Pokemon GO’s Next Update Will Make Catching Rare Monsters A Little Easier

Pokemon GO’s Next Update Will Make Catching Rare Monsters A Little Easier

Soon, Pokemon GO will incorporate a type of bonus that will improve the catching experience as a whole.

As detailed by Niantic, every Pokemon caught with this new feature will go toward a tally; catch enough monsters of a certain type, and future monsters of that same type will be easier to find:

We are adding a new feature which grants a catch bonus when you earn medals based on catching certain types of Pokemon (Kindler, Psychic, Gardener, etc.). These new bonuses will give you a better chance of capturing Pokemon with a related type. For example, as you reach a higher tier for the Kindler Medal, your bonus to catch Fire-type Pokemon such as Charmander, Vulpix and Ponyta increases.

Trainers can work their way to a new tier by catching many Pokemon of the same type. If a Pokemon has multiple types, your bonus will be the average of your bonuses for each type. For example, Pidgey is both Normal and Flying type. Your bonus in this case would be the average of your Normal-type and Flying-type bonuses.

In the post title, Niantic states that any player who utilises this feature will “increase the odds of catching rare Pokemon,” which is pretty great. Pictures attached to the news update show, for example, that a trainer who captures 10 Poison types will gain +1 Poison Catch Type Bonus. No word yet on when this improvement will drop, but we’ll keep you updated.


  • Sweet, my medals will finally be worth something. I wonder if the non-type things will have any bonus effects. Like the egg hatching or evolving ones. And will the pokemon specific ones like fisherman only affect that pokemon.

    • Doesn’t sound like it yet but it’s a step in that direction. Would be cool if the egg hatching medals increased chances of finding eggs or reduced km’s required to hatch them though.

  • So, the 1800 or so flying types I’ve caught will help when the Legendary birds finally show up? Neat

    • Make sure you’ve also got good Fire, Electric and Ice medals too.

      Although I don’t think they will make you ‘catch’ the birds normally. They will most likely be obtainable via an event and to have them run away from someone who may have taken time off work to travel there, that would just be shitty.

  • I don’t see anything in the update notes to say rare things will be easier to find. It just appears to say they’ll be easier to catch once you encounter them.

    • Yeah exactly this. Plus the Pokemon only appear in particular locations based on the server outputting them, this means that everyone playing the game in that location will all see the same Pokemon.

      This is why those Pokemon location programs worked, because they just look for what is available from the server in that area.

  • Great, So I’ll be able top catch ekans and rattata more easily!

    This isn’t a fix; as at level 21 I’ve found and caught one coffing, so how does the bonus apply when I can’t find any other of the same ability pokemon to help me find/catch more?
    If all I do is catch pidgeys then all I’ll get better at is catching pidgeys, while the rare pokemon remain rare.
    A better fix would be a system that allows me to track down the pokemon I don’t have or hunt for something specific. I know water pokemon appear more around water, so why don’t rock pokemon appear more around mountains, or electric pokemon appear around cities? There is so much more geo/map data the game could use.

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