The Hisuian Voltorb will appear in Pokemon GO starting January 30, 2022. This is the first time the Hisuian form of a Pokemon has appeared in the game, following the launch of Pokemon Legends: Arceus. The Hisuian Voltorb will begin spawning after the end of the Team GO Rocket Power Plant event. There is no confirmed end date. [Thanks, Serebii!]
The Hisuian form will spawn alongside the normal version of Voltorb. As in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, the Hisuian form will be both an Electric and Grass type. However, players will not be able to evolve it into an Electrode. There is no indication of whether or not it will be able to evolve at a later date. Its appearance comes alongside a new Special Research task that lets players encounter the Hisuian Voltorb and catch it.
Earlier this week, Niantic added costumes for player avatars based on the protagonist’s clothing in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, available to all players. Though the Hisuian Voltorb is currently the only Pokemon from Arceus to appear in Pokemon GO, Niantic has also added dozens of Pokemon from other recent titles such as Pokemon Sword and Shield.
Pokemon GO is immediately available on iOS and Android devices. The Hisuian Voltorb will start spawning in the game on January 30, 2022, at 10 a.m. local time.