Pokemon Go Recent Update

Pokemon Go! Update Information:

This post is to track major updates to the Pokemon Go app.  The game is new and is off to a massive start.  Niantic though has mentioned that they have come across a few things they want to tweak and also some major things they want to add to the game.  Some of their ideas mentioned at San Diego Comic Con 2016 by Niantic include an ability to upgrade Pokestops, a Pokemon transferring system, and person to person battling.  They also revealed artwork of the three leaders of the different teams and promised to add meaningful aspects to the game around teams.

Easter Event Incoming-
Exact knowledge of what Easter Event will include is unknown at this point but its expected to have something to do with Eggs.

Water Festival 3/22/2017

Today is a global water awarness day and to celebrate Niantic is having a water Pokemon festival.  To celebrate water Pokemon will begin spawning everywhere and with greater spawn rates.  Likewise rare Water pokemon like Lapras are more likely to show up.

DUDE I still need a Lapras and I need more Totodiles so this event sounds awesome!

One other fun thing is that a new hat will come out in the game that has Magicarp theme.  That sounds pretty fun.

There is also a rumor that Shiny Pokemon may be released with the event.  This is perhaps a 2nd part of the event.  The last update also added some graphics to the pokedex that includes a seperate graphic for Shiny pokemon.

Pokemon Go Crystal Ball -3/13/17
CEO of Niantic John Haney has made some noise at some recent speeches about Pokemon Go.  The Generation 2 Pokemon Release reignited the popular AR app but he recogonized that more would need to be done to keep the game popular.  He promised three more major updates within this year.
There are many possibilities here:

1) Gym Battling Change
2) PVP Battling
3) Pokemon Trading
4) Pokemon Breeding
5) Release of Legendary Pokemon
6) Release of more Generations of Pokemon
7) New types of locations (PokeCenters, Daycares, Dungeons)
8) Random NPCs
9) New Team Dynamics
10) Competitive Events

My guess here is that Trading while commonly talked about is not high on there list.  The reason for this is that comes with various problems.   I think the biggest area they will look at is making gym battling more interesting and PVP battling.
Battling right now is half of the game but it is the weakest half of the game.  My guess is that how battling is done receives a major upgrade at some point this year.  I personally hope they also add in NPCs that you can battle for rewards but I really doubt they do it.

Feb 27, 2017 - Pokemon Day Celebration:

Pokemon Go is going to celebrate the anniversary of the Pokemon launch by releasing special Festive Pikachu.
There is also a rumor that the Pokemon Go event may have double xp.
There is also the rumor that game may launch "Shiny" Pokemon.  Shiny pokemon are a special and rare version of Pokemon.


Alright so there has not been a new update.  However in the last update there was a lot of data added.  LIKE A WHOLE LOT of stuff.  News moves, new images, and new items.  This amount of new data really seems like it was paving the way for a massive new update for Generation 2.

Over a 100 new moves were added into the game that cover all type sets except for the fairy type.

New Items include:
These are items that were used the original games for special kinds of evolution.

Added code for Avatar customization:

There is also a Pokemon that 28 different forms.  The forms are similar to the Christmas Pikachu where a Pokemon could be basically the same but appear slightly different.  There is also likely to be an increased gender differences in many of the Pokemon.  Trainer Tips in the below video mentions that he has found that Pikachu's has already migrated to having genders.  You can tell the gender apart because a male Pikachu has a pointy tail and female Pikachu has a heart shaped tail.

Update: Jan 17 2017

Niantic made a few small updates.  I don't think this change overwhelm anyone.
Update to Apple Watch to display Eggs obtained from Pokestops
Changed distance tracking to better account for GPS drift
Minor text fixes

I think many people are still wanting the release of Gen 2 Pokemon, Battling and Trading and until that occurs I don't many Pokemon Go fans are going to be excited.  It is possible though that there were parts of this update that are hidden and are not being reported.

Holiday 2016 Update

New Baby Pokemon have been released that can only be hatched from eggs.

The baby Pokemon are earlier evolutions of previously released Gen 1 Pokemon.

Update: October 17, 2016 - High Speed Brake
Pokemon Go has appeared to have lost the ability to be played at High Speed.  This is likely a safety consideration built into the game to force users to walk to play it.   The game will no longer show Pokemon on the nearby screen or have spawn when traveling above a certain speed.
Additionally the game can sometimes error on GPS and block spawns even when walking.  This change is frustrating many users.

