This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Pokémon GO has announced its biggest ever update, the "GO Beyond" update.
The update includes the addition of Pokémon from the Kalos region (Pokémon X and Y) such as Greninja, the opening of the level cap from 40 to 50, the first level-up system and balance adjustment since its release in 2016, the introduction of a season system that switches every three months, and many other new features, systems, and improvements.
The GO Beyond update will be available starting the week of November 30. The changes will be preceded by "Legacy 40," in which trainers who reach level 40 by the end of the year will receive special rewards and exclusive avatar items, as well as a new "12 Days of Friendship" event starting November 18.
Increase in the level cap, from the maximum level 40 to 50. First balance adjustment
For the first time since its release in 2016, the balance of experience gain and leveling up has been adjusted to make it easier to level up.
Trainer levels in Pokémon GO have been capped at 40 since its release in 2016, and avid trainers had already reached the level cap, but after the GO Beyond update, the game has been released to 50.
When you level up, certain tasks and rewards are added to your experience, which you must complete to reach a higher level.
Tasks to reach a higher level include simple ones, such as making Excellent Throws, to trials that can only be accomplished if you are consciously challenged, such as defeating Team GO Rocket Leaders with Pokémon with CP below a certain level.
As the Trainer Level limit is increased, the maximum CP of a Pokémon also increases, but a new type of Candy (Pokémon Candy XL) is required to strengthen it above a certain CP. The special candy is expected to be available in various ways, such as Pokémon capture, synthesis from traditional candy, and event rewards.
To coincide with the level cap increase, trainers who reach level 40 by the end of the year will receive the Legacy 40 title and earn some exclusive rewards, like Timed Research that rewards an exclusive Gyarados Hat avatar item and a special Legacy 40 medal.
Trainers who reach level 40 by 11:59 p.m. on December 31 will be eligible for this program. Trainers who have already reached the limit are at peace. But if you really want Legacy 40, but you're close to 40, there's a double XP bonus for catching Pokémon from November 18, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) to Thursday, December 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time.
New Pokémon from the Kalos region, such as Greninja
Pokémon from the Kalos region, which appeared in the original Pokémon X and Y, will appear in Pokémon GO for the first time. Starting with Greninja, the top-ranked Pokémon in the popularity poll, Talonflame, Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie, Fletchling, and others.
Starting December 2, after GO Beyond, around 17 Pokémon from the Kalos region will be joined in the wild, eggs, and evolution. Until December 8, Pokémon originally discovered in the Kalos region will be appearing more often in the wild. Among them, Klefki like a bunch of keys, only in France.
Klefki (Please note that Klefki will be appearing only in France.)
“Seasons” system introduced, which switches in three months
It introduces a "seasons" system, the same name as the system introduced in many basic free games. In Pokémon Go, the seasons change every three months in conjunction with the seasons in the real world, and the Pokémon that appear in the wild, hatching from eggs and Raid Bosses change.
Pokémon that appear in the wild, the contents of eggs and Raid Bosses have been replaced periodically in the past, but with the seasonal system, seasonal Pokémon, such as Deerling, also appear according to the local season.
Events linked to the seasonal system will be continuously updated in the future. The first season will begin on December 1, after the GO Beyond update.
According to Niantic, the initiative is designed to build on the experience of the real and in-game events that have been held in the past and make them more enjoyable for players.
The "12 Days of Friendship" event
The event that precedes the GO Beyond update is the "12 Days of Friendship" starting November 18.
The main features are as follows.
Friendship levels will increase faster than normal through opening Gifts, trading Pokémon, or battling together in raids, Gyms, or Trainer Battles.
Receive an attack boost when you battle in raids with friends.
You’ll earn increased XP from completing raids.
You can open more Gifts each day.
The event is designed to help you and your friends build up your friendship and experience before GO Beyond begins.
The Pokémon GO GO Beyond update will be available from the week of November 30. It's also the first time in Pokémon GO that the update has a name.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.