Pokémon GO’s Faction Leaders are actually useful now

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Pokemon GO gets new Faction Leader update

I must admit that my love for Pokémon GO has waned over the past few weeks. I’m not playing the game as much anymore, and it seems most people I spend the day with have to. The core, dedicated thousands are settling in though, as Niantic promises to continue updating the game with more content to keep the hunt alive. And while their latest might not pertain to Pokémon hunting that much, it should make Gym fanatics quite happy.

Even though Pokémon GO’s combat leaves a lot desired, there is a semblance of strategy to it all. Certain types of Pokémon do better against others, and each type comes with a set of rules for strengths and weaknesses. That’s often not communicated well in-game, and it’s what’s changing thanks to some added Trainer functionality. When taking on a Gym from now on, your Faction leader will pop up – and have heaps of advice to give.

They’ll analyse what Pokémon you’re going up against in the Gym, and suggest some types that could make the battle go a lot smoother. That’s really the bulk of the new patch that’s live across iOS and Android right now.

  • Implemented Pokémon Appraisal: Trainers will now be able to learn about a Pokémon’s attack and defense capabilities from their Team Leader (Candela, Blanche or Spark) to determine which of their Pokémon have the most potential for battle.
  • We are still working hard on several new and exciting features to come in the future of Pokémon GO.
  • Minor bot fixes

What are those new and exciting features? Who knows! At this point most Pokémon GO players are still holding out for some improved tracking, but the rest is entirely up to Niantic. They’ve managed to keep the fires alive for this long, so a steady stream of new content will do wonders. Are you still hunting Pokémon?

Last Updated: August 23, 2016

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