Sneaky Niantic update adds great new feature following event reveal

POKEMON GO news this week has confirmed that an unannounced update from Niantic has added a great new feature to the game, ahead of the next wave of new events.

Many Trainers may not have noticed it but a new Pokemon Go update was rolled out by Niantic this week.

The new patch was released with very little fanfare, although a changelog has confirmed some of the tweaks.

These include one new feature that could help Trainers out a lot in the future.

Pokemon Go news patch notes:

  • Items received from spinning Gym PokéStops and completing Raid Battles are now displayed in the Journal.
  • Improved Pokemon Collection screen search functionality by allowing Trainers to search using “defender” and “legendary”.
  • Resolved a bug which caused Pikachu hats to disappear from the in-game model and icon.
  • Resolved a bug which caused some icons to disappear when scrolling through the Pokédex.
  • Various bug fixes and performance updates

The important note is the one describing how Niantic have changed how you organise your Pokemon.

Trainers can now filter Pokemon by Defending and Legendary Pokemon by using the “Defender” and “legendary” keywords.

This could save players a lot of time and even help those who haven’t been playing long with which Pocket Monsters to use for each task.

Another thing found by dataminers in the new Pokemon Go build is references to the upcoming Safari Zone events in Europe.

Two waves of events are happening in the coming months, with both apparently receiving their own unique badges.

On September 16, official Pokémon Go Safari Zone activities will be taking place at Unibail-Rodamco Shopping Centres located at CentrO in Oberhausen (Germany), Les Quatre Temps in Paris (France) and La Maquinista in Barcelona (Spain).

New in-game medals and special 2 km Eggs will be available from various PokeStops found at each of these shopping centres.

But one of the biggest boosts will be the Pocket Monsters spawning around these areas.

Lures will be activated all day at each PokeStop at the event, which will see the likes of Kangaskhan, Chansey, Larvitar, and others popping up throughout the day.

Trainers in the area may even get to catch a few Shiny Pikachu, Shiny Magikarp, and various forms of Unown.

Another wave of Safari Zone event will be held in October, apparently getting slightly different rewards.

Niantic have confirmed that Gym and Raid Battles will not be available at these shopping centres during these events.

This would suggest that Niantic are not planning on launching any new Legendary-types, like they did in Chicago and Yokohama.