There is a new update which dropped today and it brought some major changes to the game. Here are the changes:
- Trainers will be able to transfer multiple Pokemon at a time to Professor Willow. To use this function, press and hold on a Pokemon.
- Pokemon type icons have been added to the Gym battle approach and Gym battle screen.
- The total Candy count for your Buddy Pokemon has been added to the buddy information screen.
- The total kilometers a buddy has walked has been added to the information screen of each Pokemon that has ever been your buddy.
- Minor text fixes.
The best part of the update is that we now have the ability to transfer multiple Pokemon at a time which is a huge game changer. It took way too long to click on the Pokemon then click the transfer button a hundred times a day because who needs 500 Pidgeys? This makes Pokemon farming much easier.
The recent update has brought some new clues in the code and these upcoming features are exciting. According to VG247, breeding may be just around the corner:
For starters, it appears Pokemon Go now quietly tracks the gender of your Pokemon. This isn’t visible anywhere in the app, but the attribute exists whereas it did not before.
Additionally, the Buddy Pokemon system has been updated. Whereas the pre-patch code allowed for Buddy Pokemon to be displayed at your feet, on your shoulder or in the air by your Pokemon Go trainer, there’s a new position the code refers to as “baby”.
Baby Pokemon are definitely on their way and if you ever played the original games, you’ll remember that breeding is one of the features but you won’t get an egg if you try to mate two Pokemon of the same gender. The only reason why Pokemon genders would now be revealed is so that we will be able to breed them. My guess is that we’ll be able to breed two Pokemon together and get an egg then we’ll have to walk a few kilos to hatch it. That’s just a guess but it’s looking pretty probable.
But that’s not all that was found in the data mine. According to Silph Road, some new customizations are coming to your avatar:
Finally, avatar customization is being expanded! Nothing is visible in the game currently, but under the surface, functionality has been added that will allow travelers to customize their avatars in the following categories:
Code for both in-app purchases and unlockable avatar items is referenced. We believe both may be a possibility soon! Avatar customization items have the following attributes:
It will be interesting to see how to ‘unlock’ customization items!
Also according to Silph Road, shiny Pokemon will be available too:
Even more code has been added to enable shiny Pokemon in Pokemon GO! For those unfamiliar, in the mainseries game “shiny” Pokemon are simply re-colored versions of Pokemon. They are extremely rare. Every Pokemon comes in one shiny variant. They are identical to their normal-colored counterpart in every way except appearance, but are sought after for their collecters’ value!
This time, it is abundantly clear that ‘shinies’ are an intended mechanic for Pokemon GO. No UI code exists to handle them apart from the already existing special announcement sound file, and the ability for them to have a different 3D model at this time.
Baby Pokemon, Shiny Pokemon, Avatar Customization–it’s a Christmas miracle!