Pokémon GO, the hit mobile game from Niantic, has come a long way since its debut in the Summer of 2016. When the monster-catching AR game first kicked off, the only creatures available were the original Pokémon from the Kanto region of Red, Blue, and Yellow. Over the years Niantic has slowly, but steadily, rolled out new features, including Pokémon from Johto, Hoenn, and even the Alola region.
When Niantic celebrated the game's second anniversary back in July, a piece of artwork released to mark the occasion contained pictures of Piplup, Chimchar, and Turtwig, the three starter Pokémon of Sinnoh. As many expected, this was indeed a hint at things to come, and today Niantic announced that Sinnoh Pokémon are on the way!
We still don't have an exact release date for their arrival in the game, but they're coming soon. To prepare, Niantic is making some changes to the game based on feedback, including retooling the game's balancing (by adjusting CP levels and other stats) and making some changes to behavior and migration. Here's the breakdown:
Changes to Pokémon Migration and Behavior
As you explore the world of Pokémon GO, the following changes will affect the Pokémon that appear around you:
- We are making adjustments to weather and, moving forward, it will have a reduced effect on the rate at which Pokémon appear.
- As you explore a given area, you will notice that a greater variety of Pokémon species will appear over time and at different rates.
- Certain areas, such as parks and nature reserves, will now contain more varied Pokémon species.
Changes to Pokémon Effectiveness in Battle
We also wanted to use this opportunity to rebalance in-game battle mechanics. You may notice some of the following changes in the coming weeks:
- CP values will be adjusted going forward to improve game balance.
- HP values will be adjusted to close the gap between high HP Pokémon and low HP Pokémon.
- Pokémon Defense and Stamina values will be retroactively rebalanced, allowing highly defensive Pokémon to be valuable in battle by outlasting opponents rather than simply running out the clock.
- Defense values have also been slightly retroactively reduced for most Pokémon. Changes like these will help narrow the gap between Pokémon with the highest defensive stats and other Pokémon.
Moving forward, you can expect to see further tweaks designed to help Trainers and their Pokémon reach their full potential. We’re looking forward to experiencing these changes with you as we explore the world together! Let’s get out there and GO!