A brand new, never-before-seen Pokemon has started to appear in Pokemon Go but can’t actually be registered to the Pokedex.
The mysterious new Pokemon, which was found by a dataminer yesterday, began to appear in the Asia Pacific region following the conclusion of Chikorita Community Day, a three-hour event that saw increased spawns of second generation Pokemon Chikorita.
After Chikorita spawns concluded, many players saw the mysterious new Pokemon appear on the “nearby” radar, but after encountering the Pokemon and attempting to catch it, the Pokemon immediately transformed into Ditto or Chikorita and did not actually register to the Pokedex as seen or caught.
(UPDATE: The Pokemon briefly spawned worldwide and IGN was able to find one ourselves, but the Pokemon still turns into Ditto when a catch is attempted.)
(UPDATE 2: Following Chikorita Community Day in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India, the new Pokemon similarly spawned for 30 minutes just like in the Asia Pacific region.)
Spawns of the new Pokemon seem to have lasted for around 30 minutes but have since been restored and are now appearing worldwide. To make things even more confusing, some players reported seeing Kecleon – a generation three Pokemon that has not yet appeared in the game – spawning instead of the new Pokemon, but any attempted Kecleon catches similarly transformed into Ditto or Chikorita.
While the event was initially assumed to be an error, Niantic’s Pokemon Go global marketing lead also tweeted about the new Pokemon, suggesting this may be an intentional tease rather than an accident.
Nothing is known about the new Pokemon, but this is likely an early look at the core Pokemon RPG due out in 2019. Previously, The Pokemon Company teased that a never-before-seen Pokemon would be available via transfers from Pokemon Go to the upcoming Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee on Switch, and it’s widely speculated that this is that Pokemon.
The Pokemon was first seen in a Pokemon Go datamine yesterday, where it occupied Kecleon’s Pokedex space in Pokemon Go but revealed a Pokedex number of 891 when examined in Unity. Currently, the highest Pokedex number is Zeraora, who was introduced in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon as number 807.
IGN has reached out to Niantic and The Pokemon Company for comment and will update this article with any additional information we receive.
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