our data mine of the new 0.83.1 Pokemon GO update is now complete! Although this update does not contain any new info in regards to Generation III or abilities, it is still a very important bug fixing update. Plus, we’ve got some new code dealing with the upcoming battle parties feature.

Here’s what’s new (according to the official change log):

  • Added support and made optimizations for the iPhone X screen resolution.
  • Removed support for devices running iOS 8.
  • Resolved a bug causing error banners to remain visible until the app is restarted.
  • Resolved a bug that prevented Trainers from powering up Pokémon to their max CP.
  • Improved load times when you open the app.
  • Various bug fixes and performance updates.

And here’s what we’ve found in our data mine.

You are able to power up Pokemon to full level 40

No more level 39.5, no more half level cap madness. You can power up your Pokemon all the way to Pokemon level 40, unlocked once your each Trainer Level 38.

Changes to asset bundle loading

A number of internal mechanisms has been updated and optimized to provide better asset loading inside the app. This includes tracking loaded and unloaded bundles, releasing memory more quickly and faster recovering from a bundle error.


Blacklist optimizations

The code behind the recent blacklisting measure has been changed when compared to 0.81.1 and now features a new “Device Banned” UI. This is an existing check, but now has a new UI screen to accompany it.


Logs, logs everywhere!

Niantic’s shared platform infrastructure continues to evolve, bringing more stability and debugging functionality to their entire product suite.

This time we’re observing an increase in the number of logged events, enabling the development team to discover potential issues and to reproduce the existing ones faster.

Pokedex and inventory caching, memory management and forced loads

Continuing on the above mentioned performance and bug fixing updates, a new layer of caching was introduced, targeting the Pokedex screen.


In addition, the app will now manage memory more aggressively and force loading new Pokemon when it deems required. We haven’t measured the actual performance impact yet.

Battle parties max numbers!

Niantic is continuing to work on the Battle Party feature, but no indication has been given on when it will be released.

In this release we’ve observed additional code for handling the maximum number of Battle Parties you are allowed to create.


And that’s it for this release, we’re still investigating the APK for image asset changes and new animations. If we find something we’ll report soon.

  • Josh Hack

    I thought the app blacklist could no longer work? Is it only going to be available on Android then, as Apple blocked them from doing it? It’s all very confusing.

    • It is confusing. We’re not sure honestly what’s going on in the whole blacklist security area, it’s very slippery…

  • Robdebobrob

    Gonna hit 38 in a few days, so the level cap of 40 is good, tough expensive for stardust, news 🙂

    @antoniopavlinovic @Gohub is there gonna be a seperate post about the new EX-raid system? I have questions id like to share :p

    • Yes, there’s going to be a separate post on the EX Raid system update soonish 🙂

    • peponzio

      Hey, congrats! I envy you so much right now. I am myself turning level 35 this week (probably).

  • Jayden Plays Pokemon GO

    Wow. Hype News about the Raid System (EX and Normal) and no article. Hmmm. That’s… strange

    • Michal Husak

      Exactly !

  • Jason

    I’ve been waiting for that battle party feature for months.. will be nice to not have to reselect a team every single time.. I’m no game developer but wouldn’t think it should take this long..

  • ダーク マウジー

    my game crashed after i installed the APK…does that mean i’m toasted if they forces this update…?

    • squidward

      lol same, downgrading the app now

  • Henri Järvinen

    Great! Bur how about the Go Plus…?

    • Paul

      Nothing. This device still lose connection every time 🙁

      • Henri Järvinen

        I can’t believe it. How long does it take to fix it!? That device wasn’t cheap at all.

        • mark moncure

          are you talking about after an hour
          ? sometimes it disconnects when you have poor service

  • ikato kiyazaki

    This is ridiculous.. after this ios update, now my screen always times out after putting it downwards in my pocket,like i ALWAYS do while walking. Why has no one been talking about this problem? I only seen 1 post in reddit talking about it, and im using iphone6s, not even X