There are some quirks that may need to be ironed out with this update but this is something I have expected since the game first launched and I witnessed many people playing the game while driving.....badly.

It is too bad though because many people have been playing the game while riding on Public Transportation where it has previously worked very well.

Update: October 10, 2016  - Pokedex - Seen vs Caught Change

Pokemon Go has updated the Pokedex to update seen Pokemon with Pokemon that are encountered in gyms.  This means you no longer need to catch a Pokemon to have seen it.
This also means that the visible pokemon in the Pokedex are no longer a reliable gauge for the Pokemon you have caught.  The Pokedex will list a total number of seen and caught pokemon.  If you click on an individual Pokemon it will also tell you the number of that Pokemon you have caught.

Official Announcement from Niantic

Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.41.2 for Android and 1.11.2 for iOS devices. Below are some release notes and comments from our development team.

  • Catch Bonus: Trainers can earn a catch bonus for a Pokémon type as they catch more of a specific type.
  • Updated Gym Training: Trainers can now bring six Pokémon to battle at friendly Gyms. The CP of the Pokémon you are battling may be temporarily adjusted lower for your training session.
  • Egg & Incubator Screens: These will periodically update the distance walked without the Trainer needing to close and reopen the screen.
  • Fixed several audio issues.
  • Decreased the evolution animation time.
  • Minor fixes

Update: October 7, 2016 - Gym Training Change

New update makes it so that a player can go to a "friendly" gym (A gym controlled by their team Blue, Yellow, Red) and use 6 Pokemon in training sessions instead of one. Also the Pokemon guarding the gym will adjust their CP lower to match that of players CP. This makes it so that a new player with low level Pokemon could still enjoy battling at a gym instead of showing up and getting clobbered.

Official Announcement from Niantic
 Gym Training Just Got Easier... Trainers, As we continue to make improvements to Pokémon GO, we have made an enhancement to the Gym experience for Trainers of all levels. In an upcoming version of Pokémon GO, when training at a friendly Gym, Trainers will be able to bring six Pokémon to battle instead of one. In addition, the CP of the Pokémon you are training against may be temporarily adjusted lower during your training session to generally match your Pokémon’s battle capabilities. No matter what your level, you can now have an impact on your team’s Gym. Walk with your Buddy Pokémon to that nearby landmark and show your Team Leader that you can battle with the best!

Update: September 13, 2016
A few major updates have occurred.  Appraisal feature has been added to let players know how strong their pokemon is relative to other pokemon of the same species.  There is also a new Nearby tracking screen and the biggest update of the all the Buddy Pokemon feature.  The Buddy Pokemon feature has not yet rolled out to everyone but is live in some areas.  Some have found that the Buddy Pokemon feature has also only hit some providers and not others.

For  more details on Buddy feature:
  Buddy Pokemon Click Here

For more details on IV and appraisal feature
IVs and Appraisal feature CLICK HERE

Update: August 12, 2016
Two major noticeable changes.  The Nearby Screen is now called the Sighting Screen for Pokemon tracking.  It does not show distance.  There is grass image added behind the pokemon in the sightings screen that looks cool but otherwise does not seem to do anything.  The screen updates about every 15 seconds with the Pokemon active on your map that you can see.

pokemon go driver message

A driving warning now flashes on the screen if Pokemon Go sees you are going to fast. You must confirm you are passanger.  The problem with this is that gps signals sometime seem to jump in the ap making it think you are driving when you are fact sitting on your couch or walking.

Update: July 30, 2016 -
Niantic released the following update with the following changes -

  • The footprints on the nearby screen were removed as they were not working correctly
  • Additional clothing options were added so Poketrainers could dress in the gear of their teams
  • Battling changes were made to reduce the power of some quick attacks like water gun.  This change is meant to increase the use of special attacks.  It also should help reduce the effectiveness Vaporeon.  Who had used these attacks in a dominating fashion.  More damage was added to be based off type or comparable damage making picking the correct type of Pokemon important.  Early reports say that Vaporeon's effectiveness has been very reduced.
  • Transferring Pokemon was made faster.  Instead of scrolling to the bottom of the Pokemon information tab and clicking transfer a circular button with three lines was added to the bottom right corner and is always visible.  This button opens a menu where a Pokemon can either be Favorited or Transferred.
  • An extra pop up warning was added when first turning on the game.
  • Battery saving mode removed

Battling changes graphic by Silph Road
This info-graphic made by Silph road shows the strongest moves on a per second basis game.  After the update it seems that quick attacks have greatly dropped in power.

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