A new trailer for Pokémon Go was released yesterday, and it seems to suggest that the release of Generation 4 Pokémon is imminent.
The trailer features glimpses of the Gen 4 starter Pokémon Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup in their native habitats, but doesn’t show them outright or show any in-game footage of the trio.
The trailer closes out on an ominous looking face that seems to belong to the legendary Pokémon Giratina. It’s seems likely that this may indicate Giratina will feature in 5-star legendary raids when the generation has been released in-game. As past Gen legendary Pokémon have always seemed to follow a similar pattern.
This is the longest that Pokémon Go players have had to wait for a new generation of Pokémon to be released, as Gen 2 was released in February of 2017 (8 months after the games initial launch) and Gen 3 was released in October 2017 (a further 8 months after Gen 2). It’s likely that the larger gap between generations is due to the way Legendary raids are scheduled, as Niantic have only recently released Deoxys, the last Gen 3 legendary Pokémon that will appear in raids, who is the current star of the invitational only Ex raids.
Whilst Gen 4 may appear to be imminent, there are still Gen 2 and Gen 3 Pokémon that have not been released yet, including Gen 2’s Smeargle and Gen 3’s Keckleon, Nincada and Clamperl (along with their respective evolved forms). Gen 3 mythical Pokémon Jirachi has also not been released yet, but is guaranteed to appear as a reward for completing a series of special research tasks like Mew and Celebi did this year.
This month will also see Niantic’s annual Pokémon Go Halloween event, though details are sparse. It is not currently known whether the event will see the release of any Gen 4 Pokémon.