Pokémon has always been near and dear to me. Along with Monster Hunter and Fire Emblem it is truly one of the most beloved franchises that will forever remain in my collection. So when Pokémon GO released last year it was incredible not only for fans but for the world itself and became a world wide wonder on mobile devices everywhere. People everywhere no matter where you might have visited would be playing, catching and socializing. Unfortunately a few months later it died down as fast as it had risen although there are many that still play it, it just does not make the news as it used to. With the same monotonous Pokémon being captured over and over again people became bored of it with only the Pokémon Gym’s being a real challenge. That was of course until the generation 2 Pokémon were released which then seen an increase in players once again. Of course with everything that also died down a bit and Pokémon GO trainers became scarce once again. However that might all change once again and although we might not see the world shouting out “Gotta Catch em all” this new update coming might just increase player numbers again.
Niantic yesterday announced that their largest update is soon to hit players and included in the update are in my opinion things that should have been released last year before the Christmas festive season. Included in the update are new gym features which will allow up to six Pokémon only to occupy the gym at any given time, the catch is that each of the six cannot be the same. Gyms will also now act like PokéStops as well as host the new raid battle where trainers will be able to take on a high leveled Pokémon once a day and if beaten will acquire special items as well as a chance to catch a high powered Pokémon. And just to make sure I don’t miss out on any information lets check it out below compliments of Niantic:
New Gym Features and Updates: Starting soon, Gyms are undergoing a major facelift. You’ll soon be able to spin the Photo Disc at Gyms to acquire items just as you do at PokéStops—but that’s only the beginning. More updates to Gym battles are also just around the corner. Gyms are no longer based on Prestige and training. Instead, they now feature six permanent slots that can be filled by the controlling team’s Pokémon. Each Pokémon assigned to these slots must be unique. For example, only one Blissey can be assigned to a Gym at a time. In addition, opposing teams will battle the Pokémon in the order they were assigned to the Gym.
At the heart of the update is a new motivation system that will significantly change how you interact with Gyms. When a Pokémon is assigned to a Gym, a motivation meter will be displayed. Pokémon assigned to defend a Gym lose motivation over time and as they are defeated in battle. As a Pokémon loses motivation, its CP will temporarily decrease, making it easier for opposing teams to defeat. To help keep the Pokémon motivated and in tip-top shape for their next battle, Trainers can treat their team’s Pokémon to some Berries, which restore their motivation. If a Pokémon loses all motivation, it will leave the Gym and return to its Trainer the next time it loses a battle, so you’ll want to keep your team’s Pokémon motivated by giving them Berries frequently!
Gym Badges: Now you’ll be able to earn Gym Badges when interacting with the many Gyms around the world. Gym Badges serve as mementos of your Pokémon GO adventures and reflect your contribution to a Gym’s success.
You’ll be able to level up your Badges by battling, giving Berries to the Pokémon in the Gym and spinning the Gym’s Photo Disc. You can earn the opportunity to receive bonus items and increased rewards from Gyms by raising the level of your Gym Badge.
New Raid Battle Feature: All around the world, you’ll soon be able to participate in the new Raid Battle feature at Gyms. A Raid Battle is a cooperative gameplay experience that encourages you to work with other Trainers to defeat an extremely powerful Pokémon known as the Raid Boss. Before a Raid Battle begins, a large Egg will appear atop the Gym. When the countdown above the Egg reaches zero, the Raid Boss will be revealed.
Before you can battle the Raid Boss, you’ll need a Raid Pass. You can get one free Raid Pass per day by visiting a Gym, but you can only hold one at a time. You can also get Premium Raid Passes from the in-game shop. Upon using your pass to join the battle, you and up to 20 other Trainers work together to defeat the Raid Boss. If you successfully defeat the Raid Boss within the five-minute time limit, you’ll have the chance to catch an extra powerful Pokémon of your own!
New Items: After defeating a Raid Boss, you’ll receive a collection of rewards, including some new items obtained only by defeating a Raid Boss: Rare Candies, Golden Razz Berries, and two types of Technical Machines—Fast and Charged. A Rare Candy is a mysterious candy that, when used on a Pokémon, turns into that Pokémon’s Candy. Golden Razz Berries will greatly increase your chances of catching a Pokémon you encounter in the wild and can also be given to a Pokémon assigned to a Gym to fully recover its motivation meter. Technical Machines are items you can use to permanently teach a Pokémon a new Fast Attack or Charged Attack.
I honestly cannot wait for this update and would love to know if any of you have played or still play this mobile hit wonder.