Continuing the trend of Niantic actually updating Pokemon GO instead of madly patching up holes, a few tweaks made over the last few days will mean big changes for the mobile monster-collecting game. First of all -- the next time you log in, all your Pokemon will have gained or lost a bunch of CP. Wait, what?
As part of an effort to balance the gym system, Niantic has pushed an update that broadly changes the CP (effectively your Pokemon's level) of different types of Pokemon:
Other Pokemon like Gyarados, Vaporeon, Snorlax and Lapras seem to be among those pushed up, while Arcanine, Victreebel and Dewgong are among those pushed down. All I know is I finally have Pokemon with CP over 2000, after months of playing.
While the changes have been made in the name of balance, it seems odd that some of the most common Pokemon you'll see in gyms are the ones that have been strengthened, while the Pokemon whose average CP hovered just on the line of battle-usefulness have been pushed down and out of the running.
It goes without saying that people are a little pissed about losing hard-earned CP off some of their treasured Pokemon, though others at least are happy that their strongest Pokemon were given a buff.
Everyone should be happy about the second update, though: Niantic has also announced a new Halloween-like event, whereby everyone will earn double stardust and double XP from 11am November 23, AEDT to the end of November.
Did any of your Pokemon's levels change dramatically overnight? Will the November event be enough to get you to play again? Let us know in the comments!