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Pokémon Go: Tips for the Gen 2 update


Gotta catch 'em all: Just some of the new Johto region Pokemon that were released today.

Gotta catch 'em all: Just some of the new Johto region Pokemon that were released today.

In case you haven't already noticed, Niantic's promised update to Pokémon Go is finally here and now adds a whole slew of new Pokémon into the mix.

However, what's less obvious is that the game has also changed or added in quite a number of things.

Here's a quick guide of the changes that we've found since we installed the update today.

Higher attack levels for most Pokémon

With the update, Niantic has apparently done another round of re-balancing of the attacks and special attacks of almost every Pokémon.

If you open up any Pokémon's statistics, you'll probably see that most of them have been slightly increased in power.

New Eevee evolve tricks

In the first generation, we could evolve Eevees into one of three types by changing the name to Sparky, Pyro or Rainer and then evolving to turn the Eevee into a Jolteon, Flareon or Vaporeon respectively.

In this second-generation update, there's a new trick to evolve the Eevee into new forms – try changing the name to Tamao or Sakura and evolve it and see what you get.

Evolution items make an appearance

Talking about evolving, you can now evolve certain Pokémon into other forms by using a combination of Candies and special Evolution items that you get from spinning PokéStops.

For example, you can evolve a Poliwhirl or an Onyx into something else if you have the appropriate Evolution item (and enough Candies).

Beware of behaviour

One of the new things that Pokémon Go has introduced is that each Pokémon has now got a wider range of dodges in their arsenal – instead of up and down dodging, these Pokémon are also likely to dodge from side-to-side, making it a little harder to catch.

So when throwing your PokéBalls, you now need to take into account this side-to-side movement as well.

Alternatively, you can use one of the new Nanab Berries to calm it down (see below).

New Berries

PokéStops are also now offering up new Berries, namely the Nanab and Pinap Berries.

The Pinap Berry will give you extra Candy if your next throw after the Berry is successful in catching the Pokémon.

The Nanab Berry on the other hand, will temporarily calm down the Pokémon and stop it from making erratic movements.

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