Update: To go alongside the announcement of Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, the first Alolan Pokémon is now available and it’s the best one.
Just in time to sweat through your Ash Ketchum cosplay, Niantic is releasing a host of new Pokémon into the wild.
Since its release almost two years ago, Pokémon Go has been steadily releasing new crops of the collectible critters for players to catch. This new batch hails from the Alola region, featured in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon on the 3DS.
The Alolan variants include some tropical flair; Exeggutor sprouted into a palm tree and grown an extra head, and Raichu learned to surf.
Niantic says the Pokémon will be out and about within the next couple weeks.
Pokémon Go doesn’t have the fanbase it once did, but committed players will doubtless enjoy the new content. Simply adding new varmints won’t solve the games more deep-seated issues, like the lack of trading and PVP – features that were promised long ago and still have not been implemented.