Pokémon GO’s big Fire and Ice event starts today, which arrives with pretty crappy bonuses (triple XP for nice/great/curve/first catches), but an interesting array of Pokémon to catch with increased spawns in the wild.
Drawing from both fire and ice instead of just one class, that means a lot of different options for what will be showing up in spawns. I thought I would take a minute to spell out exactly which Pokémon you can expect to see in the wild, and which should be a priority in terms of hunting them down. Obviously catch anything you don’t have, but there might be some you want to focus on in particular.
So, here are the fire and ice Pokémon that will start showing up later today through June 20th. This event may come with a big change to gyms either during or at the end, but we’ll save that for another day. Anyway, here we go:
Gen 1 Fire
Charmander/Charmeleon/Charizard – One of the most iconic Pokémon families in history, if you don’t have a Charizard by now, it may be time to get one. The starter event in January was helpful for this, but here you should get another chance. Charizard isn’t the strongest Pokémon in the game, but can make for a good gym attacker with the right fire moves.
Vulpix/Ninetales – These two are one of the best-designed Pokémon in the series if you ask me, though not exactly powerhouses. Ninetales can be decent at prestiging gyms.
Growlithe/Arcanine – Arcanine got a buff a while ago that made it one of the highest CP Pokémon in the game, but it’s fallen out of favor as a gym staple as of late.
Ponyta/Rapidash – Very pretty but not terribly useful in my experience.
Flareon – Everyone has probably evolved a “Pyro” Eevee at this point and I would not expect to see a ton of these just hanging around. Flareon might be one of the weaker Eevee evolutions, but can make for an okay gym attacker.
Magby/Magmar – Ugh.
Gen 1 Ice
Shellder/Cloyster – All Ice Pokémon are good for sniping Dragonites out of gyms, and Cloyster with the right moves is no exception.
Smoochum/Jynx – I would be okay with never seeing another Jynx again because I have been drowning in them since GO’s launch last year. Rare in some places, though.
Seel/Dewgong – Not amazing but a halfway decent gym prestige.
Lapras – Oh, how the might have fallen. Don’t get me wrong, Lapras is still rare and strong, but it has never really recovered from its CP nerf. Still, it will be one of the most sought-after types in this event and is still a good gym attacker/sometimes defender.
Gen 2 Fire
Cyndaquil/Quilava/Typhlosion – With Gen 2 starters not hatching from eggs and there being no dedicated Gen 2 starter event yet, these families are some of the rarest in the game. Try to work toward your Typhlosion the way past water and grass events helped with Totodile and Chikorita.
Slugma/Magcargo – We just saw a ton of these dumped all over the map for the rock event and I hope they don’t show up in force here.
Houndour/Houndoom – I know in some regions these are really common, but here in the Midwest I have never seen either of them. I’m looking forward to hopefully getting my hands on what was one of my favorite Gen 2 Pokémon at last. Good gym attacker, too.
Sneasel – Eh. Common near me, not good for much if you ask me.
Swinub/Pillowswine – It’s been a running joke that I have been buried in Swinubs in Chicago since the launch of Gen 2, but I know hotter regions almost never see them. Pillowswine is actually a pretty beefy gym champion if you get a good one.
Delibird??? – I keep forgetting that Niantic hasn’t put Delibird in the game yet for reasons that aren’t quite clear to me. Maybe it’s something to do with its move set like with Ditto and Smeargle, or maybe they’re saving it for another regional exclusive. It would be fun if Delibird debuted during this event, but don’t hold you breath.