A while back, Niantic promised Pokémon GO players that trading would be the next big feature they'd be working on implementing. While this still has yet to materialise, Niantic has just pushed out a new update with a feature that seems to be a pretty sizable addition to ease the process of raising Pokémon.
The new feature is called "Pokémon Appraisal", and it allows you to present Pokémon to your team leader and have its defensive and offensive attributes evaluated. Through this, you can presumably discern which Pokémon are worth feeding candy to and which are destined for the meat grinder, something that comes as a welcome addition. Otherwise, minor bot fixes have been added, along with the promise of "new and exciting features" for future updates. We'll see, Niantic, we'll see.
What do you think? Does Pokémon Appraisal sound like a good addition to you? What other features do you want them to add? Drop us a comment in the section below.
Sounds like it could be uself. Gotta know which of my Rattata is a top tier or whatever so I can be like Joey... whatever hi sname was.
Wait... an in-game IV calculator? AWESOME!
Is that the same as the Pokemon iV calculator?
I've used that to determine which of my Pokemon are any good and I've discovered that almost all of my "Great" ones (75%+) are from before that infamous update where they crippled players and nerfed Vaporeon.
With an exponentially high escape ratio, decrease in wild rare Pokemon and making 10k eggs less common then it seems like Niantic is trying to slow down users unfairly. So it is odd that they would allow a calculator in-game that confirms how weak new let found Pokemon are in comparison to old ones.
Is this just an IV evaluation? Useful, but already known outside 1st party 😛
Is this on iOS? I'm not seeing it
This could be so handy, in-app. IV calculators are a pain.
@Classic603 Doesn't seem live on iOS yet but this story is only 25 minutes or so old at the time of this post.
@KittyKatta Was with you until you threw in "unfairly" which made no sense to me.
@aaronsullivan I say "unfairly" because it puts people who are leveling up now in a different boat than those who did it a few weeks ago.
For the month of July then:
- Pokemon were easier to catch
- less pokeballs were wasted
- iV on wild Pokemon were generally much higher
- 10k eggs were abundant
So someone grinding in July was able to reach level 20 fairly easy. But AFTER the August update then everything changed to slow down the advanced players but it actually stopped ALL users.
So the way it is now then the playing field isn't level. People who got in early are up to level 30 by now and those of us who played more casually at first have a much harder time to catch up. So that can be considered "unfair" (and the biggest reason many people gave up on PoGO)
@KittyKatta I don't think that many sooks quit playing, but I wish more did. They have been ruining the game much more than Niantic tweaks, updates and even bugs.
There was a bug with the Pokeball usage that Niantic addressed. That was a while ago though so I'm not sure if it's been patched out yet or not. I never noticed it. Though it's hard to tell what's a bug and what's just the natural increase in wild pokemon level as you level. I've only once run out of balls however and that was pretty early on in the game.
As for the comments about changes to IVs and eggs? I can guarantee I haven't had the same experience. Because some of my most recent catches have had fantastic IVs. In terms of eggs I've only got one 10km egg so far. I hatched it last week. I suspect you just got particularly lucky early on with the 10km eggs.
None of this makes sense to me.
Not my choice of time waster. Classic nes and snes titles are much more fun than pokemon go.
@KittyKatta It's kinda hard to say 10k eggs are more rare unless you have some actual data to back that up. I've only had 2 ever, both after the infamous update. I was level 20 by that update, by the way.
@Thermoclorn Ha, the candy's made from something!
Does anyone have the update yet? It's not on Android in Australia.
@MadAdam81 I just checked Google Play in the states and it's not available here either. Last update was from August 7th.
IV's are nice to know, so this is a good feature. Now you can quickly check to see if that charmeleon is worth spending 100 hard-to-find charmander candies on to evolve or not. If its stats are horrible just save the candy for the next charmeleon catch, or possibly a charizard catch if you're lucky enough.
I'm just waiting for battles to be more fleshed out. Plain tapping on the screen isn't fun. I want to battle other players with a decent battle system more than I want to catch everything and hold a gym for two minutes. The game as it is is boring now.
I also never get hyper potions any more. All I get are regular potions, and they arn't enough to heal up my best mon's after gym battles. So I can't do much battling...I hope they roll out those pokemon center pokestops soon. I need 'em.
well, i uninstalled a few weeks ago, so... shrug?
i lost enthusiasm for this game very quickly. on some level i'm surprised it remains popular.
This is awesome! I've been hoarding Pokemon incase they're good and it's been impossible to tell how anything under CP100 will progress.
Great news 😃👍👍
That's cool, but I'd prefer some way to find nearby pokemon easier.
I got 2 10km eggs last night! Never really had trouble getting them so I doubt they are any rare than before
This should really have been much further down on their list of priorities... like the IV checkers in the main games, it should really just be an end-game feature.
