Pokemon Go Update Adds Code for Gen 3 Badges, Battle Teams, and More

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Pokemon Go is forcing players to download its newest update, which is heightening anticipation that new Pokemon are about to be added to the game.

Earlier this week, Pokemon Go put out its new update that contained all sorts of code related to the “Gen 3” Pokemon first seen in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. The update also contained a new loading screen, which spoiled that these new Pokemon would be introduced as part of the game’s upcoming Halloween event.

Today, Pokemon Go officially “forced” the update, which means that players have to install the newest version of the game in order to play. Developers usually force an update just before launching any new features. Along with the forced update, developers also updated the GAME_MASTER file, which contains stats, code, and other information that Pokemon Go uses to function.

The updated GAME_MASTER contains a few surprises, including references to new features we weren’t expecting. Keep scrolling down to see what surprises could be in store for Pokemon Go players in the coming days:

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Battle Teams

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Probably the biggest surprise are several notifications related to “Battle Teams,” which appear to be teams of Pokemon that players can pre-set. 

Many Pokemon Go players have begged for the ability to pre-set teams for Raids and Gym Battles for months in order to save time and override the game’s flawed autopicking function. It looks like Pokemon Go is finally following through on this request, which will make at least high level players pretty happy.

The notifications found in the GAME_MASTER file indicate that a Pokemon on a Battle Team will be removed if they’re added to a gym. This means that players will likely want to keep their Battle Team Pokemon for offense only in order to optimize this potential new feature.  

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EX Raid Cancellations

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Pokemon Go is also taking more steps to rectify potential EX Raid cancellations. EX Raids are currently the only way to fight and capture Mewtwo, but players can only participate in EX Raids if they receive an invitation. When Pokemon Go recently cancelled an EX Raid without notice, it spurred a lot of discussion and controversy among the fanbase.

In order to help soothe potential hurt feelings, it appears that Pokemon Go will be giving out free items to anyone who receives an invite to a cancelled EX Raid. Players will also receive a notification if their EX Raid gets cancelled. Hopefully, these features don’t get used very often! 

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Gen 3 Teases

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There were two lines of code related to Gen 3 Pokemon. The first is a new badge for players that catch “Gen 3” Pokemon from the Hoenn region. That’s not exactly a surprise, considering Pokemon Go has tons of different badges for different accomplishments.

However, the really intriguing piece of code is a notification that mentions how much distance you still need to walk with a Pokemon in order to evolve it. This could just be another “Quality of Life” improvement for players, or it could be a hint that a “Friendship” mechanic will be a much bigger deal for Gen 3.

For those who aren’t aware, certain players can only evolve when they form a strong bond with their trainer. Pokemon Go paid homage to this system by requiring players to walk their Eevee 10 KM in order to evolve it into an Espeon or an Umbreon. There aren’t any Gen 3 Pokemon that requires a high Friendship stat to evolve, but there is one (Feebas) that requires a high “Beauty” rating. Could Pokemon Go be substituting Friendship for a Beauty stat? 

The new Pokemon could appear at any time, so we’ll keep you updated on any new news! 

Pokemon Go Botches Genders of Two Key Gen 3 Legendaries

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Pokemon Go inadvertently messed up the genders of two Gen 3 Legendary Pokemon.

Yesterday, we reported that game developers added the gender ratios for the “Gen 3” Pokemon, which cleared one of the final hurdles before the Pokemon could officially go live in the game. These gender ratios help Pokemon Go determine whether the Pokemon you see in the game are male or female, or whether they have any gender at all.

While most of the Pokemon gender ratios corresponded to the gender ratios seen in the main Pokemon games, players did notice a major deviation. Whoever entered in the ratios swapped the genders of Latios and Latias, a key pair of Legendary Pokemon.

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What Are Latias and Latios?

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Latios and Latias are known as the “Eon Duo” and are a pair of Legendary Pokemon that usually roam the Hoenn region. Although both look similar and are highly intelligent Dragon/Psychic dual-type Pokemon, each has their own unique stats, moves, and different genders.

Latios (who is male in the main Pokemon games) is the more offensive oriented of the pair, with high Attack and Speed stats. Latios also has a special move called Luster Purge that can lower an opponent’s Defense, which allows his attacks to hit even harder.

Latias is female and is defensively oriented. With her Mist Ball attack, she can lower an opponent’s Attack stats in order to make her strong Defense stats even more potent. 

For reference’s sake, Latios is the blue Pokemon, while Latias is red. 

