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It’s raining Squirtles!
A new update to Pokémon Go will make its virtual gameplay even more realistic: In-game weather will now reflect the real-world conditions.
Along with the exciting announcement that Niantic plans to add more than 50 new Pokémon to Go, the game’s developers shared details about its new “dynamic weather” system that adds a brand new layer of excitement by adjusting the weather in the game according to the player’s location, which will in turn affect the Pokémon that spawn and their strength.
For example, if it is raining out, it will be raining in the game, so more water Pokémon will spawn and they will start out stronger (with higher CP than regular spawns). This won’t affect their max CP, however, which will remain the same. The Pokémon that appear because of weather conditions will also give you more stardust than standard finds. The same rules will apply to Pokémon from previous generations as well as the newly released characters.
So far, you can anticipate five different weather conditions: clear, foggy, rainy, snowy, and windy. On a clear day, grass and fire Pokémon will appear more frequently and also be stronger. Foggy days will bring dark and ghost Pokémon. On rainy days you will spot more water, electric, and bug Pokémon. On snowy days, stay on the look out for ice and steel Pokémon. And dragon, flying, and psychic Pokémon will be most easily spotted on windy days.
There’s a caveat, however: The weather can not only strengthen your Pokèmon; it can weaken them as well. If you get caught in gym combat during a rainstorm, expect your water Pokémon to be stronger, but fire characters to be weaker.
As for the new Pokémon you can find on Go: They all originally appeared in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. So keep your eyes peeled for Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Wailord, Swablu, Snorunt, Cacnea, Salamence, Feebas, and many more. There will also be more new characters released in the coming weeks.
Tiffanie Drayton is a geek culture and lifestyle reporter whose work covers everything from gender and race to anime and Xbox. Her work has appeared in Complex, Salon, Marie Claire, Playboy, and elsewhere.