Over the past 48 hours, we’ve received a metric ton of Pokémon GO Weather related questions from our readers. We understand that there is a lot of confusion going on, so we’ll try to answer all of those questions in a succinct manner and as accurate as we can at this moment.

When will the weather system be released?

The Pokémon GO Weather system will be released later this month, December 2017. It will not be released as a part of the Hoenn (Gen III) Pokémon expansion. This was confirmed by Niantic’s marketing lead in an interview with Techcrunch. As of the time of this writing, there is no officially set release date, but GO Hub expects it to happen some time after December 20th.

Is the weather system real time?

Yes, the weather system will feature real time updates. However, “real time” is a tricky thing to say. In the context of Pokémon GO, real time means the following: your local in-game weather will be updated as soon as the underlying weather provider pushes new information and as soon as Niantic’s servers process that info and distribute it to your game client.

Which weather service is Niantic using?

No idea. There’s nothing about that in the APK or in the Licences section of the app. We’ll probably know more when it launches.

Will we be able to see the Combat Power of weather spawns?

No, it seems we won’t be able to see the combat power of a Pokémon spawned by the Weather effects. We’ve went through all of the videos provided in the official Press Kit, and none of the encountered Pokémon display Combat Power in the Capture encounter screen. Check out this Mudkip capture video (Rainy weather):

Our thoughts: this is an intentional game design decision. As Niantic has confirmed that weather spawns should be more difficult to capture, it’s likely that their base CP level multiplier is boosted during capture encounters. However, once captured, the Pokémon’s CP should return to normal values for a given Pokémon at that level. To avoid confusion and having to explain two separate CP values, Niantic has opted to hide the encounter CP.

This is further supported by the Weather encounter code found in the 0.85.x APK:

.WeatherAffinityProto
.WeatherBonusProto
.get_CpBaseLevelBonus
.get_GuaranteedIndividualValues

Do weather spawns have better IVs than regular?

According to the code we found in the APK, weather encounters should have a guaranteed baseline of IVs, or in other words, you shouldn’t be able to encounter a weather spawn with IVs lower than a set value. Code snippet:

.WeatherAffinityProto 
.WeatherBonusProto 
.get_CpBaseLevelBonus 
.get_GuaranteedIndividualValues

We don’t know what those baseline will be, but we don’t expect them to be as high as egg / raid boss IVs (10 IVs per stat). Currently, IVs of wild spawns go from 0 to 15 for each stat. We expect that Weather spawn IVs could range from 7 to 15 for each stat, but we can’t confirm that yet.

Do weather spawns have guaranteed moves?

No, only IV values are mentioned in the APK. There is nothing in this game that guarantees a specific move 🙁

How do increased weather spawns work?

Weather spawns function similar to regular spawns, but their spawn tables are tailored towards the current weather. Unlike Lure spawns, which have an internal timer that procs the spawn, Weather spawns will operate on the regular “spawn-at-a-set-minute-of-hour” timer used by normal spawn points.

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For a deeper understand of spawn mechanics, we strongly suggest you read our Researching Pokémon GO Spawn Mechanics guide.

In other words, a spawn point in your local area will still be producing spawns at same intervals and at the same time as it usually does, but your local weather can (and will) modify its spawn table!

Consequently, all of the usual spawn point rules apply during weather conditions:

  • A spawn point generates Pokémon every hour
    • The generated Pokémon is not always visible for players to catch
    • The generated Pokémon is displayed at a random location around the spawn point
  • A spawn point will generate a Pokémon at a set number of minutes of each hour
    • For example: 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 13:15, etc
  • A spawn point never goes inactive, not even during the night

 

  • Hee Chan Chae

    Some people said that the reason why the CP wasn’t appearing was because it was a test… but I agree with Niantic making it intentional. We can still estimate the CP by the color of the circle tho.

    • Ponta Vedra

      Wow. Niantic just decides to hide even *more* info from players. All they had to do was show the base CP with an asterisk or something to show that the CP was being boosted. Instead, they decide to make players even more blind to game conditions than before. Sounds exactly like something they would do.

      Why not just show us amorphous blobs without any data and be done with it?

      • Chanderule

        Even more? What else do they hide

        • Dan

          IVs.