Since Pokemon Go hasn’t gone live with the new Pokemon (and likely won’t add Latios and Latias for a while), this is a pretty easily correctable bug. Hopefully, someone at Niantic notices before they release the Gen 3 Pokemon into the wild! 

Pokémon Go Halloween Event 2017: Could This Screen Reveal Gen 3 Pokemon?

When the autumn leaves drop and cool air settles over the city, it means one thing: Halloween is here. And Pokémon GO creators Niantic are celebrating in a big way: potentially unleashing third generation Pokémon into the number one smartphone app from 2016.

On Reddit’s dedicated Pokémon GO community page The Silph Road, fans have uncovered spooky secrets hidden in the latest update including metadata like “HALLOWEEN_2017” and “mapHalloweenNightmusic.” Silph Roaders even found a new night theme, “Lavender Town,” named after the infamous village haunted by ghost Pokémon in the original game.

But the biggest new thing is the possible arrival of Generation 3 Pokémon. Along with all the Halloween stuff, there are numerous references to Generation 3, such as Gen 3 Pokémon sound files — Silph Road specifically mentions Deoxys — and a Generation 3 badge, which is awarded to victorious Pokémon Trainers.

On top of all this, there is a new horror-themed splash page featuring spooky Generation 3 Pokémon like Sableye, Shuppet, Banette, Duskull, and Dusclops, who all accompany Gen 1 staples like Gengar and Zubat. Historically, Niantic uses the game’s loading screen to reference ongoing events; since June, when Niantic implemented multiplayer raid battles, the loading screen showed a group taking down a Tyranitar in a stadium.

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The new splash page, uncovered by r/TheSilphRoad.

This year’s Halloween is shaping up to be a bigger deal for Niantic than it was last year. For Halloween 2016, there was a focus on candies (get it? trick or treating?) and an abundance of ghost and psychic-type Pokémon to catch. And that was it! Now, the implementation of Generation 3 all but confirms that Halloween 2017 is one of the biggest things to happen to Pokémon GO since it became a phenomenon last year.

Pokemon Go news: Halloween event shock reveal, Mewtwo EX Raid update, Gen 3 buildup | Gaming | Entertainment

More Pokemon Go updates are set to arrive very soon that are going to change the game for a while.

A new Pokemon Go Halloween event is being planned by Niantic, of which new details have been revealed.

While dataminers have already confirmed the launch of the new Gen 3 Pokemon, others have found something a little more surprising.

Not only will fans get to earn some new bonuses, but some have also spotted a reference to another Ghost Type Pokemon from a later generation hidden within the image.

The player avatar featured in the picture is wearing a Mimikyu hat, which suggests the Generation 7 Pokemon may make an appearance in some form.

It’s likely players will be able to equip their own Mimikyu hats, similar to the Magikarp hat that was introduced during the Water Festival.

Another Niantic leak appears to have confirmed the inclusion of another hat-clad Pikachu for Halloween.

A leaked App Store image posted online features Pikachu in a witch’s hat. Players will presumably be able to capture this Pikachu variant for the duration of the Halloween 2017 event.

Fortunately, Pikachu is pictured alongside a selection of Gen 1, Gen 2 and Gen 3 Ghost Pokemon, which means the rumours of a Gen 3 launch were true.

The picture includes Duskull and Sableye, but fans can also expect the likes of Shuppet, Banette and Dusclops.

It’s unclear if the Halloween 2017 event will coincide with the release of additional Gen 3 Pokemon, or if they’re being saved for a future release.

Dataminers recently found evidence of Gen 3 Pokemon, with the only thing missing being the Gen 3 sound files needed to replicate the new Pokemon.

However, these were discovered in the most recent Pokemon Go update, as well as the spooky Lavender Town theme from Pokemon Red and Blue.

There’s also evidence to suggest that a new Halloween-themed map display may appear at night.

In other Pokemon related news, it appears that the recently launched Pokemon EX Raids, featuring Mewtwo, have been given a big boost.

New invites for a wave of EX Raids occurring on October 20 have been sent out to Trainers.

These new Raids are being held at both Sponsored and unsponsored Gyms worldwide.

It looks like Niantic are set to test the biggest amount of EX Raids yet, although they will differ from earlier ones.

This time round, fans will only have around 45 minutes to complete what they need to, a drop in the amount time that has been seen in earlier events.

“We have collected some valuable early feedback on the new EX Raid Battle feature and will look to further test and hone the experience through the feedback of the dedicated global Trainer community,” Niantic explains. 

