Niantic announced today via Google+ that the elusive Ditto is now available to catch in Pokémon GO! Here is the official release:
Professor Willow has finally discovered Ditto! Trainers all over the world have been reporting its appearance.
Ditto has been known to disguise itself as other Pokémon, so keep an eye out, some Pokémon may actually be Ditto, and when you capture them, there’s a chance that Ditto will reveal itself. If you do encounter a Pokémon that is Ditto in disguise, the Pokémon in that specific encounter will also reveal itself as Ditto for other Trainers.
Ditto is also a unique Pokémon when you interact with Gyms. When training or battling at a Gym, Ditto will copy the appearance, types, and moves of the first Pokémon it sees, and it will stay that way through the remainder of those Gym battles.
The Pokémon GO team
A video detailing how the process works in Pokémon GO was also released. You can see it below:
This announcement comes hot on the heels of another feature being rolled out for the game – The enhancement of the “near-by” mechanic.
The revamped “near-by” mechanic was, until yesterday, only being tested in small areas. Now, anyone living west of the Mississippi River will have access to the enhancement. The upgrade makes it so near by Pokémon will appear next to the Pokéstop they are closest to. At that point you will be able to pinpoint exactly where the Pokémon is.
Coupled with the event going on that DHTG covered earlier this week, this is an exciting time to be a trainer. Pokémon GO continues to evolve. Are any of you geeks still out there playing? Let us know in the comments if any of this has rekindled your love for Pokémon GO.