Pokémon GO Coming to Apple Watch!

During the Apple Keynote iPhone 7 Presentation, they touched on WatchOS 3 for Apple Watch. After giving giving a few app examples, Jeff Williams also mentioned a very “special” app, Pokémon GO.

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Niantic CEO John Hanke is introduced and gives a few stats on Pokémon GO before diving into the Apple Watch GO features:

  • Pokémon GO has been downloaded 500 millon times around the world since early July.
  • Pokémon trainers have collectively walked more than 4.6 billon kilometers while playing the game.

(Take that Michelle Obama!)

 

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Inspired by the Pokémon GO Plus, Pokémon GO on the Apple Watch is being developed to give trainers more ways to enjoy playing Pokémon GO while not having their head buried in their phone. While it isn’t going to be a full featured version of Pokémon GO, it gets us closer to “heads up” game play vs the smartphone zombie walk.

 

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From the main watch interface we see our eggs and how far we need to walk to hatch them. They won’t track distance towards hatching those eggs until you start your “workout” though.

 

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From the start screen you see:

  • Trainer level
  • Current XP
  • XP needed for next level
  • Start workout button

 

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The main screen shows us:

  • km traveled
  • Workout durtation
  • Calories burnt
  • Nearby Pokémon

 

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A wild Snorlax appeared during the demo! However, to catch wild Pokémon you’ll need to get out your smartphone as GO on the Apple Watch does not allow you to catch Pokémon.

 

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You will be able to Visit Pokéstops and collect items!

 

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Medal achievements are displayed!

 

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The all too fun egg hatching “Oh?” and hatch animation are shown on the Apple Watch. It’s unknown if you can load a new egg into an incubator or not from GO on the Apple Watch, or if you’ll need to bust out your smartphone for that.

 

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When you end your workout, you are shown a summary screen of how far you walked, calories burned, and a list of all the items you collected! They end the presentation telling us “Pokémon GO on Apple Watch will help you to become the very best” and that it will be “shipping before end of year”.

Pokémon GO – Third Saturday Registration

After the successful pilot PG-TS events in August, we are proud to announce the opening of registration to the public for September Pokémon GO – Third Saturday events!

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We highly recommend that you run events for small local areas (suburbs, counties, localities, etc) rather than cities due to the potential size of these events. Details on how to run the event will be sent to the event organizers via e-mail.

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Itinerary

  • 1 hour meet and greet. During this time you will register your stats with the event coordinators.
  • 2 hour game play time. Do you best!
  • 1 hour post event. Turn your final stats in with the event coordinators.

Trainer information will be tracked in the following categories:

  • XP Earned
  • Levels Gained
  • Pokémon Captures
  • Kilometers Gained
  • Grand Final Gym Battle (optional per city)

Pokémon GO Third Saturday is a 100% Fev Games and community run event with no involvement or affiliation with Niantic Labs, The Pokémon Company, or Nintendo.

Incoming New Pokémon GO Feature: “Buddy Pokémon”!

In the last update, there were hints of a new feature on the horizon missed in our initial APK teardown. We’ve since adjusted our methods to better detect features like this in the future.

Here are a few hints of the buddy feature found in APK 0.35.0:

  • km_buddy_distance
  • buddy_candy_awarded
  • BUDDY_MEDIUM
  • BUDDY_SHOULDER
  • BUDDY_BIG
  • BUDDY_FLYING
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Today Niantic announced this feature along with some new details and pictures! Let’s break this down along with the information we know from APK 0.35.0.

 

Assigning a Buddy Pokémon

Niantic first states, “You will be able to pick your favorite Pokémon from your collection to become your buddy, opening up unique in-game rewards and experiences. ”

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From this we learn that you can only have one Buddy Pokémon assigned, though it is also stated that you can change your buddy at any time. We also see what are guessed to be the BUDDY_MEDIUM and BUDDY_BIG values shown with examples of Squirtle and Charmander being medium sized Pokémon, and Snorlax being a big sized Pokémon. The other values indicate other stances shown on the Trainer profile.

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We originally thought these values hinted at stances for Pokémon seen on the world map that would follow alongside your trainer as you moved vs stances in the trainer profile. If that was never on the dev table, you’re welcome for the freebie Niantic ;). This image shared by Niantic today shows no sign of a Pokémon next to the trainer (though we’ll discus the new meter below).

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In-game rewards

While Niantic touches on candy being an in-game reward for “walking together”, the other bonuses, rewards, and experiences mentioned are left pretty vague. Walking together and being awarded candy seem to align with values seen in the last APK: km_buddy_distance and buddy_candy_awarded.

Reddit user Muchachin shared an image not seen on the English version of this update from Niantic, but rather from the Spanish version.

