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UI concept shows how to improve Pokemon Go's GO Battle League

by Paul Cot

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Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League Season 1 is well underway but some trainers have complaints about the current user interface.

Alongside lag issues in GO Battle League, players are finding the location of in-game buttons problematic. Not only are mistakes being made because of their positioning but many feel more information could also be displayed.

Switching Pokemon

The first part of the problem is with switching Pokemon. Part of the GO Battle League strategy is changing the Pokemon you are using at an optimal time in order to gain an advantage.

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There are also occasions where you will have type disadvantage and need to replace it to avoid giving your opponent an easy victory. Being able to switch Pokemon quickly is vitally important as every split second can make a huge difference.

The current UI for changing Pokemon is a pull-up menu. This means you need to tap the pull up menu before being given your Pokemon options.

The problem here is that two taps of the screen are required to switch. In addition to this you can’t see your options until you tap it, adding more time to the process.

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The current pull-up menu also doesn’t show the HP of Pokemon. You may have already used one and need to know what health it has left, but obviously, through this menu, you can't find out.

This could, however, be an intentional and thought-out mechanic. Perhaps Niantic intended for trainers to keep track of what health they have left.

What they probably didn’t do on purpose, though, is having the switching Pokemon menu block out the attack buttons.

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UI concept

There has been discussion within the Pokemon Go forums about GO Battle League including strategy, thoughts on the mode and even suggestions such as ideas for an improved UI.

One trainer, Tomohran, has even put together a UI concept that fixes the above issues. Instead of having an entirely different menu to switch Pokemon, they are now placed on the upper-left hand side of the screen where there was previously empty space.

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Not only can they now be accessed with one tap, saving a lot of time, but their current HP is also shown.

Niantic have already said they are working on “several fixes” for GO Battle League so we’ll have to wait and see whether a change to the UI is one of them. Maybe they’ll take this trainers advice.