'Pokémon Go' adds new monsters and more challenging battles

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  • Friday, 01 Feb 2019


Augmented reality monster catching game Pokémon Go is introducing new Pokémon from the Sinnoh region and re-balancing power levels to make player-versus-player (PVP) matches and raids more challenging. 

"Did you know that some Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region evolved from Pokémon previously discovered in other regions? You may also see more Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region appearing in Eggs," says game maker Niantic, on its PokemonGo blog.

The game encourages players to walk more by giving them eggs that hatch once a specific amount of distance has been travelled; from 2-10km. The new regional Pokémon are likely to hatch from 7km eggs.

To evolve Pokémon into the new Sinnoh versions, players will need to collect Sinnoh stones by battling each other in PVP matches.

Niantic says it is also making raid battles more challenging to encourage players to work in groups to defeat the boss monster.

"A previous change to the super effective damage multiplier has allowed single Trainers to win certain raid battles alone, even though this was not the original intent. The change will increase raid health for featured Pokémon in tier three, tier four and tier five raid battles. Players will receive increased Stardust for completing raid battles," the blog states.

The two biggest changes to the game appear to be a re-balancing of attacks by introducing new moves to 35 Pokémon and changing the power of 17 attacks.

"When it comes to move balance changes and move set additions, we have been keeping an eye on how well some Pokémon are performing in battle compared to others.

This means adjusting the power of some moves in trainer battles and giving Pokémon new moves that improve their success in matches," explains Niantic.

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