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Pokemon Go Gets Its First Major Update This Week

Pokemon GO Fans Converge At Sydney Opera HousePokemon GO Fans Converge At Sydney Opera House
More than 80 new Pokemon will be introduced this week. Photo by Brendon Thorne — Getty Images

Pokemon Go is getting an upgrade.

The game that once doubled Nintendo’s market to $42 billion is debuting 80 new Pokemon this week, the company announced in a blog post. An exact date and time has not yet been announced. However, within the next few days, players should find new Pokemon from the “Johto” region of the fictional universe, or ones that were featured in Pokemon Gold and Silver in 1999.

Other new features include:

  • New “evolution” items are being added. According to Niantic, the game’s developer, Pokemon originally from the Kanto region “will soon be able to evolve into Pokémon that inhabit the Johto region.” New Evolution items will be available at Pokestops as well.
  • New berries: Spefically Nanab berries, and the Pinap Berry. The former makes Pokemon slow down and easier to catch, while the latter “doubles the amount of Candy you’ll receive if your next catch attempt succeeds.”
  • New avatar items, such as new hats, shirts, and pants.
  • New “encounter gameplay,” though there’s not much detail on this yet.