"Pokemon Go" was able to regain its number one spot in terms of the highest grossing app for iOS last year thanks to the Halloween celebration that pushed more traffic back to Niantic Labs' mobile sensation.

Hoping to repeat history, Niantic is gearing up once again to celebrate Halloween with an exclusive event. Last year's Halloween celebration saw players earning double the number of candies that they'd ideally get for performing a slew of tasks such as hatching eggs, handing over a Pokemon to the Professor, and catching a Pokemon in the game.

Additionally, some pocket monsters including Hypno, Drowzee, Gengar, Haunter, Gastly, Golbat, and Zubat were spotted more frequently in the game during the event.

What's in store?

The Pokemon community members on The Silph Road checked into the current version of "Pokemon Go" (0.79.2) thoroughly, and much to their delight, they found a brand new Halloween loading screen that featured five Gen 3 Pokemon including Shuppet, Sableye, Duskull, Dusclops, and Banette.

It’s worth noting that none of these monsters are currently included in the hit AR (augmented reality) mobile game. Ghost/Poison type Gengar and Dark/Flying type Murkrow were also seen in the image. According to a report from PhoneArena, the five monsters are likely to make an appearance in the game during the upcoming Halloween event, while the remaining three creatures will be released shortly after that

Are the Gen 3 Pokemon finally coming?

Although Niantic Labs has kept details, particularly about Gen 3 Pokemon's expected release under wraps until now, the game developer has urged players to get ready to get their hands on new Pokemon to fill their Pokedex.

The “Pokemon Go” Safari Zone event that took place in Sweden was a huge hit. Moreover, Niantic released a new update that comprised small bug fixes to enhance the gameplay for the players before the Halloween season.

The Gen 3 Pokemon came into existence during the "Pokemon Ruby" and "Pokemon Sapphire" epoch, which was initially released in Japan in 2002 for Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance handhelds.

The title was then released in western countries featuring a whopping 135 Pokemon ( Pokemon number 252 to Pokemon number 386) in the following year.

The arrival of the third-generation Pokemon also marked the debut of the Hoenn region, which is situated in the south of Sinnoh. The region also serves as home to Professor Birch of Littleroot Town who gives the hyper-rare Mudkip, Torchic, and Treecko as starter Pokemon. If history repeats itself, this Halloween, we are likely to come across numerous trick or treaters carrying a bag in one hand, and their smartphone in the other.