A Change in the Weather!

A dynamic weather system (one like we envisioned in early studies nearly two years ago!) is coming to the Pokemon GO world!  Here’s what Niantic had to say:

For the first time in an augmented reality mobile game, real-world weather will now be a factor in the gameplay experience. As Trainers are exploring the world around them in search of Pokémon, the current weather in their vicinity will be visible on the in-game map. The real-world weather around Trainers will impact the gameplay of Pokémon GO in a variety of ways that include changing Pokémon habitats and where they can be found, increasing Combat Power, and earning more Stardust after catching a Pokémon.

The following weather conditions have been identified: Sun/Clear, Rain, Snow, Fog, Partial Clouds, and Wind.

We can now expect the following to be affected by the current localized weather conditions above:

  1. Spawn Behaviors
  2. CP Boosts in Battle
  3. An Extra 25% Stardust Per Wild Catch
Type Bonuses

While weather conditions are in effect, certain types will receive a boost in spawns – and in battle!  Niantic shared that:

Additionally, attacks of certain types will be more effective during some weather conditions, so a Charizard’s Fire Spin will perform better on sunny days, for example.

Weather boosts are consequently expected to take effect on a move-by-move basis, according to move type. This has the potential to affect the local meta of a region, making some moves more valuable due to common weather in the area!  Here’s what we know of the bonuses so far:

Videos: A Closer Look

Take a look at the weather visuals in action on the overworld!

Moving Forward

We look forward to learning more about this new dimension in the Pokemon GO world soon.  Stay tuned for our formal research findings when the weather kicks up, travelers!