Trainers, if you woke up today to some very obvious changes to your favourite Pokémon’s combat power (CP), don’t panic. You didn’t accidentally power up your Pokémon in your sleep.

There’s a valid explanation for that.

PokemonGO Thanksgiving 2016


Due to an update that augmented reality game developer Niantic Inc. quietly rolled out just a couple of hours ago, various pocket monsters are getting a boost to their CP. Some Pokémon, such as Alakazam, Rhydon, and Gengar will have their CP increased while others will have their CP lowered.

“These changes will allow a more balanced and competitive battling and training experience in Gyms. We will continue to adjust the CP going forward to improve the game balance when necessary,” Niantic said in a blog post.

Note: At first glance upon opening our Pokémon GO app, we noticed a sizeable increase in CP for our Chansey, Snorlax, Gyarados, Magneton, Alakazam, and Kabutops. Pocket monsters that had their CP decreased include Arcanine, Lapras, Dragonite, and Charizard.

Pokemon GO Chansey CP

Aside from that, trainers will also see some exciting bonuses this month in conjunction with Pokémon GO’s Thanksgiving event.

“It has been an incredible experience since we launched Pokémon GO a few short months ago in July. We are passionate about creating experiences that encourage exploration and promote exercise. We are humbled that hundreds of millions of you around the world have joined us on this journey. So we would like to say thank you – and what better way to say thank you than to celebrate our community,” Niantic wrote.

The Halloween seasonal special which wrapped up just a few weeks ago saw the capture of 1.3 billion ghost Pokémon. This is due to a dramatic increase in the spawn rate of its ghost and other frightening horrors such as Haunters, Gengars, Cubones, Marowaks, Drowzees, Hypnos, etc. Niantic also boosted the drop rate for candy (read: Buddy System), which helped trainers evolve/power up their Pokémon faster.

But unlike the Halloween shindig, the Thanksgiving event will simply offer double the amount of XP and Stardust you receive when completing in-game actions. Similar to the Halloween event, the Thanksgiving special will also run for about a week – 23rd till 30th November 2016.

So get ready to catch ’em all 😉

In other news, Pokemasters in the country will be pleased to know that Malaysia’s first official Pokemon Café is set to open its doors to the public tomorrow (Wednesday, 23rd November). More deets here.

UPDATE (23rd November, 12pm):

Awwyiss we love surprises. Niantic Inc. just released a long-awaited Pokémon! Oh, you know, the one that looks like giant pink/purple blob.

Ditto is known show up in the wild disguised as other Pokémon but according to our sources, some of the most common Pokémon are secretly Dittos. If you’ve always hated the idea of catching yet another Rattata, Pidgey, Spearow, or Magikarp, well it’s time to change it up. Because you can’t actually spot the blob in sightings and you won’t even know that you’ve caught a Ditto until after you’ve captured it.

It is not known as of yet if Ditto is released permanently or if this is all just part of the Halloween event. But thank you, Niantic 🙂

Be right back. Need to go catch ’em all.

Source: Pokemon GO.

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