Pokémon GO has received a server-side update, which has seen Niantic tweak numerous aspects.
Certain PokéStops and PokéGyms have been removed from the augmented reality app, presumably at the request of those that have become irritated by the players that are now flocking to their location.
More significantly, Niantic has altered Pokémon spawn locations meaning that where a player had once discovered a heavy presence of a particular Pokémon, it has now been replaced by another Pokémon. That doesn’t seem to mean that Pidgey, Drowzee, Rattata and Spearow appearances have been reduced, so you will still regularly see those pesky pocket monsters.
Move damage has been both boosted and nerfed across all Pokémon, for which Serebii has you covered with all the changes.
“When something is really popular, we have to figure out the most respectful way to deal with it and make sure that everyone is playing safely and doing things in a respectful manner,” The Pokemon Company’s consumer marketing director J.C. Smith explained to Los Angeles Times. “It’s only been two weeks since it launched, and there’s been so much attention and so many people playing that it’s tough to think of all the ways it could affect the world.
“For us, we’re making sure the play experience is done right. Initially, there was some server overload, which we’ve worked on. Now, we’re looking at features in the game and how to fine-tune them so that it’s appealing to the fans but also respectful of the private institutions that are affected by it.”