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Pokémon GO gets dynamic weather system and 50 Pokémon from Gen III

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There's never been a better time to get up and catch some Pokémon. For the first time in an augmented reality mobile video game, you'll be able to experience real-world weather effects simulated in the world of Pokémon GO as well as generation 3 of the game. 

Niantic is releasing 50 new Pokémon in the wild who are all originally from the Hoenn Region (from the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire game). Trainers will now be able to catch, collect, and add the likes of Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip, with more Hoenn region Pokémon being deployed over the coming weeks.

"Whether they're looking for the largest Wailord at a beach, chasing Swablu blowing on the wind, battling alongside their Salamence, or making their Feebas feel beautiful, players will know that as sure as the seasons change, Hoenn Pokémon have arrived," announces Niantic in a press release. "Rainy days just got more interesting for that next outdoor excursion."

Pokémon GO's new dynamic weather system will go hand in hand with the new content too. If you remember, Gen 3 was when weather was first introduced into the series so it makes sense that Pokemon GO gets the feature now too.  What it means is that Trainers can plan better which Pokémon they want to catch based on the daily weather forecast. Unfortunately, South African Trainers won't be catching any Pokémon who enjoys playing in the snow. The current day's weather will be visible on your Pokémon GO screen and will, therefore, also impact gameplay. One of those will be that it will have an effect on Pokémon habitats and where these creatures can be found. Another change will be increasing Combat Power, and earning more Stardust after catching a Pokémon. Some attacks will also be more effective depending on the weather; for example, Charizard’s Fire Spin will perform better on sunny days.

Examples of Pokémon changing their habitat depending on the real-world weather condition:

  • Find Mudkip splashing about when it rains
  • For sunny South Africa, you'll often find Cacnea basking in the sun
  • Snorunt will be playing in the snow

Want to catch that one Pokémon that has always managed to elude you? Read up on its preferred weather conditions and ecology, and you might just catch it unawares. "Certain Pokémon will be more likely to appear in the weather that suits them the most, explains Niantic. "As the seasons change, they’ll encounter different Pokémon, thereby keeping their gameplay experience fresh."

So far, a total of six weather effects will be added to the in-game screen:

  1. Sunny
  2. Rainy
  3. Snowy
  4. Foggy
  5. Partly Cloudy
  6. Windy

The dynamic weather system and the new generation of Pokemon might just be your reason to return to Pokémon GO.

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