Fans of the now blonde ground/steel type Pokemon can rejoice because Niantic recently announced that Alolan Diglett, along with Alolan Geodude, will be available in Pokemon GO, starting the weekend of the Chicago Pokemon GO Fest, July 14-15. As Alolan Exeggutor has been the only Alolan form released since Niantic first revealed that these alternate forms would be slowly making their way to Pokemon GO, this is exciting news for players still on the quest to catch them all.
Seeing as Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee are on the horizon, two games heavily based on the Pokemon GO experience, it’s no surprise that Niantic is going all out when it comes to updating their app. Recently, the company added shiny Pokemon to the game’s roster, and trading is coming sometime this summer. Since all Kanto Pokemon, including their Alolan forms, will be transferable to Let’s Go, players are sure to hunt down these new additions as soon as they’re released.
Revealed during the seventh generation of Pokemon, Alolan Pokemon are alternate forms of a select few of the original 151 Kanto Pokemon. These Alolan variations are Kanto-native Pokemon that have been forced to evolve and adapt thanks to the harsh, tropical climates found among Alola’s several islands. Because of this, Pokemon such as the ground-type Diglett and the rock-type Geodude have evolved into ground/steel type and rock/electric type, respectively.
Both of these species can be found in similar areas to their Kanto counterparts, but thanks to Alola’s terrain, Alolan Gedodude is composed of magnetic rocks that grant him his electric state. Similarly, in order to protect itself from erupting volcanoes, Alolan Diglett developed blonde, steel hair, which grants it the steel typing.
Alolan Diglett and Gedodude are due to release July 14-15.