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Upcoming Pokémon Go update will make it easier to catch rare Pokémon

Niantic is rolling out an update to Pokémon Go that should make it easier to track down rare Pokémon. With the update, trainers will receive a bonus when they catch enough Pokémon of a certain type. For instance, if you collect 50 water-type Pokémon, you'll get a Swimmer medal with a "catch bonus" that improves the chances of finding rare Pokémon.

From Niantic:

We are adding a new feature which grants a catch bonus when you earn medals based on catching certain types of Pokémon (Kindler, Psychic, Gardener, etc.). These new bonuses will give you a better chance of capturing Pokémon with a related type. For example, as you reach a higher tier for the Kindler Medal, your bonus to catch Fire-type Pokémon such as Charmander, Vulpix and Ponyta increases.Trainers can work their way to a new tier by catching many Pokémon of the same type. If a Pokémon has multiple types, your bonus will be the average of your bonuses for each type. For example, Pidgey is both Normal and Flying type. Your bonus, in this case, would be the average of your Normal-type and Flying-type bonuses.

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The screenshots detailed by Niantic show that catching more Pokémon of the same type increases the corresponding bonus for each tier. There's no mention of when the update will go live, but we'll let you know once it does.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor covering Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone manufacturers, and writes about the semiconductor industry, storage servers, and audio products. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

24 Comments
  • Let it die already Niantic
  • Isn't this update making it easier to catch Pokémon of types that you've already caught a lot of? Title is pretty misleading.
  • If the rare pokemon is of the same type that you already catched a lot of, it will be easier to catch.
  • Anyone still gives a ****?
  • I do. It' s fun game. You should try being fun sometime.
  • Well if you consider this fun, I am truly sorry for you.
  • Minecraft is rather popular too. Why don't we see regular news stories about it? How about other popular games/apps?
  • +1
  • Go to Windows Central. They've been promoting that game like crazy lately. They even do a stream every Friday called "Microsoft, Minicraft and Libations" where you can watch them play Minecraft (and listen to Daniel Rubino's endless whining over everything that doesn't move exactly the way he likes)
  • I've never played this game. A few reasons are, I'm a grown man, I have a life that includes a job and having a girl in real life, not online somewhere, and from what I've seen, the game sucks.
  • +1
  • Ahm a tough old man, life's fer workin' not playin'! Poor sod lol.
  • Ouuuu...you grown men eh? Having sex is also a game...have girlfriend but still virgin lol...
  • So you can't play this game and lead an "adult" life?
  • Too little, too late. It started out great, but the extremely limited feature set made the game get boring quickly once you hit level 20 or so. Walking around catching pidgeys all day gets boring without being able to interact directly with friends around you, like the real Pokemon game is all about.
  • Exactly
  • So in other words they still are not releasing a better tracking system got it.
  • "For instance, if you collect 50 water-type Pokémon, you'll get a Swimmer medal with a "catch bonus" that improves the chances of finding rare Pokémon." Finding, not catching. At least that's how it's written above. If it's catching, not finding, then nothing changes since I don't see rare ones around me anyway. Do they show up for just me, like Incense, or if I'm with people will everyone see it? It would be a BIG benefit for the social aspect if people were "working together" even unknowingly.
  • All I want is a Snorlax. :(
  • Me too or Lapras
  • My brother has 3 Snorlax, I kind of hate him. We need trading! Also i could unload some of these Mr mime to foreigners.
  • I have 10 Snorlax. I'm hoarding them along with anything else that's rare for when they finally introduce trading. All I need is Aerodactyl and the region-exclusive Pokémon so I'm mainly hoarding to help other people out.
  • Are the counts retroactive or moving forward only?
  • I used to play Pokemon a lot (when I was 14 years old....) ...soooooo, this is an updated that makes catching RARE Pokemon easier, then what's the point of RARE Pokemons?