Pokémon Go might be gradually losing steam, but that isn’t stopping creator Niantic from continuously improving the game.
The company announced it’s working on a new update that will make it easier to hunt down rare Pokémon – and also give you more incentive to catch low-level creatures.
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While previously earning medals within the game merely awarded more points, tiering up will soon give you better chances of catching specific types of Pokémon. For instance, catching a certain number of water-type creatures could earn you a Swimmer medal, which will in turn increase your chances of capturing rare water-type Pokémon.
Here’s how Niantic explains the feature:
These new bonuses will give you a better chance of capturing Pokémon with a related type. For example, as you reach a higher tier for the Kindler Medal, your bonus to catch Fire-type Pokémon such as Charmander, Vulpix and Ponyta increases.
Trainers can work their way to a new tier by catching many Pokémon of the same type. If a Pokémon has multiple types, your bonus will be the average of your bonuses for each type. For example, Pidgey is both Normal and Flying type. Your bonus in this case would be the average of your Normal-type and Flying-type bonuses.
While Pokémon enthusiasts have responded well to the announcement, many voiced their concerns that Niantic should instead focus on developing a robust tracking system – a feature that used to be available when the game first launched.
It is not yet clear when Niantic is rolling out the update, but you probably won’t have to wait too long.