Pokemon Go players call out Niantic as fan-favorite Gen 8 Mons still missing

Niladri Sarkar
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With Pokemon Go adding several Gen 9 species in 2023, fans are eager to see more Gen 8 additions in the game, trolling Niantic for forgetting some beloved Pokemon from the Galar region.

When it comes to a new Gen in Pokemon Go, players always look forward to catching the starter Pokemon before any other species. But devs Niantic threw a curveball on the community by releasing starters from Gen 7 and Gen 9, while seemingly forgetting the Gen 8 trio.

If that wasn’t strange already, Pokemon Go even released the Gen 8 poster Legendaries Zacian and Zamazenta in 2022 alongside other Sword and Shield species such as Falinks, Greedent, Wooloo, and some Galarian forms.

Now, Pokemon Go trainers desperately want Niantic to release Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble in the game, while also wishing for other popular species from Gen 8.

Reddit user ‘FinchesAndFigs’ made a post that showed a meme about Niantic forgetting various Gen 8 species in Pokemon Go and wrote: “Where’s the bunny, monkey, and sad gecko at??” referring to Galarian starters Scorbunny, Grookey, and Sobble.

The sarcastic post prompted several users to join the bandwagon as they shared which Gen 8 species they wished to see in Pokemon Go, though the starters were the clear favorites.

A user commented: “I was just thinking today about this, where is Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey for Pokemon Go? Yeah Pokemon Go, is totally forgetting about Gen 8, add in Dreepy and Rookidee too,” as several other fans expressed interest in seeing the three starters.

Other popular picks were Corviknight, Toxtricity, and Polteageist, all common additions to teams in Pokemon Sword and Shield, which also enjoyed usage in Scarlet and Violet.

Fans slammed Niantic’s release of Gen 8 Mons, as one of them said: “They should have just done the proper Galar release when they released the first few handfuls of mons a few years ago.”

But many had a theory on why Niantic has delayed the release of the said Pokemon.

“I think they are holding off on G-max capable Galar mons because they will likely do Dynamax raids or smth, and want to introduce it as a mechanic first,” a player mentioned before another wrote along the same lines: “I wonder if they’re holding off releasing the starters until they figure out Gigantamax mon.”

While it remains unclear whether Pokemon Go will have Dynamax/Giganatamax, trainers certainly won’t mind a late release of the Galar starters if this mechanic is included in the meta.

As you await more Gen 8 species in the game, check out how to get the extremely rare Baxcalibur and Volcarona in Pokemon Go.

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Niladri is a Writer who specializes in Pokemon Go, Scarlet and Violet, and competitive VGC battles. With more than seven years of experience in copywriting and SEO content writing, Niladri has previously written for Pokémon GO Hub and Smogon. He has been covering Pokemon for CharlieIntel since June 2023. Niladri can be contacted at [email protected].