          • Chanderule

            They are meant to be hidden, its not “hurr durr bad guy Niantic doesnt tell me IVs and Im too lazy to use a calculator”

          • Dan

            The point is that they are the part that’s hidden. Nothing more than that.

          • Chanderule

            But saying “hide even *more* info” points out that its somehow bad to hide IVs

          • Vance

            They don’t even show IV’s in the main games…..

          • FacePuncher

            They kind of do now. Not the exact number, unless its 0, 30 or 31, but you can get an idea of the range

          • Dan

            This isn’t part of the main games. IVs are a huge part of the formula in PGo. And they’re hidden.

          • Vance

            IV’s are a huge part of the main games too. They act exactly the same as they do in the main games. Which are still hidden.

      • Dan

        CP doesn’t really matter, though, in the grand scheme of things. Most people I know, me included, don’t even look at the CP until we catch it.

        • Clovis Mello

          That’s a pretty strong generalization. I certainly use the CP to decide things like whether or not to use a razz berry, whether to pinap, or whether to use a Great ball or Ultra Ball. 36 CP Pidgeys are way easier to catch than 400 CP, if you’re going for first throw bonuses.

    • Clovis Mello

      Other official screenshots show Pokemon in the encounter screen with the CP showing along with the weather icon in the upper right. I think the people who say it wasn’t showing because it was a dev version are correct.

  • Edwin Fung
    • FacePuncher

      Whats supposed to be in this pic? Im feel im missing something. Maybe Ive been at work too long and my brain has turned to mush

      • Ninty

        For anyone else looking at it, it’s lightly-snowing in the screenshot but there’s no weather bonus-indicator

    • Chris Denton

      What’s the icon with the plus sign mid way up the screen on the right?

  • Christopher Andrew Moore

    Literally not the features I had in mind for the game not thrilled about it to say the least

    • FacePuncher

      What did you want then?

      • Calling Your BS

        PvP. Better gyms. Raid finder. No more bugs after each update. v1.0. Better spawns not hindered by a weather system. Niantic giving more info on everything. Need I go on?

        Not everybody is like you, happy with mediocrity.

    • Chris Denton

      It’s nothing new, just more cool spawns for people that have spawns. I will see no change, just like every update for the past year and a half.

    • Always someone that has to complain…

      • Dan

        I know, right? This is one of the cooler updates that Niantic has done.

  • Jordan Black

    Does Go Hub have an rss feed?

  • Dan

    Here’s a thought: could this be an internal method to determine spoofers? Like if someone is jumping around and getting the bonus Stardust from various different weather patterns, then that would indicate to me that they are jumping around too quickly.

    • spoofer

      We dont do that…

      • Dan

        Look at you speaking for everyone. How cute. Some spoofers do jump around the globe to snipe Pokemon. So if it’s someone catches a boosted snow type, and then a boosted sunny type right away, that should trigger a red flag.

  • Dan

    Fairy, Fighting, and Poison for Cloudy conditions. I know that wasn’t included in the original press release.

  • Irene Bullock

    Hi, I’m based in The Netherlands, right now the weather is Extreme – which Pokemon are more likely to appear? I don’t see this type of weather anywhere (fingers crossed for something special) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1fbb86ab01dd55f9bbcc7f595b8843a75e5cf025edd967cea511a1910fa79313.png

    • Dan

      You get decreased spawns for everything to prevent people from going out in terrible weather. So you won’t see anything increased.

      • Calling Your BS

        So now Niantic decides when I can go out and catch my Pokemon? Such BS…

        • Dan

          No. They aren’t eliminating spawns. They’re just decreasing. They don’t want to get sued for encouraging people to go out and Pokemon hunt during extreme weather like blizzards, hurricanes, or wild fires.

  • Oscarv

    Weather has already been released, just like the official announcement seemed to suggest. Your “Niantic official” had it wrong?

  • spoofer

    I see level 34 pokemons in the wild with the weather effects… wow… finally some excitement for high level players…

  • Tyler Enterline

    The game shows CP. Chill.

  • Irene Bullock

    There’s kind of a hurricane happening next to a pokestop right now o.O it doesn’t look like a Pokemon, can’t click on it https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/374fbfaaafde325ac94b4e0bef7b30b224d34df0d874e6464624c419df884d2d.png