Today morning, a sprite was published on the Spriters Resource showing off the Johto Pokemons, along with Umbreon, Espeon and Tyrogue!Umbreon, Espeon and Tyrogue Models Found on Niantic's Servers?Click To Tweet
Though, on research, no traces of these Pokemons have been found in the game APK file, so it’s still unclear what the truth is.
Here’s what dronpes, the admin of /r/TheSilphRoad has to say on this:
The spritesheet with those gen 2 species is very likely a fan-made spritesheet. It is not an asset available (in that form at least) in the APK.
We’ve reached out to both the Spriters-Resource team (who are trying to track down where they acquired it) and another article writer who mentioned receiving a non-error server response when requesting those specific image assets. Neither has so far confirmed that Tyrogue/Umbreon/Espeon’s images are available when requested.
At any rate, if they are served by Niantic’s servers, that change occurred back in mid-December, and not anytime recently.
It is possible the eeveelutions and Tyrogue had their sprites prepared alongside the babies, but their candy/evolution mechanics have not yet been implemented in the client-side code.
Hopefully that helps answer what that spritesheet is all about!
What’s your opinion on this? Would you love to see Umbreon, Espeon and Tyrogue in Pokemon GO? Leave a comment below.