Pokémon Go is giving players new incentives to keep coming back to the already addictive app: a storyline, daily quests, and an elusive legendary Pokémon. The latest Pokémon Go update adds Field Research and Special Research features which give players more activities to do. The latter adds a bit of a story element to the game for the first time since its launch. Completing research tasks nets players rewards and can lead to an encounter with a legendary Pokémon, including the new Mew. SEE ALSO: 'Ghostbusters World' will be like Pokémon Go, but with ghosts!
Well over a year later, Niantic is adding more traditional gameplay to Pokémon Go. Soon, you'll be able to tackle "Research Tasks." Essentially, they're fetch-quests like you'd find in a typical RPG. Finding out if the "series of mysterious happenings" in the game are related to Mew, the illusive psychic, Mythical Pokémon. You'll pick up normal research tasks (finding and catching predetermined pocket monsters, battling) from Pokéstops, while "Special Research" objectives from Professor Willow are rather ambiguous.
Niantic has announced that it will be rolling out a new feature for "Pokémon GO" that will make it easier for players to catch rare Pokemon. The developer hasn't given out a release date for the feature yet, but it did say that it is "coming soon." "We are adding a new feature which grants a catch bonus when you earn medals on catching certain types of Pokémon (Kindler, Psychic, Gardener, etc.)," Niantic said on its "Pokémon GO" Facebook page. "These new bonuses will give you a better chance of capturing Pokemon with a related type." The new feature that's going to be released for "Pokemon GO." Photo: Niantic Simply put, rewards will be given to those who focus on catching specific types of Pokémon.
With it comes a revamped Gym system and...raids! SEE ALSO: A major new'Pokémon Go' update is on the way Under the shade of some trees just outside the Los Angeles Convention Center last week, I got a tour of the new features coming in the Pokémon Go updates that will be slowly rolling out as of today. The new Gyms will add a spinnable Photo Disc (just like PokéStops) that will distribute unique items. Trainers will also receive Gym Badges--mementos of adventures that they can level up, increased rewards, and bonus items at Gyms. Gyms will now feature six permanent slots that can be filled by the controlling team's Pokémon, and opposing teams will battle Pokémon in the order they were assigned to the Gym.
Trainers, there's still time to enjoy the Water Festival in "Pokémon Go." You can still catch and hatch as many Water-type Pokémon as you like until next week. Niantic has also announced the new Global Challenge to watch out for the entire summer season. In case you missed it, the Water Festival returned on June 7 at 1 p.m. PDT and it's here to stay until June 21 at 1 p.m. PDT. This means you still have more time to catch all the Water-type Pokémon you want and need.