Dataminers are reporting that all the shiny 3D assets of the 151 generation one Pokémon have been discovered in the game’s code.
While most of us are still delighting in the introduction of Pokémon Go quests and furiously trying to bag our first Mew, it seems Niantic is already priming us for the next Pokémon Go event starting 10 April – and the event could very well involve shiny Pokémon.
Dataminers are reporting that all the shiny 3D assets of the 151 generation one Pokémon originally found in the Kanto region have been discovered in the game’s code.
The update ties too conveniently into Pokémon Go’s recent event announcement for it to be just a coincidence.
“Trainers, starting April 10, we’ll be hosting a special celebration in honour of the Kanto region in Pokémon Go,” Niantic wrote in an email to players on Saturday. “Keep your eyes on the official Pokémon Go website and social media channels for more information surrounding this event.”
No further details have been provided since the newsletter went out on Saturday, but we should hear something later today, seeing as the event is due to start tomorrow.
Historically, updates and in-game events have usually been preceded by stealthy updates to the code, so the addition of shiny forms lines up with our expectations. What we don’t know, however, is whether all the shiny variations will be pushed out all at once or staggered. Releasing them all at once is more in spirit of the original video games, but staggered shiny releases have been Niantic’s modus operandi up to this point.
Either way, Pokémon Go’s Kanto celebration event is sure to get players excited to hunt down an ultra-rare black Charizard or red Sandslash.
The datamine comes just as Niantic releases its all-new quests feature to the game. As all those who have already collected seven stamps on the field research have discovered, the legendary reward is in fact the Pokémon, Moltres. With quests, Niantic has given players another way to catch a Moltres, without having to take part in raids.