The latest update brought more good things to Pokémon Go than we originally thought. Pokémon Go nests have migrated and there are more spawn points than ever before. Now it’s been confirmed that the update has made a big change to Pokémon Go gym battles. Here’s what we know.
“Previous to this update, you were forced to spam Quick Attack as much as possible, as your taps were not queued – missing a tap meant missing an attack. That’s now solved, as the game queues your moves if you spam tap.
The queue can hold up to one future attack and will prevent you from dodging if it’s full, but it’s a fair system overall. It’s not possible to override the buffer: if you buffered a quick attack, your next battle action will be that quick attack.”
Reddit user Lunaroh provided some more insight into the update:
“This means that if you use Hyper Beam and immediately tap after that, your pokemon will do a quick attack as soon as he can after the Hyper Beam even if you input the move 4 seconds ago.”
Two big changes have happened in gym battles. First, dodging is more difficult. Your queued attack can prevent you from dodging quickly. Also, the lag will not get in your way as much as it used to. It may not be perfect but it’s definitely not as annoying as it was before. Gym battle performance has improved tremendously and here’s was Pokémon Go Hub has to say about that:
“We’ve also observed that Gym battles feel a lot smoother and snappier, with less lag spikes and random damage spikes. It’s rumored that Niantic has streamlined the entire gym code in order to improve performance and stability. This is yet to be verified, but given that the latest GAME MASTER file showed no changes, it’s a very likely option.
We were quite surprised to see how well the new Gym system worked – fighting a gym with several people was a breeze, with almost zero freezes and drops.”
If you’re not one to challenge rival gyms, below is some information on how to become a gym leader. Good luck!