he new Pokemon Go Gen 3 update has been launched, meaning 50 new Pocket Monsters are now available to be caught.
There hasn’t been a full list made of which Pokemon have been added to the game this week, although it’s expected that more will be added in the near future.
Today’s new drop has been confirmed to contain the likes of Torchic, Mudkip and Treecko, and it might take awhile to find out what else is lurking out there.
Niantic is also tackling a long-running issue with Pokemon Go storage space by giving it a boost for the Gen 3 launch.
The dev team is increasing the minimum storage capacity by 50 additional Pokemon, and the maximum storage by 500.
“With the addition of Pokemon originally discovered in the Hoenn region, the need for more Pokemon Storage is greater than ever,” reads a Niantic post.
“You’ll now be able to store up to 1,500 Pokemon. We’ve also increased the minimum Pokemon Storage size by 50, so all Trainers will soon be able to carry 50 additional Pokemon.”
Other big updates have also been made to the game today, including the new Pokemon Weather Effects bonus system.
As Trainers go exploring the world in search of Pokemon, the current weather in their vicinity will be visible on the in-game map. And much more exciting then that, the real-world weather around Trainers will impact the gameplay of Pokemon Go.
This will include changing Pokemon habitats and where they can be found, increasing Combat Power, and earning more Stardust after catching a Pokemon.
The Water Pokemon you encounter in the rain will be stronger, and offer a higher amount of stardust, meaning the CP value will be higher than usual.
Catching Water Pokemon in the rain will provide a stardust bonus and will also encourage the stronger types from that species to appear.
The current known weather effects include: Sunny, Rainy, Snowy, Foggy, Cloudy, Partly Cloudy and Windy.
Pokemon Go battles will also be affected, with movesets that sync with the current weather conditions getting a boost.
Here’s more from Niantic engineer, Matt Slemon: “If you go into a battle at a Gym or a Raid with your Charizard partner, you should expect that in the sun, their fire-type moves will do additional damage.
“That means that defenders who can correctly predict what the weather patterns are going to be, will be in a much better position to defend those Gyms against players who don’t.”
As you can imagine, this will also make big changes to Pokemon Go Raid battles, providing more strategy to the decision of joining one.
“If that Raid boss has more affinity to the weather in the area, it’s going to be a more difficult opponent,” Slemon adds.
The trade off is that if you can then capture the Charizard, you’re going to get a good one.
“If you capture the Charizard, you still get the bonus Stardust, in addition to find that the Charizard has higher CP.”
“Pokemon care about the dominate weather condition outside, so we send that to the user.
Every weather condition has a couple of Pokemon types attached to it, so it mean EVERY Pokemon has at least one kind they care about.