A few hours ago, Niantic released the 0.42.1 Pokemon GO update. If you still don’t have the update, make sure you download the APK and skip the waiting queue. We have the full list of changes, both the official and hidden 0.42.1 patch notes.

A number of users expressed concern behind the APK link we provided. You don’t have to fear, it’s an official APK taken from the Play Store and uploaded on APK Mirror – not by us.

You can check the hash signature of the APK and compare it to the “official” version – it’s the same.

Official Patch Notes

  • Catch Bonus: Trainers can earn a catch bonus for a Pokémon type as they catch more of a specific type.
  • Updated Gym Training: Trainers can now bring six Pokémon to battle at friendly Gyms. The CP of the Pokémon you are battling may be temporarily adjusted lower for your training session.
  • Egg & Incubator Screens: These will periodically update the distance walked without the Trainer needing to close and reopen the screen.
  • Fixed several audio issues.
  • Decreased the evolution animation time.
  • Minor fixes.

However, these are not all the changes that were introduced.

Hidden Patch Notes and Changes

  • Encounter screen now displays Capture bonus badges
    • You receive Capture bonus when capturing Pokemon Type you caught frequently
    • If a Pokemon is dual-type, the bonus is an average of the two types
    • There is no info yet on the percentages or chance increases
  • Prestige calculation now uses the highest CP Pokemon when training
    • You can bring up to 6 Pokemon to train a friendly gym
    • Defenders are now scaled to your Trainer Level + 2
    • You can see the scaled CP on the gym screen
  • Evolution animation speed has been increased
    • Evolution now takes around 20 seconds (it was 25 seconds previously)
  • Medal Interface was updated
    • All medals now display visual progress bars
    • You can scroll through stages of Type medals
  • Pokemon GO Plus Hidden Update
    • The Pokemon GO Plus interface was changed and now allows the following
      • Toggle notifications for Nearby Pokemon and Nearby PokeStop
    • Pokemon GO Plus no longer disconnects when catching a Pokemon or fighting a gym
  • Better distance tracking and updating
  • Sound and notification interaction has been improved
  • 0.39 Gym memory leak has been fixed