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‘Pokemon Go’: Can You Hatch Region-Locked Pokemon?

'Pokemon Go' is available now for iOS and Android devices. (Nintendo)

‘Pokemon Go’ is available now for iOS and Android devices. (Nintendo)

In Pokemon Go, the free-to-play mobile game from Niantic, there are four Pokemon that you can only catch in certain areas of the world. But ever since the app launched in July, there has been conflicting information regarding if you can hatch these region-locked Pokemon from eggs. Now, finally, we have our official answer from the game’s designer.

On Twitter today, a player reached out to Niantic CEO John Hanke asking him if you can hatch the region-specific Pokemon from eggs outside of the given region. Hanke confirmed that no, region-locked Pokemon can only be hatched in areas of the world where they are also catchable. 

The four region-locked Pokemon are Tauros, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime and Farfetch’d. Tauros is only available in North America, Mr. Mime is only available in Europe, Farfetch’d is only available in Asia, and Kangaskhan is only available in Australia.

But Pokemon Go is the kind of game where players have to figure out how it works on their own, and so for a long, long time, nobody was really sure if the regions only apply to catching or if they also applied to eggs. After all, many users wind up getting their rarest Pokemon from eggs, not from the wild, and so it would make some sense that you could get the region-locked Pokemon this way.

And all over the Internet you’ll run into players reporting that a friend of a friend of a friend caught Mr. Mime in the United States, swearing that they’re definitely telling the truth. It’s been suspected for a while that this isn’t in fact the case, but thanks to John Hanke, we can now at last put all of these rumors to rest.

This news should come as a relief to those players who actually traveled around the world specifically so they could complete their Pokedex. Nick Johnson, for instance, was the first player to catch all 145 Pokemon, and he did so by flying from the United States to Hong Kong, Sydney and France. His journey was, however, sponsored by Expedia, so thankfully all those airline tickets didn’t come out of his own pocket.

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