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Pokemon Go Data Shows Decrease in Release of New Pokemon in 2021, Players got Only 48 New Pokemon

This year is about to end, and it is time to see what Niantic has offered us in terms of new releases, bonuses, items, and everything else. While it might seem that 2021 has been a great year for Pokemon Go, the numbers say the opposite.

There have been many events, cool bonuses, and not a lot of new Pokemon introduced in Pokemon Go in 2021. We’ve decided to focus on how many new Pokemon they’ve released this year and to be honest, it’s not that exciting. PokemonGoFandom keeps a list of all Pokemon released in Pokemon Go over the years, (since 2016), and according to their analysis, this year Niantic and Pokemon Go released 48 new Pokemon in the game.

Every time there is a debut of a new Pokemon, then you know that there is an event going on in the mobile game Pokemon Go, or a celebration of something happening in real life. And the thing is, Niantic does not release two, three or more Pokemon, they just release one. The only exception is the Pokemon Go Holiday event, where we will see two new Pokemon coming into the game. And they become very rare, in terms of wild spawns.

Assuming that this is their intensity, the next generation, Generation 9, will be released around late 2022, or maybe even late 2023. If they keep up like this, they will be releasing around 70 Pokemon per year or 10 to 12 Pokemon per season. The good thing is that the number of Pokemon that will exist in the game will increase up to approximately 1,000.

As a reference, in 2016 they have released 154 new Pokemon, 170 in 2017, 119 in 2018, in 2019 they released 100 new Pokemon, while in 2020, 113 new Pokemon. The disappointment comes this year, where Niantic released only 48 new Pokemon.

List of all new Pokemon released in Pokemon Go in 2021

January 5, 2021

  • Burn Drive Genesect, Shiny Snivy

January 11, 2021

  • Male Frillish

January 12, 2021

  • Shiny Buizel

January 19, 2021

  • Mega Ampharos

January 26, 2021

  • Shiny Miltank

February 9, 2021

  • Mega Gyarados and Shiny Mega Gyarados

February 14, 2021

  • Munna, Shiny Spinda #9, and Shiny Alomomola

February 29, 2021

  • Shiny Spearow, Shiny Paras, Shiny Hitmonlee, Shiny Ditto, Shiny Snorlax, Shiny Mew

March 1, 2021

  • Deerling, Shiny Landorus, Female Frillish

March 6, 2021

  • Shiny Tornadus, Shiny Fletchling

March 9, 2021

  • Shiny Nosepass

March 11, 2021

  • Shiny Thundurus

March 16, 2021

  • Mega Manectric, Shiny Mega Manectric, Tynamo, Eelektrik

March 24, 2021

  • Shiny Rainy Castform

March 30, 2021

  • Shiny Therian Tornadus

April 4, 2021

  • Mega Lopunny, Shiny Mega Lopunny, Shiny Bunnelby

April 13, 2021

  • Therian Landorus, Skrelp, Clauncher

April 20, 2021

  • Binacle, Shiny Trubbish

April 29, 2021

  • Shiny Smeargle

May 4, 2021

  • Spritzee, Swirlix, Goomy, Xernease

May 11, 2021

  • Pancham, Shiny Galarian Ponyta, Shiny Galarian Rapidash

May 15, 2021

  • Mega Alteria, Shiny Mega Alteria

May 18, 2021

  • Yveltal

May 25, 2021

  • Sylveon, Shiny Galarian Zigzagoon, Shiny Galarian Linoone, Shiny Sylveon, Shiny Obstagoon

May 31, 2021

  • Mienfoo

June 8, 2021

  • Galarian Slowpoke, Galarian Slowbrom Mega Slowbro, Shiny Mega Slowbro

June 17, 2021

  • Shiny Regigigas

June 25, 2021

  • Shiny Bidoof

July 3, 2021

  • Shiny Tepig

July 6, 2021

  • Shiny Darumaka

July 17, 2021

  • Meloetta, Shiny Unown, Shiny Whismur, Shiny Loudred, Shiny Chimecho, Shiny Audino, Shiny Tympole, Shiny Throh, Shiny Sawk

July 23, 2021

  • Shiny Cranidos, Shiny Shieldon, Shiny Dialga

August 6, 2021

  • Shiny Heracross, Shiny Palkia

August 20, 2021

  • Skwovet, Wooloo, Falinks, Zacian, Shiny Galarian Meowth, Shiny Galarian Farfetch’d, Shiny Galarian Weezing, Shiny Galarian Stunfisk, Shiny Perrserker, Shiny Sirfetch’d

August 26, 2021

  • Zamazenta

September 5, 2021

  • Hoopa

September 8, 2021

  • Inkay and Malamar

September 14, 2021

  • Shiny Uxie, Shiny Mesprit, Shiny Azelf

September 19, 2021

  • Shiny Oshawott

September 21, 2021

  • Furfrou all forms, Shiny Blitzle

September 28, 2021

  • Shiny Zebstrika

October 1, 2021

  • Douse Drive Genesect, Zarude

October 15, 2021

  • Galarian Slowking, Shiny Spinarak

October 22, 2021

  • Mega Absol, Phantump, Trevenant, Pumpkaboo, Shiny Mega Absol

November 5, 2021

  • Dedenne

November 9, 2021

  • Shiny Vullaby

November 26, 2021

  • Hoopa Unbound

December 1, 2021

  • Mega Steelix, Shiny Mega Steelix, Shiny Reshiram, Shiny Zekrom

December 7, 2021

  • Druddigon, Shiny Druddigon

December 16, 2021

  • Shiny Spheal, Shiny Kyurem

December 23, 2021

  • Bergmite, Shiny Galarian Darumaka and Shiny Galarian Darmanitan

December 31, 2021

  • Shiny Sealeo

The opinion of many is that they should focus more on the gameplay, instead of drip-feeding us new Pokemon and getting our hopes up.

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Dejan Kacurov

Hi, gamers! You can call me Mr. DComplex. I'm a gamer, a hardcore gamer. My favorite genres are Action RPG and MMORPG. At the moment I'm using my PC as my only gaming platform, but soon I might get a new PS4 from Angel. Update - Angel did get me a PS4, oh wait, it's the PS4 PRO 1TB!!! Much love bro!

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