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Pokémon Go: Kecleon as the star of the next season?

Although the people at Niantic have made a point of communicating clearly about Pokémon Go, you don't notice much of that when it comes to the last pocket monster missing from the Hoenn region in Pokémon Go. Back in October 2021, writers from Eurogamer and Gfinity had the opportunity to interview Niantic's Director of Global Product Marketing, Michael Sterenka, at Safarizone in Liverpool. And the editors of both websites had one question burning under their nails: When is Kecleon coming to Pokémon Go?

Kecleon is unique and special

Kecleon is the only Pokémon from the Hoenn region that can't yet be found in Pokémon Go. And why is that? Unlike many other pocket monsters, Kecleon has a difficult characteristic to depict in the game: it can change its type . We'll quote the folks at PokeWikiat this point:

"It can have the ability Color Change or the hidden ability Change Art. The former allows Kecleon to change its type to that of the executed attack after an attack that inflicts damage. This benefits the Pokémon by allowing it to escape type weaknesses. The ability Transformation Art changes the Pokémon's type to that of the attack being performed, giving Kecleon type bonus on each attack."

In other words, Kecleon would have to be able to change types on every attack, and that's a mechanic that simply doesn't exist in Pokémon Go yet.

Is Kecleon being worked on?

Yes, it's already happening, as Sterenka confirmed to his interviewer: "We're working towards it and we want to make sure that when we're ready, it's a special release for players." You've already seen what such a special release might look like with Hoopa in the Season of Mischief - for weeks, the special research Misunderstood Mischief was expanded to not only allow you to add Hoopa to your collection, but also to activate a special event.

Perhaps the developers at Niantic envision something similar for Kecleon. That such a season special research works, they already know. The only question is whether Kecleon's mechanics are already mature for Pokémon Go players. The next season in Pokémon Go starts in December 2021, so it's not even that far away. We'll probably find out more then.


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