Global phenomenon Pokémon GO is still alive and kicking with Niantic’s latest update to the Charged Attack mechanic.
Although released in 2016, the popular game was a solitary collecting experience up until the end of 2018. Only then were player-versus-player (PvP) trainer battles possible with any Pokémon GO player you encounter who accepts your challenge.
However, even with the inclusion of the new gaming mode, players relied on the old mechanic of tapping icons. The new update makes things more interesting with the introduction of a new swiping mechanic. Now, instead of frantically tapping in order to collect all the icons, you will have to swipe the icons for a Charged Attack from your Pokémon.
Trainers, two feature revamps are coming to Pokémon GO! We are rolling out an updated appraisal system to give you more detailed information on your Pokémon's stats, and will soon be updating the Charged Attack mechanic in Trainer Battles. Watch for a preview! pic.twitter.com/0MaIjrxx8f
— Niantic Support (@NianticHelp) July 15, 2019
Needless to say, such a tweak was long overdue — as basing your entire gameplay on a single type of motion was getting rather stale. The new upgrade brings in new dynamism and draws parallels to Fruit Ninja and Shuriken Master.
Alongside the new swiping mechanic, Niantic also overhauled the game’s appraisal system — making it more intuitive.
What may be the greatest QoL update in Pokemon GO history comes in v0.149.0: a majorly revamped in-game appraisal system! Each IV is now visible on 3 progress bars and the stamp turns red for 100% IVs. You can even switch between Pokemon with a single tap for quick comparisons! pic.twitter.com/hZa8VA9XBl
— The Silph Road (@TheSilphRoad) July 15, 2019
Now, your core Pokémon’s values — Individual Value (IV) — will be displayed as three-part progress bars which will turn red when you fill them. On top of that, a single tap will allow you to switch between Pokémons.
Keep in mind that these updates are all a part of the much anticipated Team Go Rocket Invasions, announced at Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago this year.
You can expect Team Go Rocket to invade a PokéStop and battle their Shadow Pokémon. If you are able to defeat the Team Go Rocket grunt, they will leave their Shadow Pokémon, giving you an opportunity to catch it and purify it.
What do you think of the new swiping mechanic in Pokémon GO? Are you excited for Team Go Rocket Invasions? Let us know what you think about the popular mobile augmented-reality game in the comments below!
Images courtesy of Vincent M.A. Janssen from Pexels, Twitter/@NianticHelp/@TheSilphRoad, IGDB/Pokémon GO press kit.