It’s been over nearly two months since we put out our last Everything we Know about Pokémon GO, and given as how there has been some new developments since then, we thought it was time we updated our entire collected Pokémon GO info.
Now we could very easily bog you down with all of the specifics starting from the beginning, but odds are you’ll already know half of it already, so instead we are going to start with the very latest information before we go back to the very beginning and cover every bit of information that came out afterwards. Just like that, let’s begin.
Starting with the latest information, means we begin with a rumour, just like how this month started with a rumour, the rumour of Pokémon GO is to begin pre-registration for beta testing for North America, which is expected to drop sometime the 16th and the 20th of May. There is still time for the news to drop but as great as it would be, it is a rumour from an unverified source, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Moving away from beta testing for NA, the beta testing in Australia and New Zealand is ongoing and just like how the Japanese beta testing came with the reveal of some new news and footage, but we also received the same with the latest round of beta testing too. So with that thought in mind, here’s 9 minutes of Pokémon GO footage:
Prior to that, we were still reeling from the reveal of information that came with the Japanese beta test, information that was provided by a beta tester who on Reddit, goes by the name of TheSilphRoad. The information you’ll find below is a summary of the biggest reveals:
- Attacking: Tap the screen for a quick attack, or hold your finger on the screen for a charge attack.
- Stamina: There is a stamina bar, which is displayed beneath your health bar. Stamina is consumed when attacking and refills 20% every second.
- Being Attacked: Incoming attacks are indicated by a red crosshair, which closes in on your Pokémon, thus giving you the chance to dodge the attack, by swiping left or right.
- Type Advantage: As expected from a “main” Pokémon game, type advantage is still a thing and will enable your fire-type to do more damage against an ice-type. Also making it into the game is text messages such as: “It’s not very effective” and “It’s super effective!”
- Health Recovery: Damage sustained from during training battles is not recovered immediately after so you will need to heal up after the battle. The same is expected with standard battles, but nothing has yet been said.
- Training Battles: Players are pitted against computer player Pokémon, and all battles take place in real time. So if you’re expecting battling like we’ve seen from all the main games, wipe that thought as these battles are an all-out brawl.
- Taking a Gym: If a Gym has yet to be claimed, you can easily drop off one of your Pokémon to claim it for yourself. You can even fight yourself by taking on the Pokémon you chose to leave behind in order to train your other Pokémon. Just be sure to not leave your strongest Pokémon at the Gym, otherwise training will not go as you planned.
- Catching a Pokémon: Berries can be used to feed the Pokémon you intend to catch to raise your chances of catching it. Berries can only be used once per encounter. There are even different colours for the shrinking rings to indicate the difficulty of the catch.
- Gym Levels: Any Gym you claim for yourself, or already claimed by those on the same team of you, can be levelled up by reaching a set amount of Prestige Points. 500 Prestige points will make a Level 1 Gym Level 2. For Level 3 you need 1000 points and 2000 for Level 4. Beating an opposing team’s Gym will lower the Gyms Prestige Points.
A week before TheSilphRoad’s reveals, news of beta testing for Australia and New Zealand was first announced and a week and a half before that, we received the first lot of leaked footage of, which at the time was more than enough to drive us into a frenzy, but compared to the clip we have now, the effect it once had is gone. Still these two minutes taught us a lot:
But we were spoiled during this period, because we also got to learn this lot of information too:
- There will be no battles against wild Pokémon, instead you simply catch them directly using various Poké Balls.
- Trainers are customizable with different options.
- 137 different attack names have been found in the game’s code, confirming battle systems. Some of the moves include Flamethrower and Hyper Beam.
- There are an additional 95 “fast” versions of the discovered 137 attacks.
- Players will receive a starter Pokémon, though in the beta version this does not happen.
- A new game function with the name “Starburst” has been discovered – details surrounding it are unknown.
- References to Google Cardboard, a mobile VR peripheral, have been found within the game’s data.
- There are three “teams” the player can join: Red Team, Blue Team, or Yellow Team.
- Only first generation Pokémon exist in the beta; it’s unclear if this will be the case for the final version of the game.
- There are multiple versions of the defense stat, though the reasoning behind this is unclear.
- There are seven object categories: Poké Ball, Potion, Revive, Maps, Battle Objects, Food, and Camera. Food and Camera details are unspecified.
- The following items are the only ones available in the beta: Poké Ball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Master Ball, Potion, Super Potion, Hyper Potion, Max Potion, Max Revive, X Attack, X Defense, X Miracle, Razz Berry, Bluk Berry, Nanab Berry, Wepear Berry, Pinap Berry, and Special Camera.
- X Miracle is a new item. Its effects are unknown as of right now.
- Pokémon Natures are present, but differ from the main games. Currently, the ones found are: Stoic, Assassin, Guardian, Raider, Protector, Sentry, and Champion. Their roles are currently unknown.
- Microtransactions are available.
- A day-night cycle is confirmed.
- Normal, Legendary, and Mythical Pokémon are all present, and Pokémon are categorized as such.
- There is no evidence of Mega Evolution, however it’s unknown if this is only true for the beta.
- Supposedly, Pokémon are only allowed two moves during Gym Battles.
