This is not a drill, people: there are new Pokémon in Pokémon GO. Niantic announced today that Togepi and Pichu, along with “several more select Pokémon,” are now available in the game, making them the first Pokémon from the second generation of games, Pokémon Gold and Silver, to make their way into Pokémon GO. The Pokémon aren’t roaming in the wild just yet, so you’ll have to get them through egg hatching. Also, as an added treat, there’s a unique Pikachu wearing a “festive hat” that’s also available to catch.
Kei Kawai, director of product at Niantic, Inc., said of the new additions:
As we race toward 2017, we can’t help but feel grateful for the support and reaction the Pokémon GO community has given us, and we’re delighted to start rolling out select Pokémon for them to hatch. We’re also looking forward to celebrating the season with our community by introducing a Pikachu wearing a festive hat, providing Trainers the opportunity to get out and explore their neighborhoods with friends and family as they gather for the holidays.
J.C. Smith, senior director of consumer marketing at The Pokémon Company International, said:
Fans around the world fell in love with Pokémon GO for the opportunity to encounter Pokémon—beloved pop-culture and gaming icons for 20 years—in the real world. Matched with the innovative technology and development of the mobile game by Niantic, hundreds of millions of players have filled their Pokédexes with over 100 available Pokémon in Pokémon GO while exploring the world around them. The opportunity to hatch select Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region is just the beginning of how more Pokémon will be added to the game for Trainers to continue their Pokémon GO adventures.
“These are the first of more Pokémon coming to Pokémon GO over the next few months,” reads a related Facebook post.
Watch a trailer showing off Pichu and Togepi below.