A brand new Pokemon known only as “???” has started showing up in Pokemon Go.
Originally discovered through a datamine, the Pokemon began to appear in the Asia Pacific region after Chikorita Community Day, a three-hour event which increased the spawns of second generation starter Pokemon Chikorita.
Shortly after Chikorita spawns concluded, many players saw the new Pokemon on their nearby Pokemon radar, and upon capture, ??? transformed into either Ditto or Chikorita and did not register to the Pokedex. The Pokemon continued to spawn for about half an hour. ??? started to appear globally after Chikorita Community Day concluded in various regions, and it remained available for about 30 minutes, similar to the creature’s appearance in the Asia Pacific region.
Some players reported seeing Kecleon, a Pokemon originating from the third generation of Pokemon games, which has also not yet appeared in Pokemon Go, appear instead of the new Pokemon, but any attempts to capture a Kecleon resulted in it transforming into either Ditto or Chikorita.
While this new Pokemon was originally thought to be some sort of error, Niantic’s Pokemon Go global marketing lead tweeted about it, followed by a tweet from Niantic’s global community manager, leading many to believe this may be a planned tease rather than an accidental appearance.
Nothing is known about this new Pokemon, but this is likely an early look at the eighth generation of Pokemon planned to debut in 2019’s core Pokemon RPG for Nintendo Switch. The Pokemon Company did say that a brand new Pokemon would be available in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee via transfers from Pokemon Go, and this is probably that brand new Pokemon.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will be available on November 16 for Nintendo Switch.