“During the field test, we’ll be making periodic adjustments to EX Raid eligibility requirements, frequency, times, locations, and durations with the goal of making the EX Raid Battle feature engaging, rewarding, and most importantly, fun for Trainers who regularly participate in Raid Battles.”

Pokémon GO Halloween event adds Gen 3 pokémon

Pokémon GO Halloween event adds Gen 3 pokémon
Can you identify them all?

Leaked artwork seems to prove that Generation III pokémon like Duskull and Sableye will be making their Pokémon GO debut this month.

There are over 800 different pokémon in the various portable games, and so far Pokémon GO has only featured a small percentage of them.

It started with Generation I pokémon, from the original Pokémon Red and Blue games, and then in February started added in Generation II critters from Pokémon Gold and Silver. And now it looks like the turn of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.

The artwork above is to promote the upcoming Halloween event, and was found by hackers in the current app’s files. It clearly shows images of Generation III creatures Duskull, Dusclops, Shuppet, Sableye, and Banette; alongside existing regulars such as Gengar and Murkrow.

Given the Halloween theme they’re all ghost types, or otherwise spooky in nature, but data-miners have also found the sound files for all the other 200-odd Generation III creatures.

That doesn’t mean they’ll all be released at once though and it may take several months before they’re all available. Especially as there’s still some Generation II pokémon, such as Smeargle and Delibird, that aren’t in the app.

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The final point of interest from the leaked image is that the cap the human player is wearing looks like Mimikyu’s head. Mimikyu is a Generation VII creature from the most recent Pokémon Sun and Moon games, but whether that’s meant as just a little cameo or a sign he’ll also be added to the game is impossible to tell.

There’s no date yet for when this year’s Halloween event will start, but last year it ran between October 26 and November 1. So it probably won’t be much different than that.

As well as new pokémon the event will likely also increase candy rewards for hatching eggs or using your buddy pokémon. But whether they’re Generation III or not, all of the pokémon during that time will be limited to spooky Halloween-themed ones.

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Pokemon Go news: SECRET Halloween 2017 update as fans prepare for Gen 3 launch | Gaming | Entertainment

Niantic recently launched an update from Pokemon Go that didn’t include many highlights in the patch notes.

In fact, the only thing listed by Niantic that had changed in version 0.79.2 for Android and 1.49.2 for iOS was this:

“Various bug fixes and performance updates.”

However, since dataminers took the time to look at things a little closely, we now know there’s a lot more than just that.

For instance, we now know that the Pokemon Go Halloween 2017 event will include the first Gen 3 Pocket Monsters.

It seems likely that they will be the initial wave of Pokemon added to the game through Generation 3, with the rest likely to follow.

This would be similar to how Gen 2 baby Pokemon were the first to arrive, followed by over 70+ more.

It took another two months before we saw the rest show up, and that would mean a launch around Christmas Day for Gen 3.

When it comes to the big Pokemon Go Halloween launch, Niantic have yet to confirm when it will arrive.

Last year’s Pokemon Go Halloween spookfest kicked off on October 26th and ended on November 1.

It seems Niantic could follow the same dates for in 2017, although no announcement has been made so far.

As mentioned above, the new Pokemon Go Halloween event looks set to only include Ghost and Dark-type Pocket Monsters.

Gen 3 Ghost Types include Shuppet, Banette, Mega Banette, Duskull and Dusclops, which is a nice selection for a limited time event.

Here’s more from the team at the Pokemon Go Hub on the subject, including a new badge being found, among other bug fixes.

Pokemon Go dataminers have been keeping track of Gen 3 code popping up in the game’s master files over the past few months.

The last piece that was missing were the audio files required to make Pocket Monster cries, which have now been added.

A new Badge entry was also discovered in reference to the Gen 3 Pokédex entries, as well as a brand new Halloween 2017 loading screen.

The loading screen is the biggest confirmation of a Gen 3 launch around Halloween, as it shows new Pokemon being part of the event.

There was also new support for in-game night time Halloween music, which could only add to the spooky fun.

Dataminers did caution that new moves and abilities are still required, but that seem likely to be added in a small update before the launch of the Halloween event.

Pokemon Go Gen 3 release CONFIRMED: Halloween 2017 event news reveals launch plans | Gaming | Entertainment

For those who might not have known, there has been a growing stack of evidence that suggests a Pokemon Go Gen 3 release was set to launch around Halloween.

We first received an update from the Pokemon Company, talking about how Pokemon Halloween 2017 could include “new” Pocket Monsters to catch.

