Several baby Pokemon have been added to Pokemon Go in a December 12th update. But where is Tyrogue? Is this one of the new species?
Weirdly, Tyrogue seems to be one of the few pre-evolution Pokemon to not be included in the December 12th update. If you take a look at your Pokedex, you’ll notice that Pokemon that have a lower stage species will now display a silhouette of that baby Pokemon if you don’t have it, as in the photos below via Reddit user Phenomenalien:
But if you take a look at Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan, no silhouette of Tyrogue can be found, as you can see in the screenshot below via Reddit user deurbell:
So what’s the deal? What happened to Tyrogue?
We don’t know for sure, but Niantic probably decided to put off the inclusion of Tyrogue until a future update, as getting this creature in there is a bit more complicated than the other Pokemon. After all, in the other Pokemon games, Tyrogue evolves into Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, or Hitmontop depending on if its attack is higher or lower than its defense. How would that work in Pokemon Go?
When bringing Tyrogue over to Pokemon Go, an issue is created when we consider how the candy system is set up. Presumably, Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan candy would have to be combined, and Hitmontop isn’t even actually in the game yet. It would not be surprising, then, if we don’t have Tyrogue until Hitmontop is also added to the game.
With all of the other baby Pokemon, the evolution process is relatively straightforward, and so it would be easy for Niantic to drop in Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Smoochum, Elekid and Magby right away, as they dd on December 12th. The company specified in its announcement today that more Pokemon will be added in the coming months, so Tyrogue is likely one of those Pokemon that is still on its way.
In order to obtain one of the new Pokemon, you’ll need to hatch an egg, specifically an egg that you obtained from December 12th onward. If you have any eggs that you’ve been sitting on, you do not have a chance of obtaining a new Pokemon from them.