Pokémon GO Update Inbound, Gen III Pokémon Support Added

Pokémon GO is set to receive a new update on both Android and iOS devices, developer Niantic has confirmed.

According to the Pokémon GO website, version 0.77.1 will be introduced to Android and 1.47.1 for iOS.

Niantic has revealed some of the improvements it will make to Pokémon GO, including bug fixes, performance updates and addressing an issue where a player’s curveball throw wouldn’t register.

Pokémon GO’s current Gym system, which was introduced back in June.

Listed below are the other fixes coming to Pokémon GO in this update:

  • A confirmation dialogue now appears when attempting to transfer costumed Pokémon.
  • Costumed Pokémon can no longer be mass-transferred.
  • Resolved a bug causing occasional network errors while battling in Gyms.
  • Resolved a bug causing Raid Battle lobbies to display the incorrect number of Trainers preparing for battle.
  • Resolved a bug causing the Pokémon selected in the Raid Battle lobby to be reset after clicking the items button.

Niantic did not reveal the exact date when the update is live, though it said that Pokémon GO was “in the process of being updated.”

It would seem that the update is also preparing ahead for Pokémon GO’s future, specifically the long-awaited Gen III Pokémon.

The Silph Road subreddit completed its APK mine of version 0.77.1, which found that support had been added for two Gen III Pokémon forms: Deoxys and Castform.

“Some Pokémon in each Generation bend the rules of how typical Pokémon are classified,” Silph Road user dronpes wrote in a post. “Examples of this are Ditto, Unown, shinies, and thanks to Niantic’s approach, party hats and other event-specific variants.

“In Pokémon GO, special species that have variants have what are called ‘forms.’ Before Unown could launch in-game, its ‘forms’ were added to the APK.”

Castform and Deoxys could be changed to different forms in the handheld Pokémon titles, allowing them to possess new abilities or improve certain stats.

  • Deoxys’ forms: normal, attack, defense and speed.
  • Castform’s forms: normal, sunny, rainy and snowy.
Pokémon GO Deoxys

Deoxys’ forms from top left to bottom right: normal, attack, defense and speed.

Both Pokémon forms have now been added in the latest update, according to dronpes.

“This groundwork needed to be laid before these species could appear in Pokémon GO, so we’re excited to see this progress and momentum towards Gen III,” dronpes added. “Notably, Gen III sound files for Pokémon ‘cries’ have not been added to the APK just yet, so Gen III isn’t launching tomorrow, travelers. But we’re getting close.”

Earlier this week, Pokémon GO’s Equinox event came to an end. However, the Legendary Johto trio — Raikou, Entei and Suicune — are still in Pokémon GO’s rotation cycle, with each one moving to a different region of the world after a month.

Niantic has also released a new set of tutorial videos for Pokémon GO, providing the basic and advanced features that trainers need to know in the title.

Hardcore Gamer’s review for Pokémon GO said that it’s “exciting to think of what Pokémon GO could become and if you haven’t downloaded it already, do it. It’s free, there are no ads and even people who don’t know what Pokémon are have been having a good time with it.”