Then there was the recent interview with Niantic CEO, John Hanke, who confirmed that the Pokemon Go Gen 3 launch was the company’s next big project.

And now more news has been revealed via the latest Pokemon Go update.

Dataminers have already found plenty of evidence that Niantic were planning a Gen 3 launch soon.

And now it seems it’s all but confirmed that the upcoming Halloween event will provide the launchpad.

Earlier updates made to Pokemon Go secretly included Gen 3 data that would be needed for the launch.

The only thing missing was the audio files, which have now been confirmed as part of the latest patch for the game.

But something more important has also been found, the wallpaper for the upcoming Pokemon Go Halloween event includes Gen 3 Pocket Monsters.

It should be noted that the new Pokemon Go Halloween event looks set to only include Ghost and Dark-type Pocket Monsters.

Gen 3 Ghost Types include Shuppet, Banette, Mega Banette, Duskull and Dusclops, which is a nice selection for a limited time event.

Here’s more from the team at the Pokemon Go Hub on the subject, including a new badge being found, among other bug fixes.

“It’s happening – we now have almost all of the required Generation III files in the APK! We’ve done a quick data mine and our suspicions were confirmed: Gen III Pokémon audio clips are now in the APK, but more importantly… Gen III is coming this Halloween,” the PoGo team explain.

“As a bonus, a new Badge entry was added in reference to the Gen 3 Pokédex entries, a brand new Halloween 2017 loading screen and support for in-game night time Halloween music were added. 

“You can see screenshots of the code and the wallpaper below. And yes, Gen III is coming for Halloween, as featured in the new loading screen.

“We don’t want to overhype this release, but there is only one thing that’s missing before Gen III can be fully released: new moves/abilities. All of the other static assets are in there, which leaves us at a tipping point.

“As far as other changes go, there are huge chunks of code changed left and right, almost exclusively as bug fixes but also as new debugging and tracing tools. It seems that Pokémon GO is maturing as a platform more and more.”

Last year’s Pokemon Go Halloween spookfest kicked off on October 26th and ended on November 1.

It seems Niantic could follow the same dates for in 2017, although no announcement has been made so far.

How to Prepare for Gen 3 in Pokemon Go

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A new wave of Pokemon is coming to Pokemon Go, which means some big changes to the game. While some Pokemon will be more valuable than ever, others won’t be as important as new and more powerful Pokemon replace them in gyms and on Raid teams. And while we don’t know when Gen 3 will be added to the game, it’s never too early to get the right Pokemon powered up.

So which Pokemon should players power up to prepare for Gen 3? And what Pokemon will probably get left behind? Here’s a look at some of the Pokemon that will be most affected by the next generation of Pokemon in Pokemon Go:

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Must Haves

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While Gen 3 will bring over 130 new Pokemon to the game, there’s a few Pokemon that will remain pretty high in terms of the Pokemon Go hierarchy. For instance, Tyranitar will remain just as important in Pokemon Go‘s metagame. While there’s a ton of new Dark-Type Pokemon coming into the game, none have the bulk or power of Tyranitar.

Other Pokemon that will become even more valuable in Pokemon Go are Zapdos and Raikou. There are a TON of Water-Type Pokemon coming into the game, and there aren’t any Pokemon that will be more effective in stopping this flood than these two Legendary Pokemon. 

Although Mewtwo will no longer be the top attacker in Pokemon Go (that is, unless the game’s developers nerf Rayquaza and Deoxys’s stats before they become Raid Bosses,) it’ll still be an elite level attacker that you’ll want to keep powering up….if you have it, that is. 

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Still Important

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Some powerful Pokemon that currently rule the roost in Pokemon Go may soon have some viable Gen 3 viables. For instance, Dragonite won’t be quite as important once Salamance arrives with its superior Attack and Stamina stats. Although Dragonite has a slightly higher CP, some players might prefer Salamance as a gym attacker…especially if it has a superior moveset.

Another Pokemon that could be impacted by the upcoming wave is Machamp. Currently, Machamp is arguably the most important gym attacker in the game, as its powerful Fighting-Type moves can easily beat defenders like Blissey and Snorlax. However, two new Fighting-Type Pokemon (Breloom and Blaziken) are both coming that will have Attack stats higher than Machamp. Machamp still maintains the edge in overall CP, so some players will probably still prefer Machamp over these new Pokemon.

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Sorry, Ice-Types

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Ice-Type Pokemon like Lapras and Cloyster have seen their usage drop over time, especially since gyms can’t be loaded up with multiple Dragonite anymore. Although they maintained some usefulness in fighting Dragonite and Flying-Type, their remaining niche usefulness will probably be coming to an end once Gen 3 arrives. 

