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Trainers furious with Niantic for upcoming changes to Pokemon Go

Published: 30/Sep/2020 13:11

by Paul Cot


Niantic are reversing some of the changes they made to Pokemon Go as a result of the global health crisis. Unfortunately, this hasn’t sat well with trainers who have been left upset with the decision.

Niantic made a whole host of important changes to the mobile game all the way back in March. They have remained present ever since, but some of them will be reversed on October 1, 1pm PDT.

Those changes are as follows:

  • Hatch Distance will no longer be halved
  • The increased Incense effectiveness will only apply when walking
    • The duration of Incense will remain at 60 minutes, however
  • Gifts will only be brought to you by your Buddy Pokemon when you have nearly run out
  • There will still be an increased chance of receiving a Gift when spinning a PokeStop but it won’t be guaranteed

In addition to Incense duration, the maximum number of Gifts you can carry will stay at 20 and 3x Stardust and XP will remain for the first Pokemon you catch in a given day.

Incensed by Incense changes

Popular Pokemon content creator Reversal was quick to share that he disagreed with the changes. Joe Merrick, another renowned trainer in the Pokemon community, agreed saying: “Doing it just as so much of the world is hitting the second wave is ridiculously bad.”

Meanwhile, another trainer has implored Niantic to consider reverting the decision. “As someone who cannot walk any real distances, the ‘quality of life’ changes were the only way I could play the game anywhere NEAR normal,” Brenn shared on Twitter.

However, one trainer is Niantic’s side in this debate. They point out that the Pokemon Go developer were one of the only companies to make big changes to their game as a result of the health crisis in the first place.

This is true, Niantic undoubtedly reacted swiftly. Nevertheless, it is completely understandable why trainers are questioning their latest decision.

Over at Reddit, one player brought up a more calculated reason as to why the bonuses are going to be reversed. “I really think the only reason they are taking this away is so that they can give it back to us as an event bonus,” repo_sado shared. “There’s only so many things they can give us for events and they can’t give an event bonus if it’s permanent.”

That seems a shortsighted decision given the backlash they have already received but is possible. It’s hard to say what Niantic expected the reaction to be but it couldn’t have been much worse than it is.

It will be interesting to see if Niantic stand down on their decision to remove the ongoing bonuses. Given the current outrage, there is a fair chance they will.


Pokemon Go finally adding popular Gen 6 Pokemon in December event

Published: 19/Nov/2020 6:05

by Isaac McIntyre


Pokémon from the series’ sixth generation, including popular Kalos starters Froakie, Chespin, and Fennekin, are finally on the verge of being added to the Pokemon Go Pokedex, developers Niantic have confirmed.

So far in Pokemon Go, regions like Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Alola, and Galar have had their time in the spotlight. Now it’s finally Kalos’ turn.

Niantic has confirmed as many as 17 new Pokemon will be added to the handheld game during the December event. This includes the previously listed Kalos starter Pokemon and, of course, their first and second stage evolutions.

The update will add one of the most popular Pokemon in the franchise, Greninja, who ranked as this year’s fan-voted Pokemon of the Year. Kalos fave Talonflame ⁠— an iconic competitive monster ⁠— will also be included.

Other Kalos critters confirmed in Niantic’s next expansion include Bunnelby, Diggersby, Fletchling, Fletchinder, Litleo, and Pyroar (both forms).

Greninja Pokemon of the Year 2020
Greninja, the 2020 Pokemon of the Year, is finally coming to Pokemon Go in December.

Niantic has also confirmed Klefki, the Steel/Fairy Pokemon, will also be coming to Pokemon Go in the December event. The key-shaped Pokemon will be region-locked, however; trainers will only be able to catch Klefki in France.

The rest of the Kalos Pokemon will be widely available. Pokemon trainers can find them in the wild, through egg breeding, or by evolving basic stage Pokemon.

The initial update is only adding a small number of Kalos Pokemon. Niantic is expected to roll out more of the sixth-generation region’s critters throughout 2021, in a fashion similar to their last few expansions.

All sixth-gen Pokemon coming in December

  • Chespin
  • Quilladin
  • Chesnaught
  • Fennekin
  • Braixen
  • Delphox
  • Froakie
  • Frogadier
  • Greninja
  • Bunnelby
  • Diggersby
  • Fletchling
  • Fletchinder
  • Talonflame
  • Litleo
  • Pyroar
  • Klefki (only in France).

The Pokemon devs also confirmed a “special event” featuring the new Pokemon will run from Dec. 2-8. The Kalos event will begin at 10am on day one.


Niantic also mentioned Mega Evolutions in the December notes. While it may just be a reference point for Kalos itself, the devs may also be teasing the popular Pokemon feature’s arrival in their global game ⁠— we’ll have to wait and see!

In other Pokemon Go news, the devs are also shifting the level cap up to 50 in January. The new level shift marks the first time since the title was first released in 2016 that trainers will be able to level up past level 40, the game’s original rank.