POKEMON Go fans have uncovered all the secrets from the latest update, as Niantic gets ready to introduce co-operative Raids and other new features.
Pokemon Go fans have started to notice big changes littering the landscape in the Niantic smartphone app.
New reports on Reddit suggest that some PokeStops will be turned into Gyms when construction finishes and normal play resumes.
One player said that the PokeStop they were spinning turned into a Gym. Another player claims that two new Gyms had been added to the surrounding area, while some reports suggest that the reverse is happening, and that Gyms are becoming PokeStops.
If Niantic wants people to participate in Raids, then increasing the number of Gym locations – particularly in rural locations – makes perfect sense.
Of course, it could also be a side-effect of the update process and may return to normal when Raids do finally roll out.
Check out the new Raids gameplay screenshots below…
Pokemon Go fans have also been delving into the latest update and data mining its secrets.
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Niantic has announced most of the changes, so there’s no major surprises, but fans can expect new textures, badges and other visual changes, as well as real-time notifications and those all-important Raids.
Here are some of the biggest discoveries made by data miners…
New Gym support
- New gym Badges support has been added: Vanilla, Bronze, Silver and Gold
Legendary Raid Battles support
Full raid support added
- Team raid lobby support
- Real time notifications
- Raid level and scaling handlers
- Raid Tickets handling has been added
Other changes include Move rerolls, better in-app purchase handling, performance optimisations and a Ditto plug-in.
Niantic detailed all of its new features in a recent blog post.
The new Gyms are more interactive, featuring a spinnable photo disc that awards players with unique items.
Then there are the new Gym Badges, which can be levelled up in order to receive increased rewards and bonus items.
The new an improved Gyms will also feature six permanent slots that can be filled by the controlling team’s Pokemon. Opposing players can battle these Pokemon in the order they were assigned to the Gym.
And to make things more competitive, defending Pokemon will lose motivation over time, which will lower their effective CP and therefore make them easier to defeat.
Raid battles, meanwhile, will give Trainers the chance to team up with other players to defeat powerful Raid bosses.
These Raid battles will appear as timed in-game events that will temporarily take over Gyms. Alternatively, you can create your own Raids using customisable codes.