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Along with this interesting image, Muchachin also made a on-point speculation that the distance required to get a candy for that Pokémon type is directly tied to distance required to hatch a Pokémon of that type! In the image above we see 2 KM is required for a Charmander candy. Charmander can also be hatched from a 2 KM egg, so the speculation certainly fits.

We also see indication of the distance required on the world map displaying an avatar for the Pokémon next to the trainer avatar. On the outside boarder of the Pokémon avatar, we notice what is assumed to be the distance traveled meter.

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We hope this new features drop in the next update, though the time frame was left at “just around the corner.” This will be a great method for gaining candy for some of the more rare Pokémon in your collect. We’ll report more as we find out!

How to Go at Pokemon Go – The New App That’s Sweeping the Nation

Pokemon Go is the new app that is sweeping the nation. It’s a gaming app that sticks to the original concept of Pokemon of catching them all, and defeating gym leaders. But, this app has people jumping out of their seats with excitement, literally.

Pokemon Go uses Google Maps to place Pokemon around the world. Players use a tracking system to locate Pokemon in a 30 meter radius. Once the player finds the Pokemon, they then use the camera on their smart phone to aim and throw a Pokeball at the Pokemon to capture it.

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Pokemon Card Tips – How to Build a Deck

Constructing a deck in the Pokemon Trading Card Game is one of the most daunting tasks in all of Pokemon. There are so many cards out there, yet you are limited to a total of only 60 cards in your deck. How do you know which Pokemon cards to put in and how many of each?

There are 3 types of cards you will be putting in your Pokemon deck: Pokemon, Trainers, and Energy. The first of this trio you will need to concentrate on is the actual Pokemon.

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Selling Pokemon Cards – Tips on How to Make Money

You can make some money by selling your Pokemon cards, but that would just be a one shot fee and you would be left without anything to sell next time when someone wants them. So you need to be smart so that you can make this a source of extra income. Its funny how we stash thing we are done using.

You will find out that you stowed away your Pokemon cards and actually, you are wondering where you will get them. This actually is the first step to making this a small source of income.

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New Pokemon Online Tips That Will Help You Win More Often

Pokemon Online is a very popular game that is played by kids all throughout the world. If you are looking for the newest Pokemon Online Tips-read on and you will find this very helpful. Having the latest Pokemon Online Tips will help you win more often and impress your friends.

First, a little history and background on the game and they we will get to the latest Pokemon Online Tips.

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Pokémon GO – Third Saturday – August 2016 Results

Saturday 20th of August was the inaugural Pokémon GO Third Saturday event with 6 cities trialing the event. The day saw 755 trainers earn 16.8 million XP and 273 levels, walk 1,362 km and capture 33,391 Pokémon!

Team Mystic won in all the categories scored leaving team Valor and Instinct to battle for 2nd place. Mystic had a single trainer more than Valor (275/274/202/4)

Statistics per team

The average attending trainer level was 20 overall with the most frequent level for Mystic and Valor at 21 while Instinct at 22.

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Riverside, USA was the biggest event of the weekend and easily won in every single category.

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In the XP category, team Instinct dominated in Melbourne and Ottawa, Valor won in Riverside and Townsville and Mystic won in Victoria and Chicago.

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Thank you to the teams that helped kick off these events and to everyone that came along to their local events.

Stay tuned to Fev Games this week for the opening of event registrations for everyone! If you missed the announcement post about Pokémon GO Third Saturday, check it out here.


Pokémon GO Third Saturday is a 100% Fev Games and community run event with no involvement or affiliation with Niantic Labs, The Pokémon Company, or Nintendo.

Pokémon Go APK Teardown [0.35.0]

Welcome everyone to another teardown of Pokémon Go. For those new to our blog, we make a difference report between two versions (In this case 0.33.0 and 0.35.0) and blog about the differences. This allows to find the upcoming and latest changes. With that out of the way, let’s jump into 0.35.0.

Appraisals

Appraise ButtonA constant need for trainers has been a way to check the IV (Individual Values) of captured Pokémon. These IVs range between 0 and 15 and are added onto the base value of a Pokémon. While the method to obtain these have been against the Terms of Service, and thus bannable, a new legal in-game method has been added.

While viewing a Pokémon, a new option called “Appraise” has been added. This option is only available at Level 5 onward and has your Gym leader giving you a breakdown of the strength of said Pokémon. The messages below are all from Team Mystic and their leader Blanche. Messages from other teams will be slightly different.

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You will learn 3 things.

  1. The overall evaluation ranging in the categories of (Amazing, Great, Above Average, Poor)
  2. The highest attribute (Between HP, Defense and Attack)
  3. The evaluation on weight on the Pokémon.

