Pokemon GO news UPDATE: Legendary Pokemon announcement as Niantic launch MAJOR new feature by Hot News Cowboys:
Smeargle as an example has a move called Sketch, which allows it to permanently learn the last move that it’s battle opponent used. In the main series of Pokemon games, you could get a Smeargle with pretty much ANY move set possible. But it was a pretty terrible Pokemon.
Delibird also has a signature move which could prove tricky to bring to the game, called Present. Effectively this will either damage or heals the enemy.
We have, for all intents and purposes, another Ditto situation on our hands.
Niantic are working on something special for the game, be it an animation or a new feature entirely, we can’t say for now, but as you can tell, there are some issues with making both of these Pokemon available without some extra work.
And we imagine that once they’ve perfected these two Pokemon, we’ll get a special mini-event to commemorate their rollout.
Here’s a quick round-up of what Hanke mentioned, as recorded by The Silph Road:
• Hanke said he can’t give any secret information on Pokemon GO, but explained the team are “working on improving gym battles.”
• Will probably be some way to release legendary Pokemon “in the not so distant future”
• The other feature that we know people want and that we will be working on and send out “pretty soon” is letting you battle one on one with other people. (woot!)
• Acknowledged that some Pokemon haven’t appeared in-game yet due to their “special moves.” Hanke didn’t name Delibird and Smeargle outright, but MTC offered their names and Hanke asked if they were the ones with special moves. MTC confirmed, and Hanke concurred.
It was revealed a month back that Niantic was working on a potential Legendary Pokemon update to release this Summer.
Previously it was revealed that Pokemon GO was working on a new feature called “raids” which may be part of the games wider Gym rework.
This would likely fall into part of the recent comments from Niantic when they said there were plans for “all new cooperative social gameplay experiences” coming to the game this Spring!
But a recent Niantic interview suggested that they may be looking to twin those new gameplay mechanics with legendary Pokemon such as Mewtwo.
In a recent interview from K-Tai Watch (a Japanese news outlet) with Niantics Japanese staff it was revealed (via Translation) that the team were working on a “huge event this summer”.
For the time being though it’s not known exactly how this would work and whether other players would be able to feed your Pokemon or if players will need to hoard a new type of berry in their inventory.
This update is expected to arrive at some point in the coming months and given Niantic’s fondness for surprise announcements, stay tuned for more details as soon as we get them!
While these scanning apps could be a blow to the users who rely on them to help locate some of the games most tricky Pokemon, it’s also been announced that Niantic has released a significant Pokemon GO update which should, in time, have a massive impact on the number of PokeStops available to players around the world.
Niantic announced that their Operation Portal Recon (OPR) tool for fellow AR game Ingress is now live in Brazil and Korea. For anyone who missed our news about the OPR previously, it’s a tool designed to let Ingress players submit new portal requests.
However, given that both Ingress and Pokemon GO uses the same real-world location data for their games, it will also have a significant impact on future Pokestops.
As a result of the OPR tool, Pokemon GO players have already benefited from the addition of 9000 new Pokestops and, given that we know Pokemon more frequently spawn near PokeStops, it will be great news for anyone visiting either Brazil or Korea who might be hoping to catch one of the two region exclusive Pokemon, Heracross and Farfetch’d.