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Pokémon GO - Niantic

Niantic, Inc. has been consistently updating Pokémon Go to continually increase the title’s quality of life. While most of the progress has been behind the scenes to make the game run better, some of the updates were substantial upheavals. Such as the recent Buddy System that was implemented. I wouldn’t call it substantial, but Niantic has announced another feature that is soon to be incorporated into Pokémon Go: Capture Bonuses.

Time to Start Catching All the Fire, Ice, Electric and Flying Types That You Can!

Niantic took to their blog this morning to break down the upcoming Capture Bonuses feature. Essentially, not much changes on the user end of things. In the game, you can go into your Trainer page to see al list of medals that you’ve accrued along the way. Now, some of those medals will actually do something.

Take for instance the Schoolkid and Black Belt medals – the first two of these type on your page. You’re awarded the Schoolkid medal (and can see your progress as a ring around the icon) if you catch a certain number of Normal-type Pokémon. The Black Belt medal is awarded in the same fashion for catching Fighting-type Pokémon. When the Capture Bonuses feature is implemented, if you own these medals, you’ll have an easier time capturing strong/rare Pokémon of these types. Here’s Niantic’s breakdown:

“We are adding a new feature which grants a catch bonus when you earn medals based on catching certain types of Pokémon (Kindler, Psychic, Gardener, etc.). 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.”

This isn’t really a huge revelation to the game. However, it certainly will be nice to have high Capture Bonus stats in the fire, ice, electric and flying categories once those Legendary Birds land. No word from Niantic as to when exactly the new feature will be available, but I would guess it may be included in the next Pokémon Go update.

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Growing up a 90's kid, Jeff found his love for gaming during Nintendo's heyday. Because of that, you could call him a "Nintendo Fanboy" (albeit a rational one) to this day. Outside of his passion for the gaming industry, he’s also an avid sports enthusiast (New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies mainly) and enjoys quality/popular TV shows and movies.