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Pokémon GO Updates: New Creatures & Berries Confirmed

The Pokémon GO phenomenon begun this summer. Millions downloaded the new iPhone and Android game. High interest led to a prolonged roll-out and some very, very frustrating issues earlier on. Now developer Niantic Labs is ready to start building on the platform it established with the game’s initial release. It’s starting to  add in new features with Pokémon GO updates.

Already, Pokémon GO allows users to roam towns in search of Pokémon to add to their Pokedex and evolve over time. The game uses GPS tracking technology to do this. Every device’s rear-facing camera allows Pokémon to appear as if they’re near users too.

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The game itself will continue to evolve over time too, giving those that get hooked new reasons to keep revisiting it over and over. Here’s what we know about new Pokémon GO updates.

Pokémon GO Features Confirmed

New Creatures

On February 15 Niantic revealed that Pokemon GO players would begin to see a total of 80 different creatures that weren’t included at launch and weren’t a part of the update that introduced Pokémon eggs. These creatures are taken specifically from Pokémon Silver and Pokémon Gold. Some gender specific Pokemon are also making their debut.

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As for other new features, there’s a new carousel that allows players to easily make use of the items in their inventory when trying to capture new creatures. A new kind of berry makes it easy to capture creatures that would otherwise escape. Another new item makes it possible to get even more candies during a capture.

Finally, new customization items were added to the game too.

Pokémon GO Features Under Consideration

Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke discussed what’s planned for the mobile game in an interview over the summer. Here’s what Hanke told Business Insider players can expect to see in future Pokémon GO updates.

Pokémon Trading is Coming for Trainers

It was nothing short of a tragedy for gamers when Niantic Labs confirmed that Pokémon GO wouldn’t allow users to trade creatures. At the time, many wrote the game off, underscoring just how essential trading is in the franchise. With other franchise games, trading is just as important as capturing creatures. In fact, every game in the series has creatures that are specific to it, forcing users to buy two copies of the game or trade with their friends to fully complete their Pokedex.

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Hanke says that’s one of the biggest things that Niantic Labs has plans to address in future Pokémon GO updates. The interview doesn’t go into any detail about how trading will work or whether any mechanics will be introduced along with it. In the other games it’s pretty simple. Users swap any creature in their collection for another creature in someone else’s regardless of level and abilities. Trainers that haven’t ranked up enough to properly tame a high-level Pokémon can stash them away in a computer system for safe keeping.

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Leaderboards

The competition element is key to the franchise too, but very underrepresented in Pokémon GO. With other Pokémon games, you can battle your way to bragging rights. Right now, you have to settle for battling the creatures that players leave behind at their Team’s Gyms.

With one of its future Pokémon GO updates, Niantic Labs plans to implement a system for tracking who’s doing better in the game. The scores will be represented in Leaderboards, though Hanke doesn’t go into any detail about what statistics the company will track.

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Improved PokeStops and Gyms

According to Hanke, the Gyms and PokeStops that players visit today aren’t close to what the company has envisioned for the future.

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Coming sometime in the future is the ability to “customize their functions in other ways,” The CEO says. Today, PokeStops are a free way to collect Eggs and the Poke Balls that players need to go out and capture more Pokémon for their collection. Users simply head to the landmarks and spin the center of a stylized Pokémon logo with a picture of the landmark inside.

Better Augmented Reality Capabilities

Lastly, users can expect improvements in Pokémon GO’s most signature mechanic, its ability to overlay characters around users in real-world locations. The game makes it look like you’re in the same room as a Pokémon using your device’s camera and compass.

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Niantic is working to improve the game’s real-world overlays with future Pokémon GO updates, but we’re unsure of what these improvements will include. The game already forces players to look around them and find the creatures they’re trying to capture. Only by moving your phone around the area can you spot the creatures. Once found, users need to fling PokeBalls at them to complete the capture. Right now, this functionality is optional.

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Niantic plans to keep updating Pokémon GO with new features and events on a regular basis going forward.

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PokeStops & Gym Locations

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PokeStops & Gym Locations

A recent question and answer session on the Silph Road confirms that Pokémon Go currently uses 30% to 50% of portals that were present in Niantic’s last game, Ingress. Pokémon Go maps these over real-world landmarks that players have to walk to.

PokeStops and Gyms are real-world locations that players go to pick up items and battle the creatures left behind by other trainers. Police departments are already warning players of the game to stay away from their stations, according to VG247.

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33 Comments

  1. Michael Ross

    07/11/2016 at 4:32 pm

    I’m sad about trading. Now hackers can just offload their gps spoofed finds to legit accounts. High level players can just pump up their friends. Boo. Total, boo. They should at least limit trading between people within 5 levels of each other. I mean it sounds like I can just find someone with a full collection and trade out each one time and again and complete my own whole collection and get major levels in the process….

    Maybe make it very very expensive to trade. I see this ruining the game.

    Focus on pvp, let me battle friends with my finds, let me battle people in my area. Why not allow people to list themselves for battle, and put up the Pokemon they want if they win, and the Pokemon they offer if they lose. Then let challengers send a request for fight. If both agree let it auto fight (because let’s face it the fight system is just spamming) and the winner takes the Pokemon. Let me chat to people in my area. Let me send up a pokeflare to let people know I’ve found something good. So many better options then straight trading.

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    • Nightmare Neal

      07/12/2016 at 1:36 am

      1) If the Cp is much higher then the player’s level, the pokemon could be defiant. That would solve the trading for high powered pokemon problem.

      2) I think that there should be a cap on the Cp. We would have major hackers and rich people winning everything.

      Reply

    • D.j.

      09/07/2016 at 7:43 pm

      I agree with this guy^^^^^
      I will pick the game nback up as soon as I can battle friends.

