Pokemon GO: Here's how baby Pokemon affect egg hatch rates

Baby Pokemon recently made their way into Pokemon GO, but now it's becoming a little more clear that their addition did more than just inject the game with some cuteness. Ever since these baby Pokemon began appearing back at the start of December, players have been reporting that their evolved forms were no longer hatching from eggs. Reports of these hatch rate changes were ultimately conflicting, leading the sleuths over at The Silph Road to conduct an experience of their own and get to the bottom of this.

In fact, Silph Road researchers were already in the middle of a hatch rate test when these reports started appearing across the internet. Silph Road researchers began to focus on hatch rates for six specific Pokemon: Pikechu, Magmar, Electabuzz, Clefairy, Jynx, and Jigglypuff. These six Pokemon received baby forms in the December update.

The results were pretty conclusive: after 1,621 egg hatches, not a single one of those evolved forms were hatched, save for a sole Pikachu that may have been hatched before the baby Pokemon arrived. So, unless you happen to come across one in the wild, it seems the only way to get one of the six Pokemon listed above it to evolve their baby forms.

The study also found that region-exclusive Pokemon – those being Farfetch'd, Kangaskhan, Tauros, and Mr. Mime – no longer hatch from eggs. We've known since summer that eggs holding these Pokemon only appear in their respective regions, but now it would seem that the Pokemon don't hatch from eggs at all.

Silph Road says that it's possible this change was made to regional Pokemon many months back, but we didn't have any empirical evidence to show that they had stopped hatching. The good news is that egg hatch rates seem to change pretty regularly in Pokemon GO, so it may not be long until we have a new set of hatch rates to uncover. Be sure to check out the source link below if you'd like to read Silph Road's full report!

SOURCE: The Silph Road