Pokémon GO update brings changes to gym battles and more

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 11th, 2016
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Pokémon GO
just got a new update today as part of Niantic's continuing efforts to support the game. Before you ask, no, they still haven't added a tracking feature, and no, people are not very happy about that. However, Niantic has thrown in a few new fixes that will make the lives ofpokémon trainers worldwide a touch easier. Let's take a look, shall we?

Gym training updates
First on the docket, gym training battles are getting a bit of an adjustment. Now when you take on a friendly gym, you’ll be able to bring six pokémon into the fight. That’s a much more generous number than the previous one pocket monster you could send into the fray. What’s more, there’s a chance the opposing pokémon’s CP could be lowered to better match your abilities if need be.

Catch bonuses
You’ll now earn a catch bonus for snagging more pokémon of a certain type. The new bonuses increase your chances of capturing a pokémon of a specific type. As you catch more pokémon of the same type, you win medals and move up in tiers. The higher the tier, the higher the catch bonus.That should make things more interesting while you’re out in the tall grass looking to fill up your Pokédex.

Of eggs and incubators

The incubator feature in Pokémon GO got a much needed design fix as well. The distance walked will now update automatically. Previously you had to close out of the screen and reopen, but that design foible is now a thing of the past.

The update brings a host of smaller fixes, too. Niantic has shortened the evolution animation in case you’re tired of the light show, and has also patched up some audio issues and other assorted odds and ends.

Niantic is making good on its promise to keep updating the game, tracker or no tracker. We're still waiting on word of a Generation II release, but until then hopefully these quality of life patches will keep trainers satisfied until then.

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Tagged With: Pokemon, Niantic Labs, Pokemon GO
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