      Reply

  2. Nightmare Neal

    07/12/2016 at 1:38 am

    1) If the Cp is much higher then the player’s level, the pokemon could be defiant. That would solve the trading for high powered pokemon problem.

    2) I think that there should be a cap on the Cp. We would have major hackers and rich people winning everything.

    Reply

  3. jamie

    07/12/2016 at 4:28 am

    amzing game cant wait for updates

    Reply

  4. jerbderp (@jerbderp)

    07/12/2016 at 1:17 pm

    I hope in the future we can see other pokemon players on the map that are playing right now.

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    • Joseph

      07/20/2016 at 9:29 pm

      Then people could track you, that’d be creepy…

      Reply

      • hailey

        07/21/2016 at 6:17 am

        perhaps friends only?

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  5. Abishai-Shammah

    07/12/2016 at 1:53 pm

    there need to be gym halls or team specific guilds that players can meet up with other members of same team and trade / plan battle strategies

    Reply

  6. PokePete

    07/12/2016 at 8:35 pm

    How about some NPC to interact with, battle with, buy from, etc. the gsme needs more battles! Not just grinding it out bopping Pokemon on the head with poke balls. I want to build a team and battle the Pokemon I catch, not walk half a mile to a gym and the residing Pokemon is 500 CP higher than my highest so I’m back to catching pidgeys and turning them in for candy. Great start but could be SO much more and I hope it is.

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    • michael

      07/18/2016 at 5:44 pm

      This sums it up for me, well said,

      Reply

  7. Panda

    07/17/2016 at 3:31 pm

    Can you make an update to remake our character

    Reply

  8. sanket

    07/23/2016 at 7:02 am

    Can u please pokemon go in india i am start pokemon go playing there is no gyms no pokestop can u plzzzzz

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    • Jamil

      09/11/2016 at 6:09 pm

      I’m sure you realize that India is a developing country and that the stops were from Niantic’s original game, Ingress, which probably no one in India played.

      Reply

  9. PetercyCZ

    07/25/2016 at 1:43 pm

    You can run it with ONLY 487 MB RAM (±230 MB Free RAM), android 4.3._ and 156 MB free in your phone memory, but it can still get freez and you cant have any other app instaled

    Reply

  10. andrew j kuehn

    07/29/2016 at 9:06 pm

    I totally agree with trading should not be part of it. I don’t see a benefit to having it.
    I do think they should let us change factions upon request just because not a lot of people knew what they were picking when it all started.
    Honestly if they fix the tracker and make the eggs distance more consistent, I’d be just a happy shelder. Introducing new pokemon later and friend battling and more to the gyms would be nice. But they need to fix stuff before expanding the game.

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    • sanketthawari

      08/01/2016 at 7:25 am

      Nice work but can u fix minor bug and give the pokemon real sounds just like Pikachu alright great work and improve pokemon go

      Reply

      • Jamil

        09/11/2016 at 6:07 pm

        It’s not a bug. Have you never played a Pokemon game before? They all make that screechy cry because the sound is artificially created. Pikachu, being the company’s mascot and an exception, is voiced by a person.

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  11. Ozzy

    08/09/2016 at 3:12 pm

    Honestly trading needs to happen soon, but also make it level friendly as well. Cp 1000 to a player at lvl5 is unrealistic. But make it so yo u can trade pokemon but that pokemon cannot be upgraded with stardust unless they meet the level requirements. Also providing trading with items will help alot too. I always get poke balls and stuff and people can’t seem to get em and only get 5k eggs when I want 2ks more often. Trading eggs should be included as well as getting rid of eggs too without having to walk em all off

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  12. ehkraz

    08/21/2016 at 6:34 pm

    more eevee evolutions?

    Reply

    • John Hanke

      08/26/2016 at 1:01 pm

      espeon and umbreon are gen 2, the others come later: should take 6 months about for gen 2 to be released.

      Reply

  13. Pika

    09/13/2016 at 6:08 am

    Make it you can delete eggs maybe one a day?

    Trading items would be good( trading Pokemon will have its problems)

    Maybe have missions like battle team rocket or something

    Reply

  14. binabug

    09/18/2016 at 10:39 am

    If you are in small town it gets boring fast. Five pokestops in our town, three gyms. I can walk home from work, the scenic route (to hit all the stops) and only have TWO pokemon appear on the radar (afternoons seem to have more pokemon but some of us work for a living lol) Once winter hits and its -30C out there, then what …sigh, could have some sort of game to play to get candies? I can’t imagine walking gloveless outside for very long in SK .

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  15. Zgirl

    09/23/2016 at 10:38 am

    please do a word check. Ya’ll are using the wrong words in some places. It’s a bit insulting to the readers that ya’ll don’t have the correct word in some places; like “fill” instead of “feel”.

    Reply

  16. Anna Čermáková

    10/09/2016 at 4:50 pm

    I hope that this update will fix login problems on many phones. My asus cant authenticate after laat update.

    Reply

  17. Ibzy

    10/11/2016 at 11:44 pm

    Best change would be to takenit to its routes: make it so players must weaken a wild pokemon with one they own before capturing it. This will give more use to each pokemon, as well as adding more battles and a little bit of tactics to capturing stronger pokemon.

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  18. Tracy Sandow

    10/12/2016 at 4:51 am

    Trade 1 Pokemon per update, this could help twig any problems, my biggest problem ATM is the game cutting out randomly when you need it the most and why my eggs hatching 90 percent commons such as ekans and paras? But I still love the game I’m hooked, can’t wait for next update

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      Hey guys can u plzz solve the Pokemon go unable to authorize problem because my Pokemon go account has been not open always show u-t-a problem and i am create new account for Pokemon go but they are same problem plzzz solve the problems

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