With each new Pokémon game, the roster of Pokémon increases. For the handheld console games, they're up to over 800 (although the exact number differs on your definition, as some Pokémon are variations on each other, one is completely made up of programming code and so whether you want to include that is another matter entirely). In Pokémon Go, they're playing catch up: only the first two generations are in-game, just 251. The third generation of Pokémon, from the Hoenn region, are slowly coming to the game, though!
When is generation 3 coming to Pokémon Go?
Now! Sort of. There's a staggered release for generation 3, and Pokémon from the generation are being released in waves. Later this week, although the exact time and day haven't been announced, Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip are going to be out in the wild, as well as several other Pokémon from generation 3.
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In the following weeks, more Pokémon will be coming out too, with Aggron, Shiftry, Salamence, and Ludicolo shown off in the trailer for this update, implying they're going to be coming out soon. Alongside the update, Pokémon Go is getting a weather system: depending on the weather, some Pokémon will be more prevalent (such as water types when it's raining), and some moves will become stronger (such as fire moves on a sunny day).
The 2017 Halloween event already brought along Sableye, Shuppet, Banette, Duskull, and Dusclops to Pokémon Go, spooky Ghost types that were released for Halloween. For just over a month, they were the only generation 3 Pokémon available, but all generation 3 Pokémon have been in the game's data for a while.
GAME_MASTER, one of the key files in the app for Pokémon data, has a full list of gen 3 Pokémon in there, with stat numbers and more already available. The only thing missing is exact moves. Hosted on StrategyWiki, we can see all the Pokémon, including legendaries, and some stats.
Interesting things to note are that Whismur only takes 12 candies to evolve, and Feebas only requires 100, despite people expecting to need 400.
Also interesting is Slaking, one of the new gen 3 Pokémon. It has a whopping 319 attack in the GAME_MASTER file, the highest of any Pokémon in-game. Either that's a placeholder, or Slaking is going to be an incredibly strong Pokémon that you'll want to catch.
What legendary Pokémon are in generation 3?
There are 10 legendary Pokémon in gen 3, although one has four distinct forms that may technically increase this number in Pokémon Go. The flagship legendary Pokémon for this gen are Kyogre, a water type, Groudon, a ground type, and Rayquaza, a dragon/flying type. They come from Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, and the Hoenn region.
The other legendary Pokémon from this generation are:
- Regirock - Rock type
- Regice - Ice type
- Registeel - Steel type (these Pokémon are a set, akin to the Legendary Dogs, and could only be caught after completing puzzles)
- Latias - Dragon/Psychic
- Latios - Dragon/Psychic (these two are twins, expect them to release together)
- Jirachi - Steel/Psychic
- Deoxys - Psychic
Deoxys is the one that has multiple forms (technically referred to as Formes). By default, it's in the normal form, but it also as an attack form, a defense form, and a speed form, changing is stats and moves. In some games, Deoxys' form could be changed at will in certain locations, but originally, it was stuck to one form.
Whether each form is region-specific, random, or can be changed by a player is unclear, and we can probably expect Deoxys to be one of the last legendary Pokémon from gen 3 released.
Given the trailer for the recent staggered release of Pokémon like Mudkip, Torchic, and Treecko showed off Groudon in a raid, it's likely that it will be one of the first generation 3 legendaries to become available.
What are the strongest generation 3 Pokémon?
This all depends on exactly how the Pokémon are translated to Pokémon Go, but going off the competitive scene and stats, here's what we expect the top tier Pokémon to be:
- Salamence - Dragon/Flying (evolution of Bagon/Shelgon)
- Metagross - Steel/Psychic (evolution of Beldum/Metang)
- Slaking - Normal (evolution of Slakoth/Vigoroth)
- Milotic - Water (evolution of Feebas)
- Flygon - Ground/Dragon (evolution of Trapinch/Vibrava)
None of those are legendary, so expect them to be available soon, possibly as part of the collection released by the end of 2017. If you're looking to play competitively, it's likely these will be the Pokémon to rush for.
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When are the generation 3 raids?
We don't know! We can probably expect the gen 2 legendaries to all be available by the time any gen 3 legendary raids begin, so there's probably some months between gen 3's release and legendary raids starting up. It's unclear if raids for your common Pokémon from gen 3 will start as soon as gen 3 Pokémon become available, or if there will be a short break.