolution Item have been seen or caught in the wild, nor has Umbreon or Espeon. The only exception is Hitmontop, which seems to be spawning randomly like the other Hitmon.
For the rest, you need their Evolution Items or their tricks.
Are Gen 2 Pokémon harder to catch than Gen 1?
Kinda, but not really. Gen 2 isn't harder to catch but when Gen 2 was released, Pokémon Go seems to have made Gen 1 about 25% easier to catch. In other words, they adjusted the catch rate for Gen 1 so those Pokémon won't escape Poké Balls quite so often as they did before.
So, Gen 2 Pokémon aren't harder to catch, Gen 1 has just gotten easier. (Relativism is hard!)
Pokémon Go did add a new catch mechanic, though: Critical Catch. No bounces. No escapes. Just fireworks and an instant add to your collection. They appear to be random right now but if a pattern is discovered, I'll update and let you know!
What about Unown, how do you catch all 26 versions?
Painfully slowly. Sigh. Unown is one of the rarest and hardest to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go Gen 2. It has 26 different incarnations, one for every letter of the alphabet, from A to Z. (Gen 3 adds two more, ? and !).
It doesn't seem to nest though a couple of places claim to have consistent spawns.
And there are new berries as well? Pinap Berry and Nanab Berry? How do they work?
A Razz Berry, which has been around since Pokémon Go launched, gives you a 1.5x catch bonus. So, if you hit it, it's less likely to escape. The new berry types have different effects:
Nanab Berry stops a Pokémon from darting around s much, making it easier to hit in the first place. So far, I haven't found them to be too useful, though.
Pinap Berry does nothing to make Pokémon easier to hit or catch. But, if you do hit and catch them after using a Pinap Berry, you get double Candy.
Any word on the new moves for the new Gen 2 Pokémon?
Here are the Gen 2 quick moves:
- Powder Snow
- Charge Beam
- Volt Switch
- Dragon Tail
- Struggle Bug
- Iron Tail
- Fire Spin
- Bullet Seed
- Air Slash
And the Gen 2 charge moves:
- Close Combat
- Dynamic Punch
- Focus Blast
- Aurora Beam
- Wild Charge
- Zap Cannon
- Brave Bird
- Sky Attack
- Sand Tomb
- Rock Blast
- Silver Wind
- Night Shade
- Gyro Ball
- Heavy Slam
- Grass Knot
- Energy Ball
- Mirror Coat
- Foul Play
You can see the Damage per second (DSP) at the Sylph Road.
What about Gen 1 movesets now that Gen 2 is out?
With the launch of Pokémon Go Gen 2, it's no longer possible to get some of the Gen 1 movesets. That makes them "legacy". Here are a few examples:
- Charizard with Ember or Wing Attack + Flamethrower
- Dragonite with Dragon Breath + Dragon Claw or Dragon Pulse
- Exeggutor with Confusion or Zen Headbutt
- Machamp with Karate Chop + Cross Chop or Stone Edge or Submission
- Snorlax with Body Slam
You won't lose those movesets if you already have them but you won't be able to get them again either.
Worse — or better, depending on your point of view — Pokémon Go has tweaked the formula so some old movesets and Pokémon are significantly weakened in Gen 2, and some have been made much, much stronger.
- Machamp with Counter + Dynamic Punch
That's your new Tyranitar, Snorlax, and Blissey slayer.
Some Gen 2 Pokémon launched previously, right?
The babies, yes! Most of them arrived in December of 2016. They're still here but you can now catch them in the wild as well as hatch them in eggs.
- Cleffa (baby Clefairy)
- Igglybuff (baby Jigglypuff)
- Pichu (baby Pikachu)
- Togepi (baby Togetic)
- Magby (baby Magmar)
- Smoochum (baby Jinx)
- Elekid (baby Electobuzz)
- Tyrogue (baby Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, and Hitmontops)
What Pokémon Gen 2 Candy should you hoard now to prep for Gen 3 and Gen 4?
Ha! LOL. Okay. Here are the Gen 1 and Gen 2 candy you should stock up on for Gen 4. (Gen 3 only introduces a couple of new babies to the existing Pokémon — it was more a departure than a sequel.
Gen 1 Candy to collect for Gen 4:
- Magnemite to evolve Magneton into Magnazone.
- Lickitung to evolve into Lickilicky.
- Rhynhorn to evolve into Rhyperior.
- Tangela to evolve into Tangrowth.
- Elekid to evolve Electabuzz into Electivire.
- Magby to evolve Magmar into Magmortar.
- Eevee to evolve into Leafeon and Glaceon (Split).
- Porygon to evolve Porygon2 into Porygon-Z.
- Togepi to evolve Togetic into Togekiss.
Gen 2 Candy to collect for Gen 4:
- Aipom to evolve into Ambipom.
- Yanma to evolve into Yanmega.
- Murkrow to evolve into Honchkrow.
- Misdreavus to evolve into Mismagius.
- Gligar to evolve into Gliscor.
- Sneasel to evolve into Weavile.
Swinub to evolve Piloswine into Mamoswine.
If Pokémon Gen 3 and Gen 4 work like Gen 2 did, you won't need Candy to evolve the new babies. You'll need Pokémon Eggs.
New Gen 3 babies:
- Azurill (baby Marill)
- Wynaut (baby Wobuffet)
New Gen 4 babies:
- Mime Jr. (baby Mr. Mime)
- Bonsly (baby Sudowoodo)
- Mantyke (baby Mantine)
Any Pokémon Go Gen 2 questions?
If you have any questions on Pokémon Go Gen 2 or any theories you want to share, drop them in the comments below?
Some screens simulated/composited due to the newness of Gen 2. No Pokémon were harmed in the making of those screens.