Pokemon Go, the game you probably thought was dead but actually isn’t, continues to release new content as a steady enough stream to keep core players interested. As the legendary beasts from Gen II have faded away, Niantic announced on Tuesday that the game would release some (but not all) of the Gen 3 pokemon later this week, along with the surprise announcement of a weather system within the game itself.
Soon, trainers will be able to find 50 monsters from the Hoenn region, including Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip, that originally appeared in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. The rest of Gen 3 will arrive “in the coming weeks” according to the official Pokemon Go blog post.
Even more interesting, perhaps, is the announcement of a dynamic weather system within Pokemon Go, which will add Sun, Rain, Wind, and Snow to your digital map.
You’ll want to start paying even closer attention to your local weather patterns, Trainers. In addition to the in-game map being updated with cool new weather visuals, weather near you will impact Pokémon in a variety of ways. For example, you’ll find your odds of discovering Mudkip splashing around will greatly improve on rainy days, as certain Pokémon types will be more commonly found during various weather conditions. Additionally, attacks of certain types will be more effective during some weather conditions, so a Charizard’s Fire Spin will perform better on sunny days, for example. Rain or shine, winter or spring, your gameplay experience will remain fresh, making your time outdoors even more exciting.
The game is far from perfect, though, as Raids still start and stop at weird times, depending on your time zone (for example, Raids where I live start around 5:00 AM but end around 6:30 or 7:00 PM, making it hard for anyone with a job — or kids or even a life — to organize a raid party). Additionally, the EX Raids for Mewtwo have pretty much been a disaster, with a non-transparent lottery system preventing many loyal players from even getting a chance to catch the famous psychic pokemon.
Expect the updates to go live later this week sometime, although Niantic didn’t offer an exact time or date.