UPDATE 7/12/17 9.40am: Check your phones – Pokmon Go’s new update is live, although the game’s Gen 3 spawns have yet to be switched on.
You can see if you have the new update from the new splash screen – it’s all Christmas-themed.
While yesterday’s announcement suggested the game’s new weather mechanics were all set to go live immediately, a Niantic interview with The Verge suggests these will be activated later in the month, after the 50 new Gen 3 creatures arrive this week. (We expect them any minute now, in fact.)
There’s a new look for gym battles, where you no longer need to hold down on the screen to activate your power move. Behind the scenes, meanwhile, code has been added for a new Star Piece item – a Lucky Egg-style consumable to boost your Stardust rate.
Fans have found a list of new Pokmon battle moves in the code as well, including Delibird’s signature Present attack. The Christmas-themed penguin is one of just two Gen 2 Pokmon yet to see release.
There’s also the ability to create Battle Parties – set groups of Pokmon to take into fights rather than having to organise your ‘mons every time.
UPDATE 6/12/17 2.20pm: Pokmon Go’s latest update adds 50 more creatures from Gen 3, along with an all-new weather-based gameplay mechanic.
There’s no word on when the update will drop, although players now expect it imminently.
Among the 50 Pokmon included are Gen 3 starters Treecko, Torchic and Mudkip. A trailer below also shows Salamence, Shiftry, Aggron and Ludicolo. A legendary raid egg hatches to reveal Groudon.
More Gen 3 creatures will then arrive “over the next several weeks”, developer Niantic stated.
Pokmon Go’s dynamic weather will “change the way you and the millions of Trainers around the world discover, catch, and interact with Pokmon”, Niantic continued.
Your in-game map changes to reflect local conditions, while Pokmon spawn based on their preferred weather. When it rains, for example, water, electric and bug Pokmon will be stronger, appear more frequently in the wild and offer bonus Stardust when caught. So, if it starts pouring, head outside for a better chance at a Mudkip.
Certain Pokmon moves will also be more effective dependent on the weather – such as Charizard’s Fire Spin getting a buff when the sun is out.
We’re asking Niantic now for more detail on when the update will go live.