Hmm, not showing up for me on iOS or Android in Europe yet... Guess I'll just have to be patient and wait for it to drop!
Still enjoy playing it at the moment. However, the pokemon being harder to catch and the tracker NEED to be fixed. A 59cp spearow escaped out of a pokeball for me recently after a great throw.
@govind_dheda Thanks for the link, but no thanks.
I played it again for about 5 minutes and got like 10 warnings. They should just update with "Don't be an idiot" warning.
@Lzeon Or something like "If something happens to you, we are not responsible. It is natural selection. Here are hospitals nearby"
@KittyKatta I can't see how this game is equivalent to other games where your level is a big factor. It's not like you're running around battling other trainers all the time. I only ever had one 10K egg myself, so they've always been rare to me. I only play to collect Pokemon, so I don't really care about other people's levels and given this is a mobile AR game I very much doubt I'm alone.
It doesn't make raising any Pokemon any easier, it's just an IV checker so you know if a Pokemon is worth raising without putting their stats into a Pokemon GO IV site (which depending on how accurate the IV evaluation in game is, people will continue using anyway).
First and foremost for me is the tracker...I will gladly walk to catch the mons I need.
Until the kick and flee rates are rebalanced/returned to original settings and Pokestops return to spitting out the high end Pokeballs and sprays at previous levels, I'm done.
The problem is this is straight up bait and switch. 'The first is free the next will cost you'. That's great for drug dealers and casinos, but for legitimate businesses it's not even legal. Of course since there probably aren't any precedence set for this sort of thing making it a gray area, nothing will come of it... except people like me deleting the app. As a fan of rpgs and in particular jrpgs, I'm no stranger to grinding and I'm cool with it... until all of the fun is sucked out of that grind. I was prepared to buy an item or two each month down the road since they started out on a fairly generous and fair note.
I'd rather they fix the Distance thing. As of now the game is unplauable, short of camping stops.
The in game tracker is odd for me. I just came back from a trip to San Fransico and the tracker feature was working there but it just showed me where the Pokemon were. Now, back home there is just grass and no directions to move. I liked the idea of the footsteps prior much more. How has it played out for everyone here?
It's interesting that people are getting so few 10k eggs. I'm a Day 1 player and I've gotten at least 20 in the first month (where we played pretty heavily). Since the update trough I've received one.
I originally blamed the capture difficulty and 10k egg distribution as the game scaling to my higher ranking but I now travel with people who range from starters to Level 10s and they never get 10k eggs and have the same difficulty level in keeping low CP Pokemon from fleeing.
I'm not saying the game isn't good. I still play it a lot. I'm just saying that it's just not as fun when it feels like new rules were created to block users from "winning".
@KittyKatta I think you pretty much described how I'm feeling. I'm still playing. But it really feels like things were tweaked to a really disappointing extreme to slow people down.
@XCWarrior okay, I finally hearted a NintendoLife comment after what you just said. Cracked me up!
That's great. But they can't evaluate our pokemon if we can't FIND them! (I'm looking at you, Niantic)
I started playing day one, and am level 24. I've only had one 10k egg so far, and hearing that it's harder to get them makes me a bit sad.
@KittyKatta Nah, that was fair because early users also experienced huge server issues. Also, I don't think it's that kind of competitive game yet. Even in groups of friends and such aren't you more supportive than anything? And everyone combines to help with Gyms which are meant to be overturned regularly. I guess some people aren't used to games that balance gameplay while they are released. I mean if this was some MMO RPG that focused on PvP play as its primary attraction I'd agree with you more. Maybe that's the way you and your friends view it, but I don't think the game is intended to feel that way to begin with.
I honestly don't think the devs imagined it being a phenomenon (if you did it might not be one right?) and didn't expect people to alter their lives so heavily to play it so constantly. (Reminds me of Nintendo not expecting Wii players to get so into it that they chucked their controllers at their TVs) Adjustments seem reasonable to me and to me, at least, fair. You could just view it as an early adopter bonus if that helps. Any money people spent in the beginning got them sweet bonuses that didn't go away, so at least they made changes in that direction. Making it easier gives grounds for people feeling it's a rip-off.
Just looking at the replies here I think some of the RNG has a wide range which means it's hard to compare easily. Look at @OakOtter for instance.
Anyway, I see your point of view better.
At last a welcome addition of The Judge (IV Rater)
@MadAdam81 Pokemon Go finally updated today in the US. I just wanted to follow up in case you haven't seen it in Australia yet.
@Zerodactyl Aww, I heart you too! You teach me and I'll teach you.... POKEMON.... Gotta catch 'em all!
@gcunit welcome bro..
@gcunit You too...
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