New Pokemon Go Update: Catch Bonuses Explained

Published: 6 October 2016
Pokemon Fire Type Medals

This new update will increase the catch chance of Pokemon when certain medals are unlocked.

A brand new Pokemon Go update is being prepared for release and it’ll make catching rarer Pokemon far easier for long term players.

Whilst trainer battles and trading might not quite be ready for Pokemon Go just yet, the next update for the game is still going to be pretty interesting. The new update will make it easier for trainers to catch Pokemon.

If you’ve managed to get past level 20 in Pokemon Go yet you’ll know that catching Pokemon can become a real challenge in later stages of the game. Pokemon start to flee more often and getting a successful catch can be a rare occurrence, even with common Pokemon.

Thankfully, Niantic are planning to release a new update that will help make it easier to catch Pokemon, but trainers will have to put in a bit of work to make the most out of the new features.

In essence, this new update will increase the catch chance of Pokemon when certain medals are unlocked. For example, if a trainer unlocks a medal for catching 10 fire type Pokemon then the capture chance for future fire type Pokemon will increase.

It’s likely that all of the types of Pokemon in Pokemon Go will have this rule apply to their corresponding medals.

New medals are unlocked for catching more of that type, so the more Pokemon of one type you catch, the easier it’ll be to catch that Pokemon type in the future.

Pokemon Type Medal Rewards

Pokemon with two types will have an average bonus calculated from the number of medals from both types.

In the case of a Pokemon having two different types, like a Pidgey which is both normal and flying, the average amount of unlocked medals for both flying and normal Pokemon will be calculated to work out the catch bonus.

With this system in place, trainers that work hard to catch everything they come across will eventually be rewarded with better catch rates for all Pokemon types as more medals are unlocked.

So far, Niantic hasn’t explained whether other medals unrelated to catching certain types of Pokemon will offer new rewards too, so it’ll be interesting to see which medals will award bonuses once the update hits.

The release date for the new Pokemon Go update hasn’t been announced yet either, but if past update announcements are anything to go by, we should most likely see it hit iOS and Android within the next few weeks.

Recently, Niantic’s CEO John Hanke shared a number of their plans for the future of Pokemon Go with the Wall Street Journal. In the interview, Hanke mentioned that they are focusing on player battles, a trading system and a rework of the current gym battle system.

On top of this, generation 2 Pokemon are expected to hit Pokemon Go at some point in the future.

Pokemon Water Type Medal

Niantic hasn’t explained whether other medals unrelated to catching certain types of Pokemon will offer new rewards too.

Besides the major updates, it’s likely we’ll see a number of small gameplay changes added throughout the next few months, in similar scale to the upcoming catch bonus update and the recent buddy system update.

The latest update to hit live servers was update 0.39.0 and whilst it didn’t see any gameplay changes, it improved support for the Pokemon Go Plus wristband, which is now available in most countries.

You can check out our hands-on review of the Pokemon Go Plus here to find out more about how it works.

If more news hits about the upcoming Pokemon Go catch bonus update, or any other future features, we’ll keep you updated so make sure to bookmark this page for all the latest in Pokemon Go news.



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