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Pokémon Go update brings 6 Pokémon to gym battles and 'catch bonus'

In the latest Pokémon Go update for Android, Niantic introduces an improvement to gym training allowing for up to six Pokémon to battle and a 'catch bonus' for catching Pokémon of the same type.

Published onOctober 11, 2016

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Just when we thought that the complete discontinuation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was the biggest news story of the year, this happened. Yes, it’s that Pokémon Go update you’ve been waiting for. Or at least, a slightly more substantial Pokémon Go update than normal.

Moving on.

The official Pokémon Go Facebook page outlined the updates to be found in version  0.41.2 rolling out now for Android. Among the new features is a ‘catch bonus’, whereby trainers can ‘earn a catch bonus for a Pokémon type as they catch more of a specific type,’ in addition to a gym update aimed at improving the experience for veteran and beginner trainers. 

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‘No matter what your level, you can now have an impact on your team’s Gym,’ said the Pokémon Go devs in a post on October 6. ‘When training at a friendly Gym, Trainers will be able to bring six Pokémon to battle instead of one. In addition, the CP of the Pokémon you are training against may be temporarily adjusted lower during your training session to generally match your Pokémon’s battle capabilities.’

Other minor adjustments from the latest build include some audio fixes and – wait for it – decreased evolution animation time (I actually am quite pleased about that last one.)

Developer Niantic has managed to keep a steady stream of updates flowing to Pokémon Go to keep players captivated. Despite this, some fans believe there are some critical areas of the Pokémon Go experience still being overlooked. Which feature do you most want to see improved in Pokémon Go?

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