the GAME_MASTER (*) file has changed again this morning. Unfortunately, there are no good news to report this time: 5 Legendary Pokemon lost their Base Capture Rates (BCR), implying they won’t be available soon.
Don’t panic yet, there could be more to this than meets the eye. The following Legendary Pokemon were affected:
We were not surprised to see BCR removed for Mewtwo and Legendary Beasts, but Ho-Oh caught us off guard, as we’re quite certain he should be available on the Yokohama Pokemon GO Stadium event.
Again, take this with a grain of salt. It’s not uncommon for Niantic to change these values back on short notice, much like it happened the morning before GO Fest, when Legendary Bird BCRs were added.
We’ll be monitoring the GAME_MASTER for further changes, especially after Zapdos becomes available next week.
(*) The GAME_MASTER file is a configuration file for Pokémon GO. It’s downloaded from the Pokémon GO servers and saved onto your Android or iPhone device. It’s used to reduce the number of server requests the game needs to make and it’s values are used virtually everywhere in the game.