Niantic has unleashed a new generation of pocket monsters in Pokemon Go. Pokemon originally introduced in the Sinnoh region from the series’ fourth-generation titles—Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum—have now begun appearing in the wild. But while most of these are available for all players to catch, as we’ve previously seen with select Pokemon, a small handful appear to be exclusive to certain parts of the world.
As was the case with Gen 3 Pokemon, Niantic is rolling the new Sinnoh monsters out in waves. Players can already get the Gen 4 starters Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, and their evolved forms in the mobile game, as well as a handful of other Pokemon like Starly, Bidoof, and Buneary. However, if you want to get your hands on a Pachirisu—Gen 4’s adorable Electric-type rodent—you’ll need to live in the northern part of the world; according to Reddit, Pachirisu has only been spawning in Canada, Alaska, and Russia thus far.
Two other Gen 4 Pokemon, Chatot and Carnivine, likewise appear to be region-exclusive. It seems the former is only appearing in countries located in the southern hemisphere, such as Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, and other places in South America and the lower portion of Africa. Carnivine, meanwhile, has been found in the southeast United States and the Bahamas.
It remains to be seen if these Pokemon will eventually appear in other areas of the world, but for the time being, it seems you’ll only be able to capture them if you live in one of the aforementioned regions. However, Niantic has occasionally given players a chance to capture other region-exclusive monsters, such as Mr. Mime and Kangaskhan, through special in-game events, so don’t get discouraged if you can’t yet catch any of the aforementioned Pokemon.
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl originally released for the DS back in 2007. The pair added 107 new Pokemon to the series, including two new evolutions for Eevee—Glaceon and Leafeon—as well as new evolved forms for other popular monster like Electabuzz, Magmar, and Rhydon. They also added a number of new Legendaries; one of them, Giratina, was teased at the end of Pokemon Go’s latest trailer, suggesting it may come to the game soon.
Beyond the new Gen 4 Pokemon, Go players have the game’s next Community Day to look forward to. October’s event takes place this Sunday, October 21. The featured Pokemon will be the Steel/Psychic-type Beldum; if you manage to evolve it into its final form, Metagross, during the Community Day, it’ll learn the new attack Meteor Mash. You can find more details in our roundup of everything you need to know about October’s Community Day.