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This week new third generation Pokémon will be added to Pokémon Go and you will have to start paying attention to the weather. The new update will add Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip among other new Pokémon and add a dynamic weather mechanic that will effect spawn rates.
The new Pokémon originate from the Hoenn region and were first introduced in Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire. The first of gen three including Sableye, Shuppet, Duskull, and Banette were added in October during the Halloween event. Later this week they will be joined by the gen three starting Pokémon Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip along with 47 others from that generation.
Another big change rolling out is the addition of a new weather system in the game. The weather around you will be represented in the app and more importantly, the different weather will affect the spawn rates of different Pokémon. Certain Pokémon types will be more commonly found during various weather conditions, for instance, the chances of discovering Mudkip will greatly improve on rainy days.
Your attacks will also be affected. Certain types of attack will be more effective during some weather conditions, so a Charizard’s Fire Spin will perform better on sunny days, for example.
In an interview with Polygon Matt Slemon, product manager at Niantic explained the how the weather system will affect players.
“Everyone is always in a steady state of whatever the local geography is. So if you have a large number of different climates, you’ll have a large number of different map states. If you have consistent weather, you’re in a region that’s going to over time develop much stronger Pokémon of those types.”
This will have a big impact on gym battles in particular. Raiding against Charizard on a sunny day will be more challenging. Consistent weather will mean you will find more Pokémon that thrive in that type of weather and that they will be stronger in that area. So this winter players in colder climates can expect to see a big difference in the Pokémon that populate.
Adding weather elements does bring a fresh element to the mobile app which is in its second year now. A game that requires you to be out in the elements is definitely impacted by inclement weather so this update may encourage players to participate more especially during winter.
Will this encourage you to get out more this winter?