Trainers won’t have to wait much longer for the Pokemon Go Gen 4 release date.
Fans believe they have worked out when the new Pocket Monsters will be launched, and most agree it will be this week.
Niantic’s Fall event appears to be kicking off very soon and will probably include bonuses and rewards tied to catching Gen 4 types.
The development team have been slowly teasing the launch of the new Pokemon via the game’s official Twitter account.
And fans believe this points to the launch of Gen 4 Pokemon happening later today.
This would mean it is starting straight after the Psychic Spectacular, which ended earlier this week.
Here are some of the teasers released so far by Niantic: “We’re excited to hear reports of a Water-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region that can dive for over 10 minutes to hunt.
“Its speed and quick movement definitely lead us to believe that it's a skilled swimmer.”
“Ready to join us on our adventure with Pokémon first discovered in the Sinnoh region, Trainers?
“Here’s a sneak peek of another Pokémon. Sources say that photosynthesis occurs across this Pokémon’s body under the sun. We can’t wait to take an AR photo of it.”
Piplup is one the Gen 4 starter Pokemon, alongside Turtwig and Chimchar. The tweet may also suggest that the Gen 4 starter Pokemon could be released first.
So when we run out of starters to be teased with, does that mean the release will begin soon after?
Fans certainly hope so.
Niantic also plans to make significant changes to Pokemon Go as part of the Gen 4 update.
Weather, for example, will have less of an impact on the rate in which certain Pokemon appear.
Indeed, players should notice a more diverse selection of Pokemon appearing in any given area.
"As you explore a given area, you will notice that a greater variety of Pokemon species will appear over time and at different rates," Niantic explains.
"Certain areas, such as parks and nature reserves, will now contain more varied Pokemon species."
The Pokemon Go developer also plans to re-balance the battle mechanics in the game.
CP values will be adjusted to improve balance, while HP values will be altered in a bid to close the gap between the stronger and weaker Pokemon.
This will all done as Trainers look forward to the game’s next major seasonal event, Halloween.
The spooky holiday began around the 20th last year, suggesting something will be announced in the coming days.
And if the Gen 4 Pokemon release does begin with the starters, it could then be followed by Ghost-types as part of Halloween.
This is all speculation at this time, including the Gen 4 release date, so fans will want to keep an eye out for the latest news.
There’s also a good chance that with the new Pokemon will come new shinies to collect.
Shiny Pokemon are rare versions of Pokemon, which have different colour schemes and a glowing glow – hence the term shiny.
Shinies made their debut in the Game Boy Colour games Pokemon Silver, Pokemon Gold and the definite version of Pokemon Crystal in 2001.
The newly introduced shinies were neither stronger or better in any way but were incredibly rare to encounter and catch.
As a result, catching all the shiny Pokemon has become something of a secondary goal to achieve right after completing your Pokedex.
To date, there are around 100 shiny Pokemon and variants, evolutions included, introduced to Pokemon Go.
Many of these shiny Pokemon were introduced during community events and monthly field research tasks.