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Pokemon GO New Loading Screen Revealed

A new loading screen has appeared in Pokemon GO to celebrate the Season of Mischief—and, potentially, the Halloween season, as well.
A new loading screen has appeared in Pokemon GO to celebrate the Season of Mischief—and, potentially, the Halloween season, as well. / Niantic Labs

A new loading screen has appeared in Pokemon GO to celebrate the Season of Mischief—and, potentially, the Halloween season, as well.

It's never too early or late in the game to spruce things up. Niantic Labs has released a brand new loading screen into Pokemon GO that brings the spookiness behind Halloween in with the mischievous nature that sparked this in-game season. However, the most important part of the screen isn't its aesthetic, but rather what it reveals about upcoming content.

Pokemon GO New Loading Screen Revealed

The new loading screen features a group of Pokemon all standing on each others' shoulders to tower over a male trainer stand-in who's currently preoccupied with a Pikachu. The trainer has their back to the group, but seems to be moments away from turning around. Fans may also be able to spot Hoopa peeking out from behind the shattered window all the way to the right—no doubt to watch the prank unfold.

The Pokemon making the tower include:

  • FurFrou
  • Turtwig
  • Piplup
  • Chimchar
  • Dedenne
  • Phantump

Of this list, only Turtwig, Piplup, and Chimchar are currently available in-game. FurFrou, Dedenne, and Phantump are not in Pokemon GO—at least, not yet.

Furfrou is a normal-type Pokemon from the Kalos region. Also known as the "Poodle" Pokemon, it is best known for its elaborate coat styles. According to its PokeDex entry, "there was an era when aristocrats would compete to see who could trim their Furfrou’s fur into the most exquisite style." Its PokeDex number is 676.

Dedenne is an electric and fairy-type Pokemon from the Kalos region. It is also known as the "Antenna" Pokemon due to its whiskers. Groups of Dedenne use their whiskers to send out electrical waves in order to transmit messages to one another. However, it cannot generate electricity on its own. Its PokeDex number is 702.

Phantump is a ghost and grass-type, also from the Kalos region. Supposedly, this Pokemon is the manifestation of the spirit of a child who perished in the woods. It uses its child-like voice to lure adults into the woods to be lost forever. Its PokeDex number is 708.

Could Niantic be teasing the release of these three Pokemon during the Season of Mischief?