There are currently two known methods in Pokémon Go to get an Eevee to evolve into Espeon or Umbreon, the two newly added Gen II “Eeveelutions.” Both of these require some explaining, especially the main method, as it is different from the random nature of Eevee’s evolution into Flareon, Vaporeon, and Jolteon. Both discovered methods make sense once you understand them, and are actually very clever and interesting from a game design perspective.
Following the release of Generation II Pokémon in Pokémon Go, and the major movepool shake-up that occurred alongside it affecting first- and second-generation Pokémon alike, many players have expressed confusion at a few of the weirder moves certain Pokémon seem to wield. There’s Slowking, the Water / Psychic type that learns one of the game’s strongest Fire moves – Fire Blast. Then there are Ninetales and Typhlosion, Fire-types who learn Solar Beam, the game’s strongest Grass-type move. The confusion is understandable, since Fire and Grass are seen as antithetical, as are Water and Fire, but these strange movepool quirks have existed in the main series games for years and there are explanations for them.
The second generation of Pokémon has arrived in Pokémon Go, in what represents the biggest single change the app has seen since release. As well as 80 new Pokémon being released into the wild, there have been major changes to Pokémon’s movepools, the amount of damage done by and charges needed for pretty much every move, and changes to the user interface.
The game has definitely moved forward in a significant way, which is something we all can celebrate. However, there are some major problems that still exist in the game design of Pokémon Go which have not been solved. Below, we’ll take an in-depth look at what Niantic did right, what they did not-so-right, and the decisions that are downright infuriating.
Earlier today, Niantic announced Pokémon Go’s first ever Valentine’s Day event, which has already begun. During this event, which ends at 11:00 AM PST on Wednesday (February 15th), players can expect:
- Increased encounter rate with a variety of ‘pink’ Pokémon, including: Jigglypuff, Clefairy, Chansey, Lickitung, Porygon, Slowpoke, Exeggcute & maybe more.
- Increased hatch rate of Igglybuff, Smoochum & Cleffa.
- Double candy rewards from catching, transferring, hatching & buddy Pokémon.
Every Pokémon Go player has different priorities, so there’s no one-size-fits-all way to make the most of this event. This guide will cover as much as possible, including how to use this event to maximise experience / leveling up, how best to prioritize Pokémon encounters, what to catch (for Gen 2 evolutions and in general), and more.
This post is part of the Gym Stagnation series – an in-depth look at balance problems in the game Pokémon Go, its causes, and some possible solutions.
Pokémon Go currently has a serious problem with overcentralization. The same few gym defenders are found in almost every gym, outstripping the Combat Power scores of all competition. In busy areas, it has become almost impossible to justify leaving Pokémon with Combat Powers lower than those of the current top tier defenders in gyms. In almost all cases, it is in individual players’ best interests to plug gyms with whatever defender currently has the highest Combat Power out of those they have left, and players who do not do so are effectively sacrificing their gym defenders’ chances of holding their positions in gyms in favour of trying to introduce some variety into the gym metagame.
Many players are hoping that, as more Pokémon are introduced to the game, the gym deadlock created by the repeated presence of those same few defenders – Dragonite, Snorlax, Gyarados, Vaporeon, Rhydon – will break down. There’s some truth to this: Pokémon like Tyranitar and Blissey are projected to have an average Combat Power score high enough to join this elite group. However, as it stands, the introduction of 2nd Generation Pokémon like these won’t solve the problem for long. The main reason for this problem is the phenomenon of Combat Power inflation.
Many long-time Pokémon Go players complain about the same few Pokémon appearing over and over again, but in a way we’d miss them if they didn’t. In late 2016, when an event massively diversified the types of Pokémon appearing in the wild, some players started to fear that they wouldn’t be able to find enough Pidgey around to keep leveling up quickly with.