Niantic and The Pokemon Company today announced the biggest ever update to Pokémon Go. The update will see the Poké Gyms being completely revamped to offer a new gameplay experience.
To work on the new gyms though, Niantic has had to close down existing gyms. Once the revamped gyms do launch, they will offer a vastly superior experience and feature cooperative gameplay. This includes a new motivation meter being displayed when you assign a Pokémon to a gym. This motivation meter will decline over time and as the assigned Pokémon loses battles. To increase the motivation meter, a trainer must provide their Pokémon with berries on a timely basis.
There’s now also Gym badges when one interacts with various Poké gyms located across the world. The more gyms you discover and interact with, the more badges you will earn. You can level up your badges by battling, giving berries to Pokémons in the gym, and spinning the Gym’s Photo Disc.
Most importantly perhaps, the revamped gyms will feature Raid Battle — a cooperative gameplay that will see trainers work with each other to battle it out against powerful Pokémons known as Raid Boss. Defeating one will lead trainers to rewards like Golden Razz Berries, Rare Candies, and Technical Machines like 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.
As mentioned above, Niantic will be disabling all Gyms until the update is rolled out to all players across the world. Once it is, the new Gyms will go live, with the Raid Battle feature being rolled out slowly over the next few weeks after that. Initially, Raid Battle will be available to selected beta players and in select gyms across the world.
While this new update will definitely make Pokémon Go more enjoyable to play, I can’t help but feel that these features should have been added to the game at least a few months before. What do you think? Are you still playing Pokémon Go?
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