Recently the developers of Pokémon Go, Niantic decided to roll back some special changes in the game that were needed to help people play Pokémon Go safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Players hardly disagreed with these changes and tried to petition against them. The situation with COVID is not under control in many regions and people are worrying about their health and safeness, but the developers from Niantic don’t seem to be concerned. Despite the protests, they pushed some changes and this article is going to tell you about all updates and which of them were committed.
Range Decrease in Pokémon Go
Niantic decided to apply some changes in Pokémon Go that weren’t so satisfying for players. Here is the list, of what the developers decided to remove from the game:
- Incense effects will return to the previous ones.
- Buddy Pokémon Gift frequency will be reduced.
- PokéStop and Gym interaction distances will return to the previous standards.
- Remote Raids will be changed, as the developers are trying to balance them with in-person ones.
Seems like the biggest change is a decrease of PokéStop interaction distance from 80 meters to the previous standard of 40 meters. Gym Interaction Range and Remote Range Interaction distances won’t be changed.
PokéStop distance change wasn’t the best idea. It was one of a few changes players weren’t satisfied with, but not all bonuses added during pandemic were changed. Here is the list of the ones that Niantic are not planning to remove right now:
- The duration of incense remains at 60 minutes.
- Go Battle League is still not requiring walking.
- You are able to challenge any Trainer with a QR code.
- The maximum number of items you can put in your Bag is still 20.
- You will be able to open 30 Gifts every day.
You will receive more Stardust and XP for the first Pokémon you caught during the day.