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Niantic has added a new feature to its massively popular mobile game.
In its latest update, Pokémon Go has added a feature that allows players to consult with their gym leaders to see how good a Pokémon on their team is.
To check out the new feature, open the app and go to your Pokémon. When you do, choose the circle icon in the lower right of the screen and choose “appraise.” Your team’s leader will appear to give you a rundown on the Pokémon, reviewing its stats and size.
It’s notable that the trainers’ assessments are not the most accurate. We tried it out on both weaker and stronger Pokémon and noticed that the trainers tend to stay pretty positive about your Pokémon even if they’re measly little weaklings. You have to assess Pokémon with double digit combat power ratings in order to get your trainer to say anything remotely critical.
While we appreciate that Niantic is busy introducing new features to the world of Pokémon Go, we’d far prefer to see something more useful, like the return of the footsteps indicator. Still, this adds some nice color to the game and makes having an actual team seem a bit more like a reality and less like a person you saw once before.
Update 11:52am CT: Niantic is still rolling out this update, so it’s not yet available to some users. The company has not specified when everyone on Pokémon Go will have the new feature.
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Colette Bennett is a writer and editor who specializes in geek culture, beauty products, and Amazon deals. Her work has appeared on CNN, HLN, Engadget, Kotaku, Colourlovers, and Continue Magazine. She's also given talks on working in news for CNN's Leadership Unplugged program. Bennett also runs popular Korean beauty blog Chok Chok Beauty and regularly slathers her face in snail slime.