Today’s Pokémon news: new update available for Pokémon GO, but also…
- Pokémon Shuffle
- Volcanion distribution
Last week, Niantic detailed two features that would be coming soon to Pokémon GO: one that allows you to get catch bonuses when you earn medals, and one that makes Gym training easier. The developers didn’t say when the update with those two new features would be released, but it looks like we didn’t have to wait really long… it’s already being released as you’re reading this!
Here’s the full patchnotes for this new update, which brings Pokémon GO to Ver. 0.41.2 (Android) and 1.12.0 (iOS):
- 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
This update is currently being released worldwide, and should be available on your device pretty soon (if it isn’t already). To update, simply tap on the notification that should appear on your device, or go directly to the Play Store or the App Store.
Today, some new content for Pokémon Shuffle went live:
- a special stage featuring Thundurus Therian Forme is now available until October 25th;
- a new set of Daily Pokémon is now available, until October 18th. It allows you to get the following Pokémon: Winking variants of Clefairy (Monday), Charmander (Tuesday), Squirtle (Wednesday), Bulbasaur (Thursday), and Jigglypuff (Friday);
- the special stage featuring Electivire is back until October 25th. If you previously caught it, you may get Electivire Skill Boosters instead;
- a special stage featuring Regirock is back until October 25th.
Also, a new competitive stage featuring Mega Pidgeot is now available, and as usual, the reward you get depends on your overall rank at the end:
- Top 200 players in Europe, Top 300 players in North America, Top 1 000 players in Japan = Pidgeotite + 3 Mega Speedups + 3 Raise Max Level;
- Top 1 000 players in Europe, Top 1 600 players in North America, Top 5 000 players in Japan = Pidgeotite + 2 Mega Speedups + 2 Raise Max Level;
- Top 5 000 players in Europe, Top 8 000 players in North America, Top 25 000 players in Japan = Pidgeotite + Mega Speedups + Raise Max Level;
- Top 13 000 players in Europe, Top 20 000 players in North America, Top 60 000 players in Japan = Pidgeotite + Disruption Delay;
- Top 18 000 players in Europe, Top 26 000 players in North America, Top 80 000 players in Japan = Attack Power and a Disruption Delay;
- Not ranked = Attack Power.
Here’s the promo video for the Volcanion distribution, which started yesterday in some more countries: