Hidden Pokémon Go data reveals Gen 3 may be on the way
Code discovered in Pokémon Go’s latest update reveals that one of the most well-loved Pokémon generations is coming to the popular mobile game.
Over at The Silph Road, data miners found 135 new Pokémon species inside the game's Android packing kit (or APK) during an APK teardown. All 135 Pokémon are from Generation 3, which spans Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald for the Game Boy Advance. And 73 candy families will come to the game, too, for players to obtain.
Gen 3 introduced 135 Pokémon into the series, so it's safe to say the upcoming Pokémon Go update will bring the entire generation into the game. That's huge. Plus, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald still remain fan-favorites across the Pokémon community, with many praising the game's move to the Hoenn region.
But Gen 3's release is not quite ready yet. Silph Road notes that sound files are missing for the 135 new Pokémon, and new moves have yet to be added for the species. So while Pokémon Go will most likely receive Gen 3 in the near future, more data is still needed for the third generation to go live.
But there's more headed to Pokémon Go besides Gen 3's 135 species. APK data miners also found code for a "Super Incubator" during the teardown. The Super Incubator appears to hatch eggs faster than a regular incubator, although it remains unclear how players can obtain one.
Programming was also added for the Exclusive Raid mechanic, with edits to user counts, raid timers, and spawn timers in the Raid system. It's unclear how these changes will affect Raids in the long-term, but Silph Road data miners believe they're intended to prepare for Exclusive Raids in the near future. So as summer closes out, Pokémon Go fans still have plenty of content to look forward to from Niantic this fall.