Niantic is rebalancing Pokémon and more elements in Pokémon GO, Pokémon with high defense will be more rare

Pokémon GO is expanding with many more Pokémon that were originally found in the Sinnoh region, including Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, the Legendary Pokémon Dialga, Palkia and more. In preparation for the arrival of Sinnoh Pokémon, Niantic is making two key shifts to the game balance in the coming weeks. According to the developer, the following changes are based on Trainer feedback and are designed to promote an improved overall experience:

Changes to Pokémon Migration and Behavior

As you explore the world of Pokémon GO, the following changes will affect the Pokémon that appear around you:

  • Niantic is making adjustments to weather and, moving forward, it will have a reduced effect on the rate at which Pokémon appear.
  • As you explore a given area, you will notice that a greater variety of Pokémon species will appear over time and at different rates.
  • Certain areas, such as parks and nature reserves, will now contain more varied Pokémon species.

Changes to Pokémon Effectiveness in Battle

Niantic has also announced plans to rebalance in-game battle mechanics. You may notice some of the following changes in the coming weeks:

  • CP values will be adjusted going forward to improve game balance.
  • HP values will be adjusted to close the gap between high HP Pokémon and low HP Pokémon.
  • Pokémon Defense and Stamina values will be retroactively rebalanced, allowing highly defensive Pokémon to be valuable in battle by outlasting opponents rather than simply running out the clock.
  • Defense values have also been slightly retroactively reduced for most Pokémon. Changes like these will help narrow the gap between Pokémon with the highest defensive stats and other Pokémon.

Source: Official Pokémon GO blog


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