A bunch of new Pokémon are coming to Pokèmon Go this week – but thats not the only big change on the way. Pokémon Go will soon be aware of the real world weather around you, with a number of things in the game adapting accordingly. I spoke to Niantics Archit Bhargava and Matt Slemon about the new system, which they refer to as dynamic weather. Heres some of what they shared: As far as I can tell, there are at least five different types of weather in the mix: The timing of the new weather system isnt random: the incoming Gen III Pokémon first showed up in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire… which, as it just so happens, were also the first games in the series to feature changing weather in the in-game overworld. And for all of us in the Bay Area finding themselves thinking about the closest snow being a few hundred miles away: it shouldnt be an issue. Slemon tells me that Pokémon will spawn outside of their preferred weather, theyll just be much less common. As a funny side note: when Pokémon Go first launched, there was all sorts of folklore about what caused certain things to spawn. Driven by anecdotal evidence, folks were convinced that more ghost Pokémon spawned near graveyards (nope), or that Snorlax liked being around sweet shops (nope). There were all sorts of theories around weather – some players swore that more Dratini spawned when it was raining. Now that might actually hold true. Beyond being a neat mechanic for an AR game, its a clever way for Niantic to chip away at a problem: the colder it gets, generally, the fewer people go outside and play. Now that PoGo is weather-aware, theyre able to flip the problem on its head and incentivize playing when the weather looks bleak.
Weather will bring out different Pokémon and make them stronger. Pokémon Go is getting a slew of new Pokémon this week as well as a dynamic weather system later this month. The game will soon reflect the real weather around you and that will affect which Pokémon you see and how strong they are. If it's raining, for example, you'll see more water-type Pokémon than usual and they'll start out with a higher CP than they typically would. The new weather feature and the added Pokémon -- at least 50 new Gen III Pokémon -- are timed together on purpose. The new additions are all from the Hoenn region and first introduced in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, which were also the first games where weather had an impact on the gameplay. " Fans of Ruby and Sapphire will know that Hoenn brought more than just new Pokémon," Niantic Project Manager Matt Slemon told Polygon. " It was the first Pokémon game that introduced weather affecting the world itself. Hoenn was heavily influenced by the world around it, [and] we took all of that as pretty hefty inspiration." This summer, Pokémon Go got its first Legendary monsters and Niantic announced some major changes to raids last month. And soon we'll be getting a revamped version of Niantic's original AR game Ingress as well as a new Harry Potter augmented reality game. Archit Bhargava, Niantic's head of global product marketing, also told TechCrunch that an in-game holiday event is in the works.