The names of some Pokémon are enough to induce frustration, disappointment and occasionally rage. Zubat, Rattata and Pidgey are so common as to drive people nuts, and Niantic is finally doing something about it.
It’s not just the act of catching hundreds of the same Pokémon that’s annoying, it’s the resulting build-up of resources and subsequent guilt when you destroy them. We don’t need 20 Hypos, nor do we want 30 Pidgeots, and we’ve been forced in the name of our own sanity to send almost all of them to the birdy boiler. Our reward? More Pidgey candies…
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Thankfully, a new change to the game replaces certain common Pokémon (Pidgey, Rattata and Zubat) with other creatures. What will be in there instead isn’t mentioned, but hopefully something more useful like a chocolate teapot or leaky bucket.
Unfortunately there’s no mention of the Pestilence of London, aka Drowzee, but hopefully that scourge will be dealt with at a later date.
Pidgey and Rattata have also been removed from the game’s egg system. No longer will you carefully nurse an egg by walking around the block 20,000 times, only to find the most common blighter in the game is your reward.
The update comes soon after Pokémon Go’s Halloween event, which increased the instances of certain Pokémon types and saw an increase in player numbers.
Alongside updates such as the Daily Catching Bonus, Niantic is attempting to remove monotony from the player experience – a principle criticism of the game upon release. Niantic hasn’t announced what is coming next, but many players are waiting for the inclusion of PvP battles, and the return of tracking.