Here ends all the new information we received since we posted the last edition of Everything we Know about Pokémon GO and now that we’ve got all the recent news out the way, it’s time to go all the way back to the beginning and ask just what is Pokémon GO? (Purely for those who don’t know already. You can feel free to skip this part, unless you fancy going reading through it). Well Pokémon GO is to be one of the latest instalments in Pokémon games. It is in no way connected to the series of main Generation games, but is full of all the core values and elements that make a Pokémon game what it is. Also unlike the games in the main series and most of the spin offs, Pokémon GO will not be appearing on Nintendo’s home console or its handheld, due to the fact that this is to be a mobile game for iOS and Android devices.
The Pokémon GO game/app is being developed by the Pokémon Company and Niantic, who were of course the company behind the augmented reality game Ingress, which was a hit for Android and iOS devices. Now as for the location for this all new Pokémon adventure, it’s your location. No new region needed when Pokémon GO can play out all across our very own planet. We are the trainers and our surroundings are now the home to many different kinds of Pokémon.
If you didn’t know already, Pokémon GO is an augmented reality game that uses our phone’s camera to show us Pokémon calling our surroundings home. Depending on our type of location, the Pokémon we come across will vary, but that’s okay because that’s what trading is for and Pokémon GO will be compatible with the Pokémon Bank, so it doesn’t matter who you come up against, because you will be able to battle and catch them nonetheless and trade them for a Pokémon you do want. And in the event you’d rather stick to battling, you can battle rival team members and Gyms, as mentioned far above, but you can also actually work together with others to take down more powerful opponents, such as Mewtwo, as seen in the trailer for Pokémon.
Pokémon GO will not be a singular release because besides another Pokémon game coming to mobile, Pokémon Ko-Master, a free to play mobile game for iOS and Android devices, it will also be getting its own additional gadget which will see its release along with the game. Unlike Pokémon GO, the Pokémon GO Plus is not a free device and will require purchasing and if you’re wondering as to just what kind of use this device will serve, well read on because we have the details here. The Pokémon GO Plus, essentially a smartwatch, is similar to a wristwatch and is worn on your wrist. It isn’t a requirement for the game, but it is an offered option, which can make your experience with the game easier as the Pokémon GO Plus is able to connect to your phone via bluetooth and will notify you that there are Pokémon in your vicinity by vibrating, without you having to check your phone constantly and it can be used for performing in-game actions as well.
Now just like I said before, from everything we know so far, those of you who do get Pokémon GO on your phones, it is most likely your mobile device will need to be connected to the internet during gameplay, so have fun and play to your heart’s content, but just make sure you don’t rake up a huge phone bill in the process.
It is however something of a large shame that the footage we have finally received doesn’t give away all that much, especially when it wasn’t that long ago that Nintendo forked out a whopping $5 million dollars just to have an ad play during the Super Bowl, regarding Pokémon GO but instead of actually giving away details of having any kind of footage whatsoever, it was more about sending out a message, a message of “I can do that,” meaning “You can do that!” If you never saw the ad, then you are one of a few who didn’t and can correct that by watching the ad below:
And now that we got that bit out of the way, let’s go over the other details we know about the game. There will be PokéStops, areas which are located at places of interest, such as historic monuments, public art installations, etc. Visiting the PokéStops will enable you to get your hands on items for the game, such as Poké Balls and Pokémon eggs, which just like in the main games, requires you to walk in order for the egg to hatch. As for Pokémon that hatches from the egg, it can either be something you’ve seen before, or something new entirely will come from the egg could be one you’ve got already, or one you haven’t.
Actual gameplay sees us levelling up the trainer instead of the Pokémon, which is something you’ll want to do a lot of because by levelling up Trainer level, the more likely you are of catching powerful Pokémon. You’ll also then have access to better items, such as Great Balls and catching Pokémon in general. As far as evolving your Pokémon goes, well that’s something new altogether, because instead of levelling up to a certain level, you will have to catch multiple versions of the Pokémon you aim to evolve and eventually you will be given the opportunity to evolve one of them.
The above information came about after an unofficial video leak, which was the first ever lot of footage we saw of Pokémon GO in action. The footage had its debut at the South by Southwest convention:
This footage, which didn’t give much away, was our first true taste of what to expect from the upcoming game and is very welcomed nonetheless. John Hanke of Niantic (the company who are working with the Pokémon Company), was scheduled to give a presentation at GDC 2016 regarding Pokémon GO, called “Catch ‘Em All: Pokémon GO and Real World Gaming.” This presentation was going to be the 30 minutes where we could finally get a real feel for this game and see what it is all about, but unfortunately the presentation was cancelled, by John Hanke
The reason for the cancellation was due to the fact that with the game being so close to ready for beta testing, he’d rather focus all efforts on that and the actual release of the finish project than to go ahead with the presentation. Well the good news is that beta testing is a go as Pokémon GO is ready for field-testing, in Japan, which will commence at the end of March. Beta testing won’t solely be restricted to the Pokémon Company’s home nation, as it is planned to take place in other countries as well, but Japan is where they intend to start, just as they intend to release the game (when it is finally finished), in Japan first before it will then release in the likes of North America and Europe before the rest of the world.
Once again, this has been our complete run-down of everything we know about Pokémon GO, and we hope it has taught you things you didn’t know about the game and reaffirmed the things that you did. Thank you for reading and be sure to let us hear from you in the comments.
Till next time folks. You’re never too old to get your GAME on! And don’t forget to check back often because as soon as more news drops, we’ll be sure to share it!