POKEMON GO has seen a major game-changing update that may force players to frequent their local Gyms a lot more than in the past, and it has nothing to do with Moltres.
Niantic are living up to their promises of releasing new content and expanded features for their popular Android and iOS game.
Pokemon Go has seen some serious upheavals over the past few months, what with the big Gym revamp, Raids launch and Legendary reveals.
And it appears that some of these new features are still very much a work in progress.
The latest Pokemon Go update rolled out earlier this week and provided the game with some much needed bug fixes, ahead of Moltres switching out with Articuno.
But there was also one that has now been discovered to have a much bigger impact.
“Resolved a motivation decay bug impacting Pokémon with less than 3,000 CP,” was part of version 0.69.1 for Android and 1.39.1 for iOS devices rolled out earlier this week.
The team at Pokemon Go Hub has revealed more on the new bug fix, confirming that Gym turnover looks set to increase dramatically.
“We’ve observed a huge increase in motivation decay, roughly 1.35% – 1.5% every 10 minutes, resulting (on average) in a 10% motivation loss per hour,” PoGo Hub explain.
“We’re unable to confirm, but early observations suggest that the decay is tied to the defender Combat Power.”
As you would expect, this could cause some major headaches for those who need to keep the PokeCoins coming in with their placed Pocket Monsters.
With Pokemon Go changing a lot in the past few months, players could understandably be worried that their usual lineups of Pocket Monsters might need to be changed.
Using the best Pokemon to win over Gyms, or smash a Legendary-type is something that Trainers are always on the lookout for.
Both Blissey and Snorlax are well established in-game, due to their great use when it comes to Gym battles.
But this latest Pokemon Go news appears to confirm that they’re not quite right for the game’s next challenge.
Trainers only have a short amount of time to grab the new Legendary.
The only problem is, both Blissey and Snorlax don’t seem up to the job.
While both are great at defending due to their top HP stats, they can fall flat when it comes to the power factor.
Max damage output is the name of the game when taking on Moltres, and there isn’t much bonus to having any surviving Pokemon.
There’s also the fact that Trainers who have done the most damage will also get the most Premier Balls when catching Moltres.
And with the capture rates the way they are, every Premier Ball can make a big difference.