Pokemon Go launched its limited time Valentine’s event yesterday, with the main feature being double candy across the board (you can find more details here). However, it looks like the game’s developer, Niantic, has also quietly introduced a major change to the game’s egg hatching system that improves it quite significantly.
As pointed out by Reddit user Phantom_Journey and reported by Forbes’ Paul Tassi, aka the internet’s leading authority on everything Pokemon Go, the entire tier system for egg hatching has changed with the update. Specifically, many Pokemon have now switched tiers altogether, meaning that some have moved from the 10km category to 5km eggs, and a a whole bunch of former 5km Pokemon can now be hatched from 2km eggs.
Here’s the full breakdown of the changes:
From 5km to 2km:
- Nidoran (both)
From 10km to 5km:
This is actually a pretty important change, as it distributes the available Pokemon much better throughout each tier. The 5km tier is notoriously overcrowded, while the 2km tier has been pretty much garbage since day one with all the bird and bug Pokemon. With this update, there are now better odds of hatching something you may actually want at every tier. And although just having Pinsir and Scyther move from 10km to 5km may seem trivial, it makes the odds of hatching something rare like an Aerodactyl or Snorlax that much better, as Pinsirs and Scythers are easily one of the most commonly-hatched 10km Pokemon.
It’s unclear at this time whether this is just a temporary change that will disappear when the Valentine’s event is over or a permanent fix meant to pave the way for the full release of Generation 2 Pokemon, as each of those Pokemon will need to be distributed among the three egg tiers. Whatever the case, this is a smart improvement on Niantic’s part and it’s disappointing that they’re not talking it up.