A big update to Pokemon GO is plugging some leaky holes in the game's gym mechanics.
The mobile app's current gym system forces players to swing by the gyms where they leave their Pokemon if they want to feed those Pokemon berries. Berries increase monsters' "Motivation" stat, which keeps them from leaving the gym.
Feeding them in-person has been a drag for players who don't have the time or energy to travel to their gyms all the time. Do you think we're just hangin' out in the street, Niantic?
The update, which is rolling out now, lets players feed Pokemon berries from wherever. In their "Pokemon info" tab, players will see a "Go to gym" function. That will take them right to the gym where their Pokemon are left unattended and hungry. And they can feed them the same way they did before.
The downside: Remote feeding doesn't restore as much motivation as it does in person.
Here are the rest of the patch notes via Niantic:
- Added icons to the Pokemon information screen to indicate how the Pokemon was caught.
- Added the ability for Trainers to spin the Photo Disc at a Gym after completing a Raid Battle.
- Added the ability for Trainers to give Berries to Pokemon defending Gyms if their motivation meter is full.
- Improved Pokemon Collection screen search functionality.
- Fixed an issue where Trainers were unable to complete Raid Battles started before time expired on the map view.
- Fixed an issue where Pokemon are not properly returned to their Trainer after defending a Gym.
- Various bug fixes.
The update anticipates this weekend's Pokemon GO fest, a Chicago-based event where players earn specific badges and rewards for catching different types of Pokemon. Worldwide, players will be able to participate by grabbing up a ton of monsters and extending the duration of bonuses.