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Posted December 8, 2016 by Scott Gerhardt in Video Games

Generation 2 – A collector’s primer

Generation 2 is almost upon us.  With that, we will have just under 100 new Pokemon.  This means a whole bunch more to catch…Yay!  Like with Generation 1, we have new Basics, Stage 1 evolutions, and Stage 2 evolutions.  But now being stage 2, we get a few others twists on Generation 1, including new final evolutions, new alternate evolutions, and even “baby” pre-evolutions.   Now this guide is not going to give you the life story of each Pokemon family.  It is designed to help those who aren’t too aware of the Pokemon Universe know where to go from here.  I’m going to start with the Pokemon that play off things from Generation 1.

Pokemon who have new final forms:Gen 2 crossovers

  • Crowbat, which evolves from Golbat
  • Steelix, which evolves from Onix
  • Scizor, which evolves from Scyther
  • Kingdra, which evolves from Seadra
  • Porygon2, which evolves from Porygon
  • Blissey, which evolves from Chansey

Pokemon who have new alternate evolutions:

  • Belossom, which can evolve from Gloom
  • Politoed, which can evolve from Poliwhirl
  • Slowking, which can evolve from Slowpoke
  • Espeon, which can evolve from Eevee
  • Umbreon, which can evolve from Eeveebabies

The Babies – Pokemon which now have pre-evolutions:

  • Pichu, the pre-evolution of Pikachu
  • Cleffa, the pre-evoltion of Clefairy
  • Igglybuff, the pre-evolution of Jigglypuff
  • Smoochum, the pre-evolution of Jinx
  • Elekid, the pre-evolution of Electabuzz
  • Magby, the pre-evolution of Magmar
  • Tyrogue, the pre-evolution of both Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee, as well as the new Pokemon Hitmontop

Everything else stands alone  So lets get you caught up with the new evolutionary lines which are exclusive to Generation 2:

Stage 2 Pokemon:

  • Chikorita -> Bayleef -> Meganium
  • Cyndaquil -> Quilava -> Typhlosion
  • Totodile -> Croconaw -> Feraligatr
  • Mareep -> Flaaffy -> Ampharos
  • Hoppip ->Skiploom -> Jumpluff
  • Larvitar -> Pulpitar -> Tyranitar

Stage 1 Pokemon:

  • Sentret -> Furret
  • Hoothoot -> Noctowl
  • Ledyba -> Ledian
  • Spinarak -> Ariados
  • Chinchou -> Lanturn
  • Togepi (technically a baby Pokemon as well) -> Togetic
  • Nata -> Xatu
  • Marill -> Azumarill
  • Sunkern -> Sunflora
  • Wooper -> Quagsire
  • Pineco -> Forretress
  • Snubbull -> Granbull
  • Teddiursa -> Ursaring
  • Slugma -> Magcargo
  • Swinub -> Piloswine
  • Remoraid -> Octillery
  • Hondour -> Houndoom
  • Phanpy -> Donphan


  • Sudowoodo
  • Aipom
  • Yanma
  • Murkrow
  • Misdreavus
  • Unown (may have as many as 28 different forms)
  • Wobbuffet
  • Girafarig
  • Dunsparce
  • Gilgar
  • Qwilfish
  • Shuckle
  • Heracross
  • Sneasel
  • Corsola
  • Delibird
  • Mantine
  • Skarmory
  • Stantler
  • Smeargle
  • Raikou
  • Entei
  • Suicune
  • Lugia
  • Ho-Oh
  • Celebi

Pokemon marked in red fall into the “legendary” category, and this may not be released with the rest of the set initially.  Celebi is another weird one like Mewtwo and Mew, and as such may also not be initially released.

Not much is known on the alternate evolutions exactly how that will happen, if it’s just going to be random, or if there is a way to choose which ones you get.  The truth is there is just a lot of information right now which is simply not known.  What we do know are the lines above.  So, this will likely have some kinda effect on what you do with some of you earlier evolution lines.  With 6 new final form and 5 new alternate final forms, Generation 2 is going to have an impact on the Pokemon you currently have, so I recommend planning accordingly and you may likely be able to do some evolves the day it hits.  It’s mostly speculation until it actually hits, but where there are changes or new information, you can bet we’ll have it for you here.

Keep playing everyone and good luck catchin’ em all!

Scott Gerhardt

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