Generation 1, 2 and 3 Pokemon that evolve in Generation 4: a guide on important cross generational evolutions

This guide describes which Generation I, II and III Candy and perfect IV Pokemon you need to save in order to be 100% prepared for when Generation IV becomes available. Make sure to also read through our analysis after the table.

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List of Gen I, II and III Pokemon that evolve in Generation IV

Evolution reqs
Gen 4 evolution
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Analysis and expectations from Gen IV evolutions

Gen IV will bring a lot meta changes to Pokemon GO, especially for Ice and Grass types. Let’s dive into the chart above.

Rhyperior – where will you land, oh mighty one?

Let’s address the elephant in the room. Rhyperior looks like a massive hulking giant that should be capable of destroying every other Ground and Rock type out there, right?

Well, that’s not really the case at least not for Ground types, as a level 28.5 Groudon has better stats than a fully maxed out Level 40 Rhyperior! That’s a lot of saved Stardust for the same level of performance.

However, when compared with other Rock types, Rhyperior will perform better than Golem and Rhydon, but we’re not sure how it will fare against Tyranitar, especially at the time when most players have a number of high level Tyranitars and there better options for spending Stardust.

Grass types – the curse has lifted!

Be on the lookout for: Tangrowth, an incredible bulky Grass Hariyama

Tangrowth, with it’s massive 3110 CP and expected access to Solar Beam, is expected to become the one of (if not the) best Grass types in Pokemon GO.  Although it has lower Attack than Exeggutor, the added bulk (hefty 200 stamina!) makes Tangrowth the “Hariyama of grass types” – bulky, powerful and useful.

Leafeon is in a weird spot. It has a solid attack stat, very high defense and very low stamina (130), making it the more easier to OHKO than Exeggutor and less potent in terms of total damage output. Leafon is more or less comparable to Sceptile.

Roserade is also quite similar to Sceptile – high Attack, low stamina and solid defense will make Roserade a great glass cannon, especially if it gets Leaf Blade instead of Solar Beam.

Ice types return in style: a prehistoric winter is coming

Be on the lookout for: Mamoswine, an elite Ice attacker that performs better than Regice and Articuno


Mamoswine is an incredible addition to any Ice roster, with massive 247 Attack, 220 Stamina and 157 Defense and a resulting Combat Power of 3289. This is the definition of what a top tier entry looks like for any type. Mamoswine is the Tyranitar / Dragonite / Machamp of Ice types, overshadowing even Legendaries like Regice and Articuno.

Glaceon and Weavile are your new Ice type glass cannons, with high Attack, low Stamina and solid Defense. We consider both of them to be better versions of Jynx and far superior to Lapras and Walrein in terms of DPS. We find Weavile also interesting as a potentially good Dark type, but more about that later.

Electric types – it’s time to retire that Jolteon

Be on the lookout for: both Electivire and Magnezone 

Electivire and Magnezone share a number of the same characteristics:

  • Both have higher attack and Stamina than Jolteon
  • Both perform worse than Raikou and Zapdos

Hence, these two Pokemon are essentially filling the gap between Gen I & II Electric typed Legendaries and Jolteon.

Dark types – threatening Houndoom

Be on the lookout for: Weavile, a high CP, high ATK Dark glass cannon to accompany your Tyranitar army

Both Weavile and Honchkrow are expected to perform better than Houndoom, due to higher Attack and in Hochkrow’s case more Stamina. Weavile will probably end up as a glass cannon and Honchkrow as a similar-to-Houndoom addition. We’re quite interested to see how these two will perform as Mewtwo counters.

Others are also great

  • Togekiss will be the best Fairy type, outperforming even Gardevoir. Let’s hope that by the time Gen IV is released we will finally have a Fairy typed quick move
  • Mismagius is viable as a budget Gengar, less Attack but more Defense
  • Yanmega is a beast in the Bug department and we expect it to be a great Grass counter with access to Bug and Flying move
  • Magmortar is a on par with Flareon, with slightly more Stamina but still worse than Entei and Moltres
  • Gallade is expected to make some waves both in Fighting and Psychic departments, but it will be tightly coupled to it’s moves on launch
  • Porygon-Z is expected to be a versatile Normal type with wide variety of movesets, similar to Porygon2

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