we’ve received a number of requests to create a full change log for the recent Generation III release. Although almost all of this was already covered on the Hub, it does make sense to create a full list of changes for easy navigation and exploration.

If you see fit, feel free to share this with the returning players in your local area, it will help them get on board faster.

50 new Hoenn Pokemon were released

There are 50 new Generation III species in the game, most of them are actually useful!

Generation III Regional Map
Generation III Regional Map

A new weather system is in the game

A new dynamic weather system is now live in the game, creating special spawns and powering up specific type moves. The in-game weather follows the real world weather and it’s updated nearly real time. The new weather system has flipped the entire meta up on it’s head.

  • A chart showing how which types are influenced by particular weather is available on our Weather Page (credits to LeekDuck) 
  • Weather-influenced wild spawns can be caught above level 30, with player reports going as high as Level 37 catches
  • Weather-influenced spawns have stronger IVs than normal spawns. At least 5 / 5 / 5 IV values are guaranteed
  • Weather also influences raid bosses! Raid Bosses that receive a weather buff can be caught at level 25 (no weather buff equals level 20)
  • Weather also influences move damage, giving approx 20% more damage to moves whose type is buffed by the current weather.

Battle Party feature has launched

A new mechanism that enables you to create teams / lists of six Pokemon has launched, currently only usable in Raids and Gyms. You can use the Battle Party feature to create curated lists of attackers and manage your raiders efficiently.

Two new raid bosses and shiny Pokemon have been released

Absol (Tier 4) and Mawile (Tier 2) are appearing as two new Raid Bosses and are also available in normal and shiny variants. Although Mawile is not useful in the current meta, you might have an interest in a strong Absol, which is a solid, although not top tier, dark type glass cannon.

Plus, it looks amazing!

Shiny Mawile and Absol Pokemon GO
Shiny Mawile and Absol Pokemon GO

A number of Generation I and II Pokemon had their moves adjusted

The following Gen 1 and 2 Pokemon had their moves changed:

  • Rhydon
    • Can no longer learn Megahorn bug (charge)
    • Now learns Surf water (charge)
  • Seaking
    • Can no longer learn Poison Jab poison (quick)
    • Now learns Waterfall water (quick)
  • Gyarados
    • Can no longer learn Dragon Tail dragon (quick)
    • Now learns Waterfall water (quick)
  • Lapras
    • Can no longer learn Ice Beam ice (charge)
    • Now learns Surf water (charge)
  • Feraligatr
    • Can no longer learn Water Gun water (quick)
    • Now learns Waterfall water (quick)
  • Politoed
    • Can no longer learn Earthquake ground (charge)
    • Now learns Surf water (charge)
  • Kingdra
    • Can no longer learn Water Gun water (quick)
    • Now learns Waterfall water (quick)
  • Suicune
    • Can no longer learn Hidden Power normal (quick)
    • Now learns Snarl dark (quick)

A new Stardust boosting item has been discovered in the APK

We have data mined a new item in the 0.85.1 APK, called Star Piece. Star Piece increases your Stardust gain by 50% for 30 minutes and will be purchasable in the bundles of 1x, 8x and 25x pieces.

Star Piece is not yet live.

Delibird moves and move animations have been added in the APK

Delibird moves have been added to Pokemon GO in 0.85.1! We believe that Delibird will be released during the 2017 Holiday event, starting around December 21st. The 2017 Holiday event event was confirmed to TechCrunch by Niantic’s Archit Bhargava.

  • Delibird’s signature move Present was added in 0.85.1, similar to how Ditto’s Transform was added prior to its release
  • Full support for the Present fast move is in the APK, including the sound effects and required textures
    • present_fast game object
    • mesh_present.png
    • 217-0_present audio clip

A lot of smaller changes have been released

  • The battle UI has been revamped, now prominently featuring your Pokemon’s charge move:

  • OpenStreetMap is now the underlying map data provider for the in-game map, so your local area will look different than it used to
  • Brady Newton

    wow i am just so pshyced for gen 4 lol

  • Richx93

    But where is the Mewtwo rollout eh!? Stupid EX system making people miss out on the most powerful pokemon in the game.

    • Brady Newton

      so true and so annoying

      • Brady Newton


    • Christopher Andrew Moore

      I agree it sucks, mewtwo will not transform your game or gameplay experience I have one and until it’s hp resembles that of the original game series it’s really just another number.

