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‘Pokemon Go’ Gen 4 guide: New Pokemon, raids, region exclusives, and more

Niantic finally unleashed the next generation of Pokemon into Pokemon Go on Tuesday, and countless players are already scrambling to get their hands on all of the new creatures. As always, Niantic is rolling out the new Pokemon in waves, which means that only about 20 or so new Pokemon are appearing in-game so far. But they can’t all be found simply by spotting them in the wild, which is why we’ve put together a guide to help you out.

New Generation 4 Pokemon

There’s a chance that not all of the first wave of Generation 4 Pokemon have been discovered yet, but this is a list of every Pokemon that has been seen in the wild, hatched from an egg, or encountered in a raid to date:

As you can probably tell from the chart, a majority of these Pokemon have evolutions, most notably the Diamond and Pearl starter Pokemon Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup. You can also get an idea of how likely you are to find a male or female version of the Pokemon, and where you can find them.

Shiny Additions

So far, only one new shiny Pokemon has been spotted as of the update: Shinx, a cute Electric-type. Furthermore, the only way to acquire Shinx is either by hatching one or by battling one in a low-level raid. If you manage to add a shiny Shinx to your collection, you can evolve it into a shiny Luxio and shiny Luxray.

Region Exclusives

Once again, we haven’t spent enough time with the update to definitively confirm this, but it appears that three of the Gen 4 Pokemon are region exclusives. Here are the regions where the Pokemon have been seen:

  • Chatot – Southern Hemisphere (Australia, Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, South Africa)
  • Carnivine – Southeastern United States (Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina)
  • Pachirisu – Northern Hemisphere (Alaska, Canada, Russia)

How to get Lucario

Lucario is one of the most popular Gen 4 Pokemon of them all, best known for playing a major role in the TV series. As such, it comes as no surprise that this Pokemon is a bit harder to obtain than the others. It appears that the only way to add a Lucario to your Pokedex is to first hatch a Riolu (it’s baby form) from a 10 km egg. That’s the only way anyone has managed to get a Riolu so far, so start stocking up on 10 km eggs now if you want one.

‘Pokemon Go’ is rolling out the first wave of Gen 4 Pokemon this week

New Pokemon from the Sinnoh region are arriving in Pokemon Go starting today. A week after teasing the addition of Generation 4 Pokemon, Niantic released the first wave into the wild on Tuesday morning. Much like the launch of Gen 3 last December, Niantic says that the Gen 4 rollout will be staggered, with dozens more Pokemon set to make their way into the two-year-old mobile game in the coming weeks and months.

Niantic hasn’t offered many details about the rollout (which is typical of the developer) other than the fact that Gen 4 Pokemon can be found in the wild, will hatch from eggs, and can be battled in raids. More Pokemon, new features, and “expansions to existing features like Pokémon storage” are coming soon too.

As always, Pokemon Go trainers are going to have to discover all of the Pokemon that have been added to the game themselves, since Niantic never shares a full list of additions. So far, Redditors on The Silph Road have spotted up to twenty new monsters: Turtwig, Grotle, Torterra, Chimchar, Monferno, Infernape, Piplup, Prinplup, Empoleon, Starly, Staravia, Staraptor, Bidoof, Bibarel, Kricketot, Kricketune, Buneary, Lopunny, Chatot, and Carnivine.

It could be a hours or days before we know if those were the only Gen 4 Pokemon added on Tuesday, but it’s a substantial number of monsters for any Pokemon Go players anxious to complete their Pokedex. And there’s a decent chance that some haven’t been discovered yet, so if you want to be one of the first to see what the Sinnoh region has to offer, jump back into the world of Pokemon Go today and start catching.

Sony says it already fixed the PS4 message bug that was crashing consoles

Sony claims that the message bug that was capable of crashing PlayStation 4 console has already been addressed, just hours after news of the bug began to spread on Monday. In case you missed it, some PS4 players on Reddit this weekend discovered that receiving a specific text string through the messaging feature on the PS4 would cause their consoles to enter a crash loop that forced them to either factory reset or enter into safe mode.

Sony never officially acknowledged the existence of the bug, nor did it say anything on its blog or on Twitter about a potential fix, but the official PlayStation support account for the UK did tell one user on Monday that the company has “since fixed the issue,” while clarifying that the bug wasn’t capable of “bricking” PS4 consoles.

Here’s the tweet from the Ask PlayStation Twitter account, which appears to be the only place that the company has said anything about the bug as of Tuesday morning, perhaps so that more people don’t try to use it:

If you are affected by the bug, try the method above to restore your console before you settle for a factory reset. Once your PS4 is back up and running (or even if you haven’t been affected yet), it’s probably smart to follow these steps to set your messages to private: Go to Settings > Account Management > Privacy Settings > Personal Info > Messaging, and set Messages to either Friends or No One. This should keep you safe in case the bug returns.

If this bug sounds familiar to you, it might be because it operates in the same way that the iOS Telugu bug from earlier this year, which was capable of crashing iPhones and iPads with a text string sent via Messages.

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Here’s how to prevent a new PS4 message bug from bricking your console

Remembers those message bugs that can crash smartphones? It turns out gaming console may have a similar problem, according to some PlayStation 4 owners who experienced it. But there’s an easy way to fix it until Sony formally addresses it.

A PS4 owner noticed the issue while playing Rainbow Six: Siege, and posted a warning on Reddit about it, advising others to set their messages to private to avoid the “hack:”

There is a new glitch that basically bricks your console and forces you to factory reset it. Even deleting the message from the mobile app doesn’t work. It happened to me during Rainbow Six: Siege. A player from the other team used a dummy account to send the message and crashed my entire team. We all have had to factory reset. Only one of our guys wasn’t affected, and he has his messages private.

The console becomes unresponsive after the message is received, and needs a factory reset — here’s a screenshot with the message, from the same Reddit user:

He also went on to say that two players who abused the exploit are now “almost diamond on Rainbow Six,” suggesting they’re using the hack to take out other players by temporarily bricking their consoles.

To fix the issue, you’ll have to go to the Settings app on the XMB, then Account Management, and then Privacy Settings. In there, go to Personal Info/Messages, and set it to friends only or no one.

As Polygon explains, the best option would be to modify the settings from a web browser or the PlayStation companion app available on iOS and Android. That way, you won’t accidentally trigger the bug, in case you’re one of the potentially affected users.

Sony will probably find a way to neutralize the bug in the near future, at which point you’ll be able to allow anyone to message you if that’s what you want.