If you’ve been hoping to capture a Charmander, Bulbasaur,and Squirtle (or their various evolved forms) in Pokemon Go, now is probably the best time to get outside. An update just hit the app that makes it more likely to encounter the fan favorites.
Here’s Niantic on the specifics:
In addition, from the afternoon of December 30, 2016, through the afternoon of January 8, 2017 (PST), the first partner Pokémon and their Evolutions, originally discovered in the Kanto region, are more likely to be encountered. This means a greater chance to catch Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur, as well as Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard, plus Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise! As a way to increase your chance to encounter one of these Pokémon, Lure Modules will also last for 60 minutes instead of 30 minutes.
It’s also worth nothing that the Pokemon Go Free Incubator gifting is still going on until Jan 3.
The possibility of catching a Charmander isn’t quite strong enough to get me to go back to Pokemon Go…but it’s almost there.