These phrases (For Mystic) are

  • “Overall, your [Poke] is a wonder! What a breathtaking Pokemon.” – Amazing
  • “Overall, your [Poke] has certainly caught my attention.” – Great
  • “Overall, your [Poke] is above average.” – Above Average
  • “Overall, your [Poke] is not likely to make much headway in battle.” – Poor

The next lines will examine the best attribute (including ties) and then include a sentence in relation to that.

  • “I see its best attribute is [HP/Defense/Attack].”
  • “It is matched equally by its [HP/Defense/Attack].” – If tied with another attribute or multiple.
  • “I am certainly impressed by its stats, I must say.”
  • “Its stats are not out of the norm, in my estimation.”

Finally, the line will be about the weight of Pokemon.

  • “The size of your [Poke] is…colossal. This is indeed exceptional. Fascinating!”
  • “Your [Poke] is above average in size.”
  • “Your [Poke] is below average in size.”
  • “It is matched equally be its [HP/Defense/Attack].”

 

* The “Amazing, Great, Above Average and Poor” categorization are not official. This is our judgment of the values.

 


Anti-Bot v2 – “Minor bot fixes”

I noticed an entire new Webview added. This is basically a web browser running inside the application, which didn’t make sense in the realm of Pokémon Go.

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This change seems to be targeted against those who break the Terms of Service. I found the following that led to this.

  • ICaptchaGuiController.Niantic.Holoholo
  • Captcha.get_CompletionPromise.UpdateUrl
  • CaptchaGuiController.get_FullUrl.SpawnWebView

This web browser will show what appears to be a Captcha for those devices that don’t seem to be playing like a regular human. Since this is new functionality, my guess is once the upgrade to 0.35.0 is forced on everyone, this functionality will become active.


Conclusion

The official changelog additionally mentioned “We are still working hard on several new and exciting features to come in the future of Pokémon GO.“, but nothing was hiding in this application release.

Nerd Stats

  • Upsight updated to 4.2.3 (previously 4.2.2)
  • Unity webview added (Shown above)

This version was relatively small compared to our previous releases, but packed a major feature change and an additional security enhancement. With the server update on August 20th, it seems a server version is always released a few days before an official client application release.

Pokémon GO Balance Update – August 20, 2016

Today’s unannounced balance update for Pokémon GO was released yesterday bringing several updates to the game.

 

Spawn changes

While it seems there have been no nest migrations, reports are coming in of increased spawn rates of uncommon/rare Pokémon. Part of this could be to break up the monotonous grind of only catching common Pokémon (Pidgey/Rattata), and making going out and catching Pokémon a little more exciting. There are also reports of Regional spawns significantly increasing as well. For those who do not know, this is where Regional Pokémon spawn:

Tauros North America
Kangaskhan Australia
Mr. Mime Europe
Farfetch’d Asia

The other half of this seems to be targeting rural areas, where many have complained the game is almost unplayable due to low spawns and lack of PokéStops. This is certainly a good move towards making the game more playable outside of major cities.

 

Egg Hatch Speed Increased

Reports are coming in that this was increased from the previous determined 10.5 km/h. It’s also been noted that distance is updated more frequently, meaning you may not have to walk in a straight line anymore for best results. While the new variables have not been determined for this yet, hopefully this means we can jog and bike more while hatching eggs.

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Move Set Changes

Last update we saw damage changes to a variety of moves. In this update, there are no damage changes, but rather move set changes to particular Pokémon. Most Pokémon only see one fast/special attack move change, where others had a move completely removed! So far this change has only applied to newly caught Pokémon, meaning that if they don’t retroactively update previously caught Pokémon, those could be very rare to hold on to.

Fast Attack Changes

Pokémon Old New
Diglett Mud Shot Mud Slap
Dugtrio Mud Shot Mud Slap
Graveler Mud Shot Mud Slap
Golem Mud Shot Mud Slap
Seel Water Gun Lick
Grimer Acid Poison Jab
Muk Acid Lick
Koffing Acid Removed
Weezing Acid Removed
Staryu Quick Attack Tackle
Starmie Quick Attack Tackle
Gyarados Dragon Breath Removed
Porygon Quick Attack Zen Headbutt
Omastar Rock Throw Mud Shot

Special Attack Changes

Pokémon Old New
Jigglypuff Play Rough Dazzling Gleam
Gengar Sludge Wave Sludge Bomb
Hitmonlee Stomp Brick Break
Chansey Psybeam Hyper Beam
Starmie Psybeam Psychic
Mew HurricaneMoonblast Blizzard

 

Conclusion

This was a server side patch. We saw changes to spawn rates, egg hatching speeds, and move set changes. It’s also interesting to see changes made to Mew, a Pokémon that currently is not obtainable in the game. Our Pokédex has been updated with all this new information.