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A Guide to Pokémon Go Gen 2

Eduardo Woo

Eduardo Woo

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If you uninstalled Pokémon Go from your phone with most everyone else earlier this year there now might be a reason to reinstall. The company that created Pokémon Go, shocked the PoGo community with news that the release of the second generation of Pokémon would be actually be coming to the game. If you’re looking to get back into the game, or if you’ve never quit, now is a great time to pick up your phone and start playing again, and if you’re feeling a little rusty on your Pokémon knowledge here are a few quick tips to get you back up to speed.

1. Stock up on balls now.
It’s never too early to start saving. With Gen 2 right around the corner now is the best time to start saving up everything. This might seem a bit obvious, but not having enough great balls to catch that first Tyranitar is going to be frustrating to say the least. So for now stop catching and start saving all of your Poké Balls, Great Balls, Ultra Balls, Razz Berries, Incenses and Lures for when the reward is going to be much greater. Just sit back and try and hit as many PokéStops as you can and just hoard, hoard, and hoard some more.

2. Save Candies too
Over these next days you’ll also want to start stockpiling the candies that will help you get those second- and third-tiered new Pokémon’s. Here’s an easy list to see what Gen 1 Pokémon can evolve into new second Gens.
Poliwag – Politoed
Slowpoke – Slowking
Zubat – Crobat
Eevee – Espeon and Umbreon
Horsea – Kingdra
Porygon – Porygon 2
Scyther – Scizor
Chansey – Blissey
Onix – Steelix
Oddish -Bellossom

Luckily the recent Valetine’s Day event gave you better access to Chansey and Porygon so you’ll have a little boost to help you out there. You’ll need at least 50 candies for each evolution so make sure you start saving so that you can be the best there ever was on day one.

3. Start the Spring Cleaning
With the addition of nearly 80 new Pokémon to the game that means your Pokémon storage is going to fill up very quickly. Sadly, Niantic wasn’t gracious enough to offer players 50 or even 100 new slots, but they did create a half off price for storage size increases. Now is the time to start spring cleaning.

Start sending everything useless below 500 CP straight to the professor for those sweet candies. Now might be the time to finally say goodbye to your original starter or maybe cut down on the Pidgey collection. Any of your Pokémon that don’t crush the gym on a regular basis really do need to go.

Let’s be honest, once Gen 2 comes out, your storage is going to start filling up extremely fast and you’re going to be catching everything left and right. If you’re left looking for more advice the r/Pokémon Go and r/thesilphroad subreddits are both treasure troves of information and dedicated advice.

Well What are you waiting for trainer? Get back out there and be the very best like no one ever was.

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