  • Josh Hack

    There are no wild Level 37 catches, the highest is Level 35. Just for your notice.

  • Ekko_Ekko

    I got shiny mawile from first raid 🙂

  • Alec Tuason

    Can anyone confirm that no stage 3 spawns are possible? For example I haven’t seen a wild Gardevoir anywhere on youtube or scanner wise.

    • JohnnieRotten

      I saw and caught a wild Charizard last night.

    • CyberBishop1

      Last night saw two Machamp. Golem and Meganium while riding around in the wild so yes, stage 3 are spawning.

      • Robdebobrob

        I think he means GEN 3 guys. Havent seen them on Dutch scanners yet.

        • Brady Newton

          i have already caught 4. But at first they were not spawning because of the weather. Gen 3 pokemon are actually rare because the weather makes only certain type of pokemon rare but niantic forgot that it would make other types of pokemon RARE. ):

          • Robdebobrob

            You caught 4 stage 3 GEN 3 pokemon?

          • Brady Newton

            No no no I just caught 4 gen 3 Pokémon yotal

  • aaaaaaa

    I lost some pokemons from my bag , i don’t understand why

    • squidward

      u transferred it, thats why

      • aaaaaaaa

        nope , it happend when gen 3 was activated, i know when i transfer them

        • Brady Newton

          its because it gave you 50 extra slots. It looks like you lost pokemon but you didn’t don’t worry i thought the same thing as you

  • Alexj

    Nice summarizing. 🙂 Just one note:

    “Weather-influenced spawns have stronger IVs than normal spawns. At least 5 / 5 / 5 IV values are guaranteed”

    According to the data currently gathered, the minimum guaranteed values should be 4 / 4 / 4.

  • Wayren

    Region exclusives make me sad.

    • Pedro B.

      I prefer plusle and I can only have minum ‘-‘

      • Christopher Andrew Moore

        Just spoof it already

  • Philipp

    there is one big change (at least forme) missing: the max level of the mons found in the wild is no longer 30! i caught some well over 30 (next power up 7000 star dust).

    • Robdebobrob

      “Weather-influenced wild spawns can be caught above level 30, with player reports going as high as Level 37 catches”

      Its there.

  • Jayden Plays Pokemon GO

    Does anyone else get “Extreme” Weather? Idk what it does

    • Fabulousyo

      same here in germany. i dont know what it is. there is wind, snow and rain at the same time on my screen.

    • Robdebobrob

      It means your local weather institution has issued a warning for hazardous weather. I know in the netherlands and germany its because of snow. Its more aimed at traffic so it makes little sense.

      The extreme weather should be removed all together.

      • Jayden Plays Pokemon GO

        Oh thanks. I was downtown and I had extreme weather. It wasn’t even scary weather. Maybe the occasional trade wind but yeah. Thanks again

      • KoenB

        Since the weather feature is live, I’ve gotten the Extreme weather notifications almost constantly here in The Netherlands, although there’s no actual hazard. I think it results in no weather boosts all together.

        • Robdebobrob

          Jep. Code orange because of the snow.

        • Andre Lecuyer

          We in Canada’s Capital got 4 “Extreme Weather” warnings from Saturday night to this morning. On Sunday morning, it was only -2 c. There was one guy at the raid in shorts, and PoGo was saying Extreme Weather.

          SIGH… New ticket with Niantic.

      • Patrick Terry Jr.

        Um, no it shouldn’t, if there is freaking extreme weather I am sure Niantic doesn’t want to be sued for your dumb self going out into a storm or whatever.

        • Robdebobrob

          If my dumb self is stupid enough to go out in extreme weather, then there is no one else to blame but me. Thats not Niantics fault.

          • Patrick Terry Jr.

            still, there are people dumb enough to do that, and still sue Niantic

          • Brady Newton

            yeah that is just so not fair

          • Patrick Terry Jr.

            also, you have to think, this is the first roll out of the weather system, maybe it is a bug that will be ironed out eventually

    • InnocentUke

      yeah i got that and there is no bad weather in my neighborhood it sunny/clear outside im thinking it a glitch

  • It was Extreme weather in Spain yesterday and nothing special happened about Pokemons.

    • ScionStorm

      They don’t reward players for going out during hazardous weather.

  • Cactbro 303

    so if hitmonlee spawns because its partly cloudy weather cant catch it if im lower than level 30 I don’t get what it means by weather influenced spawns can be caught at level 30