Pokemon Go is finally getting a viable Fairy-Type attacker (Gardevoir) that should be a real Dragon-Type killer. Plus, there’s several other new Dragon-Type Pokemon with much higher attacks that should be more effective to use against other Dragon-Types than an underpowered Ice-Type Pokemon.

So, if you’re thinking about powering up a Lapras or an Articuno, save your Stardust for another Pokemon project! 

Pokemon Go UPDATE – Niantic drops BIGGEST hint yet for Gen 3 release | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go developer Niantic has dropped its biggest Gen 3 hint yet.

Niantic CEO John Hanke recently told Taiwanese magazine Business Weekly what the game’s next secret weapon will be new Pokemon.

“There is a lot of Pokemon that have not yet been launched,” Hanke revealed (via Comicbook).

“So I think the next secret weapon will be launch of the next Pokemon generation. I hope the players will soon see them.”

Fans have already discovered Gen 3 Pokemon in the game files, while a new update suggests that everything is in place for an imminent release.

In fact, the only thing missing are the sound files needed to replicate the new Pokemon.

Check out a selection of our favourite Gen 3 Pokemon in the gallery below…

A recent Pokemon Company statement suggested that spooky new gen 3 Pokemon would join the app at Halloween.

“The Halloween season is a special time in Pokemon Go,” the post reads.

“Plenty of good stuff is coming to the game later this October, and we can’t wait to get out and about to see what sort of excitement we can scare up while catching new Pokemon to fill out our Pokedex.”

Gen 3 Ghost Types include Shuppet, Banette, Mega Banette, Duskull and Dusclops, which is a nice selection for a limited time Halloween event.

One Pokemon that definitely won’t be joining the game is Oh-Ho.

A leaked Niantic email supposedly confirmed plans to add Oh-Ho to the game as part of an imminent Legendary Raid.

Unfortunately, the email wasn’t actually sent out by Niantic, so you’ll have to wait a little longer for Oh-Ho Raids.

That’s according to a Niantic employee, who told Reddit users: “I reviewed our support ticketing system and I can confirm that our support team did not send this erroneous message.”

It’s been speculated that a new Legendary Raid will launch alongside Gen 3 Pokemon and the upcoming Halloween event.

Pokemon Go NEWS – Halloween event latest, Legendary Raid denial, Gen 3 update | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go developer Niantic is expected to reveal more about the Halloween 2017 event soon.

A recent Pokemon Company statement suggested that spooky new gen 3 Pokemon would join the app at Halloween.

“The Halloween season is a special time in Pokemon Go,” the post reads.

“Plenty of good stuff is coming to the game later this October, and we can’t wait to get out and about to see what sort of excitement we can scare up while catching new Pokemon to fill out our Pokedex.”

As previously reported, Gen 3 source code was recently discovered by Pokemon Go dataminers, which must surely mean that new Pokemon are on their way.

Gen 3 Ghost Types include Shuppet, Banette, Mega Banette, Duskull and Dusclops, which is a nice selection for a limited time event.

You can see the best Gen 1, 2 and 3 Ghost Pokemon in the gallery below…

Pokemon Go developer Niantic is unlikely to add Oh-Ho to the game anytime soon.

A leaked Niantic email supposedly confirmed plans to add Oh-Ho to the game as part of an imminent Legendary Raid.

Unfortunately, the email wasn’t actually sent out by Niantic, so you’ll have to wait a little longer for Oh-Ho Raids.

That’s according to a Niantic employee, who told Reddit users: “I reviewed our support ticketing system and I can confirm that our support team did not send this erroneous message.”

It’s been speculated that a new Legendary Raid will launch alongside Gen 3 Pokemon and the upcoming Halloween event.

Pokemon Go fans have uncovered new secrets in the latest update for the game on Android and iPhone.

Having already discovered Gen 3 Pokemon in the game files, fans have found more evidence that suggests that Niantic is planning to introduce new Monsters soon.

The latest Pokemon Go news has come directly from the new update released by Niantic, which has now been datamined by players.

Reports from leading dataminers have confirmed that nearly everything is in place to launch a big Pokemon Go Gen 3 update in the near future.

The Pokemon Go files now include all the forms needed for Gen 3, a big move forward for those hoping for some kind of launch around the upcoming Halloween event.

The only thing missing appears to be sound files for the Gen 3, which will be needed to replicate their in-game cries.