A new update has been released for Pokémon Go, and in addition to the usual host of technical tweaks and fixes, it has added a new feature to add a little extra clarity to the much discussed “hidden stats” in the game. The update is version 0.35.0 for Android and 1.5.0 for iOS.
A quick glance at your Pokémon will reveal their size, CP, HP, and attacks, but behind the scenes there are additional statistics related to attack and defense that come into play when battling for gyms. While this update doesn’t let you see those hard numbers, it adds the option to have your creatures appraised by your team leader: Candela for Valor, Blanche for Mystic, and Spark for Instinct. Your leader will reveal which stats are its strongest as well as provide general comments about how your Pokémon fares overall.
Those looking for specific data might be somewhat disappointed, but the focus of this new feature appears more to be helping gamers identify which of their creatures to focus on powering up while still having a certain sense of mystery. For example, my Clefable “won’t make much headway in battle,” but “it’s stats are noticeably trending to the positive.” In other words, it might not be much to look at now, but might be worth investing some candy and Stardust into.
And on another Pokémon Go-related note, while the buzz around the app might have waned somewhat since it launched, it still remains exceptionally popular. Time has even run a brief article about how several Asian cities are being impacted by the game’s popularity. Bangkok, Thailand, will apparently begin arresting those who disrupt traffic while playing, either as a pedestrian or a driver, and part of Taipei, Taiwan, has had to call in additional law enforcement for crowd control. Here is a video crowds of people in the area, allegedly